Birch (formerly Cbeyond)
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Our company also started off with Cbeyond, which we had no issues with. We were switched over to Birch and almost immediately started having issues with almost everything associated with our account. First, since we're not on a contract (I recommend not doing so) every month our bill has slowly started going up and up. We have T1 internet and about 5 phone lines. At the time T1 was the only option in our newly developed area. It has always been sort of slow but we could still easily watch videos and download large email attachments in a not too long time frame. But in the past year or so it has really slowed to almost not being able to go on any website and checking email is horrible.
There have been no changes to our computer usage or equipment. We even upgraded to a very expensive wireless router and no change. We even stopped most of our computers from running updates until after we leave. Every time we call the blame is placed on us and we are told that we need pay a professional IT person (not within our budget) to come in and check to see if we messed any wiring up. We were even told that because the internet is so slow our phone lines would stop working, but it wasn't their fault.
We eventually asked them to see if there was anything faster they could upgrade us to and we were told there was a fiber optic option but we would have to pay almost $500 for install and can't remember but some kind of ridiculous cost per month for the service. We are now trying to get Comcast to come out and they have given us a great cost per month for their service. From all that I have heard from these reviews, I am very nervous about how terminating our Birch account will go.
We have had very bad service from Birch. We have had 4 T1s and 6 phone lines with them for 5 years. The service was extremely slow, always. We found out after 2 years that 2 of the T1's was not even installed. After they came and fixed this, it was still extremely slow. We had to argue with them for months after this to even get a credit back for the 2 T1's as "per their policy" they would only give us credit for 3 months after we were without the service for close to 2 years. We need to have more Mbps and their termination process is very expensive. Much too much for a small business just barely getting by. Moral of the story do not sign with any company that wants to lock you into anything over 1 year!!!!
Message I attempted to send several times using several addresses Birch lists: Hello, for several months, advertisement emails have been sent to strangers showing my AT&T (BellSouth) account as the sender. The number well exceeds 100. These messages appear in my Inbox, without copies in my sent file, and are forwarded under my email address by remote server: IP **. This is clearly an act of abuse and theft of my online identity. Can you help me?
I emailed the VP of Customer Service. Kevin was extremely prompt, apologetic, efficient in getting it resolved quickly. The customer support manager did send me an 2000 page pdf of my call logs instead of an excel file/csv. Luckily I could extract the data or that could have been an added annoyance on top of a generally well done recovery.
We have 8 Phone Lines and a Toll Free Number. We were required to sign a new contract from the roll over from CBeyond to Birch. Our billing stopped tracking Outbound Long Distance by telephone number after the contract change. We called to get support to look into it. We were told by a customer service rep that our outbound calls were somehow being logged under our toll free and we would have to get a subpoena to get them. She was rather rude about it. I asked to speak to a manager. I was again told there was nothing more they would do without a subpoena, rather harshly. I demanded to speak to a manager. The manager immediately backtracked, once she actually listened to the problem. They said they would open a ticket to get it repaired. It has been a week. I have tried calling back. No one in tech support can be spoken to. They have no ETA. We just have to wait until tech support gets back to us. This is not acceptable.
Had a sales caller for Birch Communications call my mother in a nursing home and talk her into changing phone service from AT&T to Birch. My mother has dementia and had no idea what she was agreeing to. We pay her bills and were surprised to start getting a new bill from Birch rather than AT&T. While this may be entirely legal, it is also unethical. I called to complain and suggested they ask the person on the other end whether they reside in a private residence. If they discover the owner is in a nursing home, they should end the sales call. We all know this won't happen. Getting the phone line changed back can be done, but it's a royal pain.
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This company slammed my business phone speaking to one of workers. I have been trying to switch back to AT&T but Birch claims I have a 3 year contract. WHAT... How can I have a contract with someone I have never spoken with??? Now our phones have been out for almost a week and they are too busy to send a tech. My staff has asked to forward calls to their cell phones until the phones are back up not realizing it would take this long and now Birch says they cannot forward calls now because we used us our complimentary call forwarding.
