I had Verizon for 15 years. It started as part of a business account then the business shuttered and we all told Verizon and everything was good for a few years. My bill started creeping up and I got the same run around as I recently received from guess who? AT&T. I switched to them and had the same thing. Exactly. Makes me wonder sometimes if they have people research each other's company and mirror each other.
I had AT&T for maybe 2 1/2 years after Verizon. Did the same thing and just paid my stupid bill. They both crept me up to above $300 mark, which is not what I signed up for. I was very busy during this period as usual and didn't have much time to mess with this. I paid my bill like a good idiot. This is one phone and I use a ton of data. AT&T always had ways of telling me my bill was correct. They told me the best fix was to sign up for other stuff with them like cable and something else...can't remember because I wasn't listening. I would always tell them I simply wanted a ton of data and cell service for one, just me, for a lower monthly charge.
When it became apparent my bill was only going to go North and not South I went and got a Sprint phone. A ton of data and a cell phone. I told AT&T I was going to do this during our last conversation and it was as if I was a hot potato no one wanted to get in trouble over canceling. I still get bills from them, maybe always will. Shady company. All of this has occurred after getting someone on the phone who speaks and understands English. That's not easy. It's not the poor person who works for thems' fault they are not fluent, it is AT&T's fault...that's who hired them.
These two companies sure sound similar to me, the difference being that Verizon's coverage area was truly spectacular, the best I ever had. I have spoken to the customer loyalty/customer retention departments at both places. I find it sad how they have been trained to operate. Lastly, I'm a double complainer. I have thrown both AT&T and Verizon under the bus here. So, could I be one of those people who is in the 3%, or whatever the number is, of people who is a problem and a complainer and you're better off not doing business with? I sure hope not.
In my business I have seen those people and they are awful. I actually feel like I am partially responsible by being an idiot who just kept paying the bill all those years. I'm one of the people who just kept rolling over and paying stupid high bills. That must make the way they do things more profitable for them in the grand scheme. Do I work for Sprint? Nope. My bill with unlimited data has been in the low $100's so far. Like $108 last one. Was led to believe it was going to be sub $100. Seems my data with Sprint slows a bit when it's later in the billing cycle and I've used a lot of data.
Sprints coverage is better than AT&T, but not near as good as Verizon. If they do the "creep my bill up" game, I will ditch them as well. I think this is the first review I've ever written. I'm going to watch for it on here, as I'm stunned these companies don't have a way of getting this off the internet. If it was my company I would try...AT&T and Verizon both are terrible. The jury is still out on Sprint but time will tell. All of this is just my opinion.
CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA -- My wife and I bought overseas plans to add to our cell package, which we already pay too much for. $40 per line so we could use data and only be charged $1 per minute for phone calls. All kinds of stuff showed up on the bill that we don't know what it is, nor can AT&T explain what it is. "Blocked calls" and local London calls. Not only do they not know what they are, they have no interest in finding out, but we are supposed to pay for these unidentified things.
The Customer service person I dealt with finally, after three calls and two hours, was disinterested and couldn't care less about my concerns. She just repeated policy and seemed happy that I suggested that I would take my business elsewhere - which I will and I suggest anyone reading this do the same.
I have been an AT&T customer forever. I was a Cingular wireless company when AT&T acquired them in 2004… I have been with AT&T ever since. I will now search for a new wireless company. I have been just baited and switched. I purchased the BOGO phones on the NEW Galaxy S8's. And I have been served and taken care of by countless employees. All selling me these BOGOs and telling me when my credits will start to kick in. I have been going through months of phone calls chatting online. Getting reassurances of how much I'll be paying and how much I will be paying EVERY MONTH. Which should be no more than 112-115.
Now I am told from someone at customer care that I need to get DirecTV??!!! Why is this a deal? Have you guys ever had DirecTV? Plus what kind of BOGO is that? You still would pay the same amount as if you just purchased these phones on your next deal! NO ONE EVER told me I had to do that. I kept getting reassurances I kept getting told what my price will be, I kept making sure month after month and now well into the 4-5th month I'm be told this?
I would have NEVER gotten that deal, It's no deal at all? It's a bait and switch and I can't believe that this company I devoted YEARS to has done me like this. I will as soon as I can leave for another wireless company. These guys are absolutely a company I will start to steer friends, family and anyone else who hears me to never use them ever.
On August 6th of 2010, I purchased a new Samsung Captivate from an AT&T Retail store. Within the first couple of months, I noticed my phone would turn off randomly. At first, I believed it may have been a button push caused by me while the phone was in my pocketbook or pocket. After a little while, I noticed it would happen when the phone was not in my pocket or pocketbook, but at random times and places. Sometimes as many as 3 times a day. I called AT&T and was transferred to their Android warranty technician.
