Netzero Internet Service Provider-Review: Bad Business?

I would like to tell you about my experience with Netzero. First off, I have internet connection on my desktop, but I wanted a separate connection for my laptop. So, I did some research and found out that Netzero internet service provider was the cheapest, not always the best, as I found out.

Service for Me

While doing my research, I checked to see if Netzero offered service in my area. I thought great, there is service for me. So, on September 23rd I ordered the Netzero Stick, along with the DataShield subscription. I received an email on September 24th saying my device has been shipped. It came in the mail via USPS on September 26th. I tried for days to get a connection, but it wasn’t working. I didn’t have a problem downloading and getting it set up, but no connection.

Upset with product

I emailed Netzero on 30th and wrote this: “Even though your coverage area shows that I have coverage, no service.
I’m sorry, but I will have to cancel my account & return the Netzero Stick and ask for a refund on all services with you. Please let me know how to return the Stick.”

They wrote: “I’m sorry to hear that you wish to cancel your NetZero Mobile Broadband service and hope
you will reconsider. Please take note that we do not process cancellation requests over e-mail, and instead we
informed our customers to call us to cancel their service to help ensure the security of your account.” And she added the phone number and times to call, which I did.

During this conversation the representative kept trying to resolve the problem to no avail. Also, she kept putting me on hold to check things. I was constantly telling her that I wanted a refund and to cancel my account. She said she would have to transfer me to a senior agent, but guess what? We got disconnected, somehow. I tried to call back, the line was busy.

I received another email on October 3rd saying my account was cancelled and I could keep the Netzero Stick. So, I called back to tell them that the Stick is no use to me and I want to return it. She told me since I placed my order online, I wan’t entitled to a refund. Are you kidding me? Yes, it did say that on the website, but it also said I had service in my area. She said she was sorry, but I can’t return it. I asked for a supervisor, guess what? Yep, dropped again. Go figure!

We went back and forth with emails, them saying a senior agent tried to reach me, me calling back and asking for senior agent, getting disconnected. So, I stopped calling and sent emails instead. I have 14 emails from them in 30 days.

Product return

So, they did finally say that I could return the Stick, after telling them that I thought they breached our contract by saying I had service in my area and didn’t. Then, after checking a number of time to see if they received the product, I was told by returning via UPS there was no way of tracking it. Boy, that set me off! I returned it with the return label they sent to me via email. I have a printer, so I just printed it and taped it to the envelope.

They sent me the product via USPS, but the return was via UPS. That way they are not out of money, because they can track to see where it is. But, the customer is out of money, if it gets lost. I told them to make their customer service better, they needed to use the same service for the returns. But, obviously, they don’t care.

On October 28th, I received yet another email asking the return address on the label that they sent me. I can’t believe they don’t know where their return department gets their mail. But, I attached it to an email and made sure I told them to look at the attachment, in case they don’t see it.

So, I called again to speak to a senior agent and I was finally able to speak with one. She told me they received the product and that my account would be refunded. Thus far, I have been refunded all but $20, which I have sent another email to find out why they are keeping this money. I haven’t received word back, yet.

In Conclusion

I wanted to tell you about my experience and not everyone has this problem. I feel they kept jerking me around so they wouldn’t have to refund any of my money. Also, I told them I was disabled and do not go any place that I would be able to use this device. I just want you to check with your neighbors before you decide on a mobile internet service to make sure you can use it. Even though it says you have service in your area, you may not.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to leave me a comment,

Peggy

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Author: pegmink52

I am 60+, disabled and retired. I live in a rural town SW of Pittsburgh, PA with my best friend/husband. I am self-employed and building a work from home business.

10 thoughts on “Netzero Internet Service Provider-Review: Bad Business?”

  1. All I can say Peggy, is…. WOW! I can’t believe the trouble you had with NetZero. I would have been furious at their customer service, to say the least. It is reviews like yours that I am thankful for, because it will save some of us the hassle they put their customers through. So sorry about your luck with them.

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  2. What a PITA that turned out to be. Sounds like you received all the money that they are going to give ya! They will call it a “restocking” fee or some such thing. Good to know about this stuff.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I was told that the remainder $20 was activation fee. But I never got connected. I wanted to share my experience so others will use caution when they are looking for a mobile device. Thanks again, Peggy

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  3. Hi Peggy,
    What a run around it sounds like you went through. I really do get frustrated when things go that way. Sometimes it’s hard to just get to the basics and get things figured out.

    I did notice a misspelled word here and there and you may want to add a bit more to a few sentences, they went into the next part a bit too quick, in other words leaving some relevance out of the meaning.

    Great job though, I always wondered about NetZero…now I know.

    Thank you,
    Kim

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  4. I have the same experience. I was charged a lot of hidden cost. For the first month, I was charged over $ 114.37, although it was slow and disconnected frequently. That was a rip-off. Before I purchased Netzero wireless service, I was with high speed Xfinity wireless I paid $54.60 per month for unlimited data.

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