I hate to say it but you snooze you lose. The freebies that people are getting are for having a minimum programming package before February 1st and he Absolute pack was not one of those qualifying packages.
This is why they were trying to hard to get everyone switched (and why they mailed you those letters) so you could get this done before the 1st.
Did you think they were bluffing?
No, not at all. When I got the letter, I came here to see what others were planning to do. It seemed like no one at Dish seemed to know what was going on. People who did call in were commonly told to wait until 2/1, allow the automatic switchover to happen, and see then what the credit would actually be since no one at Dish seemed to know. Moreover, what was offered was what I would have switched to, so why bother calling in if they said it would be done automatically?
I don't think the letter had anything to do with qualifying people for the freebies. If Dish really wanted people to call and switch so that they would qualify for the gifts, the company would have mentioned it in the letter.