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Dear visitor,

Since its inception Vodafail.com has made a significant contribution towards raising awareness of the problems and issues faced by Vodafone customers.

Vodafone Australia customers have had the opportunity to voice their concerns, their fears and their troubles from every corner of Australia and beyond our borders. You have gathered the courage to stand up for your rights as consumers and to make your voice heard.

Each and every person who shared their story should have a sense of pride in this achievement and the changes that have occurred since the start of Vodafail.com.

More recently, traffic to Vodafail.com has declined significantly. Having achieved the goal of raising awareness and promoting concrete action in early 2011, we have now reached the point of closing Vodafail to new complaints. The site will remain online for as long as possible as a reminder and an example of what is possible when we share our experiences.

It has been a privilege to run this initiative and I'm am forever grateful for the help and support I've received. In particular I would like to thank Melissa, David and Travis for their continued efforts over the past 15 months. I'm also thankful and humbled by the support of ACCAN, Choice magazine and a wide range of media outlets, blogs and websites.

You can still browse existing stories and find out how to file a complaint if you are experiencing problems.

Until next time,

Adam Brimo

Highest Rated Pain Stories

Stories are displayed on this page if they have been rated by four or more people and have a rating of over 60%.

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19817 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is EPIC FAIL at 27 Oct 2011 06:42:15 PM
I ask to go on a higher cap and they tell me it should go through in 2 days. After 2 days I start increasing my downloads to that of the new cap and then get suspended for going over cap. I call up and they havent upgraded my cap. They tell me I have to pay part of the bill or no reconnection. They tell me the will put in a dispute and give me my money back but after they reconnect me they direct debit the rest out of my account. Over $500 all up. Three months later still no money. I keep calling and they keep telling me the money should only be a few more days so I ring the TIO. Nice person calls me and tells me sorry about the others people at the call centre we will give you your money plus "Good Will" bonus (so no more trouble with Ombudsman). Then Vodafone calls me back and says investigation into your problem so money will take longer. Nice person I spoke to no longer works there and new person is not as nice.

Three months and no money still
27 Oct 2011 06:43:58 PM: If this was other way around they would have disconnected the phone and sent the debt collectors after me.
28 Oct 2011 08:16:26 AM: Exactly what they did to me! Except they changed my bpay ref number after the first bill (which I had set up an automatic payment on), re-populated my VF account with 9 year old data from and old '3' account i had, and sent all correspondance to the wrong address and email.. no-one even bothered calling, just d/c me and threatened me with bad credit for non payment for 4 months. After all this I had to pay the amount owing again, am chasing up the missing bpay payments ($280) with my bank (which didnt bounce) + the late payment fees for each month.

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20272 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Bad Coverage at 9 Dec 2011 11:27:47 AM
I have not been able to take or make calls for 2 days now. People ring but they can't hear me. I hear them just fine. Same if I ring people.

Vodafone insist they knew nothing about this issue until I rang even though there are 3 other people in this office having the same issue or they have a friend with the issue.

Actually, that's not true. The first Indian I spoke to told me there was an issue in Melbourne. The second one told me there are no known issues on the network. But he assured me, after some clicking on the keyboard, that my issue would be fixed in an hour.

If there is no issue then what is there to fix?

I want these arsehats to stop lieing to me. My contract expires end of this month and so does my time with them!
9 Dec 2011 12:10:58 PM: Hi, having the same problem on a blackberry. If I turn of 3G calls work OK, so must be something up with their 3G network.
9 Dec 2011 12:31:42 PM: That works I just tried it, however a bit static.

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21090 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Crap at 10 Mar 2012 07:33:32 PM
To the person from Qld who had problems with the pathetic sales person..same thing happend to me at Vic store..ring ombudsman tell them your problem refuse to pay your bill..insist on cancelling your contract if problem is not rectified asap..it worked for me I have changed carriets and am extremely happy now..dont forget to mention the rude monkey to the ombudsman..hopefully he will lose his $10 an hour job..good luck!!

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17587 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Total Fail at 30 Apr 2011 09:38:03 PM
Dear Vodaphone, you suck. How is it you think it acceptable to offer the absolute cluster f@#* of a service you peddle to your suffering customers. Dropped calls, intermittent web access, delayed SMS delivery, you name it - that is when your "service" is not in a state of meltdown.

How kind it is of you to offer free SMS messages between 8AM and 8PM this Sunday in response to yet another outage shared by all on Easter Sunday.

Thank-you, but with all due respect you can take your free SMS's and shove them. If you really want to impress me, try taking the revenue you plan on forgoing with these useless free SMS's and put it toward FIXING THE BLOODY PROBLEM!
9 May 2011 01:52:38 AM: They are, was announced long ago that they are doing $500 million worth of upgrades now.

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20004 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is mammoth fail at 15 Nov 2011 10:36:38 AM
15 Nov 2011 12:54:23 PM: i think TIO would love this story & i do hope you have gotten in contact the the "other party" as they would also like to know about this total failure of VF
16 Nov 2011 08:03:36 AM: hi the "other party" has been called he got $5 off his bills but did not know just how much of his info i have. he is not happy.
17 Nov 2011 07:09:52 PM: Well this just got better i have now had the handsets we never got added to the final bill how do i get aca contact information?
18 Nov 2011 04:25:37 PM:
Wow you have been through the VF meat grinder!

As suggested start with the TIO, the details may be found at the top of the page under the How To Complain tab.

The TIO online complaint form will take less than 10 minutes to complete, you can copy and paste what you have written above.

I have used it twice now and it is easy.

VF then have 10 working days to respond to your complaint, they contact you, suggest you get pen/paper ready and take down the callers details, name, CSR id date and time of call and what was said.

The complaints team will try to make a mutually agreed satisfactory outcome, it could be half price payments over a certain period of time or termination of contract with no exit fees.

Your decision, but my intent was to rid myself of the extremely poor VF service and I did.

Good luck and let us know how you get on!

Vodafail.com Moderation Team
15 Dec 2011 11:25:48 AM: I had written Mammoth fail on the 15 of November and this is an update.
I have kept fighting this and started to record all of my conversations with Vodafone as the notes that Vodafone keep are completely miss leading I was having one conversation where I was told point blank that no one would have said that to me so I replayed the voice recording to her she then tried to tell me that it was because I had confused the operator!
In the end I think that I have won we had 2 accounts with Vodafone this is what I have gotten
Account 1
Waive early termination fees $772.56
Waive all owing charges (have not payed anything since this started) $325.31
All money back for hand set payment $45
Compensation $200
Account 2
Waive early termination fee $823.01
Waive all owing charges $483.06
Compensation $38

I have gotten letters to confirm that both accounts are completely clear
The $38 and $45 was credited to the credit card and the $200 will be credited to my bank with in the next 5 days it was a long fight but in the end I got what I wanted and I will never go back to Vodafone for anything!

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20799 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is BIG FAT FAIL!! at 7 Feb 2012 05:32:14 PM
I was with 3 and joined Vodafone now that they have merged. I have been with them for 2 months now and have had nothing but trouble. When I received my phone in the mail it took 1 WEEK to port the number across to my new phone. In the past this has usually taken a few hrs max with other phone companies I have been with. Finally once my phone was up and working the service has been pretty crap. I was told reception would be the same as 3 but a beg to differ. Once I received my bill, it was incorrect. I rang and queried it and they said they would fix the issue but my next bill has come and it is exactly the same, still being overcharged. I rang them again and was told it would be fixed on the next bill. Lets see what happens when the next bill arrives. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.. and I still have 22 months and counting to go!! :( Cannot wait to get away from this company!!!! Service his shocking!!!

