CenturyLink — overcharged and bad customer service
We recently moved and were looking for TV/internet services. There was a billboard on the interstate right outside our town that adverstised a bundle price of $74.95 per month. When I called Centurylink to find out what was involved in that plan, the customer service representative stated that it was a TV packaged through DISH network, internet, and unlimited local and long distance home phone, and if I would like they could throw in an HBO package on the TV for 3 months. This all sounded okay to me, so I went ahead and verbally agreed to this plan. So, DISH network came and set up the TV in the time promised, however the internet and home phone was connected two days later than promised. Once it was set up we had many problems with the internet but the real problems began when the first bill arrived. The bill was for around $150, not the $75 that was quoted. When I called to dispute it, they stated that all of the extra charges were just my installation fees and that they had charged me for the free HBO. I was instructed to subtract $21.28 from my bill, so reluctantly, I sent in the payment of around $125. When the second bill arrived I was shocked again to get yet again another bill for $150. I called again and they stated that my package costs around $90 and no one would have ever quoted me such a price in the first place, that what I was subscribed to. I was charged a late fee for the $21 from the month before but this time had all 3 months credit for the HBO. I was very cordial to the customer services representatives but was getting nowhere. I just wanted my bill adjusted and I wanted the package I was quoted that I agreed to. They informed me I was already recieving the lowest price ant there was nothing they could do for me. When I explained I was not going to pay this bill in its entirety because I didn't agree with the charges I was threatened that they would turn me into collections. That's where I lost it. I have amazing credit, always pay my bills on time and have never had a bill go to collections! I then told them that I was going to have to cancel these services if they couldn't meet me in the middle somehow. I was told by a supervisor that if that would make me happy, I could just go right ahead. When I went to cancel these services, I was met with ridiculous termination fees, $100 for centurylink and $425 for DISH network. Centurylink advised me to cancel and stated that if I canceled one part of the bundle that I had to cancel the whole thing, that I couldn't keep my DISH (which now I know is not the case). I talked to everyone I could and even had a 3 way call between Centurylink and DISH...all of the sudden they are two separate companies and they keep telling me to call the other company to resolve my problems.
My chief complaint is that Centurylink misinformed me from the start and because of their actions, I am in a bad situation with DISH network. Centurylink was rude and told me to cancel my bundle and that they had the authority to handle my DISH problems, which they did not! I had already started a new service agreement with another company and now owe DISH network $425 for early cancelation. I am so frustrated with Centurylink and even after 6 hours on the phone with them/DISH, and many supervisors later, they can't resolve my problem.
I cannot believe how unprofessional their customer service is and that they won't help one of their newest customers...I can only imagine how they treat their old ones.
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