Dish Network - High Pressure Sales Tactics, Lies About Service, Failure to Correct Problem and Refund Money.
Cable TV and Internet Service - Complaint
ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO -- I initially contacted Verizon to find out if FiOS service was available in my area. It was not, but they said they partnered with Dish Network for cable TV and Internet service and I might want to talk to them. I really wanted a bundle to include phone service, but this was not available to me either through Verizon or Dish Network.
I asked Dish for information on their cable and internet services. The Dish salesperson described what they had to offer, and when I hesitated, they improved the offer. I already had a phone/internet/cable package with another company, and when I told them the Dish cost for cable and internet was about the same as my current company, they improved their offer again. I said I wanted to discuss the offer with my husband first, and they told me that if I didn't sign up right then, and called back later, the offer would probably not still be on the table. They also told me that with the Internet service they offered Internet support through Geek Squad. I told them that I didn't want the Geek Squad service as I really had no problems with my Internet currently, and currently had free support through my provider. They told me I had to take the Geek Squad service but that it was free for the first month and I could cancel at any time and not be charged. I told them I didn't like to sign up for anything billed as "free" but that would require me to cancel in order to avoid charges. They again told me I had to take the Geek Squad service with the internet. I again said I wanted to discuss this offer with my husband, and was again told that the offer was not guaranteed if I didn't sign up then and there. I agreed, thinking I could just go ahead and cancel if we decided not to proceed. Dish gave me two phone numbers to call if I wanted to cancel, one for the cable and Internet and one for the Geek Squad service.
We did decide not to proceed and two days later, I called Dish to cancel everything. There was never an installation of any equipment. They did refund my fees, but my bank statement showed a charge of $19.99 for Geek Squad. I called the number given to cancel the Geek Squad service, which turned out to be a Dish phone number. Dish told me they could not cancel that service or issue a refund, and that I would have to contact Geek Squad myself. I said that I called the number the salesperson gave me to cancel Geek Squad and they said that was incorrect. I also told them that I never had any dealings with Geek Squad, never authorized Geek Squad to charge my bank and that all of that was apparently done by Dish, so why couldn't Dish cancel it since they, not me, initiated it. They continued to tell me they could not do it.
At any rate, they gave me another phone number to call "Best Buy", which was some how associated with Geek Squad. Again, wrong number. I was given 5 wrong phone numbers. When I finally got the right number to call Geek Squad, they told me that they never offer a free month of service with the right to cancel during that time without incurring any charges. They told me that Dish lied to me. Geek Squad was very professional, and handled my request for refund and cancellation of service in a very friendly and agreeable fashion, I have no complaints about them, and might consider their service (separately) in the future. I believe the Dish salespeople will say anything to make a sale.
I had Dish service for cable only in the past, and was pretty satisfied with it. However, I didn't like the fact that customers have to pay for any repairs to the equipment, which Dish maintains ownership of, and customers have to pay to return the equipment, which is owned by Dish, when the customer cancels their service. I found a better deal for my cable which was a package deal with phone and internet and cancelled the Dish service. When I said I wanted to cancel, they offered all sorts of incentives to stay, incentives that were never offered to me while I was a customer for three years. I still cancelled. Like others, I didn't receive the return boxes in a timely fashion but returned the equipment as soon as I did receive them.
This is not a customer friendly company. If you deal with this company, I would suggest getting any offers in writing (in great detail).