I'm having a bit of an issue; and as some of you have helped me in the past, I'm hoping maybe I can garner some advice once again from your collective minds.
I'll start with the story of how my issue came to be.
December 15, 2007. I'm moving into my first apartment, yay! I want internet, of course. AT&T doesn't supply to my area, so I go to the Abilene Mall, and talk to the guy at the Clearwire kiosk (Clearwire is a wireless ISP), I sign up for the best plan they offer on a six-month contract. I rent a modem from them and happily drive it back to my apartment, where I set it up and plug it in. I get 10 kb/s maximum, and constant disconnects. That isn't what I signed up for. I called tech support, they identified that the node in my area was bad and told me they could have it fixed in two to three weeks. That didn't sound good to me, so I asked them what I could do. They told me there was a 14 day trial period where I could cancel and return the modem for no cost. I agreed to this, they canceled my service, and told me they would email me a shipping label within the next five days.
Five days later, I have recieved no shipping label, not in my inbox or junk mail box. I call them to ask, they tell me it's "processing" and will be out soon. come 14 days after I signed up, I still have recieved no label. I call again, sit on hold for two and a half hours, and never get to talk to anybody. Getting worried, because part of the condition of the 14 day trial was to return the modem, so I get in the car and drive to the Clearwire kiosk. I talk to the fellow who sold me the plan, I ask him if it's valid if I return the modem there instead, after explaining about the label. He tells me "Certainly, let me process the return and you will be clear". I let him tinker on the computer for a while, he took the modem, told me I was good to go. I left and went home, satisfied it was all well and done, and signed up for Cable internet.
Fast forward to August 2008; I haven't heard anything from Clearwire in seven months and I haven't given them any more thought. My cellphone starts getting these calls from some number I don't recognize. When I pick up, a computer clicks, and the call hangs up. If I dialed the number back the same thing happened, it'd ring, click, and hang up. This continues to happen 4-5 times a day for almost a month before I finally get the bright idea to call back from a different phone. This time it works, I get through.. after updating my contact information (address, since I moved, email, second phone), I ask them about the agency. turns out it's a collection agency for Clearwire, demanding immediate payment of $450, $250 for ETF and $200 for the modem. I call Clearwire where they tell me the modem was never received and so they are billing me. I tell them I returned it at the kiosk when they failed to get me a shipping label, and they tell me that returning it at the kiosk isn't a viable option. I explained to them that their representative had told me that it was, and had processed everything. They inform me, and I quote, "We aren't responsible for anything a representative says." I ask them to check usage records, indeed the modem hasn't been used since the day I got it. I ask them to check their returns information; they inform me that nothing is there and they already did a search. I talk and fight and argue, and -eventually- after stepping up four or five tiers to who claims to be a manager, they repeat the "we aren't responsible for anything" bit, but decides to waive my cancelation fees, but not the modem fees, he asks if I agree. I say no, because if I agree then I am agreeing to the modem fees. I call back the next day, fight my way up to a new manager, and this one offers the opposite. Still not acceptable. I continue to debate it, a few days later I FINALLY get one to agree to waive all my fees minus like $45, probably just because they are sick of me calling every single day. I pay the small fee, and it's done. Good! Finally! I literally cheer after I hang up, finally all that mess is gone!
Fast forward again to today. I haven't heard anything from Clearwire or any agencies for eight or nine months. I go to the mailbox and open it up, and I have an odd letter. I open it on my way back to the apartment, and find that it's a $200 bill from a collection agency speaking on behalf of Clearwire, claiming clearwire has turned me over to them after 'repeated attempts to contact me' as well as a statement "you have not responded to any calls from AWA Collections Agency, so we assume you have decided to refuse to pay your bill", and that I owe this money immediately.
I haven't heard anything from Clearwire in eight months. I resolved the issue last September. For an issue from 2007.
Obviously, I'm going to call Clearwire about it, but I have a high suspect I'll have to go through another week of runaround to even get a clue why they are doing this, so in the meantime I figured maybe somebody would have some advice on how I could handle this. Clearly no amount of logic will get me anywhere.
Thank you in advance, you guys are awesome <3