Satellite radio has become more common over the past few years. Most new cars come with a SiriusXM enabled sound system, and a free trial allowing the vehicle owner to try out the service for a few months. Many people like SiriusXM, myself included, because of the variety of music and sports channels. It’s also convenient to be able to listen to the same channels wherever you go.
The downsize is the sticker shock when that trial period is over and it’s time to start paying for the service, as the current subscription options range in cost from $10.99 to $19.99 per month. The good news is, you don’t have to pay that much. Here are a few easy steps to help you get satellite radio for a fraction of the regular price.
Know The Options
Currently, there are three subscription tiers for SiriusXM:
Mostly Music: This basic subscription will give you 80+ channels of great music. What it doesn’t give you are sports and comedy channels. You don’t get online streaming with this package either, but you can add it for an extra $4 a month. The price for this package is currently $10.99 a month.
Select: At a price of $14.99 a month, this package boasts over 140 channels of music, sports and comedy. Internet streaming is not included and cannot be added to this package.
All Access: This is their top shelf package, providing every one of their 160+ channels, plus online streaming from your phone, tablet, or computer.
You’ll want to know details of the options so that you can choose the right package for you. Also, you may be offered special promotions, and you need to be able to determine if the offer is a good deal or not.
Pay For A Full Year In Advance
The easiest way to save some money on a satellite radio subscription is to pay for an entire year in advance. No such price break is offered on the Mostly Music package, but you’ll save $14.99 on the Select package and $40.88 off the All Access package.
Ask For A Deal
Honestly, the savings for paying a year in advance isn’t enough to get me to sign up. I don’t think the service is worth even that discounted price. I tell them very frankly that their service isn’t worth their advertised price, and that I’ll be canceling my service immediately unless they can offer me a promotional rate. It took several phone calls, but I finally got a representative to offer me a special rate of $119 for a year long subscription to the All Access package if I would pay for the entire year up front. That’s a 50% reduction off the regular price!
Prepare To Walk Away
I was able to get a representative to offer me a promotional rate in my most recent renewal efforts, but I actually cancelled my service in the past because no one was willing to offer me a discount. What ends up happening in that within two months I was getting letters in the mail, and emails in my inbox offering me promotional deals. Going without satellite radio for a month or two is worth the savings.
Depending upon your lifestyle, having online access to your subscription may be nice addition. If you have streaming included in your subscription, you can utilize it in the following scenarios:
- At work through a computer
- At the gym or mowing the lawn by using a smart phone ap
- For parties through your smart phone and a blue tooth connected speaker
Remove Your Credit Card Information
Once you agree to an offer that you’re comfortable with, make sure to ask them to remove your credit or debit card information on file. If they have an account on file, your subscription will be automatically renewed at full price when the year is up. If you have nothing on file, they will send you expiration notifications reminding you it’s time to play this game all over again.
Satellite radio is not a necessity, but it is a nice feature to have if you love listening to music, comedy, or sports. Whether you’re subscribing for the first time, or looking to renew, these tips will help you get satellite radio for a price that may fit nicely into your budget.
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