AT&T recently launched a two-year price guarantee for many DirecTV packages as well as AT&T Internet and voice services. Users many find this offer much intriguing, but it has many catches; the first one being the offer availability, which is only for new subscribers.
New AT&T subscribers can lock the DirecTV Select package for $49.99 a month for 2 years. But for this, they will need to add AT&T Internet, Voice or Wireless services as well. In addition, the monthly equipment charge for four receivers is also included in the 2-year price guarantee.
To understand the second catch, you will need to do some math. As per the recent reports, DirecTV Select package (that has 145 channels, excluding ESPN) is available for $51.99, offering a savings of 2 dollars per month for the subscribers. A user can lock this price for two years. But if you visit the official website of the company, you can see that the DirecTV Select package is offered at $19.99 a month, as part of a special one year promotion for new subscribers. This special price of $19.99 is applicable for the first year and regular prices apply for the second year.
Now you will need to do the math. If you go for the $19.99 option, you would pay 864 dollars for the DirecTV Select package over the two years ($20 x 24 months plus $624 in the second year, if the prices do not go up). But for the new two year price guarantee plan, you would need to pay more than 1200 dollars ($51.99 x 24 months) for two years. This is 300 dollars more than special price plan.
It is true that the subscription charges will be locked for 2-year and the device charges are covered in the price guarantee plan, but it seems that the special $19.99 dollars pack will be a better plan over the course of two years. Yet again, for advanced internet users, the 2-year price lock is better, as they get AT&T Internet in the package as well.