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DirecTV "Resolution Department"

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by kenpac89, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. kenpac89

    kenpac89 Legend

    Jan 3, 2006
    How long will it take for the "Resolution Department" to get back to me?

    I had a defective box replaced 2 days ago because there was some problem with the hardware. Three calls to the technical support division and two house calls determined that the box was indeed the problem. My contract ran out in April, however I just called them about something else and I asked when my contract was up and they said July 2012. I was floored. I told her that I only had a replacement, not an upgrade and I am part of the protection plan. I was under the impression that I did not renew a contract when that happened.

    She said she was going to submit it to the Resolution Department and someone will call me. How long will it take for someone to actually get back to me? And, is there a way I can contact this department directly? (I am not very patient when I get screwed with like this.)

    I have been a customer with them for basically the past 7 years and this is the first time I am really upset at something they did. I am not looking to leave, but I don't want to be under a 2 year contract if I am not supposed to be. I understand being under contract for equipment upgrades, but I received the exact same box I had before and the exact same services.

  2. jefbal99

    jefbal99 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 7, 2007
    If they don't get back with you in 48hrs, follow up. If you are still unsatisfied, write an email to the office of the President and it will be resolved ASAP.
  3. TITAN_53

    TITAN_53 Godfather

    Jul 23, 2007
    If you did a replacement and not an upgrade then it should NOT start a commitment. I'd call and talk with the access card department.
  4. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    No sense getting upset until it (if) can't be resolved.
  5. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    If you had a replacement rather than an upgrade, they will fix it. No worries.
  6. kenpac89

    kenpac89 Legend

    Jan 3, 2006
    Well, in the past hour I have tried calling the complaint department twice, and both times they dropped the call on me. That doesn't make me any happier. Maybe I will find some compentent employees on the other end of the line later tonight when I get home from work.
  7. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
  8. kenpac89

    kenpac89 Legend

    Jan 3, 2006
    Well, here is an update (if you care). I called and spoke with the 'Access Card' department. They investigated it and proceeded to tell me that because a technician installed a new box that he had in his truck, instead of having one mailed to me, I am under a two year contract. He said 'That is the way the system is and there isn't any way around it.' I then asked what would happen if I wanted to cancel my service before then, and he said that I would not be charged an early termination fee. He said that the Retentions Department would investigate, see I had a replacement for technical reasons, and waive the fee. I told him that I didn't believe him, since nobody told me about the commitment to begin with. I told him I am going to call back and cancel to test his statement.

    Well, the first call I went through to Retentions, I explained that I would like to cancel and the CSR told me I would owe $460. I explained to him the situation and asked him to look into it for me. He hung up on me. He didn't say anything...I just got a dial tone.

    So, I called AGAIN and finally got someone willing to work with me. He was nice and patient, but unfortunately he reiterated that there was no way to change my commitment. He did say that I would not be charged if I wanted to cancel and he left detailed notes on my account.

    I find it ridiculous that they have this system in place, with no way to override it. I told him that I have never been more upset with DirecTV, because it is very deceptive to tell customers one thing, but then do another. They told me there would be no commitment extention/renewal, but that is exactly what happened. All because the guy had one on the truck. They are very, very close to losing this customer.

    I sent an email to the Office of the DirecTV President with all of my thoughts and explanation with what happened, but at this point I don't expect anything to happen. I am still shaking my head at this system they have in place.
  9. fourhokiefans

    fourhokiefans Cool Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    You didn't indicate if you had the protection plan or not. My understanding is that UNLESS you have the PROTECTION PLAN - OR - the unit is under the manufacturer's warranty, ANY replacement will commence a new two year agreement - whether it is leased or owned. That is what the protection plan is all about - to prevent a new time commitment solely with the replacement of defective equipment. I may be fuzzy on some of the detail here, but I think I have the gist of it correctly.
  10. raoul5788

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    The answer they gave you is wrong. Replacing defective leased equipment doesn't re-up or extend your commitment in any way, shape or form. The protection plan only comes into play by guaranteeing you free shipping of the new equipment.
  11. kenpac89

    kenpac89 Legend

    Jan 3, 2006
    I do have the Protection Plan.
  12. kenpac89

    kenpac89 Legend

    Jan 3, 2006
    YEah, I am pretty upset about all of this. Hopefully the email I sent to the DTV President will clear something up.
  13. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Here's the real answer:

    DirecTV's system is broken, has been broken for years, and they have no intention of fixing it because it's broken in their favor.

