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New Customers -- Check your bills

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jimd909, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. jimd909

    jimd909 AllStar

    Sep 30, 2007
    If you are a new customer, check your bill this month. DTV is having problems issuing credits.

    They missed $63 worth for me. I got them last month (first month) and they said there system has a glitch and missed a bunch of peoples credits.
  2. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Yeah they messed mine up too. Good thing I have auto bill pay so I can front them some money until the next bill...
  3. kevinwill1

    kevinwill1 Cool Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Did they say what the issue was, or give an ETA for resolution?

  4. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    New, old, directv, electrical, cell phone.

    everyone should always check their bills.
  5. jimd909

    jimd909 AllStar

    Sep 30, 2007
    They said I would have the credits added to my next bill. They didn't say except that it was a glitch and my bill was one of them. It sounded like it wasn't everyone...just some people?
  6. jimd909

    jimd909 AllStar

    Sep 30, 2007
    :thats: Comment = Not necessary... :confused:
  7. hallrk

    hallrk Legend

    Apr 15, 2010
    Thanks for the heads up. Mine was OK though.
  8. ATARI

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007
    Just checked -- I got my $10 HD credit, and my $10 referral credit, and I don't have autopay.
  9. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    And some still wonder why there is hesitation to signing up for autopay.
  10. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I know from experience with Verizon that it takes much longer to straighten out an autopay bill than a normal bill.
  11. finaldiet

    finaldiet Hall Of Fame

    Jun 13, 2006
    I just received a $49 credit for HD access. Checked my bill and it has it. Anyone else?
  12. DGF9600

    DGF9600 Cool Member

    Jun 3, 2007
    Just checked my bill. I'm a long time customer but switched to autopay 2 cycles ago. They missed the $10 HD access and a mover's connection Showtime / Starz credit ($24). Per a phone call it is a glitch in the back office and they will be correcting in the future.

    Watch your bills. :(
  13. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    I got a nice phone call yesterday apologizing to the mixup. :)

    They told me that bills that come on the 16th, 17th, and 18th were having the problems and I will see a basically a double credit within the next couple months.

    Good thing I signed up for auto-pay... they get to borrow about $30 bucks from me for a couple months...
  14. ButchHandy

    ButchHandy New Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Here is my comment to someone on one of the other boards about this exact issue:

    The same billing issue has shown up for me. I signed up two months ago, and got what I feel is a great deal, especially with all the free hardware I got out of it also.

    But...two days ago, I get my bill, and most of my credits are missing. I call them up, and they say there is a problem with billing and they are aware of it. I tell the CSR that they should credit me for the interest they are going to earn on my extra $63 they took out of my bank acct. (Yes, I know it isn't actually that much money...). I was just trying to make a point to the CSR that if they did this "glitch" to a LOT of people, that extra money they sit on for 30 days could add up to big bucks for DIRECTV.

    The CSR transferred me to the ACE group. The girl I was talking to was very nice, but you could tell she didn't want to hear any BS. She checks my acct, and here is the basic rundown of what she told me:

    1 - Your billing date is the 17th.
    2 - Your credit date is the 20th.
    3 - Your money was taken on the 18th.
    4 - Because your credit date is after your billing date, you won't see the credit until the next month.

    -So...I ask her why my first bill was correct.
    -She says that all first bills are correct.

    -I ask her why did a couple of my credits come through fine on my 2nd bill, if my credit date is the 20th.
    -She said the date for those were the 17th.

    -I ask why my credit dates would be different, since everything was applied at the same time to begin with, including me filling out the online rebate forms two weeks before my install was done, so that all of my credits would show up starting on day 1.
    -She says she doesn't know.

    -I then ask her "If you say that my credits are given on the 20th, then why are they not showing up online, since today is the 20th?"
    -Her response: "Oh....<long pause>....I will have to give this to the next level to look into. Your credits should be showing by now, but they don't. Something is wrong with your account, and someone higher up will have to look into it."

    Yeah....you think?

    So, I tell her to have someone contact me to let me know when to look at the online system to see my credits are applied, and she said she would have someone contact me. I will NOT hold my breath for that! They have NEVER called me back for anything when they said they would.

    I also told her that if my billing date, and my credit date were truly on different dates, (don't know why in the world that would be, and basically, I don't believe her about that), then they need to get that fixed so that everything was in sync.

    Anyone on the inside got any info about what is going on with this "billing issue"? I'm not stressing over it, but it just really sucks that I had to spend an hour on the phone to discuss an issue that the ACE CSR basically wanted to "lightly" argue with me about, and basically lie to me to hopefully get me off the phone, only to discover that what she told me contradicts herself, and that there actually is an issue with my acct, or that the "billing issue" is larger than she thought.

