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At the end of July 2014 I ordered a phone and broadband package from Talk Talk. It was quite a difficult process, with the sales person unable to correctly understand my name, address or anything else I had to say. His customer care skills were good but then this is expected from the sales department. Perhaps at that point I should have thought about this but they were offering a very good deal so I proceeded.
I paid for the line rental up front (Â£141) and set up the direct debit for future monthly payments. I was given an engineers appointment for two weeks later and I waited. The box arrived for the broadband and the TV and I thought that everything was ok.
An engineer arrived and was unable to complete the job as it has been built wrong by Talk Talk and he was not authorised to carry out the work. This was very disappointing as I had made it very clear as to what sort of connection I needed and was promised that this was possible.
After a call to Talk Talk, which was over an hour, and having spoken to 5 different operators I was promised a new engineer. The order had to be cancelled and reordered. And this is where it all goes wrong.
For the next 3 weeks I called in trying to find out what was happening to no avail. It was one argument after another with different information being given to me every time. I was made so many promises of callbacks, engineer visits and letters that eventually I could not believe anything that I was being told.
These calls cost me over Â£30 and I still didn't have a service. I had just moved and was required by my job to work from home so I am sure you can understand my frustration. I was fortunate that my company allowed me to work from a temporary address. I also had to make more trips to my office, which is 1 1/2 hours drive.
At the end of the 3 weeks I tried one more time and was told that Talk Talk were unable to connect the line I needed. In fact I was told that Talk Talk would never have been able to provide the service I required and that they were going to cancel my account. Ok, if this is not bad enough that I would wait 3 weeks to be informed this, as well as all the time and money I spent trying to communicate with various teams it unfortunately gets worse.
During the 3 weeks I was waiting I received 2 bills. One was for Â£14.86 and after 4 phone calls it was finally returned via a credit to my account. Please remember I do not have a phone line or broadband yet. I then received another bill, this time for Â£74.98. What was this for? Certainly no one at Talk Talk could answer this. I was promised it would be cancelled. Of course this did not happen and I received a further email (this time RED) to pay the balance.
Once again I was on the phone. Please bear in mind that each call lasts approximately 45 mins and you have to explain your self over and over again. I was promised all sorts (again) and every time, every operator was sure they could fix it.
Another bill, this time it has gone up to Â£84.98 and is already RED. I think that on this occasion (please forgive me if I cannot remember the exact details of every call. I was slowly losing the will to live by now) and was told that this was the cancellation fee. What cancellation fee? I didn't cancel it. They did.
I think that the amount owed has now disappeared as I have not received any further letters for which I am grateful BUT I am still waiting for the advanced line rental to be returned. If you have made it this far down you will note that it is now Tuesday 4th November and I first called at the end July. How come I am still waiting for this to be returned to me?