Why Apple wants your credit card when downloading free apps?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kulimer, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    I was trying to download find my iPhone in the app store in case my iPhone is ever lost.

    This is a free app, but it asks for credit card info. I didn't want to give my info for:
    1. my credit card getting hacked.
    2. I am getting a free app. Sure, I'll give it to Apple, if I decide to buy something.
    3. Apple rep told me they don't use/store any info. If Apple don't use any info, why should I give?

    Either I have misunderstood, or everyone decided to give in?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    You need a debit or credit card on your Apple ID account to download anything free or paid. Simple as that.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    Why do you need my info? It is a free app.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    Just create an AppleID account without putting in credit card information.

    Then proceed to download the free app.

    It will ask you to put in AppleID info but it won't charge you as there is no creditcard connected to the account and zero balance.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    Yeah you can create an account without a credit card, so just do that.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    Is just does for some weird reason. I had my credit card with the, for over 5 years nothing has happened so your safe don't worry. Maybe just making sure your an adult lol
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    I doesn't work on my iPhone, after I sign into App Store, this pops up,
    "Before you can make purchases, you must tap Continue to sign in, then verify your payment info."

    I click Continue, sign in again, then back to the "Find My iPhone" info page.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008
    You can also use a gift card instead of a credit card to set up an iTunes account.
  9. Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2008
    SEC Country
    Just use an iTunes card and you can bypass the credit or debit info...
  11. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Credit Card not required.

    From iOS device

    From iTunes
  12. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    To echo what the poster above says, you don't HAVE to put your CC info in. You can put "none". I have done this. You can still "purchase" free apps. The act of purchasing authorizes the apps to be downloaded and installed into your iPhone. During Black Friday, BestBuy had a iTunes GC sale (sorta, $100 for $80) so I purchased two and put that in my account and removed my CC. That should last me a while.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2011
    Paranoid much...?

    If they were stealing your information, someone would have realized by now, and a huge company such as Apple could never weather the kind of PR *****torm that would cause
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    AND, you have an expensive iPhone, with a pricey monthly service plan but no intentions of EVER purchasing an app?
  15. macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    To keep you safe. Apple takes your personal information, prints it out, then shreds it to keep you safe. It's a time consuming, and expensive official procedure. But Apple does it all for us. It helps me sleep better at night.
  16. macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
    Kinda like fitting a nice new 50" plasma TV with a coat hangar antenna.

    Having an iPhone but no CC rhymes with Pinocchio's dad.
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    Thanks for the pic. I couldn't find "Account" on my iPhone, are both images from your iPhone or Mac.
    I can download stuff from iTunes just fine.

    By the way, my iPhone bluetooth doesn't connect with Macbook bluetooth. I was going to upload a screenshot.
  18. macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Actually, for digital HD a hanger works just fine. :p
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2012
    POINT 1:

    first off, buying an expensive piece of equipment, with an expensive data plan, then being expected to have to buy apps is rediculous. One is more likely to expect that when making a huge initial/maintenance outlay, that that is that, bar upgrades. However you can't really class buying apps as upgrade, because that is what the device was designed for, running apps, being multi functional.

    One does not need a cc/dc to buy the device in the first place, or for data plans/Internet connections, nor indeed does one even need a bank account (although it's difficult to a provider that will allow payments via postal/money or on line payment accounts like PayPal or alertpay. Before anyone points out you need a cc/dc to use PayPal etc., you only need one to initially open up the account, after that you can remove the card and still use the account - charge it up with the likes of eBay sales, spend from there).

    Ones Internet connection maybe bundled with their mobile or landline bill, which cabe payed with cash every month (tether the iPad/iDevice to the mobile, wifi to the landline).

    What it is like, is buying an expensive wifi router, paying for an expensive Internet connection, then having to pay for each time you want to download/browse different types of data/connections.

    I want to use google .........thats free, but we need your cc/dc details
    I want to look at https .............£1.99 please
    I want to look at a YouTube vid ....£0.99 please
    I want to use FTP...............£2.99 please
    I want to download a free PDF.....£3.99 please
    I want to acces my email.......£1.99 please

    Would you consider that reasonable, just to make use of what your Internet connection was designed for? Paying for extra services, or app support is expected,, but do you really buy these devices expecting to sheep out more just for apps/fulfil its intended potential?

    POINT 2:

    There is no PayPal option the choose funding method, nor is there a 'none' option in the card selection.

    POINT 3:

    Why shouldn't I be allowed to re-download an app I have already paid for if my cc/dc on file is declined for whatever reason. Having free access to apps already paid for is part of the sales package. By removing this option, it's like selling you a car, then after you paid for it, and they have your money, they then take the wheels off because there is no money in your bank?!?
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008
    You don't ever have to enter a credit card or a debit card, not even when creating your account. Just get a gift card.
  21. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    OK, I'm a moron. I don't get the Geppetto reference.:confused: :p
  22. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    You have misunderstood.

    How is the 'Find my iPhone' app going to help you find your phone if you don't have physical access to your phone? :mind-blown:

    Activate 'Find my iPhone' in settings.app -> iCloud
    Then use www.icloud.com to find your phone's whereabouts.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Now that's funny :p
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    Plenty of things I could use to show you why you're wrong. Buying an Xbox, paying for an expensive data plan (home broadband) and then having to buy games for it as well? Oh the humanity!
  25. macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2010

    Wow - your argument has made me realise that I shouldn't have been paying for software/games for my PC/games consoles over the years! I've been cheated! ;)

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