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Old 06-21-2011, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I did some work last week to try and shave some $ off my telecommunications spending. I have local phone/unlimited long distance/high speed DSL through Qwest (which is changing its name soon since it was purchased last year by CenturyTel). My elderly mother lives with me, talks on the phone all the time, and can't use a cell phone for her hours-long social calls because she is too hard of hearing -- hence the landline dependence.

To make a long story short, Qwest did cut $10/mo. off the DSL portion of my bill when I gave them some hard numbers of where I could get it cheaper. Then the customer service person volunteered one other discount. He asked where I got my TV service. When I said DirecTV, he asked how I paid (answer, mine was billed on my Visa so I could get airline miles). They said if I authorized the billing to be turned over to them, DirecTV would discount my bill $5 per month to get me out of their billing system and the new discounted total would be added to my phone bill.

I don't know if DirecTV has this arrangement with other telecoms, but it's probably worth asking if you could use that extra $60 elsewhere.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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DishNetwork has the same deal with WindStream if you have these two services.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I did some work last week to try and shave some $ off my telecommunications spending. I have local phone/unlimited long distance/high speed DSL through Qwest (which is changing its name soon since it was purchased last year by CenturyTel). My elderly mother lives with me, talks on the phone all the time, and can't use a cell phone for her hours-long social calls because she is too hard of hearing -- hence the landline dependence.

To make a long story short, Qwest did cut $10/mo. off the DSL portion of my bill when I gave them some hard numbers of where I could get it cheaper. Then the customer service person volunteered one other discount. He asked where I got my TV service. When I said DirecTV, he asked how I paid (answer, mine was billed on my Visa so I could get airline miles). They said if I authorized the billing to be turned over to them, DirecTV would discount my bill $5 per month to get me out of their billing system and the new discounted total would be added to my phone bill.

I don't know if DirecTV has this arrangement with other telecoms, but it's probably worth asking if you could use that extra $60 elsewhere.
Letting someone into your bank/credit card account to take money out at will is a very, very bad idea.

I did this once with my home/car insurance finding out that everytime a withdrawl came due the amount drawn was a little more than last time.
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