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Policy "BS"
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OLEAN, NEW YORK -- 2 Year upgrade done in June 2011, IPhone 3gs, July phone stolen, NO insurance available at time of purchase. Reported, deactivated sim card. Needed new phone, went to local store told by sales representative that he couldn't get me a new iPhone because of the contract between Apple and Att, but if I waited 4 months a new phone could be given(purchased) by over riding the system at a new 2 year contract and pricing, again, had to wait 4 months. Waited the 4 months with a crappy old 5 year broken phone that semi worked. Went back 4 months later and no deal. They wanted to charge me a $250 early upgrade fee AND 1/2 the price of a new retail cost of a phone. (Was looking at $450-500 minimally). Told to call customer service and they could help me. I did, talked to 15 different people 5+ times (customer service reps) where eventually spoke with a "Peter", claimed to be "the manager" (which I'm not sure he really was). Explained the situation for the millionth time to him, told him that I just wanted Att to work with me because I have been a long time customer for over 10 years and if they really appreciated me for using Att and being a long time customer that they would "help" me out here. He was arrogant, cocky and just really didn't want to be bothered, I eventually told him that I would like to talk with his supervisor and he told me that there was no one above him, he was it and that this is the only option available, take it or leave it, I told him that obviously there is someone above him, whoever that might be and IF I had to call everyday to get a hold of them than I would. I just wanted someone to work with me. He hung up on me. Of course I had to call back, did get a very nice customer service rep, explained in brief summary and I got the "policy" explanation of Att. NO ONE WOULD HELP ME OUT. I can honestly say that I really expected to pay something but NOT $450-500. Bottom line, THINK TWICE about using them. They don't care about any of you!
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ChuhBaca on 01/04/2012:
I think it's an eye-opening experience when you realize, they don't care about you. Put your loyalty with those that do, not the mega-corp. They only understand blows to their wallets.
sabletaz on 01/04/2012:
ChuhBaca, you are so right!
ticia232 on 01/05/2012:
Your complaint is against the guy who told you wrong information in the first place. The guy promising things like that might be the reason why he is no longer employed by the company.

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AT&T Small Business Bundle auto-renewal Scam
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I cannot express my disappointment with AT&T...the phone company I have used all of my life. I was talked into a small business bundle to "save me tons of $ "...and now I am trapped in a SCAM by a company I trusted in.
My husband has been unemployed for over 2 years and money is extremely tight...After my 3 year bundle contract with AT&T ran out I called in hopes of simply down scaling or going back to a regular phone line in order that we could afford the service. I was told that we could not do that...that we were under a contract for another 3 years! That I had agreed to have it "automatically" renew every 3 years for an additional 3 year contract.... WHAT? This is so wrong. I cannot believe this company would ever take on such disgraceful practices. I know as a small business owner...that satisfied customers are what keeps a business going. It only takes a few unhappy customers to do a lot of damage to a company...they spread their negative words much faster than the happy customer spreads positive ones!

Well....after my contact with the AT&T customer service dept. and legal dept. (no resolution) I contacted the BBB to file a complaint on this auto renewal "practice". I received a response vial the BBB that a customer service representative from AT&T was sending me a letter on 7/7/11 to cancel my contract with no penalties...(that they had attempted unsuccessfully to contact me by phone...I teach all day, every day.) This "letter" never arrived....believe me, I waited for it.
Finally, I re-contacted AT&T and was told that they were going to stand behind their, "original" decision. That I would be penalized for breaking the contract. So basically they used another dishonest practice....declared to the BBB that they would take care of me, the customer, and failed to do so.
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Kris10 on 01/04/2012:
You may want to consult an attorney about this. I don't think it's legal for them to 'automatically renew' any kind of contract without your express permission. If anything, it should have been cancelled. Check into this. This may in-fact be fraudulent and theft.
Anonymous on 01/04/2012:
There's nothing illegal or fraudulent about auto renewal as long as a customer initially consents to it. It would be easy to consent to something and then 3 years later forget that it was done.

