Video Conferencing Customer Service Complaints

Video conferencing has become very common these days as part of every day life. You have factime on Apple devices that allows you to have a video call with someone on Apple device like iPhone, iPad or iPod. Then you have Google hangouts, which has brought video conferencing capabilities on virtually all computers that have gmail accounts, which is a very low barrier to entry. Then you have Skype which is now owned by Microsoft, which was the pioneer in people to people video conferencing. And it should be noted that all three services are FREE. That is amazing considering the fact that you cannot make phone calls for free, yet you are allowed to make video calls for free if you have a data or wifi connection, which some may argue is a much more personal way to connect with other people.

Then there is a whole category of multipoint calls. Multipoint conference is where more than two people make a video call. The free version that is popular is google hangouts. Currently, apple facetime does not support more than two people being on a call. With Skype, if you want to do more than two people on a conference call, you will have to sign up for the premium version and pay for it. But who would want to pay when there are equally good free options out there? The video above from the Wall Street Journal explains what multipoint video conferencing is about. We think that colleges who have online programs, like community colleges will benefit from this a lot.

As broadband plans become competitive among wireless carriers and plans become cheaper, it is likely that we are going to see people default to video calls when they want to talk to somebody. Why go over the phone when you can actually talk to someone live and hear their voice. When it comes to video conference customer service, you get what you pay for. So, if you are using free versions like skype, facetime and google hangout, then the level of customer service cannot be expected to be that high.

"Multipoint video conferencing Complaints"

In addition, we can envision a time when phone companies will make video calls default on their devices and when you start to call someone, you will have to change the default settings to voice so that you can talk to the person without seeing them. But the complaints we hear is that people don’t want to be tracked everywhere they go, so the idea that the phone will automatically be set to a video default will create a lot of anger and cause lots of customer complaints. That may also create some privacy issues since calls may be recorded by the phone companies and you never know what they may do with that kind of footage, especially if a person is doing something they don’t want anyone to know about. Also, what if this is introduced in court as evidence against the person who is making a call thinking is an innocent call only to find out that the phone company not only recorded the call but it is now in the hands of law enforcement who are going to probably use it against the owner in a court of law.

Booast Moble Complaints

If you have a boost mobile wireless service and are having trouble getting a live customer service person on the phone, you are not alone. We have received tons of complaints from customers of this carrier complaining of how hard it is to get a human on the phone. Boost mobile is notorious for bad customer service. You hear that mobile phone providers have some of the worst customer service, but this company is in a class of its own.

Boost mobile is owned by Sprint and was founded in 2000 to target the low end, mostly prepaid phone market.  It has customers in Australia and the United States. In the United States, the company is headquartered in Irvine, California.  All the phone companies have decided to set up separate entities to target the low end prepaid market.  For instance, MetroPCS is owned by T-Mobile, targeting the low end of the market, delivering prepaid phone service, while Criket is a subsidiary of AT&T, providing the same service targeting the same market segment.

All three companies, by the nature of the customers and market segment they target are notorious for poor customer service and they get a lot of complaints on complaint boards about that.
To make things worse, they keep changing their customer service number, which makes things even worse for their users, because many are not sure which number to call to reach a human.

Boost Mobile Complaints

The main nature of the complaints are dropped calls, confusion about how the data plan works, rural call complaints, where people in remote or rural areas are unable to complete calls because there is not enough coverage or coverage is very poor in their particular area. Another issue is data plan overages, where people who have paid for a certain data plan go over their allotment and then realize how much they are being charged for going over that allotment.

What You Can Do About It

The best thing you can do is file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is the main federal regulator of wireless companies.  You can also use complaint boards such as Consumer Complaints Reporting Board to lodge your frustrations with your wireless carrier and hopefully, if enough people join you in that effort, the wireless company may be forced to respond, since they know how powerful online complaints can be and the potential impact to their business when complaints go viral.