The Munchkin Bear turned 3 today!
After months of blood, sweat and tears, Helen’s Story has been picked up by The Observer & will be a cover feature in the New Review THIS Sunday 9th March !!!
I’m so unbelievably happy – I never dreamt when Matt first approached me with the idea for the project, it would ever come this far.
oh my god this has got to be one of the best pictures i have ever seen
Emma J Black by Dark Romantics
Cat Survival Trust, a set on Flickr.Trip to the Cat Survival Trust last weekend
So, I looked at the alternatives. I phoned Garmin up and they couldn’t tell me simple things like how much it would cost for their subscriptions for traffic and their ‘live’ services. By live services that means you need to have a mobile phone running their app on it so that the navigation device can connect to the internet for information - not like the TomTom that has it’s own SIM built in and just does it. Garmin used to have a navigation device that used it’s own SIM but they are now discontinued, and while the support guy said he thought the services would still be available for a while to come, he could not give me a date when they would be switched off and unsupported. Also I spent ages and ages on the phone to them for the privilege of not getting the info I needed.
I’ve tried a couple of the Smartphone apps and I’m still not happy with their performance so it looks like TomTom is still leading the market in a number of areas.
After a relatively small amount of complaining to them, they agreed to take back my faulty satnav under warranty, and yesterday a shiny new replacement arrived in the post. So it looks as though at times they do actually appreciate customer loyalty and it also looks like I will still be a customer for a time to come.
What is it with companies these days ?
They seem to think they can get away with providing shoddy products or poor customer service. TomTom is the latest on my list of many. I’ve been a loyal customer since 2003 but that doesn’t seem to matter when their top of the range device (1005 Live) only lasts 15 months and they want £90 to fix it.
Ok, but devices break Andy I hear you say, and I understand that, but 15 months ? also there was a massive outage in their live services last year and the device never did calculate traffic delays correctly when I bought it. They kindly gave me an extra 12 months live services for that issue.. not that I’ll be able to take advantage of that compensation unless I pay them £90!!
Don’t even get me started on the quality of the batteries they use in these devices. Once you’ve had the thing a year or so they no longer seem to last.
So, what are the alternatives ? well as much as mobile phone navigation is convenient, I’ve never found them to be as good as a dedicated device so i think the only real contender is Garmin. Something I’ll now have to take seriously as it seems a like a 10 year customer isn’t worth £90
I think a better description would be “Burst Your Bubble”, despite the numerous calls I’ve had from customer services in 5 weeks I have yet to receive a proper schedule with the correct dates on it. You would honestly think that in this day and age that companies would be a little more interested in business, but it seems that Protect Your Bubble obviously have enough customers and don’t want any more. Even worse, they are alienating the customers that they already have.
The only saving grace I can see is that so far I have not had to put any kind of claim in yet.. I dread to think how bad that would be if I actually wanted to get some money out of them. For sure you can bet that they wouldn’t want to wait 5 weeks for me to put the paperwork in, in fact I’m reasonably sure that their paperwork gives cut off times for contacting the police and filing claims etc.
Well it’s now got the point where I’ve decided that PYB can shove their policy right where the sun doesn’t shine, I’ll go and find a company that actually wants some business. The only outstanding action for me (and them) is that there is the matter of the January payment that they took out of my account with no policy in force. They need to be returning that ASAP or it looks like I’ll be heading to small claims court.