I have been an AT&T customer for about ten years now. I put in a pre-order for the new iPhone 3GS on the AT&T Premier website through my dad's corporate website. I understood would have a backlog. I didn't mind the backlog because that meant I would get the new phone without the hassle of going to the AT&T or Apple store. What I don't understand is the statement that was put on my order that I would receive the phone in 7-14 days when that is not even close to the truth.
I put my order in on June 15, 2009. The phone was not to be released until June 19, 2009. I called on June 25, 2009 to find out the order of the status. I just wanted to know if I could expect the phone in the next two months. I wanted to just get an idea of the backlog time. After being on hold for almost an hour, I spoke to a representative on the Premier line and they put me on hold to speak to a supervisor. I was on hold for over an hour and I gave up at that point.
This was in the evening. I found out the next day that the line closes at 9PM or at least according to representative that I spoke to but there was no indication on the hold music or recording that representatives were no longer available after 9PM.
So the next day, June 26, 2009. I got on the phone after being on hold for about a half hour I spoke to the representative **. He told me that my order was "processed" on June 25, 2009. Now this made no sense to me since my order was put in on June 15th and the phone came out on June 19th. He got his supervisor on the phone immediately, **. She told me that the 7-14 day statement that is made when you put your order in for the phone, is from the day the phone was released. According to her, I should expect my phone by July 3, 2009.
July 3, 2009 came and went and I really couldn't find time in my day to aggravate myself and spend hours on the phone. Finally on July 17, 2009 I made the dreaded call to AT&T Premier to find our the status of my phone. I immediately asked for ** the supervisor I spoke to on June 26th. He told me that he couldn't get to her because she's in a different office. I was shocked because I thought in 2009 there are company directories and office extensions. He did tell me that he could get me another supervisor so I was put on hold. AGAIN.
After 45 minutes I picked up another phone and called the AT&T Premier line again. I got the representative Hooper Mills. He told me that he would take my number and have a supervisor call me. I am still waiting for that call. The other line I had on hold waiting for a supervisor went dead after an hour and half. So I called the AT&T Premier line again.
This time I spoke to **. I immediately told her I wanted to speak to a supervisor so I could get back in the queue. She said she had to look up my status order. She looked it up and told me that my order for the iPhone 3GS had been canceled!!! So that's where I am right now. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle this situation with AT&T Premier? I feel like a prisoner to them right now after waiting a month for a phone I could have gotten weeks ago at a store.
I worked for a federal law enforcement agency and some of the thing I have used against AT&T was to find out if you live in a two party or a one party notification state and record their phone calls when you deal with them and over the phone. Always get the full name of the party on tape. Always make them give you an estimated cost of the services each time you enter in to a new agreement with.
And for those people that they steal money from for services that you did not request let the individual know that they have to disclose every service they are providing you at the time they send you the estimated cost for your services, and if that is not in the proposed services you asked for when the place charges on your monthly bill hat you are not aware of then sue the person that gave you the estimated cost of the bill.
I had the same problem with them this week and that is a breach of contract. Also if you start suing the people for lying to you you do have that problem. Another problem I had was with Sprint last year was being double billed for text messages, and when I became aware of it they tried to tell me that If I did not catch them stealing from me for the first 90 days they were allowed to keep the money. The best tactic that I had in my favor was that I always dealt with criminals and I went after these people for what they were doing, and treated them the way they acted if you live in a one party notification state (Georgia) where I did not have to tell them that they were being recorded.
Another thing I found out was that if they tell you at the beginning of your call that they are recording their calls for training purposes then that opens the door for you to record these statements. Also, you have the fact that you always speak to a different person. That is how you can show these people are lying. Another problem I had was that I spoke to them several weeks ago about the cost of PDA service and decided not to pay for the service. The only thing I did was configured the phone which was my second phone and would only use it when I went out of town.
The next thing I found out was that while I was sitting down in my office on the internet they were sending out alerts to my phone and even though I specifically entered in to the phone that I did not want to receive email alerts they sent me about $120.00 in one day. When I noticed it I called them up and told them what was happening. They said that they would stop it and they continued to do it when I told the worker that I was not going to pay the $200.00 cost for this service at the end of the month.
