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    T-Mobile best in Customer Care Third Time in a row!

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    J.D. Power and Associates Reports:
    The Average Number of Contacts Needed to Resolve a Wireless Customer Care Issue Over the Phone Continues to Rise


    T-Mobile Ranks Highest in Wireless Customer Care Performance for Third Consecutive Time

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif: 25 January 2006 — Wireless users who have problems or issues with service need to contact their current provider more often than in the past in order to resolve the inquiry, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Wireless Customer Care Performance StudySM – Volume 1 released today.
    The study, in its fourth year, now provides a detailed report card on a semi-annual basis of wireless provider customer care performance based on customer experiences with three point-of-contact methods: telephone with a service representative and/or automated response system (ARS); walk-in at a retail store; and online Internet connection. Within each contact method, processing issues such as problem resolution efficiency and hold-time duration are also measured.
    The study finds that wireless customers contact their provider an average of 1.94 times by phone to resolve an issue or problem—the highest level since measurement began in 2000. Since that time, the average problem resolution frequency (PRF) rate has steadily climbed. In 2000, the average PRF rate was 1.36—a yearly increase of 14 percent. The main factors contributing to this increase in resolution frequency are not only the rise of new wireless services and products that are available, but also the complexity of using those products. Now customers can capture still pictures or video, download ring tones, play MP3 files, and even watch TV clips. This, in turn, puts pressure on the carrier’s service representative to understand the issue or problem and try and get the inquiry resolved in a timely manner.
    “As more wireless companies encourage customers to try new services, it’s becomes more difficult for the customer service representatives to be fully trained and kept apprised on the latest products being introduced. The downside is the carrier runs the risk of decreasing customer satisfaction and losing customers to other carriers,” said Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power and Associates. “Since future switching levels are three times as high among customers who need to re-contact the carrier two or more times to get the inquiry resolved, the challenge for wireless providers is to provide contact channels that can offer an informative and efficient experience for their customers.”
    For the third consecutive reporting period, T-Mobile ranks highest among the five largest wireless service providers in creating a positive experience for customers who contact their providers for service or assistance. With an index score of 108, T-Mobile performs particularly well across all factors, especially among the contact channels of customer service representatives, ARS and walk-in retail experience. ALLTEL and Verizon Wireless follow T-Mobile in the rankings in a tie, performing significantly above the industry average (104).
    The study also finds several key wireless customer care patterns:
    • More than one-half (52%) of wireless users have contacted the customer service department for assistance within the past year, a slight decrease from 2005 (54%).
    • Among those who contact their carriers, 71 percent do so via telephone and 25 percent through their carrier’s retail stores. E-mail/Internet contacts account for only 4 percent.
    • The average initial reported hold time on calls to the customer service department is 3.57 minutes—an increase from 3.44 in 2005. In comparison, it takes, on average, more than 9 minutes before speaking to a representative at a retail store.
    • More than four in 10 users (42%) contact their carrier with a service inquiry that is billing related, one-half of which are due to incorrect charges. An additional one-third of all customer care inquiries are call quality related.
    The 2006 Wireless Customer Care Performance Study-Volume 1 is based on responses from more than 11,490 wireless users who contacted customer care within the past year. The results are from the past two reporting waves, conducted in July and October 2005. The 2006 Volume 2 report will be issued in July 2006.
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    Re: T-Mobile best in Customer Care Third Time in a row!

    Great info. Makes me feel better about porting my number to them yesterday!

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    After the experience my hubby had with them, I am not surprised.
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    Re: T-Mobile best in Customer Care Third Time in a row!

    Wow, didn't know Cingular was that low on the pole. I wonder if they have a different CS for Preimer customers, because the service I got the other day was amazing! That may be due to have Nextel for the longest.

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    Well Melissaox did your Hubby have a bad or good Experiance with T-Mobile.. Because that is where I work and Trust me I make sure I get all of your concerns fixed.. I hate not being able to fix something lol

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    Well I hope that Cingular sees this and steps their game up.

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    Sweet. I made a good choice then. Now I just have to switch my number over and sell the Nextel...

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    Re: T-Mobile best in Customer Care Third Time in a row!

    Man, I'm with the sprint with a business plan BB 7250. I they have always treated me with the best courteous customer support. But according to the J&D power they ranked the lowest, not very good. I have never received any bad service from them.

    Congrats for T-Mobile, but I will stick with Sprint..................

    worst service I would have to say goes to NexTel. When I had them 2 years ago they had rude and horrible service.

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    Good to know TMO is up there....Their CSR are awesome...only issue I ever had is when dealing with the BB specialist dept sometimes the CSR there don't have a clue...other than that I have not had a problem with them....as least not yet!! hopefully never...lol

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    My problem area is the BILLING department.

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    I can believe it, never had a problem except with their network and my BB! Excellent customer service, except for one call back I didn't get from a blackberry rep who said he'd call me back in an hour! Still waiting on that CALL!

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    Re: T-Mobile best in Customer Care Third Time in a row!

    That's why i will stay w/T-Mobile 4eva. They just can't be beat, when it comes 2 Customer Care Performance.
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