AT&T Wireless / horrible customer service
After being a loyal 5 year customer of at&t wireless, I think it's time for my wife and I to take our business elsewhere.
Long story short:
Sept 5 2010: called to order a new palm phone to replace my blackberry that had just died. Spoke to a very polite, very hard to understand indian woman. Everything I said, I had to say twice, everything she said, she had to say three times. I eventually asked for another sales rep. 5 minutes on hold later, I get another indian woman. She was much clearer so I decided to stick with her.
Ordered my new phone, no problem. She asked for my delivery address, I gave it to her, she read it back to me twice, full address and apartment number. City, state and zipcode. Hung up feeling fine about the experience.
Sept 9 2010: stayed home all day to wait for fedex delivery of the phone. Website tracking number stated "out for delivery".. .3pm rolls around, no phone. I look at the tracking number again, site now states "delivery exception: incorrect address"... Great. I call fedex. After 15 minutes on hold, the woman tells me the address is correct but that there is no apartment number. She can't add "4d" to the delivery, I have to call at&t and request that they call in the correction.
35 minutes on the phone with at&t. Rep after rep, hold after hold. The first woman told me, it would be no problem for her to call in the fix. She asked me to wait on hold while she called fedex. I waited... And waited... And waited... Someone else gets on and tells me "the address change has been made, fedex says they will try to redeliver tomorrow, no problem"... I call fedex, "no change has been made, no call from at&t sorry". Already feeling like this is going badly, I call at&t again...
Next woman states, "i can take care of that for you, just let me do some research... I need to put you on hold".. .14 minutes later, she picks up and tells me "ok, I found it, here's your tracking #"... Getting sort of frustrated but trying to be nice, I said "i don't think you understand, i'm not looking for the tracking, i'm asking you to call fedex and add the apartment # that you forgot to add originally to the shipment"... "oh" she says... "please hold"... Click. I was hung up on.
This happens two more times (Getting hung up on/put on hold) before I finally get a very nice southern lady. She listens to my plight, apologizes for the problems and promises "before I hang up, we will get this fixed"... Great. "let me just put you on hold while I call fedex"... I started feeling very relieved. She seemed like she knew what she was doing and was pretty confident. 20 minutes on hold... Stomach aching from not eating breakfast yet... She finally gets back on the line "sir, you have to call fedex and make the change, we aren't allowed to do that"...
Now at this point, I feel like i'm on some sort of cruel reality show, waiting for the cameras to come out of hiding and for a host to tell me it's all a joke. I call fedex again, "no sir, at&t has to call and have the address corrected"...
I call at&t, we're now approaching hour 2 of this nightmare... After listening to their happy ### music for 10 minutes, a rep finally picks up... I demand to speak to a supervisor, he puts me on hold for another 15 minutes. "natalie" finally picks up. I explain the situation to her as well as my complete unhappiness at how i've been treated. I asked her "is it really this difficult to add two digits to an address?"...
"sir, someone should have told you... We actually aren't allowed to change any part of the shipment once it's out the door. What you need to do is wait 3-5 business days for fedex to send the package back to us, we have to check it in, then process a return and then send you out another one".
"and how long does that take in total?!" I ask...
"anywhere from 10-20 business days usually... " she says.
I explain again that i've been charged in full for this phone, the invoice for the phone has my complete address on it (Including apartment number) and that i'm now being punished because someone at att didn't create the shipping label correctly. I asked her if she thinks that's really an appropriate way to treat a 5 year customer...
"again sir, that's the policy".
Zero compassion for the 3 hours I just wasted, zero compassion for the fact that they screwed up, zero apology for the error... And now i'm told to sit on my hands and wait a few weeks to get the replacement phone that I use for work. I was so disgusted with the way she was talking to me that I wanted to smash the phone. I told her that when my contract is up in 3 months we'll be leaving at&t...
"whatever you want to do sir... Is there anything else I can "help" you with today... ?"
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