Speakeasy

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FrustratedLA
01/25/2011

Speakeasy 1

NEVER use Speakeasy. I wish I had enough sense to check the reviews online before we set this service up for our business. We went with them when we moved our office because our IT guy raved about them, and we were sick of Time Warner. I never thought we would miss Time Warner, but I would be so happy to have them back. I'm the office manager at work and I've spent HOURS and HOURS of my time on the phone with Speakeasy trying to fix so many PROBLEMS. They've put me on hold for 45 minutes before. And once I called and their lines were crossed with a Law Firm. What kind of operation are they running?
It's such a waste of my time. We've had problems from day one. The internet drops out constantly. It's so hard for us to do business like this. And when I finally talk to someone there they tell me to unplug and plug back in, and talk to me like I'm an IDIOT! Well guess what... even if I stood by the wall and power-cycled the modem all day long it still wouldn't fix YOUR FAULTY INTERNET SERVICE.
And that's not all. We had a random $300 charge on one of our bills for NO REASON. When I called to ask what it was for NO ONE could tell me. It took them a week and about 15 phone calls on my end to get a supervisor to call me back. She apologized and said she couldn't find the origin of the charge. NO KIDDING. I told you that a week ago.
We've only had this service for 3 months and it's so bad we are canceling. We CAN NOT RUN A BUSINESS WITH THIS SERVICE. And of course they are going to charge us $300 for early cancellation even though they have NOT provided what we agreed to in the contract by any means. Whatever you do, please don't waste your money with this ridiculous company.

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jegan19761
12/01/2010

Speakeasy 1

1stars
By far the worst company I have ever dealt with. Never use them. Such a shame! They are costing me my business cause it never works. Awful awful awful. Stay away


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dobbinstudios
07/23/2009

Speakeasy 1

I set up an account for my business in NYC. The sales person was bragging about the speed and that they
where taking care of dealings with verizon and there superior customer service.
He also added I would get 1 month free rebatte etc etc.
I signed up received an online package, went click on the rebatte link filled it out and thought done.
The interface is tricky and if one does not careful reads all the details it makes one believe you posted the rebate.
Did not happen, semi scam. I contacted the great customer service via e mail - which the sales person told me is
an great way of working, but they asked to call in. Waiting 20 plus minute, that is when you start to appreciate Verizon.
Finally they gave me an extension. Anyhow long talking, again a couple of weeks later asking me what I wanted and to send an e mail
summon it up. What was this person doing whilst I talked to him. Playing online games, reading newspaper.
All in all the service never really worked as promised, they charged for technician who showed up, I and my assistent spend hours talking to
so some incompetent customer service who was obsessed with charging us if a technician would come by and did not find anything wrong.

Sorry, I dont need another tech company making me responsible for there crappy service and untrained personal.

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dallasguy
06/18/2009

Speakeasy 1

I wish I had listened to you guys before I made the mistake of calling speakeasy. I was kind of happy to have this service, then one day, my service was down. I thought it was just a computer thing and it would be back up on its own. Nope. I started a trouble ticket the next day and now it has been 10 days and I still have no service. There is a short in the telephone line about 1 foot from the telephone company they tell me. Do you know what it is like to be without internet access for 10 days? My telephone service, netflix and even my security system needs to have an internet connection to work. Not to mention the porn my little brother has not been able to download. He is cranky. :-)

Seriously, I dug out the cable modem from the closet and called Time Warner. They suck too, but at least they will eventually get it working. And my speed is about 8 times faster and 1/2 the price.

Thanks,

CarlG (my speakeasy user name)

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angeliquechane l
11/11/2008

Speakeasy 1

I got Speakeasy because my I needed a static IP address, and my computer guy, who I trust completely, raved about their service. I've had problems from day one. They charged me an extra couple of hundred dollars that they didn't bother to mention ahead of time for Covad coming out to make the lines ready for service (or something). After many, many communications with Speakeasy, they finally removed the charge...but getting them to agree to remove it was no small nightmare. While I never had any problems at all with Time Warner, now I was having problems all the time with my, when working, shockingly slow Internet, especially the download speeds. In the last month, my service has been down more than up, and some jerk just told me that I had to keep using them because I had (unknowingly) agreed to a contract. Please, please tell me how I managed to do that when I was scared to try them in the first place? Unless someone snuck in a commitment when I wasn't looking, I promise that I never made one. In fact, I was guaranteed that if I wasn't happy with the service, I could leave them at any time. (Heck, I'm happy to return their stupid modem if that's what they want....) I've also had problems because Speakeasy doesn't work well with people that need I to communicate with. I've spent many hours for the first time in my business career trying to find ways to get email to places like sbcglobal.net. I hate Speakeasy more than I've ever hated a company in my entire life. Do yourselves a favor and don't be tempted by getting live people in the US that answer the phone. This is the worst company ever!

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TheDew
03/31/2007

Speakeasy 1

With Speakeasy we experienced disconnects every month which were killing our business. I spent hours on the phone with them and all together had 20 trouble tickets in the period of a year. Finally I had enough and cancelled my service siting poor performance (obviously). They later charged my credit card on file for $1000.00 cancellation fee. I had never paid them by CC, but I had one on file from when I signed up. The charge was completely unauthorized. If you have had a similar experience file a complaint with the BBB at www.bbb.org. It may at least help the next guy.

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greggman
03/15/2007

Speakeasy 1

Bad Bad Bad,

It started off okay. The first call where they took my order. Then they said it would be 3 weeks before they could install. 2 days later they called back and said they got someone to come out in a few days but I needed to take the day off. I get paid by the hour so taking the day off really hurts but I wanted internet so I stayed home. THEY NEVER SHOWED UP!

