A friend of mine gave me a couple H20s today. One he bought 'owned' off Ebay years ago so he could activate it only when his daughter was home from college for the summer, but has been inactive on his account since she graduated a year ago. The other was leased but Directv told him they didn't want it back when he replaced it with a Genie last week.
I know activating the owned H20 won't be a problem. As a commercial account, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to activate the leased one as well. The question is, do I need to buy new access cards for them? I've read conflicting reports, it sounds like this may be one of the (many) cases where it depends on the CSR you get when you call.
Which is more likely to work, activating them with the card still in them that was previously active on my friend's account, or activating them using cards previously active on my account in now-deceased receivers? I've read that Directv doesn't like re-using of access cards, just not sure if it is the card staying on the same receiver but changing accounts or the card staying on the same account and changing receivers that they've less of a problem with.
I know I can pay $20 for new ones, but it would be pretty cool if I can manage to get two receivers completely free