RENO, NEVADA -- Please Read This Before Subscribing!
Sit down, read this, we are a retired couple, and she is on oxygen all day, for breathing. We need steady phone service for calling her Doctor, and for an Ambulance, if needed.
I joined Charter Cable, as a customer in March of this year, 2008. 1st day, the installation guy knocked on a shack hooked to the side of my house, when no one answered, he left. I had to wait 2 more weeks for my installation. (Hot water heater add on, to the home, the home is very old, and you can tell it isn't part of the house itself, but Oh Well.)
My charter phone kept disconnecting, and about 3 times a day, it wouldn't give me a dial tone for 1 to 2 hours. I called in when I started up again, and was told for the first month, that they was working in the area. Well, after 6 weeks like this, they finally send a repair guy, he check the signal, said it was very strong signal, and leaves.
The phone keeps disconnecting, and not working, about 4 to 8 hours a day, I didn't get a dial tone, but they still want full amount stated on bill to pay? Well, they send a second repair man, he too, said we had a strong signal, and leaves (why don't they ever dig deeper, and find the problem? We cannot go without a phone, when she has an oxygen machine to breathe, medical necessity.)
WELL, finally, the third repairman shows up, after 7 weeks of DAILY phone in complaints, and he hooks a laptop computer to the line, the problem was the outgoing signal, we HAVE THE PHONE SERVICE AND CABLE TV, and internet running through Co-Ax cable, instead of fiber optic. It was too much for the line, without "amplifiers" in the line. It was still a medical emergency problem, they was leaving a disabled person without a phone line for 7 or 8 weeks already. Well, they had to shut off a whole city block to work on it. It took 1 more week to work all the bugs out, but we finally got full service after about 2 months of complaints.
THEN!! (worst yet, please read)
WELL, after talking to their billing Dept. They tell us, it will be returned in 8 to 10 days (this was may, today is July 2nd, no returned money yet.) I just called them for the 10th time about this, I got all my notes right here, now I am told I will have it by July 11th, that I was misinformed, it takes up to 6 weeks to get my return.
THIS don't add up, they billed my credit card. They STOLE 25% of my income for the month by "mistake". The fact it takes 6 weeks to "refund" it is asinine. I used to own a restaurant, if I accidentally over debited a credit card, I can issue a refund right then, why does Charter Cable take 6 weeks? And if it was a credit card charge, why send me a check to refund, not reverse the charge? Who is responsible for the interest accrued? At 17.9% yearly, it is close to $8 for 2 months with $160 they stole anyway. Is it too much to ask for them to pay the extra costs accrued due to their mistake?
WELL, in my 10 years of AT&T phone, I never called them with problems as many times as I called CHARTER in this 4 months. If I can save 1 person from the headaches I went through, by stopping them from going Charter Cable, I will sleep better knowing I helped 1 person at least.
If the other service available wasn't worse in service, I would leave. But there is only 1 other option for me, and Dish TV don't always work in snow storms, and I need cable TV when I get snowed in more than any other day. BUT I did turn my phone, and internet over to AT&T, for 10 years, I called them with service complaints about 5 times, I called CHARTER that many times, in 1 week. And it took 8 weeks like that to get it fixed. NOW, I am pressing federal charges on CHARTER tomorrow, for back draft theft. Hope they can explain to a judge why they took 25% of my disability check for the month, and didn't return it for 2 months.
OXFORD, MICHIGAN -- Charter is the worst cable company ever. The cable goes out all the time. Many times for more than 24 hours. You call them and they can never tell you why it is out or how long it will be out. They are also very expensive. Unfortunately, there is nothing else in the area. You have to love a monopoly!! They stink! Would switch in a minute if there was anything else. Every time I see one of their commercials, I want to throw something at my TV!!!
FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- Charter is the only available cable option at my address. They are ridiculously priced as I am a single student that has basic cable with only hd/DVR added and basic internet and pay well over $100 per month. The installation took 3 hours and it has been trouble for the past 7 months. Internet is constantly out and when I called repeatedly after they tried to tell me it was the router of mine, they finally on the 4th service call in 2 days sent someone after I agreed to purchase yet another service from them by renting their own router because I was so sick of having them tell me that their poor service was my fault.
So, the service call shows up literally 2 hours late after I waited at home for an entire 3 hour window only to have him call 15 minutes before the deadline and announce he was running late. So 5 hours of waiting later, He showed up and told me that he was out of cable boxes and the modem that I was purchasing and he instructed me to call back and reschedule the appointment and inform them of his dilemma. I waited 5 hours and he didn't have either of the things that Charter promised.