    As of today, I have not heard back from anyone. I will give them a few more days to see what happens, and if the credits show up online or not.

    Just a pain in the butt though....Would be nice if they could keep the customer in the loop on their "problem", so that we don't have to keep checking in with them.
  15. basschica

    basschica New Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I am having the same issue. My service was installed on June 19. My first bill was completely correct w/ a total of $41.99. I had filled out my rebate requests before the install date and they both say "approved" on the rebate page. Furthermore, the movie channel 3 month rebate thing is automatic, no interaction required to get, so that isn't even a rebate rebate. I would have NOT had it included, but you can't even de-select that in the installation signup on the web site. I intended to cancel it. I'd do it now but that will no doubt screw up their credits.

    My bill date is 7/20. I have no idea what the "invoice date" and "credit date" is in my case, but I suspect there's not even a difference.

    My bill has the $5 1st receiver credit

    Missing credits:
    $10 HD for life (if you enroll in autopay...which was the ONLY reason I did...reluctantly)
    $24 Starz / Showtime credit
    $29 in programming credits for 1st year (those are the only rebate ones that you submit... $5 and $24)

    I called on 7/21 (gave them a day to see if it would fix itself). When I called I got the run around, finally I asked to be transferred to retentions. The guy there had no idea the problem was happening. He had me on hold quite awhile and finally said the credits would show up by midnight. They never did.

    I called again today on 7/26 and asked about the issues. I definitely had a call center person in India. She apologized for the issue and they're working to resolve it within a month. I said my bank draft against my debit card will occur on 8/3 wanted to know if it will be fixed by then and she said she *thought* so. Awesome. Then she said it would be within this month like by the end of July, which was different than she originally said.

    I don't care about credits for next month's bill. I don't want to loan them $63, which is like a month and a half of payments ahead of time. This is purely based on principle as I do have the money, but someone "not paying attention" could overdraft their checking if they didn't look at the invoice. I'm sure they don't intend to refund that to anyone. I know I can stop an ACH debit 1 time from my bank, but I called and confirmed....can't do that for debit cards. They have an option to report a card lost to freeze all transactions for like 7 days, but after that you would have to cancel or remove the freeze. No doubt the charge would continue to be attempted by DirecTv and happen immediately too. It costs $7.50 to replace a card by the bank too. My understanding if you quite the "autopay" option for DirecTv it doesn't actually completely remove it for a month, so it will still charge your card if you remove it today.

    Ugh.... such a load of crap. I don't care if they have to manually adjust any accounts they credited after they fix things because they would otherwise double credit. It's their fault not mine.
  16. ibmman69

    ibmman69 Cool Member

    Mar 13, 2010
    My first bill is wrong. They charged me twice for HD access. This is ridiculous. I thought the cell phone companies were the worst for billing errors. Before someone asks, no, they aren't for different time periods, and no, there aren't two free HD for life credits.

    The good news is all my promotional credits are on there.
  17. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    They didnt give you free HD for life? Thought new customers got that. Worth a call to ask.
  18. ibmman69

    ibmman69 Cool Member

    Mar 13, 2010
    It is free. They offset the charge with a credit. Problem is there are two charges and only one credit.
  19. masterblaster8987

    masterblaster8987 New Member

    Sep 4, 2007
    Check your statements!! I have been with D* over ten years and lately they can't get their billing right. I called them the day the billing email was sent. The csr told me it was a glitch in the system and they will fix it before the payment was taken from my account. Today I get the phone message apology with a "do not call" tone. Sounds like we all should flood the phone banks and demand credit for the hassle. Only to never see those credits...:nono:
  20. basschica

    basschica New Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I received a voicemail this morning stating that they were aware of the billing issues, etc. and that it would be credited on my next month's invoice (basically same as what I've been told when calling so far). I logged into my online account and I show:

    Amount Due

    ...which is the correct amount. The amount on the invoice was $104.99. What I'm wondering is, if you receive a credit mid-month, does the automatic payment take the statement balance due or current amount due (if it's less) out on the draft date? Does anyone have experience with this? When I had DirecTV previously I did not have automatic payments, so when this happened then, I would just pay current balance and never had issues. It seems the automated has a mind of its own. I honestly don't trust it not to take out the $104.99. I think I'm going to go to manual payments. This isn't worth $10 less a month.

    It's also extremely fantastic that you can't cancel the movie channels (that I didn't want) that come with the new install without calling customer service. The option is grayed out on the account web interface.

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