Report: #1009600

Complaint Review: Cricket

  • Submitted: Tue, February 05, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, February 05, 2013
  • Reported By: A. Henderson — Houston Texas United States of America
  • Cricket

    United States of America

Cricket Cricket Wireless, Cricket Communications Absolutely horrible, Internet

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

This is truly the worst buying experience I've ever had. I'm not talking about buying a phone, I'm talking about EVER. 

My intention by switching to cricket was to be able to buy an iPhone and save a few bucks on my monthly bill.

My first hint that this was going to be a nightmare should have been when I spent 25 minutes on hold for a sales agent. Once the agent picked up, he spoke flawless english and took my order swiftly. I paid extra for overnight shipping and placed my order at around 10:00am. The total I paid was slightly over $680 (iPhone 5 + Overnight Shipping + 1st Month + Taxes)

The very next day I was waiting for my phone and nothing. I called to find out what was going on and they told me my order was delayed because of a busy warehouse. They said they couldn't refund the money I paid for overnight shipping, but as a "courtesy" they would lower my 1st monthly bill by $10.

The next day my phone did arrive. The second nasty surprise came when I opened the box and the iPhone had a cracked screen. I immediately called them back to try and figure out what was going on. Off course when I called the sales line, they said that I had to call a different number because they didn't handle customer service requests. 

I called the new number and off course the person that answered had an accent so heavy I just could not understand them. I'm not being nasty towards the customer service rep, I'm used to calling India or the Philippines when I have to contact customer service, but this gentleman just could not be understood. I politely asked to be transferred to someone else that had a less pronounced accent, the rep responded that "they didn't have anyone else" and hung up.

I called again and this time a lady picked up with a far less pronounced accent. I explained the situation and she told me that I had to contact UPS and file a claim with them for the broken device (Even though the shipping box showed no damage whatsoever) obtain the claim number and then call them back with the claim.

So I called UPS, filed the claim, and called the number back. This time another gentleman with an even heavier accent than the first guy picked up the phone. I got so frustrated I just hung up without even saying anything. I called back and a third gentleman answered that could be understood. I explained the situation yet again and gave him the claim number. He said that I had to now ship the phone back to them and I would get a refund WITHIN 30 DAYS. I said I did not want a refund, that I wanted them to replace the phone, I was appalled when the response came back "It is not our policy to issue replacements, only refunds, and they take 30 days". I demanded to speak to a supervisor and the agent's response was the following (I'm being serious with this) "I don't want to waste our supervisor's time, cause he's going to tell you the same thing I just said"

At this point I was so furious that I just called the rep an incompetent ape, and hung up the phone.

After cooling off for a few hours I called yet again. This time the person that answered had very little accent answered the phone. I gave her a brief explanation of what had happened and asked her to send me a pre-paid label to send the phone back. Her response was as follows: "We don't pay for return shipping".

At this point I absolutely lost it... I threw the phone in the garbage and filed a complaint with my credit card company, which is what I should have done in the first place.

The moral of this story is the following: STAY AWAY FROM CRICKET COMMUNICATIONS AT ALL COSTS.
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