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qbanb8582

join:2012-08-09

Cox needing tech for Ultimate upgrade a sham.

I got upgraded to ultimate internet today. Let me first say I was already on premier with a Docsis 3.0 modem. I called on monday and spent a few minutes on the phone with the rep going back and fourth about how I have already have a docsis 3.0 already and that I don't need a tech to come out. But they insisted thats the case because they want to make sure I'm getting the "true" 150mbs, its also $60 for this.

Well the cox tech called before about 10 minutes before he showed up. He said there shouldn't be anything he needs to do that its all done by customer service. I told him I agree but they insisted a tech must be out there to be sure its the proper speeds. Probably less then 5 minutes after I got off the phone. My modem reset, and once I its back up I do some speed tests and I'm getting 138mbps on the cox's speed check utility. I go to speedtest.net and get results between 144mbps-188mbps. The tech hasn't even shown up to my house yet. He shows up goes to a cox specific speedtest website and gets around 140mpbs. He was done and gone within 5 minutes if that.

This is where I'll give cox credit. I called customer support after that and the rep said there was nothing noted about being done on the ticket, so she did credit my account for the amount of the fee. I am digging the speed increase. Just thought I through my experience out there for anyone else going from premier to ultimate.



caedmon

@68.0.133.x

I'll give COX some credit here and assume they are trying to prevent extra cost and possibly a bad customer experience down the road by verifying everything is within specs for Ultimate service. Pre-emptive if you will.

I too was unhappy with the fee but am happy that I have not encountered any problems with Ultimate. Would the service be just as reliable if the tech hadn't come out? For me probably. Would that be true in all installations? Probably not.

So I think the reason for the requirement is more then just an additional income stream for them.



spanglo
Premium
join:2004-05-17
San Diego, CA

1 recommendation

reply to qbanb8582

Same thing when I upgraded a few year back. I argued it was unnecessary for the same reasons you did and they waived the fee. They rolled a tech, but all he did was provision my modem - nothing else.

I've since gone back to Premier, but was thinking of upgrading again when the speeds increase, but I know they'll demand a tech install and I'd rather not go through the bother of paying the fee or arguing my way out of it - again.

Understandable why they would "require" an install, but they should allow an exemption if you have the necessary equipment in place. A few simple questions could make sure of that.


ajwees41
Premium
join:2002-05-10
Omaha, NE

Ultimate does not get any new speeds only preferred and Premiere get upped.



spanglo
Premium
join:2004-05-17
San Diego, CA

I'm sure Ultimate will get a bump, or else they would have Premier and Ultimate both at 100mb/s DL speeds.



dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
Premium
join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4
reply to ajwees41

they pretty much sucked all the value out of ultimate
--
Despises any post with strings.


Jrod0125

join:2014-07-23
united state

My guy just called it in and was done in less than 15 minutes. Fortunately Cox did waive the "installation" fee.


chatter

join:2002-05-18
USA
reply to ajwees41

Actually, that's not true. Any areas where Ultimate is still at 100 (such as SOCAL), will get up'd to 150.


qbanb8582

join:2012-08-09
reply to caedmon

I could understand if the user was sill using a docsis 2.0 modem and on like preferred. But there is premier "plus" which is users that are on premier with a docsis 3.0 modem.

For those users I don't they should blindly send a tech to them. They should upgrade them and if they aren't getting the right speed then send out a tech. Because those users have the hardware and proper setup for the most part.

If I was still using a Docsis 2.0 modem and it that was replaced I would probably be ok with it. If by some chance he had to replace the line I would've totally accepted the $60 "install". But to have it all be done over the phone without touching anything is garbage to charge a fee.



dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
Premium
join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

"because we can"

PURE PROFIT!



AnonPhx

@68.231.70.x

If I had a dollar for every Ultimate upgrade that I downed due to incompatible equipment or misguided expectations of the service I would retire. Just because this group is of the higher technical mind doesn't mean everyone is and/or understands what exactly they are paying for.

I try to at least go though every inch of cable I can get my hands on, who the hell knows maybe there is something I can find that might disrupt the service. Often if there are open connections on the tap I'll pull a second drop purely for the HSI service just because I want this to work.

Most of you guys see this purely as a joke, most of you have the setups that really don't need me to check anything out, most of you have dedicated lines ran to your modem. You're in the minority when it comes to our entire customer base when it comes to this stuff.

You all know well enough that Sales will push anything, even Ultimate to your grandma to check her e-mail on AOL with her Dell PC that is 8 years old. Those are the customers field services are trying to help out and one of the reasons this policy is in place.



jchambers28

join:2007-05-12
Alma, AR
reply to dvd536

I am hitting 120Mbps on premier. when download videos from you tube and games from steam. I's good enough for my needs.