She tried to lie to me and say that I was the only one with the phone. I reminded her that they had locked media net into my phone and they used this feature to access my phone which I bought from someone else and the phone was not a phone that I owed them for and it is a violation of my privacy for them to intrude on my life.
Maybe some of you can remember that at one time the state of Virginia was confiscating radar detectors and I believe now that they have stopped (I have heard several different stories) I believe that this had to do with taking private property.
I know for a fact that these tactics are taught to AT&T employees when they are in training. I asked the worker that I was speaking to remove the charges because I was going to seek a declaratory judgment against her and her boss in Federal District court for being involved in an ongoing criminal conspiracy to defraud me and furthermore I mentioned RICO. She did not know who he was but after I told her who he was she reduced a $600.00 bill to about 235.00 because I told her that I was only going to pay was the amount of the estimated bill that they had given me three months ago.
I know the a lot of people don't want to take them to court because they don't know what to expect. However, realized that I had to learn about going to Federal court because they have to be made to account for their actions. I have realized that you need to treat these criminals just like what they are "CRIMINALS" because before I let them make me spend a couple of hundred dollars on services I don't use I go to federal court and let these individual employees spend some of their money defending themselves.
Frankly if I have to pay the money to them for what they don't do I would rather take my chances in federal court. The only thing you let them know we are all going to take our chances on an equal playing field. Check out this book by James publishing. It's called preparing for trial in federal court (800-440-4780, or 714--751-2709). A lot of people say you shouldn't practice law without a degree. The only thing I know is that I got just as much right to be there as any one else. That's the American way.
I don't have no problems sleeping at night I admit that at first I had a few problems getting into court but once I obtained the federal rules of civil procedure and followed the law a lot of these people realize that they can lose their freedom for running a criminal enterprise. They will be more thoughtful when they can lose the same things that they are trying to take from you. They will be more thoughtful.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- I attempted to order an iPhone from AT&T Wireless through a special portal they have for large corporate customers where they give discounts. There is a special group that handles these types of orders. I was told the iPhone would be shipped within 3 to 5 business days. I had also requested my current phone number be ported.
After my order status was still in pending after 7 business days I called in. This was on a Friday and was told that there had been an internal error with their software placing the order on hold but it had been resolved that day and it would be shipped the following Monday. The following Monday, I called to check that it had been shipped and it had not and I was told again that the order was on hold due to and internal software error.
No one could give status on the order, that was all the information they had. No one could tell me when it would be resolved. I requested to cancel my order immediately right then and was told they could not cancel the order since it was on hold. I requested to speak to a manager to see if I could get a resolution to my issues.
I was transferred to an escalation queue where I waited for over 30 minutes but ultimately had to hang up for a business call. I called back into the customer service again the next day and again was told my order was still on hold and no ETA on a resolution to their software errors. I again requested my order be cancelled and this time to the name of the person who said they would cancel my order and also requested to be transferred into the escalation queue.
I waited over 2 hours on hold. Finally I called the support number from my cellphone and told the person that I was on the other line waiting on the escalation queue, explained it had been over 2 hours and while he put me on hold, someone picked up the escalation line and hung up on me. After I told the gentleman on the phone that they hung up on me from the escalation queue, he informed his "floor manager". She told him to tell me that they would be transferring me back into the escalation queue.
I explained that I did not want to go back into the escalation queue at the end of the line and that I expected a call back from someone. I asked this same gentleman to confirm for me that my order had been cancelled and when he checked on it, it had not, it was still showing on hold. I asked him again to cancel it - this was my third request. Finally, while I was on the phone with him I received a confirmation note that my order had been cancelled.