Since AT&T made a promise to the BBB that they were cancelling the contract with no penalty, the OP should contact the BBB again and let them know that AT&T reneged on their offer. Maybe they will change their mind again.

rick on 10/30/2012:
Don't pay for it, fight them in court. Read story on man suing
McAfee for auto renewal scam.
AT on 02/19/2013:
The "auto-renewal" of contracted services is a required "yes" or "no" field on the order for your service. I sit among people that sell these plans all day, and the customer is not even asked. In a huge number of cases, the checkbox is set to "y", the customer isn't told, AT and T sends you a mail separate from your bill 10 months into your contract that is supposed to alert you to the upcoming auto-renew.

The problem is that AT and T has spent the 10 months previous bombarding you with 2 - 3 extra pieces of mail per month that are all "buy our so-and-so service that you aren't using yet", in envelopes identical to your contract alert mail.

The company is actively trying to rip small business customers with ETFs that are basically never disclosed to customers, unlimited long distance calling plans that have an introductory rate of $5.00 or $10.00 per line for a year proceed to "auto-renew" at $20.00 per line. Call and terminate, and you get an ETF equal to half the monthly charge of the long distance plan, times the number of months left on the auto-renewed "contract". What's more, they won't let you renew your previous plan unless you purchase new mobility (cell phone) service. $15.00 per line is the best you can get, and that is a one year contract with ETF.

Most of these initial contracts are "verbal" over the phone. AT and T has now started deleting call recordings after about 8-12 weeks, meaning you can't request the recording of your initial call be pulled to prove you made any verbal agreement. 100% of calls are recorded, unless a customer asks not to be recorded. The automated greeting says "this call may be recorded...", but it really should be saying "this call will be recorded..."

If AT and T actually thought they had a leg to stand on with this stuff, they'd happily pull call recordings and play your actual consenting words back to you. Guaranteed upholding of charges in court or anywhere else.

Since a lot of reps don't disclose half of this crap to customers when orders are placed, and since AT and T legal discovered the issue, the ass-covering began.

Would you believe that now, if a wireline customer purchases ANY service on a contract, they are transferred to a recording where the contract terms for EVERY service offered by the department placing the order is presented as if you purchased it, and you have to press "1" to accept the terms of service for EVERY product that department offers, whether you bought it or not.

You press "1" to accept, the recording of the call disappears in 2-3 months, your service gets turned on 2 days after you place order, and your order confirmation letter shows up 5 days after you've already activated service.

In other words, AT and T is actively trying to bury the fact that terms aren't being disclosed to customers by making customers simultaneously agree to every single ETF for every single product, and then erase the hard evidence that would show if that customer actually requested said product.
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Customer service
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I got online to check price plans for internet service and home phone. AT&T has a special so I looked everywhere through the entire website for a contact number to speak to someone directly. The website is not only very difficult to maneuver, but it has no phone number contact anywhere. I clicked on the automated help where computer generated answers were not even close to my questions. When I asked for a contact phone number for AT&T it said “applying for a new phone number” I said “no” and it said “I’m sorry I don’t understand your question!” After 15 minutes of this I typed “AARRGGHH!” And it said “I’m sorry, I don’t understand your question. I called 188callatt, the automated said I had a past due balance and sent me to collections! After being on hold for 10 minutes a woman came on and I told her I was simply inquiring about new service, she said she would connect me to that department and no one came back to the line!
I finally found a phone number through an internet search, where you have another aggravating automated asking you you what you want, questions over and over, finally I just repeated “representative” until it said it would connect me, where I listened to some kind of bad pop music way too loud for 25 MINUTES! I finally remembered why I left AT&T years ago, they had double billed me and through 14 months of phone calls, faxes proving I had paid the bill, promises that they saw the mistake and would correct it, it still was on next months bill. I suddenly remembered all of the phone calls, people who don’t speak English, automated questions repeated over and over, and being put on hold for endless amounts of time until I gave up and put the phone down. Only to start it all again tomorrow!
So thank you AT&T for reminding me why I left you in the first place and saving me the hassle of signing up with you again!
Cynthia Elliott, Burbank, Illinois
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madconsumer on 07/06/2011:
here is the link to all their contact numbers.
777tech on 07/06/2011:
I too left AT&T Wireless for cell service simply cause their service with the least dropped call was actually the service with the most dropped calls of any cell service I have ever had. When the Iphone came out even more dropped calls and if you did not ever have a smart phone you would not be grandfathered into a unlimited plan for 30.00 a month. I once had a bill that ended up being over 18,000.00 for less than a month of service which caused three management people from AT&T to cut my service off till bill was paid is what I was told. Three different managers told me to pay bill that I did in fact owe it. Its turned out that the air card that I was trying out for that month was loaded with a text messaging picture plan by mistake, supposed to be an unlimited plan charged up all these charges. It took them 4 months before I got a normal bill. Had to call and spend countless hours on the phone with members of AT&T's management to get bill charged off, because they told me no one had the power to charge it all off at one time! My Wife is a nurse and works in the OR so had to threaten them with lawsuit just to get my phones turned back on after 3 days of arguing with these management types. Finally on the forth, asked the manager who do you think is the richest guy in the United States? He asked why do you ask that, my reply was do you think that person would pay over 18,000.00 for a month or less in phone and Internet charges? That is the level of stupidity that AT&T Wireless management are. Took 4 to finally get one of them to see my side of things! Would never sign up with them ever again. I am with Verizon now and although minor problems have taken place over my first ever smart phone I have to say that Verizon has gone the mile to correct the problem!
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Customer service ends when you sign the contract
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I have been a Cingular/ATT customer for over 8 years. Last July I needed a smart phone for my home business. I ended up with the Iphone because it was cheaper to sync with my mail street account.