They walked me through a factory reset and promised that the problem would be resolved by the reset. The reset did not stop the shut downs at all. I started to do research and learned that the shutdown issue was being experienced by many other Captivate owners. There are many boards and forums with people complaining about this issue, not excluding AT&T's own community website. Those having their phones replaced by AT&T were getting refurbished devices that were also shutting down. Those who went to Samsung for repair received their "repaired" devices and still had shutdowns.
In December, after having a particularly bad week with shutdowns, I again called AT&T. I explained that my phone had been reset and that it still had shutdowns. At the same time, Samsung had sent out notification that there was a known issue with the Captivate that caused it to shut down. It also stated a serial number (or IMEI) range and manufacturing date range that would most likely experience the shutdown issue. In short, those phones manufactured after November 6th, 2010 would not have this issue. The operator assured me that I would not get a phone with a shutdown issue and proceeded with processing a warranty replacement.
I received the phone on January 7th. By the next morning, the replacement phone had shut down on me 5 times. I repackaged the replacement phone and sent it back to AT&T. I called AT&T the same morning to report to them what had happened with the replacement phone and that I was assured by the previous agent that the replacement phone would not have the shutdown issue. I was told by the current agent that there is no way to insure that any refurbished phone that is sent to me will not shutdown. I then stated that I purchased a NEW Samsung Captivate and instead was sold a defective device with a known issue.
I should be able to have the NEW and non-defective device I paid for in the beginning, not a defective phone that will be replaced with another defective phone. The agent stated that if I wanted a new phone, I would have to contact AT&T customer service, which I did. As it turns out, that was just a redirect, as they also told me to contact warranty to see about replacing my phone. After a "cool down" period, I again called AT&T on January 24th to inquire about getting my phone replaced.
I explained that I had been having shutdowns, received a replacement that also shutdown and wanted to receive a non-defective phone, as that is what I originally expected when I made my Samsung Captivate purchase. The agent stated the refurbished phones that were sent out were not defective as of November 6th. I then stated to him that the replacement I received was in early January - well after November 6th - and it was certainly defective. And that the November 6th date was manufacture date, not a ship date. I had already been down that road and tried everything.
What I really wanted was to have a non-defective Samsung Captivate, manufactured after November 6th. Unfortunately, the agent reverted back to the statement of the previous agent - there is no way to insure the refurbished phone that is sent to me will not shutdown. I reminded him of the manufacture date and suggested that sending me a phone manufactured beyond November 6th would (according to Samsung and AT&T) insure that I received a phone without the shutdown issue. He again stated there is no way to insure the phone that is sent to me will not shutdown and would I like to move forward with a refurbished replacement.
I stated no, as I had done that already and I did not think it was fair that I could not be assured of a phone that was not defective, even though I paid for a new phone. At this point, I would like AT&T to replace my Samsung Captivate with a New Samsung Captivate, since that is what I paid for. Once they realized that the shutdown issue was wide spread, all Captivate owners who purchased a new Captivate that was defective should be able to get a new (not refurbished or repaired) Captivate that is built without this issue.
OLEAN, NEW YORK -- 2-year upgrade done in June 2011 - iPhone 3Gs. July phone stolen, NO insurance available at time of purchase. Reported, deactivated sim card. Needed new phone, went to local store, told by sales representative that he couldn't get me a new iPhone because of the contract between Apple and AT&T, but if I waited 4 months a new phone could be given (purchased) by overriding the system at a new 2-year contract and pricing. Again, had to wait 4 months.
Waited the 4 months with a crappy old 5-year broken phone that semi-worked. Went back 4 months later and no deal. They wanted to charge me a $250 early upgrade fee AND 1/2 the price of a new retail cost of a phone (was looking at $450-500 minimally). Told to call Customer Service and they could help me.
I did, talked to 15 different people 5+ times (customer service reps) where eventually spoke with a "Peter", claimed to be "the manager" (which I'm not sure he really was). Explained the situation for the millionth time to him, told him that I just wanted AT&T to work with me because I have been a long-time customer for over 10 years and if they really appreciated me for using AT&T and being a long-time customer, that they would "help" me out here. He was arrogant, cocky and just really didn't want to be bothered.
I eventually told him that I would like to talk with his supervisor and he told me that there was no one above him, he was it and that this is the only option available, take it or leave it. I told him that obviously there is someone above him, whoever that might be and IF I had to call everyday to get a hold of them, then I would. I just wanted someone to work with me. He hung up on me.
