Saturday, May 9, 2009
Unfortunately I have been preoccupied with work and computer issues, but I will not stop! I am only one of who knows how many thousands of consumers who have suffered such deceptive behavior and it needs to stop!
So as for updates....
I have completed the first draft of my 93A letter, and the 4-page long letter is currently being reviewed by an attorney (personal perks). It will be out by next weekend.
Since my letter to the Collection Agency, I have received no calls, no letters, nor any other type of blemish on my credit score, which I have checked. It's great to know your rights as a consumer! It's so disgusting how Collection Agencies purposely take advantage of consumers' lack of knowledge concerning their rights.
Although I have no longer experienced any harassment from collections, I have received a bill directly from T-Mobile. It was my final bill for the week of service I had before I canceled, they even charged me for the time they had suspended my service. These people are hilarious. They expect to pay for the bill, but... they canceled my access to my account online so I can grab any of my information. Who would think that my desire to help the earth by going GREEN and eliminating paper waste would result in T-Mobile trying to screw me over.
Until this dispute with T-Mobile is resolved, it's going to continue to annoy the heck out of me, but I must admit that it has helped me learn a lot about consumer rights. In the weeks since my dispute with T-Mobile began, I have started helping several clients from the office where I'm employed, put an end to harassment from collection agencies. I have received so many emails from clients expressing their gratitude for personally taking the effort to help them, that my employer has decided to adopt this as a office practice. I've written so many notices to collection agencies in the past few weeks that I decided to create a template for them. (Which I intend to share on my next post)
As cheesy as it sounds, I'm touched each and every time I receive an email from a client to report the end of the harassing phone calls. It's amazing how was small act can help lift a person so much....
Anyways... Since they can't report to any credit agencies without informing me, it's one less thing to worry about while I continue my fight against T-Mobile.
Unfortunately, I still have a lot work left to do, so I will share some tips on how to forward your own letter to Collections on my next post as well as some information on my 93A letter.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
But that is what the T-Mobile customer service representative expected me to believe when he left me a voice message earlier today. After sending out a massive EECB to the following people:
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dave MillerSenior Vice President and General Counsel
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
John Birrer (The only person who actually responded)
Senior Vice President Customer Service
12920 SE 38th Street
Bellevue, WA 98006
Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations
Executive Response Team
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)Rene.email@example.com
Board member for T-Mobile, Product Development, Technology and IT
Board member for Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance
Board member for T-Systems
Board member for South Eastern Europe
with CCs to:
their PR company
plus some news outlets... why not?
NBC Nightly News
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Corporate America tries to Survive Struggling Economy by Ripping Off Struggling Consumers
With the current state of the economy, people have never been more aware of their own finances than now. The recession has brought on a wave of anguish and anxiety that has affected the entire country, but none more than the average working class American- people with mortgages, loans and a family to care for.
Amid all the fears concerning job stability and making ends meet, why now, does the average American have yet another reason to worry? While consumers continue to toil in this unstable economy, Corporate America has continued to exhibit deceptive business practices at an alarming rate. More and more, corporations are demonstrating deceptive billing practices and other dishonest behavior in an effort to maintain profit margins in this failing economy. This appalling behavior became much more apparent to me after being overcharged hundreds of dollars by my long-time wireless carrier, T-Mobile.
From 2002-2009, I was a loyal customer who paid her bills on time and was pretty much content with the service I received. This all changed this past March, when I discovered I was billed for ~$500+ in overages for text-messages. This charge came as a surprise to me since I had contacted customer support to have this service reverted to unlimited, which was confirmed by the representative I spoke with at the time.
When I contacted T-Mobile customer service, I was stunned to find that I was met with adversity, where the representatives refused to listen to me, or rationally address any of my concerns. To make matters worse, the higher up the corporate ladder I went, the more I was ignored. The T-Mobile representatives were rude and condescending, constantly speaking over me and not allowing me to speak. Instead of the courteous and understanding treatment, you would come to expect of customer service, I was yelled at, and spoken to like a child. To my astonishment, when I stated that I really hope to resolve the issue without having to resort to litigation, the representative scoffed at me and told me he would see me in court, amongst other things.
