Originally Posted by pmz
1. Credit card.
2. Pay later? You might be out of the country in a day or an hour. You pay as you go
for anything but your primary carrier (ie: AT&T US). Apple will eventually handle all of these payments for you. All you will see are simple fields in Settings.
3. How well is that working out for you now if you have an iPhone? The days of buying sims for cash for the iPhone is on it's way out.
1. Thought so. What if I don't want to give my name, credit card number, expiry date, security code, and home address to yet another phone company? And isn't this a hell of a lot more work than going into 7-11 and giving them a few dollars for a SIM? Again, they are taking away my freedom to do that.
2. So you have to pay first, i.e. give them your life story and credit history. Yeah... that's not infringing on my privacy at all...
And while travelling? So if I travel to say... PRC, where there is more corruption and white collar crime than pretty much anywhere in the world, I'm supposed to give someone I have no trust in my credit card number, home address... so on and so forth?
3. It's working great. I have a credit card, actually, but even if I didn't, I could buy an unlocked iPhone in HK for cash, buy a stored value SIM in Hong Kong for cash or even subscribe to a monthly plan with ID and proof of address (no credit card needed) and pop the SIM into my cash-paid iPhone. Just because you don't have the freedom to do so in the US doesn't mean, "the days of buying sims for cash for the iPhone is on it's way out." The fact is they don't have to be and we shouldn't let them.
Embedded SIM is a bad idea.
Here's another scenario:
My friend's phone runs out of battery. He needs to make an urgent call. I pop out my SIM and he pops his in, and makes his call on his dollar. How do I do that with an embedded SIM?