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How to make a great cable package for $34.99/month go up to $85.99/month.  It’s so easy, even you can do it!


There have been several times when I see a cable commercial and I think to myself, “Why don’t we have such a great deal for our tv’s?  Those people in the commercial have 1,000 more channels than us and pay half as much!  Why am I yelling?!”  Today I went to directtv.com to sort this whole mess out.  I think it’s important to start off by presenting my conclusions:


Over one year I would be paying $486 MORE than I expected at first click.  That’s $972 over the life of the plan that I’m locked into.


Look below to see how my bill went from $34.99 to $46.99 to $70.99 to $85.99.  The average cost of my bill for the 2 year contract would be $75.49. 


 


I went for the Choice Xtra package because 1. I like poor spelling as a marketing technique 2. For JUST $5 more you get 60 channels.  Note where it says “LOCKED UNTIL 2011.” 


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FREE HD DVR Receiver? Yes please. 


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Add another receiver for FREE? Why not?


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Another receiver for FREE, really?  Ok…


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Whoa there.  $46.99/month?  I started out at $34.99/month.  There is an extra Direct DVR Service Fee ($7) and Receiver Lease Fee ($5), I guess $12 isn’t that much more…


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When I view the bills for 24 months I find some bad surprises.  The bill shoots up $24 to $70.99 in the 4th month because the free three month trial of Showtime and Starz expires.  It looks like they are just going to keep that going unless I call and cancel. 


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Remember how my plan rate was “LOCKED UNTIL 2011?”  Well when that expires one year later, the bill goes up to $85.99.  Yowsa.  
  
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I know that just rocked your world.  Take a deep breath.  Post a comment, talking about it will help you heal.


Article publié pour la première fois le 21/06/2010

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