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Our 'new to me' '17 came with a 90 day free trial to Sirius XM. I never activated it . . . . never even thought about it as I knew the regular price of a subscription wasn't something I would be interested in

Of course, after the free trial was over, they began calling me, sending me emails and offers in the mail to 'resubscribe' at 'bargain prices' - The standard offer I'm sure everyone gets is 6 months of the Select Package for 'only' $4.99 - A savings of 68%. After a couple calls, half a dozen emails I started getting regular mailings every 3 or 4 weeks, all with the same offer. Eventually, I called them and explained it's not a car I drive everyday, I wouldn't use their service more than a few hours a month and knowing their regular prices, it just wasn't worth it to me so I had not even signed up for my initial free trial. I hate to see anyone wasting trees to make paper and postage sending me offers I would never be interested in, so would they please take me off their mailing list - They said they would

So today, I get yet another offer in the mail - Same $4.99 for 6 months, but tucked inside that offer is a yellow sheet with a new offer that I've never seen before for an additional 3 months for . . . . FREE! - A $2 'reactivation fee' applies . . . . even though I never activated in the first place. Anyway, it's not an offer coded to my particular car, like the 6 month offers are, so maybe anyone can use this?? Details at www.siriusxm.com/amazingoffer2

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I got the letter of the three free month deal, two months after I bought it used from Honda dealership congratulating me on my purchase. Not sure where they got the info from but didn't answer as I wouldn't have used it anyway. No follow up. Lost cause.:p
 

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As you probably know, all these "deals" require you to give them a credit card, and when the "deal" is over, they start automatically hitting your card with much higher charges. Personally, I think that $5/Mo. is about right, and when I took their "deal," I used a "burner" credit card that was capped at $40. Sure enough, after six months, my one-time card service, privacy.com (the service is free to the user, privacy.com makes its money on credit card service fees collected from the vendors) reported several attempted Si/XM charges that were declined as they would exceed my the cap, and now they've just terminated my service. Next time the $5/Mo offer comes along, I'll try to negotiate a longer-term $5/Mo deal with them, and if not, just skip them altogether!
 

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Every once in a while, generally around holidays, SiriusXM will provide free access for a week or two for those with a radio equipped to receive their broadcast. I’m not sure if the current Labor Day period has yet expired... around Thanksgiving might be another period of availability... it’s not necessarily the same selection of channels made available for the free sampling each time, but receiving it when it is available requires no phone call or any effort other than selecting the station on your vehicle’s radio. In my 2012 Volt, checking this out is as easy as selecting the XM radio, then hitting the Menu button to see if anything other than the default XM promotion channel is available.
 

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If the everyday price was $5 per month, I would think about it . . . . probably still not worth it to me personally as we don't drive the car that often. Their regular price is closer to $25 and for half that much, I can watch all the NetFlix movies I like. I honestly don't see how they stay in business at $300 per year???

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I was listening on my free trial subscription this week and they said that they are currently in a free period for non-subscribers that ends on September 10th.

I'm on the fence as to whether I'll sign up after my trial service ends. Seems like they play the same songs over and over.
 

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If the everyday price was $5 per month, I would think about it . . . . probably still not worth it to me personally as we don't drive the car that often. Their regular price is closer to $25 and for half that much, I can watch all the NetFlix movies I like. I honestly don't see how they stay in business at $300 per year???

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It is $20.99 for all access (all channels 140+ channels including music, news, sports, Howard Stern), $15.99 for all music channels, $10.99 for 80 music channels. I got the 6 mo. trial offer followed by a call to Sirius to switch me to the $10.99 package. I live in an area where the broadcast radio stations get weak as I reach the halfway mark during my commute. And I like it during road trips. I find the reception very good, the selection of genres wide and the value for my situation OK. I think it is good service. If I lived in the big city :D or didn't drive my Volt daily I might skip it.
 

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Cancelling was sooooo hard. They won't take no for an answer!
Next time just inform them you no longer own the vehicle your account is associated with...took less than 5min when I finally 'cut' this service!;)
 

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By being really reluctant sounding on the phone I got $5 a month for vehicle and internet streaming AND a one time invoice payment.
Not a current subscriber but I would re-enlist on the above terms for my seasonal long road trips.
 

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I have a lifetime subscription, paid them $400 in 2005. I'm told that it's only transferable once so it's not really lifetime but it's worked out to $30 a year so far, figure I'll keep the Volt for at least another couple of years so it's been a good deal.
 

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I bought a TiVo that way, with a lifetime subscription - It's turned out to be a super deal :)

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We have four Sirius XM subs, and we pay ~$7 a month for each. Here is how I do it:

Just before your subscription expires (put it on your calendar for the week before!), call them up and tell them you will cancel the service. They will transfer you to some other person who will try to talk you out of doing so.

