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Directv - at&t deals?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Athenian, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. codeyh

    codeyh Cool Member

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    I'm wondering if I can squeeze more out of this.

    1. have my parents 'refer' me to AT&T.. so they get a referral bonus
    2. have someone refer me to DirecTV (separate from AT&T) so we both get the discount.
    3. Call later to have my AT&T bundle and D* bundle combined for that discount.

    seems like it would work nicely.
     
  2. Nightfall

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    Sorry it took me so long to respond.

    I still go to Directv.com to manage my account at Directv and package.

    The total discount I got was $10 a month (not $5 as I previously said), but I subscribe to the whole enchilada. I have home phone, wireless, DSL, and now Directv. As I said before, I will be watching my bill to see if that change takes effect.
     
  3. rahlquist

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    Take a good look at this folks, especially those in former Bellsouth territory. Here is the change card for my account.

    Its going to save me $26.99 on my AT&T bill and cost me $5 more a month on DirecTV(I will loose my grandfathered $10 Bellsouth discount to switch to the $5 AT&T discount).
     

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  4. mcmattyo

    mcmattyo AllStar

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    Ok I work for ATT in SE old Bellsouth. It doesn't matter what the name is on Directv or att accounts as long as they are both at same location you can get the discount, just make sure both are not past due and Directv has your att number as main number. If you are new customer you also get $50 for ATT for getting Directv and whatever other national promo Directv is running.
    This is the deal for all you people who have a old bun and have Complete choice and unlimited ld and get $10 off Directv, go online and change your bundle to the new bundle. You get Complete choice and unlimited ld for $30 and $5 off Directv and $5 off DSl if you have it. Please do not call in and Have a rep do it. ATT sucks so bad they send out advertisements telling existing customers to call in to restructure their existing overpriced bundles, but dings the customer service reps because it goes negative against our sales. Even though you had that bundle for 10 yrs we are still responsible and thats why as soon as you say you want to remove something or "The economy is bad and I have to cut this bill to the bare basics" the call mysteriously drops. If you want to add service such as DSL and Directv please don't hesitate to call and and ask for cash back, especially if you have cable we can give you a pretty good deal. Also a word of advice never listen to door to door vendors or telemarketers. ATT corporate and knows they lie but don't care please don't take it out on the service rep we know but what can we do? Hope this helps some of you.
     
  5. mdavej

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    Thanks rahlquist and mcmattyo for the great info. The latest deal is much better and cheaper than the old one. Only took a couple of minutes to change it online.
     
  6. Montezuma58

    Montezuma58 AllStar

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    I had the old bundle with Complete Choice & unlimited long distance. I changed to the package as described above. But in the modify package section it doesn't say anything about wireless. I'm was getting $10/month of my ATT wireless. Will I be getting anything off of my wireless bill now?

    Even if the wireless discount goes away it looks like I'm still ahead of the old complete choice unlimited package.
     
  7. Iceblaze

    Iceblaze New Member

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    No sign, hope to hear soon though
     
  8. codeyh

    codeyh Cool Member

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    called to order my AT&T and found out I'm serviced by some local podunk telco rather than the big boys.. :eek2::mad:

    Still getting DirecTV (Thursday!!!!!) just gotta figure out how I'm going to keep Comcast for internet.
     
  9. mrfatboy

    mrfatboy Godfather

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    I just got off the phone with both an ATT & Directv Rep. They were both excruciating phone calls.

    My setup:
    ATT Phone
    ATT DSL
    Directv Total Choice Plus w/ DNS service


    First, ATT told me that by bundling both Directv and my ATT (phone/internet) I would save $5 off my ATT bill AND I would also get a discount of $25 a month off my Directv bill. The Directv bill would be combined into my ATT bill.

    The ATT rep then transferred my to Directv. The DTV rep then explained to me (he had to call ATT back and had rep on phone) that they do NOT combine the bill. I would also have to switch my DTV package to Total Choice Extra ($3 more) to even get the $5 discount from ATT (not directv). Thus netting me only $2 in savings.

    I also asked DTV if bundling would screw up my grandfathered DNS service. The rep unconvincingly said "ugh, don't think so". I asked him several times.

    I ended up not doing anything and posting here first.

    Can anybody verify this stuff? Comments? Suggestions?
     
