Originally Posted by macgus
Just called in to cancell my subscription (was on the $77/yr deal) and was offered a "special" rate of $47 and some change for the year. Seems they are expanding the 5 for 20 rate offer out for the year...no royalty fees to boot...sweet!
Wow, I cancelled (and went through with it
) a week or so ago and only got the standard 5/20 and year/77.. I wonder if they're losing a lot of customers as renewals come due with the royalty fees tacked on, or maybe all of us XM'ers who got 5 year renewals to lock in at $9.99/month are all coming due and we're all leaving.
I may have been tempted to stay at $47. I miss it, but I think I more (still) miss what XM used to be, as it had gotten to the point I barely listened anymore with my Slacker subscription and the like.
That said, the changes post-merger and the absolutely insane "royalty fee" were what drove me over the edge, I felt VERY conned about the royalty fee (seriously, for a RADIO SERVICE, isn't the amount I'm paying supposed to COVER THE PRICE OF OBTAINING THE CONTENT? It'd be like if your cable bill came, it was $100, and then they added a "Programming fee" for another $50). Plus I feel like they are deliberately abusing the FCC's allowance to let them pass through INCREASES to the royalty fees, NOT the entire royalty fee. There is no way the increase was $2/customer/month.
Bottom line, it took a lot of willpower but I figured I'd rather cancel than give a company any more money (even if it was a decent deal) that I feel has such sleazy business practices. XM got my 5 year sub 5 years ago and I never gave Sirius a dime.