After my mind-numbing encounter with this belligerent representative, I decided to do a little online investigation to see if any other consumers have experienced similar situations. Like me, a number of people have been victims of deceptive billing, lying customer representatives, and have even encountered similar rude representatives. Most of these instances have resulted in T-Mobile unfairly tossing the accounts of many loyal customers of several years into collections.
In addition to my ongoing dispute with T-Mobile, I have also experienced many other examples of deceptive business practices, which is becoming more frequent. In the past month alone, I can name two instances of business deception that would disgust any consumer. In one instance, I received a check in the mail from a company where I used to buy and sell my textbooks. I found it strange that I was receiving a random $5.00 check and upon further inspection, I discovered a block of fine print, written in light gray, situated beneath the endorsement line. The fine print stated that upon endorsement of the check, that the endorsee authorizes the company to withdraw $150 from their checking account, every month, for the next two years. The most appalling part about this is the fact that the company is known for selling and buying textbooks; that in itself implied that they were aiming at college students.
The need for Corporate America to rip off the average consumer doesn’t end with hitting people at home, but also at their offices. While at work, our office received a call from a company we had done business with, stating that they received our package but that there was no check enclosed. This was strange since we make it habit to staple the stubs to all correspondence to verify the checks were mailed. We confirmed this to the caller who denied finding any check but hung up any way. After this call, we received a letter from the company, reiterating what the caller had said before. Our office made the decision to write another check and charge the company for the stop payment fee.
While in the process of writing the new check, we also call the bank to stop payment. Upon speaking with a bank representative, we discover that the company had already cashed the check, and that it was cashed, before the date of letter, and even before the date of the initial call. When we call to inform the company that we would not issue a second check since it was cashed, they claimed having no knowledge of it, but we also never received another call from them either.
The lengths these corporations are taking in order to maintain their profit margins is not only disgusting, but also illegal. I think it would be beneficial to people everywhere, if these corporations are investigated for these underhanded dealings.
Since my T-Mobile dispute is ongoing, I have started a blog to chronicle my experience with them in hopes that it will help warn other consumers of the company’s dishonest practices.
The blog can be viewed at http://t-mobileFAILS.blogspot.com
I truly do believe that this story will catch the attention of consumers and corporate executives everywhere. As consumers, we have given these companies a great deal of our hard-earned money. At the very least, they could have shown us a little bit of respect. It is disheartening to know that these companies care so little about the customers who helped built their companies. This is why I implore you to further to look into this story and help the voices who are often ignored, get heard.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Wow... I can totally see why they deserve the award... not.
So since no matter what I do, T-Mobile is choosing to ignore me and glaze over me as a deadbeat ex-customer. How nice of them, right? After all those years of taking my money, all of a sudden I'm not important. What a great way to show how much you appreciate your customers.
Since they won't listen, the only thing left to do is to try to get myself heard anyway possible.
Here are some of the places I've shared my experiences with T-Mobile thus far...
HaroldSays Consumer Advocate
And these are just the posts I've made thus far. I intend to continue spreading the word on how horrible of a company T-Mobile is. Consumer ought to know what they're getting themselves into if they are even considering doing business with the deceptive company. They make most of their money by screwing over customers.
As long as we're on the subject of consumers who have been screwed over by T-Mobile. Here are some examples below:
This is one of my favorite examples of T-Mobile's awesome customer service
An example of how much T-Mobile actually appreciates "Loyal Customers". Another big Up Yours from T-Mobile to their customers.
Another loyal customer who can vouch that T-Mobile is by far one of the worse cell phone companies.
