• Report: #667035
Complaint Review:

Virgin Mobile Broadband

  • Submitted: Wed, December 01, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, December 01, 2010

  • Reported By: KSN — Monroe New York United States of America
Virgin Mobile Broadband
www.virginmobileusa.com Internet United States of America

Virgin Mobile Broadband stole money and lied about cancellation... Internet

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I purchased an iPad (wifi only model/64GB) and a MIFI 2200 (Virgin Mobile) on October 26, 2010.  I opted for this pair because I didn't like that AT&T capped their broadband limit to 2GB per month for $25.  I figured going with the Virgin Mobile Mifi 2200 unlimited for $40 would be a better deal.

I activated the MIFI 2200 on 10/28/10 over the phone with VM as I was having trouble activating the device via instructions.  The VM rep activated the device and asked which plan I was interested in.  I was overly confident in their service that I opted for the $40 unlimited plan despite knowing that they also had a "$10 for 10MB in 10 days" plan.  I should've opted for that to try them out first.

I used the MIFI 2200 for ONE day.  I was appalled at their download and upload speeds.  I tried it in three different locations in the NY metro area.  I was consistently getting less than 30kbps down and 5kbps up.  This is less than dial up.  I just couldn't do any business with these speeds.

The very next day I returned the MIFI 2200 and the iPad.  I figured I had no choice but to get the iPad with built-in 3G via AT&T.

I called VM on 10/27 to cancel and they said that their computers were down.  Please call later.  I called on 10/29, same thing, computers are down, please call later.  Next chance I got to call was on 11/3.  I actually spoke to a live human being after 25 minutes of holding.

I explained to the gentleman that I had recently activated a MIFI 2200 on 10/28/10 and returned the device the following day because I was not happy with their speeds.  I further explained that I had tried calling multiple times in the past few days but couldn't get through because of issues on VM's end.

I explained to the rep that I would like to cancel my account as I no longer have the device.  I figured that what would be fair was to charge me $10 (the smallest plan they had) and refund my $40.  I asked the rep if he could check my usage for the day I had the device and he said that it was 10MB.  

The rep said that unfortunately their computer systems would not allow them to refund the $40.  I found that hard to believe.  I sincerely asked the rep if what I was asking for was fair or not.  He said that he agreed that I shouldn't be charged $40 for 10MB but that he would speak with a supervisor to see what they can do.

I waited quite a few minutes to speak with a female supervisor who was not kind at all.  She stood her ground on that their computers would not let them refund the $40.  At this point I started to get angry.  I explained to her that it was not the money but the principle behind it.  I should not be charged for something I did not get.

I was tired of talking by now so I said, no problem, keep the money, I hope VM can use my $40.  Have dinner on me.

I sarcastically asked, "Will your computers give you the ability to cancel my account?".  She said yes.  I said, "please cancel my account".  Do you need me for anything else?  She said no, I then hung up.

Fast forward to 12/1/10.  I was taking a look at my bank statement online and guess what I see?  A charge for $40 from Virgin Mobile on 11/29.  

I was heated.  I called VM immediately.  After 10 d**n minutes of speaking with a virtual advisor I got a rep.  I explained everything to her.  She said you have the wring department.  She transferred me to Broadband2go.  I spoke with another rep who I explained the whole thing to.  He was apologetic and explained that the account was never cancelled.  He said that I should receive a refund in 3-5 days.  He also said that he would erase my CC# from their system.  Lets see what happens.

What ever happened to customer service?  Why does it take seconds to charge someone's card but days to refund money back onto it?  

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