Scam Alert - Apple Watch 3 Credit Check, $150 Deposit Demand
So I bought an Apple Watch from Apple.
Went to to activate it. Was ready for the 25 “activation charge” and the 10/month. Both seem a little high, but hey, what are you going to do?
But of course, that wasn’t enough for AT&T, now they are demanding to run a credit check? For a Watch that I paid for?
And then they come back with... you’ll need a $150 deposit?!?
Wait... For a watch? That I bought? That I'm going to pay you $10/month for "service". Attached to my current number. And... the kicker, I have a very good credit rating.
Oh and get this, and I’m a customer with multiple devices on multiple plans that yes, sends AT&T Wireless a very good chunk of change each month.
I think some bean counter must have though that a customer having to activate a watch on a plan they already have, attached to a phone they already have, means they are pretty much stuck unless they want to move their phone over so came up with the "hey, why just do $25 dollars to activate when we do a "credit check" and then make them put down $150 deposit" Which we can then pocket for a year, invest, make some interest and then send them a paper check next year that they will probably forget about or lose and not even deposit. Ha, we win!
And also I have space in my other plans to add a device, but of course, they make you buy a separate "Unlimited Wearable Plan" for some reason.
Time me to send a letter to Congress. This is just a plain old scam.
Contacting Apple tomorrow as well. Just to let them know how AT&T Wireless are bilking their Apple Watch customers.
$150 deposit. For a 10/month plan. For a watch, I own. A deposit? What on Earth for? So wrong.
Oh and the first Apple Watch Series 3 I activated in Sept didn’t have this deposit requirement. So this must be a new racket they are running.
I’ll be starting to move my devices over to Verizon based on this experience.
For all others here. Watch out... when you activate your watch... because AT&T is going to watch your deposit money going into their account... and have a good ol' laugh.