StarTex Power



PUCT#: 10014

( 3.6 / 5 )

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StarTex Power is a retail electricity provider that was founded in 2004 to sell retail electricity in the state of Texas. At one point StarTex was one of the fastest growing businesses in Texas and a former winner of the JD Power & Associates award for customer satisfaction in the retail electricity market. In 2011, StarTex Power was acquired by Constellation Energy.

Constellation Energy is one of the largest conglomerates in North America. They operate over 35 power plants in 11 states and are one of the leading competitive suppliers of electricity and natural gas, as well as Baltimore Gas & Electric, their regulated utility in central Maryland.

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StarTex Power | PUCT# 10014
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In my experience, 99% of these companies are the same. All have their share of negative/positive/neutral reviews. Startex has been absolutely fine for us. No complaints. No billing surprises. No surprises in general. My opinion - go with whoever offers you the best rate and is reputable.


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Startex Power FEEDBACK FOR DISTRIBUTION Seldom nowadays I have the well justified opportunity to announce a service company’s exceptional ethical, HONEST, transparent , responsive AND responsible no hidden nothing, business operations practices. Startex is the premiere utility company and should be the standard to which all other not only peer but TV, TE, banks, credit cards and all service companies should shoot for. EXCELLENCE AND AT A GOOD PRICE TOO! LIKE IT SHOULD BE. I highly recommend them, because their quality service will not only serve you well but your quality of life will be that much better not having to deal with all the lousy service companies out there nowadays. http://www.houstonelectricrates.com/608/startex-power-customer-review-ranked-1-by-jd-power-and-associates/ AJR Sugar Land , TX


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If you are looking for a new company and are thinking about StarTex Power, go for it. However, like with any other company, be ready to make your next move before your contract is about to expire. I have used StarTex for a long time. Unfortunately, their rates went up, so I went away and singed a contract with another company. I contacted customer service a couple of times, and all went great. They speak good English and good Spanish and are professionals.


Thank you Mr. Ramirez for your kind words as we take Customer Service seriously and as our customers are our #1 Priority.

StarTex Power Responds 2013-08-08 08:45:30
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My contract with Star Tex was about to expire, so I spent much time researching various plans and rates offered by providers in our area. I wanted to see if I could secure a better rate with a company that also scored well on customer satisfaction. After an exhausting search, I called Star Tex to clarify information on their website; all my questions were answered thoroughly in a patient and easy-to-understand manner by customer service agent Ashley. Based on past personal experience, as well as current information, I have chosen to renew with Star Tex.


StarTex Power appreciates the opportunity to respond to this posting, as our customers are our #1 Priority. We are pleased to know we were able to provide you with the answers you requested and that you allowed StarTex Power to continue as your Retail Electric Provider.

StarTex Power Responds 2013-07-25 13:29:14
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The day after I posted a review on this web site, a StarTex representative contacted me about my review. She lowered the minimum usage fee to $4.99 and the minimum kWh threshold to 500. She renegotiated my contract to my full satisfaction, and now I'm a very happy customer. I wish I had been able to amend my earlier review, but instead, I just posted a new one here. I'm very grateful to have had this web site to research companies. With it, I was able to negotiate a new contract with my preferred energy provider. Thank you!


StarTex Power appreciates the opportunity to respond to this posting, as we take Customer Service and any claims of customer concerns very seriously. We have reached out to Mrs. Vigmostad to thanked her for our comments.

StarTex Power Responds 2013-07-25 12:55:35
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In my experience, 99% of these companies are the same. All have their share of negative/positive/neutral reviews. Startex has been absolutely fine for us. No complaints. No billing surprises. No surprises in general. My opinion - go with whoever offers you the best rate and is reputable.


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Tried to get on their plan, as I have been using electric carriers in my name for 30 years with various companies and PERFECT credit. Never needed a deposit. Startex is trying to get me to deposit $350 (even pushing it on me). I put a security on my credit report to be notified if anyone looks at it. This requires them to get the name of a person at the credit bureau who calls me to get my permission, then I call the creditor to proceed with a credit check, or the credit bureau can call them; either way. This is what all companies have been doing. StarTex CS has no idea what to do, clearly stated that in our conversation, while I explained and said get your supervisor. He announced that his super was on the phone listening. Then the CS wants me to call the credit bureau because he doesn't know what to do but use another phone to call Credit Bureau, then tell them it's ok. I say, that's not how it works for me since I don't have another phone and no clue who to call back on a random call center. The dude says, "I am the best source for knowledge here". At which point I proceeded to say with authority, "You ARE NOT the best source of knowledge or you would KNOW what to do here and clearly you don't". I hung up when he kept insisting he was the best source. Delusional. And his super never stepped up to stop him. I guess he agrees and supports his stupid CS.


