Review by Jurjen
Good "reliable connection, always good speeds"
- Location: Quebec,QC
- Cost: $123 per month (month by month)
- Install: about 7 days
Bad "traffic counter is creating fake traffic, Bell refuses to resolve technical issues, getting screwed on all sides, throttled"
Overall "screwed on billing, data caps are a relic from the past, choose another provider"
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(ratings below consensus)
In the spring of 2011 I called Bell to cancel my DSL, but they offered me to try out Fibe7 for the same price and "without strings attached". I was curious about the fiber optic technology, so I gave in.
The first screw-up came when I arrived home and internet was down. I called tech support and the technician told me I was disconnected, because my account got switched to the new fiber optic connection that would be installed the next day. When he told me that there would be a technician in my house, I told him that the sales agent said the technician would only work outside. According to the technician the sales department doesn't know what fiber optics are about, so they still run on outdated information.
So indeed the next day two technicians showed up. They installed all the new equipment for my new FTTH connection. Pity that they ran the fiber wire from the pole very low over a little roof where we like to sit in the summer (now having to watch out for the cable) and that they installed the gateway without plugs on the screws, so I ended up with a router that fell from the wall, the screw half inside the router short-circuiting the wireless part of the electronics.
Since I switched half-way the billing month, they screwed up the bill. I contacted the chat helpdesk and after some impatient Indian agent screwed up the math 3 times and said I was wrong about anything, I finally found a way to have her to explain it step by step, ending up with the outcome that I calculated myself. So do your math yourself, they'll do it wrong and they won't admit!
The technology itself was decent though. We got an ONT (Optical Network Termination) with it's own UPS that appeared pretty good. The Sagemcom router was not very stable on the wireless, but was not too bad though. Speed was always according to what we paid for (no losses, thanks to the fibre technology) and the line was stable (no drop-outs). However, a lot of traffic was throttled down to 30kbps, ending up finding work-arounds for certain downloads.
Starting from the next whole billing month, we ended up going above our caps. In the past we had caps on 60GB, our new caps were 100GB and according to the traffic monitor we suddenly used 120-150 GB per month every month! We never went over our limit on the 60GB plan and we didn't use a lot more, so why would we go over a 100GB cap? And even on days that we did some HD video streaming, barely anything would show up on the tracker. The worst event was when my wife was home alone one weekend (she doesn't do much more then emailing and browsing text pages), we had traffic of about 40GB in one day!! With a Fibe7 plan you need to have your pc use the theoratical 100% of the connection for about 7 hours to reach that! (Can't look-up the real number, since on the MyBell page, I can't look into my account history any more, but I remember that I made that calculation.)
Every time I contacted the helpdesk, which couldn't solve it, so escalated the issue to the abuse department, who just concluded that we used torrents and that we didn't control our traffic very well, so that it must be our own fault. Every time I explained to the technical helpdesk (there's no way to talk to some one from Abuse) that they made the wrong conclusion and I could always explain why. The technicians would again transfer everything to Abuse, but there they always sticked with their old conclusions and never calling me back to verify anything.
After a few months being billed 60$+taxes for traffic we didn't use and all our promised credits being denied in the end. After cancelling my account (I even got threatened with lawsuits, because I told them I was thinking about not paying the last bill, due to the screwed-up traffic counter that NEVER got resolved) and switching provider, there we're several billing errors added by "mistakes by the computer system". I had to contest modem rental fees of 100$ after returning our gateway and they "forgot" to process the cancellation of the telephone services (the telephone number was already cancelled though).
Even at the end a Bell technician here on the forum volunteered to look into the issue, but after giving some account data, I never heared from him again.
Bottom line: in just 5 months I've treated like s**t by Bell. I've been thrown out of the chat support, hung up by telephone support several times, every time a technician promised to help me and call me back to keep me updated, I never heard anything back except a sales call if I didn't want buy more data packages. For me it's over, no more Bell ever again!
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