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.
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.
OREGON -- I was with Tracfone 10 years. I hated the phones & customer service, but I was able to use the phone and it was cheap. I had 2300 minutes accumulated with a lot of text and data time. I tried to make a call and got the message that I had to buy more time. Called CS and they didn't know or care what happened to my time. I signed up with Consumer Cellular & they seem much better.
FLORIDA -- Well, where do you want me to begin? #1. Your instructions are impossible. Before I go MAD please have someone from TracFone call me and get me connected. Thank you. **. At the end here you ask for an image. Well, just imagine I am pulling my hair out! Ouch! Come on, have someone help me through this insanity or expect my phone to be shipped back to you. Thanks.
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 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.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- I have just spent 82 minutes on the phone with a customer service representative This was my second call to TracFone today. I did not set up a mailbox when I activated my phone. I now need one. When I pressed 1 to set up the mailbox I received the message "Welcome to AT&T voice mail. We need more information to direct you to the appropriate Mailbox." Then "To leave a message, dial the 10 digit number for the person you are trying to call". The other option was "If you have a mailbox on this system, press the # sign." Neither option applied but I pressed the # sign and got "Please enter the mailbox number specified by your system manager!" So I called for help!
The first representative put me on hold 6 different times for 2 to 4 minutes each time and kept coming back to tell me that "The application is loading". He finally came back on after placing me off and on hold for 27 minutes and said he could not help me but he was transferring me to someone who could. I held for another 17 minutes and then hung up and called back.
The second representative told me after 82 minutes of repeating the phrase "The application is still loading" that "it appears the application will not load" and he said there was "nothing else he could do for me today". I asked him to transfer me to a supervisor and he sent me right back to square one in the general queue. These guys know that we pay by the minute right? We do not have unlimited talk time or rollover minutes. I tried to enter an online request for support but the web page went to nowhere land when I hit the submit button!
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 -- Approximately late November 2012 bought through QVC a Tracfone LG800 with very good deal of 1400 minutes, over a year of service with renew date February 2014, and lifetime triple minutes for every one minute you purchase. Initial cost was $100.00. Phone worked great from my home for about 5 months.
Then one day from my home I could not get a signal. I called Tracfone and after 2 hours and a dozen or more of long sets of numbers to enter into the phone and constantly asking to repeat that I can't understand what you are saying (heavy accent) we finally got a signal. Phone worked until I hung up and tried calling a friend got a weird message "emergency calls only".
A few days later I called again, and again was put through the same crap of entering long sets of numbers. I still could not get a signal. I insisted upon speaking with a superior and was given a number to their corporate headquarters. It turned out to be a detour to customer service. I told them to connect me with a supervisor and she said I have to enter all these numbers first. I told her that has been done several times it doesn't work, connect me with a supervisor.
During one of my calls to service she just hung up on me because it was quitting time. I didn't realize they have hours only until 11pm. Imagine that, no 24 hour service. Then my sister-in-law spoke to them and got another phone number to call which turned out to be the same number I had. Again they had me entering long numbers. So after fighting with them I finally convinced them to send me a new phone. Received the so called new phone which was really a reconditioned one. It still does not work at home. It will work in some areas outside the home and not others.
"Everywhereness"??? I really look forward to nights in dead of winter getting into my Jeep and driving down the road to call my friends. I have been cheated out of my $100.00. They picked my pocket! My recommendation is stay away from Tracfone. You never know when they may decide to change the signals. Oh and their commercial about "Everywhereness" is a lie. I'm everywhere and I can't get that "Everywhereness" signal. Ticked off in New York.
KEY LARGO, FLORIDA -- I had been a customer with Straight Talk for more than 3 years but the summer of 2011 is when the Tracfone system that was powering Straight Talk went haywire and I spent hours on pay phones (great fun finding one that worked) while traveling trying to get my Straight Talk and a new Tracfone to work. They somehow worked the bugs out and things were good till I needed to replace my phones with new ones. Now they had SIM cards and the fun began. Kept one phone 8 days and returned it thinking my problem was the phone. Ordered a new one on-line and proceeded to call and e-mail about not being able place or receive calls.
In a one month period other than the calls the techs would make to test the phone I received 8 calls and was able to make even less calls out. Returned that phone and gave up on Straight Talk bought a Tracfone. The store clerk spent 20 mins porting my number but they had to send me a new SIM card???? So for 2 days no one knew my number and then when I got the SIM I could not make or receive calls. Spent 2 hours on the phone passed off to 6 different people before ** was able to resolve my problem But - the second new phone which I have had for 1 week has only worked when I call tech support and they test it.
I just spent another 1.5 Hours on the phone. First tech passed me off and I went on hold to that "pathetic" hold recording and then they said there were so many waiting I should call back at another time. 9:45 pm called again, passed to 2nd person, turn off/on, remove battery, enter codes, remove battery and SIM sometimes works when he calls me sometimes not. I ask for a supervisor and guess what, I get disconnected!
I call back busy recording 'call is important to us', yadda yadda. Tech called back while I am on hold listening to the noise and leaves a different number to call him back - try that, get some long string of numbers and no connection. When I try to make a call from my land line to the cell I get a 'cannot be completed at this time' and a message 6. When I try to call from my cell it looks like it is ringing - no sound - and after 3 pulses on the face of the phone it says call ended and goes back to the home screen. Text works and I can call voicemail for all the good that does as I am not receiving calls.