Our phone service has been blocked
Yesterday, we lost the ability to call out on our telephone. People can call me, but I cannot call out. Not even local calls. Mr. Mainer went to the Codetel office today to see what was up. Our phone payment is automatically deducted from the owner's account, and we pay him monthly.
My husband was told that our bill exceded $1,000 pesos, so our phone has been blocked. They will remove the block if he gives them 500 pesos today. He shows them the bill and where it has been paid. He explains that it is automatically paid before the due date monthly. They bargain down to 395 pesos to hook us back up. He told them no way.
Needless to say, we no longer have dial out service. We will disconnect next month and go to cell phone. Don't know what we will do about internet service.
FYI: It is impossible for our bill to be below 1,000 pesos because the monthly service plus the monthly internet exceeds that.
Apparently what has happened in your case is that you are affected by a low credit limit. Codetel recently began implementing the program that establishes credit limits for calls on telephones regardless of whether or not they have VIP plans. If you go beyond that limit, the ban on outgoing calls applies -- usually to long distance calls. You can apply for extended credit.
Ask if that is the problem.
Mr. Mainer says that sounds about right. Not being able to speak Spanish makes this a little more difficult.
We will speak with the owners and ask if they can take care of a credit extension.
That's SOP for Codetel. It happened to me not long ago. They explained to me that since my long distance calls had never exceeded RD$2000 in average they had set that as the limit and if it ever went over that they block it "to prevent anyone from 'misusing' your phone". It sounds logical, but it also sounds like another way to get early payments from you.
I didn't ask for an extension of credit and just paid what they said and went on my merry way. I don't think I'll ever spend RD$2000 in long distance calls ever again anyways.
I'll just call my parents collect
Deposit another 1K pesos and double your limit to 2K.
I have had the same problem with tricom but somehow they have raised my limit without even me asking for it. Do you think one of my girls at tricom might have helped me?
The moral of the story is, make friends in all the important places ex: codetel, tricom, water company, electric company, banks, cable company etc etc. These people will help you always. Be good to them and most of all, be friendly and humorous. You will not have as many peoblems in the future.
AZB: Have you thought what could happen to your service if you ever break up with your Novia at Tricom or whatever company you got a girlfriend to help you? If they can help you they could also really mess you up(I.e. lower your credit limit to 200 pesos, etc)...Just a thought.
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