Re: AT&T Steps up Cingular Rebranding Ahead of iPhone

"Customer Service" is often used as a way to sell callers even more

> features, not necessarily _serve_ the customers. Free advice is not > profitable. Everything focuses on profit, Sell! Sell! Sell!. > Providing high quality service -- going that extra mile to minimize > cutoffs or noisy connections -- is a low priority. > (anyone with a different opinion on wireless businesses)? > public replies, please.

Over the years I have been with AT&T Wireless, BellSouth Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint PCS. The only one that I think came even remotely close to what I could call "customer service" was BellSouth Mobility, but this was in the mid-1990's.

My experience with Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile were this: We had all kinds of issues with the service. Missed calls. Dropped calls. I'd get a voice mail days after it was left. Their "solution" was for me to buy a new phone, at full price. When the contract was about to expire they told us we had been eligible for everything from firmware updates to free phone upgrades and if we'd just sign up for another two years...

My employer has provided me a cell phone once again, through Sprint. I'm having the same problem I had with the other two where I'll get a notification for a voice mail and discover it was left days ago. In the business world this is totally unacceptable. Sprint's solution is for me to get a new phone, but my employer isn't all that enthusiastic about that solution. In my mind the voice mail delays are the system's fault and not my phone's. I can call to check my messages on Tuesday and have zero voice mails, then on Thursday receive an alert about voice mail, and learn it was left on Monday. How is that my phone's fault?

John Mayson

Austin, Texas, USA

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