Would Apple disable your laptop if you don't pay your bills?

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  1. xlii macrumors 68000

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  2. genmic macrumors regular

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    Yikes! :eek: I bet they will start doing this with phones and laptops. Yet another reason to avoid these subsidized deals. I'm not committing two years of my life to anything, especially not a data plan.
     
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    You don't have to buy a computer with a wireless contract....
     
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    Well if not, then I can't blame them. Sounds like a good idea to me.
     
  6. xlii thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That was my first thought, but msnbc is a reputable news site here in the US.
     
  7. FeederOfTrolls macrumors newbie

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    True, but many reputable news sites participate in the April Fool's Day pranks. As do big, reputable companies like Google and Microsoft. ;)
     
  8. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    i agree, i dont see anything wrong with that at all
     
  9. Robbbin macrumors newbie

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    Looks to me like a great idea. People should just pay for their stuff, if they do not then it's a fair deal to block the product.
     
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i don't see much wrong with this if the item was sold subsidized and is on a contract. isn't it the same as the various utilities turning off service when bills aren't paid?
     
  11. MacGeek767 macrumors member

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    agreed :)
     
  12. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    1) Its probably an April Fools Joke

    2) It might work in the US, but its illegal for a company to do this in the EU and China

    3) Microsoft tried this, giving Chinese people permanently black screens who had illegally downloaded Microsoft software or operating systems, and guess what, a hack for it was found in less than 24 hours.
     
  13. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Random, but do quite a few people opt to finance their Macs? Not really a bad idea.
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i think have your credit killed is punishment enough
     
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Read the similar articles for the ignition interlock available for the buy here, pay here car dealers.

    Must enter a new code you get with your payment every week or your car won't start.

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    Don't see a problem with the computer if they tie all wireless (cellular and wifi) to a single chip that gets disabled if they don't pay.

    Oh, the shock of having to use an ethernet cable if they don't pay.
     
  16. ohaooa macrumors newbie

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    Well put!
     
  17. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Let's see. Company offers you a deal: You sign a contract for mobile broadband for £30 a month for two years, and in return you get a laptop without paying a penny for it. And after two months and paying £60 you decide you are not going to pay one penny more. Don't you think the company will want its laptop back? And in case you do a runner, don't you think they would want you to be unable to use _their_ laptop?
     
  18. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure hackers would find a work around for this pretty quickly. they always do.
     
  19. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    I'll worry when three things happen:

    Data plans become a good deal
    Apple offers data plans for computers
    You can't afford what you're buying

    Until then, who cares :D
     
  20. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    my dad does this with cars now. If you don't pay your bill, they remotely kill the car, lock the doors, and the GPS on the device lets the repo guys know where the car is.
     
  21. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I have no problem with this. If we had fewer deadbeats (people not paying bills, software/music/movie piraters), things would be cheaper.
     
  22. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    1984? Like the commercial with the blond chick swinging a sledgehammer at the viewscreen? How ironic...

    Hacking a netbook would be thoughtcrime.
     
  23. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    It's not an April Fools joke. Look at the date on the article: March 31.
     
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    No payment - no service. Seems pretty fair to me.
     

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