I received a 3g phone to replace an old 2g phone. It took over three hours to transfer minutes from old phone to the new replacement and I was using their customer service. The CS representative was not knowledgeable enough to help me get all the information transferred to the 3g phone and rude. My 3g phone still does not have browser capabilities. I cannot send or receive pictures. All the 3g phone can reliably do is allow me to text. If I use the 3g phone to make a simple call both myself and the recipient of the call must hold the phone 6" away from our ears as the volume is cranked up so high.
In an emergency situation the 3g phone could not be relied on... and this is why I carry a cell phone. To recap: customer service is uninformed and often bad mannered, the 3g phone is flawed and unreliable. I bought a Virgin Mobile phone yesterday. I will use up all of my TracFone minutes and then toss the phone in the garbage... where it and TracFone Customer Service belong.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- I bought a new TracFone, and tried to transfer my old phone number onto a new phone. Representative on the phone was very rude and unprofessional. And did not activate my phone. I tried to use automatic service prior to that, because I normally don't want to deal with representatives, and **, oh well. I called 1-800-867-7183 number, opted out of all options what I wanted, and it took me to a freaking representative. I really did not want this to happen. Because I could have saved myself some frustration and aggravation.
INDIANA -- All I wanted was to buy my mother a cheap phone. Well it started out that way. I got her the phone and put it on the "free" (actually $5.99 plus tax) plan on Tracfone. Until I knew it worked in our area. I decided to change the plan. The website would not let me change the plan until the free plan was canceled. So I canceled it. Then it stated I could not enroll the phone until the service date was up, which was yesterday.
So I got on the website to change the plan and lo and behold the phone was inactive. I was informed it needed to be reactivated with a airtime card. I didn't have a card, so I bought one through their chat support and was told I could then change the phone to the family plan to avoid this again. Ok. I get on the website, no dice. Still cannot change the plan on either phone. I get on chat support (mostly cause they cannot speak English on the phone) for the 4th time and get a representative that says she can do it all for me.
Great! I asked to change both phones to the Family plan. "That's a charge for 11.36$. Do you want to proceed?" I said "Wait, is that now?" "I did not say you would be charged now, it would be on the next service date." My next service date was 3/26/15 so I agreed. Guess what? I was charged twice in one night! 4 times in a month! Once for my monthly plan last week, once for the airtime card, once for the enrollment in a different plan, and so on. Even when they say they won't charge you they do.
I explained this to the next representative who got on, since the previous representative didn't answer my questions and switched me to someone else in the middle of the chat. This was 4 hrs and 5 reps later I might add. I was not very nice at this point. I asked this other representative since I was flat out lied to, could I get a discount or some sort of credit. An emphatic "No" was my answer. So I get charged 3 times in one night just to switch a plan to SAVE money, who's the sap? Don't be like me. Just say no to their deals, or never change your plan. You'll pay for it.
All and all, this cheap phone for my Mom and myself ended up costing me 50 dollars in other fees in the span of one night. So if you think you are saving money with them, don't. They are just as bad if not worse than their parent company, Verizon. Double talk, lies, and denial is their middle name.
I purchased what I thought were minutes from our local convenience store as I usually do. Not until after I authorized the purchase with my debit card did I realize the clerk rang up the wrong item. Instead of purchasing 200 minutes, I paid for a double minute card, costing $49.99. However, still believing I had purchased minutes, I made several attempts to plug in the pin # to add airtime, but was told the # was invalid.
Since my phone is already triple minutes, I neither need a double minute card, nor can it be installed on my phone. I checked the receipt (the transaction does not come on a card, but is printed on a register receipt). The receipt says "Double Min 49.99". I went back to the store and was told that once a Tracfone purchase is made, no changes, exchanges or refunds can be made. All must go through Tracfone.
I called Tracfone and 1st spoke with a girl in Belize. I gave her and 3 successive supervisors the pin # for the purchase (the 2nd one, Tyrell in Belize told me there was no supervisor in Tracfone that could assist me). I offered to scan and email my receipt, and requested that Tracfone convert my $49.99 payment into the corresponding value of minutes. I even went back to the store after being shut down by Tyrell, and there were no buttons the clerk could push to make any refund or exchange for me.
When I went back to the store and was unable to get compensation, I actually had to PURCHASE more minutes-60 @$19.99- just to retrieve messages and be able to use my Tracfone! Any reasonable person and/or company would consider this a considerable smack in the face. So at this point, I'm $70.00 (49.99 + 19.99) down, with only 60 minutes to show for it. In my 3rd and 4th attempts with customer service representatives to get my purchase exchanged for minutes of the same value, I was given the same response: "As a one time courtesy (yet another smack)", I would be given $19.99 worth-60 minutes.
