Southern Phone Incapable?
On 19th September 2019 Southern Phone asked me to replace the existing Netcomm modem with a Southern Phone branded Gaoke modem. Initially, I had issues with slow internet speeds which were eventually resolvedBy SPC. However , since the change I have had frequent problems with the VoIP service not working. When incoming calls are answered, the line is dead. When attempting outgoing calls, the called number is immediately engaged. Southern Phone's panacea for these problems: a "power cycle", or modem reboot, doesn't necessarily resolve the proble...m. Despite being told the problem has been fixed, within days (sometimes hours) it's back again. Being transferred by Customer Service to Technical Support Inevitably results in having to listen to that woeful elevator music for about 30 mins or more. This morning after 40 mins on my mobile, that connection also dropped out. You have to go to the end of the queue again! The icing on the cake however is the auto-generated email which is sent at the end of the discussion/chat which always says your "ticket" has been resolved, even when it hasn't. You are also directed to an online portal at help.southernphone.com.au/hc/requests/nnnnnn where nnnnnn is your Ticket Number. Surprise, surprise this doesn't work either: OOPS the page you were looking for doesn't exist.
no phone again and slow internet
Again - no phone and reliable internet for essential services health worker. Have been raising issue for years and as little as 2 weeks ago told that the service had been fixed. Out yet again. What happens if a service cant be provided as a result of no phone or slow internet? What if a patient misses out on essential care? I have been raising this for years and years. Doesn't Southern Phones care about the effect this lack of service may have on sick people - especially at this time with Corona? I am beyond shocked. [name removed] you are aware of this issue. You need to act.
no home phone once again
Tonight I again went to use my land line and didnt have a line. reset the 'box' to no avail. Again called and sat and waited on the phone, finally spoke to customer service who transferred me to technically area, wait, wait, wait..... disconnected BUT my phone light came back...... Then tried to call my an elderly relation, after trying for 30 minutes of getting the engaged signal I started to get concerned so contact her neighbour to check on her. she didnt have a problem with her phone it was just that my land line had a dial tone but was un...able to actually connect and no one could call in. This has been an ongoing problem and no one seem willing to tell me why. I was without a phone for more than two week whilst they migrated me to a more stable environment, well that didnt work did it!!!!! again. This has been an ongoing problem and I seem to be the only person that cares.
What a crap service
Rarely does our phone work, randomly works and then drops out again. Rang customer service and after waiting an extended time was told we are having trouble with our phone routing and our technicians are working on it. I'd suggest you get some new technicians. Same story over and over. What a useless service! I'm off to find someone who has spent money on decent infrastructure.
Shouldn't take long to find a better service because this would be at the bottom of the heap. I had had a good service but they were bought out by this dodgy outfit.
I'll ring when I find a new provider. Cheers Ian
I recently had the NBN home phone connected by Southern Phone. I only need it so that my elderly mother can contact me the traditional method. While there might be some negative reviews out there my experience of Southern Phone was faultless. The modem arrived within the specified timeframe, the connection was as simple as they suggested and when contacting Southern Phone for final connection they were polite and incredibly helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend them. Particularly useful for elderly who want to retain the traditional handset while paying significantly less per month than the Telstra landline.
I am currently waiting on hold to get assistance connecting a new modem from SP for my mother, who doesn't like dealing with these things. Usual deal, 25mins to customer (dis)service, then 45 on hold waiting for tech support. My dad passed 3 years ago and he was a strong believer because he wanted to support an Aussie company. She has stuck with them but had continual problems. Land line cuts out. Random messages if people try to call her "this phone number is not valid" etc.
This company lacks credibility
After dealing with service faults since June 2019... the headaches continue!!! My landline hasn’t worked since I was called and sold this apparently “ new and amazing cost effective service”. After months of phone calls still no fix to the landline. So I decided after communicating with [name removed] via customer review that I would disconnect the landline since it wasn’t working properly and nor could I be bothered sacrificing hours upon hours , on the phone to Southern, trying to get them to fix it! [name removed] ASSURED me that I would not...be charged any fees for this disconnection. Surprise, surprise! I got the bill last week and of course I was charged. Then I also noticed a charge for some booster! Totalling over $200. Since the bill was sent, I sent three private messages to [name removed] but have yet to receive a reply. It appears that the only way to grab this company’s attention is to write public reviews. My contract runs out in June and I will definitely switch service providers! It’s a pity when you try and support Australian owned companies and they offer third world products and services!! A word of advice to Southern Phone, your customers are your bread and butter! Keep that in mind when dealing with them!!!
