General Question: Why Credit check on unsubsidized phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Frisco, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    I am just curious as to what the provider has to lose on an unsubsidized phone. I can understand for example on a Razr where the provider is just looking for the service, but what could AT&T possibly lose if they give someone service for the iPhone and the person doesn't pay? They already got the $40 activation fee.
  2. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    What can a gas company lose? An electric company? Not much.
  3. SirOmega macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2006
    Las Vegas
    Unlike a gas or electric company, Apple/ATT could have sold that phone to someone who can pay. And they'd rather have 100% of their phones have their bills paid ontime and an in full, generating revenue, than some deadbeat who doesnt pay his bill and sells the phone to someone else a few months down the line.

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