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Old 03-20-2011, 04:29 PM   #41
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:44 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by albundyz View Post
My Dish Network experience:

Note: overall, we were very happy with the TV service we got from Dish Network.

After 2 years, I had no contractual obligations with Dish, they kept nickel and diming me on everything, so I decided I was gonna leave Dish for a better deal with another provider. So I call them up and I say "Hey, do you have any deals for me?" "No" "How about free HD?" "No" (note: they were offering free HD for new subscribers). So I found another provider and I had the new service installed. Then, I called Dish to cancel . Guess what they offered me?
My Dish TV bill (250 channel/no premium) went from $90.09 in July, 2008 to $105.99 with the latest increase (rates frozen for the next two years).

We have two boxes (1-HD, 1-non) running four TV's (includes my desktop PC with a tuner card).

The service is much better than our local cable company, which we had for many, many years and even much cheaper as compared to their current advertised prices.

When Dish came out with the cut in the HD charge ($10/mo.), I just gave them a call and they gave me the same deal - no problem at all...

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Old 03-20-2011, 05:42 PM   #43
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Posted for comparison...I have cable with DVR (no paid channels), high speed Internet, unlimited local/long distance land line telephone, and fire/security/medical alarm services.

All The Best w/Home Security ..................$171.94
Includes: Basic, Standard, Explorer Pak, Digital Navigator,Digital Equipment, Digital Home Phone*, Road Runner High Speed Online, Monthly Monitoring
*Includes unlimited local and long distance calling within the United States and US Territories.
DVR Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12.95
Subtotal Monthly Services: . . . . . . . ..... .$184.89

MONTHLY ALARM MONITORING .. . . . . . . . . .$5.95
Taxes and Fees: . . . . . ...... . . . . .......... . .$9.96

Grand total = $201 and change
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:46 AM   #44
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My roku works great.

I think many people are beginning to take a hard look at their communications and home entertainment costs.

I would include home phone and mobile in the same category as the services in this thread.

Over the last couple of years, we have been getting substitute services to reduce costs... Some are a little different (e.g., netflix instead of digital movie channels, paygo cell instead of contract, etc.)

I have another round of cost cutting I will be going through this year. when I get done, I will have reduced our cost by about 60% and kept most of the services (or capabilities) compared to 3 years ago.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:34 AM   #45
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It's funny you say that, that is exactly what I did last year and will do it again this year. If I go with Nettalk my phone bill drops to $30 per year. It's better than Magic jack in that I can shut off my computer. A guy I work with has it and said he doesn't see any difference between it and regular landline phone. Unfortunately, if I do that then my internet bill goes up $10-15. Almost what I saved. On the bright side the cable company is running a special of standard cable and internet for $68. That is about what I am paying for Dish right now. After all of this I'll be getting the same services and paying approximately $40 less per month.

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