Yes I actually did cancel DirectTV before the end of my contract without paying a fee and without even asking (at least not directly)!
Now this is not a post about canceling without ETFs, but more about saving money. I was looking at ways to rein-in spending and my focus was on expenses that are recurring in nature. Not all recurring expenses are necessarily bad. If you are a huge fan of sports, cutting cable makes no sense. Be happy, not miserable.
In my case, I hardly had time to watch TV. I couldn’t justify what I was paying month after month. Added to that, DirecTV actually increased my subscription fee after exactly one year. All sign-up discounts came to an end (even though the contract was for two years) and to top it, DirecTV sent in a new agreement!
I read through the agreement. And there was this one line which said if I didn’t agree with the new terms I should let DirectTV know. And that’s what I did. I simply told them I don’t agree with the new terms.
DirectTV called me back. The rep was very polite and wanted to know what specifically I didn’t agree with. I didn’t agree with the entire agreement being changed unilaterally before the end of the contract. Again I didn’t mention anything about canceling. Here’s what took me by surprise: The rep offered to cancel DirecTV without an ETF! That’s it! No gimmicks, no tricks!
Now I don’t know if I was an exception. I always paid on time, never had any issues with DirecTV. I’m pretty impressed at the way DirecTV handled this.
Overall savings about $700 bucks a year!