Exetel has been around since the early 1990s and has continued to grow into one of Australia's largest independent broadband companies. It's still a family owned business and has over 240,000 customer
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|Name||Typical Evening Speed||Data||Cost||Favourite|
|Standard||20 Mbps||Unlimited||$69 / month|
|Standard Plus||40 Mbps||Unlimited||$79 / month|
|Premium||77 Mbps||Unlimited||$99 / month|
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|15GB||50 Mbps||15 GB||$29.99 / month|
|60GB||50 Mbps||60 GB||$59.99 / month|
|90GB||50 Mbps||90 GB||$79.99 / month|
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Low maintenance broadband
Technical support wasnt very helpful
I have been with Exetel for more than 5 years and am generally happy with the service. It is reliable and apart from the initial connection I haven't had any issues.
It was a bit tricky to set up in the first instance and technical support weren't very helpful and difficult to understand.
Cost is pretty good although I feel like I could get a better deal.
Recommend to a friend : yes
punitive, poor service
These guys are a classic, quoting low prices up front and then stinging you for backend charges. They are attempting to whack me with a penalty fee of 25% of the monthly internet service charge following a failure of their payment system. I have raised a dispute and they have cut off my service. I have paid all of my monthly service fees and have no service. Really?
There are so many Internet service providers these days, so I recommend you choose one that looks after you like a genuinely valuable customer, rather than penalising you for their own failure.
Stay away or suffer :)
As far as im aware there are no positives to using this companies services.
Bad tech support, Bad service, Slow service, unreliable service, terrible customer service.
This company is by far the worst provider i have ever used. Terrible service, they give you no answers. hours spent on the phone with no result. kept billing me after i changed provider. absolutely disgraceful.
DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE.
It was cheap
It doesn't actually work
Pathetic customer service, pathetic connection reliability, have to use my mobile data anyway.
Connection & speed reliability
phone support (melancholy staff)
I have been with this company for 3yrs from the day 1 it was an easy process which took only 7 days for an internet connection. Their prices are pretty good compared with other providers however their overseas call centre support team can come across as monotone and very melancholy. If you require support I would recommend sending a message on facebook as they will always answer your email within a day which has been a plus for me. Overall I will stay with this company I haven't had a problem with them but doesn't everyone run into problems with their ISP company.
... aaaam, let me think ...
They don't quite deliver
Was with Exetel for many years. Some of the issues:
- I went overseas and was to use my mobile phone. They wanted $220 as a deposit
to activate overseas calls. They said, I'll get it back when I return. OK.
After I returned, it took many-many emails to get them to refund my money.
- Horrific phone support. You get an extreamly muffled line with an extreamly
heavy accent on the other end. Can't get a word what they say. Finally, they
say they will transfer you to someone else and they drop the line.
- Phone support is useless. They just read a script. I needed some info
regarding the NBN connection. Just a piece of technical info.
Support: "what is your name sir?". I gave my name. "What is your number sir".
Gave it and said just need some info. "What is your email?". "You don't need
any of this. I only want some technical info".
"I will transfer you to support". "OK, thank you!"
At technical support: "Hallo. I need some info" . Support: "What is your order
number please." "THERE IS NO ORDER NUMBER!!!! I AM NOT ORDERING ANYTHING!! I
JUST NEED SOME INFO!!!". Then I asked my question which they coudn't aswer. "I
will transfer you ..." ... and here they dropped the line.
- The copper wires in our area are bad. Very bad. When someone complains, the
techie swaps the line to someone else's. I caught him in action transfering the
bad line to my line. When you report the bad line to Exetel support, they ask
you to disconnect you equipment, they need to test the line. So I did and told
them, it is disconnected. They run the line test. After a long ardous argument
they finally admint there is a problem. They now want me to agree to pay over
$200 dollars if the problem was in my equipment. They say, the line test wasn't
conclusive, they can't tell where the problem is. BUT I JUST CONFIRMED, MY
EQUIPMENT WAS DISCONNECTED WHEN THEY RUN THE TEST!
They literally accusing me with lying!
Front line customer service
I have been with Exetel for many years - even before they had phone in customer service - and have generally been very happy with their service. There were a few snafus when I moved from Adelaide to the south coast NSW last year, but these were attributed to the slack Telstra techy who took a sicky on the allocated day and didn't tell anyone. The front line CSO tried to delay the installation for another month! But I knew that they were only telling me what their schedule said.
And there lies a lesson for the inexperienced - as with any phone service, ALWAYS ask for the supervisor as the first person has no power to do anything. Always ask for their name and record the day and time of your conversation and ask them to read back what they have entered into their records. I spoke to a supervisor a couple of times and they were very helpful and were able to get someone out in a week, which is good if you live in the country.
A few years ago, when they expanded their operations, I was getting very slow speeds, so when I phoned their technician he changed my IP address instantly and that solved the problem.
There was however a bit of a money-grab when I moved. Because I was on an old plan and moving to the country I had to sign a new contract, which cost an extra $20 per month, but it was no more expensive than any other provider. Before doing this I did extensive research on all providers and decided to stick with Exetel, mostly because of their reliability. If you are experiencing slow speeds it is more than likely the site that you are accessing that is slow - particularly if it's overseas.
