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30 Days No Internet

James Y1
Team Player
Message 35 of 35

A record of our current attempt to move home with Talk Talk. Posting here as a warning to others. The most abysmal customer service I've ever encountered, and an incredibly stressful experience during a difficult home move, when both myself and my partner require the internet to work. Also posting to social media and review sites, and sending to consumer rights bodies. 

 

Monday, March 7th

Request change of engineer appointment at new home from March 8th to March 10th. Live chat operator says date change “successfully requested”.

 

Tuesday, March 8th

Online account shows appointment as March 8th. Told change of appointment has not been actioned properly. Told issue escalated.

 

Wednesday, March 9th

Account says go live date now March 15th  (and that March 8th appointment missed by customer). Told order is “stuck with a flow activity and Back Office emailed to progress it”.

 

Tuesday, March 15th – Talk Talk Missed Appointment #1

SMS from Talk Talk says engineer will visit between 8am and 1pm. Wait for engineer. Engineer does not come. Told appointment not for home visit, but work done at exchange. New appointment booked for Monday, March 21st.

 

Friday, March 18th

SMS from Openreach offering range of appointment dates. Request Monday, March 21st. SMS from Openreach says engineer visit booked. Call from Talk Talk to say engineer visit not confirmed. Also: SMS from Talk Talk saying complaint has been logged. Four minutes later, SMS from Talk Talk saying complaint has been closed.

 

Monday, March 21st

Talk Talk say appointment booked for March 23rd (reference number issued).

 

Wednesday, March 23rd – Talk Talk Missed Appointment #2

Wait for engineer. Engineer does not come. Talk Talk check with Openreach to see if appointment is valid. Appointment not valid. Told appointment booked for Monday 28th. Request earlier appointment. Appointment moved to Tuesday 29th.

 

Tuesday, March 29th Talk Talk Missed Appointment #3

Wait for engineer. Engineer does not come. At 12.20 pm, Talk Talk call to say multi-skilled engineer required. Appointment moved to Thursday 31st.

 

Wednesday, March 30th

Talk Talk call to say appointment cancelled as engineer could not be assigned. Appointment moved to April 8th.

 

Total days without broadband connection (March 10th to April 8th): 30

Total appointments not fulfilled by Talk Talk: at least 3

Total calls to or from Talk Talk since March 8th: at least 21

Total hours spent on phone or live chat with Talk Talk since March 8th: at least 8

Total amount spent on additional mobile data: £121.50

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Message 1 of 35

Hi james,

 

I can see that you've now spoken to your Complaints Manager, I'm really sorry this is taking so long to resolve


Chris

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Message 2 of 35

Update: have just received an email from a manager in the CEO Office, who offered no explanation for why the engineer didn't turn up. Instead, she promised an update in four days, by which time we'll have been WITHOUT BROADBAND FOR 47 DAYS. 

 

How does it go? "Choose no home broadband for 47 days. Choose six missed engineer appointments. Choose losing work, or even your job, because you don't have fast internet at home. Choose abysmal customer service. Choose enormous amounts of stress and frustration. Choose the worst broadband provider in the UK. Choose TalkTalk". 

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Message 3 of 35

Thanks for the update. I'm sure the Complaints Manger will call you but if they don't call today just let us know


Chris

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Message 4 of 35

As I mentioned below we have someone in the CEO Office who calls after every missed appointment, tells us it's all Openreach's fault, and schedules another appointment. She's "helped" us through two missed appointments now. She hasn't called this morning though - perhaps she's given up? 

 

Just to confirm that yesterday's appointment was also missed, bringing the total to six, and 43 days without broadband. At the moment my partner is crying in the other room because she hasn't been able to get on a Zoom call with work for six weeks and is scared she's going to lose her job. It's obviously not your fault, but this is what your company has done to us and everyone responsible should be utterly ashamed of themselves. 

 

I'm now starting to think we're effectively being managed out as TalkTalk customers, as the compensation due is greater than the company is likely to recoup from us in bills. That might seem farfetched, but then so does the idea of a broadband provider that can't provide broadband or arrange an engineer's visit, especially when a neighbour has had a successful engineer's visit via another provider this week. 

 

Again for non-Talk Talk customers reading - please, please, please choose another provider. This could easily happen to you. If reporting our experiences can cause this disgrace of a company to miss out on just one potential customer...well, I won't say it will all have been worth it, but it'll make us feel a little bit better. 

 

Current status: days without broadband: 43. Engineer appointments missed by Talk Talk/Openreach: 6. Total spent on extra mobile data so far: £161.50.

 

It's also probably worth updating my record of what's happened so far:

 

Monday, March 7th

Request change of engineer appointment at new home from March 8th to March 10th. Live chat operator says date change “successfully requested”.

