MONDOVI, WISCONSIN -- Satellite Internet is ridiculously expensive for the limited data you are allowed each month. Frontier told me that they now had up to 6 Mb DSL service in my area when "selling" me their product. As I already had them for a landline (they are the only game in town out here in the country), I purchased their Internet Service. In the beginning I had 3+ Mb service, but now am lucky to see 1.5 Mb. In fact, when I try and use the Internet at peak volume times (usually the evening) I can often only get .6 Mb, which is slower than dial-up service!
I called Frontier and they told me that although it was indeed 6 Mb service, I was near the "end of the line". And as such everyone before me got first dibs on the Internet signal. The customer service representative was very friendly and told me that upgrades were being planned, but there wasn't a specific time table for this area.
I filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection Bureau and another higher-up, Frontier customer service representative called me. He basically said the same thing, and that he understood my frustration and each talking point I made, but said that things were always changing and he suggested I check back in 6 months to see the progress of the upgrade schedule.
The CPB asked me if I was satisfied with Frontier's response to my complaint considering I was paying their lowest possible price for the service ($20/mo.). I said "NO". My point was that it wasn't the fact that the Internet was slow, but rather that I was sold the prospect of 6 Mb service. Had I been told that in reality it would be less than 2 Mb on average in my area (can't stream movies, and my Internet Radio sometimes even stops working!), I may not have subscribed to Frontier. Even at low peak times (mid-day) I cannot get 3 Mb speed, and that's 50% less than they advertised!
To me, that was blatant misrepresentation of their service, and did not represent what many of their end-users experience with their service. It is no surprise to find SO MANY negative reviews of this company on-line. But, with the corner on the rural service market, they don't need to have a consensus. If they were honest about their end-user speeds, they would probably lose business - and they can't afford to do that!
In Frontier's last response to the CPB they flatly stated that they were charging me their lowest rate and that Frontier has NO PLANS to upgrade their service in this area - which is a far cry from what they said when I initially spoke with them. No wonder their customer service reps are so nice on the phone - they have to be, because they are either being mis-information to pass along to us customers, or they are flat out lying. And, it isn't a big enough issue for old Uncle Sam to pursue, so here we are, sucked into a lie and having to live with it.
I see that the Federal Gov't is giving Frontier millions of dollars to improve their Internet service to rural areas. Let's hope that they help the truly rural areas that need decent basic speeds (I don't care about the 60 Mb you can get with cable) - like 6 Mb full-time speed anyway! Being wary of the situation, however, it wouldn't surprise me if Frontier didn't simply improve their services to the "urban/rural" areas closest to their competitors to try and lure in business from them. And why not? We who are truly rural are held hostage to them if you don't want to pay Satellite Internet fees!
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- I discovered on Friday the 8th of April I did not have phone service. I called Frontier immediately and was told that they were very sorry for this inconvenience and that I could expect a technician at my house on Tuesday, April 12th. Later in the afternoon I discovered that I also had no television signal. Tech support told me that, indeed, I did have a problem and that the technician would be to my house on a Promised Date of Tuesday, April 12th.
I must also say that it was extremely difficult to determine what these tech support people were saying because the sound of their voices was extremely muffled. It was if there was a piece of cardboard between their mouths and the mouthpiece on the phone. I kept having to ask them to repeat what they were saying. I was assured that if it was possible for a technician to get to my home sooner than the 12th (which was FIVE DAYS AWAY) I would receive a phone call. I asked what number they would be calling and they gave me my own phone number. I told tech support it would be difficult to reach me at that number since it DIDN'T WORK!
On "The Promised" date of 4/12 I was told that the technician would be at my home between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. At 3:00 I called because I was getting anxious that he would not come. I waited the mandatory 20 minutes to be able to speak to support tech; after a long wait to check on my work ticket, I was informed that the technician was on his way to my house. YEA!! At 4:45 he still had not arrived and I called back, waited the standard 20 minutes, only to be told that the technician had made a notation on my work ticket that he had tried to call me the previous day (Monday, 4/11) and couldn't reach me so dropped my ticket.
The tech said she would be happy to schedule another work ticket for me. I asked if that would be ANOTHER five day wait and she said she would have to check her calendar. I then asked to be transferred to Customer Service so I could discontinue service. I waited another 45 minutes for customer service to answer. When I told the customer service person I wanted to cancel my service my phone was disconnected!!! I called back to customer service only to be disconnected again.
I made two more calls the following morning to customer service and had to disconnect from both of them because I could not understand a single word they were saying because the sound was so muffled. One of the service agents got my alternate phone number and said she would call me right back. No call!
I FINALLY called a different phone number and immediately got ahold of a Customer Service Rep that I could hear clearly and distinctly. What a relief. Told him my story and the rest was easy. He was very polite and listened to me. I asked him whether he could request his bosses to instruct the service techs to stop telling people to "Have a nice day" after they have been screwed over for the past five days.
NORLWALK, CONNECTICUT -- The worst experience ever by dealing any companies in 20 years! This company is like a poison ivy, stay away! I was lured by their salesman to buy a internet+phone+TV package for $80/month. The sales guy said "that is all, no installation fee". So I agreed to give it a try, but still keep my old Optimum services just in case. It took them two weeks to install and turn on internet service and then the real problem came - the TV service, which was provided by DirecTV could not be successfully turned on because direcTV could not find any satellite signals.
I called Frontier. They said they could not do anything about it except I myself to call DirecTV to cancel my TV service and then call them again to cancel internet. I called DirecTV and cancelled TV service, but when I call Frontier to cancel internet, their customer service lady said I should try Dish Network since Dish's signal is 4 times better than DirecTV (no idea why they did not recommend Dish in the first place), and there is no cost to get Dish installed. I waited for another 10 days to get technician from Dish network to drop by and he told me "no signal at all".