As much as I want this iPhone and it would really help me to do my job remotely - I will not give AT&T my business after being treated by these customer service reps so horribly. Then to add insult to injury I attempted to contact them via their website at this URL: https://www.wireless.att.com/business/contacts/ I believe you have to have a valid corporate email address to get to that URL but I'm not 100% positive. After I submitted a complaint on that website - I received the following delivery failure:
Delivery Failure Report
Your message: Site Experience Feedback
was not delivered to: firstname.lastname@example.org
because: 550 Invalid recipient (#5.1.1)
I guess AT&T doesn't care about responding to customers at all since even their website seems to go to a bit bucket. Lovely.
METRO ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Like most people, I've dealt with AT&T on and off for over forty years as a residential customer. After numerous complaints about my internet service, and time consumed with tech, unplugging and re-plugging the modem to correct interruptions in service, I contacted another provider. I arranged for new service with another provider and then contacted AT&T and arranged for my service with them to be disconnected in a seamless operation to maintain my telephone number while receiving alternate internet service.
At that time a representative did her best to keep me as a customer, but I was fed up with AT&T's tactics and requested a final bill be sent out as well as a return label for the dysfunctional modem. I was told it would be done.
Within a week I received a final bill that included the next month and was disturbed because I should have only been charged for seven days of the previous month, and had still not received a return label for the equipment.
When I contacted AT&T I was immediately put on hold and passed to one representative after another. This went on for fifteen minutes or longer like I was a 'hot potato' until I finally hung up in frustration. When I called back then it was a game of telephone duck, duck, goose! Days later when someone would finally give me some customer service I was told the return label was on its way. This game went on because after five to seven business days I would call back and say I had not yet received the return label and since the reliability of the U.S. Postal Service was dependable and I had a locked mailbox, I didn't understand why I had not yet received the label.
Finally, I just asked for an address to make the return and was told that I could just take it to any UPS where AT&T had an account. When I did, UPS told me that because I did not have an AT&T label, I would have to pay to return the equipment, and as I live on a fixed income, did not have enough funds to do so. When I contacted AT&T again and finally got a representative who would talk to me, I was told that the time had expired for me to return their equipment and the account had been sent to a collection agency. AGH!!
Needless to say, after being an excellent customer (paying bills on time) my credit score took a BIG hit and what should have been a final bill of $25 or less became $172 (rounded up) for equipment they knew was no longer useful to them. Like what good would it be to me either.
AT&T's deceitful practices is why they have to pay $M to mobile customers for padding bills, but I believe they have historically padded land line and internet service bills over the years as well. I'm interested in hearing about anyone else who has had similar problems with AT&T in order to determine if another class action suit against them is possible.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I wish to complain about the level of service at AT&T. It's bad. My Blackberry 9900 (BB) was purchased in February 2013, so it's currently under the one year warranty. October 19th I went to an AT&T store in Napa, CA to replace my malfunction BB, and was told to go to Device Support Center and they would be happy to help.
On Sunday October 20th I went to the AT&T DSC store San Francisco, and was treated with what I can only call disdain. I was given a battery to for malfunction BB and later sent a refurbished BB that is not working. I took the first BB to the Market Street store on October 26th and informed the management a staff that the unit is NOT updating with my emails, calendar, etc., not syncing, and the apps are no longer being supported by BB for many key functions. It was stated over and over again the same mantra about replacing my unit with the same unit Ad Nauseam! This Market Street crowd would not even mail the refurbished phone back.
At the same time this is happening I'm trying to remove myself from the family plan to my own plan and using my company discount. I was told to call an 800 331 0500 number to accept the transfer on Saturday and was shifted to an endless prompt to push a series of numbers which lead to nowhere special. I pushed 0 and was told that 800 number only work on the weekdays, which is not true, because it was not the right number.
After many agonizing calls and hours dealing with AT&T's trained staff (NOT) I got my number migrated to my number but I could NOT use my company discount which make little since to my brain. While on the phone to your equipment specialist I begged and groveled for a different phone. Your specialist repeated ad nauseam the same policy dogma.