Tell them your budget is only going to support $5 a month, like that offer they had a while back (they have always had a "six months for $30 + taxes and fees" thing going on somewhere). They will tell you "that offer is no longer available, yada yada yada," and you just say, "Well, please check and see what promotions you all are running. If I can afford it, I'll consider it, but I'm not going to be able to pay you a whole bunch of money when I have other options on my phone." STOP TALKING NOW.

They will put you on hold and come back in a couple of minutes with an offer similar to ours, every time. One time they said "the best we can do is ~$12," and I said "this is where we tear the blanket, then, thank you," and told them I would be terminating the call. They put me on hold again and returned with an offer of $6/month for six months. I accepted... And put the expiration date on my calendar.

Source: I've shared this with many friends, and they all have used this successfully (although not all have held out for the lowest of the low offers, although they could have).
 

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I would be willing to consider renewing my Sirius/XM contract if they would forever banish the song A Horse with No Name by America from all of their programming. I place that song just behind the 1-800-CarsForKids radio advertisement in making my hand reflexively jump to the volume/mute button on the radio.
 

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We have four Sirius XM subs, and we pay ~$7 a month for each. Here is how I do it:

Just before your subscription expires (put it on your calendar for the week before!), call them up and tell them you will cancel the service. They will transfer you to some other person who will try to talk you out of doing so.

Tell them your budget is only going to support $5 a month, like that offer they had a while back (they have always had a "six months for $30 + taxes and fees" thing going on somewhere). They will tell you "that offer is no longer available, yada yada yada," and you just say, "Well, please check and see what promotions you all are running. If I can afford it, I'll consider it, but I'm not going to be able to pay you a whole bunch of money when I have other options on my phone." STOP TALKING NOW.

They will put you on hold and come back in a couple of minutes with an offer similar to ours, every time. One time they said "the best we can do is ~$12," and I said "this is where we tear the blanket, then, thank you," and told them I would be terminating the call. They put me on hold again and returned with an offer of $6/month for six months. I accepted... And put the expiration date on my calendar.

Source: I've shared this with many friends, and they all have used this successfully (although not all have held out for the lowest of the low offers, although they could have).
It's not worth the hoops. Maybe if they just let you have the $6 a month, period no haggling, done.

But for one time cost of $20 and a afternoon you can fill a usb stick of MP3's and have way better quality, no BS station ID jingles or hacks and just endless music with far far better selection. Not the usual same 15-20 song repeats.
 

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If all you do is listen to your own kind of music, I can see that. We take epic trips sometimes, and having a channel that won't disappear over the horizon (especially news and current events), along with other many other, varied choices in comedy, Broadway, music from other decades, a variety of choices on the fly besides the stuff we already own from years past... It's well-worth it to us. Not worth the hoops? Maybe for some, but I don't mind having the options available... But not at some inflated retail price. Who pays retail for anything anymore? :)
 

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We have four Sirius XM subs, and we pay ~$7 a month for each. Here is how I do it:

Just before your subscription expires (put it on your calendar for the week before!), call them up and tell them you will cancel the service. They will transfer you to some other person who will try to talk you out of doing so.

Tell them your budget is only going to support $5 a month, like that offer they had a while back (they have always had a "six months for $30 + taxes and fees" thing going on somewhere). They will tell you "that offer is no longer available, yada yada yada," and you just say, "Well, please check and see what promotions you all are running. If I can afford it, I'll consider it, but I'm not going to be able to pay you a whole bunch of money when I have other options on my phone." STOP TALKING NOW.

They will put you on hold and come back in a couple of minutes with an offer similar to ours, every time. One time they said "the best we can do is ~$12," and I said "this is where we tear the blanket, then, thank you," and told them I would be terminating the call. They put me on hold again and returned with an offer of $6/month for six months. I accepted... And put the expiration date on my calendar.

Source: I've shared this with many friends, and they all have used this successfully (although not all have held out for the lowest of the low offers, although they could have).
Good job, and I did it for a while, but having to talk to them, every 6 months is so irritating, and getting all those flyers in the mail and all those emails. It wasn't worth it to me to squabble with them. I know some people like to do it. The fella in the WH seems to be that kind of person, but not me. I can do it in order to save several thousand for a new car, every once in a while, but not for stupid radio.
 

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I like the service, which for me is an annual subscription, but I hate the renewal charade required to get a decent price. Also, I have tried unsuccessfully to obtain a 3-year subscription, but for some reason they won't do it. If there is a comparable service out there without the hassle, let me know about it.
 

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The sound quality is worse than a modern cell phone voice call. The service isn't worth anything. The free version of pandora sounds much better.
 

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I was somehow under the impression that we need SiriusXM for traffic feed to the Nav system. If I let it expire, I loose traffic - no?


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