Here is Princess Sparkle Pony, trying and failing to give money to two giant American corporations:
First I went to ATTís web site to order the service. Now, hereís another bit of PSP trivia: I donít have a credit card; havenít since college! I do have a debit card, of course, but I simply donít use credit. So at the ATT site, they did a ďcredit checkĒ and found me wanting, and decided that the iPhone wasnít for me. So I ďspokeĒ 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, youíre ineligible.
Me: Seriously? What if I pre-pay for the whole two-year plan?
Rep: We donít 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 isnít. The person on the phone said I could, indeed, get iPhone service, but Iíd 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 canít afford.