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Not Possible to Own?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by mobilelawyer, Aug 4, 2007.

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  1. mobilelawyer

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    I bought a 20-700 and a new 5lnb dish from an ebay Directv dealer, but when I called to ask about activating the new unit, I was told by Directv the new dvr would have to be leased, and that I could not own it, but since I was an "Alist" customer, I could activate it without having to re-up for another two years. I would, however, have to talk to another customer rep to do that, and when I was connected, they wouldn't even let me do that!

    The rationale, I am told, is that the 20-700's are sold at a subsidized price. Well, I paid 2X the Best Buy price to own the damn thing! I got the seller to take back the dish and the dvr. So be it. I just don't want to re-up for another two year committment with a company that has not met my expectations for the past two years, and sold me a non- subsidized 10-250 that has been a constant headache since the software updates started. Maybe I should have asked for my money back on the 10-250!

    Is it or is it not possible to own a 20-700? I thought it was, based on what some say they have been able to negotiate. I think I could live with that concept if they would not make me re-up!

    At any rate, I got so angry, I cancelled, effective 8-21.
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    You can buy a HR20 from DIRECTV. I think it is $800. If you lease a unit from DIRECTV you will have to sign a 2 year contract. I am not sure if you have to sign a 2 year contract if you buy it from them. If you are having problems with your HR10-250 you should be able to have them replace it for $19.95 shipping. They will probably send you a refurbished unit and they will make you sign a 2 year contract but it will only cost you $19.95.
     
  3. HDTVsportsfan

    HDTVsportsfan Active Member

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    As Bmore stated, it has been my understanding that if you pay full price, at least directly from D*, then you own the box. I do not believe there is a way to get out of the 2 year commit either way however. Whether it's leased or owned, that 2 year commit is hard to shake loose.
     
  4. rirwin1983

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    The full list price to buy outright is 749.99 All you'd need to do is produce a reciept showing u paid full price from a d* retailer, which is easy to create ;). Not that im advocating that, just giving u a option.
     
  5. FlyBono24

    FlyBono24 Godfather

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    If you "purchased" the HR20 at Best Buy, is there a way that D* can reimburse you somehow?
     
  6. TooManyToys

    TooManyToys Cool Member

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    What is the advantage of buying vs leasing?
     
  7. or270

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    No sales tax on $4.99 month. You can do want you want with the receiver.
     
  8. or270

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    Depends if you qualify based on account history.
     
  9. glennb

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    None that I can think of.

    I had 2 boxes in the house before I got the HR20. One was just a regular receiver, the other one was a DIRECTV/TiVo HDVR2. I bought the HR20 at circuitcity for $300. I sold the HDVR2 to some guy at work. The bill used to say - mirroring fee $4.99 for the 2nd box in the house before I got the HR20. The first bill after the HR20 didn't have the mirroring fee of $4.99, it said - lease fee $4.99.

    No difference in monthly charges.

    If my leased HR20 breaks DIRECTV will more than likely replace it for free or $19.99 shipping fee. If it were an owned HR20 they'd more than likely say - You're on your own[ed] to BUY another HR20. :)
     
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