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Old 03-04-2024, 13:38   #16
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I think the strategy going forward is far better offers / discounts for 360 over TiVo to help migrate people over .
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Old 03-04-2024, 14:40   #17
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Re: Contract renewal

Had a call about contract renewal just before Easter. Interestingly, after the agent went offline to do his calculations, he came back with an offer that is 13/mth less than I’ve been paying - for the exact same package.
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Old 10-04-2024, 17:24   #18
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Re: Contract renewal

Just a wee follow-up question for those in the know.
My new contract email confirmation at 76 is dated 3rd April. When I log in to my VM account and click on view contract it still displays the previous 66 contract dated November 2022.
Can anybody reassure me that this is just for the 14 day cooling off period and then it will update, or is this an indication that the whole thing has failed to be implemented?
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Old 10-04-2024, 17:49   #19
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Well, that has been a bit of a trial!
I had my fourth phone call to them today, the second time I've tried selecting the cancellation option. Explained my package and the email promise of same package, clicking through to find quite different. He went away and eventually returned to offer 176 discounted to 144 (66 since 17 months ago!)
I said that wasn't any help and he put me through to "tier 2," a helpful chap in England instead of India. I was slightly wary of his knowledge when he said TV360 was fine, just a new remote (when I believe I'd lose current recordings) but eventually I've accepted my existing package for 76, 10 increase, but after 50 minutes, I was worn down.
In my opinion that's exactly why they do it, there can be no other explanation for the way that they treat their customers.

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Just a wee follow-up question for those in the know.
My new contract email confirmation at 76 is dated 3rd April. When I log in to my VM account and click on view contract it still displays the previous 66 contract dated November 2022.
Can anybody reassure me that this is just for the 14 day cooling off period and then it will update, or is this an indication that the whole thing has failed to be implemented?
Be careful everyone. I had a call from that offshore call centre, they inflated what my prise rise would be, again claimed that if I took the offer I would escape the price rise in April, that I would have double the broadband speed (that I don't need) and have Sky Cinema added as Mega TV includes this I mentioned TNT as they didn't and was told that I could continue to have it at no extra cost.

I don't trust them as they have told me so many lies just to get what they want and xhecked with my contact at the office of the CEO.

He called me back this morning and confirmed that, apart from the doubling of broadband, that it was all a load of rubbish.

Also very manipulative as she started the call with "We are going to upgrade you to Mega TV", to which I replied that she wouldn't be doing anything without my permission. When I asked how the same channels less TNT could in any way be described as an upgrade, she said I'd be getting extra channels. When asked which ones she began reeling off channels that I get anyway. I asked her to stop and provide details of which new channels I would get and this is when she lied and said that Mega TV includes Sky Cinema.
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Old 23-04-2024, 19:50   #20
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Re: Contract renewal

I will be leaving VM, its been quite a chaotic last month for me.

I did a CityFibre order back in February, but to keep a long story short it was looking odds on to not get a installation due to my property being a MDU.

I had a look at the terms Virgin Media wanted me to renew at, I am a solus customer for the most part, have no history of paying for PPV or other extras, so I suspect from their perspective they know the only potential for extra revenue from me is upsell or to jack up my price for internet.

The my deals section on the my virgin media page has no offers me, and never has done whenever I checked. They did however send me some email retention offers, most of the time the links didnt even work, but one was working at the start of this month.

So some numbers.

My deal I have had for 18 months and happy with is 29 month to VM, and (originally) 12 a month to O2, so basically a 500M broadband boosted to gig1 with volt, they also bundled in a stream box which I never even plugged in (their telemetry might show this), and a weekend calls package which I have never used.

A annual price increase would have bumped this package to 36 (their website shows this). However by coincidence my 18 month deals ends on the April billing month of this year. So I wont have a 36 bill.
The May bill if I dont recontract will be a whopping 87. 87 for 500m, and weekend calls basically. O2 if I were to keep it will be 16 a month from May.
Now this email retention offer, I clicked it and I had an upsell offer, 55 a month with some wifi kit thrown in. I clicked not interested, and it changed to a as you are offer of 45. I clicked not interested again and it changed to a final offer of 41. This aggravated me, should show me 41 first time, its like you trying to squeeze me as if I am a lemon. That didnt help my mindset and I didnt click sign me up for the renewal.
With the 16 to O2 from May onwards this would have taken net cost from 41 to 57 a month.

I mistakenly assumed surely if I rang retentions the worst case is the 41 deal, I thought logically since ringing up is higher effort, then the email offer is like a early negotiation and the agents would do better, even if they didnt I could just activate the email deal afterwards. Wrong!!

I rang retentions and explained I was considering leaving with the primary reason being the new proposed cost for renewal. I also explained CF is available in my area.

