Airtel bills are simply indecipherable and I strongly suspect that they do so deliberately so as to confound the unwitting customers and overcharge them. What I have been asking them are simple details: these are the charges, for the plan, for the smartbytes, this is the tax, and add it up for me, without trying to drown me in fantastic amounts of totally irrelevant and imaginary discounts, etc. Send it all to me a simple email, shorn of unwanted verbiage please, and robotic routine sentences. For example, my December bill should have been no more than 1,990 plus the smartbytes for 1,000, 600, and 400, plus tax, and for January only 1990 plus 1000, but they both were significantly higher than that, without any explanation.
But the real issues are of much greater importance to the way Airtel launched 4G without being fully equipped to do so.
When an Airtel representative visited my residence this November in response to my conveying to Airtel my possible interest in 4G service provided it had now become available in strength in my area (Mayur Vihar-I), he demonstrated the service and equipment and he gave several exaggerated assurances about its range and strength which have subsequently been found out to be exaggerated. He assured me that the service would be much faster than my then broadband service, and that its range would be much wider too. In experience both claim have proven to be incorrect, to the extent that the service so far is decisively inferior to the earlier Broadband. In reality it has turned out to be inferior in every manner, and subsequently on my complaint Airtel admitted this in writing to me, also adding that you would not know when the service quality could reach the promised level. One outcome of all this is that I am now saddled with a service which is less effective than before, at a higher cost, and, to boot, I am now without landline service as well, all because false promises were made to me by the Airtel representative.
So I asked Airtel to provide me 4G service, until it is improved as promised, either free or with a deep discount, like minimum 50%. Airtel simply chose to ignore this inconvenient fact and issue. Airtel must charge for what it provides and not what it promised - falsely as it were, or else it is CHEATING of consumers.
During December cycle, the service was terminated at least thrice without any warning or notice of any kind. On enquiry each time I was advised that the plan quota had been exhausted. This too is in unfavourable contrast with the earlier Broadband service when anytime the quota was close to be exhausted I would receive your email / sms messages alerting me of this in advance, and, more significantly, even after the quota had been exhausted the service still remained running, only at a much slower speed on an unlimited basis till the end of the billing cycle period. Now, in total disregard for Airtel's consumers' convenience, they terminate the service altogether suddenly without warning or notice.
Each time I checked the status of my service on my Airtel App, it showed about 90% when the service had been terminated. Obviously, either Airtel are jumping the gun unfairly, or their App is showing wrong and misleading information in which case it is not only futile, but damaging to its reputation, too.
In addition, Airtel on phone customer service advised me more than once that my "quota has almost exhausted". This is incomprehensible, for the service must not be stopped until it is fully exhausted. How do they quantitatively define "almost" anyway? In fact, like their broadband or other services, 4G too must continue at a reduced and optimum speed. Stoppage altogether in this manner is extremely disruptive, and unacceptable.
In the same vein, very disconcerting in December was their shocking claim that I had exhausted my quota as well as the smartbytes that I purchased successively for 5 GB, 10 GB and 3 GB, in addition to my quota of 30 GB, all within the month, and the 5 or 10 GB smartbytes exhausing within a day or two according to Airtel's claims but without providing any proof or evidence for claims for such highly accelerated consumption.
I conveyed to them that I could well appreciate their team entrusted with the responsibility is simply not equipped well to deal with such issues, and suggested, as a practical and common-sense measure that they depute a suitable representative executive to visit me, at mutual convenience, for discussion, understanding, and resolution of all matters. There was no response of any kind to this suggestion either from Airtel.
And, as if to top it all, without any meaningful attempt on their part to build mutual understanding and resolve the issues, eventually, one fine morning, they just terminated my internet/4G service! more