Why do I have to put credit card info to activate?

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    Hey everyone! I bought an iPad at the Apple store with WiFi and a data plan. My question is, if I've already paid those $15-20 for the data plan, why do I have to put my credit card information when I activate the cellular data account?

    Mods: If this is not the right place to post my question, please excuse my ignorance and feel free to put this thread where it needs to be!
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    You need to create an account on iTunes in order to register your iPad and that is totally different than your 3g plan.
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    Yes, I did that. My question didn't have anything to do with registering the iPad. I was talking about activating the data plan that I already paid for. I apologize if my wording was not clear.

    My question still stands: Did I pay $15 for the iPad just to be 3G capable, or did I actually pay for the data plan? I mean it says quite clearly on that placard next to the iPad being showcased that it goes towards the data plan... I just don't want to pay again for something I already paid for at the Apple store.
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    That does sound weird. I didn't activate at the store but via the ipad a few months later. I know you have to be careful about changing/canceling plans so I wonder if you'll end up being double charged. I'd try to call and find out the deal.
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    Apple likes to have your credit card on file...
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    I bought mine online, so there was no mention of that. I would check back with the store. If they were offering some kind of promotion, you'll probably need to do it through them. I am not aware of any such promotion at the stores though.
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    If AT&T is requiring your credit card, which I am reading into your statement, it is so they can auto charge your card monthly.

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