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Old 11-29-2007, 07:30 AM   #1
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I had Dish Network installed Monday and was ready to cancel by Wednesday. Unfortunately, they have me suckered in to an 18-month agreement, so that is not an option. The problem is this. When ordering online, I neglected to order HBO and Cinemax, which is free for three months for new customers. I was mistakenly under the impression it would automatically be part of my programming package to start. I admit, this was my mistake. However, I had hoped Dish customer service would understand this, and give me these movie channels when I realized my error. Basically I've been told it's too late, and I'm no longer eligible for my three free months I believe I'm still entitled to as a new customer. I'm wondering what is so difficult for them to keep their customers happy.

Another issue is that I was referred by my brother. He should have been given a credit on his bill, along with some free pay-per-view movies. It's still early, but so far this has not been reflected on his bill.

Has anyone else had problems with Dish Network's customer service, or lack thereof?
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:20 AM   #2
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I would suggest that you get right back on the phone with them and state your case again. Do this until you find a customer rep that will help you or contact the CSR's supervisor. They will usually resolve the problem. If none of this works, send an email to ceo@dishnetwork.com. That will get results, but you need to go through the other steps first.

Hope this helps you and I know that you will be able to get things straightened out.
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:22 AM   #3
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It is off course the customer's responsibility to adhere to any requirements to receive promotions. I don't think your brother gets anything until you have been a paying customer for a required period, although I am not sure of those specific terms. I never complain or blame others for my mistakes and I often miss out on these sort of promotions and read about what I missed online.

Still, if you are so upset, you should cancel and give them the reason but do it soon as I think there are guidelines regarding cancellations of service and not being bound by the contractual agreement and that likely varies by state. I am sure the decision is time sensitive, but you can't be held to a contract were the other party doesn't deliver according to the terms of the contract. In this case it may just be your perception of their obligation, but I think you can get out if you act quickly.

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Old 11-29-2007, 08:32 AM   #4
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I agree with Chris, just call back and ask for a superviser or customer retention. I went through something similar with direct tv and I cancelled even though I had a contract. Don't let them get away with it and stand your ground. Good luck.
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:11 AM   #5
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Thanks to all for the advice. I need to read the fine print to see if I can get out the agreement due to dissatisfaction, but I hope I don't have to. I just feel the customer service representative hasn't made much of an effort to be understanding. I'm only asking for what I think is right. I'm certainly not going crazy and demanding free service for three months or something like that. I'm not blaming Dish for my error during the signup process, but I would think they do everything they could to satisfy a customer, especially to make a good first impression on a new customer. Isn't that what customer service is all about?

As for my brother's referall credit, I'll just wait and see and contact them about it months or whatever down the road if I need to. I know it's a $5 credit on his bill for 10 months, so we'll just see if that's reflected when he gets his next bill.

So far my only contact with them has been through e-mail, but I'll get on the phone today and see what they can do. Hopefully I won't have to resort to contacting supervisors or "big wigs", but we'll see what happens with the phone call.

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Old 11-29-2007, 10:56 AM   #6
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Call Dish and go to Tech. support and explain what happend ... they are much better at fixing and explaining things. Explain to them when they answer that you know that it's not their job, but you're not getting anywhere with CSR's .... worse case they'll switch you to a supervisor or customer resolution/retention.
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:21 AM   #7
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I think I just had a lousy customer service representative through e-mail. After a quick phone call and explaining the problem, the rep. over the phone was understanding and now I should have HBO and Cinemax when I get home from work. Like "Loves2Watch" suggested, keep contacting them until you find someone who will help.
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:07 PM   #8
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When I signed up for dish last July under the 18 month agreement I had 30 days to cancel my contract if I was not satisfied.

Also I referred 3 people but it will take at least 90 days before your brother will see any credits I believe this is because you have to be a dish subscriber for that amount of time before they can credit him.
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Let me get this straight...you have had dish for four days and youre already looking for a credit on your brothers bill? Thats not "early" as you put it, that would be "amazingly early." And what makes you think its too late? You have, by law, a satisfaction guarantee, which means you have 30 days to cancel your service with dish network, and at no cost to you (besides maybe a bill for the actual service you received during that time). With your expectations, I think it best you take them up on their cancellation policy, but thats just my opinion.
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I think I just had a lousy customer service representative through e-mail. After a quick phone call and explaining the problem, the rep. over the phone was understanding and now I should have HBO and Cinemax when I get home from work. Like "Loves2Watch" suggested, keep contacting them until you find someone who will help.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:48 PM   #11
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The credit on the bill will likely take 3 months to show up - Yes, $5x10months. I should be getting one eventually, I think it's been 2 or 3 bills since my Mother-in-law signed up but I haven't seen it yet. They're just slow.

Regarding your channels, I had a similar experience but at the time I wasn't too concerned by it. I don't think it'd kill them to give you your channels for 2 1/2 months - they know full well that you'd be unlikely to cancel them once you get used to having them.
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When I signed up for dish last July under the 18 month agreement I had 30 days to cancel my contract if I was not satisfied.

Also I referred 3 people but it will take at least 90 days before your brother will see any credits I believe this is because you have to be a dish subscriber for that amount of time before they can credit him.
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:57 PM   #13
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just ordered dish yesterday got the 3 months of hbo and cinemax.Also got 6 months free hd reciever. supposedly at least 50 channels of high def for 6 months.If not i will be angry because thats why i also signed for 18 months.
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you also get the benefits of the Dish Home Protection Plan free with the 18 month contract.
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Has anyone else had problems with Dish Network's customer service, or lack thereof?

Well, yes.

I ordered the top 100 with HD service for 29.95 a month. What i got is just the top 100 package with NO HD.

I did buy my equipment which was going to be the 622 box. What i got is the 322 box. After 3.5 hours on the phone and talking to CSR's and thier super's i got no where, even when i wanted to cancel.

I did finaly get someone that gave me the 622 and a 1000.2 dish for no extra charge.

I guess there customer service is lacking the service part.
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