Mobile broadband - WiFi Hotspot unexplained charges
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If you have received additional unexpected charges for hotspot services then you should contact your supplier as soon as possible to rectify the issue. Additional charges can be caused if you have a fixed amount of data on your package and you have exceeded the allowed usage. It is fair to expect your provider to give you warning and any additional charges to be reasonable. It is important to contact your provider as soon as possible and to understand the cause such as a glitch on your provider’s billing system. Your provider should be able to explain how any additional charges have arisen.You should know
- If you are unhappy with your service provider’s initial response, you should contact their customer services department via Resolver. Give clear details of your case such as what happened, when, and why you are complaining.
- The company should acknowledge your case with 14 days.
- If the company doesn't respond to your issue, then you should escalate your case to the next level. Resolver will remind you when the time comes!
- Your case is officially registered with the company as soon as the email is delivered and so you can escalate your case to an ombudsman after 8 weeks.
The Consumer Rights Act
Your rights mainly come from the Consumer Rights Act. The Consumer Rights Act sets out what you should expect from goods or services, giving you specific rights when things go wrong.
Taking things further
If the matter isn't resolved after eight weeks or if you receive a deadlock letter, you can send your case to the ombudsman. There are two ombudsmen in the telecoms market - CISAS or Ombudsman Services. Resolver knows which one to send your case to. We'll package up your communications and all supporting documentation and send it all to the relevant ombudsman.
The ombudsman will then undertake an independent investigation of your case for free. You can still take your telephone provider to court if you don't agree with the outcome, but only use this as a last resort. You should always seek legal advice before taking a matter to court.
If you need additional assistance
If you need additional advice and guidance on the issue you can contact your local Citizens Advice.
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