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Open work order to activate DTV Recievers????

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by ben4715, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. ben4715

    ben4715 AllStar

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    I install for a local DTV retailer and occasionally we have customers who don't qualify for a free upgrade, so they pay the one time lease fee for new RCVRS and my company sends me out to install them. Over the last 6 weeks or so I've had increasing difficulty getting these new boxes activated due to "No open work order." Apparently DTV is instating this new policy to avoid fraud. Understandable.

    My problem is that my retailer says that they cannot open a work order for upgrades, only new installs. Is this a problem with their contract with DTV or should we stop doing upgrades?? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. kcaudiofx

    kcaudiofx Legend

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    I am a Retailer myself, Dealers honestly get the shaft when they do upgrades, the pay is HORRIBLE! I am surprised your retailer is even doing it and paying you to do so, either way, sounds like your retailer isn't signed up for the "Dealer Upgrade Program" where he/she can make the work order for such upgrade, and I don't blame him/her one bit. I myself don't do many upgrades, but when I do, I usually have no problem activating new receivers on an existing account, I just explain what I am doing on the account, sometimes they ask to speak to the customer sometimes not..
     
  3. ben4715

    ben4715 AllStar

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    Thats how it used to be, but lately all I hear is "Sorry, no open work order." Eventually I can get it activated when I get the right CSR.
     
  4. matt

    matt New Member

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    From time to time I'll sell a new lease IRD. A customer called me the other day saying they wouldn't activate it without the order number. I just had him go around it by calling the access card distribution team and playing dumb. I told him to tell them you bought the receiver off amazon and would like to activate it and they did without a problem.
     
  5. rrdirectsr

    rrdirectsr Legend

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    Not to go into detail but what you need to do is get the customer on the line with the agent and they can verify some account info to get the box activated. Hope this helps.
     
  6. matt

    matt New Member

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    In my case it was the customer calling.
     
  7. rrdirectsr

    rrdirectsr Legend

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    Yeah unfortunately the rules are sometimes misinterpreted by different agents I guess but all we have to do is verify a couple pieces of information and we can easily add a receiver to the account. Like I've said in a few threads before this it's disappointing to read when someone doesn't do what they are supposed to do. It makes everyone's lifes harder.
     
  8. ben4715

    ben4715 AllStar

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    Used to be the CSR would ask to speak to the customer (every time) after I identified myself and what I needed. I even offer to put the customer on the line and still no go. I would like to point out that I DO understand this new policy. Too much fraud going on. I give my Dealer ID # and my SBCA Cert #, what else can I do? We simply cannot open a work order on add-on equipment.
     
  9. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

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    Your company needs to sign up to be able to do this if you want to do it this way. I'm guessing that you're company is charging to do the installation. The customer can always place an installation order for $49 and you can complete it this way.
     
  10. SaLance

    SaLance AllStar

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    Did you identify yourself as a retailer or a technician? A lot of retailer's tech will just tell D* they are techs which leads to the assumption that its a O&O or HSP tech, which follows the hard rule of "You HAVE to have a work order." If you explain your situation and they still refuses or refer you to your local office, then request access card team or a supervisor, they'll straighten you out
     

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