LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- First I would like to mention that at age of 37, this is the first time I am resorting to posting a negative online review. Second, I would like to mention that none of the following can be held against Verizon representatives who have been professional and polite in every one of the conversations I've had with them over last several months. Unfortunately whatever policies they have been instructed to follow resulted in an astronomical bill despite independent efforts by me and my wife to avoid the charges.
Prior to leaving for an international trip, I contact Verizon to enable an appropriate plan that would allow me to make calls while abroad. I was told these would be $0.30 or something close to this figure (0.32-0.37). I also requested to have data access available and was quoted correct usage fees. Independently (and without me knowing) my wife called Verizon to make sure international charges were sound and correct plan was in place.
In addition to this, I brought with me and used another international phone from another provider that I have been using for past 7 years while traveling (one that I know from experience has a reasonable minute rate) to minimize Verizon usage and avoid any surprises. With an assumption that minute rate with Verizon would be somewhere in the $0.30-$0.40 neighborhood, I did spend about 2 hours of talk time over a course of 3-4 weeks.
I came back to find that the rate I was charged was actually $2.29 per minute. I was also charged for "International Value Plan", Roaming Minutes, and non-essential Verizon texts (only few of which actually appeared on the phone). I was also charged $200 for data usage, which was my mistake because I left the phone connected to laptop and automatic updates ran without me knowing. The net result was a $900 bill.
Verizon representative claimed that a text was sent to me (internationally) advising me of the minute rate, which was NOT the case. How is it that 2 educated people with very clear intent to avoid these charges, call Verizon, explain to two different Verizon representative the intended use of the phone and are still charged absurd fees? Why was mention of the minute rate specifically avoided by both representatives when destination country and travel dates were discussed?
After speaking with representatives, I was offered an option to establish a repayment plan. I decided to take this route since, unfortunately, I am still under contract for one year and switching carriers with a $500 phone would not make sense financially. After being transferred to a representative, I made a $300 payment and requested that the remainder of the balance be added to future 2-3 monthly payments. The representative had no issue accepting my payment. One week later I received an automated message from Verizon, requesting immediate payment for $500+ to prevent service interruption. I run a small business and had no other option but to comply.
After checking the web, I have come across many similar stories and I find it unfortunate that Verizon chooses to conduct their business in this fashion, and that it has failed spectacularly to set fee expectations, and neglected to deliver on a promised fee arrangement. I would NOT recommend Verizon to anyone.
In July, we bought 2 LG G4 phones from Verizon. From the start (hindsight, unfortunately) one of them never worked well. It continued to degrade until it basically stopped working. It will not connect to a cell or to data. Verizon told us after repeated calls, that they would replace the NEW phone with a USED phone. We told them the defect was there from the start, but they will not budge. Verizon really does not care about its customers. They are very good at repeating policy. We were told many times, "The system will not allow us to..." Verizon customer support people cannot override "the system." We were told many times, "If it were in the first 14 days..."
Well, the defect was there from the start. We're just not tech savvy enough to have detected the defect that early. With hindsight, we know that we were seeing this problem from the very start in July: more dropped calls, longer time to charge (compared to our other NEW LG G4). At this point, we will never deal with Verizon, we will switch our THREE phone lines as soon as we can. Verizon would rather lose three accounts than simply switch out this very new phone.
HOMETOWN, CONNECTICUT -- Avoid Verizon if you can if you do not want to waste 30 minutes of your life getting frustrated every time you call. We have been Verizon wireless customers for many years and customer service and the billing dept gets worse each year. Last year they continually billed me monthly for 4 months for international service that I specifically told them was only needed for 1 week. Every 3 weeks I would call and complain to have it removed. They said it would be done and it never was. After hours on the phone and months later the int'l plan was cancelled.
This summer same thing - requested the plan for 12 days for one phone, was billed for 2 phones and was billed to me from July to October. Called each month to request cancel and change plan- finally got smart and wrote down customer service names. First call was Dalanda and next month Roberta. Roberta told me Dalanda had not written any info down about my previous phone call with her and did not know what I was talking about.
