We have had Dish Network for 8 weeks now and we have had to replace the HD receiver 3 times already and guess what it has happened again. They keep fobbing us off by saying it is something that we are doing wrong or that there is something wrong with our house. They have sent two technicians around and they have both stated that all is ok with the house. They still do not believe us!!!
We have spent hours on the phone to them, they do not seem to know that we have called before and we have lost hours of viewing and a lot of money on recorded pay per view programs.
Still nothing from them.
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I was using att as home phone provider and internet, comcast as tv provider and tmobile as cell phone provider. I decided to go with a combined bill and switched to dish for tv and att for all other services. I immediately got 2 months of bills from dish for install and services and paid promptly, figuring it was just a glitch in billing, but wanted to pay my bills, since dish was giving the service. I also was getting billed by att (On my combined bill) for dish, but did not pay as I was paying direct.
Att got upset and sent me letters of payment demand and then the fun started!
Att said dish should never have billed me and I owed att the $$ as it was a combined billing, dummy!
Dish said, no way jose... You got service from us and you paid us and then they closed acct (Paid in fulll) and would not refund me my $249.
As things moved on, turns out dish activated my 7 yr old acct number from 2000 and that was what they were charging me for. Then dish said att had no right to issue me a new account number and that att owed me the money, not dish.
Well, this is 2 months later... About 20 hours of phone conversations and some very terse and rude 'executive office' conversations.
At this point dish refuses to talk to me about it and says att is my point of service (Even though dish provides the service) and that I need to get refund from att.
For 3 weeks now, att has 'assured' me they will resolve it in my favor, but no one will put that in writing and I still have not gotten my $249.
I got double billed and I paid double... But no one will step up and give me my money back!
I am a dish network customer myself, - and decided to treat my mother and father-in-law (Bill and joan denison) to an upgraded receiver, so they could see their local channels more clearly on their tv. Since it is difficult for either of them to deal with dish network themselves, I have been doing all of this on their behalf at their request. The equipment upgrade charge was put on my credit card.
I am so frustrated with dish network company I could scream!!! In mid-august of 2007 I set up an appointment to have a new receiver installed, and was told it would be $59.95. I decided the next day to upgrade to a dual-receiver hd instead for $169, - and was told that this would include the cost of installation. I noticed, however, that the most recent bill has charges for both the $59.95 and the $169.
I called on august 15th and explained the over-charge to them and was assured they would refund the $59.95, which has not happened. Additionally my in-laws were given a dvr which we never ordered, and so were charged a more expensive price as well as now being charged an extra $6.52 extra every month for dvr service they do not want.
The first bill also has all types of miscellaneous charges that were neither discussed nor agreed on.
I called on september 5th and spoke to a man, and explained the situation. He did not seem to understand, and seemed very unclear about what I was disputing, so I asked to speak to a supervisor. When he put me on hold I was disconnected. I called back and spoke to a lady who said her name was shren. She said that the $59.95 charge was requested but never approved as the agent did not document it correctly, but she would take care of it. She again had difficulty understanding me, so I asked to speak to a supervisor, at which time I was once again disconnected. I called again and spoke with a denise who said she would refund the installation charges, and also would schedule a new appointment to swap out the receiver so we would not pay so much. She said she was transferring me to some type of account specialist who would be authorized to set this up for me, - but once again I was mysteriously disconnected. At this point I am so frustrated with the incredibly poor customer service, that I can’t take the stress of calling again. Here are the errors on their part:
1. We should only have been charged $169 for a dual-tuner hd receiver, but were given a dual dvr receiver and charged $199 instead, as well as the $59.95 installation charge. I think this error is fairly obvious looking at the billing statement, - since the credit card charge on 8/13 was specifically for $169, not $199. If I had authorized a dual dvr hd receiver, the credit card charge would have been $199 instead. Now my in-laws are forced to pay an additional $6.52 every month because of receiving the incorrect equipment. I hardly think they will ever even use the dvr feature, - thus it is a wasted monthly expense.
