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So, I got the strong arm call last night from Sirius since " they were concerned" my trial was about to end.
After her spiel, I told her it was too expensive. Through hardly any words on my part, she came down to $2 for 3 months, (not each month), then regular price after those 3 months.

I offered $20 for the lifetime of the vehicle, which she declined, but that ended the call much faster than resisting.

I share this so that others can get the same $2/qtr deal.
 

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My current Sirius deal is $7 a month, month-to-month, no annual commitment, I can cancel anytime. The $7 price is guaranteed for the first year.

I’ve had slightly better deals with 3-month and 5-month and 6-month terms in the past, but $7 a month without a long term commitment works for me.

With nearly everyone having a smartphone, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto becoming widely available, Sirius is in for a very tough time holding on to subscribers, which is why they’ll often offer a price that’s a fraction of the list price.
 

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My current Sirius deal is $7 a month, month-to-month, no annual commitment, I can cancel anytime. The $7 price is guaranteed for the first year.

I’ve had slightly better deals with 3-month and 5-month and 6-month terms in the past, but $7 a month without a long term commitment works for me.

With nearly everyone having a smartphone, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto becoming widely available, Sirius is in for a very tough time holding on to subscribers, which is why they’ll often offer a price that’s a fraction of the list price.
I'm sure they have some financial incentive to maintain a certain paying membership level as well, especially when it comes to negotiating with companies interested in advertising. Saying you have 5 million paying subscribers sounds a lot better to potential advertisers than saying you only have 2.5 million.
 

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I'm sure they have some financial incentive to maintain a certain paying membership level as well, especially when it comes to negotiating with companies interested in advertising. Saying you have 5 million paying subscribers sounds a lot better to potential advertisers than saying you only have 2.5 million.
Yes, and a large percentage of the new vehicles sold each year come with a free Sirius subscription, at least for a trial period. This means that millions of subscribers are added each year, which also pumps up the subscriber numbers.
 

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My current Sirius deal is $7 a month, month-to-month, no annual commitment, I can cancel anytime. The $7 price is guaranteed for the first year.

I’ve had slightly better deals with 3-month and 5-month and 6-month terms in the past, but $7 a month without a long term commitment works for me.

With nearly everyone having a smartphone, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto becoming widely available, Sirius is in for a very tough time holding on to subscribers, which is why they’ll often offer a price that’s a fraction of the list price.

Especially since all of the terrestrial hardware is already in place (in our Bolts), and the satellites are blanketing the globe with content, regardless if I'm subscribed. Since Sirius/XM's incremental cost to keep me a subscriber is negligible, they *should* be willing to accept cash of pretty much any amount per month.
 

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I've had Sirius for several years in cars and the house. You have to play hardball with them, or they will let you lapse into some high monthly rates. When renewing or negotiating with them, always say their asking price is too much, and if there are any "specials" available. You would be amazed at the savings you can negotiate...
 

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With nearly everyone having a smartphone, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto becoming widely available, Sirius is in for a very tough time holding on to subscribers, which is why they’ll often offer a price that’s a fraction of the list price.
Yeah, I subscribed to Sirius for a year, but at renewal time I decided to go to an upgraded data plan and Spotify instead. I'm really enjoying being able to skip music when I want, control playing with the Google Assistant, and not having the sound drop out every time I enter an urban canyon or drive through a tall forest.
 

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Hm, I think my nearly 3000 mp3's on my phone handle my music needs. Can always stream slacker as well or TuneIN.
Yes, lots of options that don’t require any monthly subscription, which is why Sirius has such an uphill battle holding on to subscribers.
 

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I use the family plan for Google music. It comes with free youtube red or youtube premium, forgot what they call it now. It is $180 a year and is something that is well worth it having three google homes in the house.
 

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I have been letting my subscriptions expire and jump on the $30/6 Mos. USPS or email offer that follows a few days later. Natch they want a credit card, so I simply generate one for a one-time use with a $30 limit (www.privacy.com). A Privacy icon pops up when you're asked for a credit card, and you can then generate a Visa card at no cost to you, complete with card and CVV number, and with any cardholder name you want. The money comes out of your checking account. Six months later, you'll get a "charge refused" notification from Privacy, indicating that Sirius/XM tried to hit you with their normal exorbitant monthly charge, and they'll disconnect you. And the cycle repeats in a few days.