After I repeated for the 8-10 time that this BB is not function with my work email, calendar, and apps just are not keeping up. But the worst part was my hour plus conversation with a (manager) in the South Florida area somewhere who said many things but none were helpful at all. The Manager would not allow me to talk to anyone above her in fact she said there was no one above her to handle my issues. She would not offer any workable solutions beyond I should go out and buy a phone and figure out how to get the SIM card to work.
Although there were a lot of other things that I could not possibly put on this one-page note, I really want one source to deal with AT&T to handle my Mobil phone issues. NOT ten people for ten issues. I would like a different phone as a replacement. I would like my phone migrated without starting a new 2-year plan, I would like to use my company discount, and not pay a transfer fee. I would not like to be treated like an idiot by your staff.
SEATTE, WASHINGTON -- This company is really, really stupid at all. First they make promises that they don't keep. Secondly and most annoying thing is that, some associates, especially the one on the phone does so many things that makes you happy just for the sake of making you happy. Then you think everything is fine and you will call some other time for some reason and the associate this time tells you that they can't do what the other associate did for you last time and he has no clue at all.
Then you ask how their service varies from associate to associate? Remember this is not customer service, this is a technical specification policy that the company agreed with its customers' to offer. So then we went to this store. 600 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101.
Really the guy doesn't have a clue at all. I was short with words explaining how the system is set up. He was so surprised about it and didn't believe that the company he is working at provides that, so we call the 611 from the store.
Just like other days, luckily, we met an associate on phone looked up my account and told me she will ship me a new device. Then she knew that I was in the store and she asked me, why they didn't offer it to me in the first place, so she asked me to speak to the associate and I handed the phone to him. As she was explaining to him what to do step by step, his answer was, "Yeah... okay okay okay okay...." So after this I was expecting that I will get help, then he hung up the phone and say he is confused and called his manager.
His manager is a female which has really like him, I recommended for them if they really work in retail, they can work in a mattress store. So since they are all confused and didn't know what to do, they want me to call the 611 customer care again.
I spent 20 minutes with him in my first lecture + 45 minute on phone + 15 minute with the manager. I left with anger, and was told to cancel my plan and get another phone, went back in and call the manager and told I'm going to cancel the phone and she didn't even try to work through again, but told me she is not the one who can cancel my phone and called one an associate.
I told them this is not the service I expect from them after being with them for 4 years. And they don't care at all, so I left the store since I am not able to control my anger with their attitude. Like I told them they all fa... and was told not to come to their store. Funny.
Then we went with one of the customers who saw all things about what happened to me, and went to broad way store. The store was EMPTY. I knew, ONLY PEOPLE WHO MAKE A MISTAKE AND DON' T LISTEN TO OTHERS go to AT&T. A Chinese associate was way welcoming dude and went on private chat and told us we were the first customer after 4 hrs of opening and noticed 4 guys who work there are standing far from the door and were taking about football loud enough.
If you read this far, I will give my own review, run, find other alternative, there are so many choices that you get from other providers. Think again before you stuck in a 2 year plan and upgrade when you are told to upgrade and not device maintenance unless you purchase the insurance. This is world where you can get the best, think wisely don't be cheated and stuck in a contract dead end.
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I've been with AT&T for 6 years now. It all started when I got sick and tired of paying BellSouth $30 for dial up access through AOL. When I moved to a new house I accidentally dropped my desktop computer's CPU and broke beyond repair. I already thought about high speed internet before, but my old computer couldn't handle it so when I got my new one I did decide to look into it. AT&T seem like the best price for the best speed, so that's when I signed up and the nightmare begins.
First they tell me I would qualify for free equipment and installation $150.00 value, I got charged $50 for the installation and $100 for the equipment, and something else the representative told me over the phone that there would be no deposit but there was. I had to run go to an AT&T store and pay a deposit in person. After calling and complaining I got the installation charge waived, especially since I installed it myself, but I couldn't get my money back for the equipment because I didn't qualify that was a lie.
They took my hundred dollar deposit and told me after 12 months I would get 10 dollars of it back each month as a credit on my bill and it would happen automatically, well safe to say I don't have them anymore and they stole my hundred dollar deposit. After going through all that sign up nightmare everything was fine for two years I lived in that house.
