BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA -- During these hard economic times shouldn't we be able to trust our service companies we have had for years? I have been a Comcast Cable customer for years. Comcast had this new deal called the Triple Play that was going to save me lots of money. I signed up for it and had explicitly asked for how much each service was going to charge. I wanted the cheapest charges for every service, cable, internet, and phone. I was given cable service at 49.99, phone service at 19.99 and internet service at 24.95. This is going to be my prices? Yes, I was told. My bill would be around $115 a month. Great sign me up.
When the installer came out to hook up my phone and internet services I specifically asked him to go over my pricing again. He called his manager and we all went back and forth until I was promised the same prices as on the phone. OK install it then. My first bill I received was $240. This is for prorated month charges. Fine. I paid that bill. Two more bills came for the promised $115 a month. Everything was fine and I was now a happy customer. Bill number 4 was for $137. Why so much higher than my promised rates?
I called and was explained that I had all promotional pricing. My phone service had just reset to 39.99 and my cable was going to be setting in two more months to 74.99. The customer service agent explained to me that I had a great deal because I have unlimited long distance calling. I do? I was never told of this and I had never used the unlimited long distance in the three months I had service.
Now I am very upset because I no longer trust Comcast as a company. They can not tell you of their special "promo" pricing when you set up your plan and let you be surprised every time you get a bill. I email "Rick" the CEO or whatever of the company. I received a call today from Comcast telling me they will put me in a new promo pricing for 6 months. What happens when that pricing is up? "Oh you just call and get new promo pricing." So every 3-6 months, depending on how long your pricing is good for, you get to call the customer service line and beg for new pricing.
Why should we, as "valued" Comcast customers have to do this? Just give me one price. Just say this is what it is going to be. I don't have time to call every few months and wait on hold forever to try to get new pricing. My time is valuable. I'm calling Dish Network and AT&T back!
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND -- I have been with Comcast for 3 years and decided to cancel and move to Verizon Fios, good deal so thought why not... Take extreme care with Comcast for you will have issues canceling your service if you're on the ePayment options (auto pay). According to my bank the ePayment option gives only Comcast the option to cancel taking the payment from your bank, in other words you cannot cancel Comcast until they decide they are going to stop taking funds from your account. I canceled over 2 months ago and they are still continuing to take the usual payments, so I have called them over 10 times no one at Comcast can help.
I visited the offices, but no one can help, no one cares regards the plight of corporate theft from my bank and hard earned cash. When will they stop this theft, well no one at Comcast can tell me for there is no defined status for canceled customers. They will eventually refund the extra non-service charges but can't tell me when, can't tell me when they will stop charging me and don't have a facility to return payments to my Bank. The bank has give me one option, to close my account and open another..
But they warned me that Comcast will try to take the amount and if not possible will issue a non payment charge against me, add this to my credit record and it will cause more issues than its worth. So basically if you decide to cancel Comcast for whatever reason, make sure to come off the ePayment option months and months before you stop the service.
I talked to someone confidentially who worked for Comcast and he told me that it's a standard abuse tactic, they do it because they can. It is theft but you're totally helpless to do anything about it. They are a bunch of scammers and thieves and get away with this type of tactic because there is no option for a non customer like me to get to anyone that can sort this mess out... Again, extreme care if you cancel Comcast. They will continue to bill you for service you no longer have, and you cannot do jack about it... tell your friends, tell your family and tell anyone you know who has Comcast to watch out... I got screwed but make sure you don't.
I'm a long-term (many, many years) customer of Comcast. I recently made changes to my Comcast service, downgrading my cable and internet. This should have resulted in a significantly lower bill (according to the phone rep). I just received my monthly bill and the amount of the bill was $20 higher than the previous month. Based on the bill and Comcast Customer Service, the reason for the higher bill was Comcast billing me for a particular month of service, totaling over $25. The intersting part is that the dates of service for the particular month were the same as a bill which I had already paid (the previous month).
I also noted that Comcast also tried to stick me an HD/DVR Activation fee of $17.73. I've had my Comcast DVR for well over 2 years. So, that was interesting. After 2 phone calls (first call - I was put on hold for 10+ minutes and disconnected), I finally got a billing supervisor on the phone to review the bill. She almost immediately reversed the DVR Activation fee noting this was a mistake generated by the billing system. So, if you have a Comcast DVR and you change your service be on the lookout for this one. Apparently, Comcast's billing system is adding this charge and you can bet it won't be reversed unless you call.
