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Old 12-20-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Burbs near Philly
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Hi all! I have a cable/internet bundle with Comcast that I received with a 6 month promotion about half a year ago. I was paying about $75/month for these services when I realized next month my bill was going to jump to about $120/month for the same services. I decided to give it a shot and call into Comcast to see if they could extend my 6 month intro price. Not only did they extend my promotion, they offered me an even BETTER deal than I had previously been paying for! My bill went from $75/month to $50/month as they offered me $19.99/month for internet and $29.99/month for cable!

I had no idea there were such variations in price for the same service. My advice to all you guys is give it a try and call your Internet/cable provider and nicely ask if they can give you a better deal than you already have. It never hurts to ask and I was really, really pleasantly surprised.

What a sweet gift for the holidays!
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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Hi all! I have a cable/internet bundle with Comcast that I received with a 6 month promotion about half a year ago. I was paying about $75/month for these services when I realized next month my bill was going to jump to about $120/month for the same services. I decided to give it a shot and call into Comcast to see if they could extend my 6 month intro price. Not only did they extend my promotion, they offered me an even BETTER deal than I had previously been paying for! My bill went from $75/month to $50/month as they offered me $19.99/month for internet and $29.99/month for cable!

I had no idea there were such variations in price for the same service. My advice to all you guys is give it a try and call your Internet/cable provider and nicely ask if they can give you a better deal than you already have. It never hurts to ask and I was really, really pleasantly surprised.

What a sweet gift for the holidays!
I did like you and their latest offer ( not comcast ) was the basic channels ( I guess 13 ) and high speed internet for $ 59
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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I do that every year. Call and tell them I'm thinking of switching to FIOS, so what can they do for me? Every time, I get more free stuff for less money. Last time it was free HBO for a year along with the faster internet package, for less than I had been paying before asking.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Hi all! I have a cable/internet bundle with Comcast that I received with a 6 month promotion about half a year ago. I was paying about $75/month for these services when I realized next month my bill was going to jump to about $120/month for the same services. I decided to give it a shot and call into Comcast to see if they could extend my 6 month intro price. Not only did they extend my promotion, they offered me an even BETTER deal than I had previously been paying for! My bill went from $75/month to $50/month as they offered me $19.99/month for internet and $29.99/month for cable!

I had no idea there were such variations in price for the same service. My advice to all you guys is give it a try and call your Internet/cable provider and nicely ask if they can give you a better deal than you already have. It never hurts to ask and I was really, really pleasantly surprised.

What a sweet gift for the holidays!
It's kinda a well kept secret that cable companies use "individual billing" where your bill and your friends & neighbors bills are not , nor will they be, the same for the same services.

The poor Delbert Dumbutt that just pays his bill will pay the most whereas the customer that always kicks, screams and generally is a pain in the butt will get the deals and pay the least for cable services. (remember to be a pain in the butt POLITELY!)

The hard part is never ever let your guard down and keep records of all your calls and who you spoke with.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My cable company has different offers, depending on which person you get on the phone. When baseball season was over, I called and asked if they had a deal on HBO or Max, like free for three months, and he says, oh no, it's very unusual for a deal like that. I called back a week later and got somebody else, and she says Sure, and hooks me up for 3 months of free HBO.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Burbs near Philly
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Yeah I was quite amazed with the variance in their deal packages depending on who you speak to and what discounts you ask for. I'll definately have to share this information with my parents who have a triple bundle (internet/cable/home phone) to help them save money.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:38 PM
 
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Hi all! I have a cable/internet bundle with Comcast that I received with a 6 month promotion about half a year ago. I was paying about $75/month for these services when I realized next month my bill was going to jump to about $120/month for the same services. I decided to give it a shot and call into Comcast to see if they could extend my 6 month intro price. Not only did they extend my promotion, they offered me an even BETTER deal than I had previously been paying for! My bill went from $75/month to $50/month as they offered me $19.99/month for internet and $29.99/month for cable!

I had no idea there were such variations in price for the same service. My advice to all you guys is give it a try and call your Internet/cable provider and nicely ask if they can give you a better deal than you already have. It never hurts to ask and I was really, really pleasantly surprised.

What a sweet gift for the holidays!
Good for you. My coworker just tried to do this with comcast and all they would give her is free HBO for 3 months. SHe's tried several tiems and keeps getting the same response.

I'm surprised they negotiate as much as they do, the cancellation fees on those contracts is ridiculous, most people even though they threaten probably wont switch b/c not only will they pay a several hundred dollar cancellation fee but they will just move onto another introductory rate that will explode again 6 months down the road.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:42 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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We were on Dish Network until a Mediacom salesman came to the door. We got phone, cable, and internet for $99/month for a year. Step daughter is staying with us while hubby is deployed in Afghanistan and asked about getting encore and Showtime so she could watch Big Brother After Dark. lol She pays the extra $30 for that. Our year is up and we're paying $129 for the three services, minus the movies that she pays for. Still a bunch cheaper than paying for all 3 seperate!
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:48 AM
 
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It's kinda a well kept secret that cable companies use "individual billing" where your bill and your friends & neighbors bills are not , nor will they be, the same for the same services.

The poor Delbert Dumbutt that just pays his bill will pay the most whereas the customer that always kicks, screams and generally is a pain in the butt will get the deals and pay the least for cable services. (remember to be a pain in the butt POLITELY!)

The hard part is never ever let your guard down and keep records of all your calls and who you spoke with.
Exactly!

I called to cancel my cable service (I just wanted the internet, I didn't really watch TV anymore) and they offered to give me the full cable package for $7.99 as long as I kept my internet service with them.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:06 AM
 
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Canceled my comcast service recently. Paying $60/mo for internet just wasn't worth it, and they refused to give me any special offers..now paying $100/mo for dsl/dish/phone.
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