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Old 01-12-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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XM radio question

I have a satellite radio on a car I purchased last Spring. I enjoyed the programs but, as I spend 1/2 the year in a warmer climate, let the demonstration subscription lapse. I'm tempted to try for a six month subscription. However, I've read lots of reviews which warn about the folks at these companies not letting go of a credit card number once you give them one (they won't take no for an answer).

Any one with thoughts on the wisdom of trying a six month subscription?

Rich
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:11 PM   #2
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I have a satellite radio on a car I purchased last Spring. I enjoyed the programs but, as I spend 1/2 the year in a warmer climate, let the demonstration subscription lapse. I'm tempted to try for a six month subscription. However, I've read lots of reviews which warn about the folks at these companies not letting go of a credit card number once you give them one (they won't take no for an answer).

Any one with thoughts on the wisdom of trying a six month subscription?

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I've taken the 1/2 price 6 month deal before and I've cancelled before with no problem.
Just be sure you call them prior to the end date, and if you want to continue they will likely make you yet another good deal. I certainly see no need to ever pay full price for this service.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:11 PM   #3
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I have a satellite radio on a car I purchased last Spring. I enjoyed the programs but, as I spend 1/2 the year in a warmer climate, let the demonstration subscription lapse. I'm tempted to try for a six month subscription. However, I've read lots of reviews which warn about the folks at these companies not letting go of a credit card number once you give them one (they won't take no for an answer).

Any one with thoughts on the wisdom of trying a six month subscription?

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I never wanted to extend the free subscription that came with my new vehicle. Even so, it took me a long time (a year, maybe?) to get them to stop the continual phone calling and snail mail about it. I cannot even imagine how hard it must be to get rid of them, if one has actually agreed to a paid subscription.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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I've read at least one person who paid for the service by paper check. That prevents the company from "controlling" your credit card.

I'm considering that option.

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We are paying them just for traffic and travel services. The audio service is horribly overpriced, even with the 50% discount. For roughly the same price, you could get an Xbox Music Pass, and carry practically any music you could ever want with you wherever you go. It plugs into practically all cars advanced to have XM radio. And it runs on your smartphone so you aren't paying for a device you don't have. (Xbox Music Pass is for Windows Phones. I bet Apple and Android have similar options.)
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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My credit card company can issue temporary card numbers tied to my account (for use with internet purchases, etc.). I used one of these the one time I paid for a subscription, then closed the temporary number after the charge went through. XM couldn't charge the card again.
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Supposedly Chase offers virtual numbers, but I don't see any way of getting one.
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My credit card company can issue temporary card numbers tied to my account (for use with internet purchases, etc.). I used one of these the one time I paid for a subscription, then closed the temporary number after the charge went through. XM couldn't charge the card again.
Great idea.
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I have a buddy who calls them every six months to "cancel" to keep the rate at $25-30 per 6 months. I am getting letters at that price, but my commute is short enough not to bother.
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The last confirmed sighting of the $25/6 month rate is about 8 months ago I think. I was shocked that the prices had gone up so much, and that SiriusXM was so firm about not offering a better deal.
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The last confirmed sighting of the $25/6 month rate is about 8 months ago I think. I was shocked that the prices had gone up so much, and that SiriusXM was so firm about not offering a better deal.
Got a $25 offer as recent as last week..
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They must simply hate me.
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They must simply hate me.
Perhaps the name...you are dealing with someone trying to sell somethingBicker, dicker, they all are a telemarketers worst nightmare.
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Hehe.

I'm thinking it might be zip code. I've been reading a lot about pricing being set by zip code these days, and seeing how many million-dollar McMansions are going up in town, I can understand why they might be putting higher pricing onto us.
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I am pretty sure both of the letters I have gotten (sirius=toyota and xm=honda) were about $25 + tax and royalty(?) fees. I have never given them a dime so they may be more aggressive with non-customers.
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We were definitely non-customers.
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