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$100 voucher discontinued?

Shagedorn
I Plan to Stick Around

I went into the store yesterday to purchase a $100 voucher for our Android phone for next year.

 

The store person told me that that program that lets you make one purchase to last a year is now discontinued.  However, for $180, he said I could purchase a voucher that would do the same thing.

 

So by discontinuing the program and starting another identical program, they can't be accused of an 80% increase in cost???!!!

 

I came home and tried chatting because I couldn't believe he got his facts straight.  I was directed to the "self care customer line" for pay as you go.   Can't talk to anyone there, either.  If this "increase" is true, I'm done with Rogers.  We cut off our TV and changed internet providers long ago.   Now it looks like the phone will go, too.

 

 

 

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Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

swrightsls1
I've Been Here Awhile
Ok, I have confirmed the following will work: make online bill payment from your Bank (I use CIBC/Simplii) to Rogers PayGo using the phone number as account #. In my case, I paid $200, so $180 will apply to the annual rate, and $20 will remain on the account to cover additional daytime calls for the rest of the year. As long as payments are made in $100 increments, the balance is good for one year.

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

@swrightsls1 wrote:
. As long as payments are made in $100 increments, the balance is good for one year.

Not sure I would be real pleased about that. You have already paid $180  for an annual fee ... why won't any moneys you ad to your account not last to the expiry of THAT plan .    Otherwise if the first  $20 happens to last you for 6 months  and then you ad a hundred you may have a big balance left over when the $180 plan expires .... just something I wouldn't want because it  sort of locks you to Rogers at plan renewal time .  Smiley Wink 

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

BS
I'm a Senior Advisor

I think based upon what has been described in all these posts, and the most recent post on the response from CRTC, plus the person who got a fair offer from management, that it is now time for anyone who is unhappy with what is happening with their personal account with the changes to start at the CSR level - as said, they will probably say no, then to a supervisor, their experience was no, then go to a concern to manager, then to office of the president, and CRTC says that if not settled to your desire, go to CCTC.

 

This whole change over has been a complete mismanaged mess from my perspective, messed up with the 120.00 plan of last year, and now the 180.00 plan and the many grandfathered older plans and the poor communication of options to customers and reliance on text which is unreliable. 

 

I think it is time that Rogers management took a rethink on this whole thing and come up with a fair solution for customers to consider that reflects their individual contracts.  This would be an honest admission that this did not roll out as hoped in a fair solution for customers, and does not fit into the stated goal of the CEO to aggresssively approach each customer service experience that is of concern and to find innovative creative solutions.

 

In absence of a timely response to clarify this to all customers (find a way to communicate to them - be creative and innovative) then it is for the customers to do the long timely process of moving their request for a fair solution up through the escalation process, or just walk with all your other services.

 

The more people who push this up to office of president and CCTC if necessary or ombudsman, the quicker Rogers will come out with a fair solution for all and be creative in the various permutations of how these plans have been implemented over the years.

 

I understand the corporate desire as stated in their financial statements to simply and reduce the number of different plans, but they need to consider the current relationship with the customer and as the CRTC suggested that it appears that there may be a breech of contract (not literally what what was said) in the other post, and to take it to CCTC if you can't resolve it, but it also means that the CRTC is aware of what is going on and directing us, plus seeing what is going on too.

 

So come on Rogers, step up and fix this problem - the large balances were your creation, customers chose to use it, some became aware of ability to pay with the balance to top up, some did not, each person needs to be looked at individually in this situation.  customers just took advantage to meet their needs best, trusted Rogers in the offers, and now are feeling like Rogers has not lived up to their side of the deal.

 

So Rogers do the right thing, or customers will push this to the CCTC level which is public available to all in terms of rulings and many will just walk and that violates your stated goals around end to end customer experience - this customer experience so far is largely a huge failure - fix it.

 

 

 

Bruce

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

OLDYELLR
I'm a Senior Advisor

@BS wrote:

I understand the corporate desire as stated in their financial statements to simply and reduce the number of different plans


There was originally was one plan. There are now eleven


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

BS
I'm a Senior Advisor

I understand the mess that Rogers created for itself over the years running the multiple offerings.  As a customer I found it impossible to talk to CSR's anymore about my plans as almost everything was grandfathered.  Now everything is no longer grandfathered, and we can talk on common grounds, and behind the scenes, there remains flexibility with each customer if you end up at retentions, but we can also just go with in market offerings if the interest us and are offered to existing customers.

