No Credit or Debit Card, No iPhone

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Speaking of Apple, it has come out recently that consumers can only buy an iPhone with a credit or debit card; cash isn’t accepted any more. This restriction comes as an addition to the two-phone-per-person limit enforced since the iPhone’s release. An employee at the Apple Store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood says Apple needs to do it so they can track who buys the iPhones. The estimated 250,000 unlocked phones are costing them money — up to $4,500,000, according to some estimates — and Apple wants to crack down.

This whole business of unlocking and relocking the iPhone is getting ridiculous; it’s becoming like the cat-and-mouse game that is patching Windows vulnerabilities. If only Apple would just consent to have people use their wonderful (from what I’ve heard) device on a network that doesn’t suck…


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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