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"Customer service : an example of what not to do" - The Return

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Having switched to Bulldog Broadband, I believed my problems would disappear overnight. However, I was wrong, very wrong indeed. Since January, I've been plagued by a number of issues that I've tried to evade by various means: Changing modems (from a BT model to Bulldog's own), changing computers (from a Dual Pentium 3 to a Pentium 4 2.66GHz), changing browser (IE to Opera), altering the way I interact with the Internet and even replacing my firewall with Windows XP's own model.

But things went from bad to worse; abnormal number of errors, My 8Mb turned out to be a measly 2.9 to 3.1Mb, my internet line often drops dead - no disconnection, just dropping dead - for no reason. No P2P, no tricks, no webserver, I was just asking for a stable, quick internet line.

That's not all though. For personal reasons and as a fail safe option, I kept a second phone line which I use routinely to make personal calls. I've never used Bulldog's unlimited calls and have always stuck to my tried and trusted call18866 service.

Having noticed a £13 overcharge on my latest bill, I called their support line, only to be told that on accepting the bulldog broadband and their landline - which is compulsory - I had also opted-in to a contract for their £12 calling service. You have to fork out an additional £20 admin charge if you want to opt-out.

Fortunately, the contract period for Bulldog Broadband is only six months. You can bet that I am going to give them a good kick in the b***. With Carphonewarehouse now offering excellent deals and upping the ante with a £24 24Mb line - £20 till the end of May 2006, I can smile again.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.