Yes, you can do exactly what you suggest.
I think you missed the part where the Original Poster saidIf you do upgrade to a Premiere, call and tell TiVo you are going to deactivate your old S3. They may say to wait and see what they can do, then offer you the Lifetime for the S3 for $99. Many people have done this and taken the offer. That $99 Lifetime is the same as if you paid the $399 or $499. It can be transferred. Good luck.
Don't you mean that it can't be transferred.It can be transferred.
So pick up a lifetimed S1 cheap and let it phone home once a month.That is true. So you can only pull off this trick once. You have to have at least one full price unit, lifetime or monthly, on your account to qualify for MSD.
If you are eligible for MSD, you're eligible for MSD, I would think.Do you have to buy the new TiVo from TiVo in order to get the $399 lifetime price or can you call them to activate a new box that your purchased elsewhere and still get lifetime for $399?
I believe in the past Tivo would not allow MSD on refurbished units. Not sure what the current policy is.If you are eligible for MSD, you're eligible for MSD, I would think.
If you have no other TiVos, they'll charge you $499 for lifetime no matter from who you buy it or for how much, so why would they be consistent on non-MSD and not consistent on MSD? That sounds like a prescription for confusing their own people and getting everybody mad at them.
If you get your hands on any new or used TiVo (any model) and are eligible for MSD you can get lifetime for $399.I believe in the past Tivo would not allow MSD on refurbished units. Not sure what the current policy is.