The charge was there years ago but I thought they had dropped it. I guess they have re-imposed it. Seems stupid because why does Bell care about where you buy it, especially since they supposedly "lose" on every hardware sale.
It seems its cheaper for Bell to activate a used receiver than activate a new receiver so why discourage activating the used one?
It depends a lot on the CSR. If I get a CSR that adheres to one of EV's more onerous policies, I just say goodbye and call back. Chances are I get someone who does not charge the fee or does whatever I want without hassle.
I signed up for my own account in Aug 2004 and activated a used receiver I had purchased from my father. I was charged the transfer fee which they would not waive under any circumstances.
I asked them to waive the fee as a goodwill gesture to a new customer. They stated that since the receiver had been activated before, I was not considered a "new" customer. The fact that I had never had an account with them prior to that day meant nothing.
All in all, I don't understand why this fee is even necessary. Actually I do...it boils down to the almighty $ and increasing quarterly profits.
I bought a receiver from a friend with no transfer fee. Apparently, there would have been a fee except that he remained a customer of Bev but with one less receiver. Had he cancelled his sub, there would have been a charge. Apparently, that was one way to get around paying for PPV's
My father was (and still is) a subscriber when I purchased the receiver from him. It seems to me that the rules on charging transfer fees are extremely vague. The impression I'm getting is it depends on who you deal with as to whether or not you'll be charged the fee.