My experience with Virgin Mobile has been terrible, and I haven't even used the cellphone yet, although I have wasted 2.5 hours of my life (so far) trying to get service set up. I called yesterday to set up new service with a phone number from another carrier. I went through most of the process with a representative, but when it came time to program my phone, she got a "-1 error" (whatever) which she said was a glitch in the system that would not allow her to program my phone. She told me to call back when my old phone stopped having service and that they would program my new phone, no problem.
The next day I had no service on my old phone. I called, as instructed, and was told that the agent from the day before had made a mistake and that they could not start my service and they didn't know when they would be able to. This was not acceptable, as I now have NO service. People can't even leave a message. After a little over an hour on the phone, with much perseverance, I got a supervisor who had someone enter my info by hand, which allowed her to program my phone. She swore that I would receive a text within the hour confirming my service and I would then be able to use my phone. I did get a text 2-3 hours later, but my phone doesn't work.
Exasperatingly, I sat on hold for TWENTY MINUTES this evening without ever getting through to a person. And then their hours ended, so I gave up. I will have to call again tomorrow. Who knows how many more hours this is going to suck down? Who knows when (if) I'll have a working cell phone? One thing I do know: I'm not sticking with Virgin Mobile. I understand that mistakes happen, but not answering your phone or being able to fix mistakes is not an acceptable way to run a business. STAY AWAY!
TORONTO, CANADA -- I would like to share my recent experience with Virgin Mobile Canada and am wondering if there are other people who subscribed to their service during their Christmas promotion which promotes $20 + $15 activation credit.
This is **. On 23 of December 2009 I have placed an order (Order No. ** dated 23 of December 2008) on your website www.virginmobile.ca paying for a new mobile phone LG 150 and a top-up of $10 for a prepaid plan.
According to the advertisement placed on your website www.virginmobile.ca about the $20+$15 activation credit, the amount of my balance is expected to be $10+$35=$45. However after receiving my phone my balance was $10+$20=$30.
After a numerous phone calls with your customer service representatives (some of them are **, contacted on 31 of December 2008, and **, contacted on 2 of January 2009) and the supervisor **, contacted on 2 of January 2009, I were not provided with the service ordered as advertised (for detailed information about this incident please check the recorded phone calls from my number ** to your customer service).
As a result of that I had no choice, but to cancel the service and contacting you with a claim for a full refund of my payments regarding this purchase as follows: 1) MasterCard transaction for $11.30 dated 23 of December 2008 and 2) MasterCard transaction for $33.89 dated 23 of December 2008.
I appreciate your timely answer and please be advised that in case my claim is not respected timely and in full, I will have no choice, but to consider your actions/non-actions as an intentional misleading advertising and unfair/fraudulent commercial practice and will have to report this case to the following third party authorities:
The MasterCard department of BMO as a issuer of my credit card regarding the non-rendered service according to the promised advertisement, 2. The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services Inc. (CCTS) regarding the non-rendered service, misleading advertising and unfair commercial practices.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regarding the non-rendered service, misleading advertising and unfair commercial practices, 4. The Competition Bureau regarding the misleading advertising and unfair competition practices. I believe you will take the proper actions to resolve this case in fair and the easier for both parties manner or I will proceed as advised.
We made the mistake of buying a phone from this totally incompetent company. We were unable to activate the phone using their website so we contacted their customer service people for assistance. They were unable to activate the phone either, so after nearly an hour on the phone listening to their lame excuses, we told them we wanted to cancel our service and return the phone. That was when hell began for us.
Numerous calls, hours of waiting, rude comments, deliberate disconnections to avoid talking to us, and lying (they said that had cancelled our service TWICE, but when we called back to confirm the cancellation we found they had not only NOT cancelled the service, they had billed us double!!!!) Do not buy anything from this criminal Enterprise.
I've had this service for several years as a back up for my regular phone but once I retired I dropped my old carrier and took this on with a $20, 300 minute plan. Prior service was completely dependable with no problems ever. The switching to a new phone was tedious but not impossible. The technician was patient and competent. My LG Optimus Elite phone though was purchase used. It was real cheap and I got what I paid for with spotty service and tinny sound but other times it was OK. I've only had it a few days though so I'll give it a try. Let's face it. If you want something easy to use and dependable get an iPhone!
ALL, ALABAMA -- I have had my cell phone for several years and maintain a positive balance. My current balance is $36.90. The company turn off my phone because I refuse to top up and put more money in the account. This company changed my plan inadvertently and refused to allow me to use the phone even though I had money in this account. I cannot believe that when I tried to use the phone it said I had no money in the account. This company tried to tell me that I had to pay an addition $20.00 in this account. They must be changing all the cell phone plans or something. I had to cuss and carry on just to get them to turn my phone back.