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16836 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is -10/10 at 18 Apr 2011 03:01:37 PM
I have been overcharged, simply they lied about their free phone on the contract and charged me $5 extra on every bill + their extraordinary poor customer service
promising they'll fix it with next bill every time I called. All this with their poor network coverage and never working internet and 3rd grade handsets. After paying them 4 months on their false commitments, I have decided not to pay anymore...
18 Apr 2011 04:18:13 PM: So you don't get in trouble for not paying, file a complaint with the TIO. In the complaint you can put in the amount you are disputing in your bill and you won't have to pay until it is properly investigated. Check out of the how to complain page for more information on that.

Vodafail.com Moderation Team

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20029 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Makes my blood boil - vodafone is criminal at 17 Nov 2011 03:13:42 PM
I have been a Vodafone customer for about 4 years. In that time, I have been consistently faced with the most incrediblly incompetent and infuriating service I have ever experienced in my life. Dealing with dropped calls, no coverage, bungled payments is mind bogglingly infuriating but pales in comparison to going through the process of speaking to a Vodafone consultant in India, which takes an hour each time when you actually get through, and they have no record of previous agreements reached for the account on earlier extended calls. Just today, I had my phone cut off out of NOWHERE after calling vodafone on Monday to get a payment extension until Friday, which was granted. I actually paid my bill onWednesday - but SURPRISE, my phone is blocked by Thursday morning. Vodafone is a joke and a failure! I am a peaceful and relaxed person most of the time. My home was recently unfortunately burgled and we lost most of our valuable items. The next day, the police were trying to call me ALL DAY - they called me 10 TIMES - and although I had full service on my mobile, none of the calls came through. I know this is something to do with vodafone Because other people tell me the same thing REGULARLY. With 100 percent honesty, I can say my anger and frustration at being burgled was only a fraction of the sheer frustration I went through going through a run of the mill conversation with a vodafone employee the next day who (surprise!) had no record of a $100 credit being applied to my account a month earlier after I complained about the issues with coverage and being overcharged. Thanks for wasting another few hours of my life Vodafone, for NOTHING. I honestly don't have anything in my life that makes my blood boil like this. Vodafone is a DISGRACE and an embarrassment to our nation. They have lost yet another longstanding customer that would have stayed if they didn't so consistently royally screw things up for $200 per month. EXTORTION.
18 Nov 2011 04:36:48 PM: The lesson here for everyone is to make sure you get the CSR's full name, his VF id, the incident number of the call (yes they do have them), record the date and time and what was said.

Using these few simple steps does focus their mind set and when I have used this method the CSR's are slightly taken aback but they are then aware you also have a VF record of the call..............unless they cut you off before giving the required information.........yes that has happened to me as well..........

Vodafail.com Moderation Team
3 Jan 2012 04:45:57 PM: Try AMAYSIM $39.90 deal. It is unreal. You need your own phone. Sounds as if you have paid out too much to these incompetent disgraceful people already. Yep, when it all gets too much for them to answer they cut you off. Had that one too.

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16604 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is at 1 Apr 2011 04:41:46 PM
As a employee of Vodafone in the contact centre, I feel for the many people who I deal with everyday over the same issues. Thankfully im with optus, and have been for 15 years and no way am I switching just because of my employer.

Having worked in call centres since the begining of time I take pride when countless times a day I hear "Thank you! FINALLY some one who can speak english and understand my point of view" Sadly im not superwoman and cant take all your calls personally. I can assure you that you get nothing short of 100% empathy,respect and fantastic service from me.

I wish the same could be said about my co workers. I do liken the place to working at a zoo sometimes and am in total horror over the rudeness and attitude I hear them coughing out.

On behalf of my co workers, im sorry for the crap service you recieve. On behalf of my employer im sorry for the crap service and "were working on it" just isnt good enough!

Please dont think all call centre employees are crap, there are good ones out there (like me).

When you say "i want to disconnect! you guys suck" and you hear the silence on the other end of the phone, rest assured I heard you and im not politely ignoring you, Im just not allowed to say "Hell Yea! Totally agree! Go Optus man!" because I have a home loan to pay and those words would see me in the unemployment line.

Oh and a final note from the inside.....I hate Lara, We all hate Lara..no Vodafone employee (except maybe the idiot who created her) likes Lara!
3 Apr 2011 04:52:34 PM: I hope you don't feel to bad most of us are upset with vodalost and the lies, and yes customer care sucks, but as Australians we expect help and the true, we would be glad to talk to an Aussie who can tell it as it is to another Australian, good or bad. But when you deal with vodamumbai who no fault to the good people in india, as they could only act on the little training they receive to deal with Australians. Vodadodge have lowered there standards by not monitoring what Mumbai tells Aussie customers...so saying that I'm sorry if you feel bad and I respect you for speaking out. As far as anything else goes vodasuck has failed you at the call centre, us as customers. Come on Nigel dews CEO of vodadirt of Australia, have the balls to join in what has been stated and let us know there is a voice behind vodaslack. After all this call centre employee has got guts.

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20714 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Mobile Usage Fail at 27 Jan 2012 06:44:38 AM
So we have a Telstra outage in our area affecting our adsl service, coming up to 48 hours now. As a backup (as I am an IT support Guy) I have a Vodafone 6GB pocket WiFi, which as a result of the Telstra Outage we are using quite heavily now. To ensure the 6GB cap is not exceeded, we log into the website to check our usage to be presented with <1mb used of 6GB. Knowing that this can't be right we ring Vodafone and ask what our usage is and the guy at the other end (we have trouble communicating with each other) tells us that its less than 1mb, so we tell him this cant be true and he tells us that the web site isnt working correctly so I say, "so how do we check our usage" and he says, "the updates to the site are 5 days in arrears so you will see the usage in 5 days" and I explain that we are using it heavily and dont want to exceed the cap, so he says "be careful".

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16809 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Staff at 15 Apr 2011 09:57:47 PM
I am a long time Vodafone staff member working on the front line in one of the busiest stores in Australia. I do my job very very well and any customer who is lucky enough to see me always has their problems resolved. However being such a busy store it usually takes 20 minutes to get to me and we always have massive lines. I found out yesterday that Vodafone has decided in all its wisdom to cut our labour budget from 4500 hours to 1800 hour per month meaning that we will be running on a skeleton staff and the majority of our casual employees will not have a job. They are doing this to cut costs and screw their customers, and it disgusts me more than anyone because it is a company I have defended vigorously in the past. This is the biggest of Vodafails, blatant stupidity!!!
21 Apr 2011 12:29:39 PM: I started work with Vodafone sometime ago and this month my work hours as a casual have been cut into less than half earning $250 a fortnight, this was without any information or heads up, when talked with Store incharge he responds I can't do anything as Vodafone has told us to reduce work hours. I feel I am better off with Centrelink (which I totally despise for making people bludgers). shift hours keep on changing week to week. When I went for interview we were told we shall be getting a minimum of 20hrs/week, once the shitstorm from the customers has calmed down the stormtroopers have been sent into oblivion. So its not just the customers, its screw anyone and everyone after we have made use of them, this amounts to Good Ol Capitalism which as we can see has brought upon us the doom of mankind. Centrelink here i come :(

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18401 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is at 14 Jun 2011 01:38:06 PM
Delayed SMS and vociemail for 3 days. Have missed numerous jobs and shifts because of missed messages. Extremely *#@!-off!

