BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- You gotta read this... Had SIX lines at one point and recently moved to 3 out to alternatives due to poor service. Customer for more than 15 years, stuck with them through thick and thin, gave them benefit-of-the-doubt several times, tried to work with them many times... but after all that they not only acted poorly but cheated! Yes, cheated!
They were the only ones who honored the unlimited data plan for years but then start to increase rates. First year... I let it slide; second year... raised again! Called to discuss. They said, "Sorry, give up unlimited or to keep it at better rates take our DirecTV service". Later that weekend during Super Bowl, I saw Verizon introducing Unlimited Plan. Researched it... much better deal. So decided to make the move! Waited for monthly close date. Called to close account. Guess what?
They tried to convince me to stay... saying, "New deal coming, may not need to have DirecTV, lower than Verizon rates coming but, for now you still have to pay the higher rates that we notified you 2 months ago... unless YOU tell us to stop that and move to our new plan." I asked, "Will I lose any grandfathered benefits?".
At first, I got, "No, everything stays the same." I wanted a confirmation so I asked, "So you confirm that I will not face any kind of adverse actions?". I was finally told, "Well, we could not cancel your plan as you were on the original plan, and we could not throttle it either. With the new plan we can cancel the plan anytime and we will throttle you a certain amount of usage. Plus you automatically going to see low-res video unless you select to see that and can be throttled after a while."
Canceled and moved to Verizon. I asked if my account will not have any more payments since I am canceling on statement close date. I was told, "You should be fine, and can cancel anytime!" I asked for reassurance and was given.
One month later I receive a BILL for an entire month!!! Call to dispute. Wow. An awesome RUDE representative on the phone... said a lot words but key ones are "Then why did you leave? If you are not loyal then why should we?" Asked to speak to supervisor and was told that there are no supervisors. Called again, same story, asked for Supervisor, told that there are none at all and they manage themselves!
Called third time, was met with a representative who said I need the loyalty department... This representative was 'smooth as silk in her communication'. Heard me out, indicated she is opening a case, gave me a case number and will receive notification in the mail on the resolution and if resolved will receive a check in the mail.
60 days later... called and was told the case was declined on the very next day and now they cannot do anything. They were very very sorry that I did not receive any notification. Gave me a URL to file a dispute and go through arbitration. In short... DO NOT chose AT&T! Not saying others are any better, but at least I have not heard such humiliating stories of treatment to loyal customers! Their service is not that great, and now being with Verizon for close to 3 months. Wow, what a difference! Should have dumped them a long time ago.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA -- Iphone 6s with AT&T app. My app only updates data after billing cycle, how good is that? According to a recording roaming confuses the app's ability to actually inform customer current data usage. However I am confident our bill was incorrect. We are quite aware not to use heavy data use unless connected to wi-fi. We paid extra attention due to a previous bill. Needless to say my next step is to seek a better deal elsewhere.
EVANSVILLE, INDIANA -- When we first signed up with AT&T we had 5 iPhones on our family plan. We were given a specific price and we asked several times if that were correct so we could all know what we would pay. When we had signed the contract they changed it and said it was going to be $120 more every month than what they had just told us. Too late. Already signed up.
On to month 2. We get the bill and they have charged us for game loft, which we never signed up for. We took the bill in and they said they would take it off of the 2 phones they said it was on. They didn't. 9 months later they are still charging us $35 extra every month for an app we have never received. It's not on our phones. We've looked. Then I started having trouble getting my phone to cooperate. Texts weren't received, calls were dropped. The phone was shut off in middle of conversations with my 4 yr old daughter's specialist from Riley. And those guys are hard to get a hold of.
I asked the customer service people to help keep my phone from randomly hanging up on important people and they said I had to have a laptop and be connected to WiFi. Sorry but I don't have a laptop, I said. They said "then we can't help you." Then I had to drive 3 hrs to Indy to an appointment at Riley. While I'm downtown trying to get through traffic with my sick daughter, my phone starts acting up again. I'm using GPS to try to get where I'm going and it just quits on I-70. Not a good time to not know where to go. All the while my friend is trying to call and text and find out where I am so she can help and can't get through.
Trust me, they can't blame it on bad reception when you're in downtown Indy in the IU med center! I called AT&T again and they said I could reset my phone. Without a laptop I would just lose everything on my phone. So I did it, but it hasn't helped. I guess now I'm going to have to pay the $300 to leave AT&T cause their service is inferior and they aren't willing to help. We have yet to see a bill less than a hundred dollars more than what we were told it would be after the $120 more. They say it's third party subscriptions we aren't signing up for. They just put it on the bill. I'm so done with AT&T.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- I wish there were "answers" to the issue of impersonalized "big biz" customer service. See the issue: * iPhone perpetually dropped calls in my area (Dallas, TX). * Complaint was lodged with Apple about the proprietary service plan with AT&T. I was told changes were coming but down the line. (That's true but it was too little too late for me.) (AT&T also had been notified of issues. And MANY friends reported the same problems.). * My iPhone bill was $105.00 per month. (This was for 900 minutes, 1500 texts, and unlimited data. Unlimited data is no longer offered.)
