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Unscrupulous Billing Practices
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GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY -- My husband and I recently moved to a small town in Kentucky, and upon doing research, discovered that AT&T (Bellsouth) was the only company that could offer us DSL and digital home phone. We telecommute two-three days/week, so it is essential that we have this service. But it has been a nightmare to deal with this company. NOT ONE of our problems has been responded to satisfactorily. Here is the list:

1) Failure to notify us that our long distance was not switched over to Sprint as we ordered, so that when we made long-distance calls from our home phone, we were being charged the highest rate per minute for these calls. When we disputed the charges, AT&T refused to remove them.

2) When we set up online billing, one of our payments didn't go through. AT&T sent us an email confirming that the bill had been paid, and when we went to the online site, our account said we owed $0. Thirty days later, our phone service was turned off due to non-payment, WITHOUT WARNING. When we called to find out what happened, the billing department told us the problem was ours (though it was a glitch in their server that prevented the upload while simultaneously reporting the payment was made). We told them we would not pay a $35 fee for reinstatement, but,

3) This month we've received our bill, and not only have we been charged the $35 reinstatement, but also they have charged us for each individual service we have ordered rather than bundling the services, as we ordered. Therefore, what should be a $62 + taxes bill for DSL, phone, and long distance is now $180 +. We tried to call as soon as we got the bill, but the line was so jammed that we were not even sent through. When we call on Monday, this will be at the FOURTH time we have called AT&T in five months.

In all this time, AT&T has not accepted responsibility for any of its errors. We have paid for EACH ONE, despite our dispute of the charges (including all those long distance charges from the failure to switch us to Sprint long distance).

Since we bought AT&T's router for the DSL/wireless service for our home, changing to another option (like broadband for the laptops) is a considerable loss of money. We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE anyone who has a choice of DSL/home phone service NOT to use AT&T. They are TERRIBLE - a business that would fail if not for their monopoly in some markets.

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Forced 'Operator Assisted' Call Charges
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Run for your life! AT&T's Customer Service has been taken-over by Zombies! I was an AT&T customer for 30+ years but not anymore. I am convinced that AT&T is SCAMMING their clients for millions of dollars, just by forcing them to use 'Operator Assisted' calls caused by their own faulty phone service lines.

When I recently called AT&T customer service about a like incident, all of the representative that I spoke to, eerily in an almost spooky-way, responded in the same scripted, accented, mono-tone, word-for-word dialogue about some quirky rule that they “can not reimburse for an Operator Assisted call” and that it was basically my own fault for being forced to use an operator.

I tried, in vain to explain to their customer service folks what happened, as it was so obvious from looking at the phone bill, the terms of events leading up to the forced ‘Operator Assistance'. Looking back, it would have been easier not to have called and just spoken to a brick wall. Never mind that a number I was able to dial prior, using the same exact phone just minutes before was no longer considered valid according to AT&T's system. I can even, remember at the time thinking how nice it was for AT&T to send an operator to assist with connecting my call. Wow! I was thinking such great customer service, until I got slapped with a huge AT&T bill!

AT&T charged me $50+ for a call that lasted less than 10 minutes because it was an ‘Operator Assisted' call. This call would have normally been less than $1 according to my calling plan. I was basically being forced into a situation to pay an exorbitant amount for using an operator, because of AT&T's own faulty service lines. How odd that a valid number all of a sudden became invalid and that I could not make a connection without their own operator to assist! This smacks of extortion.

At one point, when I called AT&T's customer service, and asked to speak to a manager, I got a ‘fake-supervisor du jour', who read off the same scripted response as the initial, non-supervisory representative, when I then asked him for his manager, I was told that he has "an OFF-line Manager" and that “I could not escalate this issue any further” and was than giving a PO Box to write my complaint to.

I believe that AT&T is scamming people for millions using forced ‘Operator Assisted' calls and in general, a shut-out client service tactic, with little recourse for the consumer. This customer bids her final, Good-BYE and good riddance to AT&T! I am walking with my on-line bill pay check-book to a more customer oriented, less deceptive company.

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Lousy Service
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WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA -- I ordered phone service through AT&T a few weeks ago with an install date for 9/2. I was not initially given a window of time and was basically told it was anytime in the day. I took off work and spent the day home waiting for them. I called in to AT&T a number of times and the automated machine kept hanging up on me. I waited at the low end 1 hour at a time on hold to speak with someone and most of those representative lost my call during transfer which meant another hour on hold trying to get to speak with someone again. Well this went on for around 4 hours today.

I finally spoke with someone who told me my window of install was between 12 and 6pm so I didn't really need to stay here all day but was never initially told that. This person checked the account, checked the numbers and verified that the install was scheduled. Well at 6 pm tonight after no one had shown up, I started the entire process of calling them all over again.

The first representative after an hour on hold told me he could not give me any info on the account and had to transfer me to another number to obtain the information and of course that office was closed. I once again called back and went through the entire hold process again to be told the account was put on hold and no other information was available except from the office which of course was closed.

Now mind you, I don't even have their service and already am being treated with disrespect and like garbage. No one called me, no one told me there was an issue, they just let me sit home like an idiot all day begging them for information. Well I want to know what happened between 3 pm when the install was verified and 6 pm when no one showed up and no one called. This is lousy service.