After many minutes on hold, the supervisor also has applied a $20+ credit for the partial monthly bill. Apparently, the billing system doesn't take into account promotional rates. So, Comcast will charge you for a particular month at non-promotional rates (which is significantly higher than the promo rate). I'm no legal expert, but Comcast is systematically overbilling customers. Apparently, Comcast's billing system cannot account for customers with existing DVRs nor can it accurately prorate particular monthing fees for promo rate customers. Lawsuit anyone....
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA -- After 7 years with my previous provider, with hurricanes and tornadoes I never lost service. To save a few bucks in these trying times I decided to bundle my package with Comcast. What a mistake that was. I received service on Thursday and 3 days later had no phone or internet. Called cus service and was informed that it would be 3 more days before a tech could be sent out. I explained to the cus service representative that I have 4 children and that my parents are in their 90's and either they send someone out the next day or cancel my service. The response was "does that mean you want to cancel service sir," yes was my answer.
Also at time of ordering the triple package we were told that we were to pay the installer $174.98 when he got there, which we did. Three days later we received a bill from Comcast for $508.70 including the $174.98 and had no service. While waiting for a week for our previous provider to hook us back up we had intermittent phone service or we couldn't hear the person we were calling but they could hear us. As far as the internet service goes the devices were installed in the garage and we had to constantly go down the steps outside to unplug and plug it back in to get on the internet. We were told that once we turned in the equipment that we would be refunded the $174.98.
It's still on the bill and now they are saying they have no record of it to be refunded. It took 45 min on my cell phone to get Comcast cancelled and service back with AT&T, who were very understanding considering the Comcast installer cut all the wires coming into the house and had to be spliced back thank goodness by AT&T at no extra charge. All in all out of 13 days we had service less than half of it. Worst experience ever. Tuscaloosa Alabama.
POINT PLEASANT, NEW JERSEY -- I'm hoping that you can enlighten me regarding my current situation. I had to explain to my children (3 yrs & 6 yrs old) why our premier line-up had been terminated and unavailable for their viewing. If you have children then you can appreciate that losing Spongebob for even one day was met with great unhappiness. However, over the weekend my girls adjusted to public broadcasting just fine. Imagine my surprise when my toddler told me this morning that she was watching Disney.
During prior correspondence we've established that not only was an official resolution not executed, but the suggested “promotion” mentioned by ** was neither detailed nor met with great enthusiasm on my part due to extensive negative incidents. Today I have the premier package. Friday this was terminated before I could hang up my phone.
Today, Monday Feb. 16th, Comcast continues to lack quality communication skills not only between employees but extends this inadequacy to their customers. I would like to know why my service has been restored since I did not authorize this and prior to the weekend I have received basic cable. Since I am left in the dark, yet again regarding Comcast's actions I would appreciate an explanation.
I have just found out due to billing at Comcast that authorized a “promotional” package with Comcast at 10:41 A.M. on Sat. Feb. 14th 2009 without my knowledge or authorization. I was not contacted by any member of Comcast until Saturday evening when a “promotion” was offered in a short email mentioning only a monthly discount.. I was told by Comcast that I would be contacted on Monday Feb. 16th to discuss this promotion. At this time I have yet to receive any details of this package that ** authorized. I have not been contacted at any time by Comcast to validate the initiation of this “promotional” package.
MERCER ISLAND, WA 98040, WASHINGTON -- I've been trying to solve a problem with Comcast for more than a year. I basically gave up, but just when I thought I could live with things, Comcast went out of its way to waste my time and reopen the wound. For reasons that are long, boring, and really make no sense, last summer I agreed to a deal with Comcast to pay more than I had to for all three services: A Triple Play. Then earlier this week, I received a letter from Comcast telling me that I was going to receive REWARDS because I was a Triple Play participant. All I had to do was take a minute or two and log in to their site. Hey, thanks! Here's what happened next.
Couldn't log on to the site. Too busy. After a couple of hours, I was able to log on to site. Entered information requested, and told my information didn't match their records. Please reenter. After several fruitless re-entries of information, I was directed to call Comcast. Called Comcast. Placed on hold. Comcast operator unable to tell me why I received letter. Mentions that I'm going off "promotional rate." I asked what "promotional rate?" No coherent answer. I ask to speak with supervisor. Operator grills me on reason and then says no supervisors available. One will call tomorrow. No supervisor calls.
