Originally Posted by NetworkTV
There's a reason you usually have to go through retention for the other stuff: they only give them out if they think you'll drop the service and you're a customer they want to keep.
You have your hobbies and I have mine. I'm not sure how my post count has anything to do with the topic.
It's called "negotiation", and its available to anyone savvy enough to ask.
I recently finished my 2-year contract and saw my monthly bill shoot up even after dropping HBO and the "plus" package.
I called and threatened to cancel, but I was very careful not to ask for any specific discounts, plus insisted on keeping my current "minimal" package. There was a good deal of back and forth trying to get me to bump up my package, but I stuck to my guns and kept saying "there must be a way to lower my monthly costs". Finally she started offering minor discounts for "6 months only", and I kept refusing to commit. She eventually added up several minor discounts that totaled about $25 per month for the next 6 months with no new contract. She waived the receiver fee, discounted Showtime and discounted the basic package too.
At different times they have different deals available on various things, its just a matter of getting them to search and dig them up. Negotiation 101: never say what you want, make them offer things and act disappointed with what they offer.