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Old 12-03-2009, 12:09 PM   #1  
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Default Anyone have any service with no 2 yr. contract?

DirectTV won't even talk to me since I dont' want a 2 year contract so I closed out my chat window with them lickety split after being told hands down no bargaining with them.

I went to Dish's site and chatted with them a bit and from what I understand they are willing to wheel and deal a bit. Maybe DirecTV is willing as well, but I didn't stick around long enough to find out.

The Dish rep said you can go without a contract if you pass a credit check (no problem) and you don't expect "package pricing". Pretty much "No contract with credit check and regular price per month instead of special".

But then the guy said if you want to go month to month you must pay a hefty deposit for the gear and your first month subscription. I was confused because he had just said that all you need was credit check and normal pricing. Was he trying to tell me something ELSE or was he offering a different deal.

Does anyone have a month to month service with either DirecTV OR Dish? If not month to month, what about no contract? I thought those were one in the same but the Dish guy made it sound like two different things.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:23 PM   #2  
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Usually, no 2 year contract means no leased equipment and buying the equipment. Thus the hefty up front fee. You can still lease without the commitment, but you have to pay an activation fee up front as well (this fee is waived with the commitment). Deals are available in all cases, it is a matter of what current deal is available when you sign up for the service. New customers always get better deals than those offered to current or returning customers. No matter what type of customer you are, your first bill is for two months, Dish is like most cable companies in that you pay before your service instead of what you already used.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:34 PM   #3  
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Thanks man, I will be looking further into this. I don't want a 2 year contract. I wouldn't mind 1 year but not two. Two years is to long to contract a service IMO. Technology changes, deals change, quality changes and I want the smallest commitment possible. If something new or better comes out, or if I start having crappy service or support I want out pronto.

Hopefully Dish will be able to work with me. As long as the up front price isn't totally outrageous, I'll probably go with them over DTV.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:49 PM   #4  
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Dish Network Flex TV. $149 up front, month to month after that. NO credit check or SS number required.

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Old 12-03-2009, 07:31 PM   #5  
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That looks great but it also looks like it expired in July of this year according to that sheet. Unless they've extended it...
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:59 AM   #6  
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I understand your reluctance for the contract, but take a look at it from a purely economic standpoint:

The penalty for dropping the contract is $10.00 for each month - so your maximum liability is $240. The discounts and free equipment amount to much more, so if you stayed for only a year, you'd only give back $120 and still be farther ahead than on month-to-month.

This is the approach I used when I started 18 months ago, so it's worked out well. If they don't screw with my rates at the end of 24 months, I'll be here much longer.

I never let emotion get in the way of my financial decisions.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:27 AM   #7  
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I understand your reluctance at making 2 year commitment "but". I subscribed to Dish (5+ yrs); then DTV (7 yrs); just went back to Dish. I asked if I could subscribe w/out contract ("Yes, but.") I also looked at price of sateliite dishes & receivers (maybe that helps explain why providers want some commitment from customers.) I subscribed to silver pkg, no HD, no locals: free install; no activation, processing or other fee (by ordering thru Sam's Club); $25 charged to c.c. (to verify active card; it's refunded); 1st yr service at 32.99/mo. (currently silver is 47.99/mo.) Yes, technology changes, but usually, providers don't charge for 'upgrades' (they do for downgrades). As far as 'bad service', the other side to contract is that the company has responsibilities: service failure/s are grounds to terminate a contract (of course you'd need documentation of failures, issues.) So, do the math: My pkg. 12 mos. at 32.99; next 12 mos. at 47.99 (assuming no price increase by then) and no other fees = 971.76 (2 year cost); Flex = 149.00 activation fee, silver is 52.99/month = 2 yr cost of 1,420.76 (or $449 more!) Oh, I did also upgrade my Terk antenna (probaby wasn't necessary, so that was added about $50 to my cost; $50 one time more economically feasible than $5/mo for life, for local channels.)
That said, I did experience mega problems w/install, (unusual), but kept telling myself goal is to get service, so work thru it. (DTV - seemed every month my bill increased. Choice Xtra pkg, similar to Dish Silver, is now up to 61.99/mo.)
Since this is my first post, forum won't allow me to submit this post with the website for flex; dishflextv.
Other 'fine print' for Flex: In addition to $149 activation fee, "upgrade fees apply for select receivers; monthly fees may apply based on type and number of receivers ... All charges, including monthly service, PPV (prior to event) & eqpt. upgrades, must be paid in advance; failure to pay by due date will lead to service disconnection within 24 hours, and a $5 restart fee will apply."
One last suggestion: Whoever you choose, and whatever plan you choose, rather than order thru 800# deal w/a 'local' provider and installer. I ordered, face to face, thru Sam's Club (gives me a live person to deal with); and although installation co. wasn't 'local' installers live in same town, and co. is in same state. Can make a big difference in the service aspect.
I definitely recommend Dish over DTV (and won't even mention cable providers.) But to each his own. Whatever you decide, good luck!
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:57 AM   #8  
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I just had the following chat with Dish Network:

