I got my system install last night. Two days after I bought it! When the tech turned everything on, we were receiving everything! The card was already activated. I didn't have to call D* for activation. This was on the Ultimate TV receiver. The BB sales rep had handed me the access card in the store. It might have been from a returned unit. I don't know. I guess I'll go ahead and call for activation today. I have to call to activate the UTV, anyway. The installer said that it had never happened to him before.