Looks like I have to live without my phone and internet for a week. And I pay more than $100 per months for this? What kind of service I'm buying with my money?! Here is the full story: Starting Saturday afternoon I found the internet connection very slow. Even some very reliable websites (gmail, yahoo) was only working intermittently or got timed out. I thought it might be just temporary glitches, thought it might fix itself later so I brushed it off.
On Sunday evening situation stayed the same. I power cycled my modems, wireless routers and computers several time but problem persisted, so I called customer support. The representative asked me to go through the same power cycle thing, somehow it worked better after the representative resetting the modem from their end. I thought problem was fixed for good. Only to find out the problem came back after used the internet for about 30 minutes. I call them again, this time the representative told me there was a regional outage and ask me to call again tomorrow to find out the status. OK, it was time to bed anyway so I decided to wait.
Tried to go to some websites on Monday morning - same problem. I have a real job so I have to go to work and had no time to deal with this non-sense. After I was back to work, I used their online chat to talked with some technical support. She basically told me I have to confirm it wasn't my wireless router being the problem, suggested me to use their website speed test when I'm back at home. Also the tech support told me there was no outage last night on record. So wth was the representative talking to me last night? Probably just making up stuff to get rid of an annoyed customer. Way to treat your customer Time Warner!
Back at home from work, tried the suggestion. Big surprise - of course the problem is still there even I plug my computer directly into the modem without router. Tried to go to the roadrunner speed test website to do the test as suggested by the support, the connection was so slow that I can't even load that test page, what a joke.
Call them again, this technical support seems to be more knowledgeable, he did some test, and tell me my connection is dropping intermittently that's why it appears slow, they need to a tech to my place to take a look. OK fine... so just help me fix it right? Nope - they can't get any one out until Friday!!! WTF? Problem started on Saturday. They can't fix it until Friday?!
At this point my digital phone isn't even working so I have to leave without my phone and internet for about a week. This is internet age and we're not cavemen I can't imagine how can I survive without both internet and phone. OK maybe if I drop dead from heart failure because I can't call 911 in time as the phone in my home is not working, it will make a story and maybe Time Warner will up their service? Again... WTH...
The whole thing is very frustrating. I lost count of how much time I spent to get them to admit there is something wrong with their hardware (which I suspected to be the case to begin with), and then it takes them ages to send someone to fix their faulty hardware. WTH? I pay more than $130 for this kind of service? Serious if there is a choice I'll never use Time Warner again. Give me a break Time Warner.
NORTH CAROLINA -- I have been jerked around and deceived by Time Warner Cable's call centers about setting up an appointment to transfer service. The issue was remedied after a long struggle on my part and being on the phone all morning, including with my cellular phone dropping calls and phone system problems with Time Warner Cable.
I called Time Warner Cable the morning of 08/26/2010 to transfer service within North Carolina. The phone number that I used was 1-800-TWCABLE, which is advertised on TWC's Website, including for matters of service disconnections. I am an undergraduate starting school on 08/30/2010 and was getting my apartment lease on 08/26/2010, so I wanted either the earliest possible appointment on or before Sunday the 29th, or if that was not possible, I could only do evenings between Monday-Friday.
The first agent was able to give me an appointment for 08/31/2010 for 7-9 p. m., which was the earliest time that would work for my schedule, but unfortunately after Sunday. 7-9 P.M. is the latest possible time slot on any day. Because I asked to be put on the waiting list for 7-9 P.M. on Monday or anytime Sunday or sooner, the agent said that, because she is a Sales agent, she would need to transfer me to Customer Service to be put on the waiting list, but did still confirm my Tuesday evening appointment. (I don't even know why I had gotten the Sales department instead of Customer Service.)
After being transferred I spoke with a Customer Service agent, who said she could put me on the waiting list, but also searched for an earlier time for me. She found that 7-9 P.M. on Monday actually was available (even though it wasn't when I spoke with the Sales agent), so she was going to set me up for that Monday time slot instead, but unfortunately, my cellular phone dropped the call right as I was confirming this change. Up to this point, I had recorded this first call -- both the Sales and Customer Service agents.