I still have yet to receive a new cable box because my repeatedly blacks out for a few seconds. By repeatedly, I mean like about 4 times in a one hour show. It also rarely makes it all the way through a recorded show so I miss many of the recorded shows that I am paying them to record. Charter is CONSTANTLY "working" on the lines which leaves the internet and cable down from midnight until 6 am. They are completely unapologetic and almost seem to treat me as if they know that they are the only cable option at my address.
I would pay any other company much more money if only I could get away from this cable company. I have literally cried on the phone with them multiple times. It is so frustrating to constantly have problems when I have no one to help me deal with such rude customer service. I would advise that if you have any other option that you avoid them at all cost. I hope this warning helps someone else avoid the discouragement that they have been to me.
BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Charter installed a "temporary" line that ran from my backyard that lies on the ground, across my neighbor's driveway, and eventually to a pole. The line is not of high quality and I'm told that they cannot install the permanent one until the "subcontractors" have the time to do it and that it was beyond their control. It was originally installed in November 2010 and they said it would not be done until probably late Spring of 2011. In the meantime my LCD TV gets horrible resolution and the internet keeps bumping me off. I've had three workers come over and tell me three different things, and when they leave, I still have the same problem.
I keep calling the office and they keep telling me that the person coming over will bury the line and replace it. The workers that come say that it is not their responsibility, but that of subcontractors who set their own time. The last worker said that the cable box was outdated and that I should go in and replace it since he did not have one in the truck. He said it might help a little in the meantime. Why did they put one of the old ones in the first place? Each guy criticizes the previous guy, but they do not solve the problem either. I asked the last guy if all this was going to go on record, and he said there was not enough room in his "device" to enter everything.
The second guy also criticized the first for installing too many splitters. Well, when he left, the problem was the same. I am cancelling the service ASAP and would not recommend them to anyone. In this company, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. Also, after all this, I get another call from someone who has no clue what's going on trying to sell me upgrades to more Charter services.
LAKEVILLE, MINNESOTA -- I just read the complaint of a fellow Lakeville, MN resident who had the same issues with their Moxi DVR that I did. I just upgraded my service from Charter and was told that I would need a different Moxi box than the one that I had. I dutifully took time off from work (so much for vacation) and waited for the Charter Contractor to show up. When he does show up the box he delivers is dead. He asked what was wrong with the one that I had and I told him nothing, I just went with HD and they said I needed a new one. He said he didn't think that was the case but didn't explain how I would now get the HD that I was paying for.
I figured that out after realizing they all handle HD. Within a week or two the modem stops working, there is no guide. I reported on their chat feature and was told there was a wide spread outage and they were working on it. After a few days of nothing, I called Charter and spent over an hour on the phone with a "tech" who knew nothing other than to tell me to try rebooting. She something like "that figures" when I told her the Moxi wasn't working. She was acknowleding that they don't work very well. I had already tried rebooting numerous times to no avail.
She finally said she would send someone from Charter out to replace the Moxi box and I explained that it would be on a weekend since I was done taking time off from work for their services, I was paying a bundle for. I then spent three and half hours of the four hour window waiting when the Charter contractor shows up again. I show him the Moxi and he tells me that he doesn't have a replacement and since it was a Saturday, he couldn't get one. I explained that this was his only purpose in coming to my house and that I had waited over 3 hours for nothing. I asked him to leave and he gives me the attitude of "have a nice day."
I am against getting a dish. I don't like the looks and don't want reception headaches but Charter is the only game in town. If they can't keep people who want to stay with them, I don't know who they can keep. I now have to spend another 1/2 hour on the phone with them just to discontinue my DVR service and get a refund on what I have paid. To top it off, Charter calls and wants to handle my phone service. I am thinking that for the 15 years, I have been with the phone company, I have never had to call them for assistance. I wish they'd get into cable.
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Called to have cable set up when I moved to Asheville. Before date of service got email to call them. Called and was told to fax over copy of lease because prior tenant had not turned cable off. Day of service no one showed. Called and yelled to many people at customer service demanding they set up service for phone/internet/cable ASAP.
My livelihood depends on internet service. My having to wait an additional week when I had already made the appointment a month ago was rude. Supervisor Dave was the worst on the phone. Claimed I had never made an appointment and that I had to provide proof in order for him to have someone sent out earlier than a week to give me service.