I cannot conduct business without a phone and we are emergency call 24/7 for the airlines that have animals connecting at Detroit airport. How are they to reach us??? I said I will pay for call forwarding. I don't care the cost. We cannot be without phone service. Birch says sorry it's not about money, nothing they can do. Birch says they will email supervisor and they will contact us with a decision tomorrow. What kind of business is this!!! They are bullies and liars!! I will be filing a complaint with the Attorney General, anyone care to join me please contact me by email.
I had previously, signed up for their service without reading the reviews. Birch claimed that they can save my company money as well as provide faster internet service. A installer arrived to disconnect my current service with CenturyLink. This installer arrive without any equipment stating that he was here to turn off my service and he wasn't sure when I was to get service with Birch. This installer revealed that he just did the same thing with another company, and they are still waiting for Birch to come and complete install. Attempted to call Birch, left a message, that I can't not be without internet for any amount of time. Eventually, said no to their tactics and starting to receive bills for $400.00, ignored those bills because they didn't install. No early termination fee was explain. Never received any information about their fees. The fee agreement has been forwarded to collections.
We are business and need our 5 phone lines to operate. Our business is in Tuscaloosa, Al. We switched providers after Birch Communications increased our phone bill for no reason and then failed to correct it. They have inadequate customer service as we have not ever been able to reach a representative without hold times that are excessive, such as 30 minutes or longer. They also have caused us to incur tech expense for their failed service. When we switched to Comcast, Birch failed to port all lines and only ported one line.They had 30 days notice to do this. This resulted in the loss of our main lines, further tech expense, and more importantly the loss of business revenue. Birch needs to compensate us for these losses or it should cease to provide business service in Alabama.
I own a supermarket, over the long years I've been with C- beyond now it's called Birch Communications, I am currently having problems with my internet. It's been 7 days without internet and they can't seem to find the problem. They says it's their vendor's fault which is At&T and according to AT&T it's Birch. Well it's been 7 days without internet which means my business can't accept credit cards, we can't do money transfers or pay utility bills, and most importantly I don't have a phone line either.
I've lost so much money in this 7 days and still no fix to this chaotic situation. All they can say is "I'm sorry, I apologized for all the inconvenience this might have caused. We're trying our best to fix the problem." Really 7 days and they still can't fix the problem. They have only offered to credit a month's worth of payment which equals $500.00 doesn't compare to all the money I've lost this week. I am so disappointed with the bad service they have provided and for their incompetence. I would never recommend this company and I am ready to move on and get another company.
This is simply the WORST company I have ever dealt with. They are incredibly incompetent; their policies are extremely harmful to customers; and they lack integrity in every single communication with them. My contract ended on 4/24/17, and I was told I needed to send them a letter (no email or call) a month before to cancel my service. I sent them a certified letter on 3/15/17 cancelling my service ASAP. They claim they received the letter on 4/4/17 (3 weeks later), and they said they would cancel the service 30 days from then. We sold the house and new owners moved in on 4/6/17.
Birch would NOT disconnect the service, however, even though it required the simple flip of a switch, so the new owner of the house has not been able to get any telephone or internet service for the last 26 days. I've talked to at least 5 people at Birch about this, and they say "too bad." I've also received a bill from them for all of April and all of May. They are simply crooks without a shred of integrity. This is not the first issue with them, as on average, it takes more than one-and-a-half hours to get through to a customer service person.
I have been trying for over 4 hours to get an issue resolved. I left a callback # after being on hold for a long time. A man called me back and he did not know how to resolve the issue so he transferred me to another dept. After being on hold for a great amount of time, I called back and left a callback # again after being on hold for a long time again. Stephanie ** called me back. When I tried to explain why I was calling, she started talking and would not let me finish what I was saying. I told her she was getting snotty with me and she said she answered my question. I told her she did not because she didn't let me finish speaking, I was interrupted again.
