When you approach any TV, internet and cellphone service provider company for the first time, they are very likely to offer you appealing services at lower prices. When I signed for the Dish network for first time, I was eligible for many promotion rates for almost one year. This is what happens to all people whenever they sign up for the first time. In many cases, you will only be required to pay $38 every month. After a short while, your bills may skyrocket to $68.00 or more.
The first year, you are very unlikely to feel the impact of your huge bills. After this, you will start to notice that you are paying too much for services that you paid little for before. This is the time you will start looking for ways to reduce your dish bills.
If you have been sailing in the same boat of huge dish bills every year, you are not alone. The list of people complaining about the same is long. But today we are here to give you good news and show you how you can effortlessly lower your dish monthly bills.
Where are you going wrong?
Before you even think of any of the below methods to save on your Dish bills, it’s important to take time and audit your expenses. You will notice that there are some months when you pay lower than others. For that reason, start by auditing your bills and checking closely for what you pay and you don’t necessarily need. You may have subscribed to premium services such as Showtime and HBO and you don’t necessarily need them every time.
If you are using some of these services, you must be prepared for additional monthly bills that are higher than some of your friends’. There are some months you need more of premium services and others you and your family members are too busy for that. In such cases, it’s absolutely wise to sign out of these premium services until you need them again.
Remove Additional Services Sky Rocketing Your Bill
The most effective ways of reducing your monthly Dish bills is to cut all the extras and add-ons that you have been paying for. Some channels that people pay for every month may cost more than $20 and they are not very necessary. If you are paying for some of these channels, then it’s always a good option to give them up.
If this is a viable approach for you, then get to the online website and check on your account. If you are unable to cancel some of these add-ons through online portal, contact your provider and notify them about your intentions.
Change your receiver
Some users are incurring a lot more by just using the DVR receiver. If this is what you are using, it would save you a lot of money to switch to the standard digital receiver. As a matter of fact, doing this can save you up to $10 every month. This is about $120 annually.
This means that if you don’t use your DVR receiver anymore; consider switching to a more feasible method. Changing your receiver can be overwhelming and time consuming. Though, the best way to do that is to contact your specific customer service team and notify them of your intentions
Negotiate For Better Rates And Dish Promotions
If none of the above methods appeals to you or if you don’t want to give up your add-ons or change your DVR receiver the only other option that can save you a lot of money is negotiating your monthly cable bills with Dish.
To negotiate your Dish monthly bills, first of all understand all the options that the competitors are offering, if there are any discounts, also note them somewhere before calling Dish customer care.
If other companies offering the same services are cheaper, then you have a good negotiation power. You just need this information in full to negotiate your deals along the way. As you negotiate, it’s always good to tell the retention department rep that their services have been comparably expensive and so you are considering choosing an alternative.
As you negotiate, ensure you are as polite and calm as possible. It’s also a good thing to ask them for suggestions or ways you can reduce their bills significantly since you are a loyal customer. I don’t guarantee that this method will work but I can assure you it’s one of the most imperative approaches to take.
Here how the Negotiation call should go:
- Before you call – compare other provider pricing and have it all in front of you before you call Dish customer service for your bill negotiations, as this will be cannon fodder to reduce your monthly rate.
- Call Dish Customer service and tell them why you are unhappy with the service you are getting. Make sure you stay calm and collective and try not to get angry.
- Tell the dish client retention a story about why you are considering moving to another provider, and refer to your satellite provider research to did earlier to negotiate a lower price.
- You may get some push back from the rep like “we can’t do that” and maybe they will raise some counter-arguments about a competitor’s services which is expected from the Dish customer service.
- Tell them you are looking to move over by the end of the week, implying that they should offer you a loyal customer discount in order to keep you as a customer of theirs.
- By then they should have called their manager and offered you a one time deal, and if not then that’s the cue to move to another provider. Unfortunately this tactic doesn’t always work but its worth the try to reduce your dish bills.
Negotiations may fail to work, but if done the right way, you may end up saving more than $20 in the coming month. You also need to be prepared to bargain and negotiate again next year. If possible, ask them if they have additional promotions or discount codes that you can use when you are paying for your next month.
Ask For A Re-Bundle Option
Choosing a bundle that is higher than what you need can be a waste of money and time. To be sure the bundle you have currently is the bundle you need, audit to see some of the extras and services that you need and those that you don’t fully utilize.
The bundle you choose when you are signing up may not be ultimately the best. There might be more options as your needs grows. Check your Dish online portal to see the bundle you are currently paying for. After that, spare some time to look at the advertised bundles on the website and switch to the one that matches your needs seamlessly.
As previously mentioned if you can save on your existing bundle by downgrading your DISH services or removing additional services then you could see a significant decrease in your next month’s DISH bill.
What If Your Negotiation Fails
As I have already stated above, it may not work perfectly well especially because different customer representatives responds differently to your options. In case this doesn’t work, you still have a chance to save on your next month’s bill.
If any of the above methods don’t work for you or you are unable to take the measures as explained in this post, you might consider calling the customer service for assistance. Look for Dish customer care contact details and contact them directly and get them to cancel/terminate your account, this may give them a second chance to capitulate to your reasonable demands of getting a monthly discount on your dish services, but as we have discussed nothing is absolute.
If you Dish bill is too high then its that time to do something about it and if you haven’t enacted some of the tips and negotiation tactics on this page then you are leaving money on the table for DISH to take from you.
We advise not only to negotiate your monthly bill, but also add/change/remove services as you see fit that is costing money for the services you are not using. We recommend cutting the cord where possible so you can capitalise and endless on-demand entertainment as you would see with Netflix and make the switch and you are going to save much more money in the long run.