| Review by NYC Girl |
member for 6.2 years, 629 visits, last login: 106 days ago
updated 1.6 years ago
- Contract price not specified.
- about 20 days
- "High sound quality, reliability, works w/home alarm system, mimicks landline"
- "Pricey, customer service is the worst, different areas offer different perks, extra cost for voicemail, few call features"
- "Quality VoIP and works seamlessly w/RR High Speed Online"
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I have since moved to the Bronx and no longer use Digital Voice as it is not available where I live. I am sure my review would be the same as below.
The service itself continues to be great no issues no outages, etc.; however, what is annoying is that each area is not on the same page as far as benefits and features and NYC is getting shafted in this area. TWC offers different / more benefits to other areas of the state, such as free voicemail (3.95 per month for me), highly discounted introductory pricing (I was lucky to get the 2 month free offer and had to fight for THAT).
Customer service sucks as they are not knowledgeable of their products and services. It is a waste of time calling them as they roll over and play dead when you ask them about services in other areas. UUUUGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Digital Phone must have read my post about offering more calling features. They have just now offered FREE 3 way calling, a bit long overdue, but nevertheless I am glad it is here and not offered for an additional charge. With Verizon you definitely had to pay for the service, 4.00 per month depending on the package have w/them.
I have since discontinued the monthly unlisted service for 2.50 as I am not even sure that they even publish phone numbers; might be one of those bogus charges like what POTS charges.
Customer service is OK, kinda, except you have to call a few times before you actually get your request handled. For example I had to call twice in order for them to remove the monthly charge for the unlisting. It depends on who you get on the line when you call. In order to get the 2 months service credit on my bill, I had to call several times and spoke to several different people and departments. I did not give up as I was going to get my 2 months service credit, LOL. OR, it would have been a formal letter to their complaints department and then I will get a 6 month credit instead, this has happened to me; however, I will write about that later in a TWCTV review, LMAOOOO. I finally got one good customer service representative who credited my account right away. They were claiming that was not eligible for the discount as I didn't actually subscribe to the service online. I did, they send me an email stating that someone would call me back to handle my order - that's not subscribing online. So, I called customer service directly to sign up. AND, their was nothing on the site that stated that you must order online to qualify for the 2 month credit (now it does and it still is vague to me). I would have been happy to complete the order online, in fact, I would have preferred it. I made changes to my Verizon account online when I was moving 2 years ago, just followed up w/a phone call later to confirm and it was fine. The TWC website is horrible as their information is not up to date, not user friendly, you cannot send them an email message for service on it as you get an error message stating that they are looking into the problem, and you have to call them directly for any little change you want to make on your account. And I have mentioned to customer service that their website is not up to date and they just had a nonchalant attitude about it, too much!!!!
The service is great, I have not had any issues. I did call about the bit of feedback on the phone, of course nothing can be done. It is very slight and sometimes not there at all, it could be me looking for flaws, nothing to worry about though if you are considering DP. The overall call quality is great, sometimes better than POTS. The caller id doesn't always work but could be my phone, who knows. I just wish they had more features such as free voicemail w/the email notification feature, 3 way calling, etc. Brighthouse DP HAS free voicemail and 3 way calling, I need to make another call and ask about THAT!!!! I guess they think NYers are rich or something. We always pay more for everything. This division of TWC services FL and other states.
DP is a little pricier than other VoIP providers (actually now w/triple pay it is $33.91 - advertised price is $39.95 per month); however, I have not had any startup issues, I think I may have lost a call or two in the begining. The service works w/my alarm system which was a major concern and one of the reasons for not getting this sooner. Damn, I could have saved some money on the taxes for a bit until they decided to charge them in 07. Sales people told me there would be very little taxes paid and specifically asked them about this. They mentioned the E911 fee and a 3.00 sales tax added, NOT. It is still cheaper than the POTS line as I pay less for taxes and fees.
2/22 Voice Mail 3.95
02/22 Private Listing 2.50 - have since discontinued
02/22 All IN One Triple 129.95
Digital Phone Service, Basic Service, ., Remote(s) @ $0.25 Ea, Standard Service, Converter(s) @ $7.40 Ea, DTV, Phone @ $33.91, Road Runner Online Svc
02/22 Franchise Fee 4.13 - I have always paid this
02/22 FCC Regulatory Fee .06 - I have always paid this
02/22 Federal Universal Service Fund 2.25
02/22 State And Local Sales Tax 2.79
02/22 State And Local Telecom Excise Tax 1.78
02/22 State Gross Receipts Tax .11
02/22 E-911 Surcharge 1.78
02/22 Mctd (186e And 184) Surcharge .28
The $149.05 is TWC's triple play packages which includes digital cable service (minus premium channels - I have HBO and Showtime for 19.95), digital phone +3.95 per month for voicemail, and road runner standard service along with applicable NYC, NYS taxes and 911 fees.
The reason I made the switch from Verizon to TWC Digital Phone service was due to the fact that I was fed up w/Verizon and their exorbitant fees and taxes!!! I was up to $65.79 per month for the Verizon Freedom Essentials package for 39.99 (unlimited calling to the US and PR). I originally signed up for the service when it was 34.99; it was $5.00 cheaper for me since I have Verizon wireless. It was a "good deal" at the time since I was on their regional plan for the same amount. A few months later the price of all their packages went up $5.00!!! I was still receiving my multiple services discount; however, if I were not a wireless customer the package would have cost me 44.99 per month, too much!! PLUS TAXES AND FEES!! AND 2 months free service from TWC wasn't too shabby either, LOL!!
The reason I didn't make the switch from Verizon to VoIP sooner is that I was too chicken to experience any potential drama with switching phone services and was worried about compatibility with my alarm system. It had only become available in my area since last year anyway. Sprint once offered inexpensive local and long distance phone service (or maybe they still do) and all the features were not available at the time the phone service was in place (had to wait 2 weeks) such as caller id, etc. I immediately switched back to Verizon like w/in 2 days.
I have had the service for over a month now, digital phone was installed on 1/20. Installation was OK, the tech guy took a while to install as he or customer service mixed up the serial numbers on the new modem ... who knows (uugghhh). All he did was replace my old modem, install a phone jack,hook up the cable wire, ethernet, and phone wire (not sure what it is called) to the modem. My old verizon number was ported seamlessly which was a pleasant surprise. I thought I was going to experience drama with that and have to get a new number. Once the modem was finally installed my phone service worked immediately, all features, caller id, call waiting id, call waiting, etc.
My long distance call quality actually got BETTER!!! I called a friend in CT and he noticed the difference right away w/out me even mentioning my new phone service. Local call quality is about the same as Verizon. Occasionally, at night, I do hear a bit of feedback when the phone is ringing on the other end before the person picks up to talk, very slight, not bothersome though. I will have to call tech support to see what's going on. No issues with dropped calls and such so far, occasionally the caller id does not work; I am not sure if it is my phone or the service. I don't have a special VoIP phone just my vtech fancy silver phone, their newest model. No issues w/using the internet while talking whatsoever; I think they actually gave me more "juice" the web seems faster for some reason - shhhhhh, LOL.
Digital Phone only offers basic call features, such as caller id, call waiting id, call waiting, speed dial, call forwarding, plus the *82 type features (no *69 - I don't use it anyway). Voicemail is $3.95 8-(. You can view your long distance calls on the web. You can call all 50 US states, US territories such as the USVI, Marshall Islands, Guam, PR, and Canada - don't know anyone in these countries but I can call there for free, LOL.
Will provide additional information on customer service soon.