Nearly all reviews posted on the net are negative, no matter what product you are buying, because if you are happy with a product you generally won't bother to write a review. Currently TPG are offering really cheap deals, as are a few others, but read the fine print and proportion the number of negative reviews against the positive ones and use your best judgement, just don't lock in a long term contract. The vast majority of problems that I see can be directly attributed to Telstra - they are the absolute worst when it comes to service (their supervisors are always on a break), and neighbours have had all sorts of problems with their installations and being overcharged. So don't always blame your provider.
Truning into Telstras Greedy Devil Spawn
Have been a loyal customer for many years and have referred alot of friends over that time and out of no where without as much as a phone call, only a message in theyre exetel inbox on theyre site, they decided to do a 'review' of my usage (of 500gb that i never go over) and decided to move me to a 'more appropriate' plan. in other words they have changed theyre plan structure to be significantly more expensive for less usage and didnt want customers staying on theyre existing cheap plans so theyre 'helping' by reviewing and moving people to a new plan without permission or consent even though in their own 'critical information summary' it states that once your contract period is up u can remain on your plan month - month until YOU change your plan or cancel! once i found out i was told there was no going back, no warning, no choice in the matter. Not happy. and theyre doing it to everyone now. Very sneaky and deceptive indeed!
Slow speed, constant dropouts, very poor customer loyalty
I was with Exetel for almost 10 years, and I recently tried to upgrade to one of their newer plans which would give me a lot more download. But they told me I couldn't change to a different internet plan unless I also transfer my phone line to Exetel (so that Exetel would also be my phone provider). Despite the fact that NEW customers can sign up for the exact same plan I wanted, without the requirement to transfer their phone line to Exetel!!
So much for loyalty....they offer a better deal to new customers than to their long term customers who have been with them for many years!
Needless to say I'm now with a much better internet provider, where I get a better internet service, better customer service and much more download for just a few dollars more than I was already paying.
Yep, Exetel is cheap....for a reason!!
The sales representative seemed helpful.
I contacted the exetel company about two months ago to inquire about their 6 months internet contract deal for $80 a month. They asked for mine and my partner’s details and also a bank account details. The sales representative on the phone was very helpful. She told us that to avoid an absentee fee of $220 during the connection service (when the technician comes to our place) that we would need to be present at home. This will enable the technician and myself to work out if there are any problems with connections or if signals are present. She also assured me that I will be contacted before the technician plans to come to my place. The technician will then be able to come and check the connection outside the house and also physically check the inside signals.
On April 9 Thursday, a Telstra technician called me (while I was at work). He said “I am around kurri area. I am coming over to do the connection.” Apparently the exetel put my details on his system. I told him that I didn’t know that he is coming to my place today (and that I was at work the whole day). I also explained to him that I do not want to be incurred with an absentee fee of $220. I said since I didn’t know that he was coming that he needs to contact exetel to call me first. I told him that I didn’t want him to do a connection today that we had to work out a different day when I am at home.
That night when I got back from work, I received an e-mail from exetel confirming that ‘my internet connection had been successful.’ I was in shocked of how the Telstra guy came to my place without my permission. The e-mail included our ‘username, password and our new home phone.’ to use to activate our modem. My partner and myself called them the next night to work out our connection status. The ‘username and password’ that they gave us in the e-mail did not work straight away. The connection wasn’t working. We called again the next night. This time we tested a ‘working home phone’ to see if we could hear a dial tone. There was not a dial tone. We called them again. I also called the Telstra company (since they are the provider) but they couldn’t see my connection either. The Telstra representative told me that I had been ‘cheated on and lied to.’
The last exetel support person I spoke to on the phone told me that another technician could come again and check the inside of the house but if it is my fault that I will have to pay a fee of $220 (which was supposed to be a home owner ‘absentee fee.’ And now it has become a technician fee!!! The rules of fees have suddenly changed.) He also told me that the manager will call me next week on Monday –which is today. This is because I don’t agree with what he is trying to explain to me and therefore he cannot record any faults. And also, because I don’t agree for another technician to come to my place to re-check the connection (and obviously hopefully in their part that something is wrong with my connection and therefore I have to incur a $220 fee??) I asked the person if I could speak to the cancellation officer.
I kept repeating to the phone support team that ‘the Telstra guy’ should have not gone to my place without my presence. My point is they could have worked out our signal together outside and as well as inside our home without drama if the homeowners were home. Like what the sales representative told us !!
The cancellation person called me today. He pretty much just repeated what the last person said to me about fees here and there. I kept repeating the fact that I had no knowledge of the technician fees or that the technician was even coming to my place at all on April 9.I also explained to them that the exetel company did not call me to work out a day for connection, etc. All I know was there was an absentee fee. I insisted to cancel the exetel. He said that I will be charge with an ‘activation fee’ and a ’30 day cancellation notice fee.’ I told him that I will relay the matter to the authority. But that has to no avail. So pretty much I will be paying hundreds of dollars for no reason at all. I refuse to pay any of these fees that will be coming to my mail pretty soon. Also I reminded them that I have recently discovered that almost all of the reviews from costumers online are pretty much the same ‘no connection then 2nd technician comes then a fee of $220 is incurred. I feel very victimised the same way as these people.