Of course I had to call back, did get a very nice customer service rep, explained in brief summary and I got the "policy" explanation of AT&T. NO ONE WOULD HELP ME OUT. I can honestly say that I really expected to pay something but NOT $450-500. Bottom line, THINK TWICE about using them. They don't care about any of you!
I'm sharing my story to save prospective buyers of this phone some heartache. I had my last cell phone for about 6 years. It worked fine, but was an older model. The "pay as you go" plan has worked out well for me. I excitedly bought my LG GS390. I used the phone for 2 days, then left it in my purse in a padded front pocket, in my bedroom, while I was gone for a long weekend, to a wedding. When I returned, I checked it for messages, and all I could see was a spider web kind of effect on the screen. I immediately went to AT&T (where I bought the phone) and showed it to them and was told I cracked the screen!
The phone was barely 1 week old, and I was gone for 3 1/2 days of that time. I am a 55 yr. old woman and have had cell phones for many years, and never had anything like this happen. In the store, I was told, "You broke it." and told that they could not do a thing for me, but they would sell me another phone! I am convinced that this was a defective phone and the slightest movement or shaking in my purse when I was carrying it, caused the damage to happen. There is no other explanation. While discussing this matter, a sales person went so far as to say "sucks for you!"
I would like everyone to beware of this phone, and while this might be an isolated incident, both the manufacturer and the retailer will not back up their product! I bought the phone with a 30 day money back guarantee if I changed my mind, but they said that did not cover this phone. I asked that they fix or replace it and they said "no way". I do not know of any business that can operate like this and I want to warn anyone considering this phone to beware, no one will stand behind the product.
AT&T just lost 4 customers in my home, and I will never buy LG again. I hope that my story will help anyone out there researching the phone to think twice in dealing with these 2 companies that refuse to stand behind the quality of their products. There is no excuse for a phone to break in the very first week. Apparently the poor quality, defective phone is now my loss.
My wife and I researched phone companies for weeks before deciding to go with AT&T. We went into a local store talked with the salesman and manager extensively about plans and service and if we didn't like the service what our options would be. We were guaranteed on paper to be able to return the phones and service within the first 30 days. That is AT&T's big promo item about their company, 30 day return policy. Well 13 days later numerous dropped calls and no 3G access, we took the phones back. $300 in restocking and return fees at the store later, we were pissed!
My wife's phone was impeccable. I still had the protective stickers on my phone and we kept them in cases. But we paid it and left, after the store manager kept repeating "I don't know why the salesman told you that, we've never offered free returns on phones". Since we turned in the phones, AT&T has turned us into collections for over $700 for not returning the phones within the 30 days. We turned them in 13 days later!! I spent an hour and a half on the phone with a really nice representative. He was great and assured me that almost all the charges would be dropped. He was very apologetic, but we still had to pay over $100 for the service for TWO WEEKS.
He couldn't believe we were charged for cancelling within the 30 days. He even called the store to verify everything was turned in. He apologized profusely and assured me everything would be taken care of and we wouldn't have to pay more than $65 at the end of the conversation. Approximately 2-3 weeks later we are sitting in COLLECTIONS!!! My wife spent over an hour last night with an AT&T supervisor at their support center who was rude and uncaring. She told my wife basically tough, "you're in collections pay it."
If we wanted to fight it we had to open a new case to do so. She even got on a conference call with the store manager where we had purchased the phones and he confirmed everything we said. He asked the supervisor if he could fax her the receipt from us turning everything in and she said NO! So here we are, my wife has NEVER been in collections EVER! We've already paid over $300 for two weeks of service and AT&T is still screwing us. Thank you AT&T for having the WORST customer service and being the WORST cell phone company.
GREATER SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS -- I got two AT&T "TILTS" on June 08. Everything was fine until July when I started getting complaints from friends, clients and wife for not returning calls. I realized that the calls never got to me. The messages never got to me either. I started realizing that the same was happening with my outbound calls and messages. I went to the AT&T store and they after showing up three times to complain, they finally changed the sims in my two "Tilts". The problem did not subside. In effect by November 2008 it was much worse.
I called AT&T and was promised that I would receive a call back to fix the problem. Six months later I am still waiting then I called back, again and again (total more than 16 times). One time I was told that I had never complained about my service, therefore there was no reason to fix it. Finally on June 09 I was able to get AT&T to agree to send two replacement phones, after threatening with cancelling right there and then, the phones were sent to try to see if that fixed the problem, but.. if my old phones that have been losing calls and messages since July last year (worst since November 2008) had a scratch, I would have to pay AT&T $900 dollars, yes, $450 per phone.