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When I bought my home in 2006, I was one of their first customers ever. I've stayed with them since then and always automatically renewed via online. I have automated pay and so never have I had to call anyone to renew my service each year (or 24 months). Suddenly out of nowhere I am told that I have to call to get the lowest rate. I called, which was irritating on its own since this has never happened in 10 years. I was given a lower rate, which was good and felt like the company was just trying to find out who were their most loyal customers. Then the renewal call turned into a sales push to get me to change my A/C guy! WHAT? I finally had to tell the rep to just stop it. I was not changing my A/C guy! Then, I had to answer all these approval questions. So they tried to sell me before they registered me. Not good. Then I had to be told about a referral code and all these benefits to getting people to switch to them. THEN, the rep wanted me have the referrals call him directly. At that time, my dog began barking because an AT&T guy came to my door so I was able to get off the phone. Entire time 15 minutes! I don't appreciate all that. I felt I was being baited, pressured, switched and victim of a sales call.


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Startex power was great. I used them last few years and ended 12/2015. I rated them 4 lamps because I was billed an early termination fee that was supposed to be waived since I moved. I spoke to 3 different Customer service reps about it and I was told all was good every time until the next rep would call to get a $49.50 payment. I just received a call from a collections agency, claiming I owed the $49.50 again and told her the story. She told me to email her the Info. I called Startex Power, spoke to another kind service rep,( they have all been kind and helpful), told him what was going on, like so many times before and he said he sees all the notes but that the cancel refill had not ever been filed. He was doing it now and they actually owe me 50 cents since I over paid my last bill. So they were a good company I used for years until I moved in with my fiancé. I would still use them but he has a contract With another provider.


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I been with Star Tex for 4 years.Never had any problems until now. I was told that I would not pay for service charge and then they decided they wanted to disconnect me. They had on recoed from anthor company that the service charge was droped cause I didn't have anybody come.Now they want me to pay for something that was droped. I would not recmind thid company at all.Customer service is so bad.


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I signed-on and tried to see my renewal offer and after entering the renewal code the StarTex website pops up a message saying it doesn't appear I'm within a renewal period. That was FAIL#1. My service ends in 12 days which is within the 14 day window. So I called. Based on past calls to customer service I was prepared to be quickly annoyed. I asked for a 12 month quote. 7.1 cents per KWH and no minimum usage charge. I asked about a "base charge" (I have one on my current plan), then he mentions a "usage credit". That was FAIL#2. These providers are playing games! With all the credits, surcharges, etc. it's difficult to figure out what exactly YOU will be paying based on your usage. I opted to switch to a company that offered a reasonable flat rate per kwh + the Oncor delivery rate per kwh + 5.25 Oncor standard, and no minimum usage penalty fee, no base rate, and no "usage credit" B.S.. The combined rate is less than 7.1 cents and there's no telling what the parameters are at StarTex to get the 7.1. These companies are playing games to get themselves listed at a low 1 cent at the 1000 kwh level on powertochoose. I see one company that is 1 cent at the 1000 kwh but 11 cents at 2000 kwh which is what you'd probably be paying in the summer while running the A/C. The dishonesty and deception of the people running these companies is mind boggling! The "Electricity Facts Label" was supposed to simplify comparisons but the companies go out of their way to obfuscate their rates. As always, buyer beware.


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In my experience, 99% of these companies are the same. All have their share of negative/positive/neutral reviews. Startex has been absolutely fine for us. No complaints. No billing surprises. No surprises in general. My opinion - go with whoever offers you the best rate and is reputable.