After 35 minutes on phone Roberta hung up on me, I was transferred to someone else and then Roberta called me back! Under contract with 1 phone till May 2017 but will try to see if new wireless company will buy out contract. I am so over Verizon - terrible customer service!!!
New phones were ordered from Verizon under their new plan that charges a monthly fee. The old phones were returned as requested, however, Verizon has not credited all the phones. We are still being charged $299.00 for a phone that Verizon admitted was returned, however, to this date has refused to change their bill to reflect same.
Several chat sessions have been made with Verizon and on each one they apologize and promise to rectify the error. They never do. Further, they promise to check back with me to ensure the problem is solved. They never do. While Verizon may have good coverage, they have the worse customer service of any company I have dealt with. I feel the only way to handle this problem is by filing a Small Claims action.
Verizon cell phone promo "Buy 1, Get 1 free" is a scam & a ripoff. Talked to Verizon several times on phone & by email & was told it would take 15 days to 10 weeks to process phone rebate. Verizon will not know anymore about me or my rebate in 10 weeks than they knew the day I bought my phones. Verizon will drag their feet on processing & applying my rebate so they can charge me a higher monthly bill without rebate included. Not going to play that game with Verizon.
LEESVILLE, LOUISIANA -- Verizon is obviously anti-military. My story, as I am learning is just one of many horror stories the military has faced upon dealing with Verizon. How frustrating that our soldiers work so hard to fight for our country, to be forced to deal with businesses that have no appreciation for them whatsoever. We are really shocked at how we have been treated throughout this whole ordeal. We have been Verizon customers since before they were Verizon (back when they were still Alltel).
I had always enjoyed my services with them and as a result extended my services with them to include home phone and cable when we lived in an area that provided such. We had always had our account set up for automatic payment because we were aware of the amount and found this feature to be convenient. In the 11 years with our service with them, we were never late on any bill.
In early August 2013, we were stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana. Upon our arrival with our 3 children one of which was our 2 month preemie, we quickly realized our wireless service did not work in this area. On August 5th, 2013, I contacted Verizon and ask what were my options. They explained that they were aware of the situation in our area and had no problem releasing us from our contract with no early termination fees (ETF), due to the circumstances.
The representative even explained how to port my number over to another carrier, so that my number of 11 years wouldn't have to change. I was very happy with the outcome and even surprised with how helpful they were. The representative I spoke with, even sent his Verizon email, claiming should I have "any" problems, to contact him and he would make sure they were resolved. We received no further correspondence from Verizon.
On September 7th, 2013, Verizon deducted $561 out of my account. We called them immediately, I was told there were no notes of our being military and that I had canceled my contract therefore was subject to early termination fees. Over the course of the following two weeks, I spoke to around 10-15 different representatives. I was required to send in military documentation and address confirmation, I had to fax, forward, call etc. During those 1st two weeks I spent more than 20 hours on the phone with Verizon, sometimes on hold, sometimes dealing with representatives that had no interest in helping resolve the situation.
I spoke to one representative that told me point blank, it was my own fault for not stopping the automatic payment, and didn't I get a bill. I explained that after my number was ported over to a local carrier, Verizon closed my account therefore rendering me unable to access my online billing account, therefore I had no idea this would happen. I also ask him, if I had stopped automatic billing how would that have stopped Verizon from claiming I owed something, that I obviously do not.
One representative refused to listen to me speak and would even claim that she couldn't hear me when I spoke, but her line miraculously cleared whenever she wanted to speak. I tried contacting the original representative, the one that had left the email. After almost a full week, he finally wrote back with some excuse about being on vacation and that he would forward to his supervisor. Finally, after weeks of phone calls, I was told they had verified that in fact I was military and lived in a location without service, therefore they would refund my money in 4-6 weeks!
I explained to them this simply wasn't acceptable, they had taken our housing payment. We had just moved to the area and while awaiting housing had to live in a motel for a month and a half with three children, our account was dangerously low, when Verizon cleaned us out. We were scheduled to move into our home September 10th. We were forced to sell some of our household goods to make ends meet, while we awaited the return of "our" money from Verizon.
