Show me where Taiwan law provides that you can collect debts from family members, or that having a household registration prevents one from going abroad and never coming back.
Chunghwa claimed to me in the midst of one of our marathon interviews that they could sue family members for unpaid phone/telecom bills if the person was Taiwanese, but could not “get the money” from foreigners who had done a runner. I do not see where that is true, and if it were, the relative would have had to sign as a guarantor – or else why does anyone sign as a guarantor, if Chunghwa can just go after the family?
What I want to see is a sensible policy, such as: we will check your credit history. If you are have been a customer of Chunghwa’s (let’s say, 1 year with on-time or at least no egregiously late payments – almost everyone in Taiwan gets their phone cut off now and then, so that shouldn’t be an issue!) then no guarantor. They should also consider monthly income or annual income as shown by tax statement…usually people who are making good incomes are not going to run away from an NT$5000 bill. And let the policy be the SAME for Taiwanese. If there’s a problem with payments, then address the problem with payments, and don’t merely exclude an entire group of people on the supposition that some of them will default. (I am still waiting for Chunghwa to show me the figure it “has” about how a higher percentage of foreigners than Taiwanese fail to pay their telecom bills.)