In '06, I bought a Jeep that had a Sirius radio. After trying it for 3 months free (actually built-in to the sticker price of the car), I decided to subscribe to the lifetime deal ($499.99) ONLY after being told that I could switch my plan to another vehicle down the road. I figured that after 39 months, I would be even and that event occurred in June of last year.
Then, in '08 I bought another vehicle that also had Sirius, keeping the Jeep. So I call Sirius to activate the new vehicle (VW) and decided to switch my lifetime to the VW and then take their 2nd vehicle deal on my Jeep (around $75 yearly if I remember correctly). Now the 2nd vehicle deal is around $95 and just too much for the limited time I drive the Jeep (maybe 2 times monthly).
So, I called them yesterday about dropping the 2nd vehicle deal (the Jeep) and found out they had NOT switched my lifetime plan to the VW back in '08 as they told me they would.
Next, the agent told me that they no longer allow "factory" installed radios to be switched. That's when I lost my temper and complained loudly that I signed up for the lifetime membership ONLY because of the option to switch down the line. After some hemms and hawws, the agent told to to hold while she talked with her supervisor. After about 3-5 minutes she came back on the line and said she would do the switch, but it would be the only time I could ever switch vehicles again with my so-called lifetime subscription. She also said that if I ever sell the car, the lifetime subscription with go with the car. As I mentioned above, I'm more than even now with my lifetime subscription, but I'm still a little pissed off.
She further stated that only lifetime subscriptions with portable radios could be switched in the future (no factory installed radios.)
Based on my experience yesterday, I would NOT recommend signing up for a lifetime subscription unless you're going to keep the vehicle for several years. However, you can bet your bottom dollar I'm going to be getting vocal with them again if or when I move on from my VW. Also, what happens IF you total your car with a lifetime subscription?
Another option for you iPhone people. I have the IP Sirius app for $2.99 monthly. I don't know if you have to have a vehicle plan to get this IP app at this price. Today, I did my first on-the-road test with my IP playing Sirius radio and it worked great (no signal drops like I sometimes get with my vehicle radio). Today I just used a headset, but I'm going to get one of the FM transmitters that plug into the IP and hope be able to play my Sirius radio through my vehicle's radio. Yes, it is a bit hooky, but it does beat paying around $8 monthly for my 2nd vehicle AND I still get my Sirius radio when I'm out walking about and out of my vehicle(s).
I have no problem with Sirius changing their lifetime policies, but I strongly believe they have to "grandfather" previous subscribers with the deal they signed up for.