Any problem combining AT&T/DTV bills?

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  1. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    While on the phone with DTV today, I was asked if I wanted to combine that bill with my AT&T bill. The woman said I'd receive a monthly credit of $10.00 if I do that. I was tempted but didn't want any chance of one of my accounts being changed. Mainly my Unlimited plan. She said everything would remain the same. Has anyone here combined bills and if so, was it a smooth transition?

    Thanks!
     
  2. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    Why would DirecTV affect an option on your wireless plan! They are two completely different things. Furthermore, AT&T billing is completely separate from changing your plan.
     
  3. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    I have combined my AT&T wireless with my U-Verse for the $10.00 bill credit and nothing on either plan changed. Well worth the $10.00 monthly bill credit.
     
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  5. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Because there are many of us with att fan discounts and especially Fan discount on iPhone unlimited data plans.

    So if combined att tv (direct tv) plus att (wireless) messes up our fan discounts it will end up costing us more than the $10 savings.
     
  6. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

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    There is a large thread on an DirecTV forum (dbstalk) about horror stories for people who combined. Can't do things on either side - having to get phone support whose only answer was to remove the connection between the two, etc. I don't have first hand knowledge but it sounds as if some issues (or many for some people). As here some have reported no issues. Probably, depends upon what you do online.
     
  7. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    That's what I figured. Not worth the $10 potential savings each month if they are gonna to mess my overall savings up on the cellular side
     
  8. iMas70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That describes me! FAN discount with an unlimited data plan. Want to make sure there is NO chance of something being screwed up. Especially with the unlimited plan.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Well, the only way anything even comes to there being no chance at all is not doing anything at any point at all, otherwise there's always a chance to one degree or another of something happening.
     
  10. iVegas macrumors 6502

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    I combined mine and now I can't buy an iPhone from Apple. Even at full price.
     

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  11. ineel macrumors regular

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    I don't have directv, but I have both Uverse and wireless accounts with at&t for years now. I never combined the bills even though they offered through the years because there was no compelling reason/discount offered and like you I didn't want to deal with something messing up my account/promos/plans. I learned about the $10 discount when at&t and directv merged and was offered while on a call to at&t to something unrelated. I agreed to it being combined and hoped for the best. The next month I didn't get my bill email reminder when it normally comes and I logged into my at&t account and I saw a $0 balance. I assumed that maybe they changed the billing cycle date and they will bill me some other time. A few weeks pass and I still haven't received a bill and I start getting worried so I call billing at at&t and to my alarm they informed me that my bill was due in 2 days. I asked why I never received notification of the bill and why my account balance was $0 and the lady has no clue. I always like to make sure everything on the bill is correct before paying so I ask if they can send me a pdf of the bill through email since the previous bill is still on my online account. The lady says at&t doesn't do that and they will send me a "reprint" of the bill in the mail. I say that i will become past due by the time i get the bill in the mail so she transfers me to someone else and the person basically makes me verbally agree to pay the bill 7 days later and this would be a one time courtesy. I felt as if i was being treated as a customer who doesn't pay their bills on time an has payment issues. I let it slide. The paper bill eventually comes and it only includes a bill for the line access fees/data/uverse but not any of the iPhone next payment plans. The next day I get a separate bill with just the Next line payments. I total everything up and it comes to what was quoted over the phone so I go online to try and pay the bill (at this point still showing a $0 balance) and it won't let me pay because I have no balance on my account. So I call at&t and the automated phone bill payment system accepts my payment. End of story right? NO. About two weeks later I get an email from at&t saying my account is past due and I must pay immediately the amount that was quoted. Angry, I call at&t and ask why tf is my account past due when I paid it on time. The person sees that my payment was disbursed into my old account instead of the "new" combined account. they credit that and fix any late payment charges. The next month comes and the same exact problem with $0 balance shows up and no bill. I call and inquire again and let them know of my frustrations but they are not helpful and send me the paper reprint in the mail again. At least this time my payment got disbursed into the proper account. Finally on month 3, I get a proper email notification that my bill is available online and I check online and the full bill is there in pdf instead of separated into two separate bills for no reason. All is well now and I see the $10/mo discount has been applied.

    With 3-4hours on the phone with at&t, stress caused by combining bills, and being talked to as if you are a child that won't pay his bills, I don't recommend combining your bills unless you want to go through all this ****. But I did this **** in September, so maybe they fixed their billing bugs. I just wish it worked like monopoly where the billing bug would've just forgot that I exist and get the "billing error in your favor - collect $200"

    I'm just glad everything is perfect again.
     

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