Moved and discontinued my service - still dealing with old account dispute

I moved in September 2015. When I called to cancel my Verizon Fios (because my new city didn't have it), I was sent an email confirmation. Shorlty after that, my cancellation was canceled, with no notice to me. My service was not turned off, which I didn't learn until a few weeks after I had moved and Verizon contacted me to ask why someone was requesting new service at an existing address. I called - several times - and fixed the issue. I had already sent all the equipment back, all that was left was getting a final bill. Which took almost three months. When I did get it, it was much higher than I expected, so I called to ask why. As they explained, charges for the extra weeks of service (that I thought I had canceled), unreturned equipment (that had been returned), and a late fee. When I finally got someone who said they could help (after calling multiple times and offices), I was told everything was fixed and I was given a final bill total. I paid that final bill total immediately. About two months later I received a collection notice for an amount that was neither what I was told was my final bill and paid, or the previous incorrect amount of a final bill. Again, I called multiple times and multiple offices because no one could help. I was finally told by the collection agency what the charges appeared to be: unreturned equipment and a late fee. As per their process, I wrote a letter disputing the charges and sent it to them. Heard nothing back until today, when I received a call from another, different collection agency with the same amount. They told me that Verizon must have not accepted my dispute on the previous collection agency notice.

So, in a nutshell: Verizon screwed up. They admitted they screwed up, and said they fixed it. Multiple times. Except they didn't fix it, and now the bill is with a collection agency and I have to take time to continue dealing with this.

Anyone know a contact in upper management at Verizon or another office that might be able to fix this? Anyone have any luck disputing bills once they've gone to a collection agency?

Re: Moved and discontinued my service - still dealing with old account dispute

Hi SBR13,

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