Balancing Act

Sirius XM satellite radio subscription for $29.94/6 month ($4.99/mo)

So you bought a new car and it is equipped with XM satellite radio. The trial subscription gives you full access to all the channels but is only good for three months. Once the trial period is over, you have a choice of paying $14.99 a month or drive without XM. While I enjoy the convenience and clarity of XM radio; it is particularly great during long road trips where the signal is clear and the program/channel I am listening to seldom gets interrupted; I could live with an extra $15.00 a month in my pocket by forfeiting my XM radio subscription. After all, I have a plethora of music on my iPhone to keep me company through any trips. However, I've discovered that if you can avoid the relentless marketing calls from Sirius XM for one week straight, that is, 2 calls a day, everyday for 7 days (morning and night) and let your trial subscription expire on its own course, Sirius XM will mail you, three weeks before your trial is set to expire, a promotional offer to subscribe at the rate of $29.94 per six month AND automatically renew at that rate.

Sirius XM promotional offer

Sirius XM promotional offer

I mailed in a check for $32.xx (includes music royalty fee) and it was cashed by Sirius XM a day after my trial expired, leaving me without satellite radio for a few days. A quick online chat with a Sirius XM representative got me back online in minutes. Since my subscription expired, the radio was automatically deactivated by Sirius XM. I could reactivate it myself online but would forfeit the promotional offer, hence the online chat with a customer service rep. The rep activated my radio on Sirius XM's end and all I had to do was request Sirius XM to send a refresh signal while tuned into Channel 1. I must say that while Sirius XM's relentless marketing calls are beyond annoying, their customer service is top notch.

I'm not sure if this promotional rate is available to current subscribers but I suspect that Sirius XM would rather offer a promotional deal than lose a subscriber. This is an email I about 3 days after my trial expired, indicating that there are multiple promotional packages for subscribers, ex-subscribers and trial subscriptions:

Sirus XM reactivation offer

Sirus XM reactivation offer

I'm also pretty certain that if you call Sirius XM to cancel, the rep will try to talk you out of cancelling by offering you a discount. This is where you can start negotiating the rates down, saying something in the line of "I only listen to a few channels and $15 a month is not worth the expense," just as if you would make a call to cancel your gym membership, credit card (negotiate down APR or eliminate yearly membership fee) or Direct TV subscription.

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