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    • wiggly
    • By wiggly 9th Jan 18, 8:45 AM
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    Declined Credit (Mobile Phone) but don't understand why
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    • 9th Jan 18, 8:45 AM
    Declined Credit (Mobile Phone) but don't understand why 9th Jan 18 at 8:45 AM
    Hiya

    Wasn't sure if this should go here, or in the mobiles bit.

    In December (2nd) I applied for a phone upgrade (I'm currently SIM only contract) through the same phone provider as I have now. I pay £16 a month and the new contract was £29 per month (Three). Unfortunately they declined me credit.

    I checked MSE's Credit Club credit report and there is nothing on there that is a worry and my rating is 999.

    Feeling cross I left it as I didn't want to do another search so soon. Fast forward to yesterday.

    I find another SIM only deal for £9 a month (Virgin), apply online and instantly get the no sorry your credit check has declined message (or whatever it says). So in a panic I sign up to both equifax (as that's the one Virgin refer to) and ClearScore. I also check the MSE Credit Club report again.

    Nothing has anything wrong, I don't have any missed payments, CCJ's, I'm on the electoral roll and I have active credit cards, current accounts and everything is up to date. I have a mortgage and that is up to date too. Interestingly there is also no trace of the credit check run by Three back in December on any report either.

    Anyone got any ideas? I'd really like a phone that bloody works!
    Trying to get on top of finances one step at a time
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    • nic_c
    • By nic_c 9th Jan 18, 9:03 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:03 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:03 AM
    That your score is 999 could be a worry as that's usually for people newly declared bankrupt or no credit. So your credit cards show up on the report? Have they got your current address etc?
    • wiggly
    • By wiggly 9th Jan 18, 9:05 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:05 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:05 AM
    That is the score from experian via MSE, equifax have me as 514/700

    Yes my credit cards show up (3), I have 18% credit uilisation. All cards, my loan, my mortgage and address are all fine.

    Experian have me as 999/999, and the summary says "MoneySavingExpert Credit Hit Rate Out of our basket of top credit cards and loans, you have a good chance of getting 99% of them."

    Both reports have the right details, the right amounts etc. They show the right cards closed and only the current ones active (I don't churn frequently, I mean there are no anomalies).
    Last edited by wiggly; 09-01-2018 at 9:16 AM.
    Trying to get on top of finances one step at a time
    • wiggly
    • By wiggly 9th Jan 18, 9:13 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:13 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:13 AM
    Having looked at the address it's not in the right order on equifax, the city comes before the suburb. Would that matter?
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    • Gary_Dexter
    • By Gary_Dexter 9th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
    Ignore the score since it's fictitious and makes no difference, as you've found out

    They may have ran a soft search on you first, and if you passed that. would have ran a hard search.

    Are there any soft searches showing?
    • wiggly
    • By wiggly 9th Jan 18, 9:19 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:19 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:19 AM
    Nope, not from Three (December) or Virgin, though that was only yesterday so still time to show up. Nothing in soft or hard searches.
    Trying to get on top of finances one step at a time
    • Gary_Dexter
    • By Gary_Dexter 9th Jan 18, 9:25 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:25 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:25 AM
    If Clearscore etc. haven't been updated for the month yet then that could be why you're nor seeing them on there yet
    • wiggly
    • By wiggly 9th Jan 18, 9:29 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:29 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:29 AM
    Clearscore was opened yesterday, after the decline, so no I'm not expecting to see Virgin on there yet. But the Three decline was December 2nd and that shows on neither clearscore or experian.

    This sucks

    I did sign up to the full equifax free month though to see if it appears before clearscore is refreshed
    Trying to get on top of finances one step at a time
    • wiggly
    • By wiggly 9th Jan 18, 9:43 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:43 AM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:43 AM
    Actually my address is correct on equifax but not clearscore.
    Last edited by wiggly; 09-01-2018 at 9:47 AM.
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    • wiggly
    • By wiggly 16th Jan 18, 12:10 PM
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    So, over a week later and there is still no search showing on equifax.

    So if I get refused credit with no hard search (or anything I can see) what the !!!! are you supposed to do to get a new phone?
    Trying to get on top of finances one step at a time
    • Candyapple
    • By Candyapple 16th Jan 18, 12:17 PM
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    Have you checked Call Credit (www.noddle.co.uk) ?

    Have you been on the ER at your address for long?

    How long have you been with 3 for?

    I know you said everything appears good on your files, but 3 are one of the laxest mobile operators out there - I know 3 people who have taken out phone+sim contracts with them in the last 2 months; 2 were bankrupt and 1 with a CCJ and they all passed their credit check fine.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Credit Cards, Loans, Credit Files & Ratings boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. Any views are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 16th Jan 18, 12:43 PM
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    Hiya

    Wasn't sure if this should go here, or in the mobiles bit.

    In December (2nd) I applied for a phone upgrade (I'm currently SIM only contract) through the same phone provider as I have now. I pay £16 a month and the new contract was £29 per month (Three). Unfortunately they declined me credit.

    I checked MSE's Credit Club credit report and there is nothing on there that is a worry and my rating is 999.

    Feeling cross I left it as I didn't want to do another search so soon. Fast forward to yesterday.

    I find another SIM only deal for £9 a month (Virgin), apply online and instantly get the no sorry your credit check has declined message (or whatever it says). So in a panic I sign up to both equifax (as that's the one Virgin refer to) and ClearScore. I also check the MSE Credit Club report again.

    Nothing has anything wrong, I don't have any missed payments, CCJ's, I'm on the electoral roll and I have active credit cards, current accounts and everything is up to date. I have a mortgage and that is up to date too. Interestingly there is also no trace of the credit check run by Three back in December on any report either.

    Anyone got any ideas? I'd really like a phone that bloody works!
    Originally posted by wiggly
    Can you ask the first company exactly why they refused you? It could be something ridiculous that the checker has misinterpreted. When we first tried to take out a mobile phone contract in the early 1990s we were refused on the grounds that we were 'of no fixed abode'. We lived in RAF married quarters.
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