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Bill Is Too High
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Rating: 1/51

IRVING, TEXAS -- Is it only me? My bill is double with this company. I never had such high bill. They have the base price set up. So, even your consumption is almost 0 kWh, you will still get at least $50+ bill. This is a robbery. I had a very low bill once due to only I was living in the house, my family was out for a month. My house is 2600 sq ft. I got $15 bill which will be impossible with this POS company. STAY AWAY.

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DO NOT USE
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Rating: 1/51

IRVING TX -- I moved out of state and rented my house out. The renters could not have the electricity switched over because there was a billed due in my account and wasn't due until the 5th of the next month. Then the 1st of the month they shut the power off and when I called, they said I had to pay the bill due on the 5th and to turn it back on and as soon as I paid it they said they couldn't turn it back on for 48 hours and the switch hold takes 48 hours also. Terrible company.

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The Reason People Hate Power Companies!
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IRVING, TEXAS -- This company has been nothing but trouble for us and that have yet to even pretend to care. At two different occasions First Choice disconnected the power to our home due to THEIR error. The first time they "accidentally" sent out a disconnect notice even though the bill had been paid. The second time the power was disconnected because their website did not properly process the payment. My boyfriend and I split bills so I paid the first half and he paid the second half. All within 5 minutes of each other.

My payment went through my bank account almost immediately. Then, mysteriously two days later the money was back in my bank account for a day and then taken out again. When the power was disconnected we called a First Choice customer "care" representative who flat out said that we were lying and the second payment had not been made. Both my boyfriend and I work from home and needed the power restored immediately so we said we would pay the 200 and sort it out later. At this point the phone representative tells us it will be at least 24-48 hours before they would turn it back on.

We talked to the Texas New Mexico Power technician before he left after disconnecting and he very nicely told us he could be back within 10 minutes, all First Choice would have to do is send the reconnect notice and he's come right back. Once again the phone representative called us liars, told us we would have to wait because it was our fault that their website didn't accept our second payment and there was absolutely no emergency request or escalated request procedure to have the power turned back on in a more timely fashion. Turns out as this phone agent was calling us liars, he was actually the one lying!

I called Texas New Mexico Power, the provider that First Choice goes through and they assured me that all First Choice would have to do is send them a request and they could have us back up and running within the hour. The First Choice agent refused any assistance and basically told us to deal with it. We work from home because we live 40 miles from our office. Due to their error we both lost 3 hours of work each, had to pay for the gas to go in to the office and had to pay for emergency daycare for our 5-yr-old niece that had been staying with us.

I attempted to contact First Choice as well as the domestic call center that they outsource to and have yet to hear back from anyone! Today we called to get a one week extension on our bill due to medical expenses that have caused us to be under until our next paychecks. We were informed that because we did not pay the exact amount when we requested an extension about 6 months ago they refuse to help us this time. Difference that they are sighting was yet again a website error!! On a $620 bill we evidently were off by $3.87.

If we were paying over $600 why would we short $3.87? If they are going to completely screw us over that may be we need to get a lawyer to have them pay us for the hours of work missed, gas money, and daycare money that their incompetence has cost us. I would never recommend this deplorable company to anyone looking for an electric provider. Unfortunately they have made it perfectly clear that they don't care about our business or any future business from word of mouth.

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72 Hours and More to Reconnect
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TEXAS -- Hello, just have to let people know on the poor customer service that First Choice Power has. I've never been late on my bill but this summer my power bill went up a lot from paying approximately 250.00 to 750.00 in a month due to it being a hot summer so I got on a payment plan that cut the bill in 4 and added it to my upcoming bills. The first bill is paid on time it came out to 450.00 and the next bill that came was 550.00. On this payment I was late 3 days due to not getting paid later than I should have. So I was disconnected for a break of 4 payment contract. That was a 285.00 payment that was left.

So my power was cut off and that same day I mean minutes after the cutoff I paid the pending balance. It took them 3 days to reconnect me. I got the runaround from the first day when I let them know that I paid the bill. I was told it would be on within 24hrs. So I asked why so long, they said that's policy to give AEP time to reconnect. So I was mad, but what can I do. I let them know I have 2 toddlers and that my wife is pregnant and I've never missed a payment. They didn't seem to care. "That's policy," they stated. So I just waited until the next day.

So I called them back the next day to see when my power would be turned on because it was already 24hrs, they then stated to me that "Whoever that was that told you 24hrs was wrong. It's 24 to 48 business hours." I was outraged. I let them know again about my family and I also let them know about my fridge. They stated "It's policy and the food inside your fridge will be fine if you don't open it." I have kids, they need milk. So here I go again waiting until 48hrs. So I called them again after the 48hrs. Well this time they told me that AEP business day doesn't end until 5pm, that you should have your power on by then.

So at 530pm I called again after 50hrs waiting. Well by this time I had it up here. So I got mad with this male agent since he was rude after he told me that the AEP business day doesn't end until 7pm not 5pm. So I told him I feel that I am getting the runaround, what the next time I call, what the time will be at 9pm for AEP business time ends. "Can you please call AEP or can I talk to your supervisor?" He then stated that they'll tell you the same thing I'm telling you. So I just waited again until 7pm. Again since my power was still off I called. By this time my mind was lost seeing my kids sweating in their sleep for the last 2 nights.

