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ACN Digital Phone Service vs Windstream
Compare ACN Digital Phone Service vs Windstream. Find out whether ACN Digital Phone Service or Windstream is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of ACN Digital Phone Service and Windstream and detailed analysis of the comparison can be found below.
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ACN is a digital phone service provider that offers calling solutions, wireless services, utilities, and more for both residential and business use. For businesses, ACN lets customers choose between either a VoIP service or traditional wireline...
Windstream is one of the industry leaders: a full-service communications service provider for the Midwest, South, and East Coast in the United States. Windstream provides not only VoIP phone service, but also offers Internet and cable television...
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TERRIBLE TELEPHONE COMPANY! Was charged $60.00 for the equipment that I was also not apprised of an extra expense when I connected with the service. Asked why the extra charge and was told it was for equipment. When I went to ask where to return said equipment, it is now an extra charge for starting and there is an extra charge to terminate service. The early termination charge was over $80.00...so that is one hundred and forty more for a really crappy service and equipment that is now more e-waste. Had been assured it would cost no more than the current service with the land line per month, it was ten dollars more per month...with the start up costs and the early end fees it was a lot more than ten bucks a month more. Was disappointed that I had to go through the inconvenience of changing #’s temporarily to port my # and was not pleased to be charged for equipment in order to use ACN's service. I would not have had to pay an extra amount to continue to use a land line without a temporary change in my phone # and I would not have been out of commission to receive calls during this time either. However, I paid this extra expense without complaint, assuming that the inconvenience of the switch and the extra expense would see some benefit to having a digital service over the land line. However, I had a number of times where the phone was not functioning at all so I had no phone service at all and a number of times that I had to wait a lengthly time to dial a number and a number of times where the dial tone was delayed in functioning as well. However, I continued to use the service without complaint on my end, even though I was finding the service much less than satisfactory than the land line that worked without fail. The reason I returned to a land line is because I had an incident with the home alarm company that highlighted the fact that ACN's service was not compatible with our alarm company’s service…and many others as well…without a large expenditure and another dedicated phone line. We have a monitored alarm system that was not in service during the entire time that we were a ACN customer. Had I had a fire, theft or emergency incident I would not have been able to use this service. Had I had issues during the times the phone was out of service entirely, I would have had to go my neighbours for 911 service. During this time my husband was out of town working most of the time and I was alone in the home. I don't use a cel phone, one cel phone bill is enough expense for us. We paid for this security service the entire time without actually having a land line connected to the service. Over 30.00 a month for 11 months for service I was not actually receiving ~ $330.00 for security I was not actually benefitting from because I was an ACN customer. Asked ACN to please, please notify their customers that their monitored alarm systems do not function with this digital service. No feedback. Had I been aware of this issue, I would not have become an ACN customer in the first place. Would expect that this would be an issue with many other customers who also have monitored alarm systems with land lines. Would like to return the ACN equipment and had expected some refund of equipment costs. Nope, there was a large charge to end a dysfunctional relationship. More e-waste in my home needing to go to the recycle centre. Have had other tech companies collect their equipment but ACN likes to download the costs onto everyone else, instead of taking some ownership of the fact that they are creating more e-waste with starting up clients and then very shortly, in my case, having them disconnect services. Had they been a decent service we would have been long term clients and the equipment would have had a lengthly service. Was not going to complain about the fact that I was left unsecured for almost a year (and paid over 300.00 for nothing). The fact that I am not the only one that would not have an alarm system functioning in the home is a larger issue so it's prompting me to add this review. The fact that the story of charges changes to suit them is pretty brutal customer service. The fact that you could be entirely without a phone all together is a pretty big problem with a phone service provider. After my last chat with customer service I don't feel they are interested in communicating the down sides of porting a land line to a digital platform to current or new clients. It would be much better customer service to recognize the safety issues that are not being dealt with in the home. ACN is going to be involved in some court cases for liability issues in the future. This is a terrible company to deal with. Don't compromise your safety - do not deal with them! Having a functioning phone is a basic safety issue.
