Monday, October 29, 2007

No Credit Card? No iPhone

In what I think may be an unprecedented move for such a device, Apple is now reportedly refusing to sell iPhones for cash. If for whatever reason you're a person who doesn't have a credit card (or debit card -- and I assume they mean a debit card tied to a bank account, not an over-the-counter money card) -- they don't want you as a customer.

Apples claims that this is to control "unauthorized" resales, but of course they won't be successful at that goal this way.

Perhaps of more interest, I'm not entirely sure that such a policy is actually legal from a purchase nondiscrimination standpoint in this case. The entire area of requiring credit cards for goods or services seems rather nebulous.

Lauren Weinstein
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