 

Tuesday, March 8th

Online account still shows appointment as March 8th. Told change of appointment has not been actioned properly. Told issue escalated.

 

Wednesday, March 9th

Account says go live date now March 15th, and that March 8th appointment was missed by customer. Told order is “stuck with a flow activity and Back Office emailed to progress it”.

 

Tuesday, March 15th – TalkTalk Missed Appointment #1

SMS from TalkTalk says engineer will visit between 8am and 1pm. Wait for engineer. Engineer does not come. Told appointment not for home visit, but work done at exchange. New appointment booked for Monday, March 21st.

 

Friday, March 18th

SMS from Openreach offering range of appointment dates. Request Monday, March 21st. SMS from Openreach saying engineer visit booked. Call from TalkTalk to say engineer visit not confirmed. Also: SMS from TalkTalk saying complaint has been logged. Four minutes later, SMS from TalkTalk saying complaint has been closed.

 

Monday, March 21st

TalkTalk say appointment booked for March 23rd (reference number issued).

 

Wednesday, March 23rd – TalkTalk Missed Appointment #2

Wait for engineer. Engineer does not come. TalkTalk check with Openreach to see if appointment is valid. Appointment not valid. Told appointment booked for Monday 28th. Request earlier appointment. Appointment moved to Tuesday 29th.

 

Tuesday, March 29th TalkTalk Missed Appointment #3

Wait for engineer. Engineer does not come. At 12.20 pm, TalkTalk call to say multi-skilled engineer required. Appointment moved to Thursday 31st.

 

Wednesday, March 30th

TalkTalk call to say appointment cancelled as engineer could not be assigned. Appointment moved to April 8th.

 

Monday, April 4th

Receive message from TalkTalk saying complaint has been escalated to CEO Office. Call from CEO Office confirming appointment for Friday April 8th.

 

Friday April 8th TalkTalk Missed Appointment #4

Wait for engineer. Engineer does not come. In afternoon, TalkTalk CEO Office call. Do not know engineer has not come. Say will call Openreach, escalate as high as possible, and obtain earliest possible appointment.

 

Monday April 11th

Call from TalkTalk CEO Office to say matter has been escalated to highest level possible and confirming “high priority engineer” visit for Wednesday April 13th, between 8am and 1pm.

 

Wednesday April 13th TalkTalk Missed Appointment #5

Spend morning in car in car park in case engineer comes but cannot find house. Engineer does not come. Call from TalkTalk CEO Office to say problem was a system failure at Openreach and promising to reschedule appointment for earliest possible opportunity. Also reports that case has been escalated to highest priority possible at Openreach.

 

Friday April 15th

Call from TalkTalk CEO office to say that Openreach have reported that all system problems have now been resolved, and that they are awaiting an appointment from Openreach.

 

Monday April 18th

Call from TalkTalk CEO office confirming engineer’s visit for Wednesday April 20th between 1pm and 6pm.

 

Wednesday April 21st TalkTalk Missed Appointment #6

Spend afternoon in car in car park in case engineer comes but cannot find house. Engineer does not come. Learn from neighbour that he has had successful Openreach engineer’s visit that week to install broadband via another provider (Sky).

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Message 5 of 35

Hi James,

 

I'm really sorry about this, have you heard anything from your Complaint Manager?

Chris

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ferguson
Community Star
Message 6 of 35

I am following this @James Y1 and what a sorry saga it is.  😕

 

It may be small consolation to know that the compensation you will be due will more than cover the costs of mobile data which you have incurred.

 

https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/Articles/About-your-auto-compensation-credit/ta-p/2326583

 

James Y1
Team Player
Message 7 of 35

Quick update for those following this saga: two hours left of appointment slot number six and no sign of the engineer! Will they turn up, or will it be SIX MISSED APPOINTMENTS FROM TALK TALK/OPENREACH?!?!?!?! Stay tuned! 

 

Oh yes, and please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please don't choose TalkTalk as your provider.

 

Current status: days without broadband: 42. Engineer appointments missed by Talk Talk/Openreach: 5. Total spent on extra mobile data so far: £161.50.

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Message 8 of 35

Yes, we get a very nice phone call every time an engineer fails to turn up explaining why they didn't turn up and booking another appointment for which they won't turn up. Currently sitting outside the house waiting for our sixth scheduled engineer's appointment. 

 

Oh, and a neighbour has just managed to have their Sky broadband installed. The Openreach engineer turned up as arranged. Is it just TalkTalk customers they don't turn up for?

 

Again, if you're seeing this as a non-TalkTalk customer and considering using them as your broadband provider, please, please, please, please, please, please, please don't. It may well be the worst consumer experience of your life, as it's been for me. 