A year later, my son knocks the phone out of my hands and the screen is broken. I go down to the AT&T store for a replacement, explain the situation to the "greeter," and signs me in. I wait 20 minutes for a sales representative only to be told that the entire city is sold out of Iphones. Any phones keep as back ups for existing customers? Nope. I am told that I have to wait 10 days to get a new phone. Nevermind that I need it to run my business.

I call customer service and they inform me that I can order a replacement online and get it in 1-2 business days. Great. I go online and it makes me register. No problem. I go through the process, which requires that a temporary password be emailed to me. Guess what? No email. Another call to customer service, and after 30 minutes on the phone- she makes me find an old phone and swap sim cards so that she can text the password to me. After all that- Iphones are sold out online (unless I wanted to shell out $300 more for a 4G).

I call customer service AGAIN, explain my situation with my phone and my business. All I get is "Iphones are so popular, we can't keep them in stock, blah blah blah." They also informed me that they are first come first served, and that they don't keep any back for replacement of faulty, damaged, or lost phones. I was basically told that I was SOL. Would they give me a 4g or 3GS 16gb for same price as the phone I wanted? Heck no. I was told that I either need to wait for my phone to arrive in stock or buy a more expensive phone.

I call customer service AGAIN to ask about my contract buyout. Of course ask why and I tell them. I need a wireless carrier that is reliable and will take care of me if I have phone issues. Of course this representative wants to make a phone call to see what they can do, and then I am the phone with the district inventory manager. She acts all concerned saying that I can give her my credit card number, and they will move me to the front of the line WHEN they come in(no specific date). I explained that I run a business and need a new phone immediately. She said she was going to check all the stores in Nashville and call me back in 15 minutes. Guess what? She never called.

Bottom line- all AT&T cares about is selling as many Iphones as possible. They play the exclusivity of the phone as their trump card and let customer service go down the toilet. They run all these huge promotions that deplete their stock and create hype, while failing to plan for the existing customers. On the phone, they act like they care, but refuse to "make it right" or come up with any sort of solution. I am done with ATT. I am switching to Verizon, who happens to have the best customer service rating in the wireless industry. I have had 2 friends break phones and they had replacements THAT day. Verizon even offered them the new customer price on the replacement phones with a 2 year contract extension, something AT&T refused to do for me. There are better alternatives to the IPhone. I highly recommend you stay away from ATT.
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Weedwhacked on 08/25/2010:
If they're sold out and waiting for Apple to send them another shipment, what else can they do?
Anonymous on 08/25/2010:
Word of caution: Verizon will not generally just offer you a replacement on a broken/stolen phone with a new 2-year contract (unless you are within the eligibility upgrade period (after 18 on most plans or after 12 with price plans 90 dollars and up I believe). I agree that Verizon has the best service, and you may find someone who is willing to break the rules--but don't count on it--they have policies to follow, the same as AT & T.
msnanny on 08/25/2010:
You have (arguably I suppose) the most popular phone on the planet. The fact that there were none available when you needed one is hardly the fault of AT&T.
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The other side of the story.
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OGDEN, UTAH -- I have been working with AT&T as a customer service representative for over 6 months now, throughout this short period and the future to come I will meet a multitude of people and an infinite number of personalities but at the end of everyday we can only help to categorize these calls into two tiers. A good call or a bad call.

