Vodafone is the most complained-about broadband and landline provider, with Virgin being the most complained-about pay-monthly mobile and paid-TV provider, according to the latest telecoms complaints data by regulator Ofcom.
The results, which coverJuly to September 2018, also show thatSky continues to be the least complained-about provider for broadband, landline and paid-TV services, with Tesco Mobile being theleast complained-about pay-monthly mobile provider.
In its first appearance in the Ofcom league tables, received the most complaints, obtaining 27 per 100,000 subscribers. In a surprise turn, this has meant that regular table-topper has dropped to second in the table, with 23 complaints per 100,000 subscribers.
The main issue customers had with Vodafone was difficulty around changing provider. This was followed by how it handled complaints and faults, service and provision issues.
Vodafone and TalkTalk are joined by and as having received above-average complaints, generating 22 and 21 complaints per 100,000 subscribers respectively, far above the industry average of 15 complaints per 100,000 subscribers
Driving the majority of gripes about Virgin Mobile was its complaints-handling service, followed by issues with billing, prices and charges, and changing provider.
Commenting on the latest set of results, Alex Neill,Which? Managing Director of Home Services, said:
'Customers continue to suffer with problems ranging from slow speeds to unexpected price hikes and connection dropouts - and to make matters worse, our research has shown that long-standing customers are most likely to be overpaying for shoddy broadband service.'
Many loyal customers pay a premium for not switching. Often, customers can get faster speeds and save a sizeable sum of money as introductory superfast fibre broadband prices can be cheaper than the standard price that people pay for their slower ADSL broadband.
Our analysis of broadband deals found loyal consumers could be paying an average of 15% more than a new customer - but in some cases, the price increase could be as great as 89%.
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