Well, this article won't be much different than the one regarding VOIP and Local Phone company service. To read that article, click here. It is basically following the same concept, which is that you need to call and renegotiate with your home service providers. These companies simply do NOT want to lose your business. There is too much competition out there, which is wonderful for us as the consumer.
Once again, I am not necessarily promoting any specific company. We really like Dish Network a lot. I have had cable in the past, and the price, before I even got them down today, was still better than cable. Now, I have never subscribed to DirectTV, so I really can't tell you which company is more worthwhile. I have had many friends that have been happy with their service as well.
Anyway, that is not the point. The point is to save money for your household. Recently, I realized my 18 month commitment would be up with Dish Network. Of course, that got me to thinking how the phone company came down in price, so I decided to try it out with Dish Network today.
I called them and explained I wanted to find out what I needed to do in order to cancel my service. The first person I talked to was not very helpful. She explained she could price out different packages for me that might bring my price down. I, of course, told her no thank you. I want the same service I am getting today. She then transferred me to an account executive, as she called them, to cancel my membership with them.
I went through the same story with her. I explained I didn't want service cancelled today, because the cable company wasn't coming out yet, but that I was just wondering how I got the equipment back, and what I needed to do. This, eventually, led her to ask me what they could do to keep my business.
I told her simply ( and extrememly nicely ), that we absolutely loved Dish Network but that it came down to price. I told her the cable company was running a 12 month special ( which they are ), and she asked how much I would need off a month. I asked for $20! She asked me to hold so she could talk to her supervisor. She came back shortly and told me they approved it for a year. Hooray! $20 less a month is $240! Easy money!
Then, I asked about the warranty on my account. I am NOT a fan of warranties!! I just find them to be a waste of money in most cases and not worth the monthly fees. Anyway, I had to have it when I was in my contract, but now that I was on month to month..it was no longer a necessity. So, that saved me another $6.
Basically, for a quarter of an hours time, I made a little over $312 for the next year! $26 savings for 12 months. I was so happy, and was thrilled I didn't need to switch service. That saves me work as far as learning new programs, having it installed, shipping back my Dish Network supplies, etc. So, it was a win win. I got a lower price AND I got to keep my same service!
So, if you haven't already called on your cable or satellite, please sit down tomorrow and do it. It is so worth $300 to be on the phone with a customer service rep for a few minutes. I also posted ads to some of the larger providers of service. Feel free to click on them and compare their prices and options. And if your current provider can lower their price ,but not match or beat the competition, don't be afraid to switch. That is what I initially did a year and a half ago when I switched from cable to Dish Network. And, I would have switched again if they wouldn't have beaten the cable companies special promotional pricing.