My girlfriend has been pseudo-living out of an RV lately and has run up against data caps so I proposed that we switch from Google Fi to T-Mobile. I researched options and went online to set up service with just new SIM cards, using the text chat service on the website to customer care.
I finished up my order, assuming I’d get a detailed invoice and explanation of charges via email. Instead I got an itemized list with cryptic items like “PlusUp Data” on it, no costs and no explanations. Nonplussed, I tried to log into my new T-Mobile account, but couldn’t because you have to confirm your login via 2-step authentication to a T-Mobile phone number… which I didn’t have. I gave up.
The next day I called, asking to be let into my account. No dice. I asked for a detailed invoice. No dice. I asked for an explanation of the items on the order confirmation. The customer service rep hung up on me. So I called back again to cancel my order and was told that my SIM cards had already shipped and I’d have to wait for them to arrive to cancel. I was assured that my credit card will be refunded for the $123 I paid for SIM cards+account activation.
The SIM cards arrived a week later, when I was on vacation. Got back yesterday. Now it’s been 10 days since I placed the original service order. I called again to cancel service and was told I don’t have to ship back the SIM cards and the cost will be refunded, but they have to transfer me to cancel the service on the new phone lines. Fine.
Got on the phone to cancel the lines and they ask for my PIN, which I set up when creating the account. It doesn’t work. They say they can send me a one-time code to reset the PIN, but they have to send it to a phone number on the account…which I’ve never installed or activated. I ask if they can just send me the one-time code via email. Nope. They send me to a physical store so they can check my ID and change my PIN.
So I go to the store. They say they can’t do anything and say I have to go to a “corporate store.” Smartly, I call ahead to the corporate store and they say I can only change my PIN online, but give me a number to a T-Mobile service center that is U.S. based. I call there and they say when I went to the store, they should have called customer care and verified my ID to them so they could change my number.
I went back to the store and after 10 minutes trying to explain what it is I’m trying to do, they called their service line, got transferred twice to three different offices, finally reached someone who said she’d cancel the line and “prorate” the charges for the 10 days it’s been since I ordered service. When I protested that I tried to cancel the day after ordering the service and had never used a single minute of it, she relented and said she’d rebate the charges after my bill closes on the 5th. It took her 20 minutes on hold to actually cancel the lines.
Still no word on the $123 I paid to have them ship me SIM cards. Still no access to my account on their website. Still no email confirmation of any of this. I think I’m going to have to dispute charges on my credit card. Dear god, this is the 3rd worst customer service experience of my life. The first two both involved Sprint, which T-Mobile just merged with, so I guess thrice bitten.