Twitter Messages from Bell. Do they really know what they are talking about? So far no one has called me to figure out the issue but do you think they will actually call a client or make me call and wait on hold and waste a ton of my time trying to figure this out?
The thing is I would be ok if the plans are changing as I could then use my own decision whether to stay with Bell or check rates with other carriers. I was not given this choice. Isn't that odd? Do you tell your clients when you are raising rates or do you just do it?
I noticed my bill is now $21.60 more than the last 4 years so I tweeted Bell Mobility Support
ME: @Bell_Support why is my bill after all these years, $30 more for RIM bundle?
BELL Support: Hi there, it seems as though tethering was detected. Did you tether or use your BB as a modem? Let me know. Thanks
ME: I NEVER Tether as I know you will charge me. Can you please reverse?
BELL Support: the extra charges are not due to tethering, but rather the end of a promotion which gave you an extra 50%.
You benefited from this extra promotion since 02/09. The extra 50% isn't part of the corporate plan you are on
(Me wondering, you didn't check this before you commented that it was from tethering?)
BELL Support:Hi Darci, Not sure why you were given an extra 50% off in 2009. This is not part of the corporate plan. 500MB not BES
ME: Pls call me and I can tell you because it was a huge screw up on Bells part 2009.How can you change a bill w/o contacting me? 9:44am
Hi Darci, I noticed your data use is less than 200MB/month. You could switch to 500 MB for $25.00/month. Let me know!
ME: Have you looked at my plan, saw the initial notes and again, can you have someone call me. I am on a BES, always have been!This includes BES service? and again, why would BELL change this suddenly after years and not contact me?Why would I not be notified that a plan I have been on for 4 years is changing?
In Feb and March I talked to numerous BELL employees to sort out this mess as my first bill was not the total of $57.00 with voice but $117.00. They finally escalated it and put me on a Corporate plan which equalled the amount I was told by the Sales manager.
From: Darci LaRocque [email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 3:29 PM
To: WEL 552 - Vancouver Sales Manager
Subject: RE: Storm / Bell Deal
Whatever you did has now made my BES account not work. This was how I found out the 30 dollar plan is BIS only as I spent hours trying to figure out and it wouldn't activate. It worked when she put it on the 45 plan and now, while I am trying to do business on the road I no longer have access to email. This is very frustrating Brittany. Bell says one thing, Wireless etc...says another and regardless I am a bit hooped. My rogers account is cancelled and the 61 dollar plan you offer won't work and I need mobile access.
Please fix this ASAP!
Email from Sales Manager as I was sure that BlackBerry Enterprise Server devices wouldn't be on that plan.
I don't know why they would tell you that there is no $30 BES plan. I have communicated our problem with my Bell Account Representative and he has taken care of your plan for you. He added the correct $30 BES plan for you, as some one at customer service put you on a $45 plan. All you need to do is get in touch with your BES IT person so that they can give you the password to log on to the server.
In another one of those stunning bill-shock stories, a man finally got nearly a quarter-million dollars worth of charges removed from his wireless bill, but not before his stress level went sky-high.
Randy Posusta, a small business owner, got a call from Verizon Wireless a while back, telling him his bill was $233,000. Naturally, he almost passed out. Posusta told Phoenix’s 3TV that he asked Verizon to review the bill again, and the carrier made an adjustment to it. But not what he was expecting. He was still left on the hook for $122,000.
Verizon had a chance to turn this into some good P.R. After all, the company got off on the right foot by calling the customer and starting a dialogue about what was obviously a bogus charge. But then it all went wrong. Instead of eliminating what was clearly an error, Verizon only compounded it with a ridiculous reduction.
And it got worse. Posusta told the TV station that Verizon went as far as to take the money from a credit card he has on file with the carrier. Then came the customer-service nightmare we always hear about in these cases: constant transfers to different people at the company followed by assurances that things will be straightened out.
Verizon wound up shutting off his service, which obviously didn’t help him attract any customers. Once the TV station’s reporters approached the company, the carrier cleared the balance and sent an email that said, “We did not meet our own standards for promptness in resolving this."
3TV says VzW never did explain how the mistake happened. It would be pretty difficult for anyone to rack up nearly a quarter-million dollars worth of charges on an unlimited plan.
Bell today announced it will introduce its 4G wireless broadband network to Saskatchewan customers next week, offering the fastest wireless speeds, largest coverage area and the leading smartphones and other data devices available only on Canada's Best Network.
