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Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

pfgpowell
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

Things seem to be going downhill at Plusnet Mansions and I'm not too chuffed. Several years ago BT bought Plusnet and I feared the worst, given that most of what BT turns its hand to turns to dust for the customer. But at first there seemed no change. Now there is and it is not at all encouraging.
I first joined Plusnet because it was voted one of the best ISPs by which magazine, not least for its customer service. That has now changed. Once you could report a fault online in the message system. That's been junked. Why? Economies, I suspect, though there's nothing to tell us why. Live chat is worse than useless. Quite apart from the delay in getting answers to your questions (I don't doubt the saps have to handle several callers at a time, so it isn't their fault), finally all they do is 'give you links' to elsewhere on the website. So all you can do is ring up and wait for a long time. It didn't used to be too bad, but now it is quite bad given that all those who reported faults online are also now having to ring up, adding to the numbers in the queue.
Over these past few months my fibre connection has been getting decidedly flakey, dropping off regularly for a minute or two about once every few minutes (or so it seems - though there should be no 'slow connection' message if you are on fibre optic).
I decided to report it and was encouraged to 'Ask Jess'. I did: ' want to report a fault', I asked, which is pretty sodding unambiguous. Jess reply? A link to a video about how I can 'improve my broadband connection'. What the fuck that's got to do with 'reporting a fault' I don't know. So - and I trust these forums are monitored by Plusnet - a word of advice: don't sh*t on your customers. There are plenty of ISPs out there still not owned by bloody BT who will want our custom. And don't rely on us staying because we think it will be 'too much hassle to change'. I find once you get to a certain level of frustration with a deteriorating service, nothing is too much trouble if you think it will improve things.
dick:red Avoidance of swear filter edited as per forum rules.
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Re: Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

A quick link to raising a broadband fault is https://faults.plus.net
The way to get there is via Help and Support http://www.plus.net/help/?home=helptop then Broadband then Troubleshooting Broadband Issues and click the appropriate one
Right at the bottom - Report a Broadband Fault
pfgpowell
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Re: Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

OK, but why is it so damn difficult to negotiate to raising a fault on your website? Why not put those links you gave me prominently on the site marked 'Raise a fault'? Why go through this whole stupid Ask Jess charade which helps no one? It is worse than useless.
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Re: Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

And Oldjim is a customer just like you  Smiley
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Re: Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

I didn't go via Ask Jess - I just followed the Help and Support Route
Superuser
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Re: Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

It is though a fair observation that reaching the point where one can actually raise the fault on line is a challenge.  I was assisting one of my referrals yesterday; as soon as the CHAT agent realised someone other than the account holder was doing the typing (he - knocking on 70 - was sat beside me) they stopped helping.  Now that's real customer service - not!
Working through the help pages (already done the self help stuff) to find the trouble-shooter is a real pain in the bum!  There needs to be easy to find links direct to the 'meat'.
Talking of which, it seems that the link to tickets has been obstructed - right now my link below does not work, I need to find a new one!
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Re: Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

https://www.plus.net/wizard/?p=search
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Re: Worsening customer service from Plusnet.

Or https://portal.plus.net/wizard/?p=search&view_by=30days
I find it useful to check closed tickets, because quite often an important update is added by creating a new ticket an immediately closing it.