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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 19th Dec 17, 11:03 PM
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    Why aren't Sky trying to win me back?
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    • 19th Dec 17, 11:03 PM
    Why aren't Sky trying to win me back? 19th Dec 17 at 11:03 PM
    Every year just before Christmas I cancel my Sky package, and every year the 'win back' team start ringing straightaway until they finally drop to a price I'll accept.

    This year, nothing! Nada. Radio silence. Its been 3 weeks! If they don't hurry up the cancellation will actually happen this time!

    Are they on to me? Are they actually going to call my bluff?
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    • dawyldthing
    • By dawyldthing 8th Jan 18, 2:10 AM
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    dawyldthing
    We ended our Sky service a few days ago, and Sky didn't bother trying to persuade us to stay: Just a couple of calls asking for DH (account holder) when he was at work, but no real attempt to get hold of him or engage in any bargaining with me (named on account).

    Result is that we now have no Sky, but are £70 per month better off. We're managing with Freesat and Netflix, but will review the situation when the F1 season starts as DH and DS's love motor sport. Does anyone know the cheapest way to get live F1 coverage?
    Originally posted by Alikay
    Buy weekly now tv sport passes through PayPal for £9.99 I think it is or in Argos, unless you want full sport then it's £34 a month
    My targets to end 2018:
    1) To get down to 11 stone then treat to a safari. At start 17 stone 7 lbs *52lbs lost* *39lbs to go*
    Started SW16st13lbs tues11/7/17 - 27 weeks in -44lbs
    -> target 12 stone 6lbs by 11/7/18 -> 19lb to go
    2) to find new challenges
    • MrsWenger
    • By MrsWenger 8th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
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    MrsWenger
    Got a letter today offering 50% but seemed to suggest this was off one element of package. Went on live chat. Got 50% off everything except HD. Asked for clarification, gave 50% off HD too but said £10 admin fee would have to be paid. Asked why and it was waived. Happy to have full services for £40 per month for 12 months.

    Will post this on other threads too as there seems to be a few on a similar topic!
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 14th Jan 18, 6:10 PM
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    Red-Squirrel
    Shop around for a Now TV bundle, the box comes bundled with some passes (you can get Sky Cinema) and after that Currys PC World have 3 months for £25.

    Standard price is £9.99 though if you go online to cancel, it offers a discount.

    Free 14 day trial if you don't put a pass on straight away (you can cancel online as soon as you take it so it just stops working after the 14 days until you use/buy a pass.) Beware the one trial per household rule though, as they'll charge the standard £9.99 for a month if someone's already had the trial.

    Be sure to get unlimited downloads broadband if you want to try Now TV.
    Originally posted by Kim_13

    In case you are interested!

    I ended up staying with Sky for just line rental/broadband/phone for £20.49 a month. I considered the Post Office deal at £19 a month and used that to haggle a bit, but decided that £1.49 was a fair price to pay to avoid the hassle of switching and for the benefit of knowing that my internet was reliable (I use it for work and have had no problems with Sky.)

    Got myself a Now TV smart box today for £19.99 from Argos with a 3 month entertainment package included and a voucher for one movie from the Sky Store.

    My question is... the cards from Currys etc. for the passes, can you use more than one? Or are they like introductory offers and you have to go with the standard price after that? It seems crazy that if you let the Sky Cinema pass roll over its £9.99 a month, but if you cancel it and immediately use a new card, its only £7.50!

    I'm impressed with the box, would definitely recommend to anybody who only really has a TV in order to watch movies on it, as I do.
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 14th Jan 18, 6:20 PM
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    In case you are interested!

    I ended up staying with Sky for just line rental/broadband/phone for £20.49 a month. I considered the Post Office deal at £19 a month and used that to haggle a bit, but decided that £1.49 was a fair price to pay to avoid the hassle of switching and for the benefit of knowing that my internet was reliable (I use it for work and have had no problems with Sky.)

    Got myself a Now TV smart box today for £19.99 from Argos with a 3 month entertainment package included and a voucher for one movie from the Sky Store.

    My question is... the cards from Currys etc. for the passes, can you use more than one? Or are they like introductory offers and you have to go with the standard price after that? It seems crazy that if you let the Sky Cinema pass roll over its £9.99 a month, but if you cancel it and immediately use a new card, its only £7.50!

    I'm impressed with the box, would definitely recommend to anybody who only really has a TV in order to watch movies on it, as I do.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    As far as I know you can use more than one.

    Threatening to cancel via the online option used to get a 50% discount. See what they offer via taking the Movies trial and cancelling it if no one at the address has already had the trial. It may turn out that threatening to cancel every time your 'special offer' is up is cheaper than buying the passes.
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £0/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £8.00/£180.00

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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 14th Jan 18, 6:38 PM
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    As far as I know you can use more than one.

    Threatening to cancel via the online option used to get a 50% discount. See what they offer via taking the Movies trial and cancelling it if no one at the address has already had the trial. It may turn out that threatening to cancel every time your 'special offer' is up is cheaper than buying the passes.
    Originally posted by Kim_13
    Thanks for the tip, will definitely give that a try. Its what I do with audible, never paid full price for that!
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 14th Jan 18, 6:47 PM
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    Out of interest, the best price that Sky would offer me was £48 per month, for unlimited broadband, line rental, basic TV and Sky Cinema (same as I was on before paying £32).

    Total of £576 for the year.

    Cutting back to just broadband/phone with Sky at £21.49pm, a one off cost of £19.99 for the Now TV box, I'll end up paying only £7.50pm for Sky Cinema using the cards (maybe less if they do offer 50% off).

    Total of £367.87 for the year at most, in reality could well be £337.87.

    Makes a lot of sense if you can get the content you want on Now TV. I'm not bothered about box sets, or the pay channels, or sport, I'm just a film nerd!
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 14th Jan 18, 8:12 PM
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    £17.99 for a box and 4 months' movies: http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4536886

    Could sell/give away the spare box.
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £0/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £8.00/£180.00

    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings and Investments , Budgeting and Bank Accounts , Credit Cards and Marriage, Relationships and Families boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this.) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
    • phillw
    • By phillw 14th Jan 18, 11:54 PM
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    I considered the Post Office deal at £19 a month and used that to haggle a bit, but decided that £1.49 was a fair price to pay to avoid the hassle of switching and for the benefit of knowing that my internet was reliable (I use it for work and have had no problems with Sky.)
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    You can do much better than £19 a month if you look around. In the MSE cheap broadband news, plusnet is equivalent to £14.83 with cashback.

    Even that is more expensive than I'd pay.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 16th Jan 18, 6:38 PM
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    You can do much better than £19 a month if you look around. In the MSE cheap broadband news, plusnet is equivalent to £14.83 with cashback.

    Even that is more expensive than I'd pay.
    Originally posted by phillw
    What do you pay then?

    I never count cashback in my budgeting, you can't guarantee you'll ever see it.
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