01) Bryan M.45L: How can I help you in processing your order online?
Scott H: I am trying to find out a couple things. I am currently with Directv and am very upset at how they treat me and the fact that my locals are not in HD (they are with you). I would have to buy out of a contract and am trying to find out if there is a way to get your service without a contract?
(01) Bryan M.45L: Yes we have this option, all you have to do is pay a $99 activation fee. Please take note that signing up with a 24 month commitment will waive the activation fee.
Scott H: (I am concerned with the wording in your aggreement where it says that you can raise rates and change channels and I am still bound. I am a teacher and on a very fixed income and can't afford a rate increase. that is my problem with Directv at the moment. They have raised my rate about $10 in 2 months. Are the prices all the same (not sale prices, but normal prices)?
(01) Bryan M.45L: We are currently offering a reduced rate for our new customers that will sign up for a commitment. The regular price for the Top 120 package is actually $39.99 monthly, however you can get it for as low as $24.99 with locals for 12 months once you sign up for a 24 month commitment.
Scott H: (I am looking at the 250 + HD + locals)
(01) Bryan M.45L: May I also know the number of Tvs that you are planning to hook up?
Scott H: (yes, but like I said, I signed up with a similar deal with directv and now I am stuck with a little over $90 a month (they keep raising their rates on me).
Scott H: 2
Scott H: 1 hd and 1 regular
(01) Bryan M.45L: Your monthly rate would be around $72.99 for the Top 250 package and HD for more than 90 shows. Local channels are included for no additional fees.
Scott H: and all I would have to do to join without a contract is pay the $99 activation and I would get the price around $73? (That includes the lease of the receivers?) If so how would I proceed? Should I contact a local rep?
(01) Bryan M.45L: Yes that is correct, for your convenience I will be more than willing to build the account for you. Also please take note that the prices does not include taxes which will vary between different states.

I plan on going this direction. I hate the idea of signing a contract to be told that the other half can change it on a whim.

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:37 AM   #9  
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No one likes commitment (especially us guys - just ask your wives). That said, stop and look at the possibilities involved in making the commitment. The discounts and rebates and free equipment/installation all have a value. Look at your total output over 2 years if you go with a contract and without. Estimate how long you will stick with it depending on circumstances. Understand that not fulfilling the contract only costs $10 per month for each month remaining (this was the last figure I'd seen with Dish - DTV was $12 a month). To begin with, you'll know very soon whether you like the service or not and can cancel withing 30 days. I've looked at the options in a number of cases and going with a contract generally is the best bet if you get a good package deal to start with.

I've got 4 months left on my contract, have never been unhappy with programming, price or equipment and am far ahead of where I would have been had I gone with no contract. You have to put everything in perspective. I'm getting ready to set up Dish for my 90-yr old mother and trust me, we'll be very happy to see her finish out the 2-yr commitment.
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