I called to confirm my rate with Bell Mobility Canada today and was treated like I was a liar. Yes, a Liar. I have never been so insulted in my life ever!
Here's the Coles-Notes version:
Upon calling Customer Service, I was told that my monthly rate plan was $62.70 a month. I corrected them and told them, no that's wrong. It should be $47.70 per month as per the written quote by a Sales Rep at their store and my agreement.
The original Call-Center Rep I dealt with was very professional and tried to help me through the situation. Confident that I was 100% correct, I asked her to hold while I called the store directly to speak with the Salesperson who had sold me my contract.
When I called, I was told that the nice young man I had dealt with was no longer with the company. I then asked to speak with the Manager (whom I had also dealt with the day I signed my contract) and was told that he too was no longer at the store. The fine young man I spoke with over the phone told me that he would try to track down the Manager in question and have him call me.
I went back to my conversation with the CSR who desperately tried to fix the situation. She acted as a liaison between myself and her Supervisor, Rosie - Employee # 0121833, and at the end, she simply had to put her Supervisor on the phone for only Rosie could help me with my problem.
Until this point, I still had faith in Bell. Despite having been on the phone for over 90 minutes at this point, I honestly believed that I could get my problem fixed.
Rosie came on and I explained to her that I purchased my plan based on the quote provided by the Salesperson. I told her that I had a copy of the Agreement in front of me as well as a copy of the quote (to which the Salesperson had stapled his business card to). Rosie essentially didn't believe me. I told her that I wasn't making the quote up. My purchase was based on the quote and had I known that the quote was wrong and that my rate would be considerably higher, I certainly would not have gotten the plan. I told her that I had the quote right here in my hand - along with my Agreement.
Rosie basically told me that I could have written up the quote myself and that there was no proof that the Salesperson had written it up. Now Rosie, why in the world would I do that? Firstly, how would I know what your various plans are? Secondly, how would I know how much to quote on a plan? Thirdly, I have better things to do in this world than to make up a quote in an attempt to save myself $20 a month? If I was going to try to save myself some money, I would write the quote in such a way that the plan is essentially FREE!!!
I wrote up the quote myself? Come On Now!!! And you're the Senior Supervisor???!!!
So here's the plan I was originally quoted:
For $47.70 (not inclusive of taxes), I would get 250 daytime minutes + free evenings and weekends. I would also get Voicemail, Call Display, Unlimited Text and 500 MB of Data.
Despite the fact that I purchased the above plan on good faith, based on a written quote, Rosie, the Senior Customer Service Supervisor told me that she could not honor my rate.
Instead, for $48.70 ($1.00 more), she would offer me the same plan but instead of 500 MB of Data, my data package would now be 2MB. And... to rub salt into the wound, my new rate would be effective come August. She would NOT make that rate Retroactive.
Nice! Perfect Customer Service. In essence, the quote I received meant squat! The contract I signed, based on my quote, meant nothing. Bell could, in essence, go ahead and charge me for whatever they want to charge. Just great!
MR. CEO OF BELL MOBILITY CANADA, ARE YOU LISTENING HERE? THROUGH NO FAULT OF MY OWN, NOT ONLY AM I PAYING $1.00 MORE A MONTH, I HAVE NOW LOST 598 MB OF DATA!!!
NOW IS THAT FAIR????
Seeing that I've wasted 2 precious hours of my life, I decided to accept the plan. I had no fight left in me. Rosie changed my plan and my 2 hour call ended.
Not 5 minutes after I hung up the phone with Rosie (who really ought to return to Customer Service School, btw), the nice young man from the Bell Mobility Store called me. He located the problem.
He told me that there was a promotion on my phone at that time and that YES the plan did exist. Bell Mobility was offering a Data package with my phone. The Regular Data Package of $35 a month was available for $20.
ROSIE, I WAS NOT LYING AND I'M STILL NOT LYING!!!
However, there was a small problem. The young man told me that I was misquoted. My rate should have been $52.70 NOT $47.70. What happened was that the previous young man had given me my Corporate Discount when the Corporate Discount was not to be applied to the HTC phone programme.
Hey, I understand. We all make mistakes. PLEASE DON'T CALL ME A LIAR OR INSINUATE THAT I AM A LIAR!!! That's just down-right unprofessional!
Anyway, the nice young man said that he would speak with Customer Service to find out if they will continue to honor my rate for that's what I was quoted and what my decision to purchase was based on.
I respect that.
But as far as Mr. CEO of Bell Mobility Canada is concerned, this is what I have to say to you.
- I purchased my plan based on the quote provided. A misquote on the part of the Salesperson is no fault of mine. Hence, you need to honor the rate I was quoted.
- You need to retrain Rosie. She's brutal. I realize that she doesn't know me but please, your front-line people should give the benefit of the doubt to the Customer.
I realize that I'm only a number in your infinite customer service base. But I am a customer and I should be treated like a customer.
I highly doubt that Bell Mobility Canada will honor the rate quoted to me. After my experience today, I'm smart enough not to hold my breath on this one!