Now today, is November 6th, 2013, we are 3 months into this ordeal with one day shy of being 2 months that Verizon still has our money. To date I have spoken to somewhere between 30-40 representatives and have probably logged more than 100 hours on the telephone, being transferred to representatives, between departments, everyone passing the buck and no real resolution. On October 10th, 2013, Verizon claims to have deposited $500 of the $561 back into my account. They told me to expect it within 24-72 hours, days passed and nothing.
I called again and again, each time I was given a new time when it would magically appear into my account. Once a customer service representative did say that she could see that it had "not" processed because it was not submitted correctly, so I was then transferred back to financial services who claimed they did not see the error and it in fact was in my bank. I have contacted my bank and they have no information and or money from Verizon whatsoever. Finally I was told that it could take 3-15 "business" days to show in my account, because "some banks take longer", therefore making the deadline, November 1st, 2013. No surprises it still isn't there.
I called again on November 1st, 2013, were I was told they had in fact found the mistake in paperwork again, and in fact it had "never" been submitted, but it had been corrected and to expect our money within 24-72 hours. There again, today is November 6th, 2013 and still no money. I have spent yet "another" hour and a half on the phone with Verizon, it has been "escalated" again, now I am being told that I may receive my money in 4-6 weeks once it goes through accounts payable.
I am flabbergasted. I have gotten angry, cried, been patient and a host of other emotions all behind Verizon stealing money that wasn't theirs. We like most American families are trying to make ends meet, our preemie child, requires more financial care than the average baby, for obvious reasons. That situation alone is very stressful on our family, being a military family can be stressful, moving, uprooting our lives and having my husband deploy or being sent out on missions. All of it stressful, yet we have companies such as Verizon who with no care, compassion or gratitude for our situations, treats their customers this way.
Now the holidays are upon us and there is no end in sight as to when we will actually have our own money back. The money my husband spent months away from his family and traveled to foreign lands, to fight for our rights as Americans to be treated fair and justly, and this is the treatment we have received from Verizon.
Years of customer loyalty, and this is the end result. Hopefully, eventually, with God's grace we will have our own money back, but the real loss is the hours spent fighting for what was rightfully ours all along, could have been spent with my baby boy that was born 10 weeks too early and had to spend six of those in neonatal intensive care. That they can never repay.
The sad truth is after sharing my story with other military families, I have learned our story is far from original. Apparently, Verizon has a reputation for not caring for their military families. I will certainly do my part to share our story to hopefully prevent others from dealing with such a terrible company.
MASSACHUSETTS -- The Customer Support center in Huntsville is unbelievably unprofessional and trained at one thing... don't do anything and push fake to do's on the customer until they waste so much time they will give up. Verizon shows a total disrespect for their customer's time. They don't do work they can be proud of so they all stay unidentifiable. They use first names only so if your name is John or Susie you are all set cause no one can prove anything in court.
Had a simple problem. Made an online credit card payment online early. Verizon wireless did not credit to the account. They insisted I had never even logged onto the site. I had a printout and offered to scan and send it to them. They said they did not have e-mail (so much for honesty) and I said "No problem, I will fax it then." I use a online service when I am traveling. Have no problems with it and I am in finance. They said they didn't get it. I said I would send again. I had two confirms.
They said their fax doesn't become available for over an hour often. I said, did someone have a clue that they need another one? Eric (3rd level person or so represented said) "Oh you have to understand we are a communications company so you can't expect us to be able to communicate promptly." I gasped in disbelieve... too big to expect to be competent. Communications companies can't be expected to communicate.
His problem was I worked for megalithic companies... IBM, State Street, Morgan Stanley and had been involved in the second largest telephone company in the country. So I said "Get up and walk to the fax and check." (1 1/2 hours for a simple resolution request). Their other choice was for me to drive to an office and start the whole ridiculous process over again.
Judge ** where are you now? Break the guys too big to do their job up again. No they wanted to promise to call me back... With no telephone numbers and no last names how would that work with a busy customer who is not going to wait by their phone, make other calls and likely have the message go to phone mail??? Either the team is dense or they really don't want anyone to be able to resolve problems or have equal footing with the company. They want you to get so frustrated that you will not want to spend 1 1/2 hours in an illogical diversionary tactic that any customer with a half of a brain can see through.
