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Re: satellite radio

I hate true monopolies and this certainly seems to be one. One would think Sirius/XM would have this as a FAQ on their website. I have several subscriptions, so I thought I would check. If they were even trying to compete with each other, you would see this.

If you google the subject, there are unrelated websites that claim it is only good for a few hundred miles offshore of North America, because you lose sight of the satellites. Some maps show coverage ends around Puerto Rico and does not cover the Leeward or Windward Caribbean islands. Can't say if that's true.

BTW, I absolutely hate paying for radio and the cost is outrageous. It's often not commercial free either.


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I had Sirius for a few years. At the time their literature claimed 200 or 300 miles out if I remember correctly.

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I would not own it for radio, get weather and radio is a reasonably priced add on. The map looks like this. If you're wondering about the Bahamas, you're fine.


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For $6.00/month for six months out of the year its worth it to me.
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For $6.00/month for six months out of the year its worth it to me.
I have three subscriptions on three different vehicles. They claim I have a multi unit discount and they are still each over $10 per month.


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I have three subscriptions on three different vehicles. They claim I have a multi unit discount and they are still each over $10 per month.
Cancel them.
Call up and restore one at a time under their 6 month promotion.
Call again in six months when it runs out.
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Re: satellite radio

Yes, they are kind of like the AOL internet subscription used to be. I went for three or four years for free on that. Call and they will extend the free trials for months, then offer ridiculously low for like 6 months. Seems they will only give you a good price if you threaten to cancel, and even then there seems to be quite a bit of difference in what the individual people on the phone will offer, I assume it has to do with the commission schedules. So if you call and say is this as low as I can go, they will likely say yes as they won't make a commission on the call. On the other hand if you call and say this is too expensive I want to cancel, they may well offer much better rates.

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......They're advertising $8 /mt for 50 channels
Interesting. I receive hundreds of channels. I listen to about four.

By the way, I run Pandora for free through my iPhone or iPad for music. Barely touches the cell data plan I have anyway.

I can't see getting satellite on the boat, unless I was routinely in a region without cell coverage.


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