June 24, 2009
No Phone for the Princess

Here is Princess Sparkle Pony, trying and failing to give money to two giant American corporations:

First I went to ATT’s web site to order the service. Now, here’s another bit of PSP trivia: I don’t have a credit card; haven’t since college! I do have a debit card, of course, but I simply don’t use credit. So at the ATT site, they did a “credit check” and found me wanting, and decided that the iPhone wasn’t for me. So I “spoke” to an online rep, and the conversation went something like this:

Me: Hi, I want to get an iPhone, but failed your credit check.
Rep: Sorry, then you are ineligible for the service.
Me: Really? Just like that? But I was going to pay with a debit card.
Rep: Sorry, if you fail the credit check, you’re ineligible.
Me: Seriously? What if I pre-pay for the whole two-year plan?
Rep: We don’t offer that.

Basically: no iPhone for me!

This morning, I decided to actually call ATT on the phone and find out if this was really true. And, of course, it isn’t. The person on the phone said I could, indeed, get iPhone service, but I’d have to go to an ATT store and would probably have to tender a $750 deposit (!!) as a punishment for being sensible with my money and not buying things I can’t afford.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 24, 2009 05:57 PM
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IIRC, my credit union actually prefers that I use my debit card as a credit card--I presume because they get some kick-back for it. I think the solution for PSP is, when someone asks for her credit card, simply give them the debit card.

Posted by: Terry on June 24, 2009 9:32 PM

I hope you've learned your lesson. Now get out there and buy shit!

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on June 25, 2009 11:40 AM
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