While I have to call Dish to cancel TV service and call Frontier again to cancel internet service. This time it was cancelled and I mailed back their modem. I thought this was over, but today I got a bill of $400 said I have installation fee, TV fee, internet service fee, blah, blah. I called Frontier and their explanation was ridiculous - "sorry TV did not work, so we will waive you TV fee, but the other fees can not be waived since you used Frontier service."
I told them I did not use Frontier service at all since I still keep my account with Optimum all the time and been using Optimum only these days. I told them to check the phone and internet usage and they will find out I did not use it at all. Astonishingly, they said they do not check data usage, they only check if my modem is on or not, so since my modem had been turned on all the time, they count me as "using Frontier all the time".
Very rude, very unreasonable, a lot of lies and tricks from sales to customer service. I will not feel surprise if this company goes bankrupt in a couple of years. They can just ruin their reputation this easily. I will tell everybody I know about this experience- in just 15 days, I had many hours back and forth phone calls, stressful argument, long time waiting in the queue to get an agent to talk, failed service and finally a $400 bill. It is a nightmare!
CLYDE, OHIO -- Frontier provides internet service to my mom in Clyde, Ohio. They never told her that for $70.00 per month they only provide 5 gbytes of data. She recently ran out and her internet slowed to a crawl. When she called Frontier, she was told she could buy more data at 2 GB for $15. However when her computer again slowed down 2 days later, Frontier claimed she had used the 2 GB. She explained that she had only checked email.
They insisted she buy 2 more GB so they could "track" her usage. She reluctantly agreed and Frontier said 2 GB would be available in an hour. Two hours later when her computer was still crawling. Frontier said their "tools" were down and her data might be available the next day. This company is totally inept and a real rip off. Avoid them at all costs.
MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA -- I had Frontier service before and during that one year period I had to call the billing dept EVERY month because they were overcharging me, so cancelled my service. Do they put it on my credit report so in order to try and get it removed?
They promised me their service was much better, systems upgraded and all. I feel for it and my very first bill they charge me for a bundle package that I do not have, called in to have it removed as well as get a credit, waited 30 days for processing accumulating late fees while waiting and then they tell me my credit was denied. READ CAREFULLY. I'm denied a credit for a service I do not have. Frontier is garbage. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA -- In an effort to save money and extricate myself from my current ISP I thought that Frontier, as the only other ISP available in my area could be a good deal. I read all the reviews; and for Frontier there were not a lot of GOOD reviews, but taking a leap of faith the size of Snake River Canyon... I ordered. That was last week.
Today at 4pm, the close of the window for installation the tech had still not showed up. The voice on the phone from Texas said first that no tech had been assigned and then said that a voice mail was left at my contact number. For this first time I am aware of my Google Voice account, which snagged 14 other voice mails today, didn't catch the VM from the tech that allegedly called. Before I could even say "Hello Frontier", I said "Goodbye Frontier".
MARTIINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA -- Frontier communications is a joke. Worst company I have ever dealt with. They are incompetent!!!! I wouldn't recommend this company to my worst enemy. I signed up to get service 3 weeks ago and still don't have service. I have made multiple calls to them and have a several appointments scheduled for a technician to come out and each time I was still left with no service. The first appointment that was scheduled the technician didn't even show. How unprofessional is that. No call or anything. Like I said they are a big joke!!!! Do not deal with these people. Give your business to some other internet company.
PLANO, TENNESSEE -- Was switched from Verizon (didn't ask for it just was switched). Nothing has worked correctly since switch. Was told to wait a couple of days after 1st phone call. 3 days later called and was told they would send someone out next day. No one came next day. Called, they said they were backed up and would send someone out next day. Waited, no one came. Called, was told no one was coming out and to be patient. Ok 21 days later still patient. Cannot access the online service to see what is going on, no one has an answer, still nothing works.
Got a call yesterday saying a technician was on route to my residence and I needed to be there. It was 9:30 in the morning and I was at work. Sorry can't just drop everything when they want me too. I was given the tech's number and told that I had to deal with it. So I called. This person was the only bright spot. He was just doing what he was instructed and would do a check up without going in and would reschedule whenever just had to call him back. Switching to TWC.
GEORGETOWN, TEXAS -- Called to request an upgrade for service because what we had now was VERY POOR. The customer service person who, by the way was VERY hard to understand said someone was coming on Saturday from 8-5. Whatever, at least we will be getting better service.
Saturday, no one comes. Call and ask. They say someone will come tomorrow, on Sunday. Sunday no one comes. Who knows when this TERRIBLE company will ever upgrade my wifi??? Meanwhile, they have COMPLETELY shut it down until IT GETS FREAKIN' UPGRADED. But they don't care because they are the only provider for our area. If you have a choice, DO NOT USE FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS.
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA -- Not only is the internet service substandard, but customer service is just as bad. I pay for "Up to 6 Mbps"; the "up to" is how they justify such poor service. I am lucky to get 1.4 Mbps download and 0.2 download speeds. Typically my download is 1.2.
I called technical support and they set a service visit for Saturday. I cleared my day so I would be here. Instead I got a call saying I had been taken off the schedule. They rescheduled me for Monday - and told me I would have someone here before noon. No one showed despite several phone calls to Frontier during which I was repeatedly told they were coming. I had one support person tell me they could still come as late as 9:30 PM. I hung up on that one.
So here it is Tuesday and I have called again. The tech support told me I have a visit scheduled for today, "February 22". I had to tell her that today is February 23. I am paying a monthly fee for a service contract so someone can come out to check my phone lines. Apparently they offer a substandard maintenance plan to match their substandard service.