You try to be civil with these customer service representatives and they treat you like ass. They are so condescending and rude to you and all they do is repeat out of a manual and don't listen to anything you have to say.
He sums it the best, for all the effing money they T-Mobile charges us, the least they can do is treat us with a little respect. Years of giving them our money and all they do is ignore us and rip us off. Seriously #@!$#@%$@# you T-Mobile~!
Other Complaints to read from T-Mobile Customers:
T-Mobile CSR Misleads Customers
T-Mobile Lies About Making Requested Changes to Account
This is pretty much the same situation I'm in. I bet this is how they make most of their money.
T-Mobile Reps Lies and Harasses Customers
Ex-Customers Sign Petition verifying that T-Mobile Sucks
Another loyal Customer is Overcharged and Ignored
I'm sure all of consumers who have spent well well over years paying T-Mobile are just a bunch of deadbeat liars who doesn't want to pay... just like what the T-Mobile customer service representatives said we are....
Yeah... right... Calling all consumers out there....
DON'T GET T-MOBILE!!!
that is all.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The way I see it, my record should speak for itself. A loyal customer of many years, who paid her bills on time, and didn’t make frequent calls to customer service to complain. The fact that I was a customer should’ve been enough to warrant being treated with good faith let alone the fact that I was a loyal customer for several years. How ironic, that I was offered the “Unlimited Loyalty Plan”, the same time I was canceling my account. Even the representative who made the offer me laughed at himself for even asking, but it was protocol.
Judging from my experience so far, I have my doubts about how much T-Mobile actually cares about their “loyal customers”… scratch that. I don’t doubt it, I know they don’t care. They’re just looking for more ways to screw their customers over so they can “GET MORE” for themselves.
Well anyways, back to the EECB. About two days after the email went out; I received a voice mail in response to my email. This started a series of emails back and forth with another customer service representative who also proved to be unhelpful.
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Executive Customer Relations
Office 877-290-6323 extension 3418022
Fax number 505-998-3796
In the series of emails, Ralph essentially repeats whatever is “noted” on my account, stating that T-Mobile will not change their position on the matter. He then offers to settle the matter with a $250 goodwill credit, which I decline again. I guess T-Mobile doesn’t want to look like a bunch of hypocrites by going against what against what another T-Mobile rep already determined.
So much for speaking to a rational T-Mobile employee who would actually listen to me.
As I stated before (like a broken record), why should I have to pay because someone else’s mistake? I was promised a service which I didn’t receive, and now I’m expected to pay because of it? I also find it insulting how these T-Mobile representatives keep speaking to me like they’re the ones doing me a favor, by offering their one-time goodwill credits. It’s like a smack in the face.
Although Ralph didn’t speak to me as rudely as the previous representative, Vin Rozzi, he still proved to be unhelpful. Ralph didn’t address any of my issues or even my complaint about how I was treated by Rozzi, who yelled at me, and essentially accused me of being a deadbeat.
I bet T-Mobile has a policy where representatives are only allowed to respond to customers using a set of prewritten responses, most of these representatives are not better than talking to an automated machine. That would explain why every rep I speak to just ignore and spit out the same responses over and over regardless of what I say.
Well long story short, after a slew of emails, nothing was resolved. Ralph maintained that T-Mobile was not at fault since they had no record and that T-Mobile considered the matter closed. It was seriously the same thing that the other representative said, so I think it’s safe to say that T-Mobile customer representatives read from the same book with a fill in the name slot for the names of their customers.
So in response to Ralph’s redundant and unhelpful reply, I emailed him the following:
April 13, 2009
Like I said before, I have contacted T-Mobile regarding the requested changes and the fact that T-Mobile has no records of my call shows no fault on my part. I have been a loyal customer for several years and have never made any complaints against T-Mobile before. I have incurred overages in the past which I paid without an issue, since I knew it was my fault. However, I will not pay for charges that I am not responsible for.