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Tried to get on their plan, as I have been using electric carriers in my name for 30 years with various companies and PERFECT credit. Never needed a deposit. Startex is trying to get me to deposit $350 (even pushing it on me). I put a security on my credit report to be notified if anyone looks at it. This requires them to get the name of a person at the credit bureau who calls me to get my permission, then I call the creditor to proceed with a credit check, or the credit bureau can call them; either way. This is what all companies have been doing. StarTex CS has no idea what to do, clearly stated that in our conversation, while I explained and said get your supervisor. He announced that his super was on the phone listening. Then the CS wants me to call the credit bureau because he doesn't know what to do but use another phone to call Credit Bureau, then tell them it's ok. I say, that's not how it works for me since I don't have another phone and no clue who to call back on a random call center. The dude says, "I am the best source for knowledge here". At which point I proceeded to say with authority, "You ARE NOT the best source of knowledge or you would KNOW what to do here and clearly you don't". I hung up when he kept insisting he was the best source. Delusional. And his super never stepped up to stop him. I guess he agrees and supports his stupid CS.


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When I bought my home in 2006, I was one of their first customers ever. I've stayed with them since then and always automatically renewed via online. I have automated pay and so never have I had to call anyone to renew my service each year (or 24 months). Suddenly out of nowhere I am told that I have to call to get the lowest rate. I called, which was irritating on its own since this has never happened in 10 years. I was given a lower rate, which was good and felt like the company was just trying to find out who were their most loyal customers. Then the renewal call turned into a sales push to get me to change my A/C guy! WHAT? I finally had to tell the rep to just stop it. I was not changing my A/C guy! Then, I had to answer all these approval questions. So they tried to sell me before they registered me. Not good. Then I had to be told about a referral code and all these benefits to getting people to switch to them. THEN, the rep wanted me have the referrals call him directly. At that time, my dog began barking because an AT&T guy came to my door so I was able to get off the phone. Entire time 15 minutes! I don't appreciate all that. I felt I was being baited, pressured, switched and victim of a sales call.


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Startex power was great. I used them last few years and ended 12/2015. I rated them 4 lamps because I was billed an early termination fee that was supposed to be waived since I moved. I spoke to 3 different Customer service reps about it and I was told all was good every time until the next rep would call to get a $49.50 payment. I just received a call from a collections agency, claiming I owed the $49.50 again and told her the story. She told me to email her the Info. I called Startex Power, spoke to another kind service rep,( they have all been kind and helpful), told him what was going on, like so many times before and he said he sees all the notes but that the cancel refill had not ever been filed. He was doing it now and they actually owe me 50 cents since I over paid my last bill. So they were a good company I used for years until I moved in with my fiancé. I would still use them but he has a contract With another provider.


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I been with Star Tex for 4 years.Never had any problems until now. I was told that I would not pay for service charge and then they decided they wanted to disconnect me. They had on recoed from anthor company that the service charge was droped cause I didn't have anybody come.Now they want me to pay for something that was droped. I would not recmind thid company at all.Customer service is so bad.


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I signed-on and tried to see my renewal offer and after entering the renewal code the StarTex website pops up a message saying it doesn't appear I'm within a renewal period. That was FAIL#1. My service ends in 12 days which is within the 14 day window. So I called. Based on past calls to customer service I was prepared to be quickly annoyed. I asked for a 12 month quote. 7.1 cents per KWH and no minimum usage charge. I asked about a "base charge" (I have one on my current plan), then he mentions a "usage credit". That was FAIL#2. These providers are playing games! With all the credits, surcharges, etc. it's difficult to figure out what exactly YOU will be paying based on your usage. I opted to switch to a company that offered a reasonable flat rate per kwh + the Oncor delivery rate per kwh + 5.25 Oncor standard, and no minimum usage penalty fee, no base rate, and no "usage credit" B.S.. The combined rate is less than 7.1 cents and there's no telling what the parameters are at StarTex to get the 7.1. These companies are playing games to get themselves listed at a low 1 cent at the 1000 kwh level on powertochoose. I see one company that is 1 cent at the 1000 kwh but 11 cents at 2000 kwh which is what you'd probably be paying in the summer while running the A/C. The dishonesty and deception of the people running these companies is mind boggling! The "Electricity Facts Label" was supposed to simplify comparisons but the companies go out of their way to obfuscate their rates. As always, buyer beware.


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This company took $150 for a deposit for services not rendered. I went through the lengthy "enrollment" and gave all required info, only to find when I moved to my new residence I had no electricity. When I called the representative said there was no record of me, ridiculed me for pointing out the charge on my credit card. Called again with the print out of my confirmation email. My son called (I had authorized him to talk about my account) and spoke to the "compliance" dept. He was told "enrollement" wasn't completed due to incorrect address entered by them. New acct. given, called to confirm the next day and was told: no record of me, my address, acct. # etc. Based on other reviews, I'm lucky I don't have a contract with them. Now I just have to get a charge back on my credit card due to services not rendered. I would tell anyone who is thinking about StarTex power company: They are thieves and liars.


