Quicken And MS Money Are ExtortionWare

Both Quicken and MS Money sneak these “sunset” clauses in their end user license agreements, giving them carte blanche to completely disable major parts of their functionality if they feel like it. These features include online bill pay, downloading any financial information, portfolio tracking, and more. Basically, all the cool stuff.

How To Record Customer Service Calls

How To Record Customer Service Calls

It’s good to get into the habit of recording customer service calls. It gives you proof if they mess up and maybe you’ll get a really bad one that you’ll want to submit to The Consumerist. Here’s some tools to help you.

WaMu Screws Customer Stranded Overseas After Credit Cards Stolen

WaMu Screws Customer Stranded Overseas After Credit Cards Stolen

Marty was stranded in Greece after his credit cards got stolen on the metro. He called WaMu to cancel his cards and then when he tried to confirm they were closed, he got transferred from department to department. In the meantime, thieves continued to run his bill up to $5800. Marty’s cellphone minutes continued to drain. No one could help him because the Consumer Lending Department “was closed over the weekend.” WaMu must believe that identity theft is only committed during the weekday.

Record Outbound Customer Service Calls With 321-CALL-LOG

Record Outbound Customer Service Calls With 321-CALL-LOG

321-CALL-LOG is free online service that helps you make recordings of and document your customer service phone calls.

HOWTO: Record Phone Calls

HOWTO: Record Phone Calls

This may not be the best or the cheapest way, but this is how we record our customer service calls, without ever going to Radio Shack.

T-Mobile Forbids You From Recording Customer Service Calls

T-Mobile Forbids You From Recording Customer Service Calls

We can record you but you can’t record us, T-mobile told reader Jeff today.

T-Mobile Hotspot: Wham, Bam, But No Thanks

Much like beer and hotdogs at the ballpark, airports take advantage of your momentary entrapment to bend you over for the privilege of wi-fi surfing. Against his better judgment, ZDnet’s David Berlind tried to use the airport’s T-Mobile hotspot and access some important and time-sensitive documents from his office. T-Mobile was more than happy to give him a high signal as he completed the transaction, only for the wifi to completely cut out after they charged his credit card. David recorded his call trying to wrest his dollars back from T-Mobile, listen below.

AOL Fires Infamous CSR

AOL Fires Infamous CSR

The AOL customer service rep who tried so very hard to prevent Vincent Ferrai from cancelling his service has been fired.

The Best Thing We Have Ever Posted: Reader Tries To Cancel AOL

The Best Thing We Have Ever Posted: Reader Tries To Cancel AOL

This is the best thing we have ever posted. It’s so good that we almost don’t want to comment on this mp3 that Consumerist reader Vincent Ferrari recording him trying to cancel his AOL account. [More]

Australians Can Legally Watch Tapes Only Once

Australians Can Legally Watch Tapes Only Once

Did you think American copyright laws were draconian? Thank blazes you didn’t spill forth from the same mucousy marsupial pouch as Yahoo Serious into a lifetime of Australian citizenship.