When I asked if I could speak to someone else she said hold on. Stephanie came back on. When I asked if it was her she would not answer just kept asking what I needed. I asked if there was a supervisor I could speak to and she no one was there. I asked if there was a customer complaint line and she said, "No go to our website." And still after all of this, I do not have the issue resolved.
I am paying almost $100.00 a month for 1 home phone and wifi. I had contacted AT&T to see if I could bundle to lower my bill since I already have DirecTV and AT&T wifi. AT&T told me that Birch has me under a business account. That is what I was trying to find out when I called Birch. The man that I spoke to first said that he showed I have 1 home phone and 2 business lines. I only have 1 phone and that is my home phone. I do not have a business nor have I ever had a business. The sad thing is that I just paid my bill ahead of time like always so if I switch now I am afraid I will lose what I just paid. I need help resolving this issue and have had no luck with Birch. Please, let me know what I can do.
Zero stars. They are the worst internet provider ever. Reps constantly quit. There is no billing office. Billing never resolves any problems. They come onsite and solve nothing. Whatever they are promising you is a lie! Run away and never look back. Birch is a group of criminals.
My first ever review in my entire 37 years of life. Let's start by saying Birch says I owe them $6,000 in payments. One of my two locations cancelled their service in 2015. My other location cancelled their service September 2016. At each location, Birch sent an employee to retrieve their equipment. As many would think, about the current situation, all ties are finished with Birch Communication. So not true! Birch still auto renewed the service at both locations. I have been calling and dealing with them for over a year. Every time a customer service representative tells me that Birch has screwed up and they will fix the problem.
My current situation is by far from fixed. I received a bill stating I owe $3,101.23 and that the company was being sent to collections. So once again I called in hopes of the next person to once again say it's a mistake. Nope! Not this time. I spoke with Nancy at Birch. She not only informed me I owe 3K on one location, but also 3K on the other location. She said Birch has no record of me ever calling where a dispute was opened and they were sending me to collection unless I pay. I am in the process of locating all my paper work so I can see what happens. Hopefully our Attorney can help solve this matter. Everyone you have been warned! It really can't be said enough. This company should not be operating. Please don't make the mistake we did by using Birch. Go with Comcast, AT&T, Cox or any other provider. Trust me, you will be better off.
I never write reviews. But now I understand the people that say 'I never write them but this made me do it'. I have never thought companies can be so fraudulent and dishonest but according to a number of bad reviews and complaints apparently it is going on for some time. I have read they have been caught and fined 6.1M on Jan 3rd, 2017 so maybe this will stop.
I have been a victim of their fraudulent behavior where Century Link transferred me to them with no authorization. And do not get fooled people, if a guy comes to install Birch modem but wears CenturyLink t-shirt, they are in this together. But now I have received a final bill which I am scared to pay because when I call them, email them, or call the person who was monitoring cancellation process - NOBODY answers and I cannot get a hold of anyone who would assist me in any way! I am not even sure if I want to send a check because I do not know where it will go. Does anyone have any suggestion what to do? I do not want to be sent to collections and want to do that the right way.
This is the 6th day of no phone service and spotty internet, and still no response from Birch. After I contacted them with the initial complaint of no phone service, I have not been able to reach ANYONE at Birch. We are a real estate company and our clients can not contact us. We can not call out. This would be bad enough if this was the first time this issue had occurred, but no, this is the second time. Each time the service is worse than the last. The customer service is nonexistent. I would recommend that you run as fast as you can if you are ever contacted by Birch or are thinking of changing your service to Birch. Horrible company.
I was a Sage customer forever. Became a Birch customer by acquisition. I only kept the landline for the purpose of 911 so didn't really care. But now I need to terminate the service. Every time I call and mention termination, I get disconnected. I've searched every inch of the website and can't find any other way to contact the company and terminate service, other than the customer service numbers which keep hanging up on me. After reading other reviews on this site, I should have terminated service as soon as I found out Sage would no longer be my phone provider. Can ANYONE advise on how to successfully terminate service???
