Global Tel*LinkConsumerAffairs Unaccredited Brand
We have been using this service for over 2 years, always used high amounts of money for 2 relatives. Whenever we have an issue it's always told it's our fault when clearly it's their fault and their system, our last reasoning was blaming our end by saying it was too much chargeback and we can use Western Union when they were taking the money without authorization over 80 and we're credited 20 back and that didn't cover our 19 dollar charge. I feel they have no respect and no compassion for families, and a business like this where you're talking to your family in the system should not be ran like this. We will stand with anyone who wants to take further action.
I had gone to Global Tel*Link to set up an account. It never notified me or asked permission to charge my account 45 dollars. It is near impossible to email these people due to the fact it comes back as email not sent. After I was told I would receive a refund of only 30 dollars because the “fee” of 14.99 was non refundable I still haven't seen a refund from these people! They have poor customer service. It should not take over a week and numerous failed attempts and ignored messages to get a response. Please save yourself the trouble and frustration and just go somewhere else!
My experience with this company is that they are charging families too much for local calls within the county to take advantage of families of the incarcerated. If the prisoner is nearby why is the call cost so much. Unfair!
I confirm what William **, KS said he experienced. There is a pre-planned intentional setup to debit your credit card and THEN they create problems logging in. As soon as you do access the site (finally as a logged in member) it automatically swipes your card that you were prompted to enter before the sign-in trouble starts. Everything happens so fast. You are charged before you have even glanced at prices, plans, and terms. Immediately, my card was charged $ 45.99. Upon objecting, I was told that it boldly stated it was a "special" that was clearly obvious and that I agreed to the terms. Finally, they say they are going to issue a refund minus a "non-refundable $14.99. How generous of these crooks!!
In December I had set up my IC Solutions account so that my brother could call me, it is now nearly March and I've yet to speak with him on the phone account that I still have the $25 on that I set it up with. Every time he tries to call I get a recording asking me if I want to accept a collect call press 5 so when I press 5 it then says that I am being transferred to a IC Solutions specialist so that I can set up a account! When I explain to the specialist the situation they pull up the account and see the $25 on it but have absolutely NO IDEA why it's not connecting and ask me if it's possible that I might have a block on my phone?? Umm... NO!
So then they say that they will but I'm a request for "whomever" to look into it and that it may take up to three days! I just don't understand what is so hard. I paid for a service from your company so just connect me! There was no issues at all when you took the money from me... Not one! So now you got paid and I can't even speak to my brother still after three months! Just move on to the next person and take their money! It's hard enough for families to have to miss and be without their loved ones so now you made it that we can't speak with them as well! Thank you IC Solutions! Karma's a **! Anyone thinking of using this "service" DON'T!
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This company is garbage. They took $50 without me even knowing it. I called for a refund and was told that I would only get $35 back. Then I get a phone call with a recording saying my phone is blocked. My brother has been in the Monmouth County jail in NJ for two weeks and we still can’t get calls from him. On top of that, you can only make a couple calls for $50? This place is ripping people off.
I'm a reasonable person. I understand there are issues occurring which you have to call to correct occasionally. I've tried to resolve issues with this company repeatedly. A month is too long to resolve an issue. They have a "sister" company which every issue it's the other company's issue. Value Added Communication is the sister company which is as bad as ConnectNetwork Services. The entire time inmate transferred to the Atlanta facility I have not been able to get calls from him. He is transferred again and still issues. They are "sister" companies but share one website which has one number. They don't answer their emails and wait time for calls is too long. Today they said they corrected the issue. We will see.
Why have one website with a phone number that can't help you? Why share a website?? I do not know what government department contracted with this ridiculously bad customer service oriented company but they need to CHANGE providers! During this interesting judicial process inmate has been relocated within the local counties several times and I've had one non family person I felt sorry for so I allowed calls from that person, NEVER once had an issue with those providers. A bit aggravating due to each facility having a different provider but even with the changes I received every call from inmates.
As a note: The inmate is incarcerated due to their wrongdoing. WE outside nice enough to "support" those people SHOULD NOT be made to waste our valuable time trying to work out RIDICULOUS issues just to get a phone call. Trying to correct stupidity take one away from their paying employment! The department responsible for signing on to this company should be made aware of such extremely horrible service!!! They have no issue taking your money by phone, but then you have to "find" it later because since it was paid over the phone it's not linked to your account!!! What is up with that???
I can't even begin to describe how horrible this ripoff company is. I put $15 on my advance pay account in Oct. Just looked into my account as not only is my money gone sure to expiration... SAY WHAT? But my actual phone number has been completely deleted from my account.
