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 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.
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.
My time is worth less than my money so...
Disclaimer: I do not use my phone often so the cons may be a lot worse.
* The price is cheap!
* Customer service IS actually helpful (when you connect to someone).
* Customer service waiting time however, is ATROCIOUS.
Phone call: 30 minutes to 1 hour waiting time.
Email: 1 and a half MONTHS waiting time....
2 kids mobile - working great so far
No issues at all. They're slow to respond to emails, and to update the Exetel app (which could use some alias naming benefits, as opposed to phone numbers), but overall the actual phone service works fine. Had no issues. You can also set spend control so that if the kids hit the 2Gb, the data turns off and you don't pay any more
terrible customer service
I made the mistake of applying for the $8.99 a month mobile, what a mistake it took them 12 days to send out a sim card, phoned many times and recording said they would call back within 80 minutes, never received a call back, sent numerous emails and got replies that they would get back to me within two working days, never received an answer to my messages. When I received the sim card they didn't send the password to log on. Sent message to them by email saying please cancel my application, never bothered to reply. This is the worst service ever experienced.
Dodgy business model
I changed SIM providers on about the 19th June.
I noticed I was still signed up to them at the start of July and called them up to make sure my plan gets cancelled.
Exetel claims that their T+Cs say I needed to give them 20days notice to cancel my plan.
So even though their SIM would no longer have worked from the 19th onwards, it turns out I would have had to tell them about this back in May!
I am now getting charged for the whole of July! 1.5 months after their SIM would no longer work.
Whatever money I saved from going with them I would have lost from having to pay for an extra month for absolutely nothing.
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