*Converting to T-Mobile (I pay $79.99 for 1500 minutes, unlimited text and data) (So superior service option for less monthly cash.)* I held onto my iPhone for a while to ensure the "dropped call" thing improved. (I've not dropped a single call with my T-Mobile My Touch.) When I called to cancel my iPhone service with AT&T they didn't ask me when I'd like to cancel the service. They told me it would cancel on Jan. 18th. I thought about that further and called back to see if I could make a more immediate choice to which they said "yes". (But I had to ask.) I told them how 'bout today? They immediately cut off the service and ended the call on my iPhone. (with no follow up from their side).
Why do they call it "customer care"? They asked me if I had lodged complaints. I told them I had with AT&T and Apple. I feel like the complaints fall on "deaf ears". (I've had several conversations with AT&T about my DSL as well even though they go on advertising that it's "blazing fast"...NOT mine!). Anyway T-Mobile is still a pretty big company too. So far I'm MORE satisfied with the service and the value of that service. I would really appreciate a return to TRUE CUSTOMER CARE and a "listening ear" from company owners and leaders. I'm really disillusioned right now!!!
SPRING, TEXAS -- I travel quite a bit for work. I also only use my phone for phone calls and text. I called AT&T to get the phone unlocked as they have been charging me a huge amount of money to make phone calls in other countries. They told me they would send me the instructions and I could "do it myself". The instructions came. They said, "Back up your phone. Erase your phone. Restore your phone." That is it. No instruction. Back up your phone. Erase your phone. Restore your phone.
Okay...I admit, I do not use social media of any kind and I use my phone...as a PHONE. I have no idea how to do any of that. I called AT&T for help. Talked to someone in Pakistan who spoke little English. He sent me the same instructions. I called AT&T again. This time they offered to let me pay for the "passport" service. $1.20 a minute for phone calls out of the country. What choice do I have...? At this moment none as I am leaving soon. But as I told the young man on the phone, the moment I land I will switch my entire family (7 lines in total) to T-Mobile or someone else. Smoke signals would be better than AT&T.
So my message is...if you are shopping for a cell phone and you catch yourself looking at AT&T, RUN FAR AWAY. Check the reviews. They have a terrible record. They will charge you unbelievable prices and their customer service is officially DEAD. What's more, they could care less if they lose you as a customer. Instructions from AT&T:
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- I went to a store to upgrade my phone and not only did I get charged $199 for the iPhone 5s, but I lost my discount of $25/month because I signed a new contract. So basically I did not get my phone cheaper as I thought. I am actually paying $800 for the phone instead of the regular price of $649. I can't believe that they offer savings to customers that do not renew but then penalize the customers that are loyal. This is the last straw and I am honestly considering, after 4 years to leave AT&T. They should be ashamed of themselves.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Totally lied to. ** talked me into the insurance I quote: "You pay $9.99 a month. If ANYTHING happens, bring it in, we replace it no questions asked". Not true. Dropped it and cracked the screen. The "After The Sale" ** said: "Oh, that is a third party claim and there is a $199 deductible" (I paid $199 for the phone). Turns out the third party is "Asurion". OMG, I had to make a claim online, go through a verbal inquisition on the phone, print a 5 page email, fill out a claim, copy the receipt from when I bought it, copy my driver's license, then scan it all to Asurion who then sent me the wrong color phone ("we can't guarantee you get the same color phone that you insured"). What a disaster.
TENNESSEE -- I have been a valued customer. According to AT&T, for a decade, actually longer. Don't know how they keep track of records. I asked for an unlock of an older device, no longer in use by me!! Well, they are keeping it locked cause it's not not financially beneficial to AT&T. They refuse to waive the 2 months that it will take to to get the device unlocked. I am still under contract. Eligible for an upgrade, (because it's beneficial to AT&T ). So much for being a valued customer in good standing. Makes you want to switch service providers!!
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- In Cincinnati, Ohio AT&T's network - 3G and 4G is terrible! There are so many problems and the network is very unreliable. The phone has a hard time connecting to the internet and when it does, it's not fast at all. Calls are never clear and there is always some kind of interference or noise in the line. The voice sounds garbled a lot as well. A lot of times, text and picture messages won't come through and my phone won't ring when people call. People who have Verizon in Cincinnati are a lot happier and don't have the problems like AT&T.
TACOMA, WA, WASHINGTON -- On May 1st I called to port out my wife's phone over to Sprint due to AT&T's horrendous data plan. While on speaker phone my wife, Sprint store representative and I listened to the AT&T representative ask why I needed the account number. I explained that we were porting out. All was fine, he gave me the account # and said we were not in contract. One month later my wife receives a bill for 140 dollars for cancelling the contract early. I spoke to two AT&T reps both told me that while they believed me, they couldn't fathom how their representative would not have told us there was a termination fee.
The following week at the advice of concerned friends, I called AT&T and asked for a manager. Again my wife and I were told (in quite a stern way) that despite what their representative told us we were still in a 2 year contract that was not up for another 4 months when we ported out and that they could do nothing for us. We feel that we signed on for a 1-yr contract but unfortunately didn't keep that paperwork and the bills don't mention the contract. We feel so ripped off. AT&T is the last company we will use for anything in the future.