Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lousy PLDT DSL Service

I thought I would never have to blog about PLDT and their myDSL service but it seems to be inevitable now.
I used to subscribe to GreenDot for my broadband connection last year. For Php 2,500 a month (plus 10% VAT), you get 256Kbps downstream and 128Kbps upstream connection. After my one-year subscription lapsed, I was courted by some PLDT DSL service reseller to switch providers.
The catch — higher speeds of up to 387Kbps, lower monthly fees (Php1,995) and freebies (LexMark printer). The laws of economics tell me to switch and I did, despite feedback from users about the lack (or absence) of technical support and the reliability of service.
For over 6 months now, I have been enjoying PLDT’s generous bandwidth (now up to 512Kbps for Plan 1995). And for what do I owe this? Incessant connection problems and lousy customer (read: billing) service. For weeks now, everytime I try to dial up (PPPoE), it takes about 200+ re-dials (and often, much more) to be connected. Usually happens during the evening right when I get home. It’s not a problem in the morning though. The dynamic IPs on their node could be overcrowded already. (I noticed that my new IP now starts at 58.x.x.x instead of the old 203.x.x.x.)
I signed up for PLDT myDSL last January and up to this month, I only got one billing statement and one disconnection notice. You ask why? Because the rest never came. Didn’t even touch the nice and comfy doormat of my apartment. I have already called them up several times about this and confirmed my billing address (which has been correct since the day I signed up) to no avail.
For months, I blindly send payments via BPIExpressOnline for PLDT not knowing how much more I owe them. And since they never gave me my billing statements since February, I don’t know when my bill is due and for how much.
So why did I blog about it just now? I got home tonight to find out my phone is disconnected; no internet either. I’m posting this entry at a crammy net cafe across the street. No wonder PLDT DSL’s forum has been closed indefinitely.
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