Can you verify without a shadow of a doubt that the system which T-Mobile utilizes to monitor customer service calls works 100% of the time and is 100% accurate. If it is in fact as accurate as you have implied, then I see no reason why you would not be able to track my calls, or note that fact that I did not request to have my service updated to unlimited recently, but that your representative said she would change my plan to prevent further overages upon hearing my situation. In fact, if your system was so accurate, the representatives would not have told me they had no record of me checking my account online since November when I had indeed checked in earlier that week which compelled me to call in the first place about the erroneous charges.
I am not a one to make false claims when I am the one at fault. A T-Mobile representative confirmed my requested change, and promised me a service that I never received. As a result of an employee of T-Mobile, my account was unjustly billed for overages that I would've not incurred otherwise.
Throughout my attempts to resolve this matter, T-Mobile has shown me nothing but bad faith and disrespect. It pains me to think that I spent so many years doing business with a company that cares so little about their customers.
Please be advised that if you forward my account to collections resulting in late fees and/or harm to my credit score, I intend to seek compensation for those damages as well. I have posted about dispute on numerous consumer blogs and will continue my claim through the small claims court.
Ralph, of course ignored my question and said that I should pay it before my account is thrown into collections.
But once again, a Customer Service Representative of T-Mobile are full of Sh…
I say this because I started receiving harassing calls from a collection agency about 4 days of closing my account; which was about 2 weeks before I Ralph and I first spoke. Upon receiving the first call from the collection agency, I was a bit stunned since I specifically asked the rep who I talked with to close my account, to make a note about the billing dispute to prevent it from being thrown into collections.
The collections rep who called only proved to further irk me when he introduced himself rudely to me as if I had done something wrong. Of course, by that time, my frustration was through the roof and I wasn’t about to let some idiot from a collections agency who knew nothing about my situation talked to me like some deadbeat who refuses to pay her bills.
I informed this idiot of the situation which should’ve been noted on my account, which he says it wasn’t. Shock there… Then I told him that I am not surprised that another T-Mobile rep failed to do their job and for him to be smart, do his job and note my account appropriately and to not call me unless he wants me to sue him for harassment.
The following day I receive a collection notice dated 2-3 days after I closed my account.
Seriously… T-Mobile Customer service number 1 according to JD Powers and Associates my @$$.
They are poorly trained and unprofessional in every way. They can’t update customer accounts correctly, and they have this bad habit of lying to customers. Since they clearly don't seem able to listen or understand their customers, T-Mobile might as well outsource their customer service to India and save themselves a few bucks. I'm sure they level of comprehension and competency will be the same. At least then, T-Mobile execs will be getting what they paid for in their customer service department.
Following the email I received from Ralph, I decided it was best to contact the collection agency, ER Solutions, Inc. just to make sure my account was properly noted this time. I contacted a representative named, Ayesha who informed me that there was no notes or any information on my account other than I owe money.
Another failure by customer service representatives
So I repeat the situation again, ask her to put my account on hold and I sent the agency a letter via first class and certified to prevent any damage to my credit.
Here's a copy of the letter I sent to the collection agency:
April 14, 2009
BY CERTIFIED MAIL
ER Solutions, Inc.
49 Winter Street
Weymouth, MA 02188
Re: ERS Account No.: XXXXXXX
I am receipt of your notice of collection for $568.74 in relation my now closed account with T-Mobile. Prior to closing my account, I spoke with a T-Mobile customer representative concerning a dispute I am having with regard to the balance and to note my account accordingly. As such, I am puzzled by the phone calls and correspondence I have received from your agency for the aforementioned matter. On April 13th, I contacted your office and spoke with Ayesha, ext.2218, informing her of the pending dispute and to cease all activities on my account.
In accordance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), I have the right to request for a validation of my debt. This is asking for proof verifying the debt you claim. As I am disputing this balance, you as a collection agency have the obligation to verify the validity and accuracy of this balance. Without proper verification, you must be aware that reporting such inaccurate information will result in defamation of character and negatively affect my credit report. You are supposed to stop all collection activities including reporting this information on my credit report.
