I called tivo a few months ago & got nowhere trying to transfer an Elite (xl4) into a $6.95 service plan. I figured if I offered to buy it from them maybe they'd let me do the transfer. then last week, I came across a deal on the Elite for $330. I decided to get lifetime & try for the $99 lifetime offer on my S3 (that had the $6.95 service plan). When i called I was offered a deal, if I bought the unit for $499 from Tivo they'd allow me to transfer it into the $6.95/month plan. After doing the math, i declined & bought lifetime for $399 and the $99 LT for the S3.