The message said no money in account and if I didn't not top up I would lose my number and any funds in that account. I feel this company serious endangered my life, because if I had an emergency I could not use my cell phone. They are insensitive to the needs of their customers and don't care one bit. Guess what folks they just don't care. VIRGIN MOBILE SUCKS... AVOID THIS COMPANY!!! I hope people will read this warning.
WARREN, NEW JERSEY -- In the first week of December 2012, I purchased a Ovation MC760 Broadband2Go USB stick for $19.99. On 12/3/12 I received the USB stick. I purchased the $55-5 gig month to month plan. I tried to download a 14 meg file. It took 30 minutes to download the file at an avg speed of 10kb a second. When I surfed the internet I had to reload pages several times before they would load because the broadband device would keep disconnecting. Virgin Mobile advertises this device as 3G broadband. It only delivers dialup speeds. $55 a month for dialup internet is ridiculous.
I called that night 12/3/12 at 10:30pm and spoke to **. I told him I wanted a full refund. He stated that he would issue a $55 credit immediately. He would also send a postage paid return envelope to return the device. Virgin Mobile would issue a refund by check in 4-6 weeks after receiving the device. I never received my $55 credit. Virgin Mobile never mailed me the postage paid return envelope. I contacted my credit card and they agreed to reverse the two fraudulent charges from Virgin Mobile. Verizon Wireless is the best wireless carrier. Unfortunately they are also the most expensive. Use Page Plus Cellular which runs on the Verizon network.
Before purchasing my new phone (Chaser) I inquired on an online chat as to whether I would be able to swap my phone and keep my usual plan of $25/300 minutes/unlimited text & data. I was assured by the representative that I would be able to do so. But when I tried to activate my new phone, I was informed that the representative had given me false information: the Chaser is in a different category of rate (more expensive monthly fee) from my old phone, because it is a smartphone.
Meanwhile, I had just spent a week looking forward to using the coolest phone I'd ever owned -- classic bait & switch. I feel that customer service agents have a responsibility to consumers -- to be truthful in their advertisement. But the company's response was 120 minutes of passing me around to different representatives -- none of whom had the power to provide a fair response to the problem (which for me would have been to exchange my phone for one which would work with my existing plan and offer me at least a small compensation for the trouble). This type of issue is unethical to say the least.
UTICA, NEW YORK -- Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go is FRAUD, plain and simple. I paid $70 for a USB stick because I was assured the coverage was good in my area. After almost a year of throwing away $50/month on a useless unlimited wireless plan, I am finally bailing out. In the last few months alone I have had no service for at least 10 days a month. Today alone I have had to disconnect and reconnect at least 20 times because the signal fails after a few minutes if I can connect at all.
I have called for support at least 10 times, been through the same pass the buck, uninstall, reset, all of that. I've been assured that I am in a good service area, been told someone from "engineering" would call me, who never did, you name it. Now Virgin is advertising 4G! They can't do 3G! DO NOT BUY THIS SERVICE OR ONE OF THEIR DEVICES! They should be investigated for fraud.
CATASAUQUA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Virgin Mobile said they send replacement or new phone in January to replace my malfunctioning phone and never got it. In turn they disconnect my phone for not sending old, when I never receive the replacement or new phone they claim I did. I never did and if they did not request a signature, they probably stole it, from the my porch, if is true that it was deliver. If I would it got it I would it activate the one send and send the old one, but I still got the old one, so they should know that, because the replacement new or old would have a different serial number.
I am a disable person and mother of 3 kids and do not have any other phone to communicate for anything and not even an emergency. If I do not get at least for now my old one activated, while they send a new phone, I would have to do a lawsuit for discrimination against a disable person. You can contact my stepfather at ** or cell **. Their customer service sucks and they hang up on me numerous times and they do not care about disable people.
I have Virgin Mobile Prepaid as a cell carrier. When checking my account balance for remaining minutes, I have caught them twice now in shortchanging my remaining minutes. I suspect they do it every month. For example, just now I found that their account balance says I have used 285 minutes, when in fact I calculated usage at 262 -- and I did this three times to make sure I didn't miss something.
If you call their customer service they will fix the discrepancy, but I shouldn't have to do this at all. Imagine how much extra revenue they get in misinforming their customers of their usage, because most people likely do not check their math. It's easy to do - just highlight the tables and copy them into Microsoft Excel. Then use the simple autosum formula.