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To decline to give BT 120 pounds...

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NeatandTidyTidyandNeat Fri 01-Apr-16 13:38:38 replace their own broken equipment? BT you view kit is defunct after two years of more or less reliably working (ALL tech support options and advice painfully explored. It is dead. Even the factory reset fails.) My two oh so tempting options were an engineer visit that "might be charged at 120 pounds if engineer finds your wiring at fault" (hmm) or 140 pounds for a new box.

I chose option 3 - thirty odd pounds for an Amazon fire stick. Agh. Do BT want to keep any customers? confused

edwinbear Fri 01-Apr-16 14:21:48

I once paid for internet I didn't have for 2 years where BT had failed to connect it at the exchange, because paying for something I didn't have, was preferable to having to interact with BT. YANBU.

araiba Fri 01-Apr-16 14:25:03

why dont you cancel?

then sign up again with bt or other and get new equipmen

londonrach Fri 01-Apr-16 14:27:06

I will never ever ever go to bt even if they paid me after their attempt of getting us on the internet. Can you cancel and go to someone else?

howabout Fri 01-Apr-16 14:30:54

I know 2 people who have gone with option 1 in the past month. Unsurprisingly neither had to pay £120. Both had months of telephone ping pong, not using their non working BT lines prior to the repair visit which took minutes. One is now considering claiming for loss of service.

The water people are worse as their opening bill threat is usually £1,000s even when you can see the burst mains in the middle of the public road.

wasonthelist Fri 01-Apr-16 14:39:46


BT have always treated me with utter utter contempt when I have been their customer. Despite all the ridiculous claims to the contrary, they still have an effective monopoly in many areas.

NeatandTidyTidyandNeat Fri 01-Apr-16 19:23:33

I have cancelled it now! I don't believe I would have ended up needing to pay the engineer charge, but like PPs, my will to live deserted me at the thought of days weeks of waiting in for non-existent engineer visits etc.

Was almost tempted by araiba's idea - but then realised it would mean ringing them again. So, no.

Right, an evening of vanishing the remaining DC's Easter eggs awaits grin

Littletabbyocelot Fri 01-Apr-16 20:53:18

I had to call out BT as our phone stopped working. They turned up without notice a few days later and asked me (about 8 months pregnant with twins) to move our stupidly big tv and stand out of the way. When I refused he said 'well the problem might be the one I've just fixed with the exchange. I'll just check shall I.' It was but I've always wondered whether they'd have charged me the 120.00 if they'd been able to access my kit.

Fizzielove Fri 01-Apr-16 21:48:31

My DH managed to get our contract ended 2 months in cos of their terms and conditions! ( and their lies! )

NataliaOsipova Fri 01-Apr-16 21:57:05

Oh God - don't get me started on BT..... Can we start a petition? An online support group?

On the bright side, though....I had a scam call the other week - you know the sort, someone from abroad claiming to be from BT and calling to "help you to fix your computer". I laughed out loud at him - and told him that as BT don't phone to help you when you've actually reported a problem to them, I was damned sure that they don't call to be randomly helpful....

BombadierFritz Fri 01-Apr-16 22:05:42

Engineer visit = new upgraded box for free. Stupid policy but they only seem interested in new customers these days

captaincake Fri 01-Apr-16 22:12:22

We are currently forced into being a BT customer. New build and BT is the only option. YANBU they are awful angry

travellinglighter Fri 01-Apr-16 22:49:43

Same problem for me. I told that “I’m out of contract for broadband so send me a new box or it’s a new supplier for me.” Got it two days later.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Fri 01-Apr-16 22:57:28

NataliaOsipova grin

My in-laws had no phone line for weeks. Every day we rang to be told random lies and false promises that it would be fixed with 24 hours. They told us an engineer was at the house, or there were roadworks in their road, or the next road - all compete bullshit. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

ivykaty44 Fri 01-Apr-16 23:03:46

My phone with them wasn't ringing at the house (landline) they were supposed to fix it. I called and they said as you didn't answer we thought the problem was resolved and ended the customer issue

She well if the problem is the phone won't ting in, hoe will you call me on very same phone.