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16959 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is vodafone is total fail. complete fail. the end. at 24 Apr 2011 05:30:51 PM
Sunday 24th april 2011, in melbourne, i among other vodafone users i have called have not ebeen able to send or receive texts for at least the last hours, their website is calling it an 'unplanned service interruption', they should just call it 'our network'.
Have been experienceing problems with vodafail for almost the last 12 months, went thru hours of the rigmarole with clueless customer service, eventually lost it and told the guy to stop talking s**t and just recognise that i, like 15000 other people were effected by this rubbish network. after a slight pause he amazingly said, 'yes, thats the problem, would you like to cancel your contract?'. He organised for contract cancellation people to call me the following week, after 6 weeks i received no calls, called back only to be informed that they wouldn't cancel my contract, despite me being able to provide the name and reference number of the previous customer service worker. beyond angry now i argued for the best part of half an hour, the final resolution being stupider than anything vodafone had come up with so far - they would not cancel my contract, but rather would credit me the remaining 8 months of the contract at $115 a month. So despite the fact that i would no only cost them money, they still wouldnt cancel the contract, amazing.

while i'm ranting a quick note, on a week in tasmania recently, i had service for 1 day out of the 7 i was there, sure i can understand them not having complete coverage, thats fine, but was astounded as i walked through launceston, with no service, and saw a vodafone shop. I went in and asked the guy what are you doing here selling phones when you have no service, his reply was brutally honest: 'you tell me'. he said it was an absolute joke that they even had a store, and that all he and the other staff did was to advise people like me on holiday that there was no service.

'you asked, we ignored you'
25 Apr 2011 12:00:47 AM: Had exactly the same experience in Tasmania. Broke my arm in a remote location and my phone was 100% useless! No reception until I got to Hobart. I saw that same shop in Launceston and had a laugh.

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21132 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is BAD at 15 Mar 2012 09:35:37 PM
No Network reception. Downloads and web page loading is extremely slow. i may as well go back to 56k internet connection it would still be quicker - and imean it. I tried calling the customer service. no one answers they just hang up on me. I am leaving vodafone tomorrow.

Very unhappy customer.

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19647 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is #epicfail at 11 Oct 2011 03:41:51 AM
1 to 3 drop outs on every single call! (pre-paid) Sometimes i cant even call back for minutes. Delayed SMSs (some received up to 3hrs later). Im not exaggerating this at all. As soon as the new iPhone4S hits very soon im going. Absolutely had enough.

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1793 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is at 27 Dec 2010 09:59:14 AM
On call surgical nurse, living in an area that Vodafone claims to cover. Six emergency calls in a row from my employer didn't get through. Vodafail.
19 Oct 2011 01:13:07 PM: Oh my god.

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4966 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is BAD at 27 Dec 2010 07:50:35 PM
Since taking over '3', dropouts have increased, download times increased, connection time increased. Hate to say it, but I might go back to OPTUS or, heaven forbid, Telstra....at least you expect crap service there...Anybody suggest a better option? Tin cans and string?
27 Dec 2010 07:57:46 PM: I love you optus LOL
3 Jan 2011 05:55:54 PM: "Telstra....at least you expect crap service there"...

That is FANTASTIC! So true. Even Telstra can't deny that!
9 Feb 2011 11:44:07 AM: I switched my phone from 3 to optus due to pathetic coverage, then from optus to telstra, getting out of my contract each time! Had NO COVERAGE ISSUES with telstra at all
28 Jun 2011 08:55:15 PM: Have been a 3 customer for approximately 7 years now, and have noticed since vodafone took over the reception has been nothing short of appalling. will be moving carriers as soon as my contract is up in december

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5407 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Not good enough! at 27 Dec 2010 09:59:08 PM
I live at the fringe of their 3G coverage. I often not receive any incoming call from my friends and families because the hand set could not decide weather it's in 3/Vodafone coverage or roaming service. So I missed all the calls and SMS until next day or two. I thought me and my wife was the only people who had a bad luck service. I'm totally wrong until I know about this website on TV tonight. I am interested in to join the fight against second/third rate services at premium price! This is worst than Telstra and ADSL2 network!

Kind Regards

19 Oct 2011 01:14:14 PM: "Not good enough" would be an understatement. It's Voda-mega-spectacular-fail

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2586 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is shiocking at 27 Dec 2010 01:39:25 PM
My Fiancee try s to call me and my VODAFAIL just goes straight to voicemail, which is quite annoying.
Thinking of leaving because it doesn't deliver the service required.

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4573 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Bad! at 27 Dec 2010 06:30:51 PM
AND FUCK LARA OFF TOO! Can't stand the mole!
27 Dec 2010 06:41:38 PM: Very true!
27 Dec 2010 06:42:05 PM: I FUCKING HATE LARA! Everytime I hear the bitch's voice I wan't to strangle someone.
27 Dec 2010 07:28:32 PM: I HATE LARA & so does everybody I know including Vodafone staff.

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5399 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is mobile broadband at 27 Dec 2010 09:57:24 PM
my vodaphone broadband dongle drops out all the time while my wifes 3g will stay connected all day. You can't just connect again either without removing the dongle from the computer befor you reconnect again. It doesn't make a difference what laptop it's in either so they can't blame the laptop for its failure. GRRRRRRRRR
21 Jan 2011 09:01:57 PM: Vodafail & Terang=CRAP. Intermittant coverage for wireless, just a big FAIL. Had to go to Telstra 3g. Heaps more expensive but worth it just to get connection.

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1493 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is HAS LET ALL ITS CUSTOMERS DOWN at 24 Dec 2010 08:21:15 AM
I can tell you, its not just smart phone bandwidth hungry phones that are effected, for those who think its just iphone/HTC or whatever.

I have a plain Jane 3G phone, and mainly just use it for voice calls, the most basic of service, that requires the smallest amount of digital stream 9.6Kb or one voice channel to be exact, and I cannot even get that! garbled voice reception, dropped calls, No reception, always roaming, No timely SMS. When is the frustration going to stop!

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1812 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is patronising and rude at 27 Dec 2010 10:14:44 AM

After complaining to Vodafone about a faulty handset, I received this email from the Vodafone correspondence team. Check out the attitude!

"Hi again xxxxxxx,

If any of the points in our correspondence have not made sense to you, please specify so I can try and paraphrase the common rationale that is being applied.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Correspondence Team

Vodafone Pty Limited ABN 76 062 954 554
30 Dec 2010 07:48:42 PM: Yeh that sounds like their style, full of bullshit....
4 Jan 2011 07:43:16 PM: Ah but what did you send to them? :)
20 Jan 2011 11:05:49 PM: "What we have here is a failure to communicate..."

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7909 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Great Service at 29 Dec 2010 12:50:31 AM
Im a happy Vodafone customer and they have helped me in solve all my issues. But what i don't understand is that when i first saw this website the dude that made this i think his name is Adam or whatever said

"In short I am a disgruntled Vodafone customer after using the service for less than 6 weeks. After my relentless attempts to contact Vodafone customer support to resolve my issues (the usual dropped calls, no reception, poor battery life and delayed voicemail messages) I have no choice but to create a website to express my dissatisfaction to the world"

I get how vodafone is responsible for dropped calls, no reception and delayed voicemail. But for someone of his intelligence and for a so called software developer i don't know how he can say poor battery life is a fault by vodafone. Does he mean that Vodafone sents out some signal to make the phone use more battery power? Poor battery life is caused by the manufacturer! As for the coverage map on this website, HAHAHAHAHA what a joke!! True the Vodafone coverage checker isn't the greatest but that doesn't mean the one on this is any better. Just now i was able to enter in several post codes and say the reception was 100% and 0 dropped calls. Oh and the message saying your ip is blocked for spamming purposes. Hahaha just takes 2min to get a new ip.

