Zach, or other DIRT member. Have an account for my wife's grandmother (Her address but bill comes to and is paid for by us). Not sure how long we have had this for her, but it is no longer under contract. She has a 322 but currently only has one set connected. The grand kids all went together this year and bought her an HD set. My question is two fold. First is what sort of fee if any will there be to upgrade her 322 to either a 221K or 222K. Not sure if she would put the old set in another room or not. At 94 when she says she doesn't need two TVs you do really argue with her. Second is having been a dish customer for more than 2 years would she be eligible for HD for life for free or would I either have to pay the $99 or re-up her for another two years? Do want to sound cruel or morbid but at 94 two years is not a given, although we all hope she breaks 100.
The receiver upgrade depends on the account. She will have to pay the $99 for HDFFL, or do the 24 month commitment with autopay and paperless billing. But with the receiver upgrade, there will already be a commitment
If you send me her phone number or account number in a PM, I can get you more details on the receiver upgrade
Zach, or other DIRT member. Have an account for my wife's grandmother (Her address but bill comes to and is paid for by us)...
Could cost you big bucks for the receiver upgrade on top of the $99 or 24 month commitment. What they don't want to say in public on the forums is that they discriminate against people with less than perfect credit and force them to pay for equipment upgrades that everyone else gets for free. For some people, that could mean like $150 with a 24 month commitment or $250 outright with no commitment, and you probably still have to pay the $15 to ship back the equipment you've sort of paid for when you quit the service down the line.
With cable you pay $0 upfront for the equipment no matter what your credit, and then a small monthly fee for HD, usually with no commitment.
Not being a flack for cable here. If I didn't think it had it's own problems, I'd have cable right now instead of Dish. I'm just saying, people should know this information. And as soon as they stop discriminating against people with bad or unestablished credit by making them pay extra, I'll stop talking about it. It's usually the well off people who get the price break and the poor who pay through the nose when they use credit scores and stuff to make these kind of determination. I'm not a fan of the practice.
I think this is where Dish went wrong years ago. Dish is only subsidizing equipment costs because cable gives their junk away. Everyone thinks they're entitled to a dvr or an HD dvr for free. If they really want it buy it outright. They might take better care of the equipment if they own it and are responsible for replacing it if they let their cat sleep on it and it overheats. I've never been a fan of leasing or commitments, that is why I buy all my equipment. If I want to paint my receiver orange and black with a lovely pistol pete logo :clap, I can.
The cable companies equipment is so crappy an old they don't care if they get it back or not. It is also why the cable companies equipment is outdated compared to the sat companies. Why put out new equipment if they are going to give it away and half the time it doesn't come back or it comes back inoperable.
Yes, for a reason. Give it a little thought. If you don't give back the (often crappy) Cable equipment after not paying your bills (often the reason for bad credit) the Cable company, who is based in your area, can come and ask for it back. Charter does exactly that. Dish and Direct can't do that.
Banks, Car companies (for loans) charge higher interest to people with bad credit, because they are more likely to not pay on time or at all. Some credit card companies won't give you a card with bad credit. It goes on and on. I think you are confusing someone with little money, with someone with bad credit. Dish will give someone the same deal no matter how much money you have, as long as your credit is good. Why should I pay more so someone who is known to not pay bills (bad credit) can get the same deal I do? Because that would be outcome, we would all pay more.
Buy a laptop computer? If you can't afford home Internet service for a while, you can still use it to play music, watch videos, play games, do speedsheets/word processing, and so on and so forth at home and access the net periodically at the McDonalds, a friend's house, etc..
What can I do with a Dish Network receiver if I cancel the service down the line? Nothing?
The only ones I haven't sold are the two 508's on my account now, that the kids use. These will soon be obsolete and I will be deactivating and replacing them with a 211 in a month or so.