Monthly Archives: September 2010

Disappointed by O2

i threatened i would do it on twitter the other day, so here goes, most of the details are in the formal letter of complaint already so i wont bore you with them, needless to say things have progressed since this email and i do have iphones but they still keep making blunders trying to get my existing number into the contract, here was my letter of complaint, i have yet to recieve a response or a call regarding this officially and when i do i will update here:(personal information removed) WARNING: this is a long email!

UPDATE 30/09/2010 – 11:30: Wayne called me to offer some accessories but i turned them down, i asked for a free 500 text bolt on but it was declined, i was offered a months free line rental (£45) which i accepted and asked for a note to be made that i didnt feel it was adequate and he advised me to forward the email through to the customer service department

UPDATE 02/10/2010 – 10:30: Bernard from the complaints department phoned to apologise for in his words “Appaling lack of service” as a good will gesture he credited me the cost of one of the iPhones, the costs i had accrued on the second account that was wrongly setup in the interim (around £20) and also confirmed the credit of one months line rental that Wayne offered. Credit where credit is due, O2 admitted there faults and made a good effort to resolve the situation. i am happy to finally put this issue to rest after 2 weeks of constant calling and battles with them.

To Whom It May Concern,

I wish to make a formal complaint because of a series of major and continued blunders by O2 regarding my contract, which has left me with a very sour taste and very frustrated and angry.

I shall first give you a run down of everything that has happened so far, give a summary of how you failed me and what I think you can do to resolve the situation.

A week ago last Thursday (16/09/2010) I ordered a new Business 500 Sharer Contract online, I ordered 2 iPhone 4’s (16GB and 32GB) order ref:REDACTED, at order time I was quoted 3-5 working days to receive devices after credit checks, I was called pretty soon after to confirm a few details such as delivery address, company name etc, I asked for an ETA on the credit check procedure and also an ETA on handsets, i was told the credit check would be done by the following morning and I would receive handsets within 3-5 working days of it being approved.

I phoned o2 the next day (17/09/2010) at around midday and was told that someone from the credit team should have contacted me to say I was required to pay a £300 security deposit and ask if that was phone, I informed the agent that this was ok and that the credit team hadn’t called me. He said he would make a note about my authorisation to take the deposit off the same credit card. I also asked him for an updated ETA on handsets, he said that it would take 3-5 working days to arrive and that, when i get an account number by Monday morning, I could get an updated ETA from the customer service team. 1 hour later I got a call from the credit team saying I needed to pay a £300 deposit on my account. I told the agent that I had already spoken to another agent about this and had authorised the deposit to be charged, they commented that no note had been made on their systems, I authorised the deposit to be paid.

Monday morning, I called up sales to find out my account number (REDACTED) and for an ETA on devices, I was given the account number and told to contact customer services for an ETA. I called up customer services and gave them the account number and asked for an ETA for my order. However, the agent couldn’t give an ETA because he had my account number and account name, but it had zero information on it. I was also warned that a recent internal update on iPhones had been released, stating that iPhones were out of stock and would be for about 2 weeks, and that I would get a text within the next 2 days to give an update on the status of my order. I was also told by the agent that I would be called back the following day to give me an update – this did not happen.

I called the following day (21/09/2010) asking for an ETA, but again my account was blank and was told this time not to expect a phone before October. I was also told that I should not have been allowed to make the order on the website when I did as a result. I was also told again that I should have received a text informing me of the status of my order, and I hadn’t received any texts at this point.

I called the following day (22/09/2010) and spoke to an agent – the account was still blank. I had still not received texts and was told 2 weeks again. At this point I asked about making a formal complaint and was told to write to this address or speak to a line manager. I asked to speak to a Line Manager first and, in the time I was on hold for him to get a Manager, I was put through to Wayne Bebb (an Admin Manager in Business Sales)? I explained that it was unacceptable to be quoted 3-5 days to receive devices and not have any communication to the contrary and that my credit card had already been charged for the handsets and first month’s line rental, and I hadn’t even received devices or an ETA on when they would actually arrive. I also explained that I ordered the handsets fully on the knowledge that they would arrive in 3-5 working days, and should have arrived in good time before having to hand my old handset back to my previous company, and that without a handset I can’t work or communicate with my clients and would lose business/income as a result. He apologised for all the problems faced with my order and informed me more accurately that o2 Business was out of stock of iPhones and that they were having to “go through other channels” to source iPhones and fulfil orders, and somehow my order was lost in the system. He also told me he would do what he could to get me sourced with the iPhones I ordered and sent out to me, he told me it was too late to get them out by Thursday but could have them out by Friday. He also said he would call back the following day with confirmation of this or an update.

