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Misleading Rebate Offer
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FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- Do not be enticed by a offer from Simply Wireless for a $100 rebate. I was and now I have the phone but no $100 rebate!!! First of all, after you get the phone with the rebate forms, you find out it is not an immediate rebate. You have to wait 7 and then 9 months for two $50 rebates. After what I thought was 7 months, I sent my phone bill in and, several weeks later, the rebate was denied because, according to them, I sent the wrong bill in. They said I sent the 6 month bill in. So I copied the next month's bill and sent it in. Several weeks later, again, it was denied because they still said it was the wrong bill. I e-mailed them and they said they would look into it. Several weeks later, it was denied again because they said it had to be on a $39.99 or more plan. Well, it is part of a family plan--which is $89.99! I just called them about this latest denial and they said the actual phone had to be on that plan. My phone is the $9.99 add on. By the way, of course I would not have gotten approved if I sent in my 9 month bill. Wouldn't it have been nice to find out my phone was not eligible after I submitted my rebate form the first time? So, make sure if you are ever going to get a rebate, it is immediate and not a bunch of rules that will keep you from ever getting it.
     
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Anonymous on 08/06/2007:
I always see rebate as a bonus (if they ever send you a real check) and never a decisive factor for purchase consumer goods.
tnchuck100 on 08/06/2007:
Rebates are like getting mugged. Only the thief gives you cab fare home.
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SimplyWireless.com are SCAMMERS/CROOKS
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FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA -- I bought two Razr (Cingular) phones from SimplyWireless and sent in the two 3 and 6-month rebate forms and documents exactly as indicated and on time. The 3-month ones were denied and they would not give me a reason. The customer Service manager (Shea) was super rude. I then wrote a letter to their president and CEO (Steven Qureshi) and included copies of everything I had sent, which he completely ignored. I filed a formal complaint with the BBB and will send letters to the CEOs of Cingular and Motorola. If we all do the same, we'll be heard! By the way, BBB lists them as "unsatisfactory". I wish I had checked that before I bought from them.

Just yesterday I got an e-mail from SimplyWireless stating that one of the 6 mos rebates (which I mailed 5 months ago) was being denied because the phone service was less than $39.99/mos. Forget the fact that I bought both phones and 2100 minute Cingular family plan WITH the two rebate offers from them and pay $125 per month!!!
     
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Hugh_Jorgen on 08/04/2006:
From all the similar complaints here and elsewhere on the web, this seems to be their business plan - promise the world and make it so hard to collect that most folks just give up.
rhondam718732 on 08/04/2006:
It sucks you are having problems with them...that's why I decided I will NEVER buy ANYTHING that I count on a rebate for. They WILL deny it more than likely, plus the hoops you have to jump and stress is not worth it. I have found that in most cases, you can find the same product/service for a similar price w/out a rebate if you look around.
beanbagbritches on 08/04/2006:
I've had the same problem with Verizon twice. I just don't even look at the rebate information anymore. What's the point?
Facsteacher on 12/27/2006:
Trying to get a rebate from Simply Wireless is impossible. I have sent my rebate forms and copies of rebate forms to them numerous times
(at their request). Amazingly, they have lost every one! How convenient. I have been trying to get my rebates from them for 2 razor phones I purchased last December. I have been reading many blogs and it appears that this happens over and over again. They are great scam artists. I learned a lot about rebates, don't bother! I have submitted complaints to the BBB and to the FCC. Hopefully, someone will be able to stop this poor business practice.
jubilada on 04/11/2007:
My comments are very similar to Facsteacher, and within the same timeframe. I will still file my complaint with the BBB even though they have already given Simply Wireless an unsatisfactory rating. If we all work together we have them investigated by Congress for possible fraudulent business practices.
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Simply Wireless rebate scam
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Buyer beware. They will tell you that you qualify for rebates but will not honor what they say. I ordered multiple phones and they assured me that EACH phone qualified for the rebates.

However, they changed the rules and state that each phone must be on a $39 rate instead of one $39 rate with phones added on.

I did ask over and over to make sure all the phones qualified with the plans I BOUGHT through them and they assured me they did.