The second house and moved into my service transfer went a little bumpy. They cut my internet off two days before I told them I wanted to cut off and transferred to the new house. Other than that it was okay, it still got transferred. When I successfully moved into my second house that's when the real nightmare begin. The house I moved in was so old the wiring in it wouldn't support any internet service. I found that out when my DSL box kept giving me an unable to connect message.
AT&T said they had an appointment that Friday to come hook up my internet service. I didn't have to work that day and I spent the entire day home. No one came out at my house but they said that my service was hooked up and working. I rescheduled another appointment for that Wednesday. A service technician came out to my house, looked around a little bit and said that he had an emergency down the road and will be back in 15 minutes.
Well apparently my entire house phone line had to be rewired to support DSL service from AT&T, and all I need it was new line and jack just for the internet modem in the dining room. The whole house didn't have to be rewired and apparently he was just too lazy to do it.
2 hours after he left I called AT&T. He said that he successfully hooked up the service and the appointment was over. I told them that there is an emergency down the road and he left and never came back, and they tell me that there was no emergency. After getting another service appointment later on that day someone did stop by. It took about 45 minutes to get my service up and running. The new technician told me that the other technician must have been too lazy to do anything, all he had to do was install the phone box and run some new line which only took 45 minutes. When he left my service was working.
Two weeks later my service started going out 5 times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and when it was working it was about as fast as dial up and I had upgraded to the six megabit plan when I moved into the new house. After restarting on my computers, equipment, my phone and the router itself the problem still persists. I called AT&T. They said that they were working on some lines and said everything should be back to normal by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, but the problem still persisted even after 7 full days.
Calling AT&T again and setting up another service appointment. Someone showed up, worked for about 15 minutes, and my service was work again perfectly. Now it's the day before Christmas eve and I have a lot friends and family coming over to my house to celebrate Christmas with me even though I live by myself.
I used my internet to Skype and look up some recipes about 7:30 a.m. that morning. I went out to buy the Christmas dinner at my local grocery store, and came back to Skype with some more friends and family, but found out my internet wasn't working at all. I started cooking dinner and waited about 2 hours after 11 p.m. when it stopped working. When it still continued to not work I called AT&T and they told me that my service has been cancelled. I was confused, I never called and asked for it to be turned off.
Then that's when they tell me. Some woman by the name of the ** called and cancelled my account. I asked a woman if it could be restored. She said "Yes but not until next year." I asked "Why?" She told me I would have to upgrade to the new U-verse service which was in my neighborhood now. Because they're not signing up anymore basic DSL members only U-verse members now. I asked "Why would I have to wait?" The woman told me that someone would have to install the service by installing new lines and I would have to wait for the equipment. I told her "No I don't want it," and then I hung up on her.
AT&T have been harassing me ever since I moved into that house about getting Uverse service, none of the other neighborhoods I've ever lived in had it and today they still don't have it. I've heard plenty of reviews that the new Uverse service sucks, and even some of my neighbors who were forced to get it switched companies all together and that's all it is.
AT&T deliberately cut my basic service off and forced me to sign up with U-verse, and on top of it they demanded a credit card which I don't have. Only a debit card. They refused to take that, so I refused the new service and got a new company.
AT&T is just a selfish and greedy company. They're so badly corrupted, lying, cheating, and stealing from their customers. I just don't see how they stay afloat today. Today I still get charges saying I signed up for U-verse and even had equipment show up at my door. But I never opened it.
AT&T keep sending me bills for $400 and U-verse charges installation equipment and two months worth of service. They attempted to put that on my credit but I had that stopped immediately, but to this day they still say I owe them $400 and will make me pay that if I attempt to get any service even cell phone service in my name from them. Yep everyone says AT&T is a total nightmare and I completely believe it.
CALIFORNIA -- I decided to order Uverse on my land line at my home. It was new in the area, so I was surprised that the representative said it was available, and could set me up with a seemingly great price of $120 a month for 12mb Internet, unlimited home phone, and 200 channels after the introductory discounts. We discussed at length what I would and would not be getting and I confirmed multiple times that my land line number was to be used and what my address was. The installation was set up.
