iPhone - Extra security deposit for foreigners

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by peter404, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. peter404 macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everyone,

    Today I tried to get an iPhone at AT&T. The requested an extra security deposit of $300 because I have a foreign passport. This deposit is refunded after 11 months.

    Any opinions on this policy by AT&T? I think it's a bit much to ask.

    Thanks, Peter
     
  2. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

    Flhusky

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    Don't like the requirements for service? Don't give them your business.
    Get an unlocked 2G phone that can be used on other carriers or as a PAYG phone.

    They (AT&T) often ask for much larger depo`s from w/Social Security #`s its nothing new.
     
  3. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

    Cynicalone

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    I've read about AT&T hitting people with huge deposit's before. $300 dollars doesn't seem that bad really, besides you get it back.
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    They do this to anyone without established US credit, so it is not just a Foreigners thing.

    TEG
     
  5. squeakyclutch macrumors member

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    I believe it has more to do with your lack of a credit history than being a foreigner. I'm Canadian, and when I first moved down to the states for school, I too had to put down a deposit for a cellphone contract.

    Hint: I didn't want to put down so much money, so I used a prepaid phone for a few months. Meanwhile, I built my credit by paying electricity/gas/water/garbage bills, and paying off my US credit card every month. It took me about 5 months to build establish a credit history.
     

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