An example of a good call would be courteous conversation back and forth orderly dialogue and polite respectful words from both parties are exchanged, Getting the customers issue resolved and our customers ending the call happy. Because both parties starting the call with an open mind and were optimistic with the outcome upon entering the call. Everybody’s satisfied with the service, issue resolved.

A bad call would be a customer calling out of anger and frustration most times very inconvenienced due to interruption of service, I my self as an agent face these callers with no prejudice and the utmost respect and compassion. These calls are generated randomly so are the agents who anwer them. The possibility of a mismatch flaring into conflict between these two sides are endless but, a job is a job.

It is hard being the spokesperson of a multi-billion dollar company with fixed standards and policies, the mediator for the people would sometimes have their bad days as well. Representatives leaving personal troubles at home but always all the time those 2 worlds collide, In turn there are customers out there missing imporant call’s or even their first child’s birth due to a dropped call! It is impossible to only have good days.
Last month I earned $265.30 working for AT&T under a 3rd party customer service provider outsourcing in this particular 3rd world country I live in

20 days a month

9 hours a shift

$1.80 an hour

At least 125 calls a week.

Deal with customers from all walks of life and varying experience.

$100.00 in rent and fare.

Working into the wee hours of the night.

$100.00 for food and partying
(and I should be putting $65 a month in savings but most times I save not one cent).

But even though after crunching down some pretty small numbers and living from check to check I am not bitter, but thankfull I am working. I have never gotten mad to the point that i’ve hated the person at the other end screaming at me. But I have reached the peak of being so happy and feeling love from a customer showing care and understanding. Long story short living with love is cheap so grab it at every opportunity. Appreciate life, Share what you have. Whatever it is you bring to the table as long as it is coming from good. To always be understanding and to never make assumptions. Live life, die happy :) PEACE
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rockfishing on 08/25/2010:
A lot of problem would be solved if these call centers were located locally. That way the customer service representative would know the local service issues. It would also provide better service by having the customer service representative understand the language and regional accents. It would also provide better customer service by having the rep be paid a fair and living wage, what the customer pays for, but gets slave labor service. Since my areas unemployment rate is near 10% I have no sympathy.
bcd on 08/25/2010:
My experience with AT&T customer service is that they do not correct the problem about 50% of the time. Multiple calls are required to obtain satisfactory support on a single issue. Supervisors do not call back 100% of the time.

Does that fall in the good call or bad call category?
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Perfect Track Record Not Good Enough
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KALAMAZOO & PORTAGE, MICHIGAN -- I knew when AT&T announced they were buying Centennial it was going to go down hill. The store I used to pay my cellular bill at when it was Centennial was local, the service was excellent and I didn't feel like I was getting the run around.

Since they purchased Centennial the local store closed up and all of the services were moved almost 10 miles from me. The customer service is now horrible at the 2 stores my bills were accepted at as there are a couple more AT&T stores but they don't service the Centennial customers.

I've had more than one problem just paying the bill. Mind you I've never been behind and my billing history was perfect. I always pay early. I never go over my limit and I've had this account for 2 and a half years.

I've been denied change at both locations with them stating that their Centennial drawer doesn't have any change to give me but I'm welcome to apply the rest to my next months bill.

My bill usually sitting around $75 I pay in cash so recently (last week) I tried with a $100 bill and they told me they didn't have that much change and couldn't break it but they did have cash in their AT&T drawer because there was an AT&T customer paying cash at the next desk over. So then I traded my brother 5 $20 bills for my $100 and attempted to pay with $80 and he didn't have $5 to give me and told me I could pay part of it and come back or apply it to my account for the next billing cycle.

My contract is up August 11, and that was my last contract payment. I have been looking around for the past 3 months scanning my choices and have found plenty that will do me fine.