My husband is incarcerated and for months now he is unable to get through... My number has no block on it nor does the prison have it blocked. Even after as many as 20 times trying to get through only for call to say I didn't accept it, after on a regular basis endless attempts to get through we maybe get one phoned call every few days. With things already emotionally tough him being away, the stress and the fact it's almost impossible to talk to him is ridiculous and totally unjust and totally wrong. I've called my phone company also and they told me it's not them. It's the company GTL.
This just seems there should be accountability held for what it causes us to go through emotionally. Mostly because no money can account for or make up for the added stress to a loved one already locked up and the fact that there could be any kinda of emergency going on and as I sit every morning at 7 am and after 5 pm praying he gets through the feeling of not hearing from them after phone times are off is without words, I don't know what or how they can conduct a business like this and still be operating. My child was hit by a car and totaled out.
Thank God she is ok but when I know he's trying his hardest it's like added punishment to ones already being so and as I'm also on my end making sure my phone is clear. Not online. Making sure I do everything I can do on my end is good and even giving up meals or canteen or standing in lines for hours trying countless times to get through and doesn't... I can't put into words what it puts us both through. They deserve to and at least while being locked up which doesn't make them nobody or be treated as this is not a serious issue because they're incarcerated so they must be bad people or something because these phone calls to the outside to family and friends is not only a right but on a bad day in there can play a big part in situations they deal with daily.
I'm sure as I feel I'm sure most would feel the same.The last thing they need is stress from not getting that simple phone call to a loved one that could actually make or break their day. It's very beneficial to these guys to be able to hear positive things outside prison or for a loved one to be able help keep them focused on their toughest days and not let other inmates get to them causing more punishments. Sorry this is so long and may seem I'm overdoing it but me personally I just know it is absolutely 1 the most important things for these guys to simply call home without this company making it harder and more stressful on any of us. I thought it was just me for a long time doing something wrong until I came across this page.
I'm sorry for all your situations and definitely know what you're going through and after reading this something must be done. I can't believe all these stories and plus what I've gone through and it's just continuing. When is someone going to do something and if there's any suggestions how to move the process faster Id like to know and do whatever I can.
It's a bunch of **!!!They are frauds!!! They advertise like it was the best thing going and once you pay for it, here comes all this crap you didn't know applied. Like... a new local number. Didn't want one nor did I need one. Now the facility has my real # blocked until this issue is settled but how do I notify my husband of a new # when he can't even call? No answer at contact number left by Tel Link, so you leave a message and they respond via email. I suggest this service to NO ONE!!!
This company is deceiving they are on the Global Tel*Link website posing as them. They took $45 that I can't account for and won't be able to get back. The numbers on the website do not work and they took my money immediately but my bank is telling me I can't get it back until it's done pending. Something told me to look them up because the customer service rep at the real Global Tel*Link said this is an often occurrence. So I asked how is it that they can be on their website if they are not affiliated with them... no answer. I feel like it's a big Ponzi scheme for people who already don't have trying to get in touch with their loved ones in already bad situations which is sad. If there's a lawsuit I wish to participate because the actions are unjust.
GTL/Telemate is charging outrageous fees for adding money to inmate account. I'm sorry, I can understand collecting a fee to add money to an inmate's account, but, paying over $11 to add $60 to an account is what I would call money gouging. They are making millions and of course they have to give the jails their kickback. This is almost criminal to charge that much. I wouldn't complain if it was a $5.00 flat fee, but not only they charge fee for that, you have to do communication and commissary on different accounts so they are double screwing you on fees. They are making money off of criminals, yet what they are charging is what I call criminal actions.
While setting up the 90 service plan, I was kicked off with them saying the username was already taken. Next thing I know, the credit card was charged. It took 4 days and numerous emails (no one answered the phone number given) with the customer service reps sending my information that lead to a dead end every time. Finally I just asked the inmate to call the number I was given and it went right through. Then I received an email from them remarking that I was finally able to figure it out. I wrote back and stated I wish they would have just told me everything was working and fine now and it is sad no one knows what to do or how to check on the problem.
NOW when a call comes in from the prison, I am receiving a voice message that my funds are low and it has only been 14 days with about 4 to 6 calls. Again, I am going back and forth with Customer Service and again, they keep telling me I am doing it wrong. Yesterday I sent an email showing that I am using the number they issued to me and asked again to tell me why the voicemail is saying I am low on funds. Today I received an email message that they looked and I am using the number so they don't know what the problem is. It is hopeless to get anything done with this Customer Service.
I deposited money to the inmate trust fund using GTL for an inmate in Ventura County Jail. He never received the money. I called customer service and emailed them and they have yet to do anything. I would like to start a class action lawsuit against the company. If anyone is interested please contact me. I kept records of my transactions.
