They want HOW MUCH just for cable tv? Cut my bill!
Option 1: You don’t want to change what you have now, you just want a lower rate.
If you are no longer on a new customer promotion price, you have a good chance of
getting a discount. Here is what you do.
The retention department at your cable company is the group that has the ability
to give you a discount. Regular customer service does not. Call up your service
provider and choose the option for the cancellation department. Usually you get
to this option by saying you want to cancel.
Tell them that you are very happy with the service but you simply can’t afford the
bill anymore. Say that your spouse(or other family member) wants to swtich to a
competitor (DirectTV, Dish, FIOS). Make it clear that the other person did all the
homework on fees, contracts, equipment, etc and it is well worth it to switch. But
stress that you do not want to switch and are very happy with the service. Politely
ask if they can review your bill and see if there is anything they can do on the
price or any promotions available. If they do not offer you anything, tell them
you want to put the order in to cancel at the end of the week, or pick a period at
least a few days out. This way they aren’t actually canceling anything at that moment.
At worst, they don’t offer you anything and they go ahead and put the order in to
cancel your service. The next day you can always call them up and have them cancel
the service order. You could try this again at a later date with the hopes of getting
someone who will give you a deal.
Option 2: Cut the cord!! In this example, you will save a lot more money by giving
up cable. You call up your cable provider and tell them you want to cancel and just
keep internet. Average price for internet tends to be $50/month. For local tv programming
you can hook up an antenna go your HDTV.
This isn’t like the old days with antennas. Today there is a large selection of
HD local channels broadcast for free. Believe it or not, the quality of these channels
is better than your cable provider since the signal is not compressed as it is with
cable. We then recommend you get one of the following 2 devices to stream content
from services such as Hulu, Amazon and Netflix. Google Chromecast: For about $35
you get a small device that plugs into your tv and provides many different options
to stream content to your tv. Click the left picture for more details. You cannot
get Amazon Instant Videos on this device however. An alternate device which can
view that is the Amazon Fire TV stick.
Finally, for phone service, check out the Ooma. This allows almost free monthly
phone service (outside of a few dollars for local taxes and fees) through your internet
connect. It is very similar to the phone service provided by the cable companies,
without the higher monthly fees. You can port over your existing number.