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I signed up for electricity with Star Tex Power for the price of 4.7 cents per kwh for every monthly usage over 1000 kwh. If I go over 2000 kwh then its 5.4 cents. EVERY MONTH without exception they have OVER CHARGED me. I have addressed this matter and sought a resoluion EVERY MONTH. Even the mangers can't /won't fix it. Their response to me is that the rate is based off of the usage. Are they deaf ??/ My usage is in line with the price. I AM SICK OF THEIR EXCUSES, and refusal to honor the terms of the agreement. This company is corrupt, under handed, and deceitful. I will NEVER again use them. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY !!!


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All customers should pay attention to their contract. Like others, we forgot when ours ran out and our rate sky rocketed. This was our fault, though, but they fixed it and applied the new rate while also reimbursing the high rate. All you have to do is talk to someone like a person, not your enemy. I cannot give them a bad review.


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This company is terrible once you go out of your contract, more than doubled my rate unless I signed for a 12 month contract at not such a good rate. I had automatic billing and I still received a late payment notice and notice that my electricity would be turned off followed by another bill a couple of days later telling me not to pay this account, very confusing and caused extra clutter in my life. You would think they would reward you for faithful service after your first contract, but no, they will stick it to their faithful customers. Will not be back again, too many other choices out there. Customer service cordial, but cold and unsympathetic.


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I have been with StarTex Power for at least 8 years and I just renewed my plan. My renewal notice said my new fixed rate for 12 months would be 8.8¢ per kWh so I started looking around. I found a few plans, including one for StarTex, that were up to 2¢ less. I called and talked to Carlos. He was very helpful and explained so many things that I did not know about the rates shown on comparison sites. Armed with this knowledge I could read the details of their plans and see that the price was shown was for electricity only and that there were other charged with these plans, including theirs. Ultimately, the 8.8¢ was good but when asked if I could do better, he came up with a plan for 8.1¢ per kWh that is all inclusive. He was very patient with me even when I had to call back and clarify some things. I have been very satisfied with this company.


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By far the worst company ive ever dealt with in my life. I would rather not have electricity then use this TERRIBLE power company!!!! customer service is total trash!!! there service is even worse!!! They will cut your power off for no reason and refuse to turn it back on. AVOID STARTEX LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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We had been Star Tex customers for some time. We renewed at a reasonable rate but the company slammed us on to a much higher month to month rate. When we finally caught it, they did nothing to to rectify it. Just another company trying to get and keep people on high month to month rates. PUC should shut these high complaint companies down.


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Plan ran out, rate jumped really high after 12 mo variable rate, no email,no bill, no withdrawal that month even though I have automatic withdrawal, next month the two month bill was $ 1450.00 instead of $700.00 The service representative said if you sign up for a 36 month plan we can bring your last bill down to the 9.6c (plus) rate... not the $1450 of course, but only $ 670.00 of it because that is "last months bill" .And then having to sign up for a rate that is 10-25% over the best rate out there, for 36 mo. Is anyone watching these people, this is crime. They stole $750 from me. I will fund the lawsuit.


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We recently moved and have had the worst experience with cancelling this power company. We filled out the online request to cancel service and completed all requested steps, but still got a bill for the electricity for our home for the month following our move-out date. We have called customer service on three occasions and forwarded our email showing that we have cancelled our service yet they still won't fix this bill. I have called three times to fix this issue and have waited over an hour on hold each time. I would never recommend this service to anyone.


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I was contacted by a rep by the name of Grant, to renew my commercial service contract. The best deal he quoted me was for a 4 year term at .04 something cents per kw. I signed a contract online but when I got my bill, it was for .05 something cents per kw. I have tried for over a month to contact this person, only to be put on hold for 10 minutes at a time, at which time I leave a message & they are SUPPOSED to call me back the 'next business day!' I have yet to receive a call back. Once I did get to talk to a live person but was told 'Grant' was on vacation & to call back Monday, which I did, only to be put on hold AGAIN! This company started out being a great company to do business with, back in 2011, but now, I would not recommend them to anyone!!!


