The Thinks I Think
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Ian Young: Thank you for chatting with at&t today, I am happy to assist you
Shawn Powers: Can you give me an idea when our service will work here in Indian River, MI?
Ian Young: I am happy to look into that with you today
[over 5 minutes go by]
Shawn Powers: Are you doing that now?
Ian Young: I am
Ian Young: I do see the reports of the issue, but no estimated resolution time
Shawn Powers: So you recommend I switch to Verizon?
Ian Young: I did not say that
Shawn Powers: You are one of many AT&T folks that acknowledge a problem, yet have no estimate for repair time, nor explanation as to what is happening.
Shawn Powers: So, since you can’t help me — switching companies seems the only logical choice.
Shawn Powers: What if this goes on for years?
Shawn Powers: Shall I never again make a call or text?
Ian Young: unfortunately, we only have the information our technicians provide us, and as of yet they have not advised us when the expect to have the issue resolved, in all my years with at&t I have never seen an issue like this last for years, but if you feel that is what you must do, that is your choice
Shawn Powers: Do you understand why a continued “we don’t know when it will be fixed” makes me question why I spend $350+ a month?
Shawn Powers: this is at least week two, which means I’ve paid for half a month of service that rarely works
Ian Young: I do understand, and if we had a date we would be more then happy to provide it to you
Shawn Powers: Do you have an estimate on when you might have an estimate?
Shawn Powers: or possibly does a manager have a better idea of when the problem will be identified or fixed?
Shawn Powers: Certainly someone in all of AT&T must know something.
Shawn Powers: I could flag down AT&T trucks that pass by on the road, but that seems a bit drastic.
Shawn Powers: I would call and talk to someone, but you see, my phone doesn’t work.
Ian Young: they would have the same access to the information as I do, unfortunately our technicians have not provided us that information, weather you reach us through here for chat or call, we have the same information
Shawn Powers: Perhaps could someone *call* the technicians?
Shawn Powers: Or email them.
Shawn Powers: Or text them
Shawn Powers: Communicate with them in some manner?
Ian Young: if we had a way to contact them, we would already have done so
Shawn Powers: So… the company which claims to be the biggest and best company for communication can not contact their own technicians?
Shawn Powers: You do see the irony, no?
Shawn Powers: I suppose I would understand if you can’t reach them on their phones if they live in Indian River.
Shawn Powers: Our towers don’t work here.
Ian Young: with our technicians it is a one way communication, the let us know,
Shawn Powers: You don’t think that is unacceptable? That’s the same efficiency as smoke signals.
Shawn Powers: Perhaps a note could be slipped into their paychecks, asking for an update?
Shawn Powers: I’m certain they receive that from AT&T, even if they never have to receive information from the company in other matters.
Ian Young: I do understand your frustration
Shawn Powers: Yet, you have no suggestions for me?
Shawn Powers: Let’s pretend you were me, what would you do?
Shawn Powers: Would you continue to pay for service that does not work?
Shawn Powers: Is that that what the ideal customer would do?
Shawn Powers: Or should I continue to spew sarcasm at you, and hope it goes up the chain?
Shawn Powers: I realize you personally aren’t responsible — but you’re my only point of contact.
Shawn Powers: So you get the brunt of my frustrations.
Shawn Powers: I must have some resolution, as I’ve patiently waited for two weeks now.
Shawn Powers: If I ordered a hamburger, and it didn’t arrive for two weeks, I would most likely leave the restaurant, thus my questions about switching to Verizon.
Ian Young: again it is your choice as to weather to continue service with at&t or not, at this point, the information you are requesting is not available, our technicians are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible
Shawn Powers: So will I be charged for the past two weeks?
Shawn Powers: Or will my bill reflect the time it takes the technicians to fix things?
Shawn Powers: If I knew the length of time it would take, I could better judge if I wanted to remain a customer.
Shawn Powers: I would say the phones work about 25% of the time, will I get a 75% discount?
Shawn Powers: If you can’t resolve my problem, can I stop service with AT&T, and no longer have a committment on my contract? ie, revoke early termination fees?
