We had four phones out of contract and not on a family plan. I went through a couple of hours discussion for renewing contracts and we agreed on a package on the basis of having a family plan to make it fall inside our target budget.
However, the family plan isn't automatically added. The customer has to start sending texts to O2 including 4 ten-digit phone numbers. Then the response is we'll be back in 3 working days. That's eating into the cooling-off period without providing the deal we'd agreed upon.
Why does O2 make this hard? The inclusion of the family plan was a negotiating point from O2 and key to the agreement. It should just be added in the contract renewal. All the handsets here are under one account already. As a software engineer, I don't see the sense in using another legacy error-prone system for managing this part of the deal. It looks like it's a throwback to the 1990's designed to trip the customer up.
Full details about the family plan are here https://www.o2.co.uk/family-plan
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Thanks for the reply.
I appreciate you're trying to be helpful, but the opening post didn't report any issues with finding the instructions or following them.
The point was rather having to an SMS dance, use the correct passphrase 'LOYALTY' and enter four ten-digit telephone numbers is completely antiquated. And having to wait three business days for a potential failure during your cooling off period? Not a good customer experience.
Nothing else to say here.
The system is totally antiquated and the problem is that customer serice have no way of overriding the 'system'. They treat it as a god and that it is never wrong. It's high time it was completely overhauled but that costs money. At the moment their systems are anything but high tech and it's left to the customer to keep chasing things up. That, I find unacceptable in 2019!
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