They reschedule for the next Wednesday. I tell them I will not be in town on Wednesday. They still show up and call me in the middle of a 3000 person lecture. I tell them like I told them before I am out of town. I also tell them as they all ready cost me several hundred dollars for missing the first appointment that they have to give me a morning time frame. They say okay.

A few days later I get a notice they are coming out on Tuesday. I wait until 12pm. They never show.I go to work. They call at 4pm saying they've arrived at my place. I'm like WTF. I EFFING TOLD YOU YOU HAD TO COME IN THE MORNING AND YOU AGREED.

Finally I just hand to cancel. I went with another provider who have me a real time and installed just 4 days after I ordered. Speakeasy SUCKS!!!

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johnlabarge
03/14/2006

Speakeasy 1

Be careful. The service in my area was terrible. I had voip and dsl through SpeakEasy, until I finally couldn't take it anymore. It took longer than they promised to set up. And they charged me more than I was quoted. Now they want a cancellation fee from me. DSL install worked fine at first. Then many times I experienced DNS issues. These were so intermittant however that it was hard to report them. I had several outages in just a few months, and each time I had to spend hours on hold. Then my DSL modem died. When I received the new one. I hooked it up, and was told there was another outage. Having been without telephone service in my house for a couple weeks, that was it for me. I told them to cancel it. Now they want to charge me a cancellation fee, but I intend to continue to dispute it with them in court if need be. This is not standard practice in the industry, and given the amount of outages I experienced, they were clearly unable to provide the service that I contracted for. They shouldn't be able to now be rewarded with a windfall for lousy service.

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actionrobert69
09/22/2005

Speakeasy 1

I am writing this review so that people who research their business before signing up might have a chance to save themselves a ton of trouble from a shady company with deceptive practices. First I will discuss the installation issues. It took them five (5)!!! weeks to get to my house to do the install. In all fairness ( I insist on giving an accurate representation of my dealings) the installer was friendly and thorough. The problem with the length of time it took them was complicated by SBC. Apparantly the two companies have a lack of communication. I needed an additional line strung into my house. It took two weeks for SBC to come to my house. The tech said there was a problem with the line and unfortunately he didn't know what the problem was. He then informed me that I needed to contact Speakeasy for further assistance, which I promptly did. Eventually SBC came out and dug a gigantic hole in my backyard measuring ten feet by ten feet and ten feet deep. They installed a new box where the hole was dug and then left. The hole stayed in my backyard, unfilled, and a danger to my children and dog for another two weeks They left their tools, a bunch of garbage, a big yellow umbrella and an ugly orange plastic fence around the hole for two weeks until I called them and yelled at them to come fix it. Another week passed by and eventually SBC came out to fill in the hole, but left the cable running to my house exposed above the ground. I cannot mow my lawn, edge or weed eat without fear of cutting the line. I have called them about this, but the cable remains, coming out of the ground and running to my house. The Speakeasy tech came out and hooked up the DSL. He was friendly, informative and thorough. No complaints about that part of the service. The service itself is spotty. Sometimes the DSL works. Sometimes it does not. I have to constantly resart my computer and modem in order to keep it working. The speed is around 800kb not the 1.5 meg I was promised. I have called Speakeasy but no help was offered. Now for the kicker. This is the part which made me the angriest. Please read this and do business elsewhere!!!! BUYER BEWARE!!! I was on my way to the pharmacy to get some antibiotics for my wife, when I was notified that my bank card was declined. My account had over $200 in it!!! How could this be? I researched the problem and found that Speakeasy had put a $220 hold on our account. Apparantly if your bill is 10 days or more past due then they take the money out of your checking account! I was not aware of this! I did not authorize this!! I was never told anything about this!!! When I signed up for service, they took my card number and assured me it was only for shipping purposes, in order to ship me the modem!!! The Speakeasy rep told me that we had disabled "auto renew" but because we had a credit card on file they did it anyway!!! He then refused to reverse the hold on our account!! Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you how business operates in America. I sign up for service. Said business comes out in a timely manner and installs service. The service must work as promised. Said business sends out invoice. I recieve invoice or bill. I pay bill at my discretion. If I do not pay bill on time, then said business may disconnect service and begin collection efforts. This is the way it works and it is fair. Always has been. We were promised a thirty day invoice by Speakeasy. They promised we would have service on for 30 days before we even received a bill. They also promised us a $100 rebate. We received our bill before service was even installed, and then they stole the money out of our account without authorization!! Come to find out that the rebate is NOT automatic! You have to sign up for it on the internet. We would have waited and waited and waited, because no one told us we had to instigate the rebate service! No one told us about the automatic taking of money if the bill was late!! In conclusion, Speakeasy did not disclose any of their practices to us when we signed up. They were deceptive in trying to get our business. Now I am stuck with a bunch of bounced checks, huge charges for said checks and a sick wife and no way to get her antibiotics. They caused immense financial damage to my family!! I filed fraud charges with my bank, and had to get another debit card. So I don't have use of my money with the card for another week now. I also filed a report with the better business bureau. I also plan to seek criminal charges for deceptive practices. What Speakeasy did to my family was wrong!! Plain old WRONG!! Please post this on your website!! Do not edit it or change it!! Don't let this happen to other people!!! Please do your business somewhere else. Speakeasy is ROTTEN!!!

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zoomy
07/08/2005

Speakeasy 5

consistently the best customer service of any company i deal with.

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