That evening of 22/09/2010 the second number I had ordered, which was a transfer from 3 with a PAC code, stopped working with my other user. It was too late to call o2 that night, so I called the following morning (23/09/2010) to see what had happened. I was told that the number was on a different account to the one I had quoted (new account: REDACTED) and that it had transferred in the previous evening with the PAC code – this was not even communicated prior to happening and also we still had not received SIM’s or handsets. I had to go through a long-winded process of finding a spare o2 SIM, getting the phone unlocked and getting her number transferred onto the SIM – this took several calls and several hours to get going. I called customer service to get an update on the ETA and was again quoted the 2 weeks stock response and that I should wait for Wayne to call me back. I called back at 16:45 and got put through to Wayne Bebb and he told me that he had no update and would chase it through dispatch. He also apologised about the PAC code issue and informed me that he had received an influx of complaints relating to PAC codes being migrated early. He told me he would call me back the next day by 5pm (24/09/2010). If I hadn’t have called him on 23/09/2010 he would likely not have returned my call that day and today, 24/09/2010, he did not call me back despite saying that he would, and I have not received iPhones or any update of when I will receive them. I am now currently without a reliable working handset that I can continue to do business with. I am also unsure of which account number I now have either.

So to summarise the failures:

  • I should not have been allowed to place an order online for iPhones when I did, which caused this whole issue.
  • At no point in time did o2 communicate TO me about a change in status of my order due to stock (either via text, email or call) even though I was told you would.
  • When asking for an ETA, I was given different conflicting answers every time.
  • When I did get through to a Manager who said he would get me sorted by Friday, it didn’t happen.
  • When the same Manager said he would call me back the following day, it didn’t happen.
  • o2 transferred a number with a PAC code EARLY and WITHOUT us having received our new SIM cards or handsets.
  • o2 took payments from my credit card on Monday, but still did not give me info about when I would receive my devices and have still not yet sent them.
  • repeatedly yet correcting my account address several times it still was wrong – it should be REDACTED
  • I still have no devices, despite it now being past the 3-5 days quoted at order time, and after going through the credit checks.
  • As a result of all the failures, I have lost earnings through being unable to provide my normal service for clients or otherwise having to phone up o2.
  • Nobody seemed to make notes on the system, and as such I had to explain myself every time I called.

How o2 can resolve this issue:

  • Communicate with me properly and when you say you will, giving me a full update on when I will receive my iPhones.
  • Deliver to me my iPhones that I have paid for ASAP – and I mean before the end of this week 1st October.
  • Provide me with a discount on the handset charges or line rental.
  • Compensate me a nominal amount on my bill for the inconvenience and lost earnings as a result (see below).

Over the last week I have spent probably somewhere in the region of around 8 hours on the phone to o2 or on hold to o2, this is 8 hours of work that I could not do as a result. This, if charged at my standard freelance rate, is about £200 worth of work that I was unable to do and thus unable to earn in this time. Also, I am now having to stay tied to my desk to work, as my old handset can not perform the functions that an iPhone does, which allows me to work while travelling or whilst away from my desk. I estimate that I am losing at least 1 hours work per day as a result of this and, by assuming a Monday to Friday working week, I have already lost 3 hours worth of work as a result so far (£75). So far loss of earnings is sitting at £275 and rising each day.

If you do not resolve this issue promptly and respond with an update, I will look at reporting the o2 charges to my credit card providers fraud department and look to take my business elsewhere, because I am shocked and appalled by the lack of service and even poorer communication. If this issue is not referred to promptly and fully, I will also not hesitate to refer this to Otello or other relevant bodies.

Yours sincerely,


Anthony Somerset



Freelancing and University

well today is the day! 2 changes in my life happened today 🙂 well to be honest they have both been a gradual transition really but hey 🙂

i go back to University as a “full time” student today i say full time with a lot of emphasis because this term until december i am actually only at university 2 half days a week. i had been part time previously so already had some credit hence not so busy this term and the story behind why i went full time is a long and stressful one, to summarise it. My uni is just poorly organised and they care about businesses more than there students so part timers often get overlooked easily, i was one of the unlucky.

my second change is that i am now a full time freelancer! i was previously working full time for Newfrontiers and ChristChurch London and doing bits and bobs in spare time as it allowed, but no more! My job title is probably still to be decided but i like the idea of Freelance IT Consultant. my main skills and areas are particularly hosting management, web hosting, server setup and management and other troubleshooting or optimisation. as i gain more time and skills i will definitely add web development into that list also, if your interested in that head over to my freelance site: http://somersettechsolutions.co.uk and have a look around or email me on anthony@somersettechsolutions.co.uk – i know my freelance site is in dire need of an overhaul, its somethink i plan to do now that i have more time.

