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!
CONNECTICUT -- One of the many that were forced to change from AT&T to Frontier. Had trouble all the way back from the split between AT&T U-verse and Internet from combined billing. Had $500 slapped on our bill when the split occurred because they think we did not pay overdue cellphone bills, but because it was overdue and combined billing was splitting for some reason decided to transfer the balance to Internet and apparently the way their systems are set up cellphone services can't see that this transfer happened.
Cell phone services told me I paid it and don't need to pay this again. U-verse tells me I didn't pay it and I have to pay this and if I paid them, to give them proof. When I provide evidence they tell me these payments were being all made a month behind and we still have one month's worth left. They say $500 is what's left after I've paid the payments I provided evidence for and because I don't have evidence for paying this residual $500 balance, I must pay it because I didn't, getting all the while angry that I do not understand. Yes, we were behind but with all of the payments we made, I can't possibly wrap my head around how after paying $500 already, we have another $500 left to pay and how in the world one month's worth is $500.
I've been very stressed with this situation for a few months now trying to figure it out, also not having the financial capability to pay another $500 at the time. I thought AT&T was bad. Most of Frontier Communications customer service was unwilling to even communicate. 9 out of 10 times, I would get a delinquent, uninterested, incompetent/unknowledgeable, customer representative that most of the time let me speak certainly were not listening or did not care as they simply refused any possibilities for credit on the account.
My worst experience was with a woman who after I told her my situation with my troubles with AT&T wireless and Internet and therefore this current balance with Frontier, she condescendingly and truly confrontational told me wireless is internet. When I told her when I said wireless I meant cell phone services she replied with, "Oh, well, you're wrong. These aren't cell phone charges these are internet charges." With the same delinquent attitude. Not only was she not listening she was expressing to me how much she could care less.
She also made it clear to me that there would be no chance of any credit on this account and that, "You will pay the full $500" with the attitude that she had the final say, and there was nothing I could do about it. When she saw I was speechless she laughed out loud at me mockingly. And when I said "okay, thank you, bye," because I had nothing left to say to her, she said bye still laughing. I am not exaggerating or fabricating any part of this conversation or situation. This is the way it happened nearly word for word, and I had never dealt with such an unprofessional "customer service representative".
After this was another series of calls with average 20 minute hold times, and each time I was given a different reason why they could not adjust the balance on my account, sometimes telling me the system would not let them or it was a policy not to adjust any balances after a customer had decided to disconnect, etc. I finally came across a sensible, competent, and kind woman whom upon hearing my situation almost immediately began to see what she could do, giving me a $50 credit within moments.
Her actions proved to me the previous representatives I spoke to either did not know what they were doing, we're lying, or really just didn't care enough. Although a $50 credit is not exactly what I was looking for, it was better than nothing. I had lost too much time with phone calls and research into AT&T cellphone bills, previously combined bills, internet bills, and our bank statements that spanned the past year and trying to figure out what happened with this transition, how this transition was happening, what information each department had and did not have, and what went wrong where, when, and how with our account.
We were also reluctant to get a lawyer to sue because we could not afford a lawyer at the moment as well. At this point, we just needed out and nothing to do with the companies, particularly Frontier Communications, seeing as the vast majority of customer service gave the impression they did not care about their customers and engaging in communication itself was a difficulty. I don't know what went wrong and where with AT&T and Frontier communications, but something went wrong somewhere seeing the absolute mess that has happened since the switch in Connecticut.
I've paid what they asked for and am not coming back to Frontier Communications. However I do hope Frontier Communications clean up their act if anything for the consumers in my area including myself who do not have that many other options for Internet and most opt for Comcast, another big company that do not have the best reviews, so that competition may provide perhaps better service for both customers of Comcast and Frontier communications.
PULLMAN, WASHINGTON -- Let's rewind to when I first stumbled upon this company, it was on a Sunday, which technically they weren't supposed to be open, but whatever this means that I should have been one of the first people to have spoken about acquiring their services. I would say that I arrived in Pullman a week and a half before the semester was going to start. With that being said, if you're familiar with Washington State University, and as I'm almost positive, with many other Universities, there is a week of welcome when a majority of the returning students or new students arrive and get settled in, right? Now, back to why I'm upset with this company.
I get everything set up, the sales associate was giving me his two-cents about why their service is great and how it's better than the competitors (that's not very hard to do), and I just needed an ISP that won't disconnect me, buffer when I want to stream, or go on Netflix. I was told that with the basic 7 mbs connection it should be totally fine. Awesome, I get that, pay for it, they take MY money and then they tell me that my install date would be the Wednesday after next week. My initial reaction? What in the world? You take my money and then give me an install date in which I would have been attending classes for a few days?
I said fine, whatever if anything sooner opens up let me know. A couple of days later, I call the main office for Frontier Communications, and I was told my install date would be MID SEPTEMBER. What's even worse is that my friend, who signed up for the SAME service was given a modem the day they signed up and was told their internet would be set up THAT THURSDAY. Long story short, I complained to the manager, to the main Frontier office, and demanded that they give me an install date that is before that semester starts. I was told someone would call me back later that day before 6 PM Central Time Zone to give me a new install date. I never received that call.
After over a week of trying to get a hold of someone, I get a call from the Sales Office in Pullman, and they tell me that my install date was changed back to that previous Wednesday date and that it was great that I got that install date. After all this crap, after all this waiting without internet to check online courses, check back in at home, etc. the internet was finally installed and I assumed that would be the end of it, but it wasn't. I'm paying for the 7 mbs internet connection. So why am I getting 1.5 mbs delegated between three people and over 6 mobile devices?
I have never been so disgusted to do business with a company, but I have no other choice, it's this company or a very VERY similar company that is more expensive. As soon as Fall and Spring Semester is over, I'm going to cancel services and attempt to get Xfinity to Pullman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".