I received a confirmation e-mail and to my horror there were serious mistakes. The representative had set up the installation at my AUNT'S house, which is 50 miles from here, and on my grandmother's land line 1 city in the other direction! I called AT&T back right away. After a while on hold listening to advertisements with intermittent music interruptions, I was connected to a representative. I explained the situation to her. I had ordered Uverse for X address at X phone number, but the confirmation of the order said it was being installed at Y address for Z phone number.
After much holding and looking into the account, the representative mused that it seemed that my address did not, in fact, qualify for Uverse service, but to make the sale anyway, the previous representative had plugged in phone numbers and addresses of people in my call lists until one worked. Never mind the logical thought process that the installation would happen at the wrong address, I suppose. She also told me that my off-discount rate would have been about 2x what I had been told it would be by the sales representative.
I told the customer service representative that, in light of these circumstances, I wanted the order cancelled without charges. The order was cancelled, then, since they are obligated to do so, she had to sit there and try and get me to sign up for Uverse. I felt embarrassed for her that she had to do that to keep her job.
All in all, AT&T is just like every other mobile/Internet/TV provider out there--services that are oversold and taxing their systems providing a mediocre experience for all customers at a hefty price tag. The pressure their phone reps have to sell must be overwhelming if they're willing to lie and cheat the system in order to get a sale.
(Why AT&T must force their customer service representatives to sales pitch us every time they come into contact with us, I do not know, but I find it agitating. What I've already spent money on is experiencing issues, why on earth would I pay you more money!? I hope corporate takes heed of this, because it truly drags down the customer service to be sales pitched at every opportunity).
Now I get 6 phone calls a week from an AT&T representative telling me that there's good news, Uverse is available in my area, and they see that I cancelled an order for it before, would I be interested in switching to that? I politely refuse the offer, and tell them firmly to cease calling me about this product. That never seems to do any good. I loathe AT&T now. As soon as I get the money, I'm ditching them.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- March 5th 2012, I saw an online offer from AT&T and I wished to add home phone line service to my existing internet account. I placed online order and after receiving the email confirmation, I wanted to check the order status online but couldn't login with the code provided. I called AT&T to inquire about it and was told that due to an error in the order, it didn't get processed and she would be happy to place the order via phone.
On further discussion it turned out that I will not get the benefit of the order that I was trying to sign up for. Frustrated by their deceptive advertising, I decided to cancel the order on which the representative said that since it didn't go through the first time, there is no need to cancel. Next day I decided to cancel my internet service as well and called to cancel it and insisted that I want an email confirmation of the cancellation. The service representative promised to send the email and after few hours, I received an email THANKING me for placing an order with AT&T.
Appalled and frustrated, I called again to inform about my cancellation request and was promised once again that an email will be sent and the order has been cancelled. There was never a cancellation email sent but instead, I received a phone call that someone wants to come to my residence to install the phone line. I informed the caller that I do not have a service request and he needs to straighten it out with AT&T and his response was “I am just told to go and install the service, you have to call for cancellation".
I called the 3rd time, and whoever is familiar with AT&T knows that each call lasts more than half hour including wait and transfers from one department to another. I explained the whole situation to the account department and also got fraud department contact to tell them that someone is ordering on my behalf. I once again asked for cancellation email that never came in spite of the promise. I never made time to call the fraud department.
In the meantime, my husband placed order under his name and got his services up and running on the same residence. I didn't get another phone call or email but today, on April 7th, one month since that drama, I receive a bill for $75.15 for the new internet and home phone service.
For having such a large customer base and a big name in domestic services, AT&T should be ashamed of using such unethical and fraudulent methods to rip off people's money and valuable time. Not only I do not wish to pay a single cent for services that I never ordered or used, I want AT&T to pay for my time that I have spent on fixing it's issues and dealing with corrupt, incompetent and clueless customer service staff who does not understand the difference between Cancellation and Activation.