Finally got someone out here. He was fine. The amount of routers and wires (one of them resembling a conveyer belt) involved makes the whole setup look primitive. Reminds me of the original computers where everything is huge and there are wires everywhere.
Only have had service for a few hours and already there are problems. The phone won't hang up unless I unplug it and the sound on the t.v. cuts out every few seconds. Customer service seemed to care and will have one tech out one day for the cable problem and another tech for the phone problem the following day. They think that the area can't handle my two TVs with cable, internet and phone, the signal isn't strong enough. You're the ones who sold me on the idea of getting the three bills in one.
Hopefully things will get resolved but I'm already disenchanted with the series of events and that they don't even have a phonebook. Told me to call Bell South to have them mail one to me. Hello, isn't that your competitor? I just moved to the area so I really wanted a phonebook when they showed up to set it all up. They had also called me a few days before the second installation date asking that I call to speak to a third party about my phone service.
The whole process took so many phone calls besides actual tech support and complaint calls (a pain in the ass when you are trying to unpack and get settled.) This is my first time doing the three bills in one thing and I don't know if that's why it's so complex. If there is another problem though or if the sound keeps cutting out on the tv and I have to unplug the phone to hang up then I'm going to cancel them and go with the local phone company and satellite cable.
SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI -- I am not a Charter Customer, but I still have to deal with their rude and disrespectful technicians. My neighbor was having a new cable installed. Fortunately, I was home the day they came to install the cable. I first noticed some guy, wandering around in MY yard -- had no idea who he was. Then I saw him lay down the cable in the MIDDLE of MY YARD, now this is some 30' feet from the utility easement that runs along the edge of the property.
When I told the guy he needs to move the cable to the property line because that's where the easement is, he told me, "I can do anything I want." I told him it doesn't work that way, he needs to move it. He told me that is not going to happen.
Needless to say, I don't back down. Finally my neighbor came out and told him to move it to the back of the property line. Since the technician is now upset, he drags his cable through the flower beds. Thanks Charter for hiring individuals that have a complete disregard for an individual's property rights!!!
INMAN, SOUTH CAROLINA -- About a week ago, I called Charter because I am located in a backwater very slow copper ISP DSL provided by Windstream. Charter offered a 30mb/sec speed. My house is in service range, but NOT beneath a pole. So the tech comes out and quizzes me, where is the cable? He didn't know. He discovers it a street above and then says, "sorry Bud, it will need a dig." OK, so when will that be? Doesn't know, says they are BUSY. I called Charter on Monday and it's the 19th and the tech was out on Saturday but, was unable to do an install. The agent says, the professional tech will do his job on the 17th, but it's now the 19th. How would that be possible?
Then says anything else she can help me with? Oops... So the tech visit rescheduled and I stay home, but NO SHOW, no phone calls etc. The agent says the appointment still open. Hold tight. But two hours later no show. So, then I called asking "when is the tech arriving?" No answer, later told if a dig is needed they may need an attorney, the sheriff and an act on Congress. But, I thought they could be trusted and canceled my old copper wire service. So stranded no Web at home and not expectation of when, even if Charter will ever install. I am told later all digs are subcontracted, but they do not yet even know where to dig. Beware!
PORTAGE, MICHIGAN -- We pay for 100Mb service but typically only get 4Mb-11Mb according to several sources i.e. Posted transfer rates for files and reports from speedtest.net. Everyday have problems with tiling of picture on TV and several error codes s0012 s0600 and picture may or may not ever come in on affected channels. I have more problems on any single day that I did in 6 years combined with direcTV. I changed to Charter about 12 years ago as direcTV could not offer internet connection. These problems only occurred in the last 8 years of service as they seem to be upgrading until nothing works.
SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI -- In Missouri Chapter cable has made recent changes in their packages - what channels you get at what level of payment. The excuse was that more channels were going all digital and some had gone HD. That's all well and good but now we find that our newly re-arranged line-up has moved the more popular channels that were included before to the next more expensive tier and we have the extended plan.
We have been customers of Charter for almost 10 years, but this is the straw that broke the camel's back. Anything worth watching that we had before is now more expensive. What they have done in a roundabout way is just say - if you want the programing you are used to, pay up - a flat out rate increase (which we got as well) would have been more honest and up-front. This has finally pushed us to look at alternatives. Our rates have gone up and up.