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Friday, January 6th, 2023, 3:25 am

“Apps” and “Web Sites” Aren’t Progress, They’ve Made Customer Service Vastly Worse

With some exceptions, the move to digital has made services a lot worse than before, albeit “efficient” (i.e. cheap) to corporations which offload all the tasks to clients.

Today I needed to contact a pension provider, having received a template response after I had submitted a form (using a browser I don’t typically use; they support only a very narrow range of browsers!).

I contacted them a second time, using a Web form, after they basically gave a no-service no-help “reply”:

This is what I told them:

Hi,

I am very disappointed by your response. I submitted a contact request and you got back to me with the following, using a “DoNotReply” email address.

You Said:

“Thank you for sending us your request at 6:33 AM on 4th January 2023.

So we can assist further, please clarify the nature of your query.

Kind regards”

There is no reference number, I cannot respond to you, so what is the point of that communication?

I said I urgently need to contact someone about my account. I never receive mail or calls from you. You’ve been taking my money for half a decade and when I ask to be contacted all you can offer is a “wonthelp” from a “DoNotReply” address? I need actual service, I have paid you a lot of money and you don’t seem to be offering any service.

Please phone me to rectify or send email from a real email address. I am available all day today (Friday). Please arrange for someone to call. I don’t wish to use Web sites. Pensions should not be tied to Web sites and “Apps”. They’re pensions.

Regards,

Dr. Roy Schestowitz in Manchester

I don’t want to name the company, but if they keep failing I will name them and maybe move all my money to another pension provider. Same for my wife.

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