Following a complaint I wrote 3 recorded delivery letters, sent 3 emails and made two phone calls. Only one letter was replied to and that was to acknowledge receipt of the complaint. The complaint was never resolved or even responded to within their own service time limits.
I complained to the Ombudsmen. They also failed to respond within their own time limits and I had to chase them several times. After 10 months they told me they were unable to deal with complaints about the illegal nature of contracts.
I complained about this but they said it was not possible to complain about their decision. The Ombudsmen receives their funding directly from companies like BT - a lot of money from BT. The senior people managing the Ombudsmen get good money for doing so. The scheme is voluntary. Imagine what would happen if the Ombudsmen upset BT too much. Maybe BT would pull out of the scheme. Maybe that would leave people earning good salaries for fobbing people off out of work.
Just maybe. So ask yourself - why is it a voluntary self funded scheme? Why is not a real legal body with qualified personnel able to make and enforce decisions.
Because in essence it is an extra barrier to silence the masses and facilitate exhausting people into acquiescence.
After the Ombudsmen the only step you can take then is court (and we all know what's happened to court disputes and the secretive closed doors of mediation where nobody finds out when someone might win an important dispute over legality).
The only person you can complain to about the Ombudsmen is your MP - do it but don't expect a reply - we know whose pockets they are in!
Corporate fascism has risen to new heights in this country. It is a shameful nation of carpet baggers and thieves that deteriorates daily.
Gareth Greenlynch found this review useful
Initially promised 4mbps with a range of 2.5mbps-7mbps.
I got 0.8mbs max - consistently. That is ONE THIRD of the LOWEST promised speed and too slow to even stream low res Youtube videos.
You cannot get through on the phone unless you have no value for your own time whatsoever. You cannot email anybody directly at all.
To try and get further help you need to raise a ticket by following a tick box troubleshooting process which is quite frustrating an leads you to a funnel where you are forced to agree to pay a large sum for an engineer's visit IF no fault on the line is found. Please people do not agree to pay this. Call or write but do not click to agree to this no matter how frustrated you are. The agreement is clear and concise and could leave you out of pocket and in a troublesome situation in terms of proving where the fault lies. You are entering into a contract to pay a lot of money if no fault is found. The idea is to ensure you do not frivolously book an engineer without troubleshooting first but if you don't have a spare router it kind of leaves you in a predicament.
Eventually my complaint was picked up by Plusnet support via their ticketing system and after some discourse an engineer arranged. I think I got lucky with the Openreach engineer who was outstanding and did several hours of work to locate a line fault and fix it.The speed has now been improved to within the lower end of the promised range, although the upload speed is quite low at 0.3-0.4 mbps.
Once I finally got a decent human at Plusnet to pick the complaint up the patience and professional tone of their communication has been outstanding. This far surpasses any other telecomms company I have had to deal with. The unprompted updates are excellent. For me the phone waiting time is still too poor. I feel for the guys in the call centre. The one I did speak with (Simon) was polite, professional and knowledgeable. Plusnet - don't burn them out!
For the price I will be happy to stay with Plusnet providing the speed remains at the current level. This has cost me several hours of time and half a day off work but at least it appears to have not been in vain.
Note that there is legislation including the Unfair Terms In Consumer Contracts Act 1999 which provides consumers with protection over any tricks in small print which seek to evade a clear statement or promise that is made to induce you to enter into a contract in the first place.
As with all complaints I urge you to record ALL phone calls, letters etc incoming and outgoing or at least make notes of peoples FULL names, dates, times and the contents of what was said.
For the commenter:
The line speed was checked by Plusnet at the beginning of the sign up process and was confirmed as 4.5 mbps as per above. This is obviously not based on pinpoint information relating specifically to your address although it gives the impression they are actually testing your individual line when you sign up.
It is still the responsibility of the supplier if they give false information when you sign up regardless of whether it is a mistake or not.
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