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Have been customer of StarTex Power for four years. Bought a house and emailed them in detail all information (account no., termination date, moving out of apt date). The procedure is to call so they can verify that I truly want to terminate service and they have to check my identity. Due to closing on house and moving hassles, I called after a week. Once all information was taken and verified, the termination date was date of phone call. When I asked why not when I moved out of apartment, the representative was very inconsiderate and rude. I thought this was done, I pay final bill and it will be over. The account is not closed yet; did the representative forgot to close the account or she is retaliating and keeping it open? Is it open pending final payment!? I received final bill, but it doesn't seem final, no contract end date!!! I am fixing to pay it, even if the meter reading is still going on ten days after my phone call, BUT WHEN this will STOP. I will never have StarTex Power again. I already switched to another company in my new home. I hope I don't have to go to small claims court to force them to terminate the account.


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Was able to setup service with Star Tex very easily. No issues signing up, and service getting turned on. Using paperless and automated billing. The lowest rates I was able to find.


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real problems with online access can't sign on. In one instance it could not find my account when I did get on there was nothing there


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I went with Startex because they had a great rate. This was my second to use them. I received my first bill and in Large Bold Red Letters it said "Do not pay, payment will be made electronically." I checked their website which confirmed that I was set up on auto pay. I get the second bill, it shows a past due balance and a late penalty fee. Again, it had the bold red statement saying "do not pay". I called the company for an explanation, after long hold time, it turned out I wasn't set up on auto pay. They said that possibly because I was a previous customer and was previously on auto pay, generated that notation. I said fine, please remove the fee and lets get me set up on auto pay. Gave my credit card info, etc. Was put on hold again. Then the very same customer service rep that I had been speaking with for over 45 minutes came back informed me that I had a past due balance and asked if I would like to go ahead and take care of that now before a disconnect notice was sent out! I was so shocked! I said, "Seriously? This is John, correct? The same guy I've been talking to for the last 45 minutes trying to get a billing error taken care of!". He said yes mam, then repeated that I had a past due balance and that I would soon be receiving a disconnect notice if I didn't take care of it! I told him that I was done with him and asked to speak to a supervisor. After another long hold time, the supervisor came on and defended John's statement saying that he was just trying to help me out! I had to give my credit card info to her to pay my "past due" balance. I'm so thankful that it was only a 3 month contract! I don't have time for this nonsense!


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We have been a customer since 2006 and our contract is up for renewal. I figure to save 20% on a 24 month term compared to StarTex best offer. I've stayed in the past even though the rate was higher than available and I got no rate consideration for customer loyalty when I renewed but figured it better to dance with the devil I knew. I would have stayed this time as well but for one thing... I didn't like the way I was treated when I called to renew. The young lady answering my call was nice but she was in a hard sell position and tried to double talk me into believing that the 10.3 cent per kwh offer was better than a 8.5 cent offer that had the same terms. Desperation is all I can offer to say. We had no beef with StarTex up until that point. Of course, my wife pays the bills and is always on time with them so there is no real reason for a problem. StarTex remains in the upper quartile of price point.


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I have used Startex for years, when I renewed this year, my rate increased a bit, but what I was most surprised when my TDU charge increased from $3.30 to $47.70. This is not the same old Texas company that I signed up with. You can hardly understand the customer service reps.


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Have been a loyal on time paying customer for 4 years but not after today. They had great rates when I signed up years ago and the customer service was on point as well. I have noticed the last year or so when I call in I don't get the same friendly customer service and the rates haven't been quite as competitive when I've renewed. I called today for renewal and they said the only thing they could offer me was a 1,2, or 3, year plan. I won't ever do more than a 1 year plan as I rent not own. I know you can transfer service but I just get worried with doing more than a year contract on anything when I could be moving soon and possibly not be able to transfer the service where I go. I found a 6 month plan they offer online and it was a much lower rate. When I asked about this he said I couldn't do anything less than a 1 year. I asked them if they were saying they'd rater loose a long term customer who's always paid on time rather than give me a 6 month plan and said YES, CANCEL!!! I can not believe a company would choose to loose business. I called in again to ask to speak with a manager and he was rude and said well just cancel then. So that's exactly what I did. Signed up with another company and actually did a 12 month but they were offering 3 cents less per kwh at the 12 month plan and more renewable than Startex. It's too bad, they were a good company at first but I'd advise to stay away now.


