They got me comin' and a goin'

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

cable company bluesI try to be a bit thrifty, looking at things I am paying for that I don't need. And I certainly don't need that land line anymore. 

I don't even know my own phone number!

That's how much I don't use it. I even unplugged it a while ago for some reason, and never realized it wasn't plugged in! And the last time it was plugged in and rang, we all just stared at it like some alien had just come into the room! So....

I called the cable company to discontinue the phone service. I really only got it because I had to, in order to get a better price I had to "bundle" up! Internet, TV and phone. Great deal until the year is up, then those great prices go flying out the window. But I put up with it, until the other day. 

So here is how my phone call went, and honestly, you can't make this stuff up. You really can't. Why should you anyway when real life is MUCH more amusing than some made up story. 

Me: I want to discontinue my phone service. How much will that reduce my bill?

CS: Your bill will increase by $6.00 a month. 

Me: But I'm out of contract, no bundle deal, Really?

CS: Really, but maybe I can help you. 

(now I'm all ears)

CS: How do you use your internet and TV? 

Me: Streaming, computer, and cable channels not so much except PBS and Hallmark, maybe. Mostly I watch Netflix, Hulu and Acorn TV streaming.

CS: I see you never upgraded to the Silver Package. You are missing a lot!

Me: Missing what? I hate to tell you but there is NOTHING much that interests me on cable TV. No good shows.

CS: What channel would you really like to have?

Me: We miss BBC. (big mistake, BBC America is nothing like it was years ago)

CS: Well, I can give you, FOR FREE, BBC America, plus 100 more channels, and all the HBO, Cinamax and Showtime channels... all for FREE for one year.

Me: Free? Well, ok, but I have to keep that telephone? For real? Or my bill goes up by $6.00?

CS: Yes you do!

Me: Can you hold on for one minute while I put this date in my calendar to call you next year and cancel this service? 

I was serious. Fast foward a few hours. My husband comes home and finds me sitting in front of the TV checking the channel line up. I must have looked bleary eyed, because he was very confused. When he asked what was wrong I told him...

WE NOW HAVE A MILLION MORE CHANNELS ON TV, AND STILL... THEY ALL SUCK! THERE IS NOTHING HERE TO WATCH!

Back to Netflix, Hulu, Acorn TV and Amazon Prime. 

Lord they get you comin' and a goin'.... they really, really do!

PS, I would get rid of everything but the internet, but I am afraid of how much that would increase my bill!!!! 

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Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

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Ed Silva
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Now I fear trying to get rid of the land line.  Maybe if I shut the doors and turn off the lights they'll leave me alone

May 23, 2016 11:33 AM #2
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Andrea - yep, that about sums it all up.  Nothing worth watching on cable but if you want another deal just cancel!

May 23, 2016 11:45 AM #3
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What a terrific concept: cutting some soervices off can cost you more as a result. These guys are geniuses

May 23, 2016 11:46 AM #4
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Grant Schneider I just realized what I saw... your tag line is great! "Your coach helping you create successful outcomes". That is just as it should be. We create our outcomes for sure. Very, very smart man!

May 23, 2016 11:52 AM #5
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Patricia Kennedy
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Andrea, I finally cut the cord on cable.  I'm on antenna, Netflix and Hulu.  Then all you have to do it to contribute to your local PBS station and you can get all kinds of amazing stuff.  Maybe old Palliser episodes? 

May 23, 2016 12:32 PM #6
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Andrea

Oh, my, I do get all this. It's hard to make sense of it all, and they are ALWYAS trying to upsell you on stuff you don't want.

We gave up our landline a couple of years ago wtih AT & T and have no regrets - it seemed that the only people using it were telemarketers!

Cable TV sucks. There is so little to watch and unless you pay a lot of money for everything you have very limited choices. But then most of the everything you don't want anyway. You lose either way. A number of people we know now just use a Roku box and they can access Netflix, Hulu, etc. - forget cable

Jeff

May 23, 2016 01:35 PM #7
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Good morning Andrea. It's frustrating for sure, I have been through this process and most likely will do it again.

May 23, 2016 06:35 PM #8
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Good morning Andrea. You're right, you just can't make this stuff up. Incredible but it is true with my company too.

May 23, 2016 11:12 PM #9
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Andrea,  Been there - done that myself.  Bundle it and save.  Bundle a bunch of crap we don't want need or use ... and it is cheaper. Unbundle ... and bend over. Sorry - that's what it feels like. 

May 24, 2016 01:17 AM #10
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My son was deprived all his life . . . we never had cable!  What a frustrating call you had.  

May 24, 2016 05:05 AM #11
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Hi Andrea - I'm with you on what's worth watching. We got rid of our land line years ago, just buy internet from the cable people, and use directv. Next time it all comes up for review, I'm thinking we can get by on internet alone, with just subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO (Game of Thrones!).

May 24, 2016 05:30 AM #12
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Unfortunately, I still keep my land line because I do so much faxing for short sales.  It's hysterical that losing that service would increase your bill.  That is bizarre.

May 24, 2016 05:46 AM #13
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Hello Andrea ...

I hear you load and clear and I agree with Mryl and suggest switching companies every so often to get better rates and discounts ;o)

May 24, 2016 06:53 AM #14
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yes we love to see how the phone/cable/tv companies have made life easier.. don't cancell or it may cost you a fortune!

May 24, 2016 10:40 AM #15
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Andrea, I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites!

Enjoy your long weekend!

May 28, 2016 11:31 PM #16
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Hi Andrea Swiedler ,  How do I comment, after heaing that story?

Does that fall in a sub category as being "Hacked"?

May 29, 2016 10:37 AM #17
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We have a different company, but the same result. I called to cancel the phone service a long time ago and was not happy to hear I wouldn't save anything. And I agree about the lack of anything decent to watch. If my hubby didn't have a few favorite channels, I'd cancel the entire thing and just have internet.

May 29, 2016 08:49 PM #18
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience.

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week.

May 29, 2016 11:12 PM #19
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To do this one needs to have another service provider in mind use A against B.

It will reduce the overall cost may be for 6 months and you will be back where you started it.

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Haven't had a phone line for 10 years and never miss it unless we have a blackout. And that doesn't happen often. I love cable (watching some French Open tennis this weekend) although not my cable company but that's another story.

May 30, 2016 04:26 AM #21
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