2. I did not order the hd package. I only wanted them to have the hd receiver in the event in the future they decide to order the hd package, then they would have the correct equipment for it. I understand it is $6.00 per month extra for having this tuner, and that is ok. However, dish network has given them the hd package, - and even if it is free for 6 months (As the agent tried to claim) I didn’t ask for it, and now I have to cancel in 6 months and go through the hassle of dealing with incompetent billing agents.
3. I was promised that the overcharge of $59.95 would be refunded, and am now told it will not be.
4. I tried to call and resolve this and was met with incompetence and was disconnected three different times. I never once yelled or raised my voice to any of the agents, but I suspect that rather than connect me to a supervisor, or spend the extra time needed to resolve my situation, each one chose to hang up on me. Either that or all three were extremely incompetent with the phone system.
Unfortunately my in-laws (And myself) are now stuck with dish network for the next few months, until our contracts expire. However I assure you in the meantime I will be considering any other options for the future, - rather than dish network.
Well i am a new customer of dish :( we have had the sorrow of having dish for a whole 6 weeks now and it has been a nightmare. It all started the very first night we had it installed.
Our dvr box decided to have problems so we called them and they shipped us a new box. So after that every thing went smooth for a week and then the 2nd box we have decided it isnt gonna work so we have to call again. So they send tech out and something was hooked up wrong then about 5 days later our remote decides it isnt gonna work so im calling them again so finally after 50 calles we get it all lined out in the mean time i have spoke to every cs person there is and they were all very rude. Well this past friday the fun began again. Our tv had a black screen we have 3 tv's and all but one wasnt working. So i call and i get some girl that you can tell hates her job so she isnt the most polite person she basically tells me what i'm telling her is impossible. So i work for an attorney so i go back to work and i talk to her about that and she tells me to get a copy of my contract so i call them and what do i hear, well we dont have your contract the installer still has it. Im like yeah what ever so i ask to talk to who ever that would have more information they put me through to someone else and i am told that it will take 2 or 3 weeks to recieve my contract through fax because it has to be processed and they have to find out if they can fax a copy to me. Well i inform them that i do work for an attorney and she has told me that if i want a copy they have to send it to me because it is my contract after all. Well they give me the runaround about not having it . So i informed them that i can alway send a motion down to the courts and get it signed by a judge making a order that they have to supply me with the contract or show up in court and show cause why they are in contempt. Well after 10 more min lisening to his nonsence i get off the phone not knowing no more then i did when i started. So all i can say is that dish network has the nastiest customer service i have ever seen and if you dont want to have to put up with all this bull crap sign up for directv. I left them not because of problems but because dish was cheeper but i have them coming back out on the 11 to install again and i would rather pay a little more and recieve better service all the way around.
I don't have time to tell the whole story, blow by blow. You don't have time to read it!
Just the highlights:
I have been a loyal Dish customer since the early 90s. I pay my bills, on time. Their service never was good and it has been deteriorating dramatically. For 3 years I was charged for an additional receiver I DID NOT HAVE. Someone was getting service at my expense. No number of calls or complaints could get the charge off my bill. (A Dish employee perhaps the beneficiary???)
Finally, I contacted the State Attorney General. Dish didn't like that. Finally they agreed to credit my account substantially. When the next bill came, I had been CHARGED the amount that was to be credited. (There had been the ongoing collection of "little" mistakes, additions, etc. in the bills, NEVER TO MY ADVANTAGE!) But this was BIG.
Company response: denials, disconnects, unkept promises, lies, accusations (when and if I got through to someone). Response to written complaints: "We must have lost your letter."
I have been charged for equipment that I did not order; I have not received that which I did order. Charges appear on my bill that are totally fictitious. I am charged twice. Service calls are made and they do not show up. The equipment functions poorly if at all. The company provides what is now essentially NO SUPPORT. The [protected]-DISH number is a joke; it will take you hours to get through the multiple choices, the disconnects, the canned music, the obstructions, the uninformed and the unintelligent. When you manage to get a "human", they are in India or the Philippines, and don't speak English.
Unfortunately, Dish has a strangle hold on many areas of this country.
They are the best advertisement for buying books, newspapers, and computers I have seen!
Steer clear of this company at all cost!
Their performance is so bad, I seriously worry about their viability as a company: no one can be THAT bad and survive!