I cancelled my landline about six months later and haven't had a landline for nearly six years now £720 I've saved just on line rental alone

CateNoviceBaker Fri 01-Apr-16 23:12:33

I once went 6 months with no broadband or at best broadband that would only work if device was plugged directly into router, and even that was beyond slow. BT sent out 4 different engineers and none of them could fix it. Everytime an engineer came out I was told I might be charged £129 for their visit. They couldn't fix so I had to PAY to get out of my contract! Can you believe that? But that time I would have sold a kidney not have to deal with them anymore.

I've since cancelled my phone line with them as I want nothing to do with them. They will never get a single penny from me.

pigsDOfly Fri 01-Apr-16 23:31:04

I suspect that's BT's business plan. Bugger the customer about for months or even years until they can't stand it any more and cancel. Upon which event BT will present the customer with a bill to enable them to get out of the contract.

The way BT are going, they'll lose so many customers that eventual that'll be the only way they'll be able t o make any money. Everyone knows BT are rubbish.

CockacidalManiac Sat 02-Apr-16 02:19:52

I've had BT for nearly 3 years, the LL wouldn't let me have sky or virgin. Luckily, I'm moving soon so can dump BT, because they're a sack of shit. The vision box moves at the speed of a sloth on diazepam, and every times it rains the BB stops working. They're a pile of shit, and the threat about the £120 stops you from getting it investigated.

HermioneJeanGranger Sat 02-Apr-16 06:56:27

Everyone on MN has issues with BT but I have to say, we've used them for three years and have never, ever had a problem.

Our internet has gone down once in that time, and that was because the SKY engineer who came to connect our downstairs neighbours, disconnected our line by accident (all our phone lines go through their flat as our building used to be a call centre). They came out two days later, had us up and running again within an hour, apologised and didn't charge us a penny to get anything fixed.

Having heard all the horror stories on here, I have to say I was very impressed.

LisaMed Sat 02-Apr-16 08:38:59

BT have been lovely with us.

StoorieHoose Sat 02-Apr-16 09:02:11

The problem with using another supplier for phone lines is that BT/OpenReach still own the lines and have to do the work with the added nuisance of not being able to deal directly with BT and having no to go through an equally useless supplier (plusnet I'm looking at you , who are actually owned by BT)

squeezed Sat 02-Apr-16 09:52:30

BT are fine unless you want to change anything or anything goes wrong. I've never seen experienced such appalling customer service and can't wait to leave them.

Tink06 Sat 02-Apr-16 10:09:56

Oh no. Have just signed up with BT from Virgin (house move so didnt have much choice). Am not filled with confidence after reading this....

FirstWeTakeManhattan Sat 02-Apr-16 10:18:14

I hardly ever hate anyone or anything, but I do hate BT.

They treat their customers with complete contempt. We're leaving after 12 years, as soon as I can brace myself to jump throughout the invisible hoops of poisonous fire that they put in the way to discourage you from going to a company that y'know, doesn't treat you with contempt.

FamiliarSting Sat 02-Apr-16 10:24:34

We're with Sky but the line is a BT one apparently. BT came to dig it up, it happens to be right in front of our house, we weren't having problems at the time but I guess someone else was. When digging they cut through our cable, internet instantly went off.
It was a huge joke, in between waiting for someone to come out and sort it out they refilled the hole. When they finally tried to sort it they first had to dig it up again (someone had to come out and grant permission before they could re-dig, each time) but they cut through the cable AGAIN. Then before fixing it they refilled the hole AGAIN. So they had to dig it up for a third time before finally fixing the problem.
The communication between Sky, BT, the digger people and the BT engineers was terrible. It would have been funny if it wasn't so frustrating being without internet/a phone line for so long.

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