well im assuming if they were to go that route than your device would be somehow be deactivated if you didnt pay, just like your cable/internet/phone/utilities get shut off when you dont pay.
They wouldn't just do that. They would send it to collections and it would ruin your credit. Being afraid that people wouldn't pay wouldn't stop them from subsidizing. This is the real world lol there are severe consequences in real life for not paying bills. You sign a contract when you opt into these kinds of payment plans. Their asses would be well covered.
Well, this is new.