We are a startup and trying to register for the Apple Developer Program. Apple requires a DUNS number for it, and the Apple Developer website says that we can get one for FREE from D and B.
We contacted D and B, and they sold us a service for one time payment of about 300 USD, and they said that's what Apple requires. When we tried to register for the program, Apple says they cannot verify our DUNS number and asked us to get in touch with D and B again. I was just on the phone with D and B, and they are trying to sell me another service, called Credibility report or something for 700 USD/year.
Is that right? Can anyone tell me what level of D and B service do we need to register for Apple developer program?
UPDATE: After reading this thread, somebody contacted me from D&B, and offered to return my 300 dollars. Since my credit card had expired since then, they sent me a check and the check came from D&B (not DnB). I checked my old statements, the original charge on my card was from D&B too.