AT&T / outrageous rates on int'l long distance calls
We signed up with AT&T for their bundle on my voice and dsl internet & dish network (which i already have) around nov/2007. I made international phone calls on Christmas day (cut-off day was dec 28). When the bill came sometime on the second week of january, my bill was over $500. I had forgotten this stupid trick of enrolling yourself and pay $5/month to avail of the discounted rate. I was charged $3.17/min whereas if i enrolled, the rate dramatically drops to less than 20 cents/min.
I paid that bill and called them to set up international long distance. Meanwhile, i have been calling internationally new year's day and several days after 4th of january when a family member died. Needless to say that i talked for hours. I thought that they would retract my rate since I've shown good faith. We had Vonage for a long time before we switched over to AT&T. Vonage is true to their word. They don't have hidden fees - they charged you for your actual minutes used and you don't have to enroll yourself to avail a discounted rate.
When i received my next bill, it was a whopping $1000.00. I called them immediately, but they said that they couldn't do nothing about it. I asked for the manager and they promised me that a supervisor should call me within the next 24 hours. I even gave them my cell phone number. Nobody called me and then the next bill came and I called them again. This time, they said that it is over 60 days. And on top of that, the representative i talked to had the audacity to ask me to switch my cellphone from VERIZON to AT&T... what nerve!! The final bill that i paid was $1500.00 which really made my wifee cry. With 2 kids in a 1 income household, we are really financially tight. We are no longer with ATT, we switched over to COMCAST and bundled everything now. COMCAST cust service is not the greatest, but i would rather deal with them than being conned (I am sorry, but that is how i feel -- that was so dirty -- and a very, very old ploy --- there are a lot of options nowadays as far as communications is concerned --- I will never ever be a part of ATT for as long as i have another option... and i hope those options would still be available. ATT seems to be slowly trying to monopolize the industry. I dread to see the day when i would run out of options/choices.
And when we signed up, we were made to believe that we are to receive a $50.00 cash back. When we called them to claim it, they said that cash back didn't exist. They are just a bunch of scam artists (BIG TIME).
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