Please attach copies of the following with the reply:
1. The agreement, which authorizes the creditor to collect debt on the alleged debt;
2. The signed agreement from the debtor conforming to pay the creditor; and
3. The documents regarding the payments made on this account validating the amount.
Please note that this letter will also serve as your legal notice under provisions of federal law, the FDCPA, to cease all communication with me concerning the debt referenced above. I have decided that I do not desire to work with a collection agency under any circumstances. I will contact the original creditor to resolve this matter directly, as circumstances warrant. You are also notified that should any adverse information be placed against my credit reports as a result of this notice that appropriate actions will be taken.
Please be advised that any non-compliance to this written notice will result in a formal complaint against you with the Federal Trade Commission who is responsible for enforcement of the FDCPA, the States Attorney General office and Massachusetts Bar Association. In addition, I will also not hesitate to take legal action against you, which will include charges of mail-fraud, which refers to any attempt to unlawfully obtain money using the U.S. Postal Service.
I have disputed this debt; therefore, until validated you know your information concerning this debt is inaccurate. Thus, if you have already reported this debt to any credit-reporting agency (CRA) or Credit Bureau (CB) then, you must immediately inform them of my dispute with this debt. Reporting information that you know to be inaccurate or failing to report information correctly violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act 1681s-2. Should you pursue a judgment without validating this debt, I will inform the judge and request the case be dismissed based on your failure to comply with the FDCPA.
Please give this very important matter the attention it deserves.
CERTIFIED MAIL: RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED NO.: XXXXXXX
Corporate America never fails to amaze me with their overwhelming lack of concern for consumers. Why own up to their mistakes when they can deny everything and try to force customers to pay up by sending collection agencies after them.
It seems like the more the recession takes a toll on the country, the more Corporate America tries to screw over consumers. Regular everyday people, who are suffering the most from the recession. It is a shame how low Corporate America has sunk.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
What to do now?
What else? But to get tips from the most informative consumer blog on the web, Consumerist.com. After browsing through the blog, I found that one of the tactics, which got the most rave reviews for Consumerists fighting back, was the Executive Email Carpet Bomb, better known as an EECB. According to numerous consumers, there is no better way to get a company to acknowledge you and finally stop ignoring you, than to launch one of these.
The gist of an EECB is to get your voice heard by some top level people who might actually care about what your have to say. I was surprised to see how often people actually experience trouble with T-Mobile until I tried locating emails and found numerous blogs containing this information. This just goes to show how "awesome" T-Mobile's customer service is.... yeah...
So, I wrote my complaint and sent it to their Executive Customer Service Response team, and hoped for the best. The below is a copy of what I sent:
Robert P. Dotson - President, CEO, and Director
12920 SE 38th St.
Bellevue, WASHINGTON 98006
Re: Overage Charges
Dear Mr. Dotson:
I am contacting you in relation to an ongoing dispute I have with T-Mobile regarding overage charges that were erroneously billed to my account. For the past month, I have contacted T-Mobile Customer Service repeatedly in hopes of resolving this matter but have been unsuccessful in my efforts.
In December 2008, after incurring some text messaging overage charges, I contacted T-Mobile Customer Service and requested to upgrade to unlimited Text messaging to prevent future overages. Following the confirmed service change, I did not encounter any problems until approximately two billing cycles later.
In March 2009, while checking my credit card statements online, as I often did, I was surprised to find that T-Mobile had charged me ~$300 more than usual through automatic bill pay. Figuring that the charges must be a mistake, I accessed my T-Mobile account online and was shocked to discover that the charges were text messaging overages and was also being charges another ~$200 in overages as another billing cycle had just ended when my payment was posted to my credit card.
