Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Unexpected Time Warner....DECREASE.
Old 11-25-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
Full time employment: Posting here.
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 891
Unexpected Time Warner....DECREASE.

It dawned on me that I had joined in bashing cable on a thread about bad companies. I still don't care for cable companies, but I gotta admit this was a shock....

I've had TW cable since 1996; got RoadRunner HSI shortly thereafter. Don't have a lot of premium service other than two DVR boxes. $173 a month.

Not long ago I was fed up with modem as I had to reset about every day. Took in, nice lady exchanged it and remarked that it was an antique. Then she informs me she can lower my bill; I'm thinkin' oh...maybe $10 a month? It's now $97 a month. She told me it was good for a year but to come back in a year and renew the lower rate.

I guess the fact that I'm getting ATT Uverse solicitations about every three days must have something to do with it. I was shocked at the magnitude of the decrease. Oh well, I'll certainly take it.

H2ODude is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-25-2012, 08:36 AM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,038
There may be some downward pressure on cable prices. A lot of people are dropping cable. Including me.

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
Lazarus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 16,425
Originally Posted by H2ODude View Post
I was shocked at the magnitude of the decrease.
I was shocked at the magnitude of what you were paying. $173/month! $2076 annual!

To me, it only seems like a decrease in relative terms.

ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2012, 09:00 AM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,019
Same here...a long time TW customer. I had the "All in One" package for years.
I forget the new name of the same service package, which is digital and HD cable with no HBO, CineMax, Showtime etc, DVR equipment, HS Internet, telephone, security and fire monitoring.
I live out in the sticks, so my choices have always been limited.

Mr B and I went in person to the local TW office last year to get the rate reduced. We were given the promotional rate for 1 year, and told to return and do same this year.
We recently got a notice in snail mail stating that we were automatically being renewed at the current promotional rate for new customers, for another year.
I'm too lazy to go look up the historical prices of service.

Glad to see the "monopoly' is crumbling.
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2012, 10:56 AM   #5
Full time employment: Posting here.
Ronnieboy's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 588
I hate the fact that you have to 'renew' the lower rates every year. Why play the games, keep them low, especially for your long term 'loyal' customers.
I don't want to spend my entire life at work. I deserve more. - Want2retire aka W2R
Ronnieboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7,169
I routinely call every year, tell them that their competitors are offering rates much lower, with specifics being mentioned by me. Then I tell them if they can't match the rates or get close I want to cancel. Then they never can do it, so I tell them I am cancelling. Then miraculously they pull a special rate out of their hat to get me to stay as a customer. Usually this results in me paying 50-60% of the going rate for internet (all I purchase from Time Warner Cable). This year I didn't fare so well, so I'm paying 72% of the rack rate.

In years past other competitors have offered huge sign up bonuses that make switching really inexpensive. This year I didn't see any, so I stuck with TWC for another year.

To the OP, you saw a big rate decrease because you were probably paying full rack rate for years. They didn't want you to be enticed away by much cheaper (and fuller?) offerings from competitors. I think they are running a special in my market where you get phone, pretty decent cable, and high speed internet for $99/mo, and you get $150 cash back if you are a new customer switching to TWC. That's the "going rate" now for bundled phone/data/tv services.

Retired in 2013 at age 33. Keeping busy reading, blogging, relaxing, gaming, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and 3 kids (4, 10, and 11).
FUEGO is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:26 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.