June 16, 2024


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‘Front-porch pitch’ benefits in $850 cellphone, internet bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — For Chris Swartz, it all commenced with a knock on the door of his Columbus dwelling in Oct of previous year. On the other facet, an in-property profits representative for AT&T, who, right after what Swartz called a “quick entrance-porch pitch,” certain him to indication up for AT&T’s internet support.

“I claimed, ‘Fine. We’ll give it a check out,’” stated Swartz.

Then, a different provide.

“At the identical time, this young male claimed, ‘Hey, I see you have an Iphone. We can give you a cost-free enhance to your Apple iphone.’ I reported, ‘For cost-free?’ He said, ‘Yes. A absolutely free up grade.’ I stated, ‘If it’s absolutely free, I’ll choose it,’” Swartz said.

And he did. Swartz traded his Iphone X for a 13 and stated all the things worked flawlessly. Two months later, nevertheless, something wasn’t including up.

“I was going via my costs to get all the things completely ready for tax period, and I noticed it was January… or December… that my invoice was $60 increased,” said Swartz.

That prompted him to take a closer search at his billing statements.

“Apparently, what I bought was in this absolutely free mobile phone, was a various phone line that I was remaining billed $100 a month for,” explained Swartz.

Swartz termed AT&T’s shopper services but reported he was handed from department to division. And when ready for a resolution, obtained a further surprise.

“In March, I acquired a bill for $850-some,” stated Swartz. “So, when they canceled the telephone line, they charged me for a mobile phone that was meant to be a totally free cellphone. At that place, I referred to as you.”

Swartz also referred to as the Ohio Lawyer General’s Place of work, which contacted AT&T. In no time, Swartz claimed he got a contact from the company’s government business, and the prices had been erased.

Swartz explained he was relieved but confused about what took place.

So Improved Call 4 arrived at out to AT&T. The business explained it was a misstep by the gross sales agent. In a assertion, AT&T reported:

“Unfortunately, our salesperson created a miscalculation when functioning with this consumer. We have apologized and corrected his invoice.”

If you are a customer and have any worries about your billing assertion, AT&T suggests you call Shopper Treatment at 800-331-0500 or 611 from a mobile device.

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