AT&T is Trying to Bribe Their New DirectTV Customers to Switch Cell Carriers

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  1. dgstorm

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    Besides wanting to get more spectrum and spread out into another industry, it looks like there was another ulterior motive for AT&T to buy DirectTV. They are now trying to bribe all of their new DirectTV customers to drop their current cellular carrier and switch to AT&T. The bribe is not insignificant either and amounts to about $500 USD per family member who switches.

    Even though the ink is barely dry on the papers for AT&T's acquisition of DirectTV, AT&T already started offering $300 bill credits for every line that a customer brings to AT&T. They are also offering an additional $200 trade-in credit if you trade-in your old phone. To get the $300 credit, the customer is required to buy a new phone on AT&T Next as well. Here's a quote with a few more particulars,

    Oddly, they are offering something similar to their own U-Verse customers as well. Check out the source link if you want all of the details. What do you guys think of AT&T's move? Is it smart extra value for customers, a shameless way to bribe consumers, or a little of both?

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    This merger means that I'll be canceling my Directv account ... Been dabbling with cutting the cord for a while, and this seems to be as good as time as any!

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    Wow! I suppose Verizon could do the same thing with their FiOS. In the end, maybe this could be better for consumers. When you have the top carriers competing for your dime, that can translate to real bargains.

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    I wonder if this is going to spur Verizon to do the same thing and also if they will buy a satellite provider as well?
    Verizon just changed the way they sell phones and data I am sure more changes are ahead.
     
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    $500 seems like a good deal, BUT you're only getting $200 on a trade-in and buying a new phone at (I assume) full retail. In other words, this LOOK like they are providing a subsidy to only new subscribers. If it wasn't for buying the phone and trading in your old one this would be a really good deal....but if my math is right you'll get $500 toward a new phone, or $100-$200 out-of-pocket to switch (unless you're already in the market for a new phone, in which case that $300 is real).

    Otherwise, buy and activate an el-cheapo phone to trade-in so you can pawn your better phone for the $300-$400 it may still be worth.
     
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    They could do this with their FIOS customers, however there is a far greater liklihood that a significant percentage of FIOS customers are already VZW customers as well. On the other hand, ATT and Direct TV had no relationship before, and there was no loyalty issue with Direct TV and another carrier so they do stand to reap a larger benefit IMHO.
     
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    I just signed up for DirecTV back in April or May. Not happy with this merger. I'm wondering if I can get out of my contract with them because of the merger.
     
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    What exactly is the problem with this merger? I had AT&T since they sold out to Cingular and then purchased it back again. I never had a single issue that whole time where I wasn't satisfied with their product or their customer service. The only reason why I am not with them now is because TMo costs far less and works just as well for me.
     
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    I have had Direct TV for years now, AT&T home internet and Verizon cell phones. This is nothing new. They have been doing this and offering deals like this for years already.

    Edit: I have looked into switching cell service to AT&T twice to consolidate my bills and save money and it was never much cheaper....so I stayed the same. Maybe this is different.

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    Highly unlikely, being that this merger doesn't negatively impact your current DirecTV subscription.
    Being a former DirecTV subscriber, I know they take their contracts very seriously. I tried getting out of mine on a couple of occasions, only to end up paying quite the fee for breaking my contract. (but this was about 7 years ago)

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    I wonder if FiOS already offers a "bundle" discount. It is something I always wanted to consider if only I had FiOS in my area.

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    Yes they do.
    Also here, in non fios areas Verizon home offers a bundle with Direct TV for dsl capable areas while Verizon wireless offers bundles with Dish in areas that have neither fios nor dsl for Dish's satellite/internet combo.

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