I just can't believe how stupid some people are. I was at a store today checking up my plan. Sadly the system was down. But it came to my surprise at how stupid some people in this country really are. I saw a stupid lady blaming the sales rep like it was her fault the systems were down and its people like her that are causing problems. Seriously to all the keyboard warriors that spend time on this stupid website complaining about their service, if you have the brains then instead of wasting time here just call the telco ombudsman. Heres the website even
Soo simple. But im sure people just want to sit here and continue complaining. So how about instead of sitting on this poorly made website, you get ur lazy ass to a land line phone, and call the telco ombudsman. Why dont you go on and join up with Telstra the number 1 telco provider in AUS??? You will see that their complaints line is longer than their service line and dont get surprised when they charge you thousands of dollars for their service.
29 Dec 2010 12:56:14 AM: You sound like a desperate captain going down with a sinking ship.
I admire your misguided loyalty.
29 Dec 2010 12:58:55 AM: Im a happy customer and i agree vodafone has and is still experiencing problems. But venting here isn't gonna solve it is it?? If people want a solution no point posting it up here. Its just like a blog page. Go to the website i posted to get something done about it instead of wasting your time here for nothing
29 Dec 2010 01:03:03 AM: Yet here you are posting :/ this site is about gaining a collective of people to show vodafone that customers are not willing to put up with the poor service they are providing. Sure people will still go through vodafone and the tio and even the lawsuit to gain compensation / be free of vodafone, but first it is about making the company and the wider Australian audience aware of the problem
29 Dec 2010 01:03:45 AM: This website has gained a huge amount of publicity on radio, television and print.
29 Dec 2010 01:05:26 AM: Gaining a collective of people to show customers?? HAHAHAHAHA good luck to that!
29 Dec 2010 01:08:05 AM: This website has had over 1.2 million hits in 12 days. Check any webtracker. I think it may be working.
29 Dec 2010 02:13:08 AM: ok so what is 1.2 million hits gonna do? Is it gonna magically make the reception better?? Is it gonna magically cancel your contract?? Is it gonna magically make me a millionaire?? Is it gonna magically make the battery life better on my handset?? Because according to the maker of this website, Vodafone is responsible for shitty battery life.
29 Dec 2010 03:24:26 AM: Errr Vodafone is responsible for replacing handsets with faults, that they provide with plans.
It took them almost 6 months to replace my sisters faulty iPhone! Which had a programming fault. And thats how long it was sitting in Vodafones incompetent hands for. Once Apple got it, it was a matter of days!
Just not good enough!
29 Dec 2010 03:54:11 PM: So it was Apple's fault to begin with correct??
29 Dec 2010 08:10:07 PM: vodafone staff are quote "not qualified" according to apple, to deem an iPhone 'faulty' so cram it up your arse before you go around making radical statements and blaming the wrong people
29 Dec 2010 09:06:14 PM: Ummm... Just so your aware, as it seems your not.. Poor battery life could mean a few things... Your phone is continually looking for reception from voda, therefore killing the battery life... it could also mean he waisted many hours away from a charger trying to get through to customer support... which will kill your battery life with lenghy hold times.. Not all of us can sit on hold at home or work for 2 Hours with the charger plugged in! Oh yeah, and voda are responsible for the handset you purchase off them!!
1 Jan 2011 12:04:26 PM: I also have had no problems with Vodafone, silly me just changed over to Telstra to go on one of those bundle plans. Man, bad move. Now that they have bad customer service being switch from one person to another with no good outcome. I went straight to the ombudsman and its all sorted. Maybe some of you VF customers should do this. Was a very simple process.
2 Jan 2011 05:46:46 AM: Hey numbnut, the site lets it be known that we as consumers have a voice (this country democracy) just cant believe how stupid you are. Amongst other things, lots of us are now aware that the problems are with the network. Dont you get it?? fone continually seaching uses more battery power.cant believe they let stupid people like you out of your country, maybe they try keep the intelligent people and let them make a meaningful contribution
2 Jan 2011 01:28:02 PM: Poor battery life can be attributed to poor network quality. When your phone is transmitting (ie. making calls, using internet, periodically checking in with the tower) it is sending signals to the mobile tower. If reception is poor, then signal quality is degraded to the point were communication between your phone and the tower is effected, your phone will compensate for this by increasing transmission power and thus draining batteries faster (conversely when signal quality is good your phone will reduce transmission power in order to conserve battery life).

A drop out occurs when your phone has maxed out its transmission power but still cannot maintain adequate signal to noise ratio with the tower. On a side note, the increased transmission power equates to an increase in the energy of the microwave radiation emitted from your phone antenna, most of which passes through your brain...
9 Jan 2011 09:36:39 AM: I have two identical phones however one is already with Telstra and the other still with vodafail (not for much longer). The phone with Telstra uses about 1/4 less battery power over the day. It will still have 1-2 bars of battery consistently at the end of each day. And they both do the same amount of work.
22 Jun 2011 12:01:22 AM: A phone that has to constantly search for a weak signal will experience reduced battery life as the voltage from the battery is used to amplify the receipt and transmission of radio signals. This is basic telecomunications physics.

- radio technician.

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8711 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Mulitple Issues on $49 plan at 29 Dec 2010 07:22:54 PM
My vodafone contract was an absolute debacle. The phone kept breaking down (not their fault I guess), I had insurance on the phone so after about the 6th breakdown, i thought I would claim on the insurance to get a new phone. So I call to get the details, and was told that the excess on my insurance was going to cost me more than the cost to me to walk into a Vodafone shop and buy the phone outright that they were offering. I told them that it made no sense, to no avail, bad luck they say.

So after this, I realise it isn't worth paying the insurance ($10) per month. So I call the ever helpful Lara to say take off the insurance charge please. They say "no problem, done". The next couple of months my $49 plan starting charging me excess, so my bills started coming through @ $350 per month. I call Vodafone to say this is not right, I want my money back. They say no. I argue, and ask to be transferred to a manager, this billing is not correct. I finally am assured a refund as they say they accidently took off my data plan instead of my insurance. So with no data plan, my bills sky rocket. They say they will pay me back in installments, I say no, this is your fault, pay the money back. After 2.5 hours on the phone, they agree to repay me. Weeks pass, and no money comes back. I call again to ask where is my refund. The response "Finance has said no, your bank details are not correct". But wait, the bank details are the same as the ones you charge me every month for my plan. What is going on? "The refund has been rejected" they say. Why is that? So 2.5 hours later, I am explaining the problem over and over. They say again there will be no refund. But you said weeks ago they will be a refund. Arghhhhhhh !

So I go to a retail outlet. They look at the problem, and say they will contact head office on my behalf to rectify the problem. I was so happy finally for some customer service. The outlet calls a couple of days later, saying, no, they can't help. I must call Lara. I nearly cry.

I call Lara again and go through the process of being on the phone 2.5 hours. I talk explain from the start the issue, what the problem is. Then I talk to the manager and finally they agree to repay this over charging back. They offer to pay in installments, I say NOOOOOOOOOO, this is your mistake, pay me back the money please !!!!! And finally 2 months later, the over charging is repaid.

Next step, to get the insurance charge that they kept charging back. I call Lara, and get..... Vodafone Egypt, assisting Vodafone Australia. I explain the problem, and they say, OK, we understand, we will investigate and call you back............

AND I'M STILL WAITING......... MONTHS LATER. I can't go through the hardship of calling them again...............
29 Dec 2010 07:42:17 PM: Wow! How are you not in jail for murder? I feel for you!
29 Dec 2010 09:18:48 PM: Yeah, they do make it so tough.

generally try to wear you down so you just give up without any resolution.
29 Dec 2010 09:23:46 PM: One of most bizarre stories i ever heard about customer services.....
29 Dec 2010 10:20:40 PM: OH GOD! I would dread wanting to call them ever again! What a nightmare!!!!
1 Jan 2011 12:10:26 PM: I feel your pain, they do their best to wear you down, I put up with that sort of crap for over 6 weeks as my business went down the drain. The bastards count on the fact that we are busy and apart from them breaching our tollerance threashold, they count on us not having the time and energy to keep going.
Check out top of page (most painfull 5338) While I was being fobbed off on a daily basis, my four year old spent 10 days on a drip in hospital, he nearly died.
1 Jan 2011 06:15:57 PM: my ears bleed every time i hear lara!
3 Jan 2011 09:22:44 PM: Contact the TIO www.tio.com.au

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13998 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is So friggin fail that it makes legwarmers cool again! at 21 Jan 2011 05:18:06 PM
I have poor reception at home in a bayside melbourne suburb and no reception at work in the eastern suburbs. My internet connection always drops out or switches between networks so freezes the page. So I moved house a few k's away (not due to reception issues) and the reception is still no better. I have a few people tell me they've sent me text's or called and I have not got it. Or alternatively I miss a call and get a text saying I have 4 VM, where were the texts for the other 3??

