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    XM raises monthly rates

    It was bound to happen, I suppose! XM announced a rate increase to their customers. The $9.95/mo rate expirse 4/1/05 and will be $12.95/mo. The extra receiver rates on a primary account will not increase. If you're in hte middle of a billing cycle on 4/1, the rate change won't effect you until the end of your billing cycle. So of course, they want you to call before then and extend the length of your contract with payment due in advance!

    Just thought everyone who is trying to decide between XM and Sirius would like to know. That's one less reason to go with XM, although I will not be leaving the XM family any tie soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R32 JUhl
    It was bound to happen, I suppose! XM announced a rate increase to their customers. The $9.95/mo rate expirse 4/1/05 and will be $12.95/mo. The extra receiver rates on a primary account will not increase. If you're in hte middle of a billing cycle on 4/1, the rate change won't effect you until the end of your billing cycle. So of course, they want you to call before then and extend the length of your contract with payment due in advance!

    Just thought everyone who is trying to decide between XM and Sirius would like to know. That's one less reason to go with XM, although I will not be leaving the XM family any tie soon.
    I'm a customer and they never told me about i... Where did you find that out?
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    OK, don't go to battlestations just yet... Quote: Beginning April 2, XM's expandedbasic service will include the Internet service XM Radio Online, which offers more than 70 channels of XM music and talk programming (previously $3.99 per month), and the High Voltage channel, featuring the talk radio duo Opie & Anthony (previously $1.99 per month). look at it here

    They're basically adding the premium channels sans playboy. No skin of my back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudes99
    OK, don't go to battlestations just yet... Quote: Beginning April 2, XM's expandedbasic service will include the Internet service XM Radio Online, which offers more than 70 channels of XM music and talk programming (previously $3.99 per month), and the High Voltage channel, featuring the talk radio duo Opie & Anthony (previously $1.99 per month). look at it here

    They're basically adding the premium channels sans playboy. No skin of my back.
    So they are giving the internet XM included?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebDog
    I'm a customer and they never told me about i... Where did you find that out?
    I got a letter in the mail from XM dated Feb 23, 2005. The first two paragraphs explain how much XM has expanded their service since it came out. Then in the third paragraph they explain since they now include more features than they used to (crap I don't use), their rates will increase. But, they're essentially eliminating their "basic" level of service. The Opie et al. talk show is no longer an option which will delight some even though thy're paying $3 more per month instead of $2. The good news in this is that XM radio online is no longer an additional fee. Not that I really cared, since there are VERY good internet radion stations out there, already, IMO that are free. http://alternative.beonair.com

    Personally, I'd rather save the money. But, hey, this will simply increase the value of my XM stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3
    That is what happens when you rent your music
    Right, cuz the stuff you purchase never increases in price. Gotta look at it this way - $13 a month is still less than what one CD costs. And Timetraxx makes it oh so easy to own that "rented" music in digital quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebDog
    So they are giving the internet XM included?
    Giving? No you're paying for it.
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    Hmmm, perhaps I'll wait for HDFM to take off if the rates are going to go up like this now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tekmazter
    Hmmm, perhaps I'll wait for HDFM to take off if the rates are going to go up like this now.
    They probably won't rise any more for a long time.
    And it is still worth the money.
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