    You see, a normal front-line CSR can only activate a receiver with a commitment. They don't even have an option otherwise. Only the Access Card Team can activate without a commitment, and they have to click a box to do so (and it's easy to forget). This is true for owned receivers as well as replacement receivers. Once a receiver is activated with a commitment, DirecTV currently has no way for their workers to modify the Commitment End Date. Yes, as crazy as that sounds, it simply can't be done.

    Of *course*, one of their DBA's could go into the database and modify the date, but they don't do that. And of *course*, their custom-written customer service application could be modified to allow certain people to modify the commitment date, but despite years of complaints, this has never been done.

    Yes, they will note your account, and yes, *most* of the time an investigation will find those notes (though it often takes digging, which some CSRs simply won't do), but as some have reported here, there are instances where the notes simply disappear.

    Unfortunately, as many here know, the only way to avoid all this is to:

    1. Know about the problem in advance.
    2. When activating any receiver that should not restart a commitment, you MUST speak to a CSR (and not activate via phone or tech's handheld), ask/insist to be transferred to the Access Card Team, and explain that this is an owned or replacement receiver and that they need to check the box to NOT restart a commitment during the activation process.

    Any other method, and you are screwed.
  14. jefbal99

    jefbal99 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 7, 2007
    BZ, great points here, but I remember reading cases where the Office of the President have gotten these issues fixed very quickly and properly.
  15. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    From the first post.

  16. achildfromthe80s

    achildfromthe80s AllStar

    Mar 15, 2007
    I had this very thing happen to me before I left DirecTV when I was with them the firs time. In fact, I really didn't want to go anywhere, I was very happy with the service and usually the CSR team was very good to me. However FIOS made me an offer I just couldn't refuse.

    Usually the customer service department is very good and i'm going to kill my point here by bashing DISH because when I decided to come back to Satellite I had a very unfortunately situation arise with Dish Network that cured me of ever going back there.

    Anyway, a email to the CEO should probably do the trick. In my case I had a very nice fellow here step in and get my contract mess taken care of. I don't know if he's still lurking around but there are people at DirecTV that can help you pretty quickly. It's getting past this first tier of CSR's that go by the book and have very little room to do anything. If you're not looking to go anywhere i'd give them some time to get this worked out, i'm sure they will. :)

  17. Dwight M

    Dwight M New Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    I have the protection plan and I was no longer under contract. I had a bad H20 and the tech. verified the receiver was defective. He went to his truck and came back with a brand new H21 and he called and activated the receiver without saying anything to me other than you are right the H20 was bad. When he was done and ready to leave he said that I had to sign the paperwork and I would be now back under contract for 1 year because of the receiver replacement. I refused to sign the paperwork and told him I never agreed to this. He tried to say that anytime a defective receiver is replaced it restarts your contract for 1 year. I said you went and did this without giving me the option first so I am not signing anything. He said that I had to sign off on the work performed. I said I did not authorize any work so you can take that up with your boss. He left without my signature and I had a new receiver.
    I still to this day have DTV but never got put back under contract after that receiver replacement. In fact I just received a free PPV movie gift for my 3 years of service. I think DTV is the best thing going but I would drop them like a rock if they tried to put me back under contract because they had to replace some of their faulty equipment.
    That would be quite the business practice build equipment designed to fail before your contract is up so you can never get out of the contract without paying a penalty and paying for a protection plan at the same time.
  18. oldengineer

    oldengineer Godfather

    May 25, 2008
    I and many other subscribers have the same problem. Here's my story:

    1. Had a DVR upgrade in 9/08 which extended my commitment to 9/10
    2. Replaced a defective H21 in 3/10.
    3. Checked status on 7/17/10. Was told commitment date was 3/12. Told them it was a mistake because the H21 was a replacement not an upgrade. Was told date would be changed to 9/16/10, the correct date.
    4. Rechecked status on 7/24/2010. Again told commitment date was 3/2012. Again after checking account was told the date would be corrected.
    5. Rechecked status on 7/31/2010. Yet again told commitment date was 3/2012. Transferred to a specialist who told me the commitment date would be removed totally since there were only 45 days remaining on actual commitment. Was also told it would take 72 hrs for the change to appear on my account.

    I really like DirecTv but issues like this are frustrating and not uncommon.
  19. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    No, you are not correct.
  20. marquitos2

    marquitos2 Legend

    Jan 10, 2004
    With all the respect to fellow members I don't care about the commitment issue because I love D* and I will stay with them for ever. I live out in the country and I have to choices, D* or E* and I don't do Charlie.

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