Vodaphone is a scam, they don't care about the customers, they don't care about their service and they don't care when the phones they sell are shit!

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17032 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Quite cheap, but you get what you pay for. at 24 Apr 2011 08:14:55 PM
I can't SMS, and it is painfully frustrating.

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454 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is MOST OF YOU ARE TOSSERS at 17 Dec 2010 04:31:26 PM
28 Dec 2010 05:25:22 PM: I agree foul language is not neccessary, but if you pay for a service then you should get that service and for some people a mobile phone is their only life line at times. Plus how can you fix a problem with Vodafone if you CANNOT even contact them...
1 Jan 2011 07:25:21 AM: Foul language not needed but read 5338 and its understandable!!!
5 Jan 2011 09:42:59 AM: Craziest thing! You can contact them! They have an around the clock team working to support you! Yes the wait times can be long, but they have introduced the call back service where you can leave your contact number as opposed to sitting on the phone! The way I see it is, if you have an issue that needs resolving, practice patience and wait it out. Simple.

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1491 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is HAS LET ALL ITS CUSTOMERS DOWN at 24 Dec 2010 08:11:53 AM
I can tell you, its not just smart phone bandwidth hungry phones that are effected, for those who think its just iphone/HTC or whatever.

I have a plain Jane 3G phone, and mainly just use it for voice calls, the most basic of service, that requires the smallest amount of digital stream 9.6Kb or one voice channel to be exact, and I cannot even get that! garbled voice reception, dropped calls, No reception, always roaming, No timely SMS. When is the frustration going to stop!

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2478 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Pathetic at 27 Dec 2010 01:10:45 PM
The list is quite endless: i send and get charged for messages my recipients never receive; phone calls drop out mid call; sometimes when my phone says i have full coverage - and i can make outgoing calls myself - people calling me are told that i am out of range; i have not received messages that others have sent me... and, of course, coverage is in general miserable. I am only 20 kms from the Melbourne cbd and coverage here - despite what network maps illustrate - is generally of bad quality, and regularly disappears. The only reason i don't change is due to my partner and several friends also using vodafone, so the vodafone to vodafone minutes work for us... when there is coverage.

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3783 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Sick of speaking to MUMBAI at 27 Dec 2010 04:40:29 PM
Have had numerous problems, stemming from call reception problems, drop outs, broadband and internet connections, multiple billing, incorrect billing, dealing with that horro of a voice recognition menu option "LARA" who not only doesn't recognise simple english, doesn't offer options that you need, and drops-out mid-call, then the 40min + wait to speak to some moron in Mumbai or wherever (always Inidian accent) who always says problems are due to some "software" upgrade and "really sorry but nothing I can do about it"...bu115h!t...sick to f'ing death of it. If they are consistently doing software upgrades, perhaps they should spend sometime getting it right before implementing and having to continually fix! The website is just as bad...MyVodasuck would be a better name. I am tearing what little of my hairy I have left waiting for my contract to expire so I can go elsewhere. Oh, almost forgot to mention how crap their shop staff actually are when you try and see them in person...even less helpful than foreign call-centres. YOU SUCK EVERY WAY POSSIBLE Vodafone!!!! ARRrrrrrgggghhhhhh!

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9035 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is UNFARKINGBELIEVABLE at 30 Dec 2010 11:27:01 AM
Although they have their call centres in asian countries for cheap labor,the wait time to talk to them is more then 30 freaking minutes.
i finish my contract with them in 4 months,
But i really think the Australian Government should see this website and have an idea what the customers are going through and Vodafone should compensate all the people who are in trouble.
-No network
-No network even in Roaming
-slow internet
-long waiting time to speak with a customer service representative
-Voicemail unavailable/delays
-voice breaks

30 Dec 2010 11:31:09 AM: so true the government should have seen this website!!
30 Dec 2010 11:50:13 AM: They definitely should, maybe when they get back from holidays!
30 Dec 2010 07:47:03 PM: They dont care, they have tax payer funded Telstra phones, remember the big bills they rack up, cast your memory back.... Just change to telstra, and ditch Vodafail.....
9 Jan 2011 10:06:36 PM: The Fed Govt does have a fall back for you: Contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman - they can actually order compensation be paid if you can prove your complaint. Good luck with it!
10 Jan 2011 04:37:02 PM: No..o.o.
The TIO is industry funded. ie "self-regulation" aka "fox protecting the henhouse"
aka- Government "too hard basket" aka government not fulfilling it's responsibilities

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10592 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is power to fail at 5 Jan 2011 12:20:51 PM
I understand why some companies think outsourcing their call centres to far off places might be a good financial move in the short term, but Vodafone and 3 have surely got to be losing customers due to their awful customer service centre.
I try to get a simple message through and they can't do anything about it because they can't understand your complaint without their scripts. So damn frustrating.
Offshoring is fine but offshore to people with some damn common sense and English ability!
5 Jan 2011 05:20:48 PM: optus off shore, telstra off shore
5 Jan 2011 06:08:20 PM: Optus offshore, parts of Telstra offshore, however in both cases, they crap all over Vodafones off shore staff :)
6 Jan 2011 02:22:48 PM: It's especially worse at the moment because Vodafone moved/opened a new call centre in Mumbai, as previously they were somewhere else in India not sure. They moved to Mumbai so they could be together with 3 mobile, but now they have had to hire a lot of new staff. Very bad timing cause those staff members seem to know not very much now

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21192 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Very bad at 23 Mar 2012 10:31:51 PM
I was switching to vodaphone from three mobile. As I have a locked phone, I asked the agent (from offshore) if they can check first if they can unlock my phone as I got it from ebay. Agent said, "Sorry, you are not a vodaphone customer yet, call back when you are." I should have packed my bags then.

Took a week before they moved my account, and as expected, the vodaphone sim will not work on a 3 mobile.

Gave them a call, and for a week, they said, just wait, the vodaphone sim will eventually work. Of course it didn't.

They sent me a refurbished nokia x6 after another week, which would turn off at the slightest nudge.

Complaining again, an agent promised to credit me $$$ to buy a nokia x6, but as they are offshore, didn't know Vodaphone has pulled out the model in Melbourne (it took hours to get this concept through).

Good thing I wasnt able to buy as a week later, no money has been credited to my account yet. I called back and THEN they clarify, it will be used to offset my monthly bills, and not transferred to my bank account. (how could you then by a phone with it, then?)

Bargaining ensued. They offered to replace the phone with something like a Nokia 3210 (just those old old models), then switched tactics to a Galaxy... but only just remembered at the end of the conversation that they are putting me on a 2 year contract, offered a refurbished Blackberry but would not have a battery, or anything else for that matter.

Finally, they promised to send me a new smart phone... fingers crossed, they're not pulling my leg anymore.

26 Mar 2012 09:56:58 AM: you could've just gone to three.com.au/unlocking and unlock your phone from there

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2385 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is MMMM at 27 Dec 2010 12:46:15 PM
To add to this debate, Im not defending VF or any of the other Telco's of Aus. But if we want better coverage... We must allow them to put up mobile transmitters. To often I read about people not wanting new mobile phone towers / transmitters in their area due to possible radiation exposure!!! If you want the coverage BUILD IT AND THE SIGNAL WILL COME.
28 Dec 2010 08:57:22 AM: ^^ This ^^

NIMBY's need to STFU. Higher up there is an example of an Emergency Services Worker being screwed over by lack of reception. Whilst I'm not one to wish ill on others if ill were to happen let it happen to a Nimby
29 Dec 2010 08:32:24 PM: It doesn't matter if VF can't put transmitters up. If they can't, fine: then they can't go and pretend they can offer great coverage to everyone who walks in a store.
29 Dec 2010 08:57:31 PM: Easy answer to that question- DON"T SELL PEOPLE THE PHONES IF U DONT HAVE THE TRANSMITTERS!!!its not rocket science
30 Dec 2010 05:30:17 PM: Caps lock button does turn off if pressed; it's not rocket science.
2 Jan 2011 02:07:25 AM: Sorry but this doesn't help. I live two houses away from one!!! Still i get no phone calls coming thru!!!