 

Current status: days without broadband: 42. Engineer appointments missed by Talk Talk/Openreach: 5. Total spent on extra mobile data so far: £161.50.

 

 

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Message 9 of 35

Hi

 

Do you still have the details of your CEO contact who is overseeing your case ?

 

Thanks  

Karl. 

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James Y1
Team Player
Message 10 of 35

Sorry, that last post should read "very unlucky", not "very unlikely". Still, a pretty good example of what being a TalkTalk customer does to your state of mind. And after all, I have just spend four hours sitting in my car, waiting for an engineer who didn't show up. 

 

Current status: days without broadband: 35. Engineer appointments missed by Talk Talk/Openreach: 5. Total spent on extra mobile data so far: £141.50.

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James Y1
Team Player
Message 11 of 35

Update: Openreach engineer has missed this morning's appointment. Talk Talk/Openreach have now missed five appointments. As appointment was described by Talk Talk CEO Office as "high priority" (I was also told that matter had been escalated to "the highest level possible" at Openreach), I can only assume that either (a) we're just very unlikely or (b) TalkTalk are unable to fulfil engineer appointments in this region (East Sussex) and that should you require one (either for a house move or as a new customer) you should find another provider. I've now contacted Radio 4's You and Yours about the matter and posted a further review on Trustpilot. 

 

Current status: days without broadband: 35. Engineer appointments missed by Talk Talk/Openreach: 5. Total spent on extra mobile data so far: £141.50.

 

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James Y1
Team Player
Message 12 of 35

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Here's how you spend your days if you're a Talk Talk customer - sitting in your car, in the car park outside your house (since 8am this morning), in the hope that if the Openreach engineer miraculously does turn up after four missed appointments, they won't drive off claiming not to have been able to find the address. Thanks Talk Talk!

 

Update: days without broadband: 35. Engineer appointments missed by Talk Talk/Openreach (not including this morning's, which they've got two hours left to fulfil): 4. Total spent on extra mobile data so far: £141.50.

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Gliwmaeden2
Community Star
Message 13 of 35

@James Y1, Talktalk has not changed the contract regarding its responsibilities for residential services despite the changes in working practices since the lockdowns and ongoing lifestyle changes. 

 

You will probably find that there are similar clauses with other providers for residential use (also, I notice, with utilities companies etc).

 

So, strictly speaking, customers are on their own when it comes to costs incurred due to problems with the service other than compensation from the auto compensation scheme or goodwill gestures etc.

 

It's probably something that society in general needs to catch up with - if not the residential services providers' responsibility, possibly your employers.... or use a proper business service, or write to Talktalk ....

 

Customers are expected to read the Ts&Cs and these are what both parties are held to when you sign up.

Gliwmaeden2, a fellow customer.
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Message 14 of 35

This is really interesting Gliwmaeden2, thank you. You seem to be implying that Talk Talk might not permit people to use their broadband to work from home, unless they get permission in writing. That seems pretty huge to me, and I guess might result in the company losing a vast number of its customers. Or am I misunderstanding you? 

 

 

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James Y1
Team Player
Message 15 of 35

Daily update: days without broadband: 33. Engineer appointments missed by Talk Talk/Openreach: 4. Another £20 spent last night to top up my mobile data so I can try and work this week, bringing the total spent to £141.50.

 

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the situation and it's actually a new Talk Talk package? 

 

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James Y1
Team Player
Message 16 of 35

They've been trying for a week and have achieved nothing so far. Funny, you'd think the CEO's office might be able to arrange an engineer's appointment. I guess CEOs just aren't what they used to be. 

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Message 17 of 35

Hi,

 

Thanks for confirming that they have been in contact. Hopefully the CEO Team will be able to resolve this for you as soon as possible.

 

Thanks

 

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James Y1
Team Player
Message 18 of 35

Yes. Still no broadband. 

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Message 19 of 35

Hi,

 

Can I just confirm, have you been contacted by the CEO Team?

 

Thanks

 

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Gliwmaeden2
Community Star
Message 20 of 35

@James Y1, you should receive compensation for appointments missed without notice given, and the delay to the start of your service:

 

https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/Articles/About-your-auto-compensation-credit/ta-p/2326583

 

The number of days' compensation is calculated AFTER resolution of the issue and may take a month to appear in My Account. 

 

However, check the Ts&Cs (link at the foot of the page) for the limits of TT's responsibilities to customers. 

 

The change to working from home for so many customers has not been reflected in Ts&Cs for residential services. There has always been a requirement for agreement for business use in writing:

 

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or consider switching to Talktalk for Business:

 

https://www.talktalkbusiness.co.uk/

 

 

Gliwmaeden2, a fellow customer.
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