My 4th customer service representative verified that 200 minutes cost $39.99, but for my $49.99, she could only give me 60 minutes, along with a certain number of extra service days. All reps acted as if offering to triple those 60 minutes to equal 180 was a gift, HOWEVER, I already have an automatic triple minute for life phone-I should be getting 200 x 3=600 min. for 39.99 with refund of the extra $10 I paid!
Given that I have 6.2 years' worth of service left, extra service days is meaningless to me. The reason I have so many service days left is because I have used Tracfone for years and am a very loyal customer. I am the type of customer who is easy to keep - to insult me and take my money with no service provided is a seriously foolish business move - I am a regular, dependable source of income. I was even told to go back to the convenience store a 3rd time - to run a fool's errand for Tracfone reps to keep me from bothering them (smack #3).
After 1 hour and 18 minutes of this (on my second day of trying), I had to take my daughter to the doctor. I had been on hold approximately the last 30 minutes of the call waiting for my 5th supervisor (smack #4). I left the house with the phone on hold.
Tracfone representatives: rejected my offer to send my receipt, saying that what I was telling them about the amount I paid (on receipt and which included the pin #) was untrue; repeatedly rejected my request to exchange the useless double minute card for corresponding amount of minutes; verified that 200 minutes cost 39.99, but only offered me 60 minutes for my 49.99.
Ignored that I have been a loyal customer for as many years as it takes to accumulate over 6 years of service days (I would guess it has been approx. 7 years); would rather I dispute the $50 payment, risking the loss of that revenue, even though adding minutes to my phone would cost Tracfone nothing, even if I had NOT paid for them; would rather lose me as a customer, and all the revenues from my future purchases, which would be in the hundreds and more $s; and would rather I tell people of my experience (giving a business $50 with the only service provided was to relieve me of my money and call me a liar).
The sole reason I have pursued the issue through 4 representatives before being shot out into eternal hold is that I dread going out to find another phone service. None of the representatives were native English speakers, and I couldn't help but think they had no idea what I was talking about. I had to frequently ask them to repeat themselves because I couldn't decipher what they were saying.
Additionally, my own words were being echoed back to me on top of what the reps were saying, and the background noise was nearly as loud as their voices. I could not at times tell whether they were talking to me or someone next to them. One told me that my log said a previous representative had offered to compensate, but I rejected the offer.
Now, I must call the debit card company to start my dispute. I will recommend only using credit cards when dealing with Tracfone, because if one has a problem, resolution is not an assumption that can be made. I recommend one behave as if doing business in a 3rd world country, because that is the type of iffy, risky transactions you will be making. It is a gamble. It is unwise to use cash or debit with Tracfone.
To behave in an ethical manner as would be expected in the United States, Tracfone would offer me 200 minutes, plus a refund of the $10 extra dollars I invested in the company, for which I have received nothing but stolen time and a hole in my wallet. I am a seriously unvalued customer who 5 representatives considered completely unworthy to assist or maintain as a client. I trusted this company to deliver service after I gave it my money, and it honored that trust by keeping the money and slamming the door in my face. Its representatives behaved as if they have nothing left to lose by disposing of me and my business.
I wanted to upgrade my Tracfone, purchased another Tracfone from HSN. HSN and Tracfone both said I could take my Tracfone # with me on the upgrade. There were still minutes on the old phone. CS for Tracfone and HSN said no problem you can keep your same Tracfone #. I got the new phone and activated it. I had my old # and it was working on the new phone so I put minutes on the new phone and the phone worked for about two weeks then stopped working. It said the SIM card was unregistered on face of phone.
After 1.5 hrs on the phone CS said they would send a new SIM card, but it would take a week to get it. Waited a little over week no SIM card called CS again, where is SIM card? Told it was cancelled, but could not say why, another 1hr + on phone they said would request for SIM card again.
I got the SIM card called in to get activated was told my phone # was not available even though I had that # on my Tracfone for almost 2 years and it was working on the new phone. Now they will not give me my phone # back, nor will they refund the minutes I put on the new phone that no longer works. I do not want a new phone # for obvious reasons, numerous notifications to medical sources, family, friends and business sources etc. A big pain! I am out of almost $150.00 for less than 30 days of service and a phone that does not work.