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2703 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is reception at 27 Dec 2010 02:04:20 PM
sick elderly or pregnent family members....... dont rely on VODAPHONE....you cant phone them and they cant phone you.... NO RECEPTION!!! drops out, no service, delayed text mesages. cant even speak to vodaphone operator? 1-2HOUR WAITS??? pointless having a contract...you take money and i get no service. isnt that a failer or breach of their contract???? pathetic

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7608 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is at 28 Dec 2010 07:32:15 PM
28 Dec 2010 07:36:09 PM: How long can one be nice
28 Dec 2010 07:38:30 PM: Especially when no one is listening only charging $$
28 Dec 2010 07:41:25 PM: We understand everyone's frustrations but we should all try to remember that the individual employee in retail stores can only do so much, through no fault of their own. To the original poster, we have the same concerns as well, which is why we have put up the forum rules and we are just swamped with moderating this site at the moment. People commenting on twitter however are beyond our control. We appreciate your understanding as well. - Vodafail Team
28 Dec 2010 07:42:50 PM: They might be putting a lot of money in to fix it but how much is it costing the brand, the customers and how long will it take? Clearly Vodafone failed to anticipate the demands 3g would place on the network and it is now well behind. Not exactly the best time to be advertising ever more generous download limits and pricing. Fix the problems first before you encourage more customers who will simply become disgruntled and angry.
28 Dec 2010 07:45:57 PM: Vodafone should shut it's stores until it can provide service
28 Dec 2010 07:48:15 PM: You really think thats a solution ahahah
How would shutting the stores help dude??
28 Dec 2010 07:51:44 PM: So you know there is a problem! That is why this blog exists, because Voda and its some of its staff are knowingly selling a product that has issues (your words). If I did that in my industry, people would die! Potential trade practise issue?? Hmmm. Pumping a lot of money in to fix a problem? What problem is that pray tell.
28 Dec 2010 07:56:29 PM: this post is 100 percent correct
28 Dec 2010 08:09:22 PM: in reply to post 09:51:44 PM:
Yeah there is a drop out problem... its there with all companies... and yeah i agree thats why the blog exists but my point is be respectful about what you say unlike the comment i copied in the original post.
And no its not the case of knowingly selling a product with issues,,, many customers do face this problem but on the other hand many dont... the network does get overloaded at certain times... but its a problem that it is being worked on...
28 Dec 2010 08:12:20 PM: People may have died already, using vodafone to call emergency services
28 Dec 2010 08:27:57 PM: Obviously there is a problem & obviously Vodaphone is now going into damage control. Vodaphone are probably even spending some money on it - NOW. I wonder though, is Vodaphone spending anywhere near the amount of money that it has recieved from customers on monthly plans (that have had to continue paying their bills)for a service that either doesn't work, or is so unreliable that it is just a complete rip off.
28 Dec 2010 08:28:28 PM: In reply to the original post - first vodafone decided that t can screw up its clients, next thing they ask to have mercy and be patient and respectful. The attitude that vodafone is having from the clients is the reflection of their frustration and anger - instead of begging to be civilized - you'd better keep your mouth shut, roll the sleeves up and show that you can make things better. Do not bring up the rubbish about your resellers - they sell your service the way you portray it and the way you want it to be portrayed - it is essentially vodafone who put the resellers in this situation - if vodafone cares - they should pull the finger out of their backdoor and treat the clients and partners with respect and fix the hangups...
28 Dec 2010 08:30:33 PM: Obviously there is a problem & obviously Vodaphone is now going into damage control. Vodaphone are probably even spending some money on it - NOW. I wonder though, is Vodaphone spending anywhere near the amount of money that it has recieved from customers on monthly plans (that have had to continue paying their bills)for a service that either doesn't work, or is so unreliable that it is just a complete rip off.
28 Dec 2010 09:04:42 PM: vodafone just spend too much of their time and money on promoting themselves. they need to start looking after the customers they have before they lose everyone.
28 Dec 2010 09:14:45 PM: Besides, people are generally reflecting those comments at the Company.. Not the individuals. It's not until those individuals show the same level of disconcern and rudeness that it will be returned by your customer - after all a customer selects one service provider over another for a reason. They're not gonna start hating on the company unless the company pisses them off.

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7726 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is at 28 Dec 2010 08:39:24 PM
Sad to see that people on here have nothing better to do with their time but complain grow up you all and get a life...nothing is perfect in life so voda has issues who doesnt every company telco or not has issues I have had issues with them all big deal just deal with it coz it will never be perfect...just the way life is...if its so bad dont have a mobile phone SIMPLE..if you want to be cool then be cool and deal with the probs that come with it.
28 Dec 2010 08:40:48 PM: Totally AGree with you! :-)
28 Dec 2010 08:42:26 PM: Why would you deal with it when you have a mobile phone you are paying for and can't use ya numbskull! Telstra don't screw up so voda are just shithouse, reason people are expressing online is because the retards at voda never answer
28 Dec 2010 08:53:06 PM: Yar its really cool paying top dollar for a service that doesn't work especially when you need it to work the most! Special occasions like birthdays,Christmas friends from overseas..how about if you found someone dying on the side of the road and you try to call for help and your call doesn't get threw Its even sadder seeing someone complain about people complaining WOW you must be a real charmer a person thats on top of the food chain aye LMFAO
28 Dec 2010 08:54:52 PM: At the end of the day you get what you pay for....
i agree with the original post
Its simple you dont want to spend a lot ur gonna have to sacrifice somewhere.... if ur not happy then go to Telstra and pay 10 times the amount ;)
I dont see which is the rip off? paying 10 times the amount for good reception or having to press redial and pay hardly anything.... and if ur worried about flagfall go onto the new infinite plans... and get infinite calls.
28 Dec 2010 08:57:20 PM: in reply to post at 10:53:06 PM
paying top dollar?? srsly.... have you never compared prices dude?
please compare to Telstra prices :)
28 Dec 2010 09:04:13 PM: How cool is it to not be able to get help when you have an emergency?

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9995 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Very. at 2 Jan 2011 05:52:51 PM
Accepted contract because the coverage map said the coverage was full 3G in my home. The coverage is 3G, when I get reception (which is rare). I am frustrated that the coverage map was misleading, now I can't accept calls on my mobile (if they come through) as it is embarrassing when they drop out halfway through.

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13892 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Ultra fail at 21 Jan 2011 01:40:40 PM
Drop outs, data non existent, when it is there it takes ages to load a web page, I thought leaving 3 was the right thing to do.... FAIL!
21 Jan 2011 02:07:11 PM: 3 went through the same pain. In the early days they couldn't transfer from 3G to 2G(roaming) without dropping the call. While this mainly applied when you were on the move, if you were on the border between coverage areas it wasn't unheard of to drop calls while stationary. These problems have been largely smoothed out by 3 but makes you wonder if this is what's happening with Vodafone.
22 Jan 2011 12:49:00 AM: I will have full 3G reception, not even touch my phone and I lose all reception. Messages CONSTANTLY fail to send. extremely frustrating. I have missed many shifts at work thanks to it not working. I have been in a rush to find people in the city and I have to use someone elses phone to ring them because even though my phone will have reception, it just disconnects me. And it's not my phone, I had to get a replacement recently due to dead pixels and that was the same. I've been with 4 different telco's and nothing this woeful.
22 Jan 2011 12:51:44 AM: Oh and the insurance team is as useless as a wet rag. Asked if my battery was covered due to water damage and he did not understand that. Just went 'huh?' and then went on about something to do with the phone being covered by insurance when I wasn't asking about that. Somehow couldn't comprehend what a battery is and that it can be removed.
22 Jan 2011 03:52:36 PM: As a small business owner, I was at the point of paying whatever it cost to get out of my contracts and sign up with a less disreputable, and more reliable network.
Lodged complaint online with tio, took 3 mins. Vodafone released me from 2 contracts ( 1 had 18 months to go). Signed up with telstra, pay the same get 3 gig instead of 1 gig, got an iphone 4, the difference is like comparing dial up to cable, get texts when they are sent, people I send texts to get them straight away (unless they are with voda). My business prides itself on reliability and proffessionalism, our only drawback was vodafone.