I email "Rick G" who is Comcast Vice President and advertises that any request for assistance directed to him will receive a reply in 24 hours. After 72 hours, no response. Go on Comcast help forum and ask for help. Moderator promises fast response. Promised assistance never materializes. On so it goes.
No one call explain my bill, why I am paying more than the "Triple Play" rate, and why I received a letter then cost me several hours of aggravation only to find out that Comcast wouldn't honor its own offer for a reason that no one can explain.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA -- I just had XFINITY home triple play plus home security installed in my home. Installation was FREE and it states that on my contract. This was in November. However it's now FEB and I am still having problems getting my bill correct. I have a written contract saying 'zero' installation changes for triple play and home security... They keep billing me hundreds of dollars for installation.
I have FAXED the Contract, talk to the Business office. Talk to the guy that installed it (who says it was free installation and he will work to get it fixed). AND They have called me to tell me I am being cut off due to bill overdue which is all the installation changes. They told me today that I have to call the guy that installed it to have him fix my BILL. HELLO!!! I have a contract.... Don't you think Comcast would call the guy that installed it and fix my bill? THEY told me to do it... What is up with customer service?!
I've had Comcast providing my HDTV, high speed internet as well as phone service for 2 years now. The service has been satisfactory, but Comcast is famous for luring in new customers with great deals and quick customer service at first (if you're lucky) and then soon treating said customers like chopped liver after they're no longer "new."
After years of being a loyal customer, the monthly service fee, much like an adjustable mortgage rate, will skyrocket with no notice. Meanwhile, you see a Comcast commercial for this wonderful price that you, a loyal long standing customer, are not eligible for. Upon calling Comcast to try to re-negotiate the bill, you get an "I couldn't care less about you" attitude from every customer service person (I spoke w/ 4 different individuals, one extremely rude).
Comcast is practically driving away their long standing customers with unreasonable rates. We must play the game of changing service providers every couple of years to get the "new customer deal" with each company. I can see that this plan must work for Comcast's CEO, who is lounging on his yacht while all his minimum wage minions do nothing to retain business with loyal customers. A total disappointment.
IRWIN, PENNSYLVANIA -- Trying to change to new triple play with HD salespeople told me no technician was needed, they would send equipment via UPS and will receive it in 3 to 5 days on 1/23. On 2/01, I called to find out where the customer service representative - said at UPS processing center somewhere in PA, not Pittsburgh. It should have been no later than Tuesday. I Called Wednesday evening and was told nothing had been shipped. The representative checked and said they had what was needed in Greensburg. I told her have them hold them and I'll pick it up on Saturday.
I went on Saturday morning, waited 45 minutes to be waited on and was told the equipment wasn't available. They haven't had any for 2 weeks also. I would need a tech at $50.00 charge to hook it up. That was not what I was told on 1/23. I now have to wait 3 to 5 days for equipment and still not have complete service. Someone needs to tell their sales reps 1) make sure what is needed for service is accurate 2) make sure equipment is at the office they send the customer to. This is the worst service I've had. 3 weeks 3 hours of my time and still not right.
LAKEVILLE, NEW YORK -- Beware of Comcast's latest gig to ramp up revenue... Earlier this year, they have informed all their triple play customers of the need to upgrade their modems to take advantage of service upgrades. There was no explanation of the cost or the benefit of the switch. Just a reference to the need to do so. Many existing Comcast customers had modems with a free backup battery. In February, the company decided to charge its new customers with new modems for the backup battery.
In order to be able to charge existing customers for the backup battery, they sent out a letter to advising the customers to change the modem as above, and then sent them a new modem that was without a backup battery, and then informing those customers that they needed to purchase a new backup battery at the cost of $35+ S&H of $5.95. Way to drive deceitful campaign to extort more money from their customers.
Several calls to their battery purchasing department and service departments went nowhere. They acknowledged that the recommended modem switch was not really necessary as there was nothing wrong with the prior modem equipment but now that I had new equipment, there was nothing they could do but sell me the battery and charge me for it. So I ended up with the option to put up and pay for something that I previously had free of charge. Way to go for Comcast to build a good customer-centric business model!