I was hoping that with that visit they'd show me a reason to stay. I didn't get that. I ended up leaving the store and going and breaking the money and going back to pay it all at once.

The payment before I tried a store which is south of town that I stood in line for over 10 minutes while 1 employee was with a customer and the remaining 4 stood over a desk giggling about something.

I ended up using their automated billing center in the corner of the room and leaving and I'm sure it was un-noticed or I was being ignored.

I came in Monday to try to renew my contract or at least to test out the waters and see what I had as options and turns out I have none.

My perfect record wasn't enough to get a new contract without paying a $500 fee but I was welcome to continue using my current service which is as much as some of the better services out there now in cost and I don't even get outgoing text messaging at all.

Which means my money was good enough but my flawless track record wasn't.

Also as a kicker, I've been told that Centennial is no longer renewing service contracts so I couldn't get a discount on a new phone and a new plan but they did have new Centennial phones that I could purchase at full price and I had the option to add service extras.

Then today which is Tuesday, 1 day after I visited and decided never again, I got this text:

Learn about special offers & benefits of migrating your Centennial service to AT&T, visit an AT&T store today!

Yeah what ever dude. It must be nice for them to buy up everything and then stomp out the customers that built the companies they buy.

They fail on all levels with me. Beware.

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The more I call AT&T customer service the worse the problem gets
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I have had an AT&T wireless account for more than 2 years. Since I switched from another carrier and chose a number that would be easy to remember, I have consistently received calls from people trying to access their voicemail. There are the occasional wrong numbers, but there have been far more calls from people just hitting the "voicemail" key, having the phone dial the number programmed by AT&T and getting me.

I have called AT&T customer service many times, at least 5. I have tried to be patient and allow them to work out the problem. Nothing has worked, I still get the calls for people trying to pick up their voice mail messages.

The last 2 calls I made to AT&T customer service, I became very angry, because 1) I've been trying to get them to fix this problem for more than 2 years and they haven't, 2) each new customer service representative I speak to insists that the only way to fix the problem is for me to change my number. WITH A HUGE ORGANIZATION, BRAIN POWER, MAN POWER, TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, I THE LOWLY CONSUMER, PAYING TONS OF MY MONEY FOR SOMETHING THEY ARE SELLING, HAVE TO ADJUST FOR SOMETHING THAT IS THEIR FAULT. THEIR EMPLOYEE/S PROGRAM THE WRONG NUMBER INTO THE VOICEMAIL KEY AND THEY EXPECT ME TO CHANGE MY PHONE NUMBER. THAT DOES NOT FIX THEIR PROBLEM AND IT INCONVENIENCES ME.

So, the last 2 customer service representatives I spoke to, I really let them have it. I basically said, don't tell me that with the might have AT&T, this stupid little problem can't be solved. Don't make me change anything. Improve the quality of your service.

Hey, guess what. After every customer service call, whether I was patient and nice or finally got upset, it would get worse. I have gotten more calls over the past 4 months. That's why I am finally going to share this story all over the internet.

The last customer service representative even gave me a case number. What good is that if it hasn't fixed the problem. Do you think they would followup to check on it? No. They expect me to once again complain if the problem hasn't been fixed. AT&T HAS VERY VERY VERY BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE AND DARE I VENTURE A CHARACTERIZATION, SOME UNIMAGINATIVE AND INCOMPETENT, POSSIBLY, ONLY POSSIBLY VINDICTIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE REPS. I WOULD LOVE TO USE MORE COLORFUL LANGUAGE, BUT THAT MIGHT THAT AT&T ISN'T USING TO SOLVE MY LITTLE PROBLEM, IT MIGHT BE MORE EFFICIENT PROTECTING THE COMPANY'S "GOOD" NAME.
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madconsumer on 03/24/2010:
one thing I do when I get odd calls, is to ask what number they were dialing. this way you can verify where the mistake is. make sure to never offer your number, just verify the correct or in-corret number.
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What AT&T has literally stolen from me
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OK. I don't EVER do this but I have had such issues with AT&T recently that I thought I would be one of those people who stands on their soapbox for five minutes. Please Read

