Customer Service

  • FastCustomer Unleashes Telephone Call Concierge Service

    FastCustomer Unleashes Telephone Call Concierge Service

    “People are sick of shitty customer service,” said FastCustomer co-founder, Stephanie Hay. And she and her team aim to do something about it. Their first product, for the iPhone, Android, and other platforms, allowed you to search for a customer service number – say Adam & Eve – and press a button. The program waits on hold for you and then calls you on your… Read More

  • Dell Hell Is Back: One Man's Spiraling Journey Into The Heart Of Darkness

    I don’t like to call out bad customer service that often because the cases are often very time and place specific and mostly it’s a matter of misunderstandings all around. However, this one is too good to pass up. A reader, Blazej (he’s Polish), inexplicably purchased two Precision workstations and two 20-inch monitors from Dell on December 31. He paid extra for quick… Read More

  • Study: 82% Of U.S. Consumers Bail On Brands After Bad Customer Service

    Study: 82% Of U.S. Consumers Bail On Brands After Bad Customer Service

    New research from RightNow and Harris Interactive…reveals that 82% of consumers in the U.S. said they’ve stopped doing business with a company due to a poor customer service experience. Of these, 73% cited rude staff as the primary pain point, and 55% said a company’s failure to resolve their problems in a timely manner drove them away. Almost everybody surveyed, a full 95%… Read More

  • Which cell phone provider has the best customer service? You might be surprised

    Given how much people depend on their mobile phones these days, it’s pretty much catastrophic when they stop working. Most these days don’t have a traditional land-line, so when your phone stops working, you lose touch with the world. So which carrier has the best customer service? Who can you depend on to help you in your hour of need? Read More

  • My chat with Verizon about FIOS

    I’ve been eying FIOS for a few years now – I know Doug has it and likes it – and was just inspired by a commercial on cable to pop by the Verizon site to check on FIOS in Brooklyn. Almost immediately I was shunted into a chat with “Philip” who proceeded to offer me DSL. Phil then encouraged me to “check back” with some regularity, something that would… Read More

  • Truly Comcastic service, for real this time

    We’ve made it a sort of hobby to post our Comcast experiences here at CG, more often than not because they’ve been terribletastic and we needed to be angry publicly for our own satisfaction. This time however it’s quite a different case so read on if you’d like to hear that rarest of tales: a tale of good customer service. Read More

  • Casio claims a fingerprint inside camera, voids warranty

    I understand that companies like Casio are dealing with large volumes and must enforce a certain level of scrutiny when it comes to returns, or face enormous costs from unnecessary replacements. But this is ridiculous. Like the laptop with “liquid inside keyboard,” Casio’s complaint is completely ridiculous and completely transparent. You can see the technician going down… Read More

  • For free: Sprint will teach its customers how to use their phones

    Not everyone spends all day in front of gadget blogs and the HowardForums, learning the ins and outs of their cellphone. It’s for these “normal” people that Sprint is launching a renewed effort to teach consumers exactly what it is their cellphones can do. The program is called “Ready Now,” and will officially be announced sometime today, when everyone is… Read More

  • Dell kind of bites the bullet on faulty GeForce M rigs

    Dell is offering a 12-month warranty extension for those of you suffering (or about to suffer) from faultily manufactured GeForce GPUs on your laptops. Their previous solution was to fool the BIOS into turning the fans up all the time, thus preventing overheating at the cost of noise and wear and tear — not really the best trade-off. So now they’re essentially saying… Read More

  • Customer receives million-dollar bill AND poor service

    The Register has a report on possibly the largest ever single-person phone bill, and the winner is…James Abdale, a Vodafone customer from Norwich, who got a bill for £588,198, and fifteen pence ($1,175,455 and two cents). Abdale, who posted his saga on Vodafone’s forum, spent over two hours on the phone with customer service before being told that all managers had gone home and… Read More

  • HP attempts to charge customer $1099 due to "liquid inside keyboard"

    Interesting approach to customer service you’ve got there, HP! Hot tipper Zack, who sent his still-under-warrantee HP laptop in to be serviced for a bad hinge, writes: Well today I received a call from an HP Tech Support guy. I was informed
    that liquid had been inside my keyboard and when they opened the computer to
    diagnose it, the liquid spilled onto the motherboard causing damage. Read More