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Some Foreigners Pay Big Deposits for Phone Contracts

Persons with foreign backgrounds may have to pay deposits of up to 600 euros before a Finnish mobile phone operator takes them on as a customer, reports the newspaper Savon Sanomat. DNA, Saunalahti and Elisa can ask for deposits of hundreds of euros. The money, which they can hold onto for up to a year, does not collect interest. Having a permanent address and a good paying job at an established workplace in Finland does not help matters. The operators claim that the practice has nothing to do with having a foreign background. They state the deposit is required from everyone who does not have domestic credit rating, and is intended to prevent credit loss. YLE

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