Saturday, September 19, 2009

Smart Bro | Smart Bro Broadband | Review

Tech Blog - This is an update review of Smart Bro Broadband Service I did last year which can be found here, After subscribing to their service for one and half year I have finally decided to discontinue their service, my primary reason is their pathetic customer service and long down time period, for the first year of my subscripton down time and customer service are in acceptable level meaning, down time and issue related to it are resolve within a day and calling Smart Bro customer service hot lines will get you in contact with an actual person not that that person can actualy help you since like what I have mentioned before on my previous review that their customer service representative(Level 1 and Level 2 support) are pretty useless and incompetent and doesn't know what terms like DHCP, IP means or even have and idea of how a router and their own equipments work, recently I have experienced down time and intermittent connection varying from 2 to 3 days and lately 4 to 5 days without any resolution calling their customer service hot lines is even more frustrating it is specifically designed to annoy and irritate customer, Smart Bro service have gone down hill since I have initially subscribe last year, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, if you are currently a subscsiber below are some tips on getting some customer service by calling the hot lines, if you are not a subscriber yet and thinking of getting Smart Bro Broadband I wouldn't recommend it save yourself the pain and frustration of dealing with them and their crap service, Smart Bro is dedicated to delivering underwhelming and overly frustrating slow and undependable internet and customer service to you.

Tips and Steps on getting to a Smart Bro customer service(Actual Person) if your having problem, this is all from my personal experience dealing with them as their subscriber.
  • Smart Bro Customer Hot Line - 6727277
  • When the machine answer press 1 for technical problem
  • Then press 1 again to continue, don't bother listening to the voice
  • Then it will ask you to enter your 10 digit number or service reference number, if you want to talk to an actual person just type in any(WRONG) 10 digit number then press #
  • Then press 1 again to confirm the incorrect service reference number
  • You will be redirected to an Level 1 support person, the support person will ask you to tediously one by one go down their list of troubeshooting procedure script, if your a technical person and you know it not your problem ask them to connect you to an Level 2 support, if your not you might want to actually go through it or ask some friends that knows how to actually troubleshoot do it for you than do what Smart Customr Service representative ask you to do, if the Smart Bro Customer Service Representative is telling you that the report has been created and sent make sre to insist for an ETA and insist that you be connected or transferred to someone who could give one, remeber they are not allowed hang up the call, so milk it till you get what you want.
  • Level 2 support will again try to guide you through their useless troubleshooting script which they themselves don't understand, again ask them to escalate you to their "special case group"
  • "Special Case Group" basically has more technical expertise and have access to the engineer in terms of updates, but they are pretty much in the blind too basically their useless but this is the only actual way of getting logical and more informative help from Smart Custmer Service.

If your a Non technical person and you can't troubleshoot or identify your own network problem, I suggest you get someone who knows, because you will spend hours and days jumping through hoops with no result and improvement to your problem.

NOTE: their internal SLA is 24hours for every report they make, however it does not mean anything since they create a new report every time you call even if its for the same problem.

I hope you find this Smart Bro Review useful!

Couple of alternative Internet Service Provider in the Philippines

SkyBroadband - here
My Destiny - here

Below are some howto on troubleshooting

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

SMART SUCKS... have their Smart Bro Broadband service in Cainta and when I call to report a problem they give me a different excuse every time. Just told me there are 2 Satellite outages which is causing slow connections in Cainta... WTF??? Without a doubt the worst service and they could careless. Signed up for SkyCable Broadband, stilling waiting for them to come out to install. Was told today it would be a 2 week delay since there is a person on my street who has a problem. Again.. WTF??? Does anyone provide good service?

Anonymous said...

smart really sucks! !!!!!! they are promoting the up to 2 mbps!!!! wow! they can't even deliver the 512kbps!!! hahahaha! they're excuses? they are on the adjustment period!i tried to check my internet speed connection and it only registered to 20,40, 60, 100 the most! where is the 512 kbps? the up to 1 mbps? and now, the up to 2 mbps?!? again,,, why are they promoting a speed up to 2 mbps where in they can't even deliver the 512 kbs?!?

Anonymous said...

SMART really really sucks! you cant reach a live talking person, hayszzt! what kind of customer service is that!!!

Anonymous said...

hahaha hate to admit but even me and my friends are started to hate to smartbroadband, ang galing galing nila mg advertise about promos sa kanilang site ut they dont know how to handle their subscriber..since july 10, i report to them about the error of yahoo messenger but until now july 14,instead of action it, theirs no response! always assuming people to action it immidiately but its nonsense!..i am not a smart bro haters but its too much!.......[vhamz of iloilo]

Anonymous said...

I am already fed up to their service aswell...Not a hater but when you apply for a 2 yr contract gave you a guarante of 3mb speed and guess what I got,0.45mb!!!I complained to PLDT and they pushed me to go the their main office in Bacolod city!!!A 2.5 hrs trip to where I reside...Then people their gave me a bullsh*t hotline and well in the end my problem wasnt solved...So I did not pay for 3 months after 1 year as their subscriber!!!^_^I paid for a 3mb speed and I only get 0.45...WTF!!!

Anonymous said...

I am already fed up to their service aswell...Not a hater but when you apply for a 2 yr contract gave you a guarante of 3mb speed and guess what I got,0.45mb!!!I complained to PLDT and they pushed me to go the their main office in Bacolod city!!!A 2.5 hrs trip to where I reside...Then people their gave me a bullsh*t hotline and well in the end my problem wasnt solved...So I did not pay for 3 months after 1 year as their subscriber!!!^_^I paid for a 3mb speed and I only get 0.45...WTF!!!

Anonymous said...

Smart Bro's web connect sucks the most i can click a thousand times and still not Web Connected.. and when I went to their Office to complain, they said how did you find the web connect site.. Stupid employers do they even train their workers to learn or they just hire them to count money..

Anonymous said...

What the hell is a service reference number, their IVR doesnt accept my account number. I cant get a real person to help me out! poor service!

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