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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

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1364 Someone from NSW thinks vodafone is at 21 Dec 2010 04:32:41 PM
My pain has been going on for 10 months!! and now i have to deal with terrible phone reception. My story starts in Feb this year when i took my phone in which i broke, totally my fault i take responsibility for that i had paid for the extra insurance for 2 yrs and it finally came in handy. Paid the excess got the new phone all good, 2 weeks later new phone doesn't work the 7, 8, 9 button stopped working took it back to the shop that supplied it they put it in under a warranty claim a week later go in, get a new phone in the box ready to go. Less then a week later this phone breaks, it is a nokia 6210 navigator so anyone with similar probs please let me know, anyway i head back in to the store i am told i need to produce the papers i would have received, which i informed them i got nothing the last time i showed them the original papers but it was not for that phone was told to wait and a manager would call me regarding that, waited, waited waited, called up about it went into the shop still nothing they had not found the papers ( my opinion they hadn't even looked, every time i went into the store i had to explain my story over and over again to someone new). By this time it was near the end of may and i had got nowhere all i had was a broken phone and still getting bills for a service they where no longer providing. I was going away for 6 weeks on June 10th. I went back into the original store went through the whole thing again and was promised when i got back they would be able to sort it all out for me. returned to Australia, shop is closed down! All records destroyed, back to square one, down to the other vodaphone store that had never dealt with me, once again i explained the story and off we went on another pointless ride or going nowhere, once again someone was to contact me regarding progress, some kind of internal database search need to be conducted with the serial number so they could identify the phone. The original shop had given me the phone without recording that it was sold or given as a replacement, as far as they knew the phone was still in vodaphone hands. Surprise surprise when i went in a few weeks ago to find out what was happening the staff had no idea what was going on, the person i was dealing wiht had left and from their under the breath remarks i took it that the person who had just left was not a very good employee so jumped on the merry go round and began the story again, this time i got an AMAZING girl, she did a search on the spot, reissued me with a proof of purchase receipt took the phone and sent it in, Finally somethng was happening. Today collect the phone, tech report the battery was flat ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH did he/she not read the report it would turn on every few times then would not turn back on for months, of course the battery is flat i haven't used it for 10months i go the same crappy broken phone back. The helpful girl felt my pain and gave me a number to call and told me what to say. Right now i am waiting to hear back from some supervisor, who was not very happy to help until the words ombudsmen was mentioned and the amount of trouble vodaphone are in at the moment. I have had it with this company before i went overseas i canceled my plan and went onto pre-pay, the customer service and follow up in store is ATROCIOUS, this company had better do something quick smart if they wish to stay in business, by the look of it my problem is one of 1000's that they have to deal with.
21 Dec 2010 04:49:37 PM: BTW here is a number that i got through on pretty much straight away, i was prepared to wait the 45mins but only had to wait less then 5mins before someone answered
1800 676 464 i went to tech services and then option 6, none of the options was what i need and option 6 was for 3g mobiles which was the closest to my problem - good luck everyone
21 Dec 2010 06:43:04 PM: Yeah Vodafone stores are cool like that these days. How come you didn't keep your receipt? It is YOUR responsibility to keep your proof of purchase.
21 Dec 2010 06:46:47 PM: Did the magic number you used ask you to give your dealer code and password?
22 Dec 2010 08:10:38 AM: I was never given a receipt for the last phone that replaced the phone i got on insurance, i have that receipt but the particular store i went to was not run well and went bankrupt. The phone i have has never been recorded that it even left the store. I had to wait 2 months for an internal database search to be done on vodaphone hq computers (that's what i was told) and they have NO RECORD of my phone being sold or even leaving the shop. It is NOT MY responsibility to do vodaphones internal paperwork. All paper work that i have been given i have.
The number required no password when i called, although it is now about 8hours later and still no call back, when i was told to expect a call in 30mins.
22 Dec 2010 09:45:19 PM: I wouldn't expect a call back from that particular number as it is NOT CUSTOMER CARE.
23 Dec 2010 11:52:22 AM: may not be customer care, but i know have a new phone and have only had to be on the line for 10mins
23 Dec 2010 02:42:38 PM: You were lucky in that regards, that number is for Dealer related issues, as such if you call they'll normally ask you for the Dealer Code and password. If you don't have it they won't help you.