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Porting issues - no mobile data for 6 WEEKS - 10170864 Vodafone customer service appaling

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Hi All,


First post on the forum, but have read many other similar threads now that I have done some searching on the internet - wish we had done so before switching to Vodafone.


Brief summary:

Vodafone seem to have messed up porting a number and while it can call and text the SIM can't get any mobile data at all. It's been like this for 6 weeks and Vodafone don't seem to be able/willing to do anything about it. Meanwhile they're still taking our money.


I've complained in store (more than once waited in the store while staff are on hold to someone else for so long that the store closes and I get kicked out!), I've spoken to them on the phone, and have spent hours on the webchat system, I've even made a complaint directly to the CEO.


Every time I complain I'm told just to wait 24/48/72 hours and the mistake will be corrected. It never is. From what I can gather only a handful of people in Vodafone can actually interact with the porting system and they are never customer facing and difficult for even executive level complaints to get in touch with.


I'm on here to see if anyone can give advice about what to try next? It seems like options might be:


  1. Complain to ombusdsman services - unfortunately they won't take the case on until 8 weeks have passed, so have to wait a little longer before approaching them.
  2. Try to tackle Vodafone legally as a breach of contract - they're more than happy to collect the direct debits but are not providing the service we agreed to - perhaps there is an appropriate angle here?
  3. Something else? Maybe the better informed users of this forum have good suggestions?


Looking forward to getting peoples thoughts - help!


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Hi and welcome to CAG


I have seen this a few times now where VF just can't seem to get their act together. Do they actually want your custom.(rhetorical question) I feel that they are getting so big that customer service has gone.


Anyway, we do have a rep here from VF who should be able to assist in what should have been a simple issue.


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Hi Silverfox,


Thanks for the welcome, and for your assistance. I've done as you suggested and have gotten the automated response with the reference: WRT135 [#10170864]. Hopefully the rep here will be more successful in picking it up than my other numerous attempts to communicate with Vodafone.


Regards your sentiment I couldn't agree more. The problems Vodafone are having with porting (for about the last~6 months in particular) are all over the internet (not least on their own support forum) and all experiences from the public/customer point of view are that they simply do not care.


I do appreciate that systems in large companies don't always work like they should, but I have lost count of the number of times that Vodafone have told us that this will be fixed, only for the timescale promised to pass and no change to have been made. Their customer facing staff have lied directly to me on at least 4 occasions, which is completely unacceptable.


Anyway, hopefully someone out there who can help will find this and take action.


Thanks again,


Frustrated - Owen

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I have added the reference number to the title of this thread so it should be even easier for this to be seen.

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I just wanted to add that I am in the same position (although 'only' waiting for 10 days).


I'm currently dealing with the customer relations team who admittedly have refunded me the first month so at least I'm not paying for the service. Although I don't feel that's good enough as it's not just the lost service. I've spent over 8 hours contacting them and it's more than not having being provided with a service. I have no phone at all and cannot receive any calls whilst I'm searching for a job.


Goodluck Owen - If you do manage to get it sorted, keep in contact how as it might help. Similarly, I will keep you updated.

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Hi All,


Another small update. Made another call to customer relations today. Very polite but can't commit to any timescales on when they might get back to me with more information or when it might be fixed.


I have now gotten a reply from someone at Vodafone over on their own eForum, but only to say they will be in touch - again no context or timescales.


Will update when there is more info





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Hi Matty,


No joy here yet.


We got an email from Chris Warder at Vodafone on Friday 1st May saying that the issue had "finally been fixed", we should re-start the handset and it would be ok. We did this several times but there's been no change. So far no response to our email of 6th May responding to tell them that the problem had not changed. I'm going to raise another 'Ask Jeroen' complaint today, as this seems the only way to guarantee a reply (within 48 hours).


Meantime we have also made some progress with Ombudsman services, they have taken on the case (reference 01111206-01 if anyone reading can access it) but have said that they will contact vodafone, who will then take 28 days(!) to respond, and that it could take a further 6 - 8 weeks (!!) for Ombudsman services to reach a conclusion. I think the best we can hope for is that it won't take this long.


Best of luck to you all who are in the same position.





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