AO Install Same Trip? Don't trust Comcast billing with CableCARDs
Just a friendly reminder to not trust Comcast billing when performing CableCARD self-installs.
I've had my InfiniTV4 setup since day 1 of release (well a couple days before) and two ATI DCTs before that. Each time my wife went to the local Comcast office and picked up a CableCARD for a self-install. She even did the initial pairing with Comcast over the phone. My Comcast bill would increase by $1.50 for each additional CableCARD past the initial one (here in Houston you get one “free” Digital Cable box and one “free” CableCARD per account.)
Almost two months ago I picked up my fifth CableCARD for testing a second (borrowed) InfiniTV4. I typically don’t check my Comcast bill since I have it set to auto-pay but I happen to check my online usage today and found my bill higher than expected. I skimmed the bill and noticed under Other Charges & Credits for $21.94. I had no clue what that was but the date matched the additional CableCARD so wasn’t hard to guess.
I called Comcast customer service billing inquiry department to ask about the charge and was told it was the trip fee for installing a CableCARD. I told the representative that it was a self-install and asked to have the charge removed. The representative began telling me that they didn’t support CableCARD self-installs so I couldn’t have possibly performed a self-install…I cut her off there and asked to speak with a manager. The manager apologized and had the charge reversed and assured me I was have a credit in my billing statement.
I can understand that billing mistakes happen and policies change but it seems to happen too frequently with Comcast. Verizon, why don’t you offer FiOS in my area?