Dish Network=Nightmare! I highly recommend staying away from this company. The fact that the person that...
Dish Network accounts receivable is absolutely unbelievable. I have received numerous calls from collection agencies for $$ that I do not owe. Not once have I received a call from Dish Network. DN has overcredited my account, charged my cc for amounts not owed and now months after all was settled ran another charge for $600 for equipment that was returned several months ago. I seriously wonder if part of their business model is to harass prior customers until they receive $$ that was not ever due to DN. Be very careful if you allow DN to charge to a CC. They will dig up any card # they have and run random charges without any written explanation.
In november of 2006, I informed dish that I was terminating my service. I had already contracted with another company.in may of 2007, I received a statement for charges. I contacted the company, explained that I no longer had their service and was informed that I had not terminated service. I had merely put my service on vacation hold. During the initial conversation when I terminated my service, I asked the rep what I needed to do with the dish equipment and she told me that since it was mine, I could give it away if I wished. Now, I ask you. Did that sound like someone who was putting their service on vacation hold. I did not even know there was such a thing as vacation hold. So, I was told that was the information that was keyed into their system and I would be responsible for charges. I told them I would not pay for services I was not receiving and surely they could determine if a household was receiving a signal.in june, I received another bill and again contacted the company. I was told the same thing about the vacation hold and that unfortunately, the company would use that day's date as official notification that I was terminating the service and I would be responsible for all charges. I have no intention of paying these charges. I do not know why the rep entered my information as vacation hold but it is their problem. I did not ask for it and had no reason to do so. As far as I am concerned, it is a gimmick to continue assessing charges. If I had known a simple phone call was not sufficient to terminate service, I would have sent up a hot air balloon with notice.
I received a flyer in the mail that I thought was from Dish Network. They were offering promotions that I liked so I called the number thinking I was talking to Dish Network. They even answered the phone Dish Network.
I was instead talking to the Elephant Group with out my knowledge. They took my credit card number for installation and first month billing. I was authorizing Dish Network for use of the credit card, I didn't know I was giving info to a telemarketer!
I later find charges on my credit card billing statement for Block buster on line and Member Services. Came to about $40 for both a month. I called the number on the statement for Member Services and find out it is called E Club.
The Elephant Group had given them my credit card number with out my authorization! I have found out all this info from numerous calls to Dish Network and Via Satellite (installer of the Dish equipment)
Dish Network is very aware of the Elephant Group's practice since this has been going on for years but they will deny any knowledge of anything or responsiblity for anything.
But they hired them and they know they are impersonating themselves as Dish Network and by fraud getting info from Dish Network customers to sell.
The Elephant Group also told me they had vacation incentive packages sent to my home so I know they sold my address to those companies.
I am terrified my indenty is going to be stolen as this personal info is being sold all over and outside the country.
It is all very deceiving and they should be shut down for fraud. I have cancelled my credit card immediately so they do not sneak in more charges and disputing all the current charges. I have also sent a complaint to Federal Consumer Protection and Consumer Protection of VA and the BBB of CO against Dish Network.
When I made calls to the Elephant Group they are extremely rude. I asked them to stop selling my personal info and they said I do not know what I am talking about and will continue to do so.
Some one has got to shut this deceptive telemarketing group down!
Signed a written 18 month contract with Dish on 6/8/07. I paid $49.99 as activation fee with written term it would be refunded on my first bill.
My written contract was $44.00 per month.
Instead, my first bill was $145 for the first two months and they charged me again for the $49.99 "activation fee" for a total of $175.00, when I should have been charged $88 for the first 2 months MINUS the $49.99 activation fee REFUND for a total bill of $38 -- NOT $175. I phoned 3 times, was put on hold for 45 minutes (so you'll hang up and give up) told them this was contract FRAUD, and they were rude and did not listen and refused to correct the bill. They also told me I had to print out and send in a "rebate form" or I would be charged $54.00 per month when my contract says $44. I said zero "rebate" requirement is on my written contract, it was a full contract wherein all terms must be fully disclosed, and I was not going to take my valuable time to do anything NOT ON THE CONTRACT. Two billing flunkies and 2 supervisors were rude and refused and I hung up.
