ED Magedson – Founder
CharterPO Box 742616 Cincinnatti, Ohio USA
Charter, aka Charter Advanced Services (AL), LLC False Advertising Cincinnatti Ohio
On January 31, 2013, I ordered phone and internet services from a special I saw online after having two months of my internet having been down constantly with Windstream. I was told that if I prepaid Charter $79.99, it would cover the $29.99 installation fee and I would not receive my first billing until April 6th. I wrote this down not once, but twice, along with the date of documentation and confirmation number of my order. I also received an email with the confirmation number of my order. I did use my debit card to prepay the $79.99.
I received my first bill last week stating that it will be due March 19, only 13 days after my first 30 days' use of these services. Prepayment was applied to my first month's use from the date of installation, 2/7 to 3/6. I understand that. What I do NOT understand is why I am having to pay for a full month's service with payment due only 13 days from 3/7, the first day of my second month's service.
Their customer service rep kept repeating the same thing, about how "all cable companies charge in advance." It sounded like he was reading it. The fact still remains. I was told by the person from whom I ordered Charter, and I repeat, that I would receive my first bill April 6, 2014. Am I wrong, or is this false advertising? I told him it is and also told him they need to get together with the people who market their "online specials" and tell them to stop lying to their potential new customers.
I have read the forums and have heard all about how all cable companies charge in advance, ad nauseum. I don't want to see or hear it again. My service with Charter, thus far, has been great. The bottom line is this. I don't being lied to. We're on a tight budget here and I did NOT calculate this into my budget this month.
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