I'm really sold on privacy.com and have been using it for nearly two years, not only for Sirius/XM, but everywhere else that wants a credit card for a "free service" that starts charging your card if you don't cancel the service before a certain time has lapsed! Horrible example: freecreditreport.com. Years ago I got a "free" report, and it took me over a year to get loose from their recurring charge on my card.
 

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I have been letting my subscriptions expire and jump on the $30/6 Mos. USPS or email offer that follows a few days later. Natch they want a credit card, so I simply generate one for a one-time use with a $30 limit (www.privacy.com). A Privacy icon pops up when you're asked for a credit card, and you can then generate a Visa card at no cost to you, complete with card and CVV number, and with any cardholder name you want. The money comes out of your checking account. Six months later, you'll get a "charge refused" notification from Privacy, indicating that Sirius/XM tried to hit you with their normal exorbitant monthly charge, and they'll disconnect you. And the cycle repeats in a few days.

I'm really sold on privacy.com and have been using it for nearly two years, not only for Sirius/XM, but everywhere else that wants a credit card for a "free service" that starts charging your card if you don't cancel the service before a certain time has lapsed! Horrible example: freecreditreport.com. Years ago I got a "free" report, and it took me over a year to get loose from their recurring charge on my card.

Great business model! I bookmarked it for future use.


Thanks!:D
 

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I signed up the other night for the the $2 for 3 months for our Bolt. Make sure you cancel at the end or they start charging you. For my Nissan Leaf they offered my several free months (no CC required). I am completely underwhelmed by the listening options. A USB stick crammed with songs or my phone streaming music over bluetooth from Radio Paradise is just fine.
 

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So, I got the strong arm call last night from Sirius since " they were concerned" my trial was about to end.
After her spiel, I told her it was too expensive. Through hardly any words on my part, she came down to $2 for 3 months, (not each month), then regular price after those 3 months.

I offered $20 for the lifetime of the vehicle, which she declined, but that ended the call much faster than resisting.

I share this so that others can get the same $2/qtr deal.
That's insanely good deal. Which package is this? There's a "getting a deal on XM" thread on Tivocommunity and I can't ever recall it being that low.

In the past year or so, about the lowest I've been able to get it for on my Leaf is $25 + royalty fees for 5 months for XM Select (good enough for me), so basically it's almost $30 for 5 months. The deals in the past were slightly better.

If I could pay $20 for the life of the vehicle for XM Select, I'd be jumping on it for sure.

The normal prices for SiriusXM are a huge ripoff. Not worth that kind of $ for the not-so-good sound quality.
 

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With AA or CarPlay, Spotify or Pandora make more sense for me.

I do get Sirius once in a while when they have the 6 months for $30 or $25 deals. But its a hassle so I havent done it in a while. Surprised they are still in business with AA and CarPlay integration in so many cars now.
 

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With AA or CarPlay, Spotify or Pandora make more sense for me.
Yeah, I cancelled my Sirius XM subscription as soon as I realized that it was actually cheaper to upgrade the data plan on my phone to 10GB/month. Now I listen to Spotify without worrying about signal dropouts each time I pass by highrises or trees.
 

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Woah... this thread got resurrected. FWIW, one of my more recent Sirius XM snail mails offered to extend my Bolt's All Access trial for another 3 months for only a $2 fee. I jumped on that.

I doubt I'll be able to repeat.

Earlier, some snail mail offered 6 months of XM Select for $4.99/mo + taxes and fees. Hopefully I can get a price like that after my 3 month trial extension ends.
 

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You'll probably have to cancel to get the better rate, or at least threaten to cancel. Subscription industries reward "loyal customers" with high rates.

Internet/TV providers will jack up your rate after the "intro" pricing expires, often more than double the price. Insurance has premium creep where it gets just a tiny bit more expensive every renewal. Little enough that you don't bother to switch insurance companies, but it adds up over time.

I switch internet providers every year when the promotional $30/mo pricing ends. I've got both a cable and DSL modem, so I just swap those around, calling one company to reactivate service and the other to discontinue service. I'll swap insurance companies from time to time as well. Funny how insurance companies try to make it look like you're getting a better deal over time. Progressive has some scam where after a short period of time like 2 years, you are a "diamond" member and supposedly enjoy a discount. Just means you pay 10% less on a 25% higher rate. Their best rates go to new customers.
 

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I let mine lapse on my 2019... finally got an email with a $60/year deal so I signed back up. I have all the music services too and GB's of mp3's but sometimes just like to have a radio station going for variety. I'm in my car all day with work. Also absolutely love the Tom Petty station.
 
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