After a customer of our sold us on ACN for VOIP service we felt inclined to use them since we felt that we owed a customer some return service. This was a huge mistake. They refuse to allow you to add service or additional lines unless the phone equipment is purchased through them, which requires you to purchase phones at a premium price. Far higher than you would purchase anywhere else. They told us that it has to be their phones, because other phones are not programmed with their software. I tested this and purchased an identical model phone on amazon for less than half the price, and it linked into our VIOP system flawlessly. After 2 years of dealing with headaches, problems, a website portal that is the most unfriendly user portal I have ever used, and we use several in our business, and customer service telling us lie after lie to ensure they maximize their profits, we decided to switch to Nextiva. Not only are we getting better service, and much, much, much easier portal access, but we're getting it at a much better price with way better customer support. We needed to access the system base in order to reset the services through Nextiva. Guess what, ACN changed the factory username and password to lock us out of the equipment that WE PAID FOR AND OWN! They refused to give us the username and password to access our equipment and told us that it is company policy. They won't buy back the equipment, and won't allow us to access the equipment. Like I said, a company founded on greed. Force you to purchase their equipment, then lock you out of it. Not a company with honesty or integrity. Call Nextiva or ANY other service! You'll be glad that you did.
We have an office with about 12-15 users (some are part-time so it depends on who is in). We are a legacy Broadview user. Though they merger went through a couple of years ago, The only recently turned off the BroadviewOfficesuite product. I learned this from a Windstream employee when I called for technical support. This technicial told me that the Broadview product was replaced with a newer and better Windstream Officesuite product. When I asked if the 50 to 75 external numbers that I had entered into the Broadview product would port over to the Windstream product, he claimed that it should. After installing the new product the external contacts did not port over. The technician escallated the question and reported back that with the new Windstream Officesuite product not only can you not transfer external contact from the older appplication, YOU CANNOT EVEN MANUALLY ENTER EXTERNAL CONTACT IN THEIR NEW SYSTEM! After again checking with his supervisor, he confirmed this and confirmed that they cannot return me to the older Broadview Officesuite. Separately, a Windstream sales person recently tried to conn us into a five-year contract. We are looking for a new provider right now!
Windstream refuses to drop contract cancellation penalties (and refuses to respond to efforts to discuss) after we were forced to cancel service due to two years of extremely unreliable internet service to our business. Frequent service failures, over two years of our three-year contract, resulted in many occasions in which our point of sale and other transactions (essentially our entire business operation) came to a halt and our ability to conduct business was often disrupted for a full day or more, costing us significant revenue losses. We extended MANY opportunities and accepted MANY empty promises for stabilized services. After two years of extending gracious patience and suffering revenue losses, we had to pull the plug and secure the stable service of Comcast Business for over a year, now, since we cancelled service with Windstream. Kudos to Comcast Business for delivering very stable service! We have an EXTENSIVE paper trail / record of our efforts to provide grace and opportunity to Windstream to resolve service problems prior to cancelling the contract, and of communications over the past year to provide documentation of Earthlink/Windstream's failure to fulfill their contractual obligations to release us from the contract without penalty due to their persistent failure to provide stable service (multiple extended service outages over very short spans of time). Over the past 12-plus months, Windstream has refused to address that documentation and our complaints other than to offer a reduction of the penalty (why should we pay ANY penalty for cancelling a contract in which Windstream failed to meet its obligations???). Windstream stated that we must provide documentation of the timelines of service failures to justify release from the contract without penalty. We provided that documentation and Windstream has refused to respond. We made a good will counteroffer of roughly 35% of their 50% reduced penalty offer; but received no response to that counteroffer, other than hostile and unprofessional calls from a collection agency to which Windstream then turned over the full original amount ($3600+), rather than responding and countering our settlement offer. For nearly a year, the rude and hostile collection calls continue and Windstream's customer service, customer relations, escalations team, and executives continue to ignore us. I suppose, though, that Windstream's current BANKRUPTCY case and their petition to Bankruptcy Court to extend their Chapter 11 protections into late 2020 occupy too much of their time. Perhaps if they'd taken better care of their customers, they wouldn't be in BANKRUPTCY Court …