Because the call was dropped, I tried to call back on my landline (on which I couldn't yet record the calls). For some reason the phone system had problems at the point where it routes the caller to the department they want; for example, I would say "Customer Service" then "Appointments" or just "Appointments", and sometimes it would drop my call or give a busy signal after that. When I was transferred to someone, after waiting some time, for some reason I got the "Retention" department, and the lady was going to transfer me back to Customer Service because "Retention" couldn't help me.
This time the call accidentally went into a dead queue (error on their end) and the Retention agent called me back while I was in that queue, but I had to answer on my cell phone and was stuck with the call on my cell again. I asked her if she could call me back again so I could answer on my landline, but she said she could only call me back once because the error was on their end. So I was transferred to Customer Service again. This time, I gave the agent my callback number and said it's very important that she calls me back if we get disconnected.
The agent I spoke with said she couldn't do anything with my account because another agent was modifying it. I explained my situation, that I wanted the Monday appointment 7-9 P.M. which I was told was available. This agent was going to call me back once she could get into the account, but eventually it was unlocked, and she saw that it popped up that I did have an appointment for 08/31 7-9 P.M. However, I accidentally lost the call from my unreliable cell phone again. The agent did not call me back as I had asked.
I called back to Customer Service and spoke with a man, but this time he said that he saw my appointment as being for 08/31 from 3-5 P.M. I inquired why it was 3-5 instead of 7-9, but he insisted that he saw nothing for 7-9 p. m., even though the other agents I had spoken to were aware of the Tuesday night appointment. He said that the earliest available evening appointment was going to be 09/03. I was very upset, and I made it very clear that I had recorded the initial phone call in which the first (Sales) agent confirmed my appointment for 08/31 7-9 P.M. I argued with the agent at length that it was wrong for my appointment to be mysteriously revoked like this.
He said that the maximum relief that he could provide me would be one day's service credit. He gave me some flak about my dropped calls that I had mentioned, but to prove what I was saying, I even played Bits and Pieces of the call recording in which the first agent confirmed the Tuesday 7-9 P.M. time before transferring me to the Customer Service agent to be put on the waiting list. (Also, each agent said that if a call is dropped, the previous agent would have to undo or drop all of their changes on the account.)
The agent I was speaking to said that without a confirmation number, which the Sales agent did not give me, there was no way he could look up the original appointment. He asked for the Sales representative's name, and when I gave it, he said that agent doesn't work for Time Warner Cable but for some 3rd-party contractor or something. I pointed out the phone number that I was using to call TWC and asked if I had been scammed; he said no. He wasn't being helpful at this point, and I was persistently upset and wanted to know what happened to my original appointment.
After quite a long runaround, he eventually finally resolved to call the dispatcher to ask if they could make this situation right by squeezing me in for the same day that I was calling, 08/26. This was put in place, and he still agreed to the one day's service credit. I was finally relieved at this improvement, and to get accommodated on the same day. He gave me a confirmation number, and I remarked that apparently it is very important that we customers make sure we get a confirmation number (which I never knew about) and to record the phone calls.
The dispatcher and I agreed for 4 P.M. -- the time that I actually had a meeting with my property manager to see the apartment for a final time and to sign my lease and get my keys. I did have to take care of both matters at once, and the signing of the apartment lease was the priority, but the service technician was patient, courteous, and understanding of the situation.
After I was finished with my property manager, I completed the appointment with the technician and the service was in place. Thus the end result was pretty good, though this accommodation was a side-effect of being on the phone all morning and having to go through the stress of being deceived about my scheduled appointment time, which never should have happened. If I had not recorded my initial phone call in which I was promised the appointment, and not made such a compelling argument, I would have been ripped off and forced to go with a much later appointment, and only one day's service credit to make up for it.
When I called up my phone company (not TWC) to transfer my phone service thereafter, I also asked them to add the paid feature of unlimited 3-way calling (the feature that I need to use for my method of recording calls), so that I can more reasonably record calls on my landline. That's what I'm going to do, both with Time Warner Cable and my phone company.
This situation evidences that when customers are promised appointments, they may be ripped off by Time Warner Cable as their appointments may mysteriously "disappear" or be changed without communication. Apparently everybody needs to know to ask for a confirmation number if they are not automatically given one. I am also encouraging people to record phone calls with telecommunications companies, especially in one-party consent states.
