Trying to get my Mother a simple basic Home Phone Package
On my 5th attempt at receiving a call from Southern Phones regarding their Standalone Home Phone Service. Utterly disgusting. Avoid Sothern Phones, Telstra and Optus. Just feral completely. Very disheartened
cant use BPay any more
Southern Phone have removed their BPay option, and want you to either use methods where you have to pay a surcharge, or use a cheque (who still has a chequebook?) or go to direct debit, which I refuse to do as I have had nightmare issues with this in the past. Southern Phone used to be a good company who listened to their customers - not any longer. Changing providers asap.
Save yourself - please do not go with southern phone
I thought changing from Telstra where I cannot get to speak to anyone to changing to Southern where I can speak to a person in a call centre in Australia would be a good thing. What a BIG mistake I made. I am changing a landline only for a relative who is elderly, on her own, and has dementia. Southern phones have managed to incorrectly port the line over before they sent the modem out, so the phone stopped working, finally got the modem and now the phone number has not been ported over correctly, she has now not had a phone for over a week. ...What a DISGRACE, this is an elderly lady who needs to be contacted everyday, especially due to her health and in covid times. They just don't care. I was promised to be called back by [name removed] a supervisor, and [name removed] the sales woman promised it was easy and not problem bringing her phone over. If I could give them a minus in stars I would. I regret the day I called them and as of this moment I still cannot get through. I have called three times this morning and wait for approx 40 mins on hold and then the phone drops out. Well done Southern, you have managed to make the call centre in the Phillippines look professional, hope your proud.
My uncle signed up with them in February 2020 it is now August, we have the Internet, mobile and the house phone with The provider.
The house phone has been intermittently working.
And the absolute worst is when the house phone doesn’t work at all now I say is that’s been like 90% of the time.
All in all The service is shocking unless you want to be on the phone for hours at the time and getting nowhere with the phone call or they will say they will ring you back when they don’t
So we have been with southern phone for a few years now and only just upgraded our plan from the 20mbps to 50mbps (because getting only 1/4 speed of what we. Where paying for) and now we are getting 0.01mbps to 10mbps max even though we are paying for 50 and not to mention constant drop outs (40+ a day) and the lack of customer service it has been 4 days since I have requested to be online chat with them and they still haven't responded please please for the love of God don't go with southern phone
My mother joined Southern Phones about nine months ago as a referral from her friend.
She is an 83 year old pensioner and was signed up to the seniors plan which sounded great at the time.
Since joining Southern phones her experience has been appalling.
Her phone only works occasionally and is very unreliable. Her family and friends have to visit her to make sure she is ok which has been difficult during COVID19. Basically her phone doesn't work and she is still paying her monthly bills for a service that does not work.
We have lost track ...of the amount of times my mum has contacted Southern Phones to get help but the problem never gets fixed and she has wasted hours on hold waiting to speak to them. On Saturday she became a Great Grandmother for the first time and after 16 times trying to contact her about the news we still couldn't contact her. This was the last straw.
Unreliable service since signing up two months ago
My sick and elderly parents have missed critical medical phone calls and my sister and I have to keep travelling to their house because we can't contact them by phone - Southern phone landline and mobile have both been unreliable. We've made many calls to Southern phone and even made a complaint to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and we still can't get the issue resolved! This has been extremely frustrating at a critical time, not just due to COVID-19, but the additional stress it has caused for my parents when they both have significant medical issues and depend on a phone service that works.
Land line issues ongoing
Seems to be a problem with Southern Phone unable to provide a service they offer, my mother who is in her 80's has not had a working land line for over 6 monthes. After multiple phone calls, and testing, waiting for someone to answer phone, being put through to technicians again waiting on line, at least once a week, we have finally been told that they are unable to fix the issue. Surely you could have said that in the first place instead of this fiasco you have now created. And to top it off we decided to get Mum a mobile so that she had a phone if needed, guess what 8 weeks later they cannot find the order. The poorest service you could possibly get I dont know how they run a business.
Calling the Ombudsman
My 75 year old mum had been without a reliable landline service with Southern Phone for months. Incoming calls often got a message saying the service was not connected, and often when trying to dial out it was simply a dead line. Not ideal at the best of times, much less during a pandemic. After multiple calls to Southern Phone (and many unsuccessful attempts as the wait times were so lengthy) the fact is we were unable to get anyone's attention to resolve the issue. Exasperated, we decided to find a supplier who was interested in providing...us with a service that worked. When trying to cancel the Southern Phone service, they actually tried to tell us that we hadn’t called them enough times to trouble shoot, and that in addition, mum had to keep paying for the service through to April 2021. I asked how they could possibly justify charging for a service that no-one has bothered to fix, and for their reasoning behind requiring multiple calls to fix a problem - surely just one call advising there is a problem is enough to warrant an attempt to fix it? In the end I was told they would agree to just charging us a $50 fee to 'break the contract’. Southern Phone is ok with proposing we pay them even more money for a service that wasn’t working. Needless to say we are not ok with this. If anything, they owe us reimbursement. I will be contacting the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman first thing in the morning.
No Home Phone - yet again!!
We have had ongoing problems with our home phone. It has dial tone, but can’t ring out, or receive calls. Constant engaged signal when trying to phone in.
Have had contact with tech support several times over last couple of months, works for approx one day and then drops out again. Long waiting on hold to speak to customer service and then further waiting in queue to speak with tech support.
Really poor customer service yet again!
We do pay a monthly fee for home phone and internet bundle, but we rarely can use our home phone.
phone drops out every day
Mothers home phone keeps dropping out and gets engaged tone every couple of days . Have had tech help works for a day and same thing. spend hours on hold to be told will fix and it happens all again. She went to Southern to support an Australian company. Go else where
Pity I can't give a zero
No support, no fault action, no answer from the 131464 line. The worst customer service around. Lodging this for my elderly mother who has had nothing but trouble since starting their (very loosely calling) service in November last year
Internet dropped out on Thursday. Rang Friday morning. Was told it was a problem on their end and IT would fix it and call back. No call back but service resumed many hours later. Now Tuesday and has dropped out again. Rang. On hold for 45 mins. Customer service person said she was forwarding me to IT. Have been on hold for another 30 min and nobody has picked up. Not sure I can believe it if they say they will fix my problem. That's what they said last time.
***UPDATE: after posting my initial review, you will see that Yvette from Southern Ph...one wrote offering to get in touch with me so that she could investigate my internet issue. I responded giving my contact details. Eight days have passed and I have not heard from Yvette. I see that this "Yvette" makes similar offers to everybody who posts on this site; I wonder if any of them have heard from her, or if she only posts on the site to make it look like Southern Phone cares about customer complaints.
Shocking customer service and with zero result
Called for help after internet stopped working. Placed on hold for very long. Eventually got through to a lady that put me on hold again, only to tell me the technical team has knocked off early and that she is unable to help me. She told me to call 8am next morning which I did. After being on hold again for some time, I got through to the same lady. She called herself silly for asking me to call so early as the tech team only starts at 9am. She promised me a call back at 9am. Well, I’m still waiting for that call...and still without internet.
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 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 .
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