 

So the goal of reducing the plans, grandfathered and offerings as it becomes managable for staff and customers to understand.  It becomes much more of, this is what I want, do you offer it or not, if not in the plan, is there a creative solution that retentions can make, and in my case, I typically now opt for less services.  This is somewhat of a contradiction of the Rogers model which is to get us to take on more, not less, but I am one of those fixed pension people, so having the few options and small flexibility is ok with me - I set my budget now knowing that I will likely have to give up some services by reduction, or even eliminating and I shop around and compare.

 

The problem that Rogers has at this time with all of this is how they get us the customer to this new model of reduced number of plans and moving us off the grandfathered plans.

 

Sounds like Rogers has decided to gradually keep the grandfathered plans in place and let people bring their balance down slowly, 100.00 per year based upon the past post.

 

So shows the power of the customer's voice and using the system of escalation and the willingness of the company with being pushed to back off.  Another example though, of how about running different models across the customers in advance - this mess could have been reduced with some individual discussion with customers and focus groups - they may do that, don't know.

 

But then again, this particular group, they would have to be able to contact them and that is one of the issues - how do you advise this group who many don't have their phones on, deliberately.

 

So 11 yes, too many, and the end is admirable, it is the way we get there that matters to the customer and their other admirable goal of end to end customer experience.

 

But I am still waiting to see the official announcement, not dribs and drabs from the forum and other social media streams as people learn what options are available to them.  I have no doubt that there are still users out there that have no idea of what is coming at them.

 

Bruce

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

@BS wrote:

 

Sounds like Rogers has decided to gradually keep the grandfathered plans in place and let people bring their balance down slowly, 100.00 per year based upon the past post.

 


Which post suggests that to you  @BS.... 

 

 

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

OLDYELLR
I'm a Senior Advisor

Here is what I think. Customers are annoyed enough with the once or twice yearly increases to stay with inflation.  Nobody will tolerate increases in the prices of plans as well. But that's what what happens anyway.  I almost jumped to a newly introduced $100/year PayGo plan with free texting a couple of years ago, but went back to my original, now grandfathered, one. I saw that one go to $120 and now $180, although the details may not be exactly identical. But that's what they do, make new plans that cannot be compared to old plans, A against B. I saw the same thing with Cable. I have a grandfathered VIP Cable plan that offers more channels for less money than Rogers current Cable packages. But Rogers stopped publishing lists for packages by channel number years ago, so it's hard to compare.


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

BS
I'm a Senior Advisor

post number 11 here where the involvement of media came into play, and post 91 in the pay as you go thread where it is described the escalation steps and persistence by the poster to get an agreement that satisfied them.

 

So it appears that you may have to push and play your own game of hardball to get what you want to see or something close, but the CRTC has weighed in on their perception of the contract, advising to work with escalation and CCTC if necessary, and the report that a CSR was very flexible agreeing that options were available - tread 11.

 

Sure there is interpretation on these pieces of information, but it says something for playing hardball back, and escalating, bringing in media, and comments and direction from CRTC.

 

Rogers is not outside the wireless code and customer pressure, at least seems to me.

 

But I do think their ultimate goal in the long run will be to reduce plans and complexity and mix of plans and pricing in order to simplify the offerings, which was a stated goal of the new CEO - we have seen this in the TV and Internet mixes, the wireless and home phones and we now see it coming in the pay as you go side of things.  But the challenge for us as customers is to keep pushing back hard, or walking if that is not your thing to push, and put the pressure on Rogers to find a fair way to move forward while respecting their past committments.

 

That is all I am saying.

 

Bruce

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

@OLDYELLR wrote:

 But that's what they do, make new plans that cannot be compared to old plans, A against B. 


Is it not all about phasing out the old  and getting people switched to the new  because the old don't generate enough cash flow on a regular basis . They bring out new plans in the guise of suiting the customers needs better  when it is actually a just a different plan with wording in the fine print  that allows Rogers to update pricing more efficiently when needed .  Just like the 100/ 120/ 180  plan .  Why is the "anytime plan" being grandfathered  and not the $120  plan ? 

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

@barndoor wrote:

@BS wrote:

 

Sounds like Rogers has decided to gradually keep the grandfathered plans in place and let people bring their balance down slowly, 100.00 per year based upon the past post.

 


Which post suggests that to you  @BS.... 

 

 


Is this not the beginning of the end for the grandfathered plans ?  I would wager that in three years from now they will all be gone ... 

It was actually  the "let people bring their balance down slowly,100.00 per year based upon the past post."  that I was most curious to find out about.  Which post  suggested  that they were doing this ?

