Very poor customer service
First of all, I've never encountered a telco which removes your ability to receive calls when a bill is not paid. Second, even after payment, my sim does not work. I spent 30 minutes talking to support but the line quality was so poor I literally couldn't understand what they were saying- I imagine this is the result of an offshore support centre. I asked a simple question: which plan am I currently on, and they couldn't even answer this!! Unbelievable.
Deteriorated service & coverage
I've been a customer with Exetel since about 2010. Ever since they changed hands to SuperLoop in June 2021, and switching from Optus to Telstra, the service has deteriorated. Telstra's coverage is so bad causing my Mum & me so many frustrating issues, but what’s just as bad is while trying to inform Exetel and asking them to investigate it to find a way to fix it, their lack of support, understanding and commitment to customer service has left me with no other choice but to cancel. Trying to find a way to escalate the issue is another frustrati...on. I don’t know how on Earth a top notch service can deteriorate so quickly on every level is beyond me! Their lame attempts at contacting me include calling me after 9pm, replying by email a MONTH after FOLLOW UP emails, leaving nonsensical voicemail, sending email addressed to a name other than my own, closing the case without checking with me to see if the issue was rectified forcing me to call again only to open a new case losing history of the issue…. And the list goes on! I can’t be bothered reporting them to TIO, and feel writing my review here will get more traction and hopefully save others from the pain! You’re welcome.
Used to be great
I have been with Exetel for many years, and found them to have great services.
However, they have just changed their from wholesaler from Optus to Telstra.
Have to now dial 101 to get voicemails instead of receiving as a text message.
No options given to resolve this problem either.
Great provider - until network change
I have been with Exetel for many years and it has been without any issues on Optus network. Their latest decision to switch to Telstra network was a disaster for WA. This is not full Telstra network, but so very thinned down resellers network where I wound myself driving under Telstra tower with no signal nor could made a calls from home (in the city) ! I've left with all my sims back to alternative Optus reseller. Great people, great company & single management decision to save few $ :-(
Exetel mobile gives non fuss reliabilty
I switched over from Telstra to Exetel mobile. Ended up being same network but cheaper. The coverage is excellent. I have had zero dropouts. I don't use a lot of data but what I don't use, rolls over to the next month. Therefore I have plenty when I really need it (without having to pay more each month - in case I need it). The Exetel folk were very helpful in the setting up. Couldn't fault the service or the product. At $16 a month - excellent value. I highly recommend Exetel.
Customer service is HORRIBLE!
They switched across to the Telstra, is charging me more and my phone barely had any service in the home.
Called, waited 10 mins+ to get to someone who could barely be heard and hung up on me partway through my call. Didn't call back so I had to call back and wait another 15 mins - the second operator was constantly putting me on hold (about another 10-15 mins) for a very simply matter of lodging a complaint. They couldn't fix the issue there and then too. Took about an hour just to lodge a complaint. Very disappointing.
Customer Service not Good Enough.
Took me 2 days to successfully port my number from Exetel to another provider with my new provider trying at least 4 times. This is something that should have taken 1 to 4 hours. Each time my new provider tried to port my number there was a problem with Exetel. First my birthdate didn’t match. Tried my husband’s birthdate. Third try the account number was apparently incorrect. Trouble was I could no longer log into my account to check the account number as they no longer allowed me access. More phone calls and emails. Fourth try finally sorted ...I thought and waited till my service went off so I could put my new providers sim into my phone. Hours later I had phone service activated only but no internet. After waiting an hour just in case and more calls finally I was promised it would be up and running before long which it finally was. The problem was I wasted two days on waiting on a simple porting of my number due to poor customer service at Exetel. Not good enough.
For this side of the market. Pretty good value.
For this side of the market, your getting good value for money (in Tasmania, I often outperform Telstra when comparing speed and coverage) and speeds are usually 25 - 80mbp/s even out in the country.
There is a few things to note, some handy features like activating a conference call, placing someone on hold or setting up voice mail is a chore (with no instructions provided, must go to a forum) and difficulty setting these up probably would scare many inexperienced phone users off.
With Optus, coverage isn't an issue, but phone call quality ...is a little poor sometimes between companies (e.g. Exetel and Telstra). Sometimes you may have to hang up and recall, with the difference being quite substantial. All in all, for the low price the phone calls are offered for, the quality of the services is quite reasonable. If you're not technologically capable/comfortable of activating voicemail and call waiting, maybe try customer service (I've never had to deal with them so can't comment) or seek another provider.
Don't use Exetel, zero customer service
I was using Exetel for some time, however when we moved our home, Exetel (or Optus) network coverage in that street was so poor that our mobile phones basically had no signal at all.
Tried to contact Exetel, no reply at all. I used 2 or 3 weeks to work with Optus and had them acknowledged the signal coverage problem in that area, however Optus won't be able to fix the 4G signal tower issue within 3 months. After 3 weeks or so, Exetel finally came back to me saying "There is no signal problem in your area at all, check your own mobile device"
...So I had to switch to a different network because I need my phone for working from home, so I signed another carrier and ported out. Then Exetel came to me (same day , this time) saying they need to charge another 28 days of usage even though I opted out already because there is a 28-day noticing period for service termination although they advertised themselves as "no lock in contract " which is obviously a joke.
Charging me for a service that doesn't exist
I ported my number over to another provider but still got charged for the following month. I called and said what was going on and replied saying they can't do anything about it. How can you charge for a service that doesn't exist or is in use?
I have never had a problem with any other provider but this company takes it to a new low.
Avoid this company as the aftercare service is near 0 existence and useful as they only care about taking your money.
Okay as long as you're not trying to port out
Service is fine. Only issue is when you decide to leave Exetel...
I bought their wirless mobile plan thinking it would be fast and easy to set up. How wrong I was. 6 weeks in and I am still trying to speak to someone helpful. My issues are:
- when it connects, it is very slow (running 1x device only and Netflix auto's to low quality
- a lot of the time I get no signal
- tech support are useless with no urgency and poor English/communication skills
- general support is also not helpful
Porting out made artificially difficult, as admitted by customer service
Wanted to give another mobile provider a try so submitted a porting request at the new provider with my Exetel account details.
New provider came back and said Exetel had rejected porting as the details didn't match what Exetel had.
Contacted Exetel and was told their "customer ID" wasn't really the account number, and the account number was some number even the existence of which I was never told about.
Frustrated by the waste of time, I asked customer service a rhetorical question if they made the porting process artificially difficult, t...o which they answered yes. Nevertheless, customer service generally answer phone quick enough, though their staff members don't seem to talk to each other, which means if you got transferred during your call likely you'll need to repeat your story.
One of the Cheaper Services
I do not use my phone often so this service is about as cheap as it gets. I use wifi for phone data.
Got this Optus service after I purchased Exetel NBN service, Previously I had Vodafone which was hopeless in rural areas. Optus is getting better for coverage.
The $14.99 is cheap. (extras when you sign up)
Customer service is actually helpful when you get through to someone.
However there can be delays
Scamers and Theives AVOID at all costs
Joined Exetel as service appeared economical and value for money.
Customer service is ABYSMAL you will wait 20 mins on hold for basic assistance.
Ported a number to another provider Exetel continued to bill me foe a number that was no longer theirs for 3 months. Still waiting on a refund.
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