Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another email -- from a different person at Optus

Hi John,

Optus have been experiencing unexpected delays due to high email volumes recently, and appreciate your patience. We apologise for any inconvenience you have experienced in this time and expect these delays to subside shortly.

I have checked with the credit recharge and can see that the last recharge from your account was for 04/12/2010. This may appear on your bank statement as 06/12/2010. To be able to check and confirm that the payment was taken twice please reply with a copy of your bank statement. Once I receive this statement I can then investigate further and complete the search and apply credits if applicable.

Should you have any further questions please reply to this email and we will be happy to assist.

Web Servicing Team

In response I sent them a screenshot of my online bank statement -- JR

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My same-day reply

Thank you for your assistance so far

I note however that one of my payments still has not been credited by your system

Westpac Mastercard confirms that Optus prepaid debited me for $20 on both 6th and 7th of December. Please get someone with computer skills to trace and remedy the fault

Furthermore, I note that the options one is given to tick when recharging are very limited and of obscure meaning. Please refer to someone in a senior position at Optus the need for each option to be accompanied by a clarifying explanation of what each option does

The options I was given were:

Recharge Type :

$20 Cap
$20 International Zone A
$20 International Zone B
$20 International Zone C
$20 RevUp Data

That was all very mysterious to me but "$20 cap" seemed nearest to what I wanted to do as I have no plans to travel overseas. So I just clicked it

You really do need to make things easier for your customers. If you had done so already, we would not be having this correspondence

John Ray
Email from Optus

The last recharge received on the 4th December for $20. At the time, you received $30 My Credit and $80 My Bonus.

To retain credit, a $30 minimum recharge is required. This would need to be processed in a single transaction.

Optus offers different recharges for customers with varying needs, starting from $5, $10, $15 and $20. When recharging, you will be prompted to confirm the recharge offer selected.

Your current balance is is the 19th December 2010.

When a successful recharge has been received, a confirmation SMS is sent.

On this occasion only, I have arranged to extend your credit expiry to the 14th June 2011 as a gesture of goodwill.

I hope this response is of assistance and wish you a nice week.


Optus Customer Service

Saturday, December 4, 2010

To: Customer Relations, Optus

Re prepaid mobile 0423248xxx

Dear Sir/Madam

I no longer have any faith in your online services so I am following up a complaint I submitted over the internet with this letter

Yesterday (3rd) I used my Mastercard to add a recharge of "$20 capped" (whatever that is) to my A/c. On ringing 555 however I found it had not gone through

Today (4th) I did the same thing again and suddenly found (via 555) that I had $100 of credit!

BUT the message said that I had only until Dec 18 2010 to spend the money. My recharge gave me only one extra week instead of the usual 6 months

I will raise this with the TIO unless you fix this BEFORE Dec 18. In anticipation of your incompetence, I am retaining a copy of this letter.

Yours disgustedly

Dr John Ray

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"Unlimited" download plans a fraud

THE competition watchdog claims slowing broadband speeds after customers exceed a download limit on an "unlimited" plan is like selling them a Ferrari with one gear.

But the judge hearing a case between SingTel-owned Optus and the regulator said throttling broadband speeds to 256 kilobits per second (kbps) was more like selling a crumbling car.

Advertising unlimited broadband gave customers the impression they were getting a Ferrari, "but what is disguised is the fact that the steering wheel disintegrates after 10 kilometres," Justice Tony North said in the Federal Court in Melbourne.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took action against Optus in June for misleading and deceptive conduct, claiming its advertising campaign for unlimited mobile and broadband plans actually included several limitations.

Optus has stopped using the word unlimited in advertising and agreed its mobile plan included several limitations, which were not adequately disclosed.

However, there was disagreement yesterday whether throttling broadband speeds limited service, as customers could still download as much as they liked at the reduced speed. Optus would slow broadband speeds from several megabits per second to a few hundred kilobits once customers downloaded 30 gigabytes. Hence the sports car analogies.

Late last week, the ACCC sought to amend the claim to describe the throttling as "significant constraint" on a service that was sold as unlimited. "It is a very coloured word and it ought not be used if indeed there is actually a limit or restriction on access, which occurs here," counsel for ACCC Colin Golvan, SC, said.

He presented "unlimited" plans from other providers as evidence of unthrottled plans, but counsel for Optus, Norman O'Bryan, SC, claimed these also contained speed limitations and were not universally available in Australia.

Optus has been granted 10 days to investigate other unlimited plans on the market and to gather evidence of whether consumers were significantly constrained by the throttling.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Gabba,  Brisbane
QLD 4102
6 August, 2010

Customer Relations

Dear Sir/Madam

I know from long experience that the ability of Optus to handle anything non-routine is close to zero but I am going to give it another try with you.  I hope I don't have to write to your Singapore parent this time.

Phone 33914*** is located at my address above.  The account was opened by Judith Marjory Burgess.  Judith left these premises 5 years ago and nominated me to run the account thenceforth.  If you look back you will see that I have paid all the bills for the service over the last 5 years.

I have no problem with that arrangement continuing but I do object to the large number of time-wasting promotional calls I get from  you  -- calls which ask for Ms Burgess.  I DO NOT WANT TO RECEIVE ANY PROMOTIONAL CALLS

If you need to change the account to my name to achieve that, so  be it, though I would like the number to be a "silent" one.  I note that I do already have an Optus mobile 0423248795.

Please put in an effort