RICHMOND, KENTUCKY -- Absolutely the worst company that I have ever dealt with. I suppose this is what happens when a cable provider monopolizes a town. Any call to Time Warner goes directly to their corporate lines and the "Supervisors" that you need to speak with to get anything done are MIA. I have tried for three weeks - no exaggeration, literally three weeks to the day - to get television and internet service through these guys. I honestly need internet service to do my job and I am a graduate student - so I am in a bind to have it. One would think that they would want our business as we plan to be here a few years and have perfect credit.
My wife called on a Friday, and the soonest that they could get to us was in two weeks. They only offer hours from 8AM-5PM and being working people it was hard to fit in their schedule. The only opening that was available was for a 3PM-5PM time slot. We asked if we could make it about 3:15 as my wife is a teacher and would be able to make it by then. The lady on the phone said it should be fine.
Two weeks later, I get a call from my wife (who was supposed to meet the Time Warner guys) that there was a note on the door saying "Sorry We Missed You." The note was half-filled out, as the cable guy's ink pen had run out mid-sentence. That guy must have been ecstatic to get an early start on his weekend.. as he didn't have time to find another ink pen. I looked at my phone to see the time of the call, and it was 3:06PM.
She immediately called Time Warner to try to get the guys to come back, as they couldn't have much more than pulled out of the driveway, but the number sent her directly to a touch-tone corporate pass-around. Finally she was able to reach customer service and they considered it "unfortunate" but since she had admitted to being late for our 3PM time slot it was our fault and all she could do was reschedule.
In technicality they were right on this one. We had a 3PM-5PM time slot and my wife was 5 minutes late. I think that it is rude, frustrating and stupid - but TECHNICALLY they are right. Although the lady told us that 3:15 should be fine - it was informal and not corporate policy. So, OK. When I get home I immediately called the number, which sent me back to the corporate touch-tone pass-around and I explained the situation.
The lady on the phone was exceptionally nice and said that she would set us another appointment for the next Friday (the once-again nearest open date), but would elevate our status so that if there were any cancellations we would be contacted. She stated that we should get a call the next day - but, worst case scenario, they would be there the next Friday in the 8AM-12PM time frame. I explained to the lady that my wife could not make that time frame, but that I would take off of work.
By now you've guessed that I did not get a call throughout the whole week, and Friday morning I was up and ready at 8AM to let the cable guy in. He arrived at 10AM and spun a big rut in my drive-way (I'm not really mad about that, just had to include it). I went out to greet him, and he immediately began questioning my name and address. Turns out, the account was in my wife's name, and therefore he was not allowed to talk to me.
He repeated that he was "sorry" but there was "nothing he could do." I tried to reason with the guy; I explained that I had made the call to schedule the appointment and I had clearly told the lady that I would be there. The guy was not open to reasoning or even willing to listen to me - he was seemingly thrilled to have found a reason to leave the appointment early. I tried to show him a check that had both my wife and my name on it, he would not look at it... just continued to mumble "I'm sorry - There's nothing I can do."
He said that the only exception would be if I had a signed letter written from her with a copy of her driver's license. Typically, I don't carry things like that with me on a daily basis and I was never told that I would need anything like that. I asked if I could call my wife or drive to her work (5-minute drive) and he shook his head "No." At this point I was frustrated and I told him to just leave.
I called Corporate to complain, but I just got passed around on the phone and had to explain my story in excess of a dozen times. Literally. And after an hour of trying to get something done on the phone, they said they would "see what they could do" and would call me back immediately. After another hour and a half, I hadn't been called.
So, I drove to the local office and attempted to explain my situation to the lady there. She wouldn't make eye contact with me. I will admit that I was frustrated, but I didn't raise the tone of my voice, use strong language or anything remotely unreasonable. I made sure not to pin my frustration on her as she was inherently innocent. No matter - she couldn't have cared less about what I had to say, and repeated the official Time Warner motto "I'm sorry." She said that she would make a call to the guys in the field and "see what she could do" - and then would call me back directly.
A few more hours pass - and it is now almost closing time for Time Warner - and I haven't gotten a call. I made another trip to their office, but it was to no avail... same response from another lady. I requested to speak to the Supervisor, but he/she wouldn't come out to meet me. I'm now waiting on a call from this "Supervisor."
