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baldrick69
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Cancellation fee

I'm being hounded for a cancellation fee.
I've been with PlusNet for more than 12 months.  I got inexplicably cut off for 4 days when I asked for a MAC code. 
PlusNet stopped my direct debit (not me) when I switched.  And now I'm being hounded for a cancellation fee.
You know what you can do with that don't you.
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Re: Cancellation fee

Who did you switch to and did you use your MAC code when you migrated ?
baldrick69
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Re: Cancellation fee

I switched to BT.  BT weren't interested in the MAC code.
I thought, when my broadband was cut off, that it was BT's fault - they'd taken over the line before the stated handover date.  Indeed, PlusNet who took over an hour to answer the phone, confirmed that.
PlusNet later admitted they were wrong and refunded my consequent costs as a result.
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Re: Cancellation fee

Hmmm if BT didn't use your MAC Code then this could have been the issue. I'm sure Plusnet will be able to confirm if this was the case or not.
baldrick69
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Re: Cancellation fee

I got a MAC code from PlusNet.  I applied for a BT account online.  There's was no place to use my MAC code so I assumed they didn't need one.  PlusNet then stopped my broadband service for four days and blamed BT.  BT said that was not true and blamed PlusNet.  PlusNet then said sorry we gave you the wrong information.
Ok.  Here's what I didn't know, but do now. PlusNet are chasing me for a cessation fee because the MAC code wasn't used.  And this is somehow my fault?Huh
Spoke to PlusNet on the phone who insist the charge stands and that I have to take it up with BT.  During the switch from PlusNet to BT I must have spend several hours speaking to both on the phone.
TBH I find BT's charges quite high and probably won't stay with them after my contract expires.  I would have considered going back to PlusNet, but not any more.  Dreadful customer service.
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Re: Cancellation fee

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Ok.  Here's what I didn't know, but do now. PlusNet are chasing me for a cessation fee because the MAC code wasn't used.  And this is somehow my fault?Huh

Correct. Plusnet T&Cs make it quite clear that the cessation charge will apply if a recognised migration process is not used as they have to pay a cessation fee to BT Wholesale in those circumstances.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Re: Cancellation fee

Sadly your issue here is with BT retail - if their sign up process did not ask for a MAC code, they are not following the Ofcom  processes.
To clarify matters, who is your phone line provided by?  Changing phone line provider can cause the BB service to be unilaterally ceased, thereby giving rise to BTOR cessation and reconnection fees.  I recall a case where changing the billing name on a BT Retail phone line resulted in the cessation of PN broadband giving rise to cessation and reconnection charges.
Not using a mac code (for whatever reason) is going to result in big bad BTOR issuing the current provider a cessation charge.
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Re: Cancellation fee

Hi baldrick69,
I'm sorry for how things appear to have panned out. As Townman and Jelv have correctly pointed out, as a MAC Code was provided but was not used and the transfer of your service was still moved, this would have resulted in cessation - this is chargeable.
You may want to discuss this with your new provider to see if there is anything they can do to help in terms of cost, however, the charge is applicable as the service was cut from us without the use of the MAC Code that we provided.
Chris Pettitt
Cloud Environments Engineer
baldrick69
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Re: Cancellation fee

Thanks for all the replies.
Yes, I know it's in the T&Cs.  I know that now!  How many punters read the T&Cs and would know that without finding out as I did? 
I just assumed that BT don't ask for MAC codes any more.  I'm just a humble user - how would I know?
Anyhow I've told BT and they were very apologetic and immediately advised me to pay the cessation fee as they would reimburse me in full.  Definitely got a much warmer feeling from BT's customer service than I did from PlusNet.
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Thanks for letting us know that they're getting that sorted out for you.
I'm sorry that you felt that our support hasn't been as helpful as BT's. I appreciate that not everyone reads the T's & C's when signing up to a service/product so can completely understand your position.
Chris Pettitt
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abstruse21
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Re: Cancellation fee

The fact that BT told you to pay the fee and offered to refund it immediately would certainly point to the fact that BT knew full well they should have asked for a MAC code and done the job properly in the first place.
Had they done so you would never have had an issue with Plusnet charging you a cessation fee to complain about..
Sorry. Just pointing out the obvious as BT offering to pay you back shows they know they are the guilty party here.. Giving them credit for putting right a problem they caused in the first instance and not PN is an unusual way of seeing things..
This problem would have been the same whether moving from PN or from any other ISP because of BT's initial mistake not asking for the MAC code.
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Re: Cancellation fee

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Definitely got a much warmer feeling from BT's customer service than I did from PlusNet.

That is a little harsh - PN followed the process, BT did not.  BT's failure caused you an issue with PN.  BT admitted they got it wrong, offered to refund your consequential costs with PN and you suggest that PN were somehow in the wrong.
I hope that when you've had a few months with BT's Indian customer service agents, you still have the same warm feeling from /about them.
Good luck with your new provider... you'll need it - they have already let you down and I guess you have not yet quite moved over  Lips are sealed
baldrick69
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Re: Cancellation fee

I'm afraid I stand by the feeling towards customer services.  The PlusNet girl just repeated the "you must pay" line over and over and refused to let me speak to any one else.  The tone given by Chris Pettitt's post above would have been much better.
jim:quote
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MAC Code was provided but was not used and the transfer of your service was still moved, this would have resulted in cessation - this is chargeable.

Chris. To be fair to the customer, the charge relates to jumper recovery at the exchange. As this was Retail to Retail and no LU involved, BTW would not have raised a charge to PN as there would have been no jumpers to recover. This one is a case of "computer says no" and someone clearly hasn't exercised understanding.
How the transfer went through without a MAC is troubling, perhaps Mr Bailey should flag through to some of his counterparts in Retail Wink
BTR have done the right thing in the end, rare I know, but PN have lessons to learn.
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Re: Cancellation fee

If the move happened without a MAC it would not have been a migration.  BTW would treat it two separate orders 1) Cease 2) Provide.  The cease would trigger the charging of the cancellation fee in the eyes of BTW's billing system. 
Not sure why you think "PN have lessons to learn" - They have simply passed on the charge that BTW have made.  BT Retail shoulder the complete blame here.  Their website says that they will ask for a MAC if one is needed so it's their fault if the OP wasn't asked for one during signup.