Is Siriusxm Worth Subscribing Again?

Is SiriusXM worth subscribing again?


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scotchandcigar

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Feb 13, 2009
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I thought the USA had cheap cell phone use.
Not sure why you'd think that. We're cell phone obsessed, and have a high standard of living, which includes phones for 5 year olds. Given that, what's the incentive to provide cheap plans?

I pay about $45/line for 3 lines, plus 3 phone payments, plus one insurance policy, plus taxes and fees. That gives me unlimited data, excellent coverage, and automatic international calling.

The old farts with Consumer Cellular for $20/mo get very little data, and a worthless phone.
 

Jon

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Dec 16, 2008
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If you really have to jump through that many hoops to get a good deal, maybe it's not worth it. I'm on $99 for the year, if it stays that way I'll continue. I usually just go online to see what the offers are.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

Sherbet is NOT and NEVER WILL BE ice cream.
Oct 11, 2008
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Not sure why you'd think that. We're cell phone obsessed, and have a high standard of living, which includes phones for 5 year olds. Given that, what's the incentive to provide cheap plans?

I pay about $45/line for 3 lines, plus 3 phone payments, plus one insurance policy, plus taxes and fees. That gives me unlimited data, excellent coverage, and automatic international calling.

The old farts with Consumer Cellular for $20/mo get very little data, and a worthless phone.
We have no competition up here. Maybe 4 companies (they each have 2-3 brands). So our rates our considered very high based upon most surveys. So I always thought the US was cheaper.
 

scotchandcigar

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We have no competition up here. Maybe 4 companies (they each have 2-3 brands). So our rates our considered very high based upon most surveys. So I always thought the US was cheaper.
I should qualify that we stick with Verizon, the fuck-you of carriers. Where we live, which is suburban, coastal, hilly, and not very industrialized, Verizon has the best coverage. But you are correct that the other carriers are more competitive with each other. So we might pay $50/mo more than we would with another carrier.
 
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HecticArt

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Oct 19, 2008
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Verizon, the fuck-you of carriers.
 
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IdRatherBeSkiing

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Years and years ago, both Robin and I had iPhone5s on Bell Canada. We had an ancient grandfathered deal of 6Mb/mo for $65 total. But the phones were old and it was time to upgrade. Unlike previous upgrades, they would not let us keep the 6Gb deal. So we said, no thanks. I went with an employee perks package with Telus Mobility. For Robin's phone, it was $56.50/month (total) for 6Gb data and so many calling minutes. I paid $800 up front and some extra money per month for 2 years for the phone. They only allowed 1 at that package price. I got a package for slightly more ($67.80 total) but the phone was only $300. I only get 3Gb data per month but unlimited calling and Canadian long distance. Still pretty good for Canada. Both of these phones were our 6Ss. This year, when it was time to upgrade me, rather than lose the deal, I bought my iPhones for me and my wife outright (11 for me, SE for my wife). I worked out what it would cost and it really isn't any more expensive .... it;s just a matter of when you part with your money.

Years ago we got our son a cell phone. We went with a cheap carrier (Wind Mobile now Freedom Mobile). Coverage sucked but price was great. $50/month for unlimited data (throttled after 10Gb) and free roaming in the USA. We upgraded his phone several years ago to some LG android phone and wound up paying an upgrade fee until 2 months ago. When I upgraded mine and my wife's phone I also upgraded him (he was having phone issues) to an iPhone SE too. Just swapped the sim card (apparently his android and iPhone used the same sim card) . We couldn't do anything to the plan since they are trying to get rid of it. They have more expensive plans or not as inclusive plans now. So also bought his phone outright. It is good we are all on the same eco-system as we can share calendars and such now. My son's is also $56.50/mo with taxes and fees.

All these rates are pretty good for Canada. Always thought they were pricey compared to what others are paying in the States. My sister-in-law and mother-in-laws have better deals but not sure what is included.
 

kryptonite

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My 6 month Canadian SiriusXM Select was due to expire this week, I just called and asked for another six months at $5. Didn't say anything about cancelling, the immediate response was .. sure not a problem. Commonsense maybe prevailing. :)


And yes, you get Howard...if that's your thing.



Here's one for under $1/mo.



And now I see you're Canada...still, I'm glad I don't have to pay the $25 or whatever the regular price is. For those of us who came before 2006, they should definitely take care of us.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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Yeah. I went into the lifetime subscription thing knowing that it’s limited to three radios with a $75 transfer fee. That wasn’t hard to understand.
I like the $35 option. My SL2 has my subscription but is in a drawer somewhere. I am enjoying the free internet subscription from it.

My wife still uses her Pioneer Airware.
 

IndustrialH

"Not dead... just resting"
And yes, you get Howard...if that's your thing.



Here's one for under $1/mo.



And now I see you're Canada...still, I'm glad I don't have to pay the $25 or whatever the regular price is. For those of us who came before 2006, they should definitely take care of us.
I have one of each. Sirius Select US for football (all forms) and SiriusXM Select so my daughter can use the Onyx Plus (which she loves) in the car. Oh, and my ex. uses the SiriusXM Select streaming for the golf at her work. Never listened to Howard in the 15 or so years I have had the service.
With Bell in Canada killing off a number of it's sport radio stations maybe Sirius XM FC may return. oops, that's a bit off topic.
 

kryptonite

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I have one of each. Sirius Select US for football (all forms) and SiriusXM Select so my daughter can use the Onyx Plus (which she loves) in the car. Oh, and my ex. uses the SiriusXM Select streaming for the golf at her work. Never listened to Howard in the 15 or so years I have had the service.
With Bell in Canada killing off a number of it's sport radio stations maybe Sirius XM FC may return. oops, that's a bit off topic.

SiriusXM FC is on the USA.

It's sad that both countries don't get the same channels. I can understand minor differences like the Canadian goverment requiring additional Canadian content for Canadian subscribers. (I assume that it's the same satellite lineup.)
 

IndustrialH

"Not dead... just resting"
SiriusXM FC is on the USA.

It's sad that both countries don't get the same channels. I can understand minor differences like the Canadian government requiring additional Canadian content for Canadian subscribers. (I assume that it's the same satellite lineup.)
Pretty much the same. TSN got the radio rights to the EPL a few years back.. one Saturday morning 157 just vanished. The Saturday EPL matches are now on 167, but not Sunday or mid-week . Also the US site never mentions the Canadian Football League live broadcasts at all even though they are on 167 (pre Covid) in the US. Sirius Select in Canada has no NFL games, hence continuing the US sub. It seems they just use a block or unblock system on both the Sirius and SiriusXM transmissions. Simple and effective. I've been dancing with them since the early 2000's.... always a different tune. :)
 

kryptonite

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Well I told em I would think about the 280 bones for all access on my old ass inno. They came back with a 99 buck deal, plus fees. Total 118. I'll take it. The lady was nice and said to call in before the year ends to see if there's another deal. She said since I was a long time customer she'd do the deal.

Easy peezy.


I'm surprised you didn't get the Amazon Echo. Then again, that seems to be a December thing. Call back in then, especially if they offer it.