I called Direct TV in January to get internet services, I'm new to the area and when I called what I thought was the only internet provider, they informed me that they did not go that far(1 mile) off the main road. Someone suggested that I go satellite, and that's when I called Direct TV. I plainly explained to the phone sales rep. that I wanted internet services, he quickly says, "Yes Sir.. we have that in our bundle, let me get you signed up for TV first and then I'll transfer you over to "OUR" internet department" Everything happened so fast, within the hour Direct TV was here to install my Dish to get the ball rolling. The "Free Installation" went right out the window. Even though there was a pole already in the yard, cable already ran, the service guy says, " That's a substandard pole, I'll have install an upgraded one, and there will be a service charge of $75.00 paid in cash for that" I'm still thinking that my internet service will be up and running within a week. After the week passes and "No Internet" I make the call to complain, I'm informed at this time that my internet services were being provided by AT&T. I hang up and call AT&T, it took a minute before I realized that my internet service was coming through my phone line and "Not" being provided by Direct TV. It was at that time I realized that I had been "SCAMMED" by the Direct TV sales rep. My first call to cancel my service(which in first our conversation I was told I could cancel within the first thirty days, just another lie ) right away the guy takes the defensive and starts telling me that Direct TV will charge my card anywhere from $540.00 to $600.00. The he proceeds to tell that it would be in my best interest to keep it for the first year and that way Direct TV wouldn't take as much, he informed that everyone does it like that. I'm still trying to make him understand that I don't watch TV, I've not watched in 6 years...Needless to say the circle talking telemarketers that Direct TV employs, got me off the phone looking for alternative actions. I tried, watching TV and the only thing that I could get was "771 searching for signal" Now I'm furious, I call Direct TV, I'm screaming, cursing, and telling them to come get this piece of crap off my property, A week goes by, I call again, more aggravated now than I've ever been, more screaming, more cursing, they tell me that they're going to send someone out to look at it. I inform them that they can pick everything up since their guy will be here, I'm done. Well he gets here and the first words out of his mouth are, "How long have you been with Direct TV?" I say, "a few months, " he says why would they(Direct TV) install an outdated system for new customers". He also couldn't pick up my equipment without loosing his job, so he said.
Well I know why I got an outdated system it was all that was on the guys truck when they dispatched him to get this installed as quickly as possible before I realized that they were not providing me Internet Service.
My suggestion to anyone is stay away from these con artist, do business with reputable companies. For all those, scammed into their contracts, close your checking account, cancel your credit card and prepare for battle with these crooks