Originally I was with AT&T, as suggested by my father, and I recommended to my husband that he buy out of his Verizon contract so we could get a family plan through AT&T. We then went to one of their satellite stores in in my hometown where my husband switched over to their service, but unknown to us we were signed up for two individual plans (not a family plan), under my name. For the past year I have been paying between $160-$300 phone bills per month thinking that I was on a family plan and that these charges were just overages. In October we went to another satellite store where we thought our plan was being adjusted so that we could have free text messaging (and avoid these huge phone bills - because the representative there told us that the overages were in texting). However this adjustment was only made on my husband's plan (remember we're still on two separate plans and we are being told we're on a family plan) and the bill the following month was much higher than we were told it would be at the store. On December 30th, 2009, I called customer service to find out what was going on because my bill was about $200 (again). I was told we were on two separate plans and that an adjustment would be made to fix the problem. I didn't have time to go over everything with the first person I spoke with - who told me to call back when I did - when I did finally call back later that day the next person gave me a different explanation and told me that there was no plan similar to the one described in the earlier conversation. At which point I became so frustrated I asked how much it would be to buy out of my contracts. As it turns out, it would have been less expensive for me to buy out than to pay my bill! I spoke with my husband and we decided we would try one last time. I called customer service on New Years Eve and spoke with someone who attempted to right all of these wrongs. However because of the way this matter was handled we unknowingly lost our text messaging feature which is the major form of communication between my husband and I. A week later we went into a 'corporate run store' to see if it was something wrong with our phones; at which point the representative explained that the feature was shut off until Jan 21st when the new plan would take effect. The service we received at the store was excellent and the problem was fixed, or so we thought. However due to the previous issues encountered with AT&T's customer service and the cost in overages which should have never occurred we are still deciding whether or not to continue our service with AT&T. It is very frustrating to not get the same story twice from a customer service department, be signed up for a plan that you did not want or agree to in the first place, and to hear that to be taken care of properly we must go into a corporate run store (as told to us by one of the reps. in the corporate run store). Throughout this whole ordeal we have spent an exorbitant amount of money.
Our picture messaging feature was not restored the day we went into the corporate store. I called the representative (who gave me her business card) and she had no idea who I was or anything about the hour we spent in the store two weeks ago. I told her that we were still unable to picture message and she told me to call customer service (who hasn't helped since the beginning). Reluctantly I called and was told that there would be an additional fee to add picture messaging - which I had before this whole ordeal with the loss of service- which I was not about to pay for. Somehow the problem was fixed on my phone but my husband is still having problems with his phone. I made the mistake of calling to find out when our contract was up and low-and-behold I come to find that my husband's plan is up in August and MINE is up in October of '11 - when we tried to have our bill problem fixed in the store back in October the salesperson extended my contract without telling me! The service representative I spoke with was extremely rude (his name was Todd) and gave me a ton of unnecessary attitude. When I explained to him that I did not agree to an extension of my contract he said he did not believe I unknowingly extended my contract. When I asked who I could complain to about all of my issues he told me to write a letter to their complaint department. I have to WRITE A LETTER to a company who boasts how fantastic they are at networking and communication. I know exactly where my letter will go too (confetti-maker/circular-filing bin).

If you have read this far thank you and please pass this on. I know I am not the only one who has had issues with AT&T.
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NanS123 on 01/22/2010:
With all due respect, don't you look at your bills? It would say on your bill that you were paying for two separate rate plans and all associated charges. As a consumer, you need to know what you are paying for. And, beware if they do change your rate plan to a family shared minute plan, as these changes may indeed change your contract end dates. Now they do have to tell you about any contract changes, so you have the right to dispute your contracts if you were not told and the account is not notated accordingly. Since you did this all in a store do you have the paperwork stating what you should have had? If so, go back with your paperwork so that you can prove what was supposed to be set up at the time but I doubt they will credit back more than two months if this is the case. However, dealers are notorious for not notating the acct. and the call center reps will have no way to verify what you are telling them if they didn't.

Overages, unfortunately, are your responsibility. You need to check your minutes and text messages to be sure you don't go over your limits or you will get charges. You should be able to view your account and services on line to see what you have. Usually you can change things online too, like adding texting, changing your minutes, etc., etc. If you didn't have texting before and you add it on, yes, it will cost you an additional fee for that feature, but it's probably cheaper to add the bundle than paying for each one individually.