Did they forget being a utility company means they are supposed to serve the community base? FCC get on this? Hire secret shoppers and get rid of this practice. Mandate that that they have "code" first and last names for all their employees filed with the FCC for lawsuits. Not hard to fix if you want to limit abuses of power.
I paid them again last night not knowing if they had been hacked, not wanting to be considered late when their system confirmed I had actually paid early. If their computer program logs are obviously false, what does that mean and why is it programmed like that? Who is minding the chicken coup? The fox pointing in both directions who is part of a band called Verizon Wireless and the 3 Denials? PS... not a single call attempt from them.
FOLSOM, CALIFORNIA -- The following is my tale, based on email written to Verizon ahead of a small claims case I will soon be filing against Verizon, of how I came to be known as “14-phone guy”. In 4.5 years, Verizon has sent me 16 warranty replacement phones – this does not include upgrades or Asurion replacements. Nearly all of the 16 suffered from data-related issues. Some would freeze when an email came in while others would simply stop loading pages for an extended period. By the end of my first year I had already been through three Blackberries. Over the next three years came 11 Droids.
Since January 2013, I have already been through three iPhones with the last, my current, frequently fails to transfer or receive data during most of the day occurring on most days. Throughout all of this, Verizon never offered anything beyond replacing the device – meaning, they never once considered the possibility that there was a problem with their network. 4.5 years and 16 phones later, Verizon just now ordered the FIRST IT ticket on my account. And I find that unreasonable and unacceptable. Plus, the ordeal involving my current phone's dysfunction proved the worse.
That story follows: In December, it was time for my 13th phone. So, after all other OS failed me, or so I believed, I switched to the iPhone – what everyone believed would solve the mystery of my continuously dying phones. However, within one month of my December purchase, my first iPhone stopped charging while all data-based programs began to slow whenever an email was coming in. But Apple replaced it. The next phone would slow to a near crawl for extended periods whenever using data. But Apple replaced it.
By the third day of my next and current iPhone, it began simply freezing whenever using data – to the point where most of the workday my phone can only be used for texts and calls - a worsening but nearly identical to my experiences with the majority of my Verizon phones. Specifically, my current phone can take two hours to load my Gmail if at all; lose GPS at any moment - often while in transit; and lose all internet accessibility. This occurs most days, regardless of location - the one absolute is that it is the least reliable anywhere in Manhattan.
However, this time Apple refused to replace it explaining that they believe the issue to be in the network. Since Apple identified my carrier as the culprit, I called Verizon. This began the biggest challenge and worst ordeal of all my 16 replacement phones. When I first called, I spoke with one of the few truly amazing workers I have come across during my 100s of hours dealing with Verizon due to their failure to ever truly remedy the situation. This representative was the first and only to take note of how many phones I've been through and the first and only to finally ask, "What's going on here?"
He, more importantly, informed me that he was going to write my first IT ticket. THE FIRST! That's right; through 16 phones in 4.5 years, nobody had ever once written an IT ticket. He explained that he was doing so due to a potential problem he identified that would have affected my service across all phones since joining the Verizon network - something related to an inconsistency between my phone's number and its linked shared secret number. (I truly don't remember but this number was described to me as a sort of identification number that is paired with your cell number and is used whenever roaming as well as by all data-related programs.)
Just like what I have been experiencing, he explained that texts and calls would not be affected. However, everything else, regardless of device, OS, etc., could be compromised. What I heard was that Verizon could have prevented this from continuing and instead left me chasing an impossibility (that the problems were in the device) while wasting my time and money. I believe that it is reasonable to assume that if an IT ticket had been issued earlier, or really if any investigative process was launched at all, then I would likely have saved many hours and much frustration. However, at this point, the "ordeal" is just getting warmed up.
The IT ticket was submitted and I was advised that the resolution would take up to 72 hours but that they often call for more info with the first 24. To date I have yet to receive one call on this matter. All info I have gathered myself when calling, which I did each time I found myself carrying a useless smartphone – I called nearly every day. Through the course of those calls, four reps decided to "take on the case" and promised to "call every day” to update me - one called once to tell me that there was no update. That was on day 13. I never heard from him again.
