[Resolved] NET10 — net10 will not reactivate phone
Net10 is the worst pre-paid cellular service provider out there. Every instance I've dealt with their customer service has been an absolute nightmare. Even simple phone activation is a overdrawn, confusing process.
My latest incident is another example of Net10's disregard for its customers:
I recently had my Net10 phone stolen. It still had approximately two and a half hours of minutes on it. Fortunately, I had another Net10 phone I bought a year ago -- which I used for a few weeks before upgrading to the phone which was recently stolen. After a hour on the phone explaining the situation (the agents are terrible at comprehending customer situations that don't fit exactly into a narrow, pre-defined flowchart), the agent said he would transfer all the minutes from my stolen phone to my old, inactive phone. When we got to the step to verify the sim card on my inactive phone, it was "invalid". So, the agent had to send a new sim card.
A week later, I received the new sim card and called up customer service to complete the process. After twenty minutes of verifying serial/sim numbers repeatedly (the agents ask the exact same questions multiple times during the same phone call), he finally said I needed to purchase more minutes to activate my phone. Then, I needed to call back at least a week later to "verify" the minutes on my stolen phone, so they could be transferred (Why wait a week? Their "tech" department was having issues...). It made absolutely no sense. I asked why he couldn't activate the phone now with 0 minutes, then transfer my minutes from my stolen phone whenever their "tech" department wasn't having "issues". He said that was "impossible". His screen said I needed to purchase air time to activate my old phone first. There was no way to get my minutes transferred without purchasing more minutes. He couldn't transfer me to anyone or any department who could resolve this issue -- it was "impossible". I'm done with this ridiculous company.
Other pre-paid services, like Boost, have matched their rates with Net10's, so there is no reason not to go with another provider. In addition to Net10's terrible -- and often condescending and hard to understand (very bad english) -- customer service their website is awful. Purchasing minutes on their website is a roll of the dice. Don't do it.
Stay away from Net10.
Customer Service has done everything in their power to resolve the complaint. All attempts to contact the customer have failed. Therefore, the complaint has been annulled and must not be considered where image of the company in question and its services are concerned.
MiaNet's Response · Sep 17, 2018
Hi, Bn34. This is Mia from NET10 Wireless. We apologize for the trouble and inconvenience that you may have encountered with our service. Should you need help with your phone again, please chat with us using this link http://bit.ly/2lHoBuo. For your convenience, our representatives are available Monday-Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:45 PM EST. You may also text the key word HELP to 611611 to view our self-service menu with a list of help key words with valuable information. Thank you.
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