I know every PF blogger and their mom has canceled their cable TV subscription. Well I did once…and then we got a great deal on a big HD flat screen TV so we decided to get cable TV again. I know my logic is a little twisted, spend money on a TV to spend money on cable? But that’s besides the point.
We recently decided that since we barely watch live TV anymore, we would go ahead and cancel our cable TV and get a Netflix account.This decision was partially fueled by the fact that I found out that all 7 season of Gilmore Girls are on Netflix. Anyhow, this seemed like the right decision for us since we tend to binge watch TV shows anyways AND a Netflix subscription is much cheaper (as low as 8 bucks a month with one month free!).
Right now, I’m paying $80 for internet and cable combined ($90 after taxes and fees), using the same provider. Yes, that sounds like a lot and it is a lot. The BF insists we get the super fast internet called Verizon FiOS since he does a lot of work from home that requires high speeds. I know the truth and it’s cause he wants it for his computer games. But I’m not complaining. If I get to splurge on a pair of shoes once in awhile, he can have his high speed internet. Anyways, since we use the same prvoider for both TV and internet, we get a bit of a bundle discount. If I decided to just get internet, I would be paying $65 (about $75-ish after taxes). That’s only about $15 in savings a month but since we don’t even watch cable TV, we might as well get rid of it.
So I called our cable TV provider, Verizon, and asked to cancel our service. Our conversation went a little something like this:
“Hi. I’m calling to cancel my cable TV service. I would like to keep my internet though.”
“Can I ask why you are canceling? Is it because you don’t watch TV or is it because of something else?”
“Yep, that’s exactly right. I don’t watch TV.”
“Alright ma’am. Hold on one second. Let me see if you we can find another option for you. [2 mins later] Connie, I found a promotion that I think might work for you. If you cancel your TV, you’d still have to pay about $70 for just internet. For only about $5 more and a 2-year agreement, you can get internet and FiOS local TV. That gives you ABC, Fox, NBC…all the major networks.”
“Um…no, thanks. Not interested in just the local networks and a 2-year contract. I’d rather cancel and just have internet”
“Ok, hold on one second. Let me see what else I can do for you. [1 min later] Connie, since you’re a valued customer and we try our best to keep our customers happy, we’ll give you a $20 discount on your bill every month for the next twelve months, with no changes in your service. That means your bill will come to $70 a month, after taxes.”
“That’s great, much appreciated. Thanks!”
Bascially, just by calling and threatening to cancel my service, I’m now getting both cable TV AND internet for cheaper than the price of just internet, for the next 12 months. That totally wasn’t my intention but hell yes, I’ll take it. That just goes to show that it’s worth it to call in and ask. You never know what kind of deal those customer service agents have up their sleeves.
And with that, I wish you all a very happy weekend!