Wow, intro deals keep getting worse and worse

STL

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Every time I consider coming back to DISH, I look at their intro-pricing deals and surprisingly they keep getting worse and worse. When I first looked, it was 2-year lock at $50/month (for the 120+ package) and that included DVR service. Then it went to a 3-year lock but the price no longer included DVR fees (for effectively $60/month). Then it went to the same pricing with only a 2-year lock. Now the price has gone up $5 more. Maybe DISH is focusing on giving discounts to their current customers (they sure weren't when I left) and are now less concerned about attracting new ones.
 

boba

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Every time I consider coming back to DISH, I look at their intro-pricing deals and surprisingly they keep getting worse and worse. When I first looked, it was 2-year lock at $50/month (for the 120+ package) and that included DVR service. Then it went to a 3-year lock but the price no longer included DVR fees (for effectively $60/month). Then it went to the same pricing with only a 2-year lock. Now the price has gone up $5 more. Maybe DISH is focusing on giving discounts to their current customers (they sure weren't when I left) and are now less concerned about attracting new ones.
Maybe it is time to jump on the deals before they get worse.
 

mwdxer1

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Prices are going up. You can thank the programmers for that. Dish probably has had to adjust their pricing to compensate with the high fees.
 

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Every time I consider coming back to DISH, I look at their intro-pricing deals and surprisingly they keep getting worse and worse. When I first looked, it was 2-year lock at $50/month (for the 120+ package) and that included DVR service. Then it went to a 3-year lock but the price no longer included DVR fees (for effectively $60/month). Then it went to the same pricing with only a 2-year lock. Now the price has gone up $5 more. Maybe DISH is focusing on giving discounts to their current customers (they sure weren't when I left) and are now less concerned about attracting new ones.
Boo hoo. I don't have much sympathy for jumpers.
 
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Direct and the cable companies aren't offering any better deals. You have to bundle tv, internet and a home phone to get the best deals. Who wants a home phone? And when the deal ends, the prices are higher than Dish.
 
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But there are still deals, and when the deals are over DISH is usually cheaper per month than Directv or Cable....so I don't understand the problem here.
 
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Direct and the cable companies aren't offering any better deals. You have to bundle tv, internet and a home phone to get the best deals. Who wants a home phone? And when the deal ends, the prices are higher than Dish.
Some people still use them. And if it means getting high-quality video service -- include local sub-channels and whole-home TiVo -- and fast internet for sixty bucks a month less than you would pay for satellite TV alone, I want the home phone.
 
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Some people still use them. And if it means getting high-quality video service -- include local sub-channels and whole-home TiVo -- and fast internet for sixty bucks a month less than you would pay for satellite TV alone, I want the home phone.

I still have my CenturyLink POTS line, and wouldn't be without it. Of course I live where cellular reception is marginal even with a whole home signal amplifier. Works without the amp, but just barely. I like the old POTS line for reliability.
 

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Promos come and go, some are better than others.

I like a land line also. Can turn off the cell for a break. The people that have my land line # I can count on 1 hand.
 

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But there are still deals, and when the deals are over DISH is usually cheaper per month than Directv or Cable....so I don't understand the problem here.
Are they? I can no longer find the "normal" pricing on their website. That makes it really hard to compare.
 

STL

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Promos come and go, some are better than others.
I do expect some ebb and flow with deals, but they seem to just be trending to get worse and worse. Like I said, maybe DISH is focusing more on retaining customers now. By starting this thread, I had hoped people would chime in to confirm or deny that theory. All I know is my past experience with them; despite being a loyal customer for many years (and even through a move) they seemed all too eager to get my account cancelled when I was considering leaving.
 
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STL

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Have you looked at their Flex Pack?
Yes, but I am having trouble getting a clear picture of what all is in each pack; I keep getting "Sorry we are having trouble...try again" errors on their website. That said I think they have spread the channels around in such a way that it wouldn't make sense for a family like mine.
 

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I do expect some ebb and flow with deals, but they seem to just be trending to get worse and worse. Like I said, maybe DISH is focusing more on retaining customers now. By starting this thread, I had hoped people would chime in to confirm or deny that theory. All I know is my past experience with them; despite being a loyal customer for many years (and even through a move) they seemed all too eager to get my account cancelled when I was considering leaving.

Me Too!! I think I figured out why.......Everybody's Leaving!!!! Bye Dish:wave
 

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I got a good intro deal, in my opinion. It was the 3 year price lock deal. I got the deal plus a Hopper 3 upgrade at no charge. I moved from Directv because the cost there kept going up. I at least know what I will be paying for the next 2-3 years (the price lock is for 3 years, but am only committed to 2 years).
 

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