Airtel 4G service not available but charging rental

Location/place: Bangalore

Name of company/service: Airtel

I purchased a 4G wireless modem from Airtel after a demo was given to me at my office (IISc). Along with the purchase of the modem, I agreed to a rental plan of about Rs 1000 per month.

However, after I installed the modem, there was no coverage and I was unable to use the modem. I informed Airtel about the technical problem and they sent an engineer who confirmed that there was no coverage and that they would require 90 days to rectify the problem (email attached).

I did mention on the telephone that it is unfair for Airtel to charge me rental if ther eis no service provided. However, I have been receiving notices to pay the rental and even phone calls & letters & emails & SMS messages threatening legal action. Below is a sample email exchange.
Kindly advise.
K.V.S. Hari

———Original Message———-
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Sent: 26/10/2012 10:08:03 AM
Subject: Fw: 4G: NO COVERAGE [|BAL|Qrc117071216072310085686|]

Please check the email response form AIRTel. iF THERE IS NO SERVICE PROVIDED,

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “[email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:58 PM
Subject: Re: 4G: NO COVERAGE [|BAL|Qrc117071216072310085686|]

Dear Customer,

Ref: Email dated 17-07-2012, mentioning the concern about Network coverage for
your airtel data card number 9972317801.

Thank you for your email to Airtel and the opportunity to assist you.

We wish to inform you that we are in the process of installing a new cell-site
in your area, which should come up within the next 90 days. This site will
improve the network strength and considerably enable you to enjoy continued
services. Kindly bear with us till such time.

We thank you for taking out the time to voice your concern. At Airtel, we
believe that our customers’ feedback helps us improvise our services.

Please do write in for any further assistance.

Yours Sincerely,
Latha G
Customer Care
Bharti Airtel Limited
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———Original Message———-
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Sent: 17/07/2012 04:31:12 PM
Subject: 4G: NO coverage

Hi Helpdesk,
Ref: Airtel mobile number: 9972317801

I have purchased the Huawei wifi Modem from Airtel and obtained a 4G connection
with the above number.
However, after the demo, where it worked, there is no coverage for 4G.
I have informed Airtel about it and the technical people have visited the site
and found no coverage.

I would request you not to bill me until the coverage issue is resolved. I
assure you that I will pay if I use the service.


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