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Sky me!

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by SiD the Turtle, 20 Sep 2009.

  1. SiD the Turtle

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Nov 2003

    Posts: 9,695

    Location: On the pale blue dot

    Hi chaps,

    My family recently cut back on the Sky due to their price hikes so I felt it was a good time to take on the cost myself as a new customer and get all of the deals that aren't open to existing customers.

    What I've seen I can get so far is variety + culture + all movies + HD:

    Monthly fee: £44.25
    Box cost: £49
    Quidco cashback -£95
    Tesco voucher -£50

    Can anyone do better than that? If my dad cancels his subscription and I try to register at the same address as a new customer are they going to tell me to go have a funny run?

    Thanks.
     
  2. PhillyDee

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 Feb 2007

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    Location: South Shields

    Dunno, I can do a recommend a friend for you too?
     
  3. Mahnsikir

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Apr 2009

    Posts: 1,355

    Location: Edinburgh

    They shouldn't say anything as you are technically a new customer, if they do just say he has moved out and you've moved in or whatever.
     
  4. Robzere31

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Nov 2005

    Posts: 4,418

    Location: Redditch

    Thing that annoys me, is all these offers & deals that are offered to new customers,
    whereas existing customers get sweet FA for bieng loyal to them. :(
     
  5. da_mic_1530

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  6. Tom84

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Sep 2006

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    Location: Chelmsford, Essex

    Ok this might make sense to some but makes zero to me....

    Currently I live at home with the rents and I know after adding ESPN to their package that they pay roughly around £60 a month, whether or not this includes the multi room and the Sky HD subscription I've got I dont know, or whether it includes the MUTV subscription that I also added to their package.

    Now I'm moving out shortly and when configuring my package to receive all the Movie channels all the Sport channels, ESPN and I think the variety package (Sky 1, GOLD etc etc) and music package not only does it work out more expensive it's actually cheaper to get everything plus Sky's Broadband & Line rental (£57 a month).

    The company I work for has a sister company that's an ISP so obviously want to keep the ADSL with them as should I run into any problems then it's going to be a lot less stress free talking to them rather than ringing India and speaking to someone who has a lot less knowledge than myself.

    Surely Sky can offer me a better deal than the 60 odd quid that their website is spouting?
     
  7. Tom84

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Sep 2006

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    Location: Chelmsford, Essex

    Sorry for the double post but with a completely separate question...

    The couple who's house me and the g/f are buying from currently have Sky+, I at home already have a Sky HD box which I'll be taking with me (as the rents will promptly end this once I'm gone) so assuming that the current owners of the house that I'm buying from don't take away their Dish can I just plug in my Sky HD box ring Sky and get it all activated and working straight away?

    Pretty sure unless I wanted a new box (which would be nice I guess) there's nothing that Sky themselves need to do other than activate the subscription?
     
  8. EVH

    Don

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    Location: Wales

    Yes, in fact you might not even need to call because the box and the card are tied.

    EDIT: Ah, you'll need a new viewing card if they cancel.. in which case, you're just better off getting a free HD box, selling it (if you want) then using your existing HD box and pocketing the change.

    £60 a month sounds pretty extreme.. I will never pay that!
     
  9. Belly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jun 2006

    Posts: 1,304

    Location: Somewhere East of Eden

    I don’t know if this will be of any interest to you. When I was first toying with getting sky, I filled out the online application but did NOT get to the last part to commit. I did not enter my own name, just an imaginary one because I personally like to see all the questions they are going to ask me beforehand. When I finally contacted them by phone to book my Sky+ box and Sky packages the representative, said “Oh, I see you have only just moved in, haven’t you?”. I said that I’d lived in the property for the last 14 years and I asked who he thought was living in the house and he game me the spurious name I’d entered. So the sneaky lot are retrieving information even if you do NOT finalise the transaction. It is for consideration that I might be able to cancel my subscription, play around on their sight entering a Winnie the Phoo’s name but NOT committing and contact them a week later and they might think I’d just moved in and be treated as a new customer?
     
  10. SiD the Turtle

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    Ta :D
     
  11. tsinc80697

    Sgarrista

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    Location: North West

    Try living in a block of flats/apartments! Can't fill it out online so can't claim quidco and because it's installed via 3rd party they don;t offer the Tesco's or M&S vouchers or anything!

    i'll be waiting until I move to a house I suppose :/
     
  12. Kappa

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Aug 2003

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    Location: Essex

    yes mate i did the exact thing, family stopped paying so I got it as a new customer, however, Sports/Movies + HD + ESPN + Multiroom soon added up, £74ish quid a month :(

    To be honest all I got as a new customer was £25 tesco voucher and the HD box for £50. I wouldnt exactly call being an existing customer a ripoff compared to new, since I feel ripped off now lol!
     
  13. da_mic_1530

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  14. da_mic_1530

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  15. SiD the Turtle

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    Thanks matey, I appreciate that. I know plenty of people with Sky already to get the M&S vouchers but how does the free HD box work? It's £49 according to the website, or is that a call up and ask kind of thing?

    We're cancelling soon as well so I'll see how we get on with retentions and see what we can get out of them.
     
  16. Tom84

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    Joined: 22 Sep 2006

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    That's the thing me and the g/f have budgeted to spend around £60 a month on Sky because I want all the Sports channels, Movie channels might be handy every now and again and obviously channels like Sky 1, Gold etc etc are a must.

    But the thing I dont get is how Sky can charge £60 for the channels on their own but make it cheaper to have their Broadband as well? Surely at this point they should be able to do me a deal?
     
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  17. DreadNiK

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 Mar 2006

    Posts: 692

    find a sky employee or two, and wait for xmas to approach :p We're sure to be getting more 'introduce family/friends half price for a year + free install' if not even better than that as we approach xmas/new year. Might even been sooner, haven't had any introduce a friend offers for a while.
     
  18. da_mic_1530

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