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unhappyone
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Technical Support

After "cursing under my breathe waiting to get through to this department, May I please say A BIG THANKYOU, and send a commendation for a guy named MAC, he has set me up online, after wks of bother, without making me feel stupid.
I can only say "hang in there guys" give them a chance.
Here,s hoping to lots of happy times ahead surfing with PLUSNET,
(One small moan, maybe pop a compliments slip in box with some relevant telephone numbers on, as when unable to get on line! dont have access to help, had to use a friends internet to find ) Just a suggestion
Regards S E
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Zap
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Re: Technical Support

I agree but I would make it a sticker for your router or PC screen (with Plusnet logo of course)!
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Re: Technical Support

Welcome to Plusnet Smiley
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aybe pop a compliments slip in box with some relevant telephone numbers on

I have suggested this, however as we send the same routers out to Madasafish customers, it's not feasible to have Plusnet phone numbers in the box.
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 Chris Parr
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Re: Technical Support

Chris, don't the routers come with a Plusnet branded Quick Start Guide which have Plusnet logo's web site etc... on them?  Do MAAF customers get the same one of these, or a similar one with their branding on?  Either way couldn't a number be either included on that sheet, or a separate sheet depending on the which brand?
Phil
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Re: Technical Support

AFAIK the MAAF customers get the same insert (Plusnet branded) which is why can't put phone numbers on there as they won't be suitable for all the customers.
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Re: Technical Support

Thanks Chris.
Phil
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Re: Technical Support

Presumably the address labels are personalised for each customer (!) thus, its not a huge leap to include a little extra 'useful info' on the outside of the packaging is it?
Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
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Re: Technical Support

Sorry James - the label printer used is one of the delivery company ones, and all the addresses are submitted automatically to that. Unfortunately that's not really something we could do.
If it was though, how would the customer detach it from the box without damaging the information they want to keep?
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Re: Technical Support

Since the Quick Start Guide advertises MAAF and Plusnet are the same company (and presumably F9, FOL, Metronet if there is still anyway to get new hardware from their products now), couldn't it list phone numbers for each of the brands?  Something like:
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If you ar  having difficulty getting online why not call us on:
Plusnet: 0845 140 0200
MAAF: 0844 395 0830

And the other VISP if necessary.
Phil
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Re: Technical Support

I've asked about this internally and it could be possible, will let you know as soon as I get an update - though it won't be immediate as we have a fair number of the existing inserts left.
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Re: Technical Support

Quote from: Matt
Sorry James - the label printer used is one of the delivery company ones, and all the addresses are submitted automatically to that. Unfortunately that's not really something we could do.
If it was though, how would the customer detach it from the box without damaging the information they want to keep?

It would require a change in print stock at your outgoing warehouse to achieve a removable section on the front label - I was really thinking of an additional line with the support number for that vISP to be printed a couple of lines below the address so the recipient could note it down before discarding the packaging as the easiest solution.
An easier solution (although admittedly more costly) would be to simply print up a bunch of postcards with the details on.
That way you could include a welcome message, plus details of what is likely to be happening (i.e. don't expect your router just yet, we'll send it once BT confirm they can provide a service to you)
Any probs, please do give us a call on xxxxx xxxxxxxx

Cost of printing would be relatively low (less than you currently award as referral discounts in some cases) and postage via franked mail would be pretty economical too (compared to the goodwill it might engender with new customers)
Zap
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Re: Technical Support

This thread is a classic picture of Change Management and Busines Process Improvement.
First you get the resistance, then the reasons why it can't be done, a possible acceptance and then some continual service improvement ideas.
To me it is a no brainer, stickers mean marketing, do one for the router, one for the keyboard and one for the screen.
Of course processes need to be changed and there may be a cost in printing but it is an opportunity, even my fridge repair man knows that.  Postcards are lost and put away in drawers, stickers get seen by visitors.
As for madasafish, isn't it time to bring this under the Plusnet name, brand is hardly worth anything anyway.
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Re: Technical Support

Personally I think Andrews & Arnold and BT have the right idea.
They are printed on a plastic credit card (including WiFi key etc) that you can keep near your computer.
Includes contact details, plus all your personalised info for your account.
But! PN can't do it easily because of the constraints imposed by their choice of 3PL.
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Re: Technical Support

Hi guys,
I've done some investigation on this, and think we've come up with a decent middle ground. Smiley
We're going to publish the PN and MAAF support numbers in the hardware insert. Granted, it's slightly larger than credit card size but isn't too big to keep around.
This will take a few weeks to start going out to customers (as we have stock levels already packed for the next few weeks).
The other stuff is good to consider in the future, but isn't something that could be done quickly (or just on my say-so Wink).
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Re: Technical Support

Quote from: Mand
(or just on my say-so Wink).

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