I recently upgraded my Dish Network satellite receiver. While he was installing the new receiver, the technician suggested that I look into the ‘annual discount’. Yesterday, I called Dish Network. Here’s the deal -
If you prepay for 11 months, you’ll receive 1 month of service for free.
This discount applies to your ‘programming package’ and does not apply to leasing fees, dvr fees, etc.
So, even if you prepay for a year, you’ll still get a monthly bill for miscellaneous fees.
The actual discount will vary, according the ‘programming package’ that you have.
In my case, my ‘programming package’ is $44.95 per month.
If I prepay, my annual cost will be $494.45, instead of $539.40.
This equals a discount of 8.33%.
I signed an 18-month contract, so I’ll be paying these fees, either way.
If I prepay, the entire $494.45 will be ‘gone’ and I will have received the discount.
If I do not prepay, I can keep the money in my savings account, earn about 4%, and I will not receive the discount.
So, what would you do? Is this a good deal, or not?