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I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this or heard of this "deal".

A couple of weeks ago, I was wasting time on Facebook and there was an ad wondering if I was interested in a free Bell PVR. I clicked on it, answered a few questions like address, phone # etc and hit enter. I didn't think anymore of it. My wife calls me today at work and says that Purolator has dropped off a relatively large box and we are not expecting any deliveries. Turns out it is a Bell 5900 SD PVR. There is NO paperwork in the box save for an empty envelope in that has the address for a "TIP Communications" on Bulmer Avenue in Sudbury, Ontario. I have not tried to add this to my Bell account as yet but I am wondering if I am running any risks by doing so.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Keith
 

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I believe You ordered Bell TV.

the ad says

Subscribe to Bell TV and get a FREE PVR or up to two FREE Bell TV Receivers for your home. Complete the form below to get started1, 2, 3!
 

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I am surprised they sent it without credit card info. But since the OP already has Bell, he may have just added two years to his contract.
 

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But since the OP already has Bell, he may have just added two years to his contract.
I think we are missing some details here. Just entering a name, phone number and address would mean you could order this for anyone.
 

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I've never heard of TIP Communications. They only businesses that I recall being on Bulmer Ave is a bar owned by a former Boston Bruin, a hairdresser, and a Subway restaurant.

Seems a little fishy to me.
 

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Subscribe to Bell TV and get a FREE PVR or up to two FREE Bell TV Receivers for your home.
That is the first sentence on the website I found by googling "TIP Communications Bell"

Pretty obvious to me that the OP signed up.
 

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For TIP Communications, read (TIG) The Installation Group, same address.

Also use a URL of getabell dot tv.

They an NI (National Installer) for Bell TV, owned and run by Robert Lefebvre, of Lefebvre Electronics.

This banner ad campain is all over the Internet on FTA sites, this one and many many more. For the first few weeks the name TIP did not appear and simply clicking "Submit" send off a blank form, I know 'cos I did it.

Not a very well respected outfit, from what I read and hear from Technicians, lots of internal problems. They also, again I know it is second hand but anyway, have been getting or got a lot of grief from Bell TV about this Ad Campaign, which is why the layout and text on the banners changed and included the reference to TIP.

I am at a loss to know how they can just ship out a receiver, it is against just about everything that Bell have ever done to ensure unactivated receivers and NEVER left with Customers, which was done in an effort to stamp out or at the very least cut back on piracy.

My advice would be to call Bell TV and give them the R00 and S06 #'s from the 5900 and ask them if this receiver is an ORS (Out Right Sale) one and is it free to be activated on an EXISTING account. I have a nagging suspicion that it might be a Rental Unit and you will be expected to sign a 2 Year Contract but that is so against Bell's Policy if it is that it is unreal.

I would ask that you keep us here at DHC in the loop as this is very interesting, well to me anyway.....lol
 

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I had a feeling that it involved Lefevbre Electronics because the used to use the "getabell" address for their website. I am willing to bet that these are refurbs.

I guess that by using the Bulmer Ave address they are able to keep everything separate from their retail location (which is also the base for the installs).

I'm interesting in hearing from the OP what the deal on this receiver is.
 

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I noticed on the website that they ask you if your tv is HD or not.

Am I to understand that if I give them any shipping address they will ship a 9241 there?

Afterwards, I could activate it on my account? I suppose this would lock me into a contract (undetermined length).

They say some conditions apply, but I can't find any info.
 

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That is 100% correct el gallo, even a whack of 9241's in several warehouses are now refurbs, of course a rental Customer has to take what is given but an ORS (Paying) Customer should be getting brand new.
 

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Bumping this again, as I still do not understand how this applies to existing customers.

Can I really get an HD PVR (even if it's a refurb) for free?

This may require a contract but it sure beats paying 10$ per month.

My understanding from the OP was that he just filled out the questionnaire and received a free 5900. No installation, no paperwork... Seems to me like there is no committment.

Can someone clear this up?
 

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The only people that can even come close to explaining this would be the folks at Lefebvre Electronics who are behind the Ad's.

Can I really get an HD PVR (even if it's a refurb) for free?

This may require a contract but it sure beats paying 10$ per month.
Not sure any of the Banner Ads have ever said it was an HD PVR and for the record a Rental 9200/9241 or 9242 is $20 per month, it is the 5900 SD PVR that is $10 per month.
 

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Seems that the ad actually asks you to select if you have an HD television or not, so I imagine that the PVR could be a 9241 or 9242...

Would be sweet, even if refurb.

Hopefully someone will provide some info here... seems too good to be true for existing customers.
 

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The only other image on these banner ads was a 6100 HD Receiver. I would highly doubt that TIG would be sending out 9241/9242 Receivers.

Bell had hundreds of 5900 and 6100 models returned about a year ago, from all its' Retail and National Installation operations, some suspected it was in readiness for the switch to MPEG4. I do know that skids of 5900's were shipped out to several warehouses that I come into contact with and that they were used as an alternate for 4100's when they ran out of inventory, so it is possible that TIG have still got lots of these and are finding a way to move this inventory. This is one possible explanation.

What TIG gain by just shipping them out for Free is beyond me, there just has to be some kind of contract or something surely, otherwise it is just bizarre.
 

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I figured I might as well see what happens. I was going to buy a 4100 anyways, and I don't have an issue with a two year term (if it is required). My only other option is Eastlink, and since it is all about the same price I'll stick we the better receiver of Bell
 

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Just got a call from a local Sudbury number claiming that they were Bell TV Promotions. I was asked if I was still interested in a free receiver, and how long that I have been a Bell TV customer. When I said that I have had Bell TV for about 10 years, she said that this promotion was for new customers only but there is a way around that by cancelling my account and setting up a new one.

I told her I wasn't interested.
 

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Hi - I clicked on the Bell promotion from Tip on Facebook about two weeks ago - got my two receivers in the mail last Friday - tech. coming out in two days to hook them up. Tip communication has no customer service, so don't hope for much from them, they get the job done and thats it - I've spoken to Bell - they got all my details from Tip Communications - the two year contract that is mentioned in some of these posts - its your installation charge of $99. You can either pay it when you get hooked up (and no contract) or don't pay it up front and then you have your contract for two years - its how Bell recoup their installation charges. - hope this explains things - I found its above board - hasn't cost me a penny - and its got no catch :)
 
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