Initial offer was an upsell, in reality this was the only offer. There seemed to be no flexibility. The offer was 100 TV channels (likely freesat equivalent), with gig1, and call weekends for 55.
I said remove the fluff, not interested in TV, this changed to 70 something pounds for gig1 alone, nothing else. Thats right, the price increased for removing things from the package.

I told him as polite as I reasonably could, are you even trying to keep me as a customer. I reminded him I could order cityfibre and I am aware people are getting retention deals for gig1 at 35. He changed tact, he told me I have troublesome install fees to deal with and VM's quality makes the much higher price good value, paying for a TV service I have no interest in is amazing value, and I am unreasonable expecting a price that others get and my previous price is only for new customers.

I then wanted to clarify something with him, were his offers volt deals, or were they just flat straight up gig1. At first he didnt reply, confused. I asked him a second time, and he said keeping the O2 sim was a requirement. So in effect he tried to sell me 500M broadband for over 70 month, which is higher than the list price of the tariff on VM's website. (as is also the case for my automatic out of contract price increase).

At this point I rage cancelled which still took over 20 minutes, he kept insisting O2 needs to be cancelled, but I explained I want to keep my number so that will be handled by myself with PAC system. Eventually he did the cancellation.

I checked the email link after call, was a "page doesnt exist" so invalidated.

I will likely be filling in Ofcom's VM retention/cancellation complaints form as this process, inconsistent pricing etc. is ridiculous.

As of today I still dont have any attempt to keep me, no outbound retentions call, cut off date is 2nd week of May.

Now as it turns out, CityFibre was not a empty threat, they changed their stance on the MDU classification and I ended up getting connected really quickly, typing this out on a FTTP connection.

So yeah, its a shame, as the VM service was decent, I just couldnt take the shenanigans they do on renewal, and their tripling of price if not locking in to new contract.

Also forgot to mention, is the offshore retentions call centre.

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Old 24-04-2024, 18:50   #21
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In my opinion that's exactly why they do it, there can be no other explanation for the way that they treat their customers.

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Be careful everyone. I had a call from that offshore call centre, they inflated what my prise rise would be, again claimed that if I took the offer I would escape the price rise in April, that I would have double the broadband speed (that I don't need) and have Sky Cinema added as Mega TV includes this I mentioned TNT as they didn't and was told that I could continue to have it at no extra cost.

I don't trust them as they have told me so many lies just to get what they want and xhecked with my contact at the office of the CEO.

He called me back this morning and confirmed that, apart from the doubling of broadband, that it was all a load of rubbish.

Also very manipulative as she started the call with "We are going to upgrade you to Mega TV", to which I replied that she wouldn't be doing anything without my permission. When I asked how the same channels less TNT could in any way be described as an upgrade, she said I'd be getting extra channels. When asked which ones she began reeling off channels that I get anyway. I asked her to stop and provide details of which new channels I would get and this is when she lied and said that Mega TV includes Sky Cinema.
Am I the only one that gets a e mail to " sign" for a new contract.
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Old 24-04-2024, 19:24   #22
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Am I the only one that gets a e mail to " sign" for a new contract.
I've never had to sign a contract on paper or online, apart from on paper when I first got Virgin. A contract is agreed and (sometimes) an email is received to confirm this, though this is often wrong and I have to call them back.

I'd actually prefer sign a new contract after checking that it's correct as it would save a lot of subsequent messing about.

Maybe it depends on which franchise are you are in??
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Old 24-04-2024, 19:41   #23
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Am I the only one that gets a e mail to " sign" for a new contract.
I've had them in the past but it's all a bit random, didn't get one last year. It's always after I've verbally agreed something anyway so i'm not really sure what the point of it is, I doubt anything would change if you didn't sign it.
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I've had them in the past but it's all a bit random, didn't get one last year. It's always after I've verbally agreed something anyway so i'm not really sure what the point of it is, I doubt anything would change if you didn't sign it.
Agreed but every time I renewed one came. Am out of contact every time, was with ntl
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I've had them in the past but it's all a bit random, didn't get one last year. It's always after I've verbally agreed something anyway so i'm not really sure what the point of it is, I doubt anything would change if you didn't sign it.
Yes, I think we'd find that a recording of the conversation containing the verbal contract would be available on such occasions 😉
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Yes, I think we'd find that a recording of the conversation containing the verbal contract would be available on such occasions 😉
Very cynical Richard, I'm sure VM, being such an upstanding organisation, wouldn't just keep evidence that suits them.
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Re: Contract renewal

When I sign in to My Virgin Media, I am relieved to now report the new contract is there, whilst up until now, there has only been the old contract expiring this month with a large price increase when it ended. I hope that I can park this until August 2025 in the run-up to the next round of negotiations! Oops! I've just remembered that one of the early helpful replies advised me to speak with O2 about their side of things. Too much on, today. I'll make a note to do that later.
Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread.
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If you are past the minimum period on the O2 gig then go through uSwitch and get a good reduction.
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