Where do I begin Several months ago we started an account with Alltel wireless. We have two lines one is a smart phone the other is not. We did a lot of research on plan cost and phone cost. We thought Alltel was the best match for what we needed. The first two months of our business agreement with Alltel was great. We had wonderful service where ever we were. The trouble started three months into our contract.
We moved to a different city and needed to change our phone numbers to the appropriate area code. We contacted Alltel to do so we spoke to a nice gentleman who said we could change our number without a problem and without charge. We got our new numbers and three weeks later we got our bill with the new number. Two days after that we got another bill with our old numbers claiming we owed $200.00 for closing our old numbers plus we owed them money for the current bill. It took 7 different people at Alltel to fix this problem.
What Alltel had done was a hirer an incompetent person! We were told by the supervisor on duty the (third one we spoke to) the gentleman who switched our numbers closed out our old numbers by closing out the contract and opening a new one, which caused a break in our contract. No notes were ever added to our count with the original phone numbers. OK so this got fixed and we owed just the original monthly bill. We thought everything was going to be fine.What were we thinking
The following month we get a bill for $50.00 more than what it should have been. We thought we went over or minuets (should have paid more attention to the bill) So we paid the full amount. The following month the bill is even more so we call and only to be told we have two smart phones and that is why our bill is so high. Ok here is the catch we only have one smart phone and one not so smart phone (a normal no bells and whistles phone). We try explaining to Alltel we only have one smart phone they do not want to hear it. We are not outright called liars but as many times as we told them and gave them equipment numbers of the two phones what else could they have been sayingI mean really!!
So finally we spoke to someone with some common sense who fixed the problem. The problem we then had is the payment had already been taken out of our account. We called the next day to get a part of the payment they took from our account back so we could pay our other bills. We were told by a supervisor they could not and would not refund our money. They had no way of doing so, they would use the extra money they took out towards next month's bill. We of course tried to explain to them we are hurting like everyone else in the country and need the money back in our account to pay bills. We were laughed at and told it was not their fault we do not pay attention to our billing statements (for real?). At this point we are very angry and ready to cut our ties with Alltel, but they catch you there as well you have too pay $200.00 for each line you cut the contract with. Side Note: Which by the way if you are paying attention the prior month they explained to us the reason we were billed for $200.00 dollars extra was because according to their records we broke contract on the phones we had. Needless to say we had a creditso we thought. The following month we ended up with a bill. When we called they had no record of the credit and told us we paid what we owed. Finally after talking with several people we got it fixed and owed a small amount of our bill.
We had not had any problems with them for a few months until today. I guess they thought we had not messed with them for a whileWe go to check our account balance so we could find out how much money we could spend at the grocery store and on gas after our light bill and other misc. bills came out for the remainder of the week (today is only Monday) and there is no money in our account. We got online and looked at out account and found Alltel took out a double payment. Of course we called Alltel's Customer No Service Line and spoke to a gentleman by the name of Robert. Robert explained this was their mistake and he would fix it. His fixing would take 2 to 3 business days. We tried to we explain our problem of the light bill which had not come out of our account yet. Robert continued to say there was nothing he could do we would just have to accept this as is. Of course we are now seeing red!!! We decided we are going to cut ties with Alltel at the end of the month we explain this to Robert who out right laughs and says you have one more year with your contract you break it we will get your money anyway. Does anyone else have a problem with this statement??
Needless to say we had to borrow money from our parents to pay the light bill and there will be no going to the grocery store not even for the necessities. I am glad Alltel enjoys putting their paying customers in financial restraints. Not even Sprint Nextel does that!!!!!
So to anyone who is looking at going with Alltel I ask that you reconsider or at least weigh all of your options before settling.
--Foodless but I have a cell phone!!
Carrboro, North Carolina
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