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Blocking Unpaid Balances

rwalford79

Nov 1, 2012, 10:33 AM
Now that this is live, I wonder how many phones T-Mobile and AT&T will block (since Sprint and Verizon already do this), when a customer doesnt pay their bill and gets terminated. I wonder what the legality will be when AT&T and T-Mobile say that they technically own the phone until the ETF is paid or the remaining balance is paid.
Ive actually had Sprint one time tell me they owned my phone until I was out of a contract, when I offered to return my phone to them, for a price, or for free, they refused to take it saying, "Its been used, we have no need for a used phone, however, we still own your phone through your contract but if anything happens to it, thats on you!"
With carriers saying things like this, thats so direct yet so vague, ...
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Tofuchong

Nov 1, 2012, 10:57 AM
T-mobile already does that. If you have an EIP (equipment installment plan) and you cancel or port-out, and do not provide a final payment, the IMEI is blacklisted. Mind you, that only happens if the phone still has money owed on it on the installment plan.
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T Bone

Nov 1, 2012, 10:59 AM
Well....as much as you might dislike it, if you buy carrier equipment, then while you are under contract, the carrier owns the phone.....I can't imagine actually telling a customer that....but it is indeed true, that is what the contract says....
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mxz800_2001

Nov 1, 2012, 6:26 PM
I HOPE they do! If you have a bill, PAY IT! I'm all about anything that helps keep delinquents in line. If you don't pay your bill, why should the carrier eat the loss on the equipment? If you received subsidized equipment pricing, then screw you! Instant paperweight. I'm beyond sick and tired of self entitled, selfish ass wipes that feel they can do what they want without consequences.
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