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Complaint Review: Dish Network/Echo Star

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  • Submitted: Mon, June 04, 2001
  • Updated: Sun, May 08, 2005

  • Reported By:Tempe Arizona
Dish Network/Echo Star
90 Inverness Circle East Englewood, Colorado U.S.A.

Dish Network/Echo Star no Customer Service

*Consumer Comment: I Don't Blame Them

*Consumer Suggestion: Did you ever get your upgrade?

*UPDATE Employee: a proud Dish Retailer from Missouri

*Consumer Comment: CORPORATE OFFICE

*UPDATE Employee: I am sorry

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About 10 days ago my wife and I decided to upgrade our present Dish Network system to the Dish 500 system. We looked on the Dish Network Website and saw the promotion for current customers to upgrade free of charge.

I contacted customer service to see how I could get the equipment. They told me that they could set up an installation for me. I told the customer service agent that I just wanted to get the equipment and that I preferred to do the installation myself. He placed me on hold for a moment and talked with a supervisor.

I was told that I could go out to a local distributor and pick up the equipment and do the installation myself. This past Saturday, I visited several stores in the Bloomington/Normal area in an attempt to get the equipment.

I was told that I could get the buy the equipment for $99.00 by one distributor. Another company would not talk with me about upgrading; another company did not have anyone in the store that knew anything about Dish Network.

The final store I went to would not give the equipment without installing it even though they had the equipment on the floor right next to a self-install kit. I returned home and called customer service and let them know about the inconsistent messages I had heard. I asked the agent if there was any way to have them send me the upgrade kit and he said no. I asked for a supervisor and told her about all that I had been through trying to get the upgrade kit. She told me that there was no way to get it without having it installed professionally. I asked her if I was a new customer could I walk into a store and purchase the equipment and install it myself. She said yes. I asked her what the difference was. She told me that is the structure of the current promotion. She said that she understood my frustration and suggested that I call the corporate office on Monday morning.

At approximately 9:30 am this morning I called the corporate office and was connected to Carol (ID #77924). I told her what had transpired. She again told me that was the current promotion and that there was no way I was going to get the upgrade kit without having it professionally installed. I told her that a commercial I saw this morning on Dish Network said that Professional Installation Included it did not say required. I asked her if there was anything that could be done and she said no.

I asked Carol who was above her that I could talk to, she said that there was no one. I said to her, your name is not Charlie Ergen, so there must be someone I could talk to. She said that I have Charlies name and she would not give me the name of anyone else to talk to even though she admitted that Charlie Ergen would not take these types of calls.

I asked her again whom I could talk to next; she refused three separate times to give me the name of anyone else to talk to. I was frustrated enough that I was not receiving consistent answers from the people I was talking to, but for Carol to use the tone she did with me as well as refusing to give me the name of who I could talk to next was not appropriate.

Her comments alone made me wonder if the monthly Charlie Chats were nothing but hype. According to Carol, Charlie does not take calls like this. Dish Network advertises itself to be an alternative to the local cable distributors. At least with cable I know what customer service I may get. With Dish Network, I expected a little better. That is what they advertise.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/04/2001 12:00 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Dish-NetworkEcho-Star/Englewood-Colorado/Dish-NetworkEcho-Star-no-Customer-Service-5347. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

I Don't Blame Them

AUTHOR: Cory - (U.S.A.)

There is something strange here. They offer free installation and you insist on doing it yourself. I wouldn't hand you the equipment either. Should something go wrong, a house fire, a fried TV, you'll be the first ones to blame Dish TV and file suit. Just as a note, what is your reasoning for not allowing them to install the upgrade since you didn't give one in your post?
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Did you ever get your upgrade?

AUTHOR: Theodore - (U.S.A.)

I am sbca cert. and I was just wondering. It has been some time now since you have had your problem with dish. Did you ever get your upgrade, and did you get to do it yourself? I am an installer that works for a retailer. I may be reading this a little late, but how exacly did you get ripoff? Retailers buy the dish from suppliers. Dishnetwork reinburst for the coustermers free promo.
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#3 UPDATE Employee

a proud Dish Retailer from Missouri

AUTHOR: Luke - (U.S.A.)

I am a proud Dish Retailer from Missouri. Our company provides you the customer with high quality DSS equipment, at little or no charge.

You can easily see why we would want to make sure it is professionaly installed. We cannot risk our reputation on your ability to properly install our product. Unless you are an SBCA certified installer. You are certainly being difficult. Why don't you find a retailer you like; and let them do their job? Or better yet, just have Dish network take care of your needs.
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#4 Consumer Comment

CORPORATE OFFICE

AUTHOR: Joanna - (U.S.A.)

If you call 1-800-333-dish they will not give you any corporate information. Believe me I'm in a battle myself.
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#5 UPDATE Employee

I am sorry

AUTHOR: Pancho - (U.S.A.)

Dear Sir/Mam,

The person that you thought was in the corperate office is a customer service represenative. I am sorry to break this news to you. You need to call 1-800-333-3474 and ask for the corperate office.
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