Additionally, the installer was supposed to be at my home at 8AM and did not arrive until 7PM after wasting my entire day waiting and having to phone them repeatedly to ask when, if ever, they were going to get there.
I am going to pay what I owe and not a cent more. If they send me another FRAUDULENT BILL or cut off my service I will sue them in Small Claims for the maximum $7500 for fraud, for denial of service and breach of contract, for my hours of time on the phone, and for my time waiting for the installer and for punitive damages. This is OUTRIGHT FRAUD!!! An attorney could make a great class action suit. We should do it. Direct TV was just as bad, overcharging every month.
DO NOT LET THEM BILL YOU AUTOMATICALLY!!! They charged one woman's credit card $575 fraudulently.
On 5/21/07, I canceled service with Dish Network. I was asked why I was canceling, and I told them that my wife had just pasted, I was unemployed, and I wanted to settle up with them now. The Dish Network employee waived the early cancellation fee as long as I returned the equipment. On 6/12/07 @ 6:14AM in Spartenburg, SC, Dillard received such equipment. Today, I received a bill stating that I owe the cancellation fee. I called and spoke to Ann @ 8:50PM. She told me her boss was unable to talk to me about my agreement, and I am now to pay the cancellation fee.
Please cancel, or be aware of "Boiler Room Tactics" of Dish Network.
My wife fought 2 years and 2 months of cancer, and maybe cancer can set into the management of Dish Network. Please pass this on, and if anybody wants evidence, I have it.
I have an unresolved complaint with the BBB about dishnetwork (EchoStar) offering a service at one price, then doubling the monthly bill with addons and lies. The following outlines their response to my having a complaint against them and their position.
On June 19, 2007 I Received a call from Dishnetwork advising me that they would not accept an unresolved complaint against them with the BBB.
I was told that rather than addressing my concerns or having a complaint not resolved in their favor they would continue to offer rebuttals to keep this complaint alive and off their record.
That they would make such a threat and go to such lengths speaks volumes about their lack service and ethics, as well as the utter contempt in which they hold their customers.
Frontier offers a bundle of services for $119.00 + fees and taxes $138,00 per month total. Phone, Internet and Dish Networks Digital Home Advantage Americas Top 250. Frontier is regulated by the PUC but not for Internet of Dish Network Services. Frontier is billing me for services I did not agree to. Frontier said that they will not stop billing me for the overcharges that Dish Network says that I am receiving. I have made multiple complaints to the PUC, Frontier and Dish Network. I am still overcharged $40.00 per month and I do not see any way to resolve the issue. I am looking for some assistance in forcing Frontier and Dish Network to stop billing me for services I did not subscribe to. Please reply to my e-mail.
The sucks are turning their satellite a little then charging 50 bucks to come out and adjust the dish. This must generate enough revenue to be pretty obvious. Also all their terms are subject to change at any time. Were really sick of lies and changing terms!
Pamphlet provided by Dish states "two-room DVR No extra fees. First bill has charge for DVR fee." Dish agent on-line apologized for misinformation and ended chat session. I am still billed for DVR fees.
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I canceled Dish Network 0n March 14, 07, at the end of my contract, I was then billed on autopay the next month (April). I called to let them Know what happened and that they withdrew the money from a closed bank account. Now, there is also a 35.00 overdraft fee. They apologized and said they would reverse the fee. Forward to May 5. 07. Still no credit on my account, so I called them back... First they couldn't find my account, next (after they found it) they showed no charges after March 1. After I gave them my bank reference number they again apologized and said they found it, and that the reversal was still pending (the rep. didn't know why) but he was going to click a button to push it through for the amount of the withdrawal. I then asked about the bank overdraft fee that was charged and if that was also reversed, since it was their error. (They charged a closed bank account) The rep. told me no, even though Dish Network messed up and owned up to the mistake, it is their policy not to refund fees that might be incurred due to their errors (is that legal?). What a company, huh? Must be great being able not to pay for your mistakes. I wonder if I'm also going to have to call back next month to remind them to click submit for my refund...
Probably... I f you are considering a satellite t.v. service, consider elsewhere!
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