They are misleading consumers and pocketing your money.

I talked to Vivian H and I consider the company a liar and NOT living up to what they promised.

Web site showed the following when ordering:
Two phones 199.99 each
Total : $0.00 after rebates
     
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SimplyWireless on 04/17/2006:
Please provide Simply Wireless the copy of your original rebate form that clearly does not reflect the $39.99 rate plan requirement.
davesdog on 07/31/2006:
I was scammed also. I'm waiting to see how many of the 9 month ones I get before filing my complaints with both the FTC and the PA AG. The rebate forms do say "plan of $39.99 or higher", but do not say per phone bought. The people selling for them also lead you to believe you will end up getting your phones for free. On my 4 phones, I got 2 3month rebates. Both for the same phone #. 2 6 month rebates, no phone # on these checks. And I am still waiting for the 9 month. Simplywireless.com, look for my complaint form soon !!
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Rebates
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After 13+ months of haggling with this company to deliver on the 3 rebates offered with this purchase I have finally lost my head. As an example, the rebate information I submitted postmarked Oct 13 was finally paid (received by me) on March 19. They are refusing to pay on the second submission after agents from the company which represents them have repeated told me to continue to be patient, etc. I don't hold out much hope for the third submission.
     
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Sparticus on 04/11/2007:
A quick search on this site and you'll see you are not alone... Most of the complaints are regarding their rebate scam... Just not sure there is much of anything you can do about it... unfortunately...

Here is a quote from a simply wireless rep on another post... perhaps it is helpful:

"Regarding your rebates, please note that the rebate form indicates that the required rate plan os $39.99 or higher per month. Please provide proof that each line is on a plan of $39.99 or higher (usually listed on the 3 page of your Cingular bill) and Simply Wireless will honor the rebate as per the T&C of the rebate."
Anonymous on 04/11/2007:
Yeah, I saw that too Spart, you beat me to it.
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Simply Wireless is a fraud
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Do not buy from this site. A total rip off. Poor Customer Service. Will never return any rebates nor tell you the truth about rebates when calling over by the phone. There is always a catch. Beware!!!
     
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Rebates
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FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA -- I am a Simply Wireless customer who did receive the rebate. Their rebate department was a little difficult to get through initially, but I did finally speak with them. They were kind and explained that there were some errors in processing their rebates. They reviewed my rebate and told me they would process it. I just received the check this morning. Simply Wireless is true their word.
     
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ljbest on 04/28/2006:
Well, WELL!! Simply Wireless has their official shill posting here.
ljbest on 04/28/2006:
Why YES! Check the dates. The only "compliment" here for Simply Wireless came from Simply Wireless. But you wouldn't lie about rebates would you?