I immediately contacted T-Mobile customer service to resolve the mistakenly billed overages to my account. The first representative I spoke with, after explaining my situation to him, informed me he was unable to help me and that he would find someone who could. I was bounced around several times before I was finally able to speak with another customer representative, Nicole.
During my thirty-minute conversation with Nicole, I explained that the charges were erroneous, as I had requested my text messaging service be upgraded to unlimited months earlier. Nicole then informed me that she was unable to locate any notes regarding my request but T-Mobile would be willing to offer me a $100 goodwill credit. I declined her offer, stating that it was an insufficient resolution to my problem. I then requested to speak with her supervisor and was informed that one would contact me within 24 hours.
When I did not receive a call from the supervisor as promised, I contacted T-Mobile again, where I was bounced around for another fifteen minutes before finally speaking with a representative named Jason. Jason, like Nicole, informed me that he was unable to help me, and that a supervisor would contact me in 72 hours.
After several days of waiting for a response, I contacted the Better Business Bureau in hopes of expediting a resolution. The following day, I received a call from a T-Mobile supervisor in response to my BBB complaint, a Mr. Vin Rozzi. I believed I would be able to resolve the issue with Mr. Rozzi but was surprised to find that Mr. Rozzi had no interest in listening to me or understanding my situation. Throughout our conversation, Mr. Rozzi refused to listen to me, repeatedly interrupting me and talking over me while vehemently repeating that the charges were my “fault”. The more I attempted to explain my situation, the louder Mr. Rozzi became.
Despite my best attempts to communicate with Mr. Rozzi, he made no effort to understand or rationally address the issue. Mr. Rozzi then offered a $200 goodwill credit, stating that it was a onetime offer despite the fact that T-Mobile maintains that the charges are my “fault”. I declined the offer, explaining to Mr. Rozzi that I felt the charges were unfair as I was promised a service by a customer representative of T-Mobile, which I never received and as a result, incurred substantial costs that would have otherwise been avoidable.
I went on to inform Mr. Rozzi that I had been a loyal customer for several years and hoped to resolve the issue without having to resolve to litigation. To my surprise and amazement, Mr. Rozzi responded with a scoff, stating that he would see me in court and that he would report my non-acceptance to the BBB and that as far as T-Mobile was concerned, my case was closed. Shortly after my communications with Mr. Rozzi, T-Mobile suspended my cell phone services.
Having been a loyal T-Mobile customer since 2002, it is difficult not to feel utterly flabbergasted by the treatment I was given. It truly was my hope to resolve this issue and continue my relationship with T-Mobile, unfortunately the sequence of events leading up to the suspension of my services, brought me to make the decision to end my long-running relationship with T-Mobile.
It is regrettable that this situation led the cancellation of my services with T-Mobile however; I hope we can resolve this problem without having to resort to litigation or arbitration. I look forward to your reply and resolution to this matter.
After sending this out, I felt a bit relieved, because I started to feel a tinge of hope that perhaps I'd find a rational person who could actually understand the situation. And how it is wrong to expect a customer to pay for a T-Mobile representative's mistake.
I got a call back two days later... but I'll save that for the next post....
T-Mobile contact info I've found:
Robert Dotson, CEO
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
12920 SE 38th St.
Bellevue, WASHINGTON 98006
Robert Dotson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Assistant to the Vice President
1-877-290-6323 ext. 341-8025
Executive Customer Relatives Coordinator
877-290-6323, ext. 341-8083
Executive Customer Relations Coordinator
877-290-6323 ext. 341-8082
Executive Resolutions Fax:
Other T-Mobile Consumer Complaints:
Billing Complaints from ConsumerAffairs.com
Another Cheated Loyal Customer
Rep Screws Up, Customer Pays
T-Mobile Sucks at Math so Customer Credit Scores Have to Suffer
Denial & Collection Agencies: T-Mobile's #1 Solution for Incompetent Employees
On another note... I stumbled upon this post from a former T-Mobile Customer Representative. I'm sure anyone who has been burned by T-Mobile billing and/or their customer service will see this as further validation to our disputes.