Inept customer service
Ever since nbn was installed I have had no end of frustration with this company. Being put on hold from between 15 mins to 45 max to speak with staff who provide me with conflicting information.
Almost one year later, the modem, still under warranty was finally replaced after discovering 3weeks later it was never sent out to me! After phone calls and too much time spent holding the line later..it was finally sent out to me and now doesnt work either.
I will say that the tech team staff have always been knowledgeable and helpful but customer service, although friendly never seem to know what they are talking about.
This phone company is mostly incompetent and unreliable in my experience and I would warn everyone away from them.
Poor customer service.
Was on hold for over 40 minutes for them to answer the phone and then transfer me somewhere else and then those people hung up on me within a minute of the call saying they couldn’t help. Have only been with the company 2 weeks and already looking else were as this is the second time this has happened. Have already paid $250 within the first two weeks for my internet to be very slow and then to not be working at all, very angry with this result.
crap internet provider they dont even deserved 1 star
i been with them in the past 7 months they freaking can't fix the issue and i requested to disconnect my internet and even they charge me in advance when i sign up and even though i dont have any internet with them in the past 2 months this halfwits sending me bills payments to pay please dont ever try to go with this crap nbn provider they ill rip u off
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Considered this company, but ran off from appauling service and non competitive rates
I recently relocated and decided to connect a home phone as well as NBN to my new premises. Upon attempting to call to speak about a plan etc, I was disgusted at the wait time on the phone. This was an instant turn off. Upon connection, i spoke with a almost non english speaking person (overseas call centre?), and that was the final straw. Who in their right mind would sign up with such a crap reputation. Do you think over half an hour to wait is appropriate? Your home phone rates and even NBN rates are overpriced drek, and the fact people are ...all saying the same thing below, speaks volumes for southern phone. This company is definetely heading south, very quick and with such abysmal reviews and customer service and the fact they seem to overcharge for their services, really? Who wants a service that isn't competitive, has no service, and no reliability and the fact so many of your customers say the same thing... for example, here is one, my aunt is also connected through southern phone, with a home phone. They rang her and told her she had to put the NBN on... sound familiar? Shady tactics at best. Desperation more like it. She stupidly signed up with no NBN but a home phone box, that seems to works 10% of the time. The other 90%, she has no home phone, but does southern phone take responibility and fix whats broken, absolutely not! They have fobbed her and keep telling her to switch it off for 5 min and switch back on. Why can't southern phone supply equipment that actually works... nup, they cheap out on crap technology because thats how much they care for their customers. I am currently in the process of helping her move all of her services including mobile away from this joke of a company. She's been with them for many years... thats loyalty, but southern phone can't return that loyalty can they? Not once have they offered to send out a new box or offer to fix it. Nup, they take the lazy route to save some money, stuff the customer. ANYONE WHO CONNECTS THROUGH THIS COMPANY, BE PREPARED FOR AN UNPLEASENT AND ABYSMAL EXPERIENCE. There are so many more companies out there offering better deals with better service and reliable equipment. I bet Southern has a huge bill to pay from the TIO, going by these reviews. Never Ever again will i consider this company and I will do my upmost to get my aunt away from these rip off merchants as soon as possible. I also don't want to discuss this with staff, why bother when they don't care, don't listen and can hardly speak english. People would be better going with dodo, and we all know their horrible reputation. This company is no better! Shame Shame Shame!!
Worst company to deal with
Left iprimus for Australian company. In two years will be leaving Australian company. Signed on 29/11/19 had no phone or internet for 3 weeks then received account for triple quoted. When you call you wait for at least 20 minutes before anyone answers. Sick of waiting for help. Going back to overseas call centre support .
deafening silence from customer service
I had my landline connected a month ago, in that time we suffered from the north coast fires, so the landlines were down. Telstra has been out trying to fix them. i have rung southern ph customer service 3 times in the last 2 weeks, each time waited over 2 hours waiting on hold, so i gave up. i have emailed their complaints line 3 times, each time I receive an automated ticket, but no response to the problem. There has been no txt msg saying the phone is down. .I tried to register online to disconnect from this useless service, but realized my...account number has not been emailed to me. I have a heart condition and NEED a landline. DO NOT go with southern phones, there is no customer service at all. The landline is the same as telstra, so as soon as I can get onto someone at Southern i will be disconnecting and canceling my account. I would give them no stars, but have to give them something, so its a 1
Very bad company. Long wait times. Bad service
Don't think of using this lot. Some of the staff are helpful but I got one that was rude and unhelpful . She hung up on me this morning. Long wait times, over an hour most of the time, waited 109 min to fix a 10 min fault. Had my Home phone, Internet and two mobile phones moved over to them and I am still trying to sort out the mess. This company is ok, as long as you don't need help. You can't complain about the service, there is not any.
