Dish Network Informative - Equipment Return
When returning Dish equipment, never just drop off the box at a UPS drop off site and think all will be good.
When cancelling service, Dish gives you 30 days to return the equipment to avoid being charged, which is plenty of time if everything goes well. This includes the 7-10 day period you wait for Dish to send you the box(es) and return shipping label(s).
When sending the equipment back, be sure to have UPS check the label and provide you with the estimated return time. I recently sent back equipment and discovered the return label Dish provided was no good and UPS couldn't locate the address in their system. I called Dish from the UPS store and explained the situation and the CSR told me they'd never had this happen before and I should go to another UPS store and have them check the address. To make a long story short (after spending more than 30 minutes on the phone with their customer service), the CSR realized they'd sent out a return label with an invalid address. I also discovered that they have several locations one can return equipment to. The first address (in Texas) they gave me was going to take 11 days to get there and would cost me over $80 to ensure it got there on time (don't even think about asking them for an extension, even if they send out the wrong return label), finally I was given an address in Colorado that would take only 4 days.
Once you do finally get the package shipped, be sure to track through the UPS website and if you have any bank account information on file with Dish, cancel it immediately. I lucked out and got the equipment back with one day to spare.