  10. RVD26

    RVD26 Godfather

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    I've gotten the same run-around too.
    I've called about 3 times each to D* and AT&T.
    Each time I get a different story and am basically told to call the other company to get the discount.
    I've been told everything from "We won't be bundling until the end of the year" to "You must be a new customer to get this set up".
    This is seriously giving me a headache. :mad:
     
  11. JD*

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    The "bundling" is virtual for most of 2009 until they combine the billing. The $5 discount is good if you have any AT&T account for a landline, Dry Loop/HSI, or even wireless (FYI, wireless stores got the least training). Customer must be Choice Extra or above (no grandfathered packages), have no more than a $20 balance and either be in or agree to at least a 12 month contract. Account must remain in good standing to continue receiving the discount.

    AT&T reps are the ones entering these "opt-in" orders, confusion is coming from some of the reps not understanding their training. If you are grandfathered customer, you have already received your discounts in the past.

    I could tell you how I know all of this, but well....you know.;)
     
  12. RVD26

    RVD26 Godfather

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    So what number what would I call, which department do I ask to speak to, and what exactly do I say?
    I've called numerous times to both D* and AT&T and have gotten nowhere.
     
  13. JD*

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    Pretty much any AT&T call center that handles billing, issues and any sales at all. Have them pull up your info, tell them you are en existing DIRECTV customer and that you would like to "Opt-in" for the $5 discount. If they don't know what that means, ask for their manager.

    Make sure you handle the DIRECTV side (12 mo contract/Choice Xtra+) beforehand.
     
  14. JosephB

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    Do the accounts have to have the same name/SSN? I've heard conflicting reports that it's ok if they simply have the same billing/service addresses. My DirecTV bill is in my name, AT&T bill in my grandfather's name, same addresses.
     
  15. mrfatboy

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    Thanks for the straight scoop.

    I am currently grandfathered in with the Total Choice Plus ($54.99). So I would need to switch to the Choice Extra Plan ($57.99). Then I get my $5 ATT bundle discount netting me a whopping $2/month.

    I don't think it is even worth $2/month savings if I have to talk to either an ATT or DTV rep again :) Those calls to India with "John Smith from Texas" kill me :)
     
  16. JD*

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    For now, the names don't need to match. However, once they combine billing, one or both of you may stop receiving the discount if you aren't both DIRECTV & AT&T customers at that time.
     
  17. JD*

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    It's a trade off. Keep in mind, in addition to saving $2, you gain Fox Business, a couple HD channels, Ovation TV, the Sportsman channel & several music channels and lose CBS College Sports.
     
  18. mrfatboy

    mrfatboy Godfather

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    I forgot to look at what the Choice Extra package would get me. But if those are the only channels I would gain, it's still not worth getting $2 back. I watch maybe 30 channels only out of the 1000 available. There is maybe 1 or 2 channels I need in the Total Choice Plus package or I would be getting the Basic package :)
     
  19. dodge boy

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    I looked at mine online, I was lied to, I upgraded my internet speed and added features to my phone so I could bundle, what was supposed to be 99 turned out to be 115 and that is before my extra receivers, DVR Fee, PP, HD access. I unbundled today, cut back my internet and phone now that will be 48 and change and my Directv will be about 90 and if I really want to save $$ I can always cut my land line... (I only use Unlimited local)
     
  20. Tallgntlmn

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    Since my SD-DVR40 has appeared to have passed away, I called AT&T about this. They told me because I have an account with D* already, I cannot get the bundle. I'd want to bundle TV, internet, and wireless. I have no interest in a home phone. In fact, I think I am getting ready to cancel Vonage. Only a few people ever call me on that number.

    I don't know if it's worth the headache though. As best I can tell, my AT&T price would be $183 before taxes and fees. Right now the three cost me $210. Is the $32 worth it even if I could. Would I still have to lay out cash for the receiver? Would I still have the two year commitment?

    Then there is always Comcast. I could go down that evil route. At least that way I'd have a real TiVo with DLB to boot. I would buy the TiVo as I hate their DVR with a passion.

    The deciding factor is really going to be whether I can get D* to give me a big discount on the HD DVR and install it even though I only have SDTV. I want the DD sound, media sharing, and on demand if I have to give up DLB. And it's less of a headache for when I do get that HDTV I've got my eyes on.
     

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