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AT&T to Sell Contractless iPhones for $400 Premium

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leftygl

Mar 19, 2009, 3:27 PM
Will their still be a security deposit u think ?
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AshDizzle

Mar 19, 2009, 3:34 PM
credit checks will still apply, just like any other no commitment plan. so if you have a low credit score, there may be a deposit.

if you're referring to prepaid, they havent announced any prepaid options for the iphone 3G still.
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asLeepLessman

Mar 19, 2009, 4:30 PM
With T-Mobile, I do NOT need to run credit for a No-Contract sale.
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Versed

Mar 19, 2009, 4:35 PM
asLeepLessman said:
With T-Mobile, I do NOT need to run credit for a No-Contract sale.


With T-Mobile I don't even get a signal.
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asLeepLessman

Mar 19, 2009, 4:38 PM
Then you need to move somewhere that you will get signal so that you can have the best. You must not live near the best. Move near the best.
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Nfuego

Mar 20, 2009, 9:53 AM
Laughing Oh yes...pick up my family and move so I can have telephone service that obviously isn't as good as my current company! That is hilarious!

Here honey, we switched phone companies to the BEST...but make sure you never leave "THIS" area because it won't work over "THERE".

What, you drive over "THERE" to see your friend? Tell her to move, because over "THERE" you can't even call 911 if something happens.
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iamthephonemaster

Mar 22, 2009, 11:50 AM
you know what seems funny about this cconversation? in 99.9% of the cases if you can pick up an at&t signal you can also pick up a T-mo signal. because they are heavy roaming partners. Which really renders this whole thing pointless.
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Versed

Mar 22, 2009, 1:12 PM
iamthephonemaster said:
you know what seems funny about this cconversation? in 99.9% of the cases if you can pick up an at&t signal you can also pick up a T-mo signal. because they are heavy roaming partners. Which really renders this whole thing pointless.


It should be, but its not, they don't roam within markets they both have, and I think that's insane. They will roam in area's where either have no presence.
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iamthephonemaster

Mar 24, 2009, 1:08 AM
thats fine, but if they both have a presence in my experience the difference in signal reception is negligible at best. I've worked for both companys and had both services and i can honestly say there wasnt a huge difference in my reception. obviously handset differences have to be taken into account but i never have been a place that i could get a t-mo signal that i couldnt also use a att phone roaming or not.which is the point i was making the idea that t-mo doesnt have as good of a signal as att is a matter of pure opinion 99.9% of the time. and vice versa. maybe back when t-mo only used the 1900 in the u.s there was a big difference but for the last say 5-6 years they have used 850 as well and then it didnt matter 99.9% of the time. so t...
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Multi-Tasker

Mar 19, 2009, 4:37 PM
T-Mobile have several different ways of adding a customer to a line of service example "Flex Pay". So you dont really "have" to have a contract for the line of service. I bet though there is a different deal when it comes to the price of the phone.
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asLeepLessman

Mar 19, 2009, 4:55 PM
On a NO Contract Flexpay plan you DO NOT need a social (which is required for credit checks). With a accepted I.D, the 1st months bill and $20 I can get you into a simple camera phone.

Yes, the price of the phones change at this point. Though that doesnt really play a part here. If this article had been about T-Mobile, it would mean that customers could now get the iPhone on a Month-to-Month plan. No Contract.

Thing is, you can do that now with ANY of T-Mobiles phones. Why you couldnt buy a iPhone without contract is beyond me. Money, no matter how much, is in deed money. They should have been doing this a long time ago.

*You know, your not the only person to say "T-Mobile's Signal Sucks". The thing is though, I have NEVER, not once...
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Kayslay34

Mar 19, 2009, 5:29 PM
AshDizzle said:
credit checks will still apply, just like any other no commitment plan. so if you have a low credit score, there may be a deposit.

if you're referring to prepaid, they havent announced any prepaid options for the iphone 3G still.


Thats is stupid why do i need a deposit if i have no contract... how are you guys going to lose money, i am paying full price for the phone.... and with no contract you pay mnth2mnth so if i dont make a payment the will shut off service.... seems stupid for them to require a deposit.
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ccareatatt

Mar 19, 2009, 8:52 PM
Because at this point it is only available with PostPaid services and those services require credit checks before activating a number at this point in time.
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Versed

Mar 19, 2009, 9:12 PM
AT&T and VZW will do credit checks, they have lower problems with clients who have financial problems. They both make more per account then both Sprint and TMO. Agree with it or not, ain't gonna change their policy.
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Kayslay34

Mar 20, 2009, 12:52 AM
Thats a lie, sprints prepaid is boost mobile and im pretty sure that they make more money with prepaid than att and verizon
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AshDizzle

Mar 20, 2009, 2:54 AM
Kayslay34 said:
Thats a lie, sprints prepaid is boost mobile and im pretty sure that they make more money with prepaid than att and verizon


Do an internet search for the ARPU of the wireless carriers. Sprint had a net loss of over 1 billion dollar last year so I doubt they are making much money on anyone. Remember that the R in ARPU stands for REVENUE, and you can have all the revenue in the world but if your costs are too high it doesn't mean anything.

The reason they may require a deposit is because of bad credit. If you have good credit there's nothing to worry about! If you get approved with a 500 or 750 deposit, you did something bad, and you could go non-pay for almost 2 months, using expensiv...
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Kayslay34

Mar 20, 2009, 1:05 PM
Thats also kind of false, i had a t-mobile postpaid account, i got it at walmart and they never ran my credit
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Pious Goddess

Mar 20, 2009, 3:20 PM
Odd that they didn't, they always ran mine. Not to mention, even though it is contractless, you're still agreeing to some terms and conditions.
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ne6rocks

Mar 20, 2009, 3:55 PM
So to answer your question if you are on a Flex Pay account then they do not run your credit. Funny thing buy that I-Phone unlock it put it on T-Mobile slap T-zone on it and bam you have everything except Visual Voice mail on it without a contract! Sure they do charge you $5 more a month for Flex Pay but hey it sure beats that Monster deposit. Very Happy
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Versed

Mar 20, 2009, 4:08 PM
Actually, all you do is have to give them a credit card, or bank account for automatic payment, and you don't pay the $5.00 flex pay. I have a G1 off contract, and its linked to a credit card, but, I always pay via my checking account beforehand.
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AshDizzle

Mar 25, 2009, 10:51 AM
If they truly did not run your credit, you are on some sort of prepaid or flexpay. Or, they asked you for your social but didnt tell you they are running credit.

All postpaid accounts with all carriers will require a credit evaluation.
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cell_um1

Mar 20, 2009, 6:51 AM
Last time i checked Sprint had the highest ARPU per customer and has for a long time. So if you have bad credit and want a no commitment iphone better have about 1500 hundred ready and a bottle of vasoline.

What a freaking joke ATT is. Switch to sprint..better plans, better service
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ATTemployeeLLG

Mar 21, 2009, 10:34 AM
There is no such thing. If you are buying something outright, at&t does NOT run a credit check. The only time at&t will EVER run a credit check on you is if you are new to at&t are signing up for a 1 or 2 year agreement, or two, you are adding a line to your existing plan. To get the discounted price of $199 or $299, YES, they will run a credit check for new numbers. Even if you upgrade, then will not run credit. I'm not sure who told you these lies.

-L
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tblazer08

Mar 23, 2009, 9:15 AM
OMG THANK YOU!! I wrote that same thing the other day on my iphone n never hit the post button ha. Then I figured screw it if your to stupid to not know that you shouldnt be on this site. Hopefeully people will read your post and understand.
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