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Globelines Broadband acid test

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Here I present my acid test of the service provided by Innove’s Globelines Broadband in Makati. I have been a subscriber to their ISP in Quezon City before and was satisfied from the very beginning, but things are slightly different here in Makati as I presently see it. I applied for their wired 995 Plan which offers 1mbps bandwidth. Their Sales Rep told me that there are no lock-in periods for Globelines subscriber in my area and anytime I wish to terminate the connection, I can do so without hassles. Obviously, that’s not the case. It also took them a good 10 days to process my request and the technicians sent to my place had a hard time getting the DSL light in the modem steady. They spent almost three hours troubleshooting and configuring the lines and the switch cabinets I guess.

Now comes the fishy part. You should remember that I applied for 1mbps but the speed I am having is dismal, and visibly in all the tests I performed of the connections – produced only a maximum of only 384kbps. That’s the speed of Smartbro. So as of now, I’ll write nothing against Globelines and the speed they are currently providing. I will be spending the whole month monitoring the speeds, and if need be, ask for rebates and compensations. If they produce the speed I’m paying for, then I guess I’ll commend the great service here in Makati. However, if things go south, rest assured that my observations and rants will not go unnoticed. So let us wait and see until Globelines comply and deliver as they promised.

As of the meantime, these are the rated speeds I got from the tests I performed:

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PLDT Scandal – Hell day for Customer Service

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I admit I’m a bit late in publishing this scandal involving the PLDT call center agent who was caught cursing a customer on tape. It has spawned into a viral case which prompted the blogosphere and other related social-networking services to capitalize on the heat of the scandal. It was uploaded in 2006 and made more than 200,000 hits and almost two hundred ratings, but nevertheless still important for those considering a service from PLDT. I certainly feel the weight of this being a customer of PLDT myself. Take note that I am dissatisfied myself and I feel betrayed by this ISP giant if I may say. You can read here my past tech rant on PLDT myDSL. PLDT certainly employs a lousy customer service and ill-equipped agents at worst.

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I do not condone how the customer bullied, cursed and belittled the agent. It was wrong and downright unprofessional. It is a social and moral decay of sorts for any person to treat anybody like that. As we say, “Your right as a person stops when the rights of others begin.” The person over the phone is not a machine nor a dog – whom you can lash with shame and be stripped of dignity. However, the agent involved made the worst out of that scenario. I was a call center employee before and I knew the task and the weight of the load it carries to satisfy the needs of an irate customer. Had the agent taken control of the situation and not let her emotions cloud her judgment, it couldn’t have gone the way it went. Muting your microphone while you curse back the customer is never an option.

It is what we call “Customer Service”, not customer disservice. We must bring not our emotions over the very job which we took an oath to provide with utmost responsibility. It is a moral obligation of a CSR to assure the customer how the company is doing its best to provide quality service and meet the very needs they pay for. The bad thing here in our country, bureaucracy and personal upliftment is higher in priority than selfless customer service. It is a social norm like a lingering cancer that must be eradicated so that we as a nation can progress.

The CSR or agent could have made steps to avoid the unnecessary heated altercation with an irate and disappointed client or customer. One’s effectivity in communication is crucial in not only assuring a satisfied customer but also avoiding substancial loss of a number of dissatisfied customers for your company: Continue reading

Samsung Hard Drives: Worth buying?

I have to really let out a wail. Forgive me, but such a rant is sorely needed. Let me just remind everyone and the folk’s over there at Samsung that they can always contact or e-mail yours truly to air their respective side. Don’t ever purchase Samsung IDE ATA or PATA drives! It was pretty disappointing thinking that I thought I got a better and cheaper option by purchasing Samsung drives. Let me say that it was bad curiosity in my part why I chose to give Samsung a shot – despite being an avid user of Western Digital and Seagate. Of course, all of these headaches had been illicited by the frustration I got from Samsung drives.

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PLDT myDSL bureaucracy sucks big time

Yeah, you heard it right. I used to like PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone company) when it comes to basic telephone services. But with PLDT myDSL (their overly hyped DSL service), wow – it’s a shame if I even call it a service.

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Too good to be true?

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If you’d like to verify my qualms about this business titan of ISPs in the Philippines, go check out the hordes of discontented and frustrated clients for myDSL from the Petition Online site. The petition header reads, “We endorse the A complaint to PLDT Petition to Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).” As I presently finish this article there are currently 851 signatures (probably those who are only aware of this petition including myself) and counting. Further below the header it states, “The A complaint to PLDT Petition to Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) was created by and written by Isamu Shinozaki (isamu@urithium.net). The petition is hosted here at www.PetitionOnline.com as a public service. There is no endorsement of this petition, express or implied, by Artifice, Inc. or our sponsors. For technical support please use our simple Petition Help form.”

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