Bait and Switch with Verizon Customer Service

Last December, I was evaluating my cable tv service, and was looking at both FIOS and competitors to determine whether I should change my service.  On December 16, I received an on-line quote from FIOS, through your website, showing the service I wanted at a monthly charge of $176.34.  I accepted this on-line offer.  At the same time, I called your customer service number to confirm this service, and to confirm how long this price was guaranteed for.  Your customer service rep confirmed that this $176.34 price was good for the next 12 months (though the overall cost of service, such as set-top box fees could increase as they applied to all users).  I specifically asked about the two discounts that were part of this plan and was again assured that they would run for 12 months from then.  I assume that you record your customer service calls and are able to confirm this conversation.

As my FIOS bills arrived in January and February, I could see that the price you quoted me was not honored.  On or about March 3, I placed another call to your customer service line to inquire why my bills were higher than promised.  It took a while for your rep to untangle the situation, but she eventually told me that the price I had been quoted was mistaken.   After a discussion and consultation with her supervisors, she agreed that Verizon would honor your price quote, and told me that the price would be adjusted going forward, and that I would be credited with the three months of service that had been overcharged.  However, no adjustment was forthcoming. 

I called again after my next bill arrived and was told “it takes several months for credits to be applied,”  and that I needed to be patient. 

I called yet again in early June, and had to repeat the entire episode to a new rep.  After this call, I was told that Verizon would not honor the pricing I was quoted.  I was informed that the $19.99 “HBO credit” that was shown on my order form “was something that had expired in December, and was not renewable.”  This is an untrue statement.  I had previously received a $16.99 “HBO Credit” that ended in December – not a $19.99 one.  And when I had questioned your rep in December,  I was assured that this was a new credit, good for another 12 months.  Now, In June, I was told that the quoted price was not valid and would not be honored.  When I asked to speak to a supervisor, I was told that no one was available at that time, but that I was guaranteed a call-back within 24 hours.  No one ever called me back. 

Your customer service has been terrible.  Based on your current position, the rep I spoke with in December was either misinformed or outright lied in order to retain my business – do the reps get paid based on keeping customers?  The rep I spoke with in March assured me that this problem would be addressed and that my account would be credited with the quoted price.  Again, a lie.  And most recently, I was promised a call back from someone with authority to deal with my complaint.  Again, no call. 

I expect your company to honor a price that was offered to me, both on-line and confirmed with a representative.  Promising a price and then refusing to honor it six months later – after further promising again to honor the price, is a classic case of bait and switch and consumer fraud.  The fact that you now claim that you “made a mistake” does not make it MY problem.   You need to uphold your quoted pricing, and I expect that you will do so now. 

Re: Bait and Switch with Verizon Customer Service

Hi inverness,

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Re: Bait and Switch with Verizon Customer Service
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