Thanks Mark,. I've contacted executive customer care. Sal Ruiz, a rep, told me that they would modify my contract and waive the fee if a solution couldn't be reached. JR Mendez and I tried on Monday to get it right, and it didn't work. Something about the latency... Couldn't get the 500mbs or whatever they needed to get it to work right. After some period of time, whether it's 2 minutes or 10, it constantly buffers, freezes or the screen goes blank. JR Mendez that was the first rep to tell me HughesNet wasn't compatible with streaming Sling. So what's the point in having HughesNet if we can't use it the way we intended. I wish someone had informed me before we signed on. And that's what I told JR. The fair and right thing to do is to cancel the contract and waive the termination fee. I even offered to pay for the service tech's time.
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August 21, 2018 Below is the original email I had sent to Hughesnet requesting they cancel my service and waive the termination fee. Since that time, I’ve spoken to three representatives, Sal Ruiz, Carlos Silver and JR Mendez. Let me say that all three were very polite and I believe they genuinely wanted to help. However, for whatever reason, they were unable to do so. Even though Sal Ruiz told me that if the problem couldn’t be solved, then my contract would be updated and the termination fee waived. Sal also told me that I would be getting a call from technical support on Friday between 530 and 6 pm on August 17th. I waited all night, as you are a 24/7 support service, but never received a call. Neither did I receive a call on Saturday or Sunday. The girl I had spoken to previously hung up on me when she was consulting with technical support. I think they knew at that time my problem couldn’t be fixed. And I only say that now because of the treatment and false information I’ve been given, and what I’ve now learned. I called Hughesnet on Monday and spoke to JR Mendez. After discussing my situation with buffering and the picture going black and freezing, he told me that Hughesnet in fact isn’t compatible with how I intended on using it. That is, we stream using Sling TV. My intentions for this service out of the starting gate was to use it for streaming Sling TV. I told the customer service rep that and I told the technician that. No one ever told me that it wouldn’t work. If I had known, then I wouldn’t have opted for the service. Between my wife and I, we have over 3 hours logged in phone calls, and that doesn’t count chat, email and this letter. We both requested a service tech to show up and try to solve the problem. No tech. After yesterdays call of 1 hour and 38 minutes, I honestly believe that Hughesnet is fully aware that they cannot provide the service they promised to my house. JR Mendez offered me internet only at a reduced price and I thought about it for a minute and briefly ran it by my wife who I called in from outside. She reminded me that we are living on a fixed income as we are both retiring and filing for social security and leaving our jobs in a week. When I told them I wanted to cancel, things got ugly. I told JR Mendez as I have told other reps, that I would be willing to compromise and pay for the tech’s time to be fair to both Hughesnet and myself. Bear in mind, I’ve never been able to watch a show from start to finish in the 6 weeks I’ve had this service. JR Mendez put me on hold while he talked to the engineer’s about waiving my fee. When he returned to my call, he told me they would not waive the fee because I had used up all my data and am only calling them now because my data was gone. He said they told him that I had been using this and it’s not enough. It’s a subtle way of them telling me I’m trying to get something for nothing. Something for nothing means I’d be paying Hughesnet $493.58 for a service I was suppose to have for 6 weeks, but never did. That’s when I became a little unglued. You see, we bought my parents house 35 miles away from where we now live on July 20th. We sold the house we were living in on July 24th. We signed up for Hughesnet on July 6th. My daughter, who lives an hour away, is going through a divorce and has a 2 and 4 year old. My father had his foot amputated on August 3rd. Now tell me, good sir or madam, how in the world am I watching that much TV in that short period of time when I and my wife are working, moving, babysitting and making hospital visits? Really, tell me how we’re doing that? We were given a free extra month on Friday afternoon, August 17th, that’s 20gig. Sunday morning, August 19th, we had used up 44% of that. That’s odd, I spent all day Saturday working on my shop and my wife was gone shopping until 1pm, came home and cleaned the rest of the day. Send a tech please, 44%, really? If the technical problems had stopped when my data reset then I would think a little differently, but it didn’t. I’ve come to learn after all of this, that if you don’t physically unplug all your devices when you are not using them, then it uses up your data, even though you are not watching TV or online. Again, out of the starting gate, no one told me that. And the buffering doesn’t stop, nor does the screen going blank and freezing. It's textbook misrepresentation. So, my conclusion to Hughesnet is to cancel my contract and waive my termination fee. Like I told your service rep’s, I believe in being fair, but that includes me, I will compromise and pay for the installation tech’s time, but who is going to pay for mine? I sincerely hope this can be resolved in a manner that is fair and reasonable to both of us. Case #’s 114705634 114642697 114611090 August 17, 2018 To whom it may concern, I am writing you regarding my account, number DSS36486805 with Hughes Net. We signed up on July 6, 2018 while in the process of buying my father’s house. He had fallen off the roof and ended up having his foot amputated. During that time, we were busy moving and such and getting our affairs in order. I signed on with Hughes Net primarily because you were the only company that provided service on our street. I am 62 and my wife is 61. We do not watch a lot of TV neither do we use our computers very much, rather, we have a Roku and an Amazon Firestick, and we stream. Most of what we do in that area can be done on my job or on our phones. Prior to signing on with your company, I went to your site accessed through the Dish Network site, and after going through our usage intent, I opted for the $69.99 special. There were discounts included and so on and so forth, and our first monthly bill, with taxes, came to $71.79, to date I’ve paid $93.58. When the technician came to our house and set up our equipment, he told me that for the first couple of days we would experience some buffering until the satellite locked on to our location. After the satellite locked on to our location, we would have normal service. We’ve had Hughes Net for over a month and to this day, I have yet to be able to watch any show from start to finish without losing my signal. Last week my wife called and was told that her Kindle, which she uses for a total of 30 minutes every morning, was using 50% of our data. Sounds preposterous to me, but that’s what she was told, in addition, our data was also being used by our Firestick, Roku player and phones even when they are turned off. The customer service representative did something during that phone call to make our signal come in, and it did, then she told my wife our data was all used up for the month and we would have to either upgrade or buy tokens or wait until the next billing cycle starts and we get more data. She was shocked, and I didn’t believe it what I was hearing. After we learned of this, we decided that we would turn off every device we weren’t using to see if it made a difference. Unfortunately, it didn’t. Since we’ve had this service we are still unable to watch any show without the signal dropping out, even at the beginning of the new billing cycle when we have a full month of data available. We have tried to resolve our issue and feel like we are paying for a service we can’t use. Yesterday, August 16th, I chatted with one of your representatives and they set up a time for your technical support people to call me. And they did. Once again, I was told our data was all used up, and after only 9 days into the billing cycle. The tech added a 1gig token, whatever that is, to try and troubleshoot the problem, however, it didn’t make a difference. The signal kept dropping out. She told me she was going to consult with someone on the technical team and put me on hold. We talked for over a half hour until she hung up on me. I tried to call her back 3 times to no avail. It may be that your system just can’t deliver to our address, I don’t know. Nonetheless, we have decided to cancel our service and are requesting a waiver of the termination fee. In all fairness to the both of us, I will agree to compensate the technician for his set up fee and will return the equipment. Sincerely, Rob
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