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Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Lakerbird, Nov 25, 2003.

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  1. Lakerbird

    Lakerbird Cool Member

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    Anyone know of another DISH number that gets you quicker to a CSR?

    Calling the standard DISH number most of the time now gets people that don't understand ENGLISH, and have a hard time speaking it.

    I'm finding myself calling back numerous times until I can get someone that I can understand, and vice versa.
     
  2. CivilizedAnarchy

    CivilizedAnarchy AllStar

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    Yeah 1-888-888-3474
    or 1-888-233-3474 then press 1
    But sometimes the csr might throw a fit because
    that number is intended for activations.
    Most of the time, they don't care.

    Lata, C.J.


     
  3. jeffwtux

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    Yeah, I have a dumb question. Do they really need that many 800#s? I mean we pay for
    those eventually. Do they really need the 888-920-GIFT number for ClubDish?
     
  4. TonyM

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    Toll free numbers usually do not cost the business any money up front, depending on who the phone provider is. They just have a per minute charge. So if Charlie has 3 toll free numbers set up or 300 toll free numbers set up, it doesnt cost him anymore money.
     
  5. James Long

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    They cost the phone company --- but the phone company knows that if they give out 800 numbers to their customers, the customers will use those numbers and the phone company will bill for that usage.

    It's a marginal cost.

    JL
     
  6. RogerDodger

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    Its not just the cost, what about the fact that there aren't unlimited # of phone # allocations in the blocks. Remember, they original started with 800, then 888, then 877, and now 866. I think, some companies are abusing the fact that there is no monthly charge for having the # if you don't use it. Heck, I got a toll free # for home, doesn't cost me anything (its for long distance calls when out of town), costs me same price as if I were making a long distance call from my home. No additional charges even if you call from a pay phone.
     
  7. Cheyenne

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    Just Curious, what language do the CSR's speak?
     
  8. TonyM

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    You hit the nail on the head Roger. There are companies that have lots of Toll Free numbers that they never use.

    Heck, the company I use to work for (a phone company) had 5 different toll free numbers, all pointing to the same main number.
    One would be for people in Northern MN
    One would be for people in Northeastern MN
    One would be for NW WI
    One would be for Northern WI
    One was for employees only

    How idiotic was that? "Lets see, sir. You are in Hibbing. So my TF was XXXXXXXXXX"
    "Ma'am, you're in Ashland. My TF is XXXXXXXXXY"

    They wanted different toll frees because it allowed them to track where the business was.
     
  9. James Long

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    My workplace of about 20 people has over 30 toll free numbers, most in the "most wanted" 800 range. Some of them are on hold for "future unspecified use", but most ring in the same phones. (I do have one pointed to my desk phone, which can forward you to my wireless.)

    Most of the differences are used for tracking. The ones "on hold" are important because the boss will occasionally say "set up an 800 number for this special project" with very limited warning.

    There are now several ranges of "toll free." 800 - 888 - 877 - 866 are now common and I believe the other ranges have now been opened (855 - 844 - 833 - 822).

    JL
     
  10. Justavisitor

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    There are 4 call centers that DISH has that are staffed primarily with multi-lingual employees: New York, 2 in Texas and one off-shore. Your call may be routed to one of those centers depending on the time of day you call and the option you select from the IVR. If you select an option having to do with sales or purchase of your system, you will probably be routed to one of the centers listed above. If you select a billing, programming, or technical problem option, you may end up at one of their other centers (Virginia, Pennsylvania, Denver). If you call late at night, you'll be routed to the off shore or Texas center (both 24 hour operations). During normal business hours (7 am to 9 pm eastern time) you have a better chance of being routed to Pittsburgh, Virginia or Denver.

    Another tip - try not to call during the peak call times, roughly 10-noon, 3-5 pm or 7-9 pm eastern time to avoid wait times and random call routing.
     
  11. Jacob S

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    The activation line is supposed to be freed up for those wanting to make activations without the wait time and when others call that number it ties up the line therefore the CSR may tell you that they cant help you at this number.
     
  12. rhpenguin

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    I work in a callcenter and being a CSR myself and i can definatly see the benifits of having mulitple numbers. Its more of a convenience thing really when routing calls. I mean its a whole lot better than sitting on the phone going through menus for like five minutes and then waiting again to talk to someone, but having mulitple numbers gets you there quick and easy. I know for the company i work for one of our clients has an american and a Canadian number. It just helps the CSR set up the call easier.
     
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