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#237625 - 05/10/07 06:44 PM Nice little earner  

My phones were cut off today, because I had forgotten to pay the bill. No warning of course, although they seem to find it easy to send unwanted advertising messages. $27:50 for each of three lines to reconnect. Why bother to provide a decent service when you can get away with making money like this!

#237639 - 05/10/07 10:13 PM Re: Nice little earner [Re: ]  
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I'm surprised; I pay on the first of the month and then expect my regular call on the second reminding me to pay my bill or I will be cut off.

#237649 - 05/11/07 02:18 AM Re: Nice little earner [Re: SimonB]  

How do you get them to call you? I get reminder emails from BEL but zilch from BTL.

#237662 - 05/11/07 10:10 AM Re: Nice little earner [Re: ]  
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This short disconnect time in spite of the fact that we each made a sizeable “deposit” in order to get the service in the first place.
I asked “When do I get my deposit back?”
Answer: “When you move from the island.”
“But I’m not going to move – I live here”
This was answered with a shrug.

How much was your deposit?


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#237664 - 05/11/07 10:29 AM Re: Nice little earner [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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I find it easy to put a reoccurring monthly reminder on my calendar to pay bills... there ya go! Simplified! smile

#237668 - 05/11/07 11:16 AM Re: Nice little earner [Re: travelqueen]  
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I got my deposit back after 10 years of service.

The bills are usually available 2 weeks or so in advance of the disconnect date. Just gotta plan to make that payment prior to the cut-off date - every time.

If you don't receive your bill, you still know that you owe it, and if you go to the payment office they can pull up your account and tell you how much you owe.

#237674 - 05/11/07 12:26 PM Re: Nice little earner [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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We got our deposit back after about 2 or 3 years of continuous service. Of course, they don't cut you a check, they credit your account.

#237676 - 05/11/07 12:35 PM Re: Nice little earner [Re: JZB]  

BTL tell me that they will shortly be changing their admin system. At present a human (in Belize City) makes the decision to pull someone's phone service. That will be automated so what little discretion they practice at present (none, I think) will disappear. They suggested (though did not state explicitly) that this auto-disconnect will happen immediately the due time for them to receive payment has passed. Contrast that with practice in the UK, where they use their system to send you a reminder, then in extremis cut you off for outgoing calls but leave incoming ones working. Then they actually phone you, person to person, to see what the problem is. Only after they've exhausted all reasonable avenues do they disconnect the line. Even then, it still works for emergency calls.

This isn't because the British telephone company is magnanimous and likes to give money away, but because they're regulated by government. Something that isn't likely to happen here any time soon.

As I said, a nice little earner.

#237723 - 05/11/07 10:40 PM Re: Nice little earner [Re: ]  
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I got my deposit back after about 2 years of continuous service and I did get a check for BZ$1,000. It took a few weeks going in and asking for it.

#237794 - 05/13/07 02:43 PM Re: Nice little earner [Re: Inplub]  
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Pay your bill on time - then you won't need to gripe. Jeesh. It's basic life. Pay your rent, pay your utility bills, life is easy. Neglect a payment and life turns upside down.

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