Does not even deserve 1 star!!! Most forms that you fill out on the internet will require you to check the box that you have read their terms and conditions before they accept your application. I never even saw a box to check. When I went back, I noticed that there was indeed a box, but it was automatically checked. I was just trying to inquire about the service and was not warned that my credit card would be charged immediately. When I called to have it credited, I was told that it would be credited minus $9.99, as per their policy. So I lost $10 for nothing! And I called within less than 5 minutes after it was charged. And it was not even the company I wanted to use! They are very deceiving with how they advertise and how they operate. They stole $10 from me! Do not use this company! They are a fraud!
I use to think Verizon had the world’s worst customer service until I called here to try and give them money actually. Wow, yeah actually pay them to treat me like an idiot. The person on the phone rumbled their name so bad you couldn't even make it out first off. When asking to speak to his supervisor because he had zero clue what was going on, he blew me off. All around worst service I've come across, if you can find another way to pre-pay your phone do it by all means because giving this company even 1¢ is way too much. They don't deserve it at all.
Global Tel Link or Gtl has been telling me that my refund was issued. I have not got my refund in over 3 months. This is the second time that I requested a refund. The first time they told me it would take 30 (yes 30 business days) not regular days. After waiting 30 business days I called them back. I was told that the refund has been issued over a week ago. After calling them back, they told me that I would have to send them my bank statement to assure them that I didn't get the money yet. I told them I would have to be an idiot to send them a copy of my personal banking information. They said that is the only way to make sure I didn't have the money yet. I kindly told them to keep the money and that I would not be doing any business with them again. I don't know if there is any other way to make calls but if you can, make small deposits or avoid this company by any means.
When I try to add money to my account they tell me that my card isn't accepted only to still take the money from my card. When I call to tell them that the money was taken they say give it 2-3 business days and they'll put the money back on my card. But they never do. They are complete frauds that steal your money with horrible customer service. If I could give no stars I would. Global Tel Link is a disgusting company. BEWARE!!!
I have a loved one in Manassas VA jail. I received first 3 free calls they normally give inmates. NOT ONE CALL GAVE ME THE OPTION TO ANSWER. The inmate lost all 3 free calls. But during the calls the automated systems stated to select an option to setup an account. So is this a sales maneuver? Why not just let us have an option to answer one of the free calls? So after 3 unanswerable calls... you must call Global Tel*Link to pay for minutes for inmate... service fee of 4.**,... and on top of that each call the inmate makes is taxed. By the time you put 10.00 on the account... the inmate will maybe have 3.00 to make calls with.
IMPORTANT! When you pay on the account the automated system takes your card info but never discloses to you THE TOTAL AMOUNT you're about to pay. So you don't know how much the inmate will be able to have access to until after transaction. When you see how much was charged and request a refund due to their nondisclosure... Global Tel*Link will take 30 days to refund you your money. Why? It's 2017. Electronically you can put the money back. It will take 30 days for the company greed to subside.
So, my brother is in jail at the moment. He told me to make an account so he can call me and my parents faster, and so I did. 2 days ago I made a GTL account, I added $30 on my account for advance pay phone service. My brother tried to call me several time starting from yesterday, every time that happened an Automated Advance payment phone number will call me stating that someone from a facility tried to call me but couldn't get through due to "Billing problems". I am confused because on my account, there is $30. I do feel like I am being ripped off. I sent an email form yesterday to GTL, they said they will get back to me shortly.
Now it's tomorrow, I CALLED AND WAITED FOR A SOLID 30 MINUTES TO SPEAK TO A REPRESENTATIVE, AND NO ONE BOTHERED TO ANSWER! I am beyond pissed because there is no way I will be able to get my $30 back. This is so urgent, and customer service wouldn't pick up the phone! I wish I could leave it at NO STARS, GTL does not deserve any stars at all!
I've been using their services for 4 months now and calls would drop after 4-5 mins of talking and they would charge for the whole 20 mins. When I call customer service they have horrible customer service skills, they speak like they didn't graduate the 4th grade and they LIE. They say the same scripted thing every time and tell you there is no way they can help. I asked them to mail me my call log and they said they will... haven't received one yet. Now, going on 5 months, my payment for GTL calls is $325!!! I've been making the same amount of calls a month for the past 4 months and my account has always been under $150. Not it's $325!!! They are crooks!! I'm joining the FB group mentioned for a class action suite as well. I've been keeping track of minutes and recording phones calls for the past few months. Thieves!!!! These guys are about to go down.
I paid $50.00 to have funds put on my husband's inmate phone account ($47.00 for phone service and $3.00 for service fee). GTL assured me that they received payment, yet my husband DID NOT receive this money. GTL further informed me that if I filed a dispute with VISA they would forever ban me from using phone services from GTL to any inmate. I will be forwarding all information and resolution to the Governor of the State of South Dakota and the Warden at Mike Durfee State Prison. There are other people who have lost money with GTL and were told they were out of luck, that if they disputed their loss that they would also be banned from ever purchasing funds for their loved ones phone access.