Call back, ask for a supervisor, ask them to go over the whole account with you so that you have a clear understanding of your services and what is and isn't included, and be nice (not saying you arn't), but just in case, you will get a lot farther. And just to add, if they accidentally took off your texting in Jan, they should go back and do a re-rate on your acct. and put it back for you the way you had it, they can tell what you had before. Most text plans include picture messaging, so if that's not working on the phone it may be a problem with their system needing a reset or some basic troubleshooting with the phone to get that issue resolved. So if you call, have that phone with you in hand too (don't be using it to call them) and get that issue resolved at the same time. Good luck, I hope you can get it sorted out.
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AT&T No service
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I first had an agreement from them to activate my internet during the third week of February. I realized a few days later that it wasn’t on. I called their company and spent at least an hour on the phone with them. Then they said they would call me back.
Several days and no call. I call them back again and spend at least another hour on the phone with them. I am now 1 week without service. I finally get a scheduled appointment for a technician but they can’t get here for a week. 2 weeks without service now.
The technician arrives but can’t figure out what is wrong. Says he’ll come back on Monday, tomorrow. Another week goes by. Nothing. I’m now 3 weeks without service. I spend another hour on the phone and finally get set up for another tech but of course I have to wait another week. Even though it was their tech that forgot about us and never reported the problem. He arrives after no service now for four weeks. In the meantime I have to call AT&T and have them adjust my bill because I have yet had NO service!!!
Finally 4 weeks later the tech said the last guy was in error and he quickly set up my internet. He apologized for AT&T’s error.

Now this next part is where I feel that AT&T not only continued to violate there contract with us, but led to undo hardship and pain and suffering to a disabled person due to there neglect by not fulfilling their contract and service.

On March 28th, 2009, my spouse was in a motorcyle accident. She was sent by ambulance to emergency. She spent nine days in ER, ICU, and Trauma. She and suffered 4 pelvic fractures, 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung partially collapsed, and a broken scapula. Before she was released from the hospital, my spring vacation began and I was able to care for in the hospital and bring here home. She could not move even to turn her body or put pillows under her to relieve the pain. I had to be there 24/7. At the end of my break she could sit up and move to the porta potty by the bed but it took a long and painful time. She needed help to move and minimize the pain. The day I was to go back to work, I had a friend lined up to come care for her at the house during the day. My friend works for Oracle and is able to work from home with her lap top. Great plan then the night before I was to go back to work…….My internet goes out and I’ve lost my care giver.

I called AT&T back and explained the situation. I got the same exact printed lines on their paper. “I’m so sorry for your trouble but we will not be able to send a tech out for a week. I spent hours on the phone with them talking to sooooo many people begging and explaining the situation. They all repeated the same lines on their little papers in front of them.
I threatened to end service but they begged me to stay and finally I agreed.
So my wife sat end bed and didn’t eat all day for a week because it was too painful to get up. Thanks AT&T.

A week later the tech comes to my house, fixes the problem, and says it was their error and they were terribly sorry. He also informed me that there was no excuse for the company making us wait. He said all they had to do was call him and he could have come right over. He said a week is their standard line but they could have fixed it the next day.

I believe AT&T would let someone die before they would lift a finger to provide real customer service. You would have to be human and they are NOT. Well, we got service again then it went out again after 3 weeks. In the meantime we are still negotiating the bill because of the lack of service and the bill was still not correct. In addition to the time spent on the phone trying to get a tech out here, we spent hours on the phone trying to get the bill fixed. We were not getting the bills we had agreed on. We would talk to AT&T and they said they would call us back and didn’t. Finally the last time we spoke I was done and irate. The women said she would call back and never did. The last bill I received said if I didn’t pay this amount by this date they would cut off service. The funny thing was the service was already down again. I thought that was funny. I told them I would send back their modem and consider our business over. She never called back.
The collection agency was the next thing heard. No return phone call AGAIN, no service, just drop dead and I’ll let collections deal with you. I will NEVER use AT&T. I will never have an iPhone because they are linked with AT&T. I WILL send this letter to everyone that will listen. TV, radio, internet, friends and family.