with these new changes come some great opportunities that i cant yet talk about yet and it presents challenges mostly financial. i am praying that God blesses my freelance work and provides me with lots of clients so that i can work hard and earn the money needed to keep me financially stable. i am praying that the right opportunities come through and that i can have the wisdom to discern which ones to go for, which ones to pass up (probably not many!) and how to take things like brushing my web design/development skills back up to speed (lots of reading to be done no doubt).

hopefully with the new changes and new beginnings i will also have time to blog a little more too!




VPS.net SAN 2.0 early thoughts

thought i would put some of my early thoughts of VPS.net’s new SAN infrastructure as i have now been using them for a couple of weeks in production usage.

when i first started using the new London clouds (London Zone E – F opening soon) there were a very limited range of templates available

one good bonus of the new SAN infrastructure is that Windows is now available on VPS.net – i have yet to get the chance to test it first hand and for 99% of anything i do i am unlikely to need windows anyway but its good for vps.net obviously as it will attract another stream of users (namely the windows junkies).

my first step into SAN 2.0 territory was pretty smooth, i didnt have a cpanel template to choose from but i normally install it from a scratch centos install anyway so no problem for me. i didnt do any detailed timings but it certainly felt like the install went much faster  (most likely due to the faster and probably more consistent SAN performance) which if anyone knows how long a cpanel install from scratch  is a good thing!

have only been running the server a couple of weeks so far, but things seem to run much more stably i have not had any strange temporary performance issues that i used to have on the old SAN’s in fact performance has been so stable i have been running my server without litespeed on 3 nodes (litespeed causes issues with a reverse proxy domain i have setup in that it just doesnt work with dns based reverse proxy only IP) where as before i “had” to run litespeed to keep consistant performance without adding extra nodes that generally weren’t needed.

the new tweaks to the control panel look really really good, the new console is actually usable now and i could quite happily use it for client servers over the trusty terminal – sure it wont ever totally replace a terminal or ssh client but its a huge step forward over the old version. the new bandwith and cpu usage graphs are really nice looking (although i didnt mind the old graphs in anyway just annoyed that they used to break all the time)

the only negative of the new graphs is that you can only see the last 14 hours of data, there is as yet no way of editing the timescale or seeing further back or over a longer period. the other one thing about the new clouds is that monthly bandwith used is no longer accurate to my knowledge. because since i started my server 2 weeks ago its total bandwith is 6.4MB this includes the cpanel install and software updates and the constant syncing to S3 for the cdn of this site supposedly. i have yet to raise a support ticket for this as its not critical for me as i dont yet get near the transfer limits of vps.net.

all in all its been a long awaited upgrade and its certainly worth dipping in to test. if you are a potential new vps.net customer. use the new SAN’s dont even bother using the old cloud Zones.

now hopefully i should recieve one of the vps.net stress toy robots soon 🙂




Back in the UK

well i have actually been back since tuesday evening, but its been such a busy and exhausting week that this is my first chance to write something here.

Zimbabwe was an excellent time, if only i had internet to blog about it as i went, sadly i only had enough internet to do the basics and minimum stuff near the end of my holiday (like making things official on Facebook 🙂 ) i got to see a lot of the country while spending time with Marie’s family including there farm.

Shelley & Adam’s wedding at Antelope park was totally stunning and totally unique and the pictures i did get to take dont do it justice. it was a great time and a great party.

after Antelope park i took Marie up Domboshawa (its basically a very big rocky hill) where we enjoyed a picnic and the view while waiting for the sunset and i waited for the right moment to propose! note to self or anyone considering similar, if you plan to get down on one knee in a rocky place either wear full length trousers or knee pads 🙂 it goes without saying Marie said yes of course.

we spent the rest of our week celebrating and meeting friends and planning stuff for a december Zim wedding. Coming back this week was eventful, i first got food poisoning on the plane (but not from the plane food – likely something just before) and spent most of my 8 hour flight from Nairobi curled up in a ball or over the porcelain (well metal) throne, got back to england to find the good old tube unions decided to strike so we had to get a taxi from the airport at a cost of over £100 by the time i got home 3 hours later 🙁

was ill the next day at work but had to crack on, and its been non stop all week with trying to catch up with the backlog and with new FP’ers starting in the office, its scary and sad to think that i will only be working for Newfrontiers for 2 more weeks.

hopefully normality resumes soon! at least first time back at church in about a month!




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