Asurion / unacceptable service
My ordeal began last Thursday May 22nd when I misplaced my Metro PCS cell phone. I immediately called Metro PCS to have the service temporarily disconnected until I filed an insurance claim. I then was given Asurion's phone number. I called the customer service phone number and described what had happened to my phone and was told that with paying the $80.00 deductible a replacement phone, that would be activated upon arrival, would be sent to my via DHL the following day. I was also told that the Nokia 6265I phone that I had was discontinued and that a similar replacement phone would be sent to me.
On Friday May 23rd respectfully I received my replacement phone. Upon receipt of the phone I read the instructions indicating that the phone needed to be charged, although it seemed as if it had a full charge upon arrival. I waited almost 5 hours and then turned the phone on after installing the battery. Once the phone was turned on I proceeded to dail a number and was given the message that the phone was not authorized for service. I called Asurion back and told them of the problem that I was having. After several failed attempts of entering codes, turning the phone on and off, entering passwords, removing and reinstalling the battery more than enough times I was told to call Metro PCS that there must be a problem due to the fact that I suspended my service when my original phone was lost. I contacted Metro PCS and went through a series of similar tests to no avail. I was told my Metro PCS to call Asurion back and let them know that I must have received a defective replacement phone. I called Asurion and indicated what I was told by Metro PCS and Asurion indicated that there were no supervisors available and that they would put a technical support call in and that the problem with the phone should be resolved within 24 hours. On Saturday I attempted to call my Metro PCS phone number to see if the problem had been resolved. The call immediately went into my voice mail. I tried turning the phone off and back on and placing a call from the phone, I received the same message indicating that the phone was not authorized for service. I called Asurion and they told me that I should contact Metro PCS again to make sure the account was released from suspension. I called Metro PCS and they indicated that there were cell phone tower problems in the area where a reside, but that I should go into a physical Metro PCS store with the phone to try and resolve the issue. Since I was on emergency call at work all weekend I could not go into a store instead I asked my fiance to go and try to resolve the phone issue. My fiance went into the Metro PCS store in Pembroke Pines, Florida and the Assistant Manager attempted to reset the phone several times. She was told by the Assistant Manager that everything that they could do had been done with trying to reset the phone and the phone would still not work. The Assistant Manager told her to contact Asurion back in which she made the call from the Metro PCS store. She was told by a supervisor at Asurion that nothing more could be done until the Corporate offices opened on the next business day. Being a holiday weekend that would be Tuesday May 27th. I indicated that this was unacceptable due to the phone is used for business purposes and I was told that's all that could be done. I also mentioned that the replacement phone that I was sent was not a similar model to the Nokia phone that I had put in a claim for that had costs me almost $280.00 when originally purchased a year ago with Metro PCS. I was told by the Metro PCS store that the replacement phones that Asurion sends out to it's consumers are refurbishes phones and the Motorola phone that I received as a replacement was also a discontinued phone and that it's value was no where close to what I had originally paid for the Nokia phone.
Today is Sunday May 25th, I have been on emergency call the entire weekend and will be through Monday May 26th there is no way for my customers to contact me nor for me to be in contact with them. My finances Mother is in the hospital expecting to have surgery on Tuesday and I will continue to be without a phone during this critical time. I can only comment that I noticed on your main page that Metro PCS is not the only cellular phone company that uses your insurance for their customers. I would seriously be rethinking about taking out insurance on a cell phone when I could just as well walk into the cell phone company and purchase a working replacement phone and not have the troubles that I have had these past days. At this point I will be making a decision by Tuesday if I will be sending Asurion back the replacement cell phone for a credit of $80.00 and walking into a store and purchasing a new cell phone along with canceling my cell phone insurance plan or just change cell phone providers all together. I refuse to believe that this is the type of service that an insurance company provides to it's consumers.
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