If you’ve been thinking of cutting the cord and you need a great cable alternative, you might want to give Sling TV a try. As it offers lower rates combined with ease of customization, Sling TV is one of the best live TV streaming options on the market. But before you commit to the service, you’ll want to try it out and see if it’s the right choice for you.
Luckily, Sling TV regularly offers a free trial so you can test out the streaming experience and get an overall feel for the service. This post gives you a breakdown of how to get the Sling TV free trial and make the most of some of its best deals and offers.
Signing Up For the Sling TV Free Trial
Sling keeps changing its free trial period and terms, so it’s good to stay on top of the latest updates if you want to get the most out of your subscription. There’s currently a Sling free trial that lasts three days — previously, the Sling TV trial lasted an entire week. But the good news is that although the service typically limited the free trial option to only app users, you can now sign up for it through the website.
In addition, Sling constantly comes up with offers for an extended free trial period by partnering with certain streaming device brands. That means you get an extended free trial if you sign up for the service through a partner brand device during the offer period. But it doesn’t have any extended free trial offers at the time of writing this post.
To sign up through the web, go to the Sling TV website and click on the “Sign Up Now” button on the homepage. This will take you through a three-step process to begin your free trial. Otherwise, you can also download the Sling TV app on any compatible device, then open it and click on the “Watch Now 3 Days Free” button to start the signup process.
What Types of Other Deals Does Sling TV Typically Offer?
Sling regularly comes up with new types of deals and free trial offers, so you might want to be on the lookout for the best ones. Besides its current three-day trial, it typically used to offer free streaming for seven days if you signed up through the app. At some point, it also canceled the free trial offer altogether and instead gave you $10 off on your first month’s subscription.
These free trials and deals generally extend across all of Sling TV’s plans. But the service sometimes offers different trial periods for its premium a-la-carte channels. Currently, it lets you watch these premium channels for free for seven days.
Although the service regularly runs offers on special occasions and events such as Black Monday and Cyber Monday, it also comes up with new deals throughout the year.
For instance, Sling currently has a limited-period offer where you can get $10 off on your first month along with three premium a-la-carte channels – EPIX, Showtime and STARZ. This means you only pay $20 and also get free access to these three premium channels for the first month. Sling hasn’t specified when this offer will end, so be sure to get it as soon as possible.
In addition to this, Sling regularly runs another type of offer in which you can get a free streaming device if you prepay for the first two months of Sling TV. This is an excellent deal as it allows you to save anywhere between $30 and $80, depending on which device it provides during the offer period.
At the time of writing this post, you can either get a free Air TV Mini player or Amazon Fire TV Stick with a two-month Sling TV subscription. Although Sling hasn’t specified the expiration date for this offer, the device bundle changes from time to time. At some point, it even gave a free Roku Express when you paid upfront for two months of the service. So before you rush to sign up for a free trial, check if Sling has any bundle offers in place for the streaming device you want to get.
What Happens After My Free Trial Is Over?
At the end of your free trial period, you can decide whether or not to continue with your Sling TV subscription. If you want to continue with the service and cut the cable TV cord, you don’t have to do anything. Sling will automatically start charging you for the plan you chose during the initial signup process.
If you chose Sling Orange or Sling Blue, this means you’ll have to pay $30/mo. But a Sling Orange + Blue bundle will cost $45/mo. And if you chose any extras or add-ons when you signed up for the free trial, you’ll get additional charges for those on top of the base plan.
Let’s say you chose a Sling Blue subscription and added the Sports Extra for $10/mo. and the Comedy Extra for $10/mo. That means you’ll have to start paying $50/mo. after the free trial period.
But Sling also gives you the option to customize your package any time, so you can either add or remove these extras depending on what you like and what you want to watch. If you want to avoid getting charged for these extras, make sure you remove them before the end of your free trial. Or you can add other extras and add-ons to your package if you wish.
If you don’t like what the service offers and want to try out other options, you can even cancel your subscription altogether. But to avoid getting charged for the first month, make sure you cancel the service before the end of the trial period.
Alternatively, you also have the option to pause your Sling TV subscription if you need more time to decide. Sling will let you pause your subscription for a set period of time – one, two or three months – after which your billing cycle automatically restarts. But you can also restart your subscription manually before the end of this pause period.
Sling TV Free Trial FAQs
Can I switch Sling TV plans if I change my mind?
Yes, Sling lets you switch your base plan from Sling Blue to Sling Orange or vice versa. Just go to your “My Account” page and choose “Change Subscription.” But this won’t automatically switch the Extras you currently have on your account. You’ll need to manually add back your Extras through your subscription page after you’ve made the switch.
When am I billed each month after the free trial?
Sling bills you in advance at the beginning of your subscription period. So, for example, if you signed up on January 7th, you get billed on that day for the rest of the 30-day service period. Then you’ll have to pay again on February 6th to continue your subscription for the next 30 days.
Is there a way to change when I get billed?
Yes, Sling gives you the option to change your billing date, depending on what’s convenient for you. But you’ll need to contact Sling support for this. Note, however, that this option is currently not applicable for customers who are taking advantage of a Sling promotion such as a device bundle or an annual plan.
How do I get billed when adding/removing extras?
When you add an Extra to your Sling subscription, you immediately pay a prorated amount for the rest of your billing cycle. So the initial charge will vary depending on how many days you have left until your renewal date. On the renewal date, you’ll have to start paying the full amount for the base plan and any Extra you’ve added to your subscription.
If you remove any Extra from your subscription, you can continue accessing it for the rest of your billing cycle. On your renewal date, Sling will remove the Extra and won’t charge you for it for the new billing cycle.
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