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I have had about a dozen (12) rental properties with StarTex for 5 years. StarTex USED to have pretty good customer service. But since StarTex got bought by Constellation, the service at StarTex has gone downhill fast. I have elected to vote with my feet, I am renewing ALL of my previous StarTex accounts with another provider (Champion). Things may not work out to be perfect with the new provider, but I am sure that things cannot be as screwed up as things have gotten with StarTex.


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This company was great when it was StarTex, when Constellation bought them they became horrible. The rates went sky high, they put you on a different plan then what you sign up for, they change your contract dates, they bill you for fees and then can't explain what they are for, they lie to the FAA when you do file a complaint, Customer Service is the worst in the industry. Do your self a favor and do not sign up with this company. There are other companies that want your business and are willing to work for you.


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The customer service department really needs work. We use them as a commercial provider at work. My contract states it runs from August 2014 to February 2015, no actual day of the month. We signed a contract on March 4th and that contract states it runs from March 2015 to March 2016. When we received our next bill it was at the higher "floater rate." I contacted them immediately and I was told I would receive a call back. No call back so I contacted them again and I was told no notes on the account. I was then told to contact my service rep who told me he was out of the office and would contact me the next day but did not. Three days later I contacted him and I was told they have the actual contract dates in their office and I should check my bill for the actual day of the month the contract takes place. I was not under contract and he would credit this bill to my old rate but I would now have to pay the late fee because it took so long to resolve the bill is past due.


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We had StarTex for 3 years. We never had a single problem. The bill was easy to read, and the contract termination date was clearly stated on each bill. They even sent a reminder letter just before the contract expired (for people like me who lose track of time). We always pay our bill on time, so we didn't really have a reason to contact customer service. The only reason we switched was because at time of renewal they were way higher than several other companies --which was odd because they had always had competitive rates. Sorry StarTex, but we need to save every penny.


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We have to call in to pay the bill, we have never been able to get the bill set up for auto pay. How sad that such a large company can afford to be ineffective for the public. Price initially was great, but each year the price for a contract renewal would go up. Checked with other power companies and they are offering the same price as this company- and with better service I hope! Up for renewal soon and will be moving!


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I had very bad experience with the billing of Star Tex Power. It has automatic bill payment through checking account and I have provided all the details and setup for automatic payments. After 2 weeks when I checked the Star Tex Power account online, I could still see the amount due and the bill was not processed trough my automatic payments. I provided my account details again for automatic payments and though this time it would process the billing. Later when I checked my Star Tex Power account online I could still see the online payment was not processed. I thought there is some issue with there billing system through bank account payments and I paid my bill through credit card. The payment was made on time and in the next month bill I could see Other charges as 40 $ I was not sure about that and called the customer care representative. He explained it was fees for not processing payment for my checking account, I explained him the all the effort I made to pay the bill, if the online payment system through checking account is not working from their end why should I pay for that. He said its their policy and he can't help. I don't understand if they are having issues with their bill payment system why customer has to pay for it. It ridiculous for no reason I had paid 40$. I understand there is not perfect world and every system has its own faults but it can be solved through analyzing the problem and make proper decision. If they are not ready to do, what is the use of customer care service. I am very much disappointed with the experience I had and I will never have this services again and never recommend to anyone. Very poor and disappointing experience.


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Consumer beware!!! This is a horrible company. Cares nothing about the customer. Please stay clear of this company. Even the website is horrible to navigate and be careful on the amount your paying. Be sure to double check everything before you hit that payment button. If I had only read the reviews before getting suckered in to the contract by a salesman. Completely worthless customer service! AND I have yet to receive a bill. But my electricity has been disconnected. The worst most ridiculous company I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with.


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I haven't even signed up with this company yet, but a friend told me they had pretty good rates. What he failed to mention is that you can't sign up online, and these people just flat out don't believe in answering the phone! I can't even view their rates on their website, I just have to wait to speak to someone and pray it's worth the wait. It doesn't even greet you with their company name when you call, just straight to the horrible music. I had to check their website again to make sure I dialed the right number. I did. Now I'm on minute 36 of waiting for an answer. Maybe they're at capacity and just don't want new customers.


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I'm only on this site because it's time to renew and rates have gone up slightly - just seeing what else is out there. It's interesting to read all of the bad reviews for StarTex - most of which seem to center on customer service. I've been a customer for three years and haven't had any issues with power delivery. As such I haven't had to call customer service. So - take that for what it's worth. Power delivery = great. Customer service = haven't had to deal with it so by default I'd have to say it's fine. If you're looking for a good rate and reliable service I'd recommend StarTex.


