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Free Tivo Service?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by MeInDallas, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Speaking for myself, I don't question the validity of your claim.
    I would just like to see a screen shot because of the novelty. That is something that has probably never been seen before. In my time here at TCF I don't recall ever reading about someone getting free TiVo service.
    I respect that you don't want to post sensitive information. You can always blot that stuff out using Paint. ;)

    On the downside if you did post a screen shot, you'd still have someone come in and claim they see pixels. ;):p
     
  2. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

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    See I thought of that too. If I do it then of course there will be someone that will come in and say Oh you used Photoshop on that, I see lines and pixels and you doctored it to make it look like you got free service, and it'll go on and on and on and on and on, and the thread just goes way off into something else.

    I could see if I came in here and was telling everyone Weeee I got free service and neener neener poke poke poke I'm getting something you're not, but thats not even how I feel about it, in the least. I was just curious had anyone ever had any problems with Tivo over the years, and had a lot of contact with their support, and maybe they had put a few months of free service on a Tivo for testing or whatever reason. I searched thru the forums here and couldnt find anything about such a thing, and Tivo wont give me any clue why they did it, so I'm just left to wonder about it. Oh well, its really no biggie.
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    <young boy voice>I see dead pixels</young boy voice>

    I won't say I've never heard of anyone getting free service, but this is the first time I've heard of those words showing up on the sys info page.

    Again, I have no reason to disbelieve the OP.
     
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    My girlfriend, several of her siblings(in their 60's), and 85 yr. old mom have "pay as you go" phones. But they all have cameras in their phones.
     
  5. MeInDallas

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    Well all I know to tell is that mine doesnt. Motorola Model V170. It's very basic and all you can do is dial numbers and send texts with it (which I've never done) and anything more then that is complete overkill for me. I hate cell phones and I fought against getting one tooth and nail the whole way. I have an 82 yr old mother and she is the only person that has the number. Everyone else can leave a message on my home phone machine if they want me to get back to them, and even then its not always a guarantee that I will. Just depends on how I feel that day and if I actually wanna talk.

    Phones are a 100% complete annoyance :)
     
  6. lrhorer

    lrhorer New Member

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    I did. When I transferred my PLS from my Series I TiVo to my Series III TiVo back in 2006, they gave me a free year of service on the S1 as a courtesy for forking over the transfer fee.
     
  7. lrhorer

    lrhorer New Member

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    A great many people have disconnected their land-lines and only have cellular service.
     
  8. lrhorer

    lrhorer New Member

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    I have texting disabled, and I rarely use the built-in camera.

    You've obviously never been stuck late at night in the middle of nowhere without a cell phone.
     
  9. MeInDallas

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    I got stuck one time with a dead battery, thats what prodded me to get the phone because I realized there were no pay phones anymore to walk to. Then my mother is the other reason. I'm the only one that lives close enough to get to her if she gets sick. Other than that, I have no use for a cell phone. I dont think I could even tell you how to send a text, I've never done it and dont wanna learn either. :D
     
  10. lrhorer

    lrhorer New Member

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    Then you are lucky. I have been stranded a number of times. Since I have gotten the cell phone, though, the prospect is far less daunting.

    Where I travel, pay phones have always often way too far away to which to walk. I have upon occasion been stranded more than 90 miles from the nearest town. You live in Dallas. Try heading West some time, or South.
     
  11. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    But did the account status line on the sys info page change to "free service"?

    That's the oddity here.

    Well, along with them slapping the free service on it without any interaction with the customer.
     
  12. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    After taking a look at that other thread to see just what kind of problems you were having that prompted you to stuff it back in the box, it occurs to me that perhaps that's exactly what's going on, they want that thing running all the time, and phoning home, so they can query its logs to try to figure out what's causing the problem, seeing's how you don't seem to be the only one experiencing it, and some of the other people experiencing it are probably giving them 37 different kinds of hell about it on a daily basis.
     
  13. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    completely off topic..sort of.. but this thread is heading there anyway.

    I was at a LARGE shopping complex in Columbia MD, my car broke down, i had forogt my cell phone at my sisters house. It was just a short 5 mile run to Target (so i didnt turn back to get it) to go get a cordless phone battery for her ONLY house phone.
    I walked all over the place, must have been over a mile round trip searching for a pay phone..to call my wife in Boston at work (the only number i could remember, home is in Boston) to get my sisters cell phone number because i keep everything in my cell phone and cant remember crap anyway.
    I never did find a pay phone. While shopping for a pay as you go phone a nice guy in target let me use the store phone to call my wife who had my sisters number in her cell phone and then i called my sister who brought me my cell phone and waited with me until triple A came to get my car to tow it to a shop. All on a Sunday evening.
    So i believe the OP, strange things do happen.
     
  14. Teeps

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    Amen to that.

    Call TiVo and insist the free service is made permanent; you could then, sell the box and be done with it...
     
  15. mattack

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    Uhh, what? My Virgin Mobile phone had a camera on it, and was pay as you go.
     
  16. MeInDallas

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    That doesnt mean they all do :)
     

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