i hate smart

i used to say "i hate smart" for a personal reason before...but now, i really hate smart.

last month, i've finally decided to avail of the Smart Bro broadband service. my friend, J, has been teasing me for a while because, according to him, i am the only one he knows who still uses dial-up. applying for a connection was very easy, in fact, 2 days after i applied online, somebody contacted me that i could already pay so that somebody could come over to my house and fix the connection.

that's when the trouble began. a month after i paid for the subscription, i still didn't have an internet connection. though somebody did come a week after i paid, the connection didn't last for a day. and the vicious cycle started: somebody coming over to fix the antenna, then after a day, there would be no connection. at first, i was very patient about it, but after two weeks, i became homicidal. i made friends with the company's customer service representatives. i called them almost everyday, to no avail. they used the same lines when i asked what was wrong. they would either say, they're still coordinating with the concerned department or that a feedback from the contractors were not yet in.

i think i've been stood up by the contractors at least three times. the schedulers from Smart said it was the contractor's fault. however, the contractor would tell me that they didn't receive a report that something was wrong with my connection. i asked if i could terminate my contract since i wasn't able to use it and technically, the contract hasn't started yet, they said i have to pay the remaining 11 months of the contract. that's bullsh*t!

when i couldn't take it anymore, i finally wrote a letter to their customer care last week. here's an excerpt:

I am tired of calling your hotline and hearing your customer representatives telling me the same thing over and over again. I wasn't able to get the names of the customer representative I talked to but if you check your records, i think they would be there, as well as all the calls I made and my complaints. I think I have been patient enough and frankly, my patience is running out. In my line of work, time is very important and I've been wasting my time calling your hotline for nothing. Plus, I'm not getting my money's worth.

I don't know where the problem lies but your clients are not happy with your service. Smart is a very big company and everyday, I see your advertisements everywhere. However, you are falling short to the expectations of your clients. I've talked to other people who use Smart Bro and I found out that mine isn't an isolated case. Please look into this matter.
yesterday, the contractor came to my house and changed the antenna. my internet connection is working now. for how long? that remains to be seen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

galing nung edited na smartbro print ni kero but would you like to avail globe lines na a month to install because of waiting for a slot para sa line mo na biglang magtataas ang bill mo ng unkown reason.. or mag dsl ka pldt line ... masaya yun diba.

Aug 13, 2007, 8:50:00 PM  
Blogger kero said...

i got that pic here: http://www.smartwifi.org.ph/smart-wifi-news/smart-wifi-is-now-smart-bro/

so far my connection is ok. not that fast pero since galing ako sa dial-up, it's fast enough.

Aug 14, 2007, 7:11:00 AM  
Blogger Bugsybee said...

I can empathize with you. I went through exactly the same thing (it was like reading my own ranting post) when I transferred from myDSL to Globe broadband. And how I hate that contractor-line. Having our lines serviced by a contractor should NOT be an easy excuse for these SOBs.

Don't give up complaining (I copy furnished the NTC, for whatever good it can do). I bombarded them with my written complaints and was finally able to get a refund. Don't let them run away with your money.

Aug 18, 2007, 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Jayred said...

That's one lousy service.

You did the right thing by being persistent with your customer complaints. (Although, it eats up much of your time and makes your bloog 'boil.')

I should warn my family back home about such services.

Aug 24, 2007, 4:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Jayred said...


Oops, I meant "...makes your BLOOD -- not "bloog" -- boil.

My apologies.

Aug 24, 2007, 4:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im having the same problem now... Just to post this comment it took me 15 mins kasi sobrang tagal ng downtime nila! I've called their hotlines several times na. They kept on telling me something is wrong in the freakin basestation! and obviously the agents na nakakausap ko did not know what he was saying! Grabe! I just got this connected last July 2007 and a week after that dun na nagsimula magputol putol yung connection. Somebody already came over... guys who look like na hindi din alam ang ginagawa and still Im having the same issue up to this time and its September!

Sep 12, 2007, 4:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Joseph said...

i really,really,really hate smart...for the reasons already said in this blog and in our experience after 3 calls and hundreds of e mails we were promised for a technician to come and check the problem no technician comes out and we were promised 3x! Technical Support in each call goes to the same troubleshooting steps that should be in their database!

Nov 11, 2007, 11:15:00 PM  

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