My husband was called by a guy in this company. The guy asked my husband three questions: 1. "Do you want to save money?" "Yes." 2. "Would you like cheaper bills?" "Yes." 3. "Do you have long distance?" "Yes." That quick he was supposedly now a Birch customer. WOW. How easy was that (Right). I called this company not 30 minutes later and cancelled. We thought it was over. NOPE! A few weeks later we get a contract. Which we just threw in the trash. Now we're getting collection calls to pay an early termination fee. Each time they call it goes up in amount. Not one person in that place can replay the conversation that Birch had with hubby. WHAT A SCAM!!!
I was a Cbeyond customer for 8 years and loved their customer service. Well let's just say that Birch didn't take any notes from Cbeyond and their customer service was horrible. They assigned us multiple customer service reps over a year who all continued to drop the ball. Joey ** was the worst so all of bills were wrong and I disputed each bill every month. Fast forward almost two years later and surprise, they sent us to collections after closing out account. I am very glad that we are finished with them and I wouldn't recommend Birch to anyone.
I would give zero stars if allowed. The worst experience in my business career. We used to have CBeyond before they became Birch. CBeyond was a wonderful company with great service, and great customer service. Birch has to be the worst. Long wait times. They do not monitor their T1 lines like Cbeyond did so it’s up to you to alert them for trouble, and basically yes or no answers from any help tech. I've been trying to disconnect for 3 months now and it has been the most troublesome task. Now they tell me I have to mail the equipment back on my dime or they want to charge me $200 to have someone pick it up!! They make you jump through so many hoops. It's ridiculous. I can't see how this company is still in business. Take a very close look and analyze everything from this company before you even consider using them.
After switching to Spectrum which I am very happy with, I kept receiving bills on my internet from birch. They switched my phone lines but was informed later after several months that I physically had to ask for my internet to be changed. If they can change my phone lines why can't they change my internet. Once problem was figured out I canceled it. Now they are telling me I am responsible for 30 more days while they make the switch. This is total B.S.
I didn't think it was possible, but I received 3 calls from Birch Communication about switching from CenturyLink to Birch, and each Birch rep was dumber than the one before! They told me they were a re-seller of lines for Century Link and could save me $100.00 a month. When I asked them to look over the proposal they faxed me, it did not match my Century Link services at all. No voice mail, no 800#, 1/4 of the internet speed I currently use, etc. I would rather use two tin cans with a wire between them than use Birch Communications!
A year ago I attempted to leave the Birch pile. Because I did not divorce them properly, they dinged me for early termination @ $600 and, in February, I had to promise I would remain in their grasp till the end of my contract - that being a mid-November. I called in September and confirmed the end of my contract was November 15. I paid today (10-18) for the final month and then called to kiss them off. Now, they tell me that I must stay with them till February. They can't produce the voice copy of my supposedly February promise to stay indentured. Their business model is not based on service, but on added fees and unannounced price increases. There no way to get out of their crooked little house. Beware - Run - Hide!
Trying to reach them all day at customer service but the line is out of order. Tells you the quality you are dealing with considering they are supposedly a phone company. They also entered me into a contract without my knowledge that can only be cancelled one month out of the year. Every time I've called tech support I've had to wait three days for a callback. Very sad and pathetic. Time to order Magic Jack.
Received three (3) calls in about 5 hours from Greg ** who said he was with Birch communications and was a representative in Texas of AT&T (who is our current carrier). When I told him that I would only speak with him after I spoke with an AT&T representative he became very aggressive and told me I was rude. This young man started the conversation calling me by my first name and generally talking to me like I was his cousin. He was very friendly until I wanted some detail. Total SCAM, through and through. Birch communications and Greg ** ought to be ashamed!
I use Birch for my business phone system and internet. Earlier this year our phones were down for 1-1/2 days. We have 5 lines. Lately, my internet has been down almost every day intermittently. My error message says an ethernet cable is disconnected. I checked all the cables with a testing device and they are all fine. Device manager says all devices are working properly. When you call Birch, you are guaranteed a long hold time, one call was almost 1-hour. Meanwhile you sit and listen to their ad that will give you a couple hundred dollars of free service for a business referral. As far as my experience goes, find a professional company and don't waste your time with Birchtel.