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Was a great company for 6 years, but they have now sold out to another comapany. Now they have too many hidden fees. Will not sign with them again.


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Worse company don't try it


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Startex Power FEEDBACK FOR DISTRIBUTION Seldom nowadays I have the well justified opportunity to announce a service company’s exceptional ethical, HONEST, transparent , responsive AND responsible no hidden nothing, business operations practices. Startex is the premiere utility company and should be the standard to which all other not only peer but TV, TE, banks, credit cards and all service companies should shoot for. EXCELLENCE AND AT A GOOD PRICE TOO! LIKE IT SHOULD BE. I highly recommend them, because their quality service will not only serve you well but your quality of life will be that much better not having to deal with all the lousy service companies out there nowadays. http://www.houstonelectricrates.com/608/startex-power-customer-review-ranked-1-by-jd-power-and-associates/ AJR Sugar Land , TX


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I always had difficulty paying my bills due to lack of accessibility. My account was not accessible online to allow me to pay my bill more efficiently, despite my attempts to get this resolved, but it never was. The automated payment system would not recognize my account either, therefore I resorted to having to "hold for the next available customer service specialist" for at least half an hour "due to extremely high call volumes" to make my payments with a customer service representative each month. This was such a terrible experience! "At StarTex Power, customer service is our number one priority." ?? I would highly NOT recommend this company.


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I don't even feel like typing out all the problems I had with this Company. I just recommend going elsewhere. Don't fall for their rate if it is the cheapest, you will end up getting screwed over and paying way more. They are liars and thieves. Go with a Company that doesn't make its money by stealing from you.


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After 6 years with Startex I to stopped getting bills after changing my contract. I spoke with customer unservice 6 times no help. They promised they would not send a past due or turn off my service and now they are doing both. I'm running as far as I can. If they try to hit me with a termination fee I will pay it the same way they send there bills, never. Stick it where the sun don't shine Startex.


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Contract came to an end....they raised their rates (not a biggie) but when you try to renew....it's MORE! compared to what's in their mailings. You call and speak to someone, they play the tag game and send you to another operator in which you are on hold for a Loooooonnnnnnngggggg time! Finally gave up as it seems they don't care about my account so I left.....see ya StarTex!


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Every time that I've been able to speak with someone at Startex Power they've been able to help me with my problem. However, they rarely respond to emails that you send them for service. I also have the Signals program on my computer that tracks when someone opens an email that you send - Startex typically takes 1 week to open my email. When Startex Power switched software programs the system forced a move out on my account so my power was turned off unexpectedly and I was charged a big disconnect fee. They were able to turn it back on within the day, but it was frustrating that it was off at all and that I had to sign on with a higher rate. Since then I've been receiving letters from collections for the old account, which is very confusing because there seems to be no rhyme or reason to when they send the letters and I've been told several times by phone that the account is completely paid in full.


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I had no problem with StarTex when I was a Customer. The problem came when I moved and had to cancel service. They charged a $150 early termination fee that they do very kindly offer to refund when you show proof that you moved. That was good news! The bad news is it's now been 7 months since I cancelled service and I STILL haven't received my full refund. It's been 7 months of back and forth emails and phone calls to get it resolved. I will say each person I've talked to has been very kind and professional, but the problem is they don't follow up when they say they will and haven't resolved the situation for an extraordinarily long amount of time. I have wasted so much time having to email and call to get this handled. They were a fine provider, rates were good, and the people are nice--but this experience has been so so frustrating.


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I renewed with StarTex after my original contract ended and received a confirmation that my order was received. Three months later I figured out that my renewal had NOT gone through in spite of the confirmation I had received and that StarTex had been charging me much higher non contract rates. I had been overcharged several hundred dollars! It was an act of congress to get a refund! I will never do business with them again.


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Was a loyal customer for years, but recently their decline in customer service and care has made me reconsider. They were always so great about letting me know when my contract was about to expire (a huge perk in my opinion) and providing me different renewal plans with incentives based on length of service I could sign up for. This must be a thing of the past. I did not get a renewal notice this time (via email or postal mail) what I got was a big fat bill with outrageously charges once my contract had lapsed. I called customer services and they were anything but helpful - all they tried to do was push me into another contract. When I was on hold for nearly 10 minutes I had time to explore other much, much more reasonable options and told the customer service agent I'd be taking my business elsewhere. They couldn't care less. After over 5 years of customer loyalty, I feel that this company has gone downhill. I would not recommend them at all!


