AT&T Long Distance USA Complaint - Bad Customer Service
On 12/08/05 I started getting long distance calls. When I answered the telephone, no one was there. I could see from my caller ID that a relative in Maryland was trying to call me, so I tried calling them back. Every time I called that number or any other long distance number, the telephone number would not ring. I called my local phone company (Verizon) and they asked me to make a local call. I did and it worked fine. Then I called them back and they said that the problem must be with my long distance carrier (AT&T). I tried to call AT&T at their 800 number, but that wouldn't work. Finally I dialed 0 and got an operater who was able to put me in touch with an AT&T representative. After explaining my problem many times, the operator stayed on the line and put a call through to Texas (I am in PA). The call lasted for 7 minutes before AT&T told me that they had been getting trouble calls from my 717 exchange all morning and that my local carrier was the source of the problem.
The problem was finally resolved several hours later, but I got a bill from AT&T on 1/3/07 that included an operator assisted call on 12/8/06. The charge was $21.30 for a 7 minute call. I should add that no recording or message from the operator informed me that I was being billed over &3.00 per minute for a call that was asking them to fix my service.
So I called AT&T customer service when I got the bill and asked them to remove the charge for that call. After hearing my story the billing person said that it couldn't be done. Not satisfied with that answer, I asked to speak to a supervisor. After holding for almost 15 minutes I was connected to Kabir the supervisor. He told me the same thing in gruffer tones, so I asked him to please spell his name for me and to please give me the name of his supervisor and to connect me with them. He spelled his first name (Kabir) and refused to give me his last name or the name of his supervisor. When I asked him why he wouldn't give me this information he cited the privacy act as the reason. I could not believe that AT&T instructs its representatives to shield the caller from higher management or even give me their own last name. The company won't deal with me if they don't know my last name.
This is an example of very poor customer service.