Sprint PCS Complaint - Honeymoon Is Over; Terrible Service
STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA -- Been a customer of Sprint's for about three years. Prior to April of this year, we had what I would consider to be a "normal" relationship with our cell phone company. We didn't have cell service at our home, but no other company we had been with previously did either. Otherwise, a normal amount of dropped calls or weird occurrences.
That all changed when we got four new phones and renewed for another two years. I should have seen the warning signs when I called to get information about what phones might be able to provide the features I was needing and the pushy sales representative insisted I make a decision right then, and when I declined because I wanted to discuss with my husband, he wanted his phone number so he could conference him in. I refused, so he insisted that he call back later so that we could complete the sale. I should have run like *%$@, but I didn't. After all, I couldn't flush them after two reasonably good years over one unpleasant incident!
Rep called back, and I ordered the phone. Since I was without a phone, I was in a hurry to receive it. After almost a week with no phone that they had said would be shipped by FedEX, I called to check in and learned that the phone was on backorder. I cancelled the order and told them I would go the nearest Sprint store and buy one there. They assured me the order was cancelled and no phone would be received. Guess what...two days later said phone arrives. I refused it. Wrangled and tangled with them for weeks to get the bill corrected.
We moved and decided we needed more features on the other three lines. Hubby called local Sprint store, and the employee told us about their Talk/Data 1500 plan. Said we would be able to use all four phones as modems in this plan. I called and spoke with representative who told me the same thing. I went to the store, reviewed the notes from my conversation with him - no changes. All phones would be able to be used as modem with no additional charge. He added that if there were charges, just to let him know and he'd take care of it. I agreed to make the change to the plan at the beginning of the next billing cycle.
Got August bill, and, of course, it was screwed up. Three of the phones were on the new plan which was implemented in the middle of the billing cycle, resulting in overbilling. The fourth phone was on the old plan. The representative also neglected to mention that they were advance billing the new plan. The overall effect was a shocking bill. I emailed the employee at the sprint store, who never emailed or called back. I called Sprint and spoke with a CSR. She issued a credit and supposedly squared away the phones on the plans. Ha.
Today I tried to configure my husbands phone to use as a modem on his laptop. After all, we'd been paying for the service for over a month, right? I downloaded the broadband package, hooked up the phone...nothing. Got online to check my account and realized that the plans were still screwed up. In trying to resolve that, I learned that the three lines that were on the new plan did NOT have phone as modem capability as I had been told. The lady I spoke to was appalled at the service we had been receiving and said that my old plan had that capability, so we switched back to that plan, and she was going to make sure we had the bonus modem capability at no charge. I was happy until I thought that I didn't ask if there was a kb/sec charge. So I called back.
Of course, I couldn't speak to the person I had spoken to minutes before. The lady I spoke to said that neither plan had that capability, but I could add it for a mere $45/line. I said if I can't have the service/features I was told I could get for the amount of money I was quoted in the store, then I wanted to cancel the account and had no intention of paying termination charges. Of course, they wouldn't agree to eating the termination charges. I have spent literally hours on the phone with Sprint trying to resolve issues that were created because their sales and service representative either flat-out lied or "misrepresented" what their plans/features included. I am so frustrated and would NEVER, NEVER recommend Sprint to anyone except maybe my stepmother.