I have never been treated like such trash in my life. The Richmond Time Warner Office couldn't care less if they get your business or not. Luckily for them - they have a monopoly on high-speed internet. The only other options are satellite internet and DSL. So even though Time Warner treats everyone like dogs - we all keep running back to them asking for more. If there is an entrepreneur out there looking for something to get into - consider becoming a cable service in Richmond. I'll be knocking on your door the minute you're open for business.
HARLINGEN, TEXAS -- About two years ago I made the terrible mistake of ordering Time Warner's complete package which includes cable, internet and phone. This began a lengthy session with some of the most incompetent service people I have ever dealt within my entire life. From the phone techs, who by the way really need to learn to speak clear English, to the local "techs" that are the most untrustworthy in the world and has had very little on the job training, that is when you actually have one to show up for an appointment.
Two months ago it started with my phone not working. After two weeks of talking on my cell phone with someone from Bangladesh or some foreign country, that could not speak enough English to be understood, kept wanting me to unplug everything from the modem or my PC and wait several minutes and then re-plug to see if it was the signal which it was not and I knew it. I waited two weeks to actually get an appointment with a local service tech.
When the tech finally showed up at 9:30 PM, two and half hours after the appointed time and that was after I had called to see if someone was coming, he just took my phone and plugged it directly into the modem which allowed me to receive and make calls, but left it with such a buzz that I was unable to carry on a decent conversation. This commenced with a rash of phone calls requiring additional service which was never received.
A week later the main TV with the DVR chose to only show a few of the local stations and nothing else. Once again I started calling for service, and by the way all of this happened before Hurricane Dolly ever showed up, but every time I called I would get a recording that they were so backed up I could not even get a dispatch person.
When I finally did get to talk to a live person and was given an appointment, I would take off work early to be at home and after waiting 2 hours after the last hour of the appointed time I would call to find out if the agent was coming only to be told he had marked the job as complete or that there was no one at home which was a total lie. This happened 3 times over a month and a half. Each time I would go ballistic to the poor dispatch person and would be told it would be another two weeks before I could get another appointment.
The best part was when I went to the office to cancel my services. The girl at the desk said, "Then I guess I should cancel this appointment they have for you on the 18th of August." I laughed so hard everyone standing in line thought I had completely lost it. This appointment was made after the last tech never showed up.
I finally decided that evidently Time Warner no longer needed my business and that they needed to know that they are not the only business in town that could provide me with the service my money was entitled to. Of which my payment steadily kept going up. And they still charged me for a partial month of service not received when I cancelled. Of course I had been paying for service up front for several months for service I was not receiving.
So Time Warner I'm afraid the way your service department is going you will be losing a lot of us as I have been hearing a lot horror stories about you. Just go online and take a look at the complaints. I intend to let everyone I know my story and I work for a very large Aerospace Company.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- Time Warner has no shame. My beloved cousin died in early November, and I have been trying to close out her account since then. She had a bundle package with internet, television, and a landline home phone. We cancelled some of the service shortly after my cousin's death. We also returned two converters at this time (I have a receipt for these returns). We chose to retain the cable coverage till the 15th of January. I called Time Warner on the 16th to cancel the remainder of the service. They stated they couldn't cancel the service till the modem was returned.
I returned the modem to one of their stores on the 19th of January. I asked the person receiving the equipment if this was all I needed to cancel the account, and he said yes. I asked if I would be receiving a credit on the account and he said yes. On the 10th of February, I received a bill for $81.36 still showing that the modem was not returned. My account has a $98.07 credit without the modem and card. I was told that the account did show that the modem was returned and that it "just had not been put into the system" and that it now had and that a credit would be issued shortly. They further stated that nothing was owed on the bill.
On March 1st, I received a bill from a credit collection agency for the $81.36; I had received no other notification between the 10th of February and this notice. I immediately called Time Warner and was assigned a case number. The representative again stated that it was clear I had returned the modem, but that they would need to verify that it was in their facility. I don't know what that has to do with anything since they noted that the modem had been returned. He stated that I would receive a call back by the 5th of March letting me know what the status was. I did not receive a call yesterday so in the afternoon I again called customer service.