I did every thing I was supposed to do, it was Tracfone who engaged in deceptive practices by saying I could take my # with me and actually giving the # to me for 2 weeks then taking it away and refusing to make me whole. As soon as the "shut down" is over I plan to make complaints with FCC as well as the Illinois Attorney General.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- We have two Tracfones and tried to transfer 600 minutes from the one least used to the one that had 1700 and used all the time. Before, you could transfer just the minutes, this time I was told the number also had to be transferred. I agreed and after all was done the 1700 minutes were gone and I had the same number on both phones, of course only ONE could be used.
For two weeks tried to get my minutes back and a new number for the other phone and all I get from their "customer disservice" is to go in circles and nothing can be accomplish. They say to get a new number for the other phone they had to cancel my regular number in the active phone. Forget about push 1 for English, you'll get a foreigner trying to speak in English. PLEASE WE NEED A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST THIS COMPANY.
BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA -- Bought Tracfone flip phone, very hard to activate. Added 60 min. no worries. Went to add 120 min. and screen said to call customer service. I have called 11 times and burned up almost all my minutes. First they tell me that my phone needs to be activated, (but it is activated and I have been using it for months) then they say I have an invalid airtime Pin, then they tell me I do not have a Tracfone, then they tell me that my Sim is bad, then they say they will send me new phone.
No phone so I ask where it is (this is after 6 weeks) then they email me about turning the phone on but by now my 43 min. is down to 4 min, and they tell me 4 min. is not enough time to activate the phone. Round and round. This is not good.
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA -- I have been trying to transfer my sim card # as well as minutes, service days, and of course my contacts to my second new TracFone and neither one are working. I have been trying for 14 days now. This has me furious!! I have gotten a different answer from each representative that I have spoke with. I still have NO PHONE!! What happened to the "24 hour" down time? I was told this would take to solve (2 weeks later)? I noticed this same problem posted back in 2000. Come on guys... Do you see the problem(s) here. All other carriers seem to have figured it out. Give 'em a call if you can!
I had the same Tracfone number for nearly nine years. Then, there was a "Verizon" recording on my phone saying my phone number was no longer active. This also deactivated my phone which still had minutes and air time. I contacted customer service, after being transferred several times, was told that Verizon owned their phone number and they just took mine back. I contacted Verizon and was told they would never do such a thing. I filed a complaint with the FCC and after some digging found out that Tracfone sells phone numbers at random whenever they want. I'm not done yet. Will be contacting every consumer reporting agency I can find.
I have been a TracFone customer from October 2002 through June of 2013. Sometimes my wife and I had two phones and sometimes one. Over the years I have recommended TracFone to friends and relatives, several of which have taken my advice. Once my minutes run out, we are done forever. Apparently the management of TracFone feels that screwing a loyal customer out of 112 minutes is worth the loss of revenue and the bad publicity.
Over the years customer service has not been great. When I called, I expected to wait on hold for about 20 minutes and then talk to someone in India where you (or they) had to repeat things several times to be understood. This is what I expected and this is what I got until now. I accepted this level of service because of the low prices and the fact that I could do a lot of things on-line. I only had to call on the phone once every year or two.
Recently a relative died and we were left with a phone with 112 minutes on it. TracFone has a policy that lets you move minutes from a phone you are taking out of service to one that has service. There appeared to be no way to do this online, so I waited until I had an hour of free time and called. At the end of one hour on hold, I had to leave for a doctor's appointment, so I was forced to hang up and lose my place in line.
It took me four days until I had enough time to try again. This time my call was taken after “ONLY” 40 minutes on hold. I was told that normally I could transfer the 112 minutes, but that my airtime had expired 10 hours before my second call and I would have to pay for another month of air time for the 10 minutes needed to transfer the minutes over to our other phone. When I told them that the time was expired because they made me wait on hold for an hour, they would not listen. They kept claiming they were not at fault and I would have to pay. I then asked to talk to a supervisor. I was given excuse after excuse as to why I could not talk to a supervisor.
Finally after asking six times, she said she would put me on hold and try to get a supervisor. After a few minutes, she came back and told me that no supervisors were available and one would have to call me back. I gave her my name and phone number and she promised a supervisor would call me back. It has been six days and there have been no calls. I even checked my caller ID log to make sure I didn't miss a call (I do have voicemail). So feel free to become a TracFone customer if you like dealing with a company that will keep you on hold for hours, cheat you out of money you paid, treat you like **, and lie to you about calling back.