The Weekly Gripe

PlusNet broadband - problems getting connected

I bought a monthly contract from PlusNet online and my ADSL line was finally activated on 15 August.  On the 17th August the internet promptly failed and after spending an hour trying to connect without any success, I realised that there was no way I would be using my broadband connection to work from home that day and rushed off to work (luckily, this time the failure was fixed in a couple of hours).

The following Monday, which is 21st of August, the broadband died again and it has never worked since.  Instead of enjoying a PlusNet broadband service, I have been forced to sit on their customer service help line, (which is frankly useless without an Internet connection as all it does is direct you to their online trouble-shooter) and spent lots of time and energy on sorting out the broadband service problem...

I was told that the cause of the problem was BT lines fault and PlusNet had raised the fault to BT.  I called BT help line and BT refused to help me as BT only deals with this sort of problem directly with broadband providers.

A network connection In desperation, my husband finally persuaded an operator to send an engineer from BT to look at the problem.  I then spent a whole afternoon off work waiting for the engineer - who never turned up.

As there is no way to speak to anyone from the PlusNet support team (as I am only ever directed to leave a message), I rang the PlusNet sales line and was told that they did not know how long it would take for the problem to be fixed.

The Internet is a vital part of my daily work and I cannot afford to wait any longer.  Seeing the hopeless situation, I asked for a cancellation of my account and a full refund as I am paying for a service I am unable to use.  Instead of releasing me from an unusable service, PlusNet demands further £72.00 for line activation and hardware fee, they have refused to give me a migration code or disconnect me and so I am unable move to any other ADSL service.

Apart from calling NTL to install a cable broadband, do I have any other options?  I rang OFCOM for help but all the specialist adviser I talked to suggested I do was to wait for PlusNet to fix my problem which I simply cannot afford to do.

It does not sound quite right to me.  Is there not any industry regulatory body to protect consumers from such unsatisfactory and virtually non-existent services?

By: Mrs Qian


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nonaki

I've been a plusnet customer for nearly five years and they used to be good, but after I upgraded to fibre, I've experienced regular line dropouts, every single day, and now the whole o.tetnet and phone connection is lost. They blame Openreach (read: OutofReach) and stopped responding, not an update for days on end, so I think their standard has fallen severely.
22nd Oct 14 08:10

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Another angry customer

Don't bother with PlusNet the potential savings are outweighed by the woeful customer service and despite being part of BT shockingly bad communication between PlusNet and BT engineers
1st Jul 14 09:07

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Bob Pullen

@jojo, Sorry to hear about the confusion over the Openreach engineer visits. Are you still having problems getting online? If you are then I'll happily take a look and see if there's anything I can do to help? I'd just need some means of identifying your account like your username or a recent support ticket reference. Best regards, Bob Pullen Plusnet Digital Care.
12th Mar 13 11:03

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jojo

signed up for fiber optic with plus net as i had not been happy with sky they missed 2 failed appointments for the engineers visit then came a day later. Installed equipment and left saying that they do not check if my equipment connects to the internet although i couldn't get a wired connection on my pc left and said ill have to call plus net. Wireless seemed to work although slow.After having really slow service slower than my 2mb speed with sky although its supposed to be 52mb on the 1st day thought it must be settling in. When i checked it later on my pc and tablet my phone and husbands phone none of us could get internet at all wirelessly. Tried wired connection and nothing. Phoned plus net for an hour checked line said nothing wrong with line. Connected without router and still no internet. He said my pc had broken !! what? said he couldn't help me any further. Until i dug my laptop out and same thing happened on that. I said my old service had worked fine until they changed the wires ect to fiber. Now i have no internet at all and important thinking i made a big mistake. I work from home and this is a nightmare. I have only been connected 2 days and important wondering if they can't be bothered to fix the issue can i go elsewhere?
20th Feb 13 01:02

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Bob Pullen

@Tricia, The engineer fee is standard fair to be honest. It's a charge levied by BT Openreach themselves and any ISP that uses them will be subject to the same terms. If we didn't tell you about it and you got charged then I doubt you'd be happy. If you've carried out all the diagnostic tests we've asked of you then there's no way the problem can be specific to your equipment so you shouldn't have anything to worry about. I'm sorry you're having problems though and hope the engineer managed to get to the bottom of things. If you're still having difficulties then feel free to provide me with a support ticket reference from your account and I'll happily take a look to see what I can do to help. Best regards, Bob Pullen Plusnet Digital Care
31st Oct 12 04:10

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@Tricia

Hi Mrs Qian No offence ,but am I glad you are having this problem as it is identical to the one we have been having for the last 6 months.I have just received a call from them now to say an engineer is coming out to inspect the fault ,but if its faulty wiring etc ,I have to pay them £60 for the priviledge ! Never had any faults before with our other providers.I hope you get yours sorted soon ,but I will keep you informed of our outcome,needless to say I would never recommend Plusnet to anyone and will not be continuing the contract with them either. Pat
9th Oct 12 09:10

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Bob Pullen

@miserablemoaninggit, OK, thanks for the clarification. Leave it with me and I'll see what I can do ... Best regards, Bob Pullen Plusnet Digital Care
13th Jun 12 12:06

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miserablemoaninggit

Bob Pullen, Thank you for your comments, including the acknowledgement about the less than desireable nature of my experience with Plusnet, and the fact that a lot more could have been done. In answer to your question about whether I was using a Apple MAC, the answer is "no", just a windows 7 based computer - primarily built for online gaming. I appreciate your offer of some reimbursement for the costs incurred when I left. I am still living at the same address. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
11th Jun 12 09:06

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miserablemoaninggit

Saw an advert for Plusnet on the TV which included reference to the Which Award. So much for Which. So much for these awards. The advert just makes me laugh! Seems to contradict the great many complaints on The Weekly Gripe, and elsewhere on the internet. I think I know where to put my trust - and I'll certainly not be subscribing to Which.
7th Jun 12 12:06

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miserablemoaninggit

Oh, you will not be able to contact me by telephone. Such was the chaos and surreal craziness of my move from Plusnet to BT, I had to have a change of telephone number. BT told me that was the only way of doing it because my old number was still 'tagged' by Plusnet, despite my efforts to get it released. Obviously, I'm not going to leave my telephone number on this forum.
29th May 12 07:05

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miserablemoaninggit

My user name was frankie67. Any serious attempt to trawl through all the correspondence I had with Plusnet would necessitate quite some time. The engineer appointment was made on the internet, with the date and time confirmed there and then. I do not recall any follow-up text or email though.
29th May 12 07:05

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Bob Pullen

@miserablemoaninggit, did you see my earlier replies to you? Did you not receive prior notification of your engineer visit via email or text? If you provide me with your old account username then I'd be happy to cast my eyes over your account and see if there's anything I can do for you based on your circumstances? I can't really comment much further without knowing all the details. I can guarantee you that we won't have deliberately left you without service whilst you waited to migrate though. As I mentioned before, sorry we let you down and it's a shame to see you go. Best regards, Bob Pullen Plusnet Digital Care
29th May 12 04:05

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