http://www.my3cents.com/showReview.cgi?id=13216#start
brad24 on 06/22/2006:
You are the exception. I am one of the few who after many threathening letters is in the process of being paid the rebates that are owed me...but simply wireless drags their feet at every opportunity...I have had to resort to faxing my requests because they have lost 3 of the 4 submissions (a fax has a confirmed receipt record that cannot be denied). Even though their rebate terms and conditions state "Please allow 8-10 weeks after Simply wireless receipt of offer form for delilvery of your rebate check" they have never met that timeframe with my first rebate taking 20 weeks...the second taking 13 weeks and the third is now 13 weeks and I have not yet rec'd it. Very difficult to contact, very difficult to work with. I will never buy from them again.
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stole my money
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LINDSTROM, MINNESOTA -- I signed up for simply wireless, and they had a 30 day grace period. On the 29th day, I lost my job and so I cancelled my service. I called the correct number and they I asked what do I do with the phone. Lady said "keep it, it is yours"/ so like a fool I kept it. Then I get the bill for $500.00 saying I did not follow the correct procedure. I did exactly what they told me to do. I was under the 30 day grace period. They said that I should have sent the phone back in the original box, so I sent the phone the phone back and the nasty lady said that is too bad, you did not send the phone back under the 30 days. I said the gal told me to keep it. Too bad., you us 500.00., I said I sent the phone back and she said it will be sent back to you becaause you did not follow the rules. The phone came back and I refused to accept it., she then sent my 500.00 bill to collections. WHAT A RIP OFF THAT COMPANY IS., THEY CANNOT FOLLOW THEIR CONTRACTS. THEY CHEAT PEOPLE AND SEND THEIR BILLS TO COLLECTIONS SO WE HAVE TO PAY. NEVER EVER USE SIMPLY WIRELESS OR LISTEN TO WHAT CUSTOMER SERVICE SAYS. THEY LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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queenkim on 07/10/2004:
SPEAKING OF WANT TO BE WIRELESS COMPANIES THAT MAKE IT FROM RIPPING PEOPLE OFF..... LIBERTY WIRELESS I APPLIED FOR A NEXTEL PHONE AND ALONG WITH MY INFO THEY REQUIRED MY DEBIT CARD NUMBER FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY. I WAS DENIED THE NEXTEL SERVICE AND WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY A DEPOSIT TO GET SERVICE. DECIDED AGAINST IT. NEXT THING I KNOW I DEPOSIT MY CHECK IN MY ACCOUNT AT ABOUT SEVEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT WITHIN 3 HOURS SOME LIBERTY WIRELESS COMPANY THAT I HAD NEVER EVEN HEARD OF EMPTIED MY ACCOUNT DID NOT JUST CHARGE MY ACCOUNT FOR ONE CELL PHONE ALONG WITH ACTIVATION AND SERVICE BUT HAD THE NERVE TO CHARGE ME FOR SEVEN PHONE ALONG WITH ACTIVATION AND SERVICE. I AM STILL FIGHTING FOR MY MONEY BACK. NEVER ERECIEVED THE PHONES. WHEN I CONTACTED THE CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT THEY TOLD ME THAT I CAN NOT HAVE MY MONEY BACK UNTIL I RETURNED PHONES THAT I NEVER RECEIVED. I AM STILL WAITING. MEANWHILE MY ACCOUNT IS IN A NEGATIVE BALANCE OF 480.00 DOLLARS THAT THE BANK IS WAITING FOR WHICH HURTS MY CREDIT. THIS IS ON TOP OF THE MONEY THAT WAS ALREADY IN THE ACCOUNT. NO INTEGRITY SALES REPRESENTATIVES. A SCAM IS A SCAM BUT TO CHARGE A PERSONS ACCOUNT FOR 7 PHONES IS A LITTLE EXTREME AND SHOULD HAVE RAISED A RED FLAG. GREED!!!!
xbirdlady on 05/29/2005:
I have filed a complaint against this business with the FCC. Below is a letter I have written to the FCC. I'm also being charged over $500.00.

I have received a copy of the above referenced letter and wish to clarify the events that actually transpired. Ms. XXXX has failed to give you an accurate account of the situation. Because that my active acct. with AT&T Wireless was due to expire and that I was going on an extensive vacation during the time my contract would be expiring, I did a search on the Internet for wireless phone companies and started making some inquiries. I called Simply Wireless on March 13, 2004, to inquire about the plan options and phones they had to offer. I had intended on using Simply Wireless until the salesman I was speaking to told me it would take 10-14 days for me to receive the phone. I told him that it would not work out because I was going on an extensive vacation, a cruise and a trip to Las Vegas, (enclosed is a copy of my cruise itinerary and hotel bill for your reference) and wanted the phone several days prior to leaving to make sure the reception would be good beings I live in a very small town and many of my friends had complained they had bad reception with their phones. Also, it was important to me to get a new phone right away so I could have the opportunity to try the new phone out while my service with AT&T was still active in case I had any problems.

The salesman offered to have the phone shipped to me over night express at my expense with an approx. cost of a $17.00 (my previous servers had shipped the phone to me overnight express at their expense and I assumed this was pretty much the practice of all servers). I told him that I did not want to pay that expense, I would just continue using my current AT&T service (enclosed copy of my AT&T service contract for your reference). I did tell him that I would check in with them another time and see if they still had any good deals going. He was not real happy about the situation and tried to talk me into paying the overnight express charge (he implied that I was just cheap) I was firm and said no. I did not want to pay the additional shipping charge since my AT&T service was still active and working fine. I was not going to allow him to talk me into paying for a phone that would arrive while I was on an extended vacation.