I don't think Rogers has decided any such thing ...I seems to me  it is individual staff  are trying to appease  annoyed individuals  with an offer that will  reduce the noise so the process of reducing old plan liability can carry on . 

Just business . Smiley Wink

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

Johnny99
I Plan to Stick Around

In Dec.,  I added $100 to my account primarily to move the expiry date ahead for another year. I also want to have sufficient balance should I have to make extended emergency long distance calls. So at present my balance is about $450 and as I have a text plan that deducts about $6.00 monthly, by the end of the year my balance should be in excess of $350. However, about 2 weeks ago I received this text from Rogers:

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

@Johnny99 wrote:

Read through  this thread

 New Pay As You Go Maximum Balance

 

   and you should find the answers you are looking for . 

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

OLDYELLR
I'm a Senior Advisor

@Johnny99 wrote:

In Dec.,  I added $100 to my account primarily to move the expiry date ahead for another year. I also want to have sufficient balance should I have to make extended emergency long distance calls. So at present my balance is about $450


Again, I draw your attention to the fact that Rogers allows you to draw $100 from your unused balance to renew, if you call in.  Unfortunately, this is undocumented on the website and there is no way to do it on line. All Rogers had to do was to publicize this a lot better and make it an option when pressing TOP UP NOW and this high balance situation would not have developed. I only found out that could be done when Rogers sent me a letter years ago when I had a balance over $200.


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

Johnny99
I Plan to Stick Around

I was given the option of withdrawing $100 to extend the expiry date by a year when I added the $100 in Dec 2017. To me, it didn't make sense paying $100 to extend the time but gaining nothing else. And it would have decreased my balance to less than $250. (I wanted a fairly substantial balance for emergency long distance calls). At that time, there was no mention of a maximum balance restriction of $150.

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

@Johnny99 wrote:

I was given the option of withdrawing $100 to extend the expiry date by a year when I added the $100 in Dec 2017. To me, it didn't make sense paying $100 to extend the time but gaining nothing else. And it would have decreased my balance to less than $250. (I wanted a fairly substantial balance for emergency long distance calls). At that time, there was no mention of a maximum balance restriction of $150.


 Seems you were right  not to extend using $100 of balance ... Who knew Rogers would actually  reimburse that balance  for the cash value.

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

Just wanted to suggest though that if you are not up to the fight with Rogers to insist on getting a cash settlement using money from your balance is still the most cost effective way to renew . 

If you get to the end of 2018 it would likely be money in your pocket to use balance to even  renew early  if they are going to take your balance anyway . Smiley Wink

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

Johnny99
I Plan to Stick Around

Yesterday I submitted my concerns via email to the President's Office so I will see what response, if any, I receive. We have been Rogers customers for over 25 years but that could be coming to an end.

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

Alcus440
I Plan to Stick Around

$100 top up option is still available.

Picked up a $100 pay as you go top up card at Walmart a week ago. Just used it to top up my balance using the 12 digit code as I have done for many years now using my cell phone. No problem at all. The balance now expires in 2019.

Tip - If you keep that card from Walmart, instead of throwing it out, you can give it to the cashier at Walmart over and over again. You don't need a new one each time as they are identical. I mention this as the $100 ones are sometimes hard to find in the store. They are often only stacked in one rack while the $20 cards are in all the racks. I've reused mine for the last three years   🙂

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

OLDYELLR
I'm a Senior Advisor

That's good to know. The $100 vouchers are not easy to find. One caution, if you use less than your balance each year, it rolls over. Once you have over $100 balance and need to renew, you should call 1-800-575-9090 and ask to draw from your balance. At the end of 2018 balances will be capped at $150 and you will lose the rest. Also, call to ensure your talk anytime plan gets grandfathered, or it will get switched to a $10/month plan in March.


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

fiona59
I Plan to Stick Around

Petro Canada sells the $100 voucher.  They just print out of the machine.  

 

That's how I've buying mine for the last couple of years.

Re: $100 voucher discontinued?

barndoor
I'm a Trusted Contributor

@fiona59 wrote:

Petro Canada sells the $100 voucher.  They just print out of the machine.  

 

That's how I've buying mine for the last couple of years.


Do you mean Petro Canada sells Rogers vouchers   as well as their own ? I know you can buy the Rogers vouchers  at lots of variety stores, it just seems to be  Rogers stores that don't carry them .  Smiley Wink

I know I just topped up my Petro Canada account with one of their $100 vouchers and they gave a 10% bonus ...like Rogers used to do.  Smiley Wink

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