Abysmal customer service
My father-in-law has recently moved from country NSW to Victoria to live with us. In the lead up to his move he has been busy successfully cancelling his local services with a minimum of fuss, with the exception of his Southern Phones services. After at least five unanswered calls to their ironically titled customer service line , completing an on line form, and several circular emails exchanges which simply advised to call there customer service line, we finally achieved a positive outcome on our sixth call (naturally enough, after 20 minutes ...on hold). I do not know what Southern's phone services are like but their customer service is absolutely absymal. The PR spin/responses from the company on this website are clearly hollow as the same problems are reported over and over and not addressed in any meaningful way.
BEWARE!! Worst nightmare.
They refuse to allow us to cancel my fathers (who is dead) account and yet still send increasingly high bills to my dying elderly mother as well as harassing her with threats. My mother has dementia and is in a home. She does NOT use this phone company! The account is in my fathers name and they told us only his power of attorney can close the account, which she wont do. Tried to call them 5 times to sort it out and get told I have no authority to deal with it. Call them and you get at least 45 minutes of waiting for someone to answer. No o...ne answers. Refuse to stop increasing charges yet wont let us cancel account. Harassing and threatening my elderly mother. Their ratings say it all. UPDATE: this matter was eventually resolved. Pity you have to resort to making things public before theyll help.
Worst service ever
Customer service wait time is dreadful been on 40 mins and still no answer. Internet is slow and have been complaining about it for weeks. Then get an email telling me problem is resolved when nothing has changed. Been with them for 8 years and watched service decline badly. I have finally had enough forget about supporting local I have had enough.moving on!
Just nail one foot to the ground.
My mother who has a heart problem is with Southern Phone she was contacted by a rep telling her to change her plan to save $4.00 per month its easy they said since then no mobile no home phone you cant speak with anyone even if you ring the sales line which they answer straight away funny that hey. They put u through to tech support and tell u your wait time is 7 mins what a load of rubbish. Just ring the communications ombudsman on 1800062058.
Maybe you should spend more time doing what you advertise instead of advertising lies.
So we were to get a call at 6pm tonight and guess what no call they can't even keep there own appointments what sort of company makes an appointment with a elderly lady and then not bother ringing FF Sakes.
No organizational skill what so ever
A lady rang from Southern Phone about upgrading my plan which I accepted was told a new modem would be sent, connect it up and it will work. The new modem was sent, connected it up and sure enough it didn't work, after a week of connecting and disconnecting and a few emails finally got a reply to say they will advise when to connect the new modem. On a Friday the internet went off, no notification as to why, then the usual trying to ring and on hold for god knows how long & after several attempts got through, was told that it was only partially...ported ?? Have now the internet but still no VOIP phone connection. Instead of patting yourselves on the back and blowing your trumpet on how good you think you are, why not try improving your customer service and communicating and do the transfers all in one hit. Be accountable for the jobs you take on.
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Questions & Answers
I have also had the run around with Southern Phone, since porting our home phone number over to them. Our Next Phone connection will only let us ring out. Tech people tell me there was a sync problem, which they did fix. However the problem has come back after a few days! I have had a similar experience with waiting times. It is best to ring at 0800 but you will still have to wait to talk to a techie. Brian.
I ended up disconnecting my home phone. Good luck, I hope your service continues to work without hiccups. I had enough. And would strongly urge people to look elsewhere for a service
Southern Phone C.Southern Phone
I am really sorry to hear that your landline service is not working as it should. Are you able to respond to my private message with your account details so I may assist you further? *Shelby
How come when you have a contract with southern for a set amount for mobile,internet and house phone that are all unlimited calls, when I don’t go over my internet allowance I get charged extra every month, I gave up trying to ring as phones are never answered. So can you please explain the reasoning
Southern Phone C.Southern Phone
There are certain call types that are not included within plan ranges. Can you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your account number and best contact number and I will look into this for you right away. *Darian
I would like to know if there is any mention about a charge for having your phone number transferred to another provider and location, as I have been charged WITHOUT being told. I got the impression that SP weren't happy as they tried their hardest to keep me
Southern Phone C.Southern Phone
Yes, stated in our critical information summaries it does advise that "An $8.00 port out charge is applied if
you disconnect or transfer your service". If you have any further questions or concerns, or you would like us to send you a copy of the critical information summary, please don't hesitate to send us an email to email@example.com. *Yvette
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