around here the electric company is the "all sales" company. Oh you need power? ok how about tv? internet? they sell them everything!!! Total bull**** being a local dealer when everyone already setup during turning the power on......I suspect this will catch on if successful. The electric company coming out for a scheduled service call? A sales guy tags along to try and upsell you on an outside line protection plan.
A few months ago I contacted AT&T thru their text chat about my internet issues. They sent a tech as scheduled and he fixed an issue with my connection "down the street." At the same time, a salesperson arrived and came in to talk. He asked about my wireless service and asked who it was. When I replied Consumer Cellular, he gave me a look and I said "...you can't beat them, can you?" He shook his head, thanked me and left.So, after waiting a few weeks (with one flaked call that never showed, even with text messages that the tech is on his/her way and would be there in less than a half hour), a tech finally showed up and fixed my issue. Good job there, but about a minute before he showed up, a sales person of some sort showed up and tried to sign me up for cell phone service.
After 23 years, I'm soon to not be a DirecTV/AT&T customer. I bailed on AT&T cell service a few years ago after using them since 1998 (almost 21 years), so I think this is fitting.