Comcast Corporation Complaint - Poor customer service, uninformed uneducated service people
VERO BEACH, FLORIDA -- I first have to say that prior to the switch to digital cable I had great service and never had to call for any issues. Then came the digital migration......I now have to have a cable box to get the stations I got before, which at first didn't seem to be much of a problem. The first box I was issued didn't work properly and they swapped it out. The second box worked fine for about six weeks, then a couple of days before Thanksgiving the problems started, no service or poor quality signal resulting in a pixelated picture with no sound----each time I turned on the set it was a different set of stations affected. I call customer service and some nimrod reading from a script tells me to "power cycle the box" which I have already done before calling as this has become a ritual. They then say "I will send a refresh signal" even though I tell them I have already gone through the automated menu and had a refresh signal sent within the past hour to no effect. Then the next thing they say is "will must send out a tech" for which they will bill me as soon as he enters my house. I tell them I had crystal clear service for almost two months and the problem can't be inside my house because nothing is different inside my home, the problem has to lie outside, maybe in that crummy old connector that's fastened to the outside of my house and the old exterior cable which hasn't been upgraded in all the years I've lived here (40+ years). They insist they have to come inside and MAYBE if they decided the problem isn't inside they won't bill me....now if I call back the immediate response, before I even explain what the problem is, is "we will schedule a tech visit". I DON'T WANT A TECH VISIT, I WANT SOMEONE TO FIX THE CRAPPY LINES COMING OFF THE POLE TO MY HOUSE AND IMPROVE THE SIGNAL!!! Co-workers I've talked to tell me whatever you do, don't let one of their techs inside because they will make a mess & even if they don't find a problem inside you will be billed!! One person told me the tech supposedly rewired her cable and afterwards the reception was worse than before (hard to imagine since it stunk before) and she finally went to dish, but had a hard time getting rid of Comcast, they continued to bill her for service she no longer had but that's a whole other story.... I think I'm about ready to follow her lead and switch to satellite too. I suspect Comcast knows most problems are on their end, especially since the service suddenly went downhill after the switch to digital and they weren't prepared for it but they are maximizing their profits from service calls by sending techs out for every little thing and billing the customers for the lack of service. After all, if they tell a non-tech savvy person that the problem is their inside wiring how would they know it's a lie?
Sorry for the long rant. Comcast is going to lose another customer and I don't think they really care.