I have two mobile phone contracts with EE and both are insured.
I lost them on the night of Thursday 1st Jan and made a claim on the 2nd Jan. The insurance is through a third party 'Lifestyle Group'.
I was advised my claim required me to fill out a Claim form which they emailed me later that day. I then called up Lifestyle Group and asked an agent if it would be ok for me to sign the form using an e pen to save me having to print and scan the form, i was advised as long as the signature looked like my signature there would not be an issue.
The claims process takes 3 working days and can take longer for complicated claims according to Lifestyle group. After 3 days I had no contact so I called to chase the claim and was advised I needed to sign it using a pen after printing and my claim required more info and they had sent me a letter. I asked why I wasn't called or emailed as per the instructions I provided numerous times and they advised me they tried but couldn't get a dial tone. This is a total lie, my phone was working and I was waiting for the call.
I re sent the claim this time with a signature after printing and scanning and also complained to the CEO of Lifestyle group I also included senior staff from EE and Allianz (the UW). The CEO replied saying the matter would be investigated and complaints are taken seriously etc.
I was then contacted by someone from customer relations who said she had listened to the calls and at no time was an e pen mentioned and the claim was with the assessment team and they couldn't provide any timescale whatsoever. I explained on the second call the advisor had not been through my details so the call would not be logged on my account and as such without listening to every call on that day how would they be able determine if an e pen had been mentioned.
I then chased them up today and the customer relations team advised the claim was still with the assessment team and they could not provide any time frame for a decision. she also offered me a £20 cheque as redress for the e pen issue and said it was because I feel misled and they weren't able to trace the call.
I am thinking of sending a follow up email but I have now been without a phone for a week, is there anything I can do? Can a insurance company say we can take as long as we like??