Originally Posted by tighr
I bought my lifetime subscription in August 2009 for my Sirius OEM radio in my car. The company that I purchased this Sirius Lifetime subscription from was called (gasp) SiriusXM
. By August 2009, they had already merged, and SiriusXM was the new name of the company. I paid $399 for a Sirius Everything package. I regret now not spending the extra $100, but at the time that I purchased my Lifetime, I could have gotten "Best of XM" in addition to my lifetime Sirius for $499. In August 2009, they were not offering free internet with the lifetime subscription anymore (I think that promotion ended in June or July, so I also feel like an idiot for missing out on that feature).
Like Chanman above, I don't think I still have a copy of my terms and conditions, but I definitely do remember reading them clearly. I knew at the time that I was purchasing a subscription for an OEM vehicle, and that it was non-transferable (not for $75, not for a million dollars). Non OEM units were transferable up to 3 times for a $75 fee. I knew this, and agreed to this.
It's also why numerous times in this thread I have stated that I knew what I was getting into, and still did it anyway.
I think I got in about a year before the merger. That was an interesting window of opportunity for you regarding a SiriusXM Everything lifetime subscription vs a Sirius Everything package. So they had the nerve to call it a Sirius Everything package after the new company was called SiriusXM and even though neither the Internet access nor the best of XM were part of "Everything"? Strange. When I bought mine I also remember seeing some fine print online (which, like apparently everyone else who bought a lifetime sub, I didn't print out, copy and paste to a Word program, etc.) that said it would cost $75 to transfer to another radio. I don't remember that it was limited to three. But I do remember reading that it would cost $75 to transfer.
HOWEVER, in those earlier days, it seems Sirius hadn't quite settled on what they were going to do about transfers and they were responding to consumer buzz willy-nilly. So sometimes that $75 bit was mentioned in the online sales pitch and sometimes it wasn't mentioned in the online sales pitch. In fact, I honestly don't remember seeing that restriction/cost mentioned before I called to buy my lifetime sub. Then it showed up after I bought the lifetime sub, it got a lot of buzz from potential consumers, and by the time I called to get more info on setting up my account, I specifically asked about it and the Customer Service lady laughed and said something on the order of, "Oh yeah, they thought about that but dropped the idea and they're not going to charge anybody to transfer." I pushed even further, "You mean I could transfer to different radios a dozen times and I won't be charged $75?" The Customer Service lady - "Ha-ha, no, that idea didn't go over too well, so they decided against it."
I might be wrong about a syllable here and there, it's been a few years. But I am definitely not wrong about her saying there would be no transfer charge...at all...ever, because I had bought a used S50 online and had no idea how long the thing would last. Yes, I realize a verbal Customer Service response is not worth the cyberspace, no-longer-existent sales pitch it was never written on, but that was how willy-nilly those early days of the lifetime sub sales pitch was. And I'll bet I'm not the only one who was told by a Sirius Customer Service rep there would never be a transfer charge back then even though the wording on it appeared at one time or another on the online sales pitch.Edited by hitchfan - 12/27/12 at 10:04am