T-Mobile best customer service my @$$:
Customer Service - Sweat Shop Environment - Customer Service
Posted By: philmore on 11/11/2008
I was a customer service representative for T-Mobile. They claim to have the best service. It was the worse job I ever had. Management was rude and uninformed. They were unhelpful in resolving disputes and became inflamed if you transferred an unsatisfied customer to them. We were never allowed to give out corporate numbers, repair center numbers.
It was a total sweat shop environment. I was a long timer at 6 months.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
To Whom it may concern,
Following my telephone conversation with Mr. Rozzi from the T-Mobile Customer Relations Department, the company has failed to fairly address this matter.
I am also stunned and disappointed by the lack of respect and courtesy I was shown by their representative Mr. Rozzi who made no effort whatsoever to assess my complaint in a reasonable manner.
Throughout the conversation, Mr. Rozzi repeatedly interrupted me as I spoke, not allowing me to explain my situation. Instead of addressing anything I said, Mr. Rozzi spoke over me while rudely maintaining that "the charges are valid" and that it was my fault since I used the services.
After several attempts to explain my situation, Mr. Rozzi disregarded everything I said and offered me a $200 goodwill credit, stating it was a take it or leave offer. I declined the offer stating that I found the offer inadequate as I was reassured by the representative that the changes were made and that it wasn't right to expect me to pay for an administrative error.
In addition, I also stated that I did not wish to escalate the situation any further, however, I would file with the small claims court if T-Mobile was unwilling to fairly address the issue with me. Upon hearing my statement, Mr. Rozzi rudely responded that he would report that I declined the $200 to the BBB and that he'll "see me in court".
On March 28th, I canceled my account with T-Mobile after having used their services since 2001. I am appalled by how poorly T-Mobile customer representatives treat their customers.
I intend to make a formal demand pursuant to M.G.L., ch. 93A and to file this matter with the small claims court unless the charges to my account are resolved fully.
It is a shame that such measures have to be taken after having been a loyal customer for so many years. However, I think its an even bigger shame that such a large corporation would enjoy bullying hardworking consumers.
The purpose of making a complaint to the BBB is so that the company and the consumer can discuss the situation and resolve the issue. Screaming at a customer and accusing them of lying, then expecting them to accept an insufficient offer of settlement after making no attempt to address their issues, is not "resolving the issue".
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Executive Customer Relations
March 26, 2009
Bureau Services Consultant
Better Business Bureau of
Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington
P.O. Box 1000
DuPont, WA 98327
Your Case No. XXXXXXXXXXX
T-Mobile Account No. XXXXXX
To Whom It May Concern:
T-Mobile USA, Inc. (''T-Mobile'') is in receipt of your letter dated March 24, 2009 regarding the above-referenced account.
T-Mobile has reviewed our records and they indicate no changes or calls to our Customer Care department for the month of December 2008 or January 2009. Additionally we have reviewed the charges on the account for the overages and have validated those charges. T-Mobile offers many ways to check usage such as our website, by dialing #MSG# and pressing send from the mobile phone. Our records also show that on Ms. XXXX's January 2009 statement which covers dates from December 20, 2008 through January 19, 2009, there was no unlimited messaging features appearing as part of the detailed plan she is subscribed to. This would have serviced as another reminder of the details of her rate plan and services.
In an effort to resolve this issue, T-Mobile offered Ms. XXXX a onetime goodwill credit of $200.00 for the valid overage charges that appeared on Ms. XXXX's account; unfortunately she has declined our offer. It remains our position that the overage charges on her account are valid and owing.
Based on the foregoing, T-Mobile considered this issue closed.
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the address below.
Very truly yours,
T-MOBILE USA, INC.
Executive Customer Relations