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Bad Customer Service
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On 12/08/05 I started getting long distance calls. When I answered the telephone, no one was there. I could see from my caller ID that a relative in Maryland was trying to call me, so I tried calling them back. Every time I called that number or any other long distance number, the telephone number would not ring. I called my local phone company (Verizon) and they asked me to make a local call. I did and it worked fine. Then I called them back and they said that the problem must be with my long distance carrier (AT&T). I tried to call AT&T at their 800 number, but that wouldn't work.

Finally I dialed 0 and got an operator who was able to put me in touch with an AT&T representative. After explaining my problem many times, the operator stayed on the line and put a call through to Texas (I am in PA). The call lasted for 7 minutes before AT&T told me that they had been getting trouble calls from my 717 exchange all morning and that my local carrier was the source of the problem.

The problem was finally resolved several hours later, but I got a bill from AT&T on 1/3/07 that included an operator assisted call on 12/8/06. The charge was $21.30 for a 7 minute call. I should add that no recording or message from the operator informed me that I was being billed over $3.00 per minute for a call that was asking them to fix my service.

So I called AT&T customer service when I got the bill and asked them to remove the charge for that call. After hearing my story the billing person said that it couldn't be done. Not satisfied with that answer, I asked to speak to a supervisor. After holding for almost 15 minutes I was connected to ** the supervisor. He told me the same thing in gruffer tones, so I asked him to please spell his name for me and to please give me the name of his supervisor and to connect me with them. He spelled his first name ** and refused to give me his last name or the name of his supervisor.

When I asked him why he wouldn't give me this information he cited the privacy act as the reason. I could not believe that AT&T instructs its representatives to shield the caller from higher management or even give me their own last name. The company won't deal with me if they don't know my last name. This is an example of very poor customer service.

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No Customer Service Whatsoever
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- Irate CSR retaliates to a statement I made and disconnected my phone service which I've had for over 13 years. For three days I am told a variety of differing stories - phone service to be reconnected with no worries by 8 with DSL on the same day. At one point my call is routed to an outsourcing call center where my very feminine voice keeps being met with Mr. and sir this and that. Blind transferred to multiple departments on several occasions.

On the third day without DSL, I am told this is unrealistic to think I will have DSL anytime soon. It is a new account now and I will have to wait at least a week or more to have internet service. Switching internet service providers. You can have AT&T.

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AT&T is the worst company and cheat people
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NORTHERN VIRGINIA, VIRGINIA -- "ALERT" and never fall into the trap of AT&T. The Sale Agent will promise you a lot of deals and rebates which you will never receive. The customer service team will tell you that they have taken care of any of your need which will never be taken care of and noted down. They will burden you with all sorts of additional payments making sure that they suck you completely. And finally the worse part is even if you CANCEL your account, they make sure that they leave some or the complete account active to keep billing you for that part.

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Telephone card
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STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN -- I purchased a telephone card 8-21-07 at your Target store in Stevens Point, Wi. I've purchased same in the past, no problems. It's an AT&T 600 minute phone card. My wife used some of the minutes and noticed the remaining minutes were limited to 200 in the state of Wis. I took the card back to your store and asked for a refund as the other 400 minutes are no used to me as we make no out of state calls. They refused citing the use of the card, no refunds available. I was given a card to complain as the sales girl advised, she agreeing with me that this is a ripoff.

She advised I write your company to see if I can get a partial refund. I paid $31.64 w/tax and will use a third of the card or 200 minutes. Target had no notice advising the card had limitations on their display area. If such notice was advised I would never have purchased same. Please forward me $20.00 for the 400 minutes I'll never use. If you want the card back please advise. I'll also send you a copy of my purchase invoice.

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Inhuman means of contact and terrible customer service
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CORVALLIS, OREGON -- Look! At 7 PM, I am advised by a rude male person on the phone that my long distance account is $19 overdue. Is my case going to be a Supreme Court matter? So why can't I ask a question or two. I hang up. Next day I call the AT&T residential long distance service number to find out what's going on. You have to go through several tiers to get to a human voice. This voice is hardly able to speak English. I think it's the same rude man who called before. He does not respond to a question. He reads a script. Then, if you don't just pay the amount due, he cuts you off. The line goes dead. I try again. Cut off twice.

I am at a loss to find out how my $2 a month charge for long distance service (poor man's rate) got to be $19 overdue. No one will tell me. I won't pay till I find out. Chances are a change in my bank's credit card caused a problem. But I May never know. AT&T, where is your "humanity" in a trivial matter like this. Perhaps another company can talk to me about little matters.

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Outsourcing of customer service
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I am outraged that AT&T seems to have outsourced their customer service. I just tried to get some questions answered by calling their 800 number. In the past, I was always pleased to speak with a cordial, English speaking representative. Today, however, I got a non-native English speaker. I had to repeatedly ask him to repeat himself, as I had great difficulty understanding his very thickly accented English. Although I tried very hard not to let my exasperation become evident, it must have, because he quickly became highly offended and verged on rudeness in his replies.

Companies who are outsourcing their customer service need to remember that a large portion of the population are aging Baby Boomers with all the attendant hearing problems. Decreased hearing along with trying to understand very thick foreign accents over the phone can quickly sour us on these companies.

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False promotion
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DAVIE, FLORIDA -- AT&T offer me by phone a "combo": DSL, Phone service and the same package I had on Direct TV for $ 130. The operator name is ** and this happened on 08/23 and 24-07. They connect DSL and the phone, but Direct TV told me that my charges with that Company will be the same that I have already. So now, I have to pay for the DSL and phone and the same old charges for Direct TV. AT&T only said, "we are sorry for the inconvenience". Can you believe that?

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