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DIRECTV Deals for New Customers

by Jack Berkins on March 28, 2012

Everybody wants a deal, but you usually have to put in serious legwork to either qualify or get the most bang for your buck. When it comes to satellite offers (particularly with DIRECTV), it’s much simpler and there’s really just one golden rule: DIRECTV deals for new customers are as good as they come. That is, if you’ve never signed up for DIRECTV before (you’re not in their system), you’re likely to qualify for the best deal around. To maximize your savings, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

Ask if you’re getting the best offer

When you call in for more information, sales agents are there to help you in any way possible, but a little guidance goes a long way. Their first questions usually cover the basics: how many TVs (receivers) you need hooked up, your preferred programming package, installation time, etc. That process usually takes a good 10 min (make sure you get all your questions answered). Once they know exactly what you want and they give you a monthly price, go ahead and ask them if that’s the best deal available. Occasionally, moving UP a programming package will actually save you money, short and long-term (really depends on the current special). There may also be free movie or other DIRECTV HD programming that don’t kick in until a specific combination of features are added (which you maybe be close to).

Confirm the locked-in price

Lately, DIRECTV has been running an option to lock-in a promotional rate for one (and even two) full years. A 24-month commitment is usually required (which, conveniently, does allow you to transfer your service should you move in that timeframe). For example, as of this writing, you can get the DIRECTV Total Choice Package (150+ channels) for $34.99 for the first 12 months, then save $10/mo during the second year. When you’re on the call, make sure you confirm the exact rates during the first and second years. That’ll help you plan and budget accordingly right from day one.

Consider auto bill pay

Nowadays, customers and retailers alike are flocking to the convenience and ease of automatic billing. From a customer’s standpoint, you don’t have to worry about late payment fees or forgetting to mail a check. The only real downside is you may forget to check your monthly statements (guilty as charged :)), so PPV or movie charges you didn’t make could slip by. As long as you check your statements every 30 days or so (online tends to be the most convenient for me), you’ll be covered. On the retailer side, auto-pay is obviously a big plus. Combined with e-billing (email/internet-only billing), they save on paper and get an extra level of assurance (particularly since most subscribers are leasing their equipment). With that extra level of protection, they’re able to offer you additional perks. For example, the locked rates above only kick in with auto-pay. It may also qualify you for other bonuses and freebies at signup.

Bottom line, it’s good to be in charge and new subscribers hold all the cards. New customers always qualify for the best DIRECTV deals out there, so keep that mind when you call for service. The tips above are just a starting point, mix them in with your own and you’re sure to land a great deal. Enjoy!

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