Let’s be real, a lot of us have had a utility bill that we didn’t pay. Sometimes, life just hits us and we just think to ourselves, “Who cares, I don’t watch TV anyway.” Then the bill just ends up going to a collection agency and now its on our credit and now we can’t enjoy cable unless we convince someone to let them put it in their names; or we just go to another company and probably end up paying more for less or end up in the same situation anyway. But who cares about the past, we’re worried about getting Xfinity even if you owe right? Maybe you don’t owe but you want a bunch of services and only want to pay $1. Either way, I found the recipe.
What You’ll Need
- A device with internet access so that you can access Xfinity.com
- A credit or debit card with $1 on it. It can be a prepaid or gift card too
- e-mail address for the e-mail confirmation
Don’t Call Them. Do it Online.
I’ve learned through experience that no matter how many different sales reps you talk to, none of them are going to allow you to start service for $1. They will always require some type of deposit and if they don’t, it will usually involve you agreeing to a 12-month or 2-year term. And besides that, they will either ask you for your social security number or your Driver License number which is what we’re trying to avoid. If you owe them money, it will show up when they run your credit and it will void your order. Not only that, it will put an inquiry on your credit which will damage it and on top of that, now they have your new information so they will be able to further attempt to collect the debt from you.
The trick is to do it online at Xfinity.com. Go to the website and then shop for whatever the service it is that you’re trying to get and go through the motions of everything until you get to this page.
Your Personal Information
Now here is where we have fun. Now, I have done it time after time and tweaked the application in different ways so I’m gonna tell you right now. Their security system is pretty flawed because they don’t really verify what you put in the field. Now I’m not telling you to put a fake name (even though they wouldn’t catch on because they don’t have your social or date of birth to match it to), but I’m just saying. Sometimes I might put varied spellings of my name, or if you have a common name, you can honestly just put your real name. It’s not like they have your social.
When you enter the card information, the billing name and address doesn’t have to be an exact match as the card information you just have to match at least the zip code for the order to go through. After you put your info and the credit card info and submit the form, you should receive some e-mails from them where you can activate your account and set up your username and everything so that you can begin using their “Xfinitywifi” hotspots instantly while you’re waiting for your service installation.
P&J Pro Tips
- Remember, nothing that has anything to do with this account will be reported to the credit bureau. They either won’t simply have the right name or they won’t have your date of birth or your social to tie it to. That doesn’t mean I’m saying to go and be a deadbeat bill payer, but don’t kill yourself over a couple missed payments; the credit bureau will NEVER know.
- If you just want quick access to a hotspot and you don’t really care for the service, and you have $1 handy, go through the motions of everything and then just don’t go through with the service. You can either call and cancel it or it will cancel itself out after about 10 days or so due to non-activation.
- If you are having problems using your address, put a random address until it goes through. You can always call them later and update the address or you can go in store and pick up the equipment and install it yourself. They say that they need your ID to pick up the equipment but when I went all they needed was my “name and address,” no questions asked.
- Don’t trust the representatives! It’s important that you do it online because the representatives will lie to your face all over a sales commission. I had a representative once tell me that the deposits aren’t $1 anymore and they are now $25. I hung up and went online 2 days later and it was $1. THEY WILL LIE TO MAKE SALES. Remember that!