At 7.56p PM yesterday, I received an "OptusAlert" on my phone stating that we had used 50% of our shared data, which was a surprise to me as we usually only use 1/6 of our data. I have a Prepaid account with to sims that share the combined data. Within 10 seconds, I get another Alert stating I have used 100% of my data. Followed by ten more alerts stating that they have topped me up and then used that Data and been topped up again. All alerts came in together. We immediately turned off Mobile Data on both phones and even turned one mobile off. A few seconds later, I received another burst of alerts which continued. Tried to call the Tech support, this is 15 minutes after the first alert, and it was not open so went to the 24/7 chat support.
The first thing they did, not listening to me was to suggest I upgrade the Account and back-date the data. Pay extra for Data I was not using. I suggested that they have an issue, and I received the usual patronising response. I am no idiot and have extensive IT experience. While I am chatting, I am still getting alerts, while Data is turned off. The Tech eventually turns off data on the Account after 76 top-ups and $760. We use very little data normally as we have NBN 100 and a Corporate level Wifi throughout the house. Optus only has barely 1 or 2 bars on 4G here as well.
I ring today and get Tech services, but they can not bring up the data usage and dump me on Customer services who are still unable to access the usage data. So they now say there have been no top-ups, but I had alerts and screenshots from the App last night to the contrary. They tried to tell me it is all good and wait for the bill; however, they did not want to acknowledge the issue. I continued to prompt and discuss as to how I can turn the Data back on again; it is too risky with the Auto Top-Ups.
Should I re-enable Data and take the risk as I have not had great experiences with Telcos and billing in the past, both personally and behalf of clients? So strange that I cannot bring up the data usage.
Hey @crazywalrus, thanks for reaching out. It's not great to hear about your excess data usage troubles. If you are wondering on how to view your data usage and what service might be using, you can view the various ways on how to do this on our help and support page.
In regards to this issue as a whole, I recommend getting in touch with us via our Social Media pages on Facebook or Twitter, as our team can take a deeper account level look at this matter for you.
Thanks for providing more details on this, @crazywalrus.
Please note that we are unable to look into account details on Yes Crowd.
If you are needing assistance with reviewing the data usage for your services, please send a private message to the official Optus Facebook or Twitter page. Our teams will then be able to securely confirm your details and look into this for you from there.
@crazywalrusMake sure to keep copies of everything as Optus will """not have a problem""" at our end...... (bull dust).
Make sure you have a soft copy on your PC /Mac of the Optus myapp sessions (if you cannot save them then ask nicely on myapp for the support person to main you the sessions you have had for the last 2 or so days and YES they can do it as I have got them to do it back in May 2020!!!!)
If you get no where make an Optus formal complaint via the following page:
Make sure who ever you speak to or communicate with creates a formal incident and get the number so when you call again you can ask for an update regarding the # and do NOT go over the script jockey crap they will try on you as they can look up the myapp history and the details in the incident #. Been there done that and it's painful. Also be aware that Optus IMHO and other never call you back, unless you make a formal complaint, so be aware of the "I will get someone from the xyz area to call you" and watch the crickets as you can't hear them or the call.
Best of wishs and good luck.
P.S. If after hassling Optus nothing happens make a tio complaint.
Thanks for the reply - Optus is a very frustrating organisation to deal with especially now they have the Chat system. The staffing on the chat are not really at a level that can deal with any issues. Also, rather than understanding my concerns, the last one tried to negotiate and bully me into accepting a 50/50 split for the charges which are phantom data usage charges.
I rang today and spoke with a person in accounts. The previous chat conversations eventually agreed to remove the charges, which would take 24 to 48 hours; however, four days later, they are still there. Apparently, there is a case manager that will ring me today; however, I have been promised this before.
Hi, i've had the same exact issue as you and also haven't received much help (basically telling me that I have used over 100gb of data in a space of one hour while on wifi). I was wondering if they resolved your problem?
So frustrating! I messaged Optus on their Facebook page and have escalated my case to IT. At the same time I also filed a formal complaint as the support on the 24/7 chat were just patronising trying to tell me I definitely used the data and that my wifi was slow so my data kicked in (wifi assist is always off and wifi is not slow). Apparently i have "used" an extra 74gb of data in one day (received the crazy amount of text messages in seconds) so that's $740 extra on my bill. I showed them the breakdown and it doesn't even reflect me using that much gb since my plan reset last week. I'm in Brisbane too and my 4G service isn't great either.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention @cromano22. This is definitely not the experience we want our customers to be having, and I will pass on your feedback to the relevant teams so we can improve our customer service experience.
If you need an update, please message us back on Facebook. Tina.