"Bell Mobility is enhancing competition in the Saskatchewan wireless marketplace and greatly expanding choice in mobile services for consumer and business customers," said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Bell Residential Services, and Bell's Chief Brand Officer. "With extensive high-speed mobile Internet coverage, leading services like Bell Mobile TV, and exclusive superphones and other mobile Internet solutions, we're offering Saskatchewan customers the best devices on the best network." With next week's launch, Bell will offer coverage to more than 98% of Saskatchewan's urban and rural population with 4G network mobile download speeds up to 21 megabits per second (Mbps) and typical speeds of 7 to 14 Mbps.
Bell Mobility products will be available at two brand-new Bell Stores now completing construction - at the Midtown Plaza in Saskatoon and the Southland Shopping Centre in Regina - and at Bell authorized dealers and The Source locations, a total of more than 50 retail outlets across the province.
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Bell has followed up their Unlimited Quebec plan with a promo in British Columbia.
Deadline: June 30th Includes: Unlimited local and long distance calling (within British Columbia), Call Waiting and Conference Calling. Price: $45
Why is this a big deal? I wanted to share with everyone as there seems to be a big buzz about this plan. I personally don't think this is great plan. It doesn't include data so not much use to anyone with a Smartphone. Who just carries a regular phone for talking only? Doesn't include Voicemail. Doesn't include unlimited texting. Everything else is an add-on for a fee.
Important changes to text message rates. As of Aug 1, 2011, pay-per-use text message rates will increase. This includes sent and received messages (including those sent to the US) by $0.05 to $0.20/msg. Text messages received from mobile apps will be $0.20/msg or will come out of your text bundle. Text messages sent to International numbers increase by $0.10 to $0.35/msg. Visit bell.ca/changes.
I really debated writing about this but anyone who knows me, I am always up front and customer service needs to change. Let me tell you about my story with Bell Mobility. I purchased a $600 9700 Bold as I initially had a Bold from Rogers and whenever I had problems the Bell standard line is "We don't support other carriers phones", though they are happy to port the number over. So I decided to concede and Future shop had a better deal than Bell, so I bought a Bell branded Bold 9700. Feb 23/2010. Love that model by the way! About 3 weeks in, the battery wouldn't hold a charge and I go to Future shop where they tell me it is a Bell issue. At the store I call Bell and they say it is a Future shop issue. hmmmmm....The kind lady says you know what, here is a battery. Whew..... She said the warranty ends next week, only 30 days. So as luck would have it, I hadn't used the memory card yet and on day 32, yes 2 days out of warranty, I find that it won't recognize ANY memory card. I call Bell and guess what? I call Future shop and guess what? Let the finger pointing begin. Bell also says why didn't you buy an extended warranty, only $7 a month, and we would happily swap it. Well, because I wasn't asked or told about this through Future shop. So I spend several hours on the phone and give up and every once and awhile for the next few weeks I attempt the process all over again. Same result. So last week I HAVE to get this resolved and I spent, are you ready? Approximately 8 hours on the phone over two days, Bell says call Future shop, Future shop ( usually doesn't answer their phone but when they do they say...) says call Bell.
Tell me what a consumer does? Can I bill them for all the time it has taken me to resolve this? Do you report it to the Better Business Bureau? Do huge companies have the right to do this?
Finally I talk someone at Bell to pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaase help me. They finally say ok, ok, but we are doing you a favour as Future shop should be handling this. Thank you, thank you for honouring a device that you have made arrangements with Future shop to sell. Here is the ticket number they say and go to one of our repair stores and they will send it out for you. Lucky me I feel. Oh but wait not done yet, we don't loan out another berry to you without charging you 240 dollars on your cc, which you will get back when the phone comes back, wait for it........5-8 weeks later. Seriously I say? I could be without a phone for 2 months? If I choose to not buy/rent your loaner, can you stop my payment until I get my device back? No we can't do that! You pay, even though you won't have a device. Hmmmm Interesting theory. So what can you do? I say ok, fine, thanks for helping me out. My honey gets home and I am near tears having spend 4 hours this day on the phone. He says, let me call customer loyalty. He spends 2 hours on the phone and gets them to ship a loaner for free. Well, that is a nice thing to do for sure. So thanks Bell, that was and is great, though shouldn't that just be a normal process? We are told to wait for the phone and then take both in for them to swap the info.
So today I go to the store, all equipped with everything and what does the guy say? Oh I know you know......Go to Future Shop. OMG, I almost lost it but kept my cool and eventually, though not happy about it, he said he would do me a favour and send it out. He also said he doesn't know who told me 5-8 weeks....Well, every person I talked too! He thinks it might be 2-4.
So I don't know what the moral of this story is but be very careful about who supports what when you purchase any phone and get EVERYTHING in writing.
I will update you later as to what happens when I get my gorgeous 9700 Bold back!