CORONA, CALIFORNIA -- When the AT&T representative ** sold us the U-Verse package he said he checked to see if it worked in our area. He affirmed it did. When the technician ** came to install it he had major signal problems and promised me he would fix the problem and make it work. (He lied). He said he finished the installation, everything works OK and left.
Later that night the signal to the set top boxes froze. We had to toggle the TV and Set Top Box off and on several times to get the signal back. This happened consistently after that. We filed a complaint and they sent out another technician **. He tightened up connections in a number of boxes and told us it was fixed. NOPE. Same problem. So we elected to go back to our Direct TV service.
I discussed this with ** (the Store Sales Manager) before and told him that if they could not fix the problem I wanted the AT&T technician to disconnect the U-Verse service and put back my Direct TV. His comment, “No problem. I will have them do that.” I tried to get the technicians out to fix it again and the Service Manager ** admitted they had a problem in my area and 700 to 800 customers were having the same problem.
I called ** and told him I needed the technician to disconnect the U-Verse service and reconnect my Direct TV service. His comment “Our Technicians don't do that” and this is after he told me they could change the service back over. He continually denied ever telling me this (** lied through his teeth during our original conversation as I soon discovered). When I discussed this with his manager ** (Store Manager) he lied to her also and denied ever telling me this. AT&T you have a store full of liars. You need to fix this problem.
Problem solved. I disconnected the U-Verse service myself (that never worked) and reconnected up my DIRECT TV. Now I have to make arrangement to send their Set Top boxes back myself. AT&T you have no idea what customer service is. You run a LIARS CLUB!!!
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- 14 Dec 08: Waited for a technician between 0800-1200 for installation, but technician never showed up. 15 Dec 08: Tried to install the service but U-Verse installation found that they couldn't get a signal to the house so a repair had to be made to one of the access points. They stated that once the outside cable and source had been repaired, the technician will come in and finish the installation. Repair couldn't be accomplished that day so the technician said that they will come in first thing in the morning to complete the job.
16 Dec: A technician found defective wiring outside the house and failed to tell us this fact. Instead we waited all day long just to find out that we were re-scheduled for the installation due to the repair of another defective part. Customer service representative told us that once the part was fixed we would be "escalated" priority for installation. Right now we will be scheduled for a Dec 31st installation just in case. Customer service said that they will give me a call (1000-1100) the next day for the status of repair. Customer service once again fails to call.
19 Dec: I call in to check the status of repair and they said that part was fixed and they will be calling me that day for an installation within the next two to three days. 20 Dec: I receive an email from AT&T stating that I've been scheduled for installation on Jan 6, 2009! I wonder what happened to my 31 Dec installation. I call in telling them my situation and how I'm a telecommuter, and later that day, I receive a voicemail from a supervisor stating that they can't do anything about my situation and that was the next available slot.
20 Dec: I cancelled the order. The problem with this whole situation is that I am a telecommuter and I need an internet connection to do my job. I'm sure AT&T finds it acceptable to waste everybody's time with run around promises knowing that more customers will take my place anyway.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA -- On Saturday, July 26th someone came to our door and said we just did some construction in your area and installing fiber optics for AT&T U-Verse. She asked us what we have now we told her we pay $30/month for internet and around $33/month for phone service. I also pay a special rate of $19.99/month for cable until January with Comcast. She said that AT&T wants to get everybody to switch over to fiber optics because regular phone lines were never intended to be used to carry DSL. She said I can give you TV, Internet, and phone for $69/month.
I knew it was too good to be true. I verified it with her 5 times and she said yes TV, Internet, and phone for $71/month with taxes. I said sign me up. She said I can also give you $100 cash back and one month free TV. That even sweetened the deal for me. She called in to AT&T and ordered it and they said you cannot get the $100 cash back and one month free of TV because I ordered the U100 package. I said that is OK and to go ahead and order it. Right after she left I received an e-mail from AT&T confirming that U-Verse has been ordered. I said great I can finally leave Comcast.
I thought about it for a few hours and I thought is the $69/month just for internet and TV. She gave me her cell phone number and it was a long distance call for me because she still had a Long Island, NY area code and confirmed the price one more time and she said no it is $69 for TV/Internet and I will get a separate bill for my phone service. I said cancel it. She said I would have to call AT&T and she gave me the number. I asked since it is the weekend would they be closed now and she said no, they're open. I called them and guess what closed until Monday. I called her back and left her a firm message.
Still haven't heard a response. I just hope I can get out of this mess easy enough. I also contacted the FCC for False advertisement. Like all of the other reviewers have said when they come to your door do yourself a favor and not answer it.
I called on Monday, July 28th and the rep apologized and offered it for $70/month for the triple play. Hopefully, it is the price they gave us.
LIVONIA, MICHIGAN -- I was to get the new AT&T U-verse cable television installed in my house on June 11. The technician arrived around nine in the morning and begin to work, tearing out my existing cable, installing new cables and bringing in the new equipment. He said he had to wait for a new cable to be run from the cable box to my house but the guy would arrive soon.
Two guys did come and install a new cable, left on top of the ground. The tech worked some more and after about eight hours I noticed him standing around and I asked him if there was a problem. He said no he was waiting for a call from his supervisor. Well after about another hour he comes in and says, "We can't get you cable here, you are too far away from the box. It's just around the corner."
