Virgin Mobile - Worst Experience With a Business Ever.
ordering - Complaint
I thought AT&T was bad. This is the worst experience I've ever had trying to make a purchase. I tried to place an order on line but their policy - which I've never seen on any other web site - that the shipping and billing address have to be the same. I have a PO Box for my credit card for my security.
Most online stores allow entering both billing and shipping addresses, even if customers want to ship something to their work address, instead of home. I tried chatting with the online technician who kept sending me boilerplate messages before finally saying I'd need to call a number for help. The phone system is the stupidest I have ever encountered. It is set up for existing customers with NO menu item for making a purchase or checking on an existing order. I had to go through every menu item before this was clear and only by continually pressing ####### could I get the system to finally connect to a human being - one who barely speaks English and is only reading a script complete with boilerplate greetings and assurances that he's there to help me. The person I get is a technical support person who can't help me and then has to transfer me to someone to take my order. 36 hours after placing the order I see my credit card has not been charged, so I go on line to track my order.
The web site has no record of my order so I go through the whole ridiculous phone system again and after being put on hold 3 times the script-reader has no information at all on my order and I'm told to call back in a few hours. I ask for the number I'm supposed to call to get directly to someone who can with an order, and I was told I'd have to go through the support menu again. Unbelievable! How do they stay in business? When I was called back after they found my order I cancelled it, was given a cancellation number, but the phone was shipped anyway. It wasn't signed for so I couldn't refuse it at delivery.
It has been a nightmare trying to get the dam thing back and biggest insult is I have to pay for the shipping for a phone that wasn't supposed to be shipped to me anyway. Only masochists should even consider doing any business with Virgin Mobile.