Reactivate old receiver-get new card for free??

Mr Tony

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I have an old receiver that has been deactivated for a while and I want to get that back up and running. Issue is it has the old blue card. If I reactivate that receiver (its still showing on my account as deactivated), will they send me a new card and if so, is there a charge?

Unit powers on but the only channel I can see is 101. Everything else either gives me the “smartcard not authorized” or black screen (in the case of NASA, Angel One)

Its an old 5000…yes I know I can upgrade but I liked having the OTA tuner integrated into the unit.
 

inwo

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Thats the way it works for us. Retailers.

Csr will activate receiver, but programming won't come on until you get the new (free) card.
 

Kagato

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Dish doesn't seem to care about the Yellow cards. When my 721 went from blue to yellow they must have sent me about 4-5 cards before I activated.
 

HokieEngineer

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I have activated older receivers before and they sent new cards free of charge. Make sure you get a tracking number or something though, since my first one got "lost" and it took 2 weeks for another one to show up, in the mean time I couldn't watch anything :(.
 

Mr Tony

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I currently have a box active so its no biggie. I'll just have to wait for them to send me the new card.

First I have to let the software update.... I noticed I'm a couple updates behind :)
 

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Tell them that you want the card shipped via UPS. USPS will lose it. Done had it happen to me (another bad USPS experience where they lose/stole the item). The card will cost nothing and there is no charge for S&H. I've replaced some without any problems.
 

Darkman

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Iceberg said:
I currently have a box active so its no biggie. I'll just have to wait for them to send me the new card.

First I have to let the software update.... I noticed I'm a couple updates behind :)
I believe you can let the software update with that old card you have .. or even cardless (just if want to do it cardless - would have to have the receiver there on the menu on "Do NOT ask if want to receive s/w" option.. so would need to set it up that way before hand) ..
If go cardless .. just power down the receiver with remote i believe.. and wait for it to start s/w download...

...Or can just do it with that old card in instead :)
 

Mr Tony

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I'll just let it update with the card in it. This receiver has close to current software in it (I use to hook it up to let it download software) :)
 

Darkman

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Oh.. OK.. - if "close to current s/w" is on it - it will be somewhat easier to d/l the newest one :)
 

miguelaqui

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OK I bought a 721 with a blue card from Ebay. they activated the receiver and sent me a blue card. I was able to get a few channels with the blue card activated, like Univision.
 

kb7oeb

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Stargazer said:
Tell them that you want the card shipped via UPS. USPS will lose it. Done had it happen to me (another bad USPS experience where they lose/stole the item). The card will cost nothing and there is no charge for S&H. I've replaced some without any problems.

I've had the opposite experience. I haven't had any problems with USPS but I have had UPS deliver packages to 4 different houses in my neighborhood. One was my 508!
 

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