Shawn Powers: I think that would be a fair compromise. If you can’t tell me when my phones will work, then canceling my early termination fees would be acceptable.
Shawn Powers: it’s not even all my phones, some are past their contract dates.
Ian Young: I apologize, we in tech support do not have information on termination fees or contracts, if you want to call our Customer Care at 1-800-331-0500 from a land line phone, they would be able to look into that with you
Shawn Powers: Shall I go ask the neighbor if they have a landline phone?
Shawn Powers: We have 5 cellphones you see, and no landline.
Shawn Powers: Customer care cannot chat?
Ian Young: I am happy to find the location of one of our at&t company owned stores, they would have a courtsey phone you would be able to use
Shawn Powers: The store itself couldn’t help me?
Ian Young: they might be able to, but most likely they would direct you to call
Shawn Powers: I see. Well, Ian, I would thank you for your help, but really you haven’t helped at all.
Shawn Powers: I’m sure you tried — but you’ve said the same thing I keep hearing over and over.
Ian Young: as I said if we had more information, we would not hesitate to provide it
Shawn Powers: Well, if I see a technician, I’ll let them know you’d like to talk to them. Too bad AT&T doesn’t have two way phones for them yet.
Ian Young: it is not a matter of Phones
Ian Young: it is a matter of allowing them the ability to do the work they have to do with out intruption
Shawn Powers: So you *can* call them, you just won’t?
Shawn Powers: “Ian Young: with our technicians it is a one way communication, the let us know,”
Shawn Powers: But they don’t let you know apparently, therein lies the problem.
Ian Young: they let us know when they know, if they don’t know, then don’t have the information, hence we don’t have the information
Shawn Powers: If it took me two weeks to figure out how long it would take to solve a problem, I would be fired. Perhaps I should get a job as an AT&T technician, it sounds like they have a cake job.
Shawn Powers: “We’ll get it fixed… someday. No, we won’t tell you what’s wrong. No, no idea how long it will take.”
Ian Young: I understand your point of view, but the technical aspect is not as simple as you seem to imply
Shawn Powers: Ahh, yes, that’s it. Think about it not as the AT&T tech support, but as a person that paid hundreds of dollars for shoddy service.
Shawn Powers: If you truly believe it’s acceptable to hear “no estimate” for weeks, with no further information, you have a horrible concept of customer support.
Shawn Powers: Hours, i would understand.
Shawn Powers: A day, maybe
Ian Young: I do apologize that we do not have an estimated time of resolution, it is not an issue of weather I feel it is acceptable or not, it is what we have to work with
Shawn Powers: So what should I do?
Shawn Powers: Please tell me what the recommendation is.
Ian Young: What you should do is up to you, at this point all I can say, is we are working to resolve the issue
Shawn Powers: So you have no recommendation?
Ian Young: If I had a recommendation that would fix the issue, I assure you I would not hesitate to provide it
Shawn Powers: What I’m asking is, when I go into the other room and my family asks about their phones, I need to say, “Ian said we should __________.”
Shawn Powers: Because that’s why I contacted you.
Shawn Powers: I need to know what to do now.
Shawn Powers: My phones dont’ work.
Shawn Powers: I came up with ideas, like switching to Verizon. I need to know what AT&T suggests I do.
Shawn Powers: Continue to wait indefinitely? If that’s the answer, just let me know.
Shawn Powers: You currently represent all of AT&T, I need to know what AT&T suggests I do.
Ian Young: What to do now is up to you, as for you concerns about the contracts, is to call and speak with our Customer Support,
Shawn Powers: let’s start over then. Ian, my phone doesnt’ work, what should I do?
Ian Young: I do understand Mr Powers, you want us to tell you what to do, but you don’t want us to tell you to wait till it is fixed, no carrier is going to tell its customers to go to another carrier, outside of that what else are we to tell you?
Shawn Powers: I guess you don’t have an answer for me then. Very well. Thank you for a lovely chat, Ian. I do hope you have a good day.
Ian Young: I hope you have a good day as well, and that the issue is resolved soon for you