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11848 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is CUSTOMER SERVICE DISCONNECT at 10 Jan 2011 08:04:23 PM
I had a new contract begin Jan 6- this was for an iphone4 that I ordered on 16th Dec (3 weeks ago). I received a phone call to confirm delivery on Fri Jan 7 and had to confirm someone over the age of 18 would be at the delivery destination. I waited home all day-NO IPHONE. I then called customer service and after waiting online for 115minutes was promised it would come on Monday 10th. Guess what-NO IPHONE. I then called customer service, was on hold 45mins before the line dropped out. I then called again straight after, waited another 45mins before the line dropped out. I called back 4 more times and after getting to the menu and pushing the options i needed, it said "I'm sorry there has been a technical error. Please try again later". This is utter rubbish. I haven't mentioned when I called 3 weeks ago to order my iphone, I called 17 times and was disconnected immediately every time. I am aiming to terminate my new contract and also my partners contract if possible. FAIL.
10 Jan 2011 08:09:33 PM: This also happened to me! Although I ordered mine the beginning of December. Anyways waited at home all Friday and today. Called up and asked for the consignment number. Looked up my deliver on the AaE website and it said that they only received the item at 8:20PM today! I won't receive it until Wednesday. So much for the multiple phone calls telling me my phone will be here Friday.

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282 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Massive FAIL at 17 Dec 2010 02:28:10 PM
First of all - I myself is a telecomunication engineer working for one of the leading vendors. I called their helpdesk when I was trying to send SMS to Sweden but it did not work. But I could receive SMS from that same Swedish mobile. I asked the helpdesk guy about text message agreement between Vodafone and the Swedish operator Tele2. But the guy did not want to listen and kept saying I was using wrong number. I asked how come the same number works when I try from 3-mobile? He didnt answer and asked me to try his suggestion. And his suggestion was to add 0011 instead of + (when you dial overseas from Aus), country code, CITY CODE (which is only applicable for calling land lines) and then mobile number beginning with 0. So, the number for SMS should look like: 0011 46 03 071234567. Or just to explain how dumb that was I am giving example using Australian numbers - 0011 61 03 0411576891.

I told the guy that this would definitely not gonna work cause CITY code is not applicable in mobile number system. But the Indian guy got angry and he was so rude and said - "you first try what I tell you to try. who is the helpdesk? if you know how to do it, why did you call helpdesk? first try my recommendation, and if it does not work, call back again." and he hung up.

Of course it did not work and I called back the next day. Talked to an Australian girl this time and she agreed that what that Indian guy said was rubbish. But still she could not help to figure out why I cannot send SMS to Sweden but can receive.

Finally, after waiting for 3 months without a solution, and facing other issues like no coverage in my bed room, or underground car parks or even in safeway/coles, I decided to move to Telstra. Could be a little costly but their NextG got the best possible coverage.

27 Dec 2010 06:58:26 PM: You dont know how lucky you were, not being able to send sms to Sweden, try running a business and not getting any sms messages from anywhere, and not being able to receive calls, and having callers who cant even leave a voicemail message, but insted the vodafone message gives them the impression that the phone has been disconnected. Even Vodafone couldnt retrieve sms messages sent to or tell me who had tried to call me. "it all dissapeared" they said. This went on for eight weeks.Try running a business with this going on and being continually assured it will be fixed by tomorrow. I still get crap receptiona lot of the time, some sms messages dont come through and at times callers cant reach me, cant send emails at all ( vodafone did acknowledge they had an ongoing problem with email).
Vodafone (via a senior manager who I wont name) refused to release me from contract.Perhaps its time to email her again and with all this publicity maybe I should suggest she look at releasing me from the contract, refund what I have paid. As for her her denials regarding a lot of these issues that have come to light more recently, I may include ..."I told you so"
27 Dec 2010 07:36:51 PM: 'I myself is a telecomuication engineer', mate, Why don't you learn english first and improve your grammer before making race based comments. Yes, Vodafone's coverage is shite and most probably their call centre is nearly entirely manned by people of Indians origin (mind you, so is telstra & optus). How about sticking to highlighting what issues you're having with Vodafone and keeping your racial issues to yourself.
27 Dec 2010 07:43:24 PM: Well, speaking of grammar the correct spelling is 'grammar' not 'grammer' :)
better 'clean up your backyard' before you preach buddy ...
27 Dec 2010 07:46:47 PM: I think he is just stating that the Indians are a pain in the you know what to talk to because they don't speak fluent English and pretty much just know enough to read a script in front of them. Useless, they piss me off
27 Dec 2010 07:54:40 PM: How in the hell was this guys comments racial/racist or whatever. Your a bit of a sensitive little princess arent you.
27 Dec 2010 08:15:26 PM: How can the guy's comments be perceived as "racist"? He was stating that the guy he was speaking to was "Indian", that is hardly offensive!
Vodafone is constantly disappointing it's customers. When you are frustrated, it is extremely annoying to be told by someone at a call centre that your problem is easily resolved using the technique they suggested when you know it's ridiculous and it won't work.
So lay off about your racial views 27 Dec 09:36:51 PM - you're the one with the issue!
27 Dec 2010 08:17:23 PM: I understand how annoyed you would have been but you don't have to point out what race you spoke to. It appears to me that the guy you spoke to were dumb because he is an Indian????
27 Dec 2010 08:19:08 PM: Not "were" but "was".
27 Dec 2010 09:07:31 PM: But its true, most of the time when you speak to an offshore helpdesk the last thing you get is help, all you get is frustration at the lack of communication from the so called helper.
28 Dec 2010 07:38:24 AM: whenever my phone was on 3G i have to use area codes to call down the street. lmao, im guessing down my street is long distance now
29 Dec 2010 08:05:35 PM: you are all sad, stop hating here, proper spelling or not. at least were all on the same page when we say vodafone sucks. they have coverage outages all the time and there response constantly is that tower or signal updates are being performed as to the reason there is difficulty, however that is what the have been saying for 2 years as i worked for a vodafone dealer. plus i used to call the indians everyday and i would tell them how to do there job
31 Dec 2010 09:59:19 AM: Vodaphone has Customer service in India,now when I say I spoke to CS in India and Indian told me so and so I am racist?common people what a easy way to abuse...or are you ashamed that you are from India?
31 Dec 2010 10:32:38 AM: Dont people realise that English is the most dominate spoken language in India. I believe they also have the world highest percentage of English speaking persons too.
1 Jan 2011 02:12:26 PM: to be honest u guys seem to be having fun putting up with all this, and since u are putting up with all of this i think u guys deserve to be treated like this. How difficult it is t change service providers ??????
1 Jan 2011 07:42:11 PM: What a fool you are, dont you know what a contract is, dont you know that telcos prey on the fact that customers are locked into contracts??? That is how difficult it is to change service prividers!!!
2 Jan 2011 07:26:49 PM: Yeah i have been trying to change my service providers and it could cost a rediculous amount so shutup you obviously know nothing
4 Jan 2011 04:42:44 PM: Re: 31 Dec 2010 12:32:38 PM
Actually its China :)
4 Jan 2011 07:42:54 PM: According to Wikipeadia India is second to the USA in highest percentages of total number of population that speak English. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language
9 Jan 2011 02:18:15 PM: i think people are pointing out the fact that they are indian because you can actually understand how their comments would sound to a customer who is annoyed by the crappy service they are getting. I work in telco and the amount of times i have had a indian answer my call and be rude, speak over me, swear, hang up and over all annoy me are very high to the few that are amazing at their job. like a chic named star at virgin....she is awesome at her job!!! and a guy from voda who says his name is tom is awful, rude and pisses me off. I actually hang up if i get him (hehehe a little bit of pay back)
21 Jan 2011 10:41:06 AM: For a network engineer you sure are dumb putting 0 in front of the swedish mobile number.