So I spoke to another agent. She told me that AEP stops reconnecting until 10pm and that she would call and find out to make sure. Since I told her about what the other agent had told me. She gets back on the line and tells me that they would be there tomorrow morning that they stop at 7pm. And that she was sorry but that they went by at 4pm and your gate was locked. If that male agent would have called them I would have know that and they would have may be come back before 7pm. And they never knock on my door. I was there all day and I had the door open to air out the house due to it being hot.

So that's what more than 72 hrs to turn on my power. This is for the power company. Thanks for the poor service and thanks for my food going bad in my freezer. I can't cook it my stove that's powered by you. I'll be changing companies as soon as my power gets turn on.

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First Choice Is a Bad Choice
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DALLAS, TEXAS -- First Choice disconnected my power even though I was paid up on my bill. When they finally did the research, they conceded that it was their error, but the woman that helped me stated that it was too late and I would have to pay a 450 reconnect fee. On a little bitty 1 bedroom apartment, my bills have been averaging 250.00 a month and I am not going crazy with the air conditioner! I feel like no one in customer service really knows what is going on and they are taking advantage of people. Do not use them for your service. I should have stayed with Reliant.

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No Trust
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I called First Choice customer service to have my name changed cause I got married. The change was important because I wanted to take advantage of the Lite Up Texas program for reduced electricity. I asked to have my name changed on the account, not just the bill. They told me I would need to fax in a copy of my driver's license and marriage license. Pretty standard stuff. I commented that none of this information was required to start up service, not even an ID. The "customer service" representative then said to me, "Well, I guess they trusted you then."

So, I guess that I was trusted before I was a customer. And now that I have been a customer for a year, and making solid payments, never late, I'm no longer trusted. Nice to know.

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Stay Away
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LEWISVILLE, TEXAS -- Customer service is poor. Not consistent in what they say. I had to call in 2 weeks straight to resolve a billing problem all they have to say is "It is forwarded to the back office." God knows where is their back office, problems never gets resolved. In fact it gets complicated with every rep's inconsistent explanations. Their rates are high. My two bedroom apt 's bill is $350-$400. Two adults always at work. Watch out before you get into this. First Choice is having a lot of issues now than it ever had. My bank account was processed for withdrawing someone else's money????

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Poor Customer Service and Poor Accounting Practices
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HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I am a former First Choice Power customer and I will never do business with them again. Since they have installed their new billing system, I've had more problems and headaches with my account - at least two payments that were not properly applied, back billing for missed kilowatt hours, and a phone system that takes for forever to navigate through to talk to a real person and which will hang up on you.

Two payments that I made August were improperly applied to my account. Imagine my surprise after making a payment using their Western Union service, to come home the day before a big trip and find that my power had been turned off even though I called and gave them the confirmation number of the payment. I had to go to the store where I made the payment, get a copy of the information and fax it to First Choice Power. Unfortunately the power was not turned back on in time to prevent me from having to throw out food when I returned from my trip (my boyfriend was checking the apartment to see when the power got turned back on.).

I was told at the time that the new computer system for billing was having problems correctly applying Western Union payments. I just found out about the second problem with my second August payment this afternoon when I called about my refund check. The customer service rep told me that the check was going to be just over $70. I was flabbergasted because I had put down a $200 deposit. In doing research, the customer service rep told me that an ACH payment I made through their billing system at the end of August never was properly applied to my checking account and so the charges had been taken out of my deposit check.

The problem was discovered on March 3rd (SIX MONTHS AFTER I MADE THE PAYMENT!) and I wasn't notified of the problem until I made a phone call them to inquire about the status of my deposit refund (seven months after said payment was made). The Customer Service rep implied that somehow the money was somehow taken out of the wrong account at my bank (apparently this event has happened to multiple customers). I've requested the information for the transaction and am should get it in 8-10 business days. I've used the billing system several times and the August payment is the only one that never went through.

Then there's the whole back billing fiasco that happened in the November-December time frame. I had some overlap in the lease of my old apartment and the lease in my new apartment (where I am dealing with a totally separate power company). I was hardly at my old place for the month of November so I was really pleased when my bill that came at the end November was for $45. Then at the end of December I received another bill from them that was $315 before a number of credits were applied the bill because of back billing that they had to do. The final bill was just over $132.

However, the bill is not clear in term of what months the charges were generated in. It's now 8 weeks since I made my last payment. My refund check hasn't even been cut. The Customer Service rep asked me if I wanted the balance. I told him yes. He told me that they cut checks on Wednesday but he couldn't guarantee that mine would be cut on April 2nd because today is Saturday. At least I was able to get answers today because when I tried to call yesterday I kept getting disconnected from their phone system.

As someone who works in the IT/Software field, it seems to me that their billing system was improperly tested before it was put into production. There's no excuse for a six month lag time in finding out that there's a problem with my account (that just poor accounting practices), and I've never seen a company who blames the customer before taking a hit for something that is clearly an error with their system. As someone who works in the IT/software field, it sounds as if their system was not fully tested before it was unleashed onto the general public.

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First Choice Power Is Terrible
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- Twice they have had "human error" on my bill and charged random $100 fees. They had notes on my account that I should not have incurred these fees yet say I should still pay them or my service will be disconnected. I HATE this power company! They are rude in customer service and seem to be out to get your money... Do NOT use them!

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1.0 out of 5, based on 2 ratings and
16 reviews & complaints.
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First Choice Power
12 Greenway Plaza, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77046
1-866-469-2464 (ph)
www.firstchoicepower.com
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