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AT&T/Directv Bundle Deal
I have written before about some of my experiences with Directv. Overall I think they are an alright company, but I stick around for NFL Sunday Ticket and because they provide me with a generally good overall value. Directv was recently purchased by AT&T, which will make for some interesting synergy going forward. The first example of that is a deal they are offering right now.
For Directv customers who switch their cell service to AT&T they are offering:
- $300 credit per ported in line.
- $200 trade-in credit on an old smartphone
- $10 off per month on your combined wireless/tv bill
- 10,000 Plenti points
- $150 cashback through Ebates
That is a lot of stuff and it is almost as good as it sounds. Lets take a look at each part of the deal to see what the terms are and how to maximize.
$300 credit per ported in line
Here is what you need to do for the $300 credit.
- Buy a new smartphone online with AT&T Next.
- Transfer your phone number from your current wireless carrier during checkout.
- Activate a new line of service on your wireless smartphone.
- Remain active and in good standing on your new phone line and your AT&T wireless and DIRECTV or U-verse TV accounts for 45 days to receive your credit in 90 days.
Basically you need to purchase a new phone from AT&T, port in a number and keep both your television and phone service active for at least 45 days. Easy!
$200 trade-in credit
This credit is provided via a prepaid Visa issued by Metabank. In order to get the credit:
“Smartphone trade-in must be in good working condition, have at minimum a standard $10 buyback value, and meet AT&T Buyback program requirements. If purchased via att.com, you will be emailed a promotional code after eligible purchase ships to complete trade-in and receive $200 trade-in credit. Code expires not less than 30 days after receipt.”
You can check the buyback value on AT&T’s site. All you need to do is trade-in a phone that has a value of $10. Not bad.
$10 off per month on your combined bill
This is pretty simple. You have to agree to put both services on a bill.
“*$10 Combined Bill Discount: For customers who agree to combine eligible TV and postpaid consumer wireless services on a single AT&T bill.”
This offer ends 11/14/15.
10,000 Plenti Points
This actually isn’t mentioned in all of the ads, because I think it is a separate promotion. I was able to find it in the terms of their press release. It says,
“As a bonus, these customers can also receive 10,000 Plenti points to use at participating partners if they combine their DIRECTV or U-verse TV and AT&T wireless services on one bill.”
This portion of the offer expires 10/04/15.
$150 cashback through a portal
This isn’t part of the advertised deal, but you should be able to get $150 for signing up through the Ebates portal. If you don’t see the $500 offer advertised on the homepage, go to the “Bundles” section
Analysis & Math
I am seriously considering this deal, so I’ll walk you through the math as it pertains to my situation. I’ll also breakdown the methods I would use to maximize the deal. My family has 3 lines that we would port over.
This means that we would receive:
- +$900 in bill credits
- +$600 in trade-in credits
- +$100 in Plenti points
- +$150 in portal cashback
Instead of trading in our phones (which are worth more), I would purchase phones on eBay that meet the minimum standards. I found a phone model that costs about $50 that would work. Also, there is a $15 activation fee per line. Since I have to purchase new phones as part of this plan, I would sell my old phones. I could get about $600 for them.
So here are some adjustments:
- -$150 to purchase trade-in phones
- -$45 activation fees
- +$600 for old phones
At this point point I end up ahead about $2,155. Not bad, but of course we need to purchase new phones.
Buying the Phones
AT&T sells the new iPhone 6S 16GB model for $649.99 plus tax. We could get the phones on the Next Plan with no interest and then pay them off if we ever decided to cancel. Three iPhones would cost $2,107.92 including tax. (We may go with a higher capacity or different model, but I’ll use this example to keep it simple.) If we buy 3 new iPhone 6S 16GB models, we end up ahead about $48!
Currently we pay $100 per month for 2.5GB per line on T-Mobile. With AT&T we would have 15GB of shared data for $145 per month. Since we get a $10 bill credit, our actual monthly increase is $35 over what we are paying now. I would lose free international data when traveling, although AT&T’s coverage is MUCH better here at home.
AT&T Access More Card Bonus
One of the cool things about the AT&T Access More card is that it comes with a free phone up to $650. The main reason I haven’t picked up this card is because I would have a hard hit for getting the card and then a hard hit for setting up the AT&T service. If I make this move, I will already be on AT&T, so I could get this card to maximize the free phone benefit. I won’t consider this as part of the deal, but as an added side benefit.
Basically we can get three new iPhones for “free” and we’ll end up paying about $35 more per month for twice the amount of data on a better network. We would lose international data, which to be honest is something I use quite often.
There is of course one other interesting part of this deal. It only requires that service is active for a minimum of 45 days. While I wouldn’t plan to do this, theoretically we could cancel anytime after receiving the credits and switch back if we weren’t happy. Once we paid off the phones, we could go anywhere we want and would actually come out ahead given the value of the phones.
I am really torn about this deal. It has been around for a little while, but I finally decided to really look hard at it. Between the Apple Pay deal and my switch to using the camera on my phone full time, I think the iPhone may be a better fit for me. I do love my Galaxy S6 though, so who knows how I’ll feel. Of course I could always sell the new iPhone if I’m not happy, so I really do come out ahead no matter what.
So what do you think? Is this a good deal? Did I miss anything in my analysis of this deal? Is this something you are considering? Let me know in the comments!
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