House move nightmare
Instead, I had an automated email on the 27th January saying I would actually be connected on the 11th February 2020, meaning I would be without internet for 2 weeks. I phoned Plusnet again and queried this, and spoke to a very unhelpful representative who said it was out of their hands due to “Engineering appointments” and that they would not be offering any goodwill gesture. At this point I asked to end my contract so I could join a new supplier at cheaper prices who would take the same amount of time to connect me as it was still within the 14 days cooling off period of my new contract and price with Plusnet. The representative said I could cancel my house move free of charge, however they would automatically revert back to my old contract and be charged an Early Termination Fee of £91.50. I disputed this as I don’t see how you can revert someone back to an old contract once a new one has taken place, however the representative refused to waive the charge or refer me to a manager. Feeling frustrated, I ended the phone call and waited the 2 weeks for connection.
Our broadband was connected on the 11th February. On the 11th February, I phoned and asked again for compensation for having no internet for 2 weeks, the representative agreed that she would credit our account £27 so we had one month free service, however due to system errors she could not do it on the phone and would arrange for it to be done as soon as the system was fixed. From my side, I cannot see that this was ever done.
On the morning of the 14th February, our connection wasn’t working and we had no internet. I phoned Plusnet yet again, and a member of the Technical team advised that our account had had the connection cut off and that he could not reactivate our connection. I asked why this had happened and was told it was a system error. After being on hold for 10 minutes I was put through to the sales team and told I needed to sign up as a new customer for them to be able to connect me again. I asked if I would still get my one month free that I was offered in the previous phone call and was told no, that would no longer happen. Upset, I yet again I asked if I could please just leave and end my contract to join a new provider, as by this point I had lost all faith in Plusnet. Again I was told I could not end my contract, despite my services being terminated by Plusnet, and I must sign up as a new customer. I agreed to this as I felt I had no other option, and paid another £22 to start the contract again, as the representative said I must pay for them to be able to open the contract. I asked how long it would be until I had internet again, and was told it could be up to another 10 working days! Shocked, I asked if they could please expedite this as I have already been disconnected for 2 weeks and spent a fortune on mobile data. I was told they would put a note on the system that this was an urgent order.
On the evening of the 14th February, I asked to speak to the Connections department and was put through. They advised me that they could not see any note that my order was urgent and that my old account hadn’t even been closed so the issue likely would have reoccurred. He also admitted he has seen this same problem with other house move customers, frankly shocking that Plusnet are allowing this to happen repeatedly.
This representative advised me that he would place the orders for the new connection, but that it was unlikely I would be connected in less than 10 working days. Again I asked for compensation, and was told “I can’t do anything for you, maybe once you’re connected again we could look into something to make up for the down time.”
Overall I am appalled, it is looking like I will have no broadband for a total of 20 days with no compensation whatsoever. I have paid for the internet for this month twice, as I was made to pay upfront again for the new contract, however I have had broadband for a total of 2 days so far in February. I am extremely disappointed in the service I have received. Buyer beware when moving homes with Plusnet!
Re: House move nightmare
Do just breaking this down here, some bits of that the agents are correct-others less so.
The delay due to engineer appointments is correct. When an order is placed, it defaults to the minimum lead time for a connection, but in a lot of cases, openreach who actually do the connections dont have enough engineers to meet that date, and it gets delayed. This would apply whether you stay with a provider or move to another-its still openreach with the exception of virgin.
It's also correct with cancelling the house move reverting the contract back is in the terms. Admittedly it's a bone of contention, but it essentially comes down to the fact that plusnet paid openreach to supply you for the contract length. If that contract isnt completed then plusnet is out of pocket, hence where early termination fees come from. It essentially goes to the fact that the customer has chosen to move not plusnet, so they wouldn't cover the cost, and aside from that, if they did cover those costs people would use that to get out of contract for free whenever they wanted, by claiming to be moving then cancelling once the line closes.
The failings however are pretty clear. A plusnet system issue is purely on them, and I don't see how they can refuse any complaint resolution there. Whilst they may be able to question the goodwill for the delayed install, since it isnt really their fault if they've offered it you then it should be honoured.
If you got the email detailing this make sure you keep it. Even better if you can still get into the member centre on your old account get the ticket number for it from the help assistant on there. As for discussions about compensating for their own system failure, then I'd say you're well within your rights to pursue that. True enough, it's best to wait for the fix so all the details are known-including how long it actually takes, but once done make sure to contact them to chase this-or use the complaints code of practise link at the bottom of all pages on the plusnet site and you can raise it online.
Re: House move nightmare
Thanks for contacting us. I'm really sorry you've had such a poor experience.
I've taken a look at your account and things seem to have moved forward now - is that correct? It's probably best for you to reply on your account to ticket 199100316. We can then advise if any further needs to be done for you.