The amount of $ I owe is lunch at Benihana’s. I don’t care about the money, I am beyond angry for the horrible treatment of my spouse and I. I also heard you don’t even treat your employees any better. Shame on you.

I’ve sent back the modem and consider our business complete.

I do not believe I owe you but that you owe me an apology. Let me know when this bill is cleared up. This is NOT OK. This is not how you treat people and I will not agree to this.

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madconsumer on 07/16/2009:
what does a lack of internet have to do with your wifes hospital stay?
BokiBean on 07/16/2009:
This is a typical lack-of-service example of AT&T's ineptitude. Welcome to the club!
megared on 07/17/2009:
I had an in home care provider lined up to care for her while I went back to work but the woman works from home on her lap top and had agreed to come care for her at my house because I had internet. It went down the night before she was to come. This left me with no one to care for her. Had I had internet, there would have been someone here to help. But this was the second time it had gone down after having it on for only around a month or less.
megared on 07/17/2009:
There are two pages to my complaint. The second explains the connetion between my wife's accident and the AT&T lack of service. You have to read on.
Anonymous on 09/13/2009:
At&T has nothing to do with your wife's accident or the fact that you couldn't get a caregiver without having internet. Blame them for something they can control.
Anonymous on 09/13/2009:
I sympathize with your situation with your wifes disability, but that in no way is AT&T's fault. I would also be extremely upset if my internet connection was jacked around like yours was, but playing the sympthy card with your wifes condition is unfortunate and not necessary. If the caregive you had lined up can work at home, they should supply their own internet connection (wireless card from ANY cell company). Also, the internet connection that AT&T provides to your home is for residential use only, unless of course you signed a business agreement with them that allowed it for commercial use.
jktshff1 on 09/13/2009:
john, I agree with you with the exception that the op should have supplied the caregiver with an air card, heck they were going to help for nothing.
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Buyer Beware The Worst Experience Of My Life - Customer Of 4 Yrs
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MCKINNEY, TEXAS -- I wish that I could get the documentation of the trouble I've had with AT&T Wireless into a reporters hands. They claim to have the best coverage and the least amount of dropped calls, and pride themselves on Customer Service being Priority number ONE. As an outside salesperson, I live and die by my phone. I also live and die by the way I treat my customers. So I know bad service from good service.

Be prepared for the worst customer support in your life. When you call in the reps will lie, answer things incorrectly, and basically try and get you off the phone as fast as possible. I wish I could add up the time I've spent on the phone with Customer Service, Tech Support, and email chat. They would owe me a big stack of money!!!! I went through three phones of same make and model, sim cards, upgrades that were bogus, batteries, and timeless minutes trying to get my dropped calls issue resolved. Eventually and only after a extremely long conversation with a very knowledgeable tech rep, did I get a refurbished Blackberry. The excuses for dropped calls ranged from they were in my head to everything else you can imagine.

My 4 years ends in May and you'd think they would be doing everything in their power to keep a customer like myself who has paid on average, over $100+++ WITH THEM for 4 years!!!

This week was the week I determined that I've had it with this company, time is to valuable, and frustration ruins your quality of life. Get ready for terrible customer service, a lot of dropped calls and a bad experience somewhere down the line with them. I would love for 60 minutes to pull my personal file from them that would include their internal documentation of my calls, emails, etc. And then compare that to the CEO's Comittment to the customer comes first and how our cell phones have become a part of our everyday lives. He, meaning the CEO would be shocked, if 60 minutes investigated myself and others who have been long term customers, and saw first hand how we've been treated. Not as one customer crying fowl, but from the inside out. The last straw was when I asked for a supervisor and when transferred, he picked up the phone like the guy answering the phone for a cab company. I requested his name, he hesitated and told me his first name, then I asked for his last, I knew he lied so I asked for an employee number, and it didn't sound truthful either so I said thank you and GOO BYE. Please note that it's very common for them to give their first and last names. I have plenty of them, so that's not an issue with this company. But, it was with me.

Good luck with them, all my co workers and friends are on Verizon and have non of the type of problems I've had. So guess where I'm taking my business tomorrow????? Written on February, 22nd, 2009
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