When I returned from our extended vacation, mid April 2004, I noticed the package left at my front porch. I opened the shipping box (please note that I opened the shipping box, but I never and have still never opened the phone box) and was shocked to see it was a phone. I’m shocked that Simply Wireless would ship an activated phone and have it left on the porch, where it could have been stolen. I read the invoice and realized that the Simply Wireless salesman had activated an account for me without my permission. In fact, I told him NO I did not want to do business with them at this time. Now having just returned from an extensive vacation and trying to get myself ready for a major surgery that I was scheduled for on April 28, 2004, I had to take my time to call Simply Wireless and get their scam straightened out. I called the customer service number, which I found on the invoice in the shipping box, on April 12, 2004 not April 1 as Ms. XXXX stated. I spoke with a young lady and told her I was unhappy about them starting an account for me without my permission, and then I explained the whole story to her. She apologized and said she would stop the service immediately. I also told her that I needed to get the phone back to them and did not feel I should have to pay the shipping. She said she would send a mailer. At this point, I figured it was all cleared up. The account, which I did not give permission to set up, would be nullified immediately and I would send the phone back to them once I received the mailer.

Ms. XXXX stated in her letter that I said I forgot to mail the phone back. This is not a true statement. I tried to explain to her that I set the phone aside while waiting to receive the mailer, which I never did receive. Beings I was having surgery on April 28, 2004, with a six-week recovery, the phone was the last thing on my mind.

When I received a bill from T Mobile for $274.11(bill enclosed) I immediately called T Mobile and told them the whole story about how an account was activated in my name by Simply Wireless which I DID NOT give permission to do. The customer service lady apologized and cancelled the bill. I mentioned to T Mobile about the phone (which I had not opened, used, or even looked at) and that I had not received the mailer that Simply Wireless said they would send me. She said T Mobile was not the one that would be mailing the mailer. She told me to wait a bit longer because she was sure I’d be receiving the mailer soon. Mind you this all was taking place while I was at home from the hospital recovering from major surgery (please note the enclosed surgery bill for your reference.)

Every time I would get a letter or a call from Simply Wireless I would call T Mobil and give them the information so they could note my account. I am in the process of trying to obtain a copy of the notes on my T Mobil account. Once I receive a copy of these notes I will forward a copy to you.

After all this had transpired I still had not received the mailer to return the phone to Simply Wireless. I tried on several occasions to find out from Ms. XXXX how they could activate an account without my permission and that I would like to send the phone back to them but I hadn’t received the mailer. Ms. XXXX states she informed me that they would not be able to accept the phone at the late date as the manufacture would not give them credit, THIS IS NOT TRUE. At the suggestion of T Mobile I mailed the phone back to Ms. XXXX, at my expense, to end this problem. If MS. XXXX had told me she would not accept the phone I sure would not have wasted my money mailing the phone back to her at my expense.

Stacy has mailed the phone back to me and has turned my unauthorized account over to a collection agency. I am really blown away by the fact that I have been scammed and am having to spend so much of my time clearing up this problem. I’m now out the shipping cost, my time, and am being harassed by a collection agency. I would not do something so foolish. Ms. XXXX is accurate when she said I would die before I pay this bill, I refuse to allow Simply Wireless to take advantage of me this way, and I do not appreciate their scamming tactics.

I appreciate the help you have offered with this offensive situation.

Sincerely,

Claudette Gartner
SimplyWireless on 04/17/2006:
Please review the original invoice you received from Simply Wireless. Simply Wireless clearly states the required return procedure, in written detail. If you had contacted Simply Wireless as it clearly states on the return procedure, you would have been given clear instruction where and how to return the phone. READ ALL RETURN INSTRUCTIONS! I can not stress this enough. If someone gives you contradictory information - question them. Do you really believe that you received merchandise for free - with no strings attached?
Anonymous on 06/12/2009:
To me it sounds like they person you spoke to knew that you had one more day to return the phone. By telling you to keep it, it ensured that you would go over the legal time of returning it on time. Never go by what the crooks tell you by phone, review the contract yourself.
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