This is not a coupon and requires good old fashioned negotiating skills and let me stress that your mileage may vary depending of the CR you talk to. Let me explain my situation first. I have been with DirecTV for about 2 1/2 years and am out of contract. I have 4 receivers in total, one is a DVR. I have the Choice Xtra+ DVR package. My bill had slowly crept up to about $92 a month and so had my AT&T landline phone bill. It had gone from $29 not so long ago to $40 now. So I thought about getting the TV/Internet/phone bundle from Cox which already provided my internet to save money.
I called up DirecTV to cancel services and explained my reason. I tried to play dumb and see what they would offer me before I asked for anything specific. Out of the blue they offered me free HD, Free DVR services, and a few more discounts including auto bill pay which I was supposed to be getting already, and they also threw in an additional free DVR receiver. My total bill will go from $92 a month back down to $70 after tax. I think that is a pretty good deal in line with their new customer offers and possibly better. They did make me sign a new 2 year agreement though so that was the catch for getting an additional DVR. But I could have got the $70 offer even without signing a new contract.
So for anyone who is out of contract with DirecTV and trying to see the best deal you can get from them, I hope my story helps you out with your negotiations. At that price it brought it down to what Cox cable would charge me even with the bundle pricing. I still ditched AT&T and got the Cox telephone for $16 a month. What is AT&T thinking with those prices?
My advice would be to call DirecTV up and say you are going to cancel services. I am sure some people here can even get a far better deal than I was able to negotiate. My friend also called in and they offered him a similar deal. He had 2 receivers but no DVR and in the past they had refused to upgrade his account. Now they gave him a DVR and he will pay $12 less a month. Good luck!
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posted: Aug. 26, 2011 @ 2:14p
Be careful with DirecTV. They can play some nasty games with your account and after being a paying customer for 5 years, have no flexibility! Long story, but I try to stay far away from this company and recommend others do as well!
posted: Aug. 26, 2011 @ 2:20p
The key to negotiating with them is if you are out of contract. I agree they can be sneaky. Just make sure you have them note your account with the specific details and then call again the next day and verify it.
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posted: Aug. 26, 2011 @ 3:58p
Even though EZWRIGHTER got a Red (Which i fixed) Direct TV can do nasty things like resigning you up for a contract. Be careful when negotiating this deal.
posted: Aug. 26, 2011 @ 4:25p
forbin4040 said: Even though EZWRIGHTER got a Red (Which i fixed) Direct TV can do nasty things like resigning you up for a contract. Be careful when negotiating this deal.
I agree 100%. DirecTV, cell phone companies, they are all pretty sneaky. However, had I not wanted the additional DVR they explained my discounted monthly bill would not require a new contract so I did want to make that perfectly clear. I agreed to the new 2 year contract only because I wanted an additional DVR. Without the DVR I did not have to renew and I did call again to verify the notes. But you are right to give warning. Cover all bases and even record the call if you can.
posted: Aug. 26, 2011 @ 6:12p
Warning heard. However, all provider sucks. Currently on ComCrap and looking for a deal that's equal to 1 x HDDVR with Extended Basic programming, any advice?
what about switching between cable and Sat every other year?
Just renewed D* for two years - got $10 off a month for 24 months, 3 months HBO, free HDDVR and whole home setup - existing HDDVR can talk to the new one - can play shows from either one on either TV.
I had also talked to comcrap asking for double play, but ended up with 6 months HSI for $20 a month (I was on a $29.99 plan that had just increased to $33 for no reason). After adding a couple of HD DVRs it was almost the same as I was paying for D*. I'll just keep on renewing every 3 months.
And Vonage, I'm still on the unlimited for life at $14.95 plan from a few years ago.
Oh - I could get Fios but some of the programming I want is not available thru them. However D* said I can get Fios HSI for $40 a month - so if comcrap decides not to renew me in 6 months, I'll jump ship (note that I still have to pay $15 for limited basic - which does come handy during heavy rain).
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