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.
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.
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
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....
Extremely non responsive Customer service
My Mobile ported to Exetel fine 8 months ago so once my wife's plan with Virgin Mobile was at an end I thought I would also port my Wife's mobile. Worst mistake I ever made. The phone number ported OK but there was a problem with the Data. I attempted to contact the provisioning team who after 6 hour wait finally responded to advise that it was not a provisioning issue and I needed to submit a new ticket for technical support. Tried to contact technical support to be advised that there would be a 3.5 hour wait but I could request a call back ...once I reached the front of the queue. I never received a call back. Tried again the next day to receive the same message of a 3 hour delay for support so again requested a call back but also thought I would lodge an Email ticket in the hope that I would get a response either via email or a call back. I received an automated email response stating that that my ticket had been lodged and someone would be in touch with me as soon as possible. After 3 weeks of follow up emails with still no response I decided to call the support number and wait the hour for the call to go through to talk to someone. I could not work out what was wrong as all phone setting were correct so got me to swap the SIM to my phone to see if it was a faulty SIM. Doing this showed the SIM was working fine as Data worked on my phone and when I switched it back to my Wife's phone it also continued to work. Hi thought was that something had not properly activated on their side and switching the sim may have forced the activation. I then requested some form of compensation for the poor support and the fact I had paid for almost a months worth of data that I could not access to be told that it is just tough luck as they could not identify what had caused the problem. Avoid Exetel at all costs.
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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