So I said, "OK are you going to restore my old service?" He said, "I will try but am not familiar with their system." Well he left after a few minutes with cables still hanging down, no phone service, no internet and one television that worked. I called and complained and they said, "It's your problem to get it fixed, not ours." No one will respond to me since. So beware.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- $200 cash back incentive is awesome. Until you realize what you get from AT&T is bad service, "surprise" fees and faulty equipment! I have had AT&T U-Verse service for a little over 2 months and have had nothing but trouble! The main box to our house went out the first month - dead battery. I also wanted to add cable to a third room. I was told the new box would just be $7 a month, great. However the next week I see a box charge of $55 and a trip charge for $55 - $110 more than the quoted $7.
Our bill was over $350, which should be criminal! Just a few weeks later another box in our home went out. Isn't there a lemon law for cable service? Everything they have installed has been faulty and I'm overcharged every time I get a bill. So don't take the carrot of $200 back. They get it back (and some) one way or another!
AT&T recently came to my door, and offered to beat Cox's prices, with full HD, all the movie channels, and a phone, for the same price as Cox, but I would get phone service too. Then they arrived to install — and everything was wrong. They had my contact phone wrong, so they could not call me in advance.
They had my order wrong — so it did not include any HD. And they had the price wrong, so it was going to cost me more — for less. The install guy seemed to have the job of being the honest one, as he went over my order and clarified all the important points. He obviously had been down this road.
It seemed very routine that he got me on the phone with customer service, who kept trying to fix the problem, with higher prices for the same services I already had. So, I threw them out of my house. The install tech was relieved that he didn't have to install another one — just to uninstall once the customer figured out it was a bait and switch — which is exactly what this was.
The sales guy who came a couple weeks ago said how great my HD signal would be (as he checked the box for no HD) and all for the same low price as my HD with Cox — and I would get a phone. I got the feeling from the tech, that this was standard. He was supposed to install it — and then I would have to buy more stuff to get the HD I was originally expecting. So, be wary of AT&T. I never felt so good cancelling an order. And I will continue to avoid AT&T.
SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA -- I am 30 years old and out of my many experiences with customer service, AT&T UVerse is by far the very worst. I don't think it can get any worse unless monkeys ran the phones. I'm not exaggerating. I called on January 30th, 2009 for cable and internet service. They scheduled me for installation on February 9th, 2009 at noon. So I took time off to be home for the installation (someone over 18 has to be present).
February 9th at 1pm, I called them to check on the status of my technician. They repeatedly transferred me to someone else and after 20 minutes, a representative told me they didn't have my apt # so they had to reschedule me. I said, "Why didn't you just call me for it?" I checked to make sure they had my right cell # which they already did. All they could say without any meaning behind it, "Sorry. We have an opening on March 31st." What?!? How did 9 days without internet become a month and 3 weeks???
Not happening. So I called everyday (I would've called Time Warner Cable instead but UVerse is the only one that services my building to my misfortune). After 8 phone calls, over an hour of listening to music, 11 transfers to different depts who kept sending me back to the dept that transferred me in the first place, 3 hang ups whenever I asked for a manager, I finally got rescheduled to February 25th. Guess what? February 25th went by with no technician or installation. After all this, I've given up. I'd rather drive 5 blocks to the library for internet than give my $$ to UVerse. Please boycott AT&T Uverse with me.
NORTH DALLAS, TEXAS -- U-verse is a half baked product and I should have seen the signs from far away… Young hoodlum of a sales rep approaches my door to sell me TV service (who the hell goes around door to door solicitation customers, only Bible sellers and Jehovah witnesses). They could never verify my account. IVR Phone system when calling into Customer Support takes you into a black hole of repetitive confirmation of your billing telephone number.
Tech guy looked and smelled like a hoodlum as well. Has no PPV or features as promised. I have to point my remote to the dang box. The transition from channel to channel has a 3 second delay. Shows in the middle of reception are interrupted by a “No signal” error message. The list goes on… Do yourself a big favor stay with your current Dish/Cable network... Avoid AT&T. They are a bunch of incompetent idiots...
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- This company has a way of charging you something different for every month. They have a system with promotions they give you for FREE, but when that promotion ends (which should not have made a diff for the bill) your bill goes up. I have to call every month and battle it out over the changes to my bill. I have never had a consistent bill and not to mention the service provided isn't worth the money the charge.
It is not uncommon for me to have issues with their products either. Their representatives have a different explanation for the same thing every time I call. Having cable should not be so ** difficult!!! I have heard that Time Warner sucks just as bad. You can't win with these money hungry companies. I just want a consistent reasonably priced bill. The promotions are confusing and I would have appreciated them telling me my bill would gradually grow to unreasonable prices by the end of the year when I signed up. I would highly advise against this company unless you like monthly aggravations.
I ordered the bundle from AT&T in early August with an install date of 8/17. It is now 8/25 and none of the three work. I can't get anyone on the phone. Every line I dial (in the hand-outs and e-mails they provided) ends in someone telling me to dial a different number (no warm transfer, no forwarding). Each line is a 10-15 minute wait. I can't even cancel the service. Online "contact us" lands at no web page.
I tried to register my account online and the link in the "welcome" email leads to no webpage. I'm 7 days in and about 10 hours spent trying to get support. I'm an engineer and have worked in IT services for 6 years. This is not user error. I switched b/c Time Warner phone would go out sporadically and the digital cable would freeze up several times a month. I even got to the billing line to cancel the service and they advised I call the same tech support number. This is absolutely absurd!