I experienced literally no customer service while living with essentially a flip phone in an iPhone case everywhere in the city and frequently everywhere else. At day 14, I literally begged for them to “do something.” The only “offer” I received was to buy another phone and line and add it to my account. I could then return it within the first 14 days for a full refund. That was it. On the 17th day without any contact from customer service, I called and was told that the IT ticket had identified the "cause." I was told that my phone suffered from poor coverage in my home area.
Now mind you that I never complained of issues near my home and was very specific when explaining that it is the most problematic in Manhattan. Additionally, of my many Verizon iPhone 5 friends who frequent my apartment, I am the only to complain of accessibility issues. Furthermore, not only was I clear when describing the issue, but when the IT ticket was described by customer reps who I was speaking with at Verizon, it mentioned my home calling area as the problem area and both times I corrected them.
I specifically asked that they adjust the IT ticket accordingly. However, this was apparently for naught as the 17-day IT ticket ultimately “investigated” an inaccurate complaint. Meaning, after 17-days, I am left with no resolution or even progress - or even reliable access. My phone continues to struggle even when sitting next to my girlfriend, a Verizon iPhone 5 customer as well. I believe this 17-day - but should have been three day – IT ticket report is an utter fabrication. Flat out. No investigation was conducted.
I then requested that my second ever IT ticket be written and submitted now containing that appropriate location – everywhere but mainly in Manhattan. In the meantime, I am now entering my 22 day since first informing Verizon of the failures of their network to deliver reliable service to my 16th phone. Again, Verizon has done nothing.
The take home message? Clearly, Verizon has failed me. They did not do all they could in order to provide me with access to their reliable network, which caused an absolute loss of time, money, and effort, not to mention an absolute loss of faith in Verizon. I have worked harder than anyone at Verizon to remedy this still unresolved problem while Verizon failed to perform their due diligence in attempting to remedy the situation. I use a failure to perform due diligence here to represent Verizon's refusal to explore all possibilities especially given the extreme circumstances concerning my case.
Instead, the route easiest for each customer service representative was taken and they simply replaced the device instead, which essentially puts the problem back on me and continues to deny me access to the network. I was told that filing a full IT report could take a representative hours to complete. When taking this further, due to Verizon's failure, it is likely that my ability to take full advantage of the network as described in the contract was prevented.
This has resulted in numerous difficulties including recently becoming lost on foot for two hours in Baltimore during a heat wave due to my data connection dropping for two hours all while trying to navigate my way to a destination - in fact, just this past weekend I had to pull over to wait for my GPS to load while driving to Baltimore. Beyond the impact of an unreliable phone, I have dedicated an untold amount of hours both on the phone and in person attempting to remedy the situation all the while Verizon did nothing but were the only ones who held the ability to correct the dysfunction. I was literally wasting my time and it was a result of Verizon's failure.
I was also told that beyond a $52 credit given early in July for the days of compromised connectivity but before the actual filing of the ticket, Verizon will not credit me any amount for any of the days spent investigating the ticket. I was told that Verizon credits for time their network was down – not slow. I explained that email would take hours upon hours to load to which I was told, “…so you're saying that it would eventually load.” They also informed me that according to their records, my phone had use “a lot of data” during the times I reported.
I have no idea how this is possible due to all I've described but I do know that the phone would not simply freeze; it would continuously attempt to load a page, refresh mail, or connect to GPS. Perhaps this was the cause. Regardless, no credit was offered. I did call back and try again to which I was offered $10. I denied the offer. This is simply unacceptable and I will not accept it. Thanks to the ridiculously erroneously-based or flat out bogus IT report, which states that I have "poor coverage" in my home calling area, I am able to leave Verizon with no cancellation fines.
However, forgiving the cancellation fee in no way comes close to making up for the time dedicated and lost on this futile effort. It is the futility of this effort and Verizon's refusal to allow me access to the network by failing to investigate anything beyond the device while I continued to experience significant disruptions – all the while paying full fare – that I believe warrants consideration of the legitimacy of the right of Verizon to keep my payments. I believe they do not and should even owe for the unintended consequence of their intentional refusal to explore instead of replace. Fortunately, this is a quantifiable amount, which I intend to pursue.