I called the "resolution department" twice. The second time I called, I got **, whom very nicely tells me that he had a solution: I need to spend $598 for two new phones and sign a brand new two year contract!!! I did not like the idea to be a prisoner of AT&T WIRELESS for two more years and ** said that he would call the very next day to tell me what other options I had. Did you guess? Yes, I am still waiting, two weeks later.
Since then I had to send the replacement phones back to avoid the $900 charge, you know, as the first resolution specialist I talked to, told me: "The $450 per phone fee is there because of customer's FRAUD". I called AT&T to drop my tethering ($720 year), drop my 1400 minute plan to the 700 min plan and will file a suit in small claims court. Do you feel lucky?
I've been dealing with AT&T for almost 2 years & if there is one thing I am sure of it's that everyone who works for AT&T are idiots! I received my bill last month with an extra $560.17 added to it! Here's the breakdown on the charges.. 1-Nokia 6085-$60.17, 2-Blackjack 2-$250.00, 3-Moto q9h-$250.00. The Nokia I returned to them in January of 2008. I was told they received the phone & last month almost a year & a half after I returned it they are now charging me for the phone. How can they do this? Not one time did anyone tell me that the phone was not received. Instead they said it was in fact received & that I wasn't going to be charged.
The blackjack 2. I mailed them the phone overnight express in June of last year. I got the proof from the post office of the name of the person who signed for it along with the address, date & time that AT&T's warranty got the phone but they insisted they didn't have it. for a month & a half of fighting with them for hours at a time they finally admitted to having the phone! Now a year later they are charging me the $250 saying they never received it. Now again, within this year period they didn't say 1 time anything about this phone!
The Moto Q. I never even received this phone! I didn't even ask for it! Warranty sent the phone to Florence Alabama in October of last year when I was living in California! They again never said anything to me about this phone that was activated under my number but not my SIM card. So NO ONE says anything to me about these phones & then one day last month they show up on my bill but yet no one can explain to me why it is that they waited so long before even saying anything to me.
An ex girlfriend of mine even went into a store with her boyfriend & got 2 phones on my contract. They weren't asked for ANY form of I. D. and were able to walk out of the store with 2 new smartphones!!! Through out all these problems I have fought for hours with C.S., given the run around, had been made promises to in regards to receiving phone calls from managers (which were never fulfilled) & had my phone bill messed with every month!!! This phone company is a joke & I suggest that if you want a phone company that uses SIM cards to go to T-Mobile. AT&T will only give you 2 years worth of stress & headache!!! STAY AWAY!!!
WALKER, LOUISIANA -- I started using Bell South Mobility (an AT&T Company) over 22 years ago, when brick phones and bag phones were the new technology. I always paid my bill on time and for the most part, had decent service, until, the big AT&T switch and takeover of all of the smaller companies, including Cingular, took place. Then AT&T sought to "improve" the service by replacing the system with the new system (3G digital, I believe).
I live in a rural area, and had dropped all of our land line phones, and my wife and I used only cell phones for about a year. When they switched this system, we lost ALL signal. We actually would have to leave the house and walk about 100 yards away to even get the faintest signal. Being that I travel a lot, I could not leave my wife with no phone or way to reach me, or use her phone in an emergency.
I contact AT&T's so called "Customer Support" and was told they would investigate and contact me. They did call me 3 days later, and basically said that they could not help, because the tower in my area was working at maximum, but the signal did not penetrate trees, buildings, etc, as well as the old system. I said I was going to have to go with another service, and was told they didn't blame me for leaving, as they had changed the service and dropped the ball, not me.
When I talked to the representative to cancel my service, I was told that I would have to pay $300 per phone because I still had 4 months on my 2 year contract. In addition, I had my daughters and my mom's phone on my account, and they lost signal also. I argued that they (AT&T) had changed their service and left me with no signal and gave them a service claim number from the initial complaint, and that I had been a loyal customer for over 22 years. I asked to speak to the supervisor and got the same type of response. I was also informed that being a long term customer didn't matter, but right now is what matters, and I would have to pay a penalty.
They further told me, they could drop all of the service in the area leaving me with no service at all, and I would still have to honor the contract, and that's just the way it is. Well so much for long term loyalty and "Customer Service". I had to pay the termination fees, but switched to Alltel, and have been totally satisfied for over a year now. AT&T couldn't care less about you being a loyal customer, nor do they care about the hardship that they put you through when THEY make bad decisions that effect your service. I will NEVER use another AT&T product or service again. That's just how badly and rudely they treated me as a good customer.