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7766 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Failed at 28 Dec 2010 09:06:03 PM
Said they would call me back regarding bad reception/dropping out in my home, months later and I'm still waiting, perhaps they have tried to call but can't get through because of reception lol. When I have half a day to waste on hold I'll call them again.

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14689 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is massive fail at 26 Jan 2011 05:40:11 PM
no signal, dropped calls, unhelpful staff, was promised a call back from a customer service manager regarding my dissatisfaction with my plan, havent heard back since

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15092 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Absolutely Disgraceful... at 2 Feb 2011 08:00:35 AM
OMG, where do I begin? Had a lot of problems with the 3 network due to network connection issues and was tricked by being told we could only cancel the contract if we switch to the Vodafone network. Vodafone is even worse than 3, if thats possible! Have been with Vodafone now for 3 months and phone calls are constantly dropping out with call failed coming up on the screen, regardless if I makes a call or if someone else is calling me which happens with every single phone call, text messages sent from other people both here in Australia and also Texas and Cambodia are not being recieved. I have my own business and we are losing clients due to the extreme lack of network coverage provided by Vodafone, with clients calling and the calls dropping out, me returning calls,and dropping out again and again and again... Even calling Vodafone directly is an issue. I am constantly getting call failed coming up, and it also happens when on the phone to Vodafone. Basically, Vodafone can not provide the phone service that I was promised. I have contacted Vodafone regarding the issue on several occasions, sometimes getting through to them, only when calling from my home phone though, other times not. When I do get through to them, they are frikken rude, uncooperative, unhelful, blaming the sim card or the phone, telling me to reboot etc. Yesterday, after being on the phone to them for over 3 frikken hours, they still would not allow me to be put through to disconnections as they needed technical support to tell them there is an issue, as if they dont already know there is a frikken issue as I got disconnected several times while on the phone, and have been disconnected several other times while being on the phone to them also plus the issues everyone else on here is having, bastards! I got the mega pissed with them yesterday while I was on hold and sent an email off to the TIO, and now they are looking into it, fingers crossed I can get outta my contract and go with another company who is reliable and get my business back on track!
2 Feb 2011 12:53:18 PM: Woohoo for me! After lodging my complaint with the TIO yesterday afternoon, I recieved a phonecall from Vodafone Resolutions this morning and spoke to...an Aussie! He informed me that they have agreed to waive my contract without any fees, only thing is I have to send me BlackBerry back, but oh well, no more bs from Vodafone! It is definately worth taking the 10 mins to fill out an online complaint with the TIO, its amazing how once the TIO gets involved, Vodafone changes there mind regarding cancelling your contract. Good luck guys :)

*flips Vodafone the bird all the way to the nearest Telstra store...*
2 Feb 2011 05:44:04 PM: *flips Vodafone the bird all the way to the nearest Telstra store...*

LMAOOOOO. laughed for a good minute after reading that.
I also got the text saying im out of my contract no charges today. im off to telstra to! woohoo (also only got this from contacting TIO)

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17235 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is CUNTS at 26 Apr 2011 06:50:51 PM
SHIT RECEPTION..they are a mobile phone company who fuck about with prices plans bundles and all that shit and they have a web based email which keeps on fucking up.............. been with these twats for too long now time to pull the plug as their customer service is crap too like so many companies these days fuck off vodafone the future is not bright with your cunts around! CUNTS!!!

Tomorrow I plan to buy the shittest phone I can find, a phone so shit that any would be mugger will laugh and hand it back.

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18134 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is BREATHTAKINGLY ARROGANT at 25 May 2011 10:40:25 PM
I am on a $79 with 2GB data plan. Spent 3 weeks overseas, occasionally using roaming to check email and use maps. I return to $2000 usage racked up. One call I was charged at $80.85 per minute. Then for the privilege I was barred from outgoing calls because I went over my cap. DISGRACE!!!! They wont drop the restriction until I pay up but i haven't even been billed yet!
I will be demanding a refund if they take that $2000 and a release from contract. ** UNACCEPTABLE **

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3545 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is very poor coverage at 27 Dec 2010 04:19:40 PM
living in Melb putting up with crap coverage so what going to happen when I go camping around Australia?? might as well leave my mobile at home!!

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9226 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Pretty big at 30 Dec 2010 05:26:55 PM
I live about 20 mins from the city center of Melbourne, yet I don't get an reception in and around my house, it's extremely frustrating especially seeing as my wife has full reception
2 Jan 2011 05:16:18 AM: Dont you know???Its so simple... take the sim out, put it back in.. that fixes everything... it even cures the common cold!!!!

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1705 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is at 27 Dec 2010 08:35:22 AM
I live on a hill in North Balwyn, Victoria. Should have some of the best coverage in Melbourne. Vodafone us unusable. I regularly get "one bar" on my vodafone phone and "five bars" on my Telstra phone in my other hand. I just got out. Its hopeless - so I dont even try in regional areas.

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2426 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is horrible at 27 Dec 2010 12:56:23 PM
My Vodafone service is unbearably slow or non-exsistent.
I have a iPhone 3gs $69 cap with them.
I cannot get any service when I go to any place remotely outside of the 20km melbourne city radius, though both my sisters telstra and virgin mobile phones work fine. My internet is so slow it might as well not be there, I live 20 minutes from the city centre, i can't imagine how the people in country areas deal with it.
27 Dec 2010 08:57:26 PM: I know how you feel i live in 3155 about 35 mins from the cbd and as im sitting here in my study i have my phone next to me (iphone 3g) and ironically it sais "No Signal"
28 Dec 2010 06:00:03 AM: I fully agree, i live in 3046 about 15 mins from cbd and it takes forever to load onto the net if it does(iphone 3gs) and i receive pic messages 2 days later at like 1-2 am in the morning and my calls keep dropping out. How do i get out of this contract

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2927 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is no signal at 27 Dec 2010 02:58:54 PM
i had to move back in june the area in which i moved vodafone doesn't work at all no signal not even a little bit so i had to go to telstra there prepaid is rediculous so i had to get a contract phone which is for 2 yrs so instead of being able to use prepaid which i had been for more than 10 years with the same number i now have a contract with a new number which is going to cost me a whole lot more than my usual $29 a month i use to spend .ide like to see vodafone pay my phone bills for the next 2 yrs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
27 Dec 2010 03:39:15 PM: You can break the contract. Tell them you are going to contact the Telecommunications ombudsmen and lodge a complaint for failing to provide the service you signed up for. Also quote them "IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO ENTER INTO A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT IF YOU CAN NOT LIVE UP TO THE SERVICE DESCRIBED"

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14153 Someone from VIC thinks vodafone is Disconnection - Mobile Broadband at 22 Jan 2011 10:38:57 AM
24 Jan 2011 08:47:42 AM: why don't you check the website, as it is updated there
25 Jan 2011 11:40:26 AM: Too Late.
1 Feb 2011 12:00:28 PM: Looks like quite a lazy email response from Vodafone, clearly a cut and paste reply I feel, crap service.. they need to be a bit more personal than this I feel.