I was a Birch customer for my home phone service and added internet (Birch breeze) later. My information from Birch communications is I received phone service Oct 13, 2011, and Birch breeze internet service on May 8, 2014. Lately my internet connection has been poor to say the least. I called a computer repair shop to see if they could help my computer. The tech said the problem was probably my internet connection. I had been with Birch for over the 24 months of obligation. I actually asked them about a year ago when I could terminate business and was given May 6, 2016 as the date.
August 27, I signed up with T-mobile for phone and internet service. I since received a letter from Birch stating that I was to be charged an early termination fee of $200. I have called them a couple of times, they say something like my service automatically resets the early termination date. I now actually have a dispute over the charge with them now, but according to the person I talked to, I won't be contacted for a month. I would like to warn anyone who has service with Birch to be aware of this method of doing business!
Not a customer, but... just got a cold, telemarketing call from these people and they asked to speak to the person in charge of paying our phone bill. I said no. (We are supposed to be on the do not call list.) The lady abruptly said, "Okay, then your phone will be shut off!" We don't use their service. But I'm sure this kind of answer would scare some people. What a rude, shady outfit this must be.
Our original contract charges were $511; over time Birch increased our charges, based on their "unilateral audit" to $744, even though our overall services were decreased, as we lost employees. The total amount of the overage was $2,646 (they are still trying to collect, although they overcharged us). We've terminated our contract and made the equipment available for pickup, and they still want to charge us the equipment cost, although we notified them in advance via certified mail to come pick up their equipment. They are rude, crude, and misbehaving. Never do business with them. We'd support a class action.
If it is possible to give a company negative stars, this company deserves it!!! I have attempted to cancel service since January 2016 and keep getting the same gibberish, "It is Still in Processing". Finally I received telephone confirmation in May 2016 that the account was closed effective January 2016. Due to their total lack of customer service (which is the original reason I cancelled their service), I now have been turned over to collections and they now say that they cannot speak with me about the billing error, since it has been turned over to collections. BEWARE--THIS COMPANY IS A NIGHTMARE TO DEAL WITH... ADVICE AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!!
I have received calls, sometimes multiple a day. Very rude callers demanding to talk to people I've never heard of or people who no longer work here. I have informed them that I cannot pass thru calls to an "owner" because our policy is to not take sales/time wasting phone calls. Caller refuses to give me her name and I inform them we are on the do not call list. They have been warned to stop calling or else it's harassment. One more call and my review will be with the feds. :)
Birch expert review by Ellen Muraskin
Founded in 1996, Birch serves more than 200,000 business customers. Birch is an industry-leading voice, data and hosting provider for small to mid-sized businesses, while also offering enterprise-level solutions.
Works with your existing PBX: As a business VoIP provider, Birch offers a complete range of services that replace or work with a PBX. In integrated voice-and-data accounts, it dynamically allocates bandwidth as needed.
Mobile service on the same bill: Instead of dealing with multiple vendors for telecommunications services, Birch offers an all-in-one solution, enabling you to take your workforce from the office to the street.
Granular call treatment: With Birch's user interface, you can turn off call waiting for specific numbers, ensuring that some callers will never be interrupted. Birch's Repeat Dialing feature keeps dialing a busy number for you until the call goes through.
Migrate to the cloud: Birch takes VoIP services to the highest level, transitioning data to the cloud for added flexibility and security.
Certified for excellence: Birch has been repeatedly recognized for its exceptional call center service, guaranteeing customers a quick resolution to problems.
Best for: Small businesses to large corporations.
VoIP Contributing Editor
Ellen Muraskin has been writing about telecom and IT since 1993 when she joined the marketing department of Dialogic. In 1996 she joined the editorial staff of CMP’s Computer Telephony Magazine, rising to Executive Editor before joining Ziff Davis Media to launch the VoIP topic center of their eweek.com site. She served as senior copywriter for IT infrastructure company Raritan and has written and edited for several publications.
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