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First bill came in LESS than 2 weeks of service Tried to sign up online and their system is down Tried to call their customer service ...and no one answers ( during hours 0 First impression is this is a slockey outfit and not recommended


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I have been with Startex for over 3 years and had nothing but praise until Constellation took over. When renewing the new offered rates charged 9.95 for low use. I called to cancel and was offered to stay at same rate I previously had. When my contract was not updated and my bill was late I spent more then 20 hours on phone trying to get my bill and to get Startex to honor agreed on bill. It is now 7 months later and my bills are still messed up and I cannot get a straight answer from Customer Service or a promised call back from a supervisor. Something is seriously wrong with this company as they don't have the ability to bill correctly and customer service does not have the ability to resolve or correct any issue. In the past 7 months my bills have twice skipped months and I still don't believe they are charging me the correct rate. The really sad part is a call to this companies customer service will not resolve any issue.


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Since the buyout from Constellation Energy - this company definitely no longer understands customer service. They are hard to reach and the folks I have talked to are rude now in customer service. I have been a loyal customer for many, many years and never shopped the prices until now. I will definitely not stay with StarTex when my contract is up in the next few days. I am making a switch!


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BAD-BAD-BAD I was told when I renewed my contract that there will b no monthly charge even if I didn't use the minimum monthly KW, but they did charge me $9.95 & after I requested to investigate what the rep told me on the ph, they said that I agreed to that, but when I told them to let me listen to the recorded conversation, they said no! They also didn't want to give me the address to their legal dept so I can send them a letter from my Atty. DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THIS CO!!! BAD-BAD-BAD


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I have been a customer for 6 years with great service until now! Constellation needs to clean out their management team and start over with someone that knows the importance of customer service. You can not have customer service reps that can not correct problems. If you ask a billing question that needs an answer they have to contact billing. Oh and don't expect a call back. I have been working on a problem for two months and now my account is locked and they don't know how to in lock it so I can renew. Once I find out for sure my contract has indeed expired I am out of there. The billing reps never talk to anyone. I feel bad for the service reps. They are on the firing line and it is not their fault. The management team does not allow them to make corrections as before. You never get to talk to anyone further up the chain of command. Get out while you can!


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I currently am signed up with StarTex and have been happy with them through my one year contract since moving into my home. Their renewal price offered was not competitive. After researching rates I went to renew through Powertochoose.org with StarTex because they had a competitive price advertised. After entering all mo information to sign up I got a pop up that said the rate was for new (move-in) customers only. It did not state this at powertocheeose.org. That's not good advertising. I'm switching to a different company for a better rate then they offered for my renewal. I wanted to stay with one company but they prevented that.


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They changed their billing system without notifying their customers. Exceedingly long hold times and no response to emails. Double billing, unexplained charges/credits, uninformed customer service reps, increased rates. Stay away folks.


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Same as all the other reviews, they changed their billing system without notifying their customers. Hold times exceedingly long so I tried emails, but those went unanswered. Customer service reps worthless, double billing, unexplained charges/credits, and rate increases to boot. Adios StarTex, never again.


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I was with StarTex for eight years and was happy until Constellation acquired them, but I just ditched them. Before Constellation, the phone got answered faster and they were willing to negotiate renewal rates to be competitive. Now you're likely to get stuck on hold when you call and they flatly refused to come off a rate that was 13% higher than a rate from a reputable competitor. Odd way to run a commodity business.


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It all went down the toilet quick once Constellation completely took them over (2013). First they changed the website, which changed the bill payment system. Autopay doesn't work one month. It charges my card 5 times the next. Customer service is clueless after being on hold 75+ minutes. Before the sale, I was never on hold longer than 5 minutes, and customer service was knowledgeable and could fix mistakes! Not anymore. The rate I signed my contract changed - due to a "PUCT approved rate adjustment." They passed the charge on to me. It's their right - it says so in the contract. It's also my right to leave them after my contract is up. Marcie Zlotnik - you are deeply missed. She is no longer running things as of 2014. What a shame.


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This was a great company. I got many friends to switch to them over the years. Now they are terrible. I gave them every chance to keep me as a customer. But customer service was terrible, rate plan options to renew were inflexible and expensive, and their recent billing changeover did not go well