I will be filing against Verizon in small claims court. I was informed that I have to advise you of my intent at least 30-days before actually doing so. Please consider this email to be that statement of intent. Additionally, I was told that Verizon cannot inform me of the frequency and duration of my customer service calls without subpoena. Therefore this email also serves as notification of intent to file for a subpoena in 30-days as well.
I anticipate learning that I have spent well over 100 hours attempting to deal with this situation. I will be seeking compensation for that time plus reimbursement for money spent for compromised access to the Verizon network and inefficient support in remedying - or even attempting to identify the cause.
Verizon needs to care about customers in general but should take note of one who has gone through 16 phones in 4.5 years. One for whom Verizon never opened an IT ticket and instead just saddled him with years of difficulties. One who waited 17 days with no contact at all just to be told the results of investigation into the wrong address and that offers no resolution. And one who still lacks reliable access to the network. There is absolutely no justification for this.
If you know how to help, please do. If not, then just voice your displeasure with the monster Verizon and the methods of their madness- inducing customer service whenever and wherever possible. I am posting this email everywhere I can. Thank you.
APPLETON, WISCONSIN -- I had been a cell phone customer of Airfire for years and loved my new phone. They are going out of business and I needed to find a new carrier. I am retired, so my son suggested I go on his plan with Verizon. My son told me he loved the phone service with Verizon but hated dealing with the stores or their customer service. I soon found out WHY!!! When we went to the store to pick out a phone, the representative told us my phone could not be used as it was incompatible with their service.
I had a nice Samsung phone and they sold similar ones in their store but not my phone. When I asked the representative why, he just said; “It's not.” We were talked down to the entire time we were there. I picked out 2 different phones that I liked. The representative said one was good but the other one they had a lot of complaints about. So, I picked out the one that he recommended. He went to get the phone and came back and said they were out of stock and I would have to wait a week or 10 days for the phone to come in.
I did need to switch service right away to keep my same number so I went with the more expensive phone. (I wonder if they were told to get rid of the phone that had all the complaints.) When I asked the representative if he could check with other stores to see if they had the phone I preferred, he said he knew they were out also, in our area but I could drive the 40 miles to another city that might have them. I can tell you that the customer service with Airfire was awesome and Verizon should hire some of their people that were laid off.
I completed the online survey for Verizon about my experience and gave them a zero which prompted a message that a manager would give me a call to find out why. No phone call yet, either they don't care or they are dealing with so many complaints it takes a while. In my opinion, I don't think they care. By the way, I did call the customer service number from Samsung and asked them why their phones were not compatible. They told me I should go with a different carrier because my phone was compatible. Surprise, surprise.
TOPEKA, KANSAS -- I have freaking had it with Verizon!!! Friends, family, if you have Verizon RUN!!!! 15 years I have been a Verizon customer. 15 freaking years!!!! In the past year I have been lied to, scammed and manipulated. Let me tell you my story. To start, My contract dates back to the alltel days of unlimited data. Verizon has been trying to get me to change my plan for two freaking years because they DO NOT want ANYONE on the unlimited data plans anymore because that plan is way cheaper and they can charge way more for only 2gigs, 4gigs, 8 gigs etc... So of course I don't want to change my plan and have not but they can't make me change unless I make a change to my plan.
OK so most of you know I am a state of Kansas employee and I have enjoyed an employee discount of 15% for almost 4 years. Well suddenly out of the blue I get a letter about 6 months ago that says I have to verify I still work for the state. I do so as requested and think all will be gravy. Oh no, all of a sudden my discount isn't being applied and I'm calling in every month complaining and every month they are applying my discount. So they used to auto give me my discount, now all the sudden because of my old plan I have to call in every month and ask for it.
I was pissed but OK whatever, now this month I call to get my discount and they say "well, actually because of your old plan we won't be giving you a discount anymore!!!" But and here is the kicker, if I change to a different limited plan they will be more than happy to give me back my discount. Every month the story changes. They say they will call you back, they never do. WE aren't alone in this either. This company is Horrible and we are DONE!! Spread the word people and god help you if you still have Verizon cause your time is coming. All they care about is money!! Much love everyone!!