I paid GTL in good faith for services they didn't provide. GTL admitted they received the funds, and I verified that they were indeed taken from my bank account, yet GTL did not forward the money to my husband's inmate phone account so he could make calls to family and friends. GTL advised me that this wasn't their problem. Although, I can afford to "lose" the $50.00, I know several other people who have loved ones serving time that can't afford this loss. One woman lost $30.00 the same day I lost my $50.00. She struggles to come up with money to speak to her husband, and this was a major blow to their family emotionally.
I signed up for an account. I paid for calls. When the calls came in there was no way to answer. I was given an option to buy 15 minutes of time for 10 dollars. I even tried paying this extra fee but it didn't work. This happened several times before I finally gave up and called the customer service where I prepaid. They told me there was a block placed on my account because someone had called them. They were very vague about who. They told me the date this occurred. It was the same day I paid for service. The agent began raising his voice as I asked to clarify how to prevent this from happening again. I don't believe there's an alternative company to be able to call my brother but I think this company has made a mistake placing a block rather than starting my service. They will not take responsibility, attempted to blame me for this. If anyone can read this and can do something I would appreciate it. Thank you!
My son is in prison and when it was time to set up phone calls I went to reviews about GTL and what I read was terrible. Honestly, I don't think I read one good review. Consequently, I did not set up phone contact for several years. Resulting in shoe boxes full of letters. I opened a prepay account with GTL and to my surprise it was easy, affordable, and I can deposit from $1 to $100 and there is no charge to do so.
I'm not sure what it amounts to per minute or per call. I pay $50 a month and Johnny calls several times a week. Some days he calls several times a day. GTL has been great for me. Never a hassle. Never a delay in funds being added to my account. The one thing anyone considering using GTL, don't pay any offers of paying less by signing up with someone else and paying $30 extra for a service you don't need. Call GTL. The call handlers are very nice and so helpful. Please don't do what I did and not set up contact to your loved one. GTL IS GREAT.
Too expensive compared to other companies, then sometimes get charged for not even completing a call or if you don't get to answer money still gets took away. Overall it's just horrible and a waste of money sadly.
So I have spent 100 of dollars with these people only to talk to my loved one who's incarcerated. Only for these people to take my money then be told there's nothing they can do. They are not fair listed. They took money from my account and didn't apply my phone credit.
Global Tel Link is ridiculous with number of ways they find to rip you off of the money you put on your account. I would like to start or join a class action suit. I can be found on Facebook under Beth **. Please feel free to message me with any information to get this going.
Ok so on my account that I have to log in with a USERNAME and PASSWORD. I had 2 different numbers on there that had money on them that I wanted transferred to my present number. The first number was my boyfriend's dad's number in which I had deposited money on there so they could talk. And the other number was a previous number of mine. His dad's number had $7.07 on it that I wanted to transfer to my present number. So I went on the website and transferred it on March 9th... It's been weeks and still hasn't shown up on my new number. So I call customer service to ask about this. They say to me, "since you don't own that number, you don't have the permission to transfer that money." The person who owns that number (my boyfriend's father) has to call and say he wants it transferred.
This angered me because why does it matter if it's his number? It's on my ConnectNetwork account that I have to log in to? I deposited the money, not his dad!!! Okay so then I move on from that and I ask the guy if I could please transfer the $10.00 that was on the other number to my present number. He makes me confirm my address and the last 4 digits of the card I used to make the deposit... I confirm with him. He says okay the amount of 10.00 will be transferred and then I tell him, "Ok and then can you please just close that account as that number is no longer in service." Well this was last Thursday and I still don't see that the $10.00 has been transferred but I do see that they closed the account for that number. Just very frustrating. Where is my money!!!
I have a friend who is incarcerated in an US correction facility and since they have changed their service provider from JPay to GTL there hasn't been nothing but issues. I live in Europe and GTL will NOT accept foreign credit cards like visa and master card so I have to communicate with advanced pay on email and this woman is so rude to me!!! Their homepage is so old fashioned and don't take foreign credit cards. So I ask this woman how to trust fund my friend and this I can't do. I am only allowed to put money on my phone so GTL can make money on me!!! It's so frustrating. I sure hope no one from Europe are friends with incarcerated people in the states who changed from JPay (very good btw) to GTL!!! It's the most rude company I have ever experienced!!!
Canceled this account over a year ago. I've had to file multiple complaints with my bank. Now they have had to issue me a new card as I keep getting billed. They also use the name GLOBALTELL LLC and SECURUSTECH LLC to charge the same amount. Sometimes twice in the same day. Always the same amount, $34.18, but sometimes different names. Check your credit card account closely for these charges.
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