I thought I would voice my frustration that I have had with moving from Sky Talk and Fibre Optic broadband to BT's Line and Infinity Unlimited broadband.
On 5 January 2015, after Sky not being able to match the offer, I signed up online for BT's Infinity unlimited broadband package with line rental. £10/month fibre optic broadband, opting to pay line rental upfront with the offer of receiving a £125 Sainsbury's gift card.
BT's order tracking website kept showing that the order was fine and was still in progress. My HH5 was due to be delivered on 15 January and I was to be connected on 19 January. Checking BT's order tracking website did not give the link to the tracking service and so I was worried. I called BT on 15 January. Spoke with a lady on the Open Orders team who seemed to be non-UK based. She seemed to know what she was talking about and transferred me to Jenny in the Doncaster Customer Options team. Jenny advised me not to worry and that the order was still progressing. What a pack of lies! she even asked me to wait until 6pm on that day in case I would receive the HH5...at this point I had my doubts. The lady at the Open Orders team mentioned that around 80% of the online orders post 31 December 2014 were being rejected by BT's systems without the customer being informed. The only time that the customer knew that the order had been rejected was when they called to enquire about the status of their order.
Well the evening rolled over to the 16th and I called BT to query about not having received my HH5 and also voice my doubts about being connected on the scheduled date of 19 January 2015. Well, what could be said? Just as I thought, there was no chance that I would be connected on 19 Janjary and that open order had to be cancelled and a new one placed.
After voicing my concern within BT's own forums, one of the Mods took up my case and called me today advising me that the offer was the same to that when I applied despite me advising him that the reason I ordered on 5 January was that the original offer was going to expire on 7 January. He then called me back advising me that the offer was the same and for me to make a fresh online application. I then proceeded to check BT's website and discovered that only £50 of Sainsbury;s vouchers were on offer instead of £125. After having emailed BT's customer team to advise them of this was I told that the Mod would personally ensure that I would receive £125 of vouchers and all I had to do was to just place the order online.
Do I have my doubts? Probably, yes. Even though notes may be placed on the system, when it comes to claiming the voucher, who is actually going to read the notes before sending it to me? So what will probably happen? I'll probably receive £50 of vouchers and then end up making another complaint.
What complete shambles it has been. I thought Sky was bad but having gone through this experience, Sky's customer service team are a lot better than BT's including their ordering system, even if they can't work out what refund amounts are actually due and just rely on Sky's system to calculate it correctly, which I have proven on many occasions is not actually the case.
I will keep you updated on what happens next. I keep asking myself...why am I still going ahead with the order, why, why, why?
Finally, I have emailed OfCom urging them to investigate the 80% online orders rejection matter as I really do think BT have royally messed up on this one and they should be deserved to be investigated on this matter.
I urge anyone who has had their online order, placed after 31 December 2014, rejected to contact OfCom to alert them of this. The more requests OfCom receives, then I'm sure they will be inclined to investigate and give BT an appropriate telling-off or fine for their complete shambles of a system.