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Airtel Broadband / deficiency of service, fraudulent advertising, unethical sales and unresponsive customer service

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Hi all:

Airtel Broadband Service is a joke going on for too long.
I opted for their 2 Mbps connection and have never seen it deliver.
I have been getting between 7 Kbps and 30 Kbps - mostly the former download speed since the time I have been with their service, which is now about 6 months now. I have been complaining about this deficiency and only recently some local tech ppl were sent over and they confirmed verbally that the problem is not in the last mile or repeater but rather in their NOC which is in Delhi and I'm at Calcutta.

Even after this the service never improved. On top of that they out of the blue start sending inflated bills. The customer support is an eyewash to waste customer's time. None of the problems I ever reported were resolved till date. Their service goes offline at least 3 times in a week. No one knows of the SLA that is supposed to have been given the customer at the time of sign-up.

Airtel discourages customers from checking their online usage by making them again physically go to their customer support center after sign-up and again submit photo ID, and a written applkication to provide usage checking user/pass details. Of course this is so they can overbill you. This shouldn't be the case as they already have the photo ID etc with the broadband connection application - but they do this drama over again so ppl will not be bothered with this extra effort of re-registration again - which is what I had done and only after the inflated bills did I re-register again.

I have been regularly paying their bills but for the last 2 months which has hugely inflated billing. Even then I paid the normal bill amount except the inflated amount.

So to summarize:

#. Airtel converted me from my previous ISP, BSNL by fraudulently selling me the 2 Mbps connection (which actually doesn't come anywhere near that specification) and therefore CHEATED me.
#. Deficiency of Service to deliver 2 Mbps even after repeated complaints throughout the last 6 months.
#. Fraudulent overbilling
#. Actively by-passing customer right to know (internet usage stats) by systematically thwarting access to this info by means of duplicate, redundant and forced re-registration and that too by adamantly forcing ppl to visit physical customer support center and providing no means of doing so online. Clearly a malpractice and a violation of customer rights as per TRAI.

Everybody who feels this is also the case with the service of Airtel Broadband, plz reply here and I'm planning on a joint public interest litigation to the consumer court. Some companies think they can get away with anything - unless of course their bubble gets busted.

Thanks and cheers.
Gairik

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  • Sh
      11th of Jan, 2008
    0 Votes

    I completely agree as same was the case with my connection and now even worse as after having requested a disconnection of service(by phone/e-mail/letter which Airtel Connect refused to take), they still continue billing me and making harassing calls at anytime of the day.

    Wish we can nail them down.

    SB

  • Vi
      13th of Apr, 2008
    0 Votes

    i am a residet of rail vihar g.noida.i have submitted connection form with connection charges 35 days earlier but still did not get the connection.the airtel represntative(shakil from beta 2, g.noida allways make fake excuses .what should i do?

  • Re
      7th of Sep, 2008
    0 Votes

    Unauthorized Charges on Your Local Phone - Utility Bill?
    How to Find Them, Eliminate Them & Get Your Money Back!
    If your business still gets its phone service through the old "AT&T and Verizon, etc" local phone company (as opposed to one of the newer competitive phone providers) then you need to double check your phone bill each and every month for charges you did not authorize. You may not know it but the local phone company allows other companies to bill you through your local phone bill. And while the local phone company allows other businesses to bill you through your local phone bill, the local phone company does not verify that the charges being billed to you by the other company are valid. When these unauthorized charges fraudulently appear on your phone bill it's called "cramming". Unfortunately you as the business owner or manager are the only one that can spot the unauthorized charges and if you don't comb over your bill every month to spot these unauthorized charges - you'll pay for them.
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    Compiled by: Jay Draiman, Utility Auditor

  • Su
      22nd of Sep, 2008
    0 Votes

    I completely agree that the airtel customer service is pathetic.
    They are sending me inflated bills for the past couple of months.
    Airtel authorities never warn the customers for exceeding broadband usages so that they can generate a huge bill amount and harass the customers for clearing these dues.
    I have been using airtel services for more than 3 and a half years now but now I don't wish to continue with the same.

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