Again I was told that it was clear that I had returned the modem. This representative stated that the previous representative should not have told me I would receive a call by Tuesday because it would take up to 8 business days to research the situation. I asked to speak to a Supervisor and was placed on hold for a long period of time. When the representative came back on the line, she stated there was a backlog of calls (not surprising after looking at all the complaints) for supervisors and someone would give me a call back within 24 hours. In one hour it will be 24 hours and not surprisingly I have not received a call.
We were using Time Warner (TW) and found a better deal with another service provider who offered us a packaged deal for a lot cheaper. So we left TW. We returned all of the equipment, ported our number over to the new service provider, took time off work to get the new set up going. The next day after returning the equipment, ** from TW called me asking if there was a way they could earn our business back. I explained that I was offered a deal for $79.99 for the packaged deal with another company along with freebies for 3 months.
Linda explained to me that she could give me showtime and a movie channel for 1 full year and give me digital basic cable and 1 digital box, the highest speed internet (Road Runner Turbo) and phone service with a battery backed phone modem all for $74.99 and they would waive all installation and activation fees. She then said the prices would go up in a year but if I called to say that I would leave, that they would most likely keep the special price for me.
When the installer came 2 weeks later, he forgot to give us a remote and the battery pack for the phone. I also found that I wasn't given the Road Runner Turbo... just the regular internet. I work from home on the internet so speed is important to me. They told me this was never on my order. They sent a man over to give the battery pack and a remote. I got a notice from TW 2 weeks after installation that I was being charged $141 a month and to pay. (That's twice the amount I was quoted!)
So I called them and I disputed. They said that they didn't have a package for $74.99 and they went to listen to the recording and said that they would have ** call me back. I haven't hear a darn thing from her. I got a notice today (almost 3 weeks after installation) stating a disconnect notice and a bill for $397.50. I called the billing department to dispute this. They told me there are activation fees, prorated fees and then told me they couldn't give me the details but to call another number and they could help me. I have been on hold for this number (800.892.2253) for over 90 minutes!
I just leave it on speaker waiting for a representative to answer while I give all of my feedback to any online site I can. How can they legally make an offer, get people's business based on that offer and not keep their promises? I took two days from working to have the setup and install and I went based solely on their promises and now they are lying!
I received many calls from TWC to enroll in their All the Best Package. I initially had phone with AT&T but cable and internet with TWC. They quoted me $104.99 monthly service fee. I finally agreed to this. I won't even tell you how crazy the installation was but let's just say they were here more than 4 hours! Then when the bill came, they charged me $136.97 for the monthly fee plus installation and phone changing fee. I tried to contact them via email. They are always polite and apologetic but completely not helpful. I think it took 4 or 5 emails back and forth until one representative finally read my complaint and agreed that I was overcharged.
This representative assured me the mistake would be corrected in the next month billing, etc. Fine. Then I just got this month's bill, it's only half corrected. They changed the current month's fee at the rate originally quoted but never credited me for the overcharge the previous month. I tried calling, couldn't get through. I tried the chat online help. After chatting for a while, the guy tells me he doesn't have full access to my account so can't help me. Also this All the Best Package thing wasn't what he dealt with. HUH? I'm not asking for details of the package. I just want the overcharge to be credited to my account.
So, I tried emailing again. I specifically state in the email which contains the log of all the previous correspondences and ask them to read it and make the correction. I get a completely useless email back telling me what I'm signed up for and the charges. HUH? Do these people even read what the customers are telling them? Really, this was the same kind of useless responses I was getting the first time around. I swear I might just have to switch back to AT&T.
CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS -- I am so sorry that I signed a two year contract with Time Warner Cable. I should have stayed with AT&T. Time Warner is not regulated by anyone, because the government feels that Internet Cable is a luxury. I use it for business and for survival as many others do. When you sign up for Time Warner Cable, they never tell you that they bill one month in advance, so if you don't have a double payment when you sign up, expect late payments each and every month, or face disconnection. Even their late payments have gone up to $7.00 per month. This company is making money hand over fist.
I have had so many problems with Time Warner it isn't funny. When I signed up with them, the techs came in and disconnected all of my computers, because they said they do not specialize in routers. Time Warner paralyzed me and to this day, 5 of my computers are not working with the Internet. I'm stuck with them for two years and have had my service disconnected briefly, because of their bizarre billing. When I called to make my payment, the collector laughed, because she knew that Time Warner had me right where they wanted me.
Once my two year contract is up, I'm out of there and I'll gladly go back to AT&T which I had for over 30 years. Don't make the mistake I did and go with Time Warner, or you will be crying your eyes out monthly. I pay $117.58 for high speed Road Runner and phone and that does not include TV cable (I have no TV cable).
When I first signed up, I was told my bill would be $84.00, but then Time Warner was not able to fulfill my request with a program I use called GoToMeeting, so I had to add on unlimited long distant calling in order to give online Webinars - what a joke. They blamed it on GoToMeeting. This has been one huge disaster and there is no way I can get out of this except to do my time and wait. Never again!
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- Signed up for time warner cable back in December 2009. When the order was placed I was told the charge for internet would be $24.95 question if there would be any other charges for the installation. Was advised no charges. So the contractor came to my house, hooked up the internet and I signed the paper which shows no charges. Guess what, I get my first bill dated Jan 3, 2010, road runner service $39.99 plus the installation charges of course I was hot.
So I called billing dept and was given the run around. Tried to explain the lady who I spoke. When she seemed not to care, told her then I should just go ahead and disconnect my service (internet). She stated, "I will transfer you" and that was that. Well that me more madder so I called back, request to speak with supervisor, so a supervisor came to the phone explained all over again what I was told when I called in the first time to set up the internet of what I would be charged and that per contract should have been no charges.
He stated, "Well they should have told you of charge for the A/O INSTALL SAME OUTLET $19.99$39.99 HSD ONLY INSTALLATION." But anyway he stated he would to ahead and give me credit for the installation and fee for the cable and that my next bill I receive will be around $85.00. Told him that would be fine, my cable bill should only be $50.00 month plus $24.99 which does not include taxes. So he said that he would take care of that day. Guess what, I get my Feb 2010 bill and sure enough after he told me the amount I needed to pay then that is what my next bill would be.
So they show charge $86.95, dvr $9.99, a/o distribution fee $1.99, digital home terminal $7.99, roadrunner service $39.99 & then other charges, credit $80.00 to me (credit should mean credit not charges), payment processing fee $5.00 which I was told he would waive and administrative fee $7.00. My bill $232.00. I am so tried of trying to get this bill corrected. What does need it to take for the billing dept to gets corrected.
My friend was telling that twc was on kens 5 about the bills being doubled bill. I will file a complaint with better business bureau if the billing dept does not take care of this matter with 3 business days. So good luck for the others out their who are facing this problem. How can twc uphold a good name when they treat the customers like this. I was sent no notice that my cable was going from $50.00 to $86.95 monthly. This is unfair. Thank you for listening about my problem.
For the Past 2 years my and my father been having problems with TWC. First it started when I moved out of my apartment and told them to shut the internet off and transfer it to my dad's house. So I'm paying 2 internet services. I know ** isn't it. Then we had problems with them installing cables under my trailer. They just laid the cords there were dogs crawled under and messed them all up. Then internet problems was bad were it kept shutting down slow when I was paying for Road runner turbo. The contract I made was to pay 130 a month. Now it's 200 a month. They jack up the prices without you knowing.
Now here's the fun part. I didn't receive this month's bill so they out and took the stuff. That's not all, in fact they did more than take the stuff. They came into my house without knocking. Then started yankin cords out of the walls damaging my Computers etc. Not to mention they did damage to the trailer. Now while they were yanking out the stuff they threw the modems DVR boxes into the vans braking them.
Now we have to pay for it (which I'm not no way in hell I am) then they yell at my father calling him a bed bug mother ** etc. My brother went off and now the guy leaves. A lady comes out, disconnects the Cable from the Cable box and my dad asks for her supervisor's name and her name. The lady said and Quoted "** you, I don't have to give you **". What the hell are they Training these workers on? They are poor at customer service.
Now is that a good company for you to buy cable and stuff from? Would you like to be called a Bed bug mother ** when you live in a trailer? I don't think so. For me they ** up my credit and I'm not happy. I'm taking this over Time Warner's head. I read they got Kicked out of California for this. And I'm hoping they get kicked out of Ohio or perm. Shut down. The people didn't even get fired for what they said.