I'm still waiting to see my post from several days ago asking how to self serve purchase a new handset less than three years after my current one. In an age of fast moving (especially the first generation — Dream/Magic — which most quickly became outdated), ever lower priced standard handsets, this is obviously something many people will want to do. Alternatively, what price discounts can we expect if we don't obtain a 'subsidized' handset from Rogers?
Posted March 25 to http://redboard.rogers.com/2010/rogers-self-service-on-demand-how-to-videos-cheat-sheets-and-faqs - previous post 'disappeared.'
In case my comment isn't clear, let me explain...
A few months ago my wife's iPhone was stolen. It's from Fido, but please hold off on the Fido-isn't-Rogers macro, I think the story would be the same.
I called customer service and explained the situation. The rep I spoke to sounded like she'd never heard of anyone losing their phone before, as if everyone simply had their phones for three years and this was a very special circumstance. Her first proposal was crazy. We'd have to break the phone and data contracts, and lose our existing phone number. We'd have to buy a new iPhone for $600, including a $35 signup fee and lose our FidoDollars. Pretty much $1000. After three phone calls, we finally got it so we'd only need to cancel one plan for a $125 fee, not pay a signup fee, and pay $600 for a new phone, and use our FidoDollars to pay for most of that (thank goodness for Fido Dollars).
When I got the bill, it seems we were charged $300 for cancelling, but by then I was so damned tired of arguing and confused by all the different options I gave up. I sincerely hope that wasn't part of the plan.
What I'd like to see Rogers do is go for a simple, Really Real Reality option where for any reason I can sign on to MyAccount, click a button on the phone I want, and it will tell me how much I'll pay and/or how much my contract will be extended, given the system knows the terms of my account. This will eliminate all the confusion, including the unfairness associated with special deals people sometimes seem to get, and avoid the confusion that often ensues when speaking with a rep
Rogers is making a brave and smart move with this service, hopefully toward getting to the bottom of what we all want, healthy competitive service focused on true Internet access, with worthwhile Rogers offers layered on top. Many homes are, like mine, spending around $8000 over three years on Rogers wireless. For this price we should expect quite a bit.
With social media comes the hope relationships can be formed. Even if we don't remember a name or avatar, history is just a click away and hopefully we can avoid seeing unhelpful canned responses, and this can be more of a conversation, and less disassociated blips.
I have been continually promoting a few themes —
- Rogers made a mistake with the Dream's inability to upgrade and the Magic offer was not an adequate response
- customers should be able to more easily replace or upgrade devices purchased through Rogers without having to go through bizarre 'contract cancellation' contortions. ideally, within a few clicks through their myRogers account
- It's good Rogers has clarified we can use third party devices, and even embraced the Nexus One. However, people who are not using a subsidized device should be paying a lower fee
Finally, I would like a "my profile" link on this site so I can find all postings I've made, and see others' profiles. Several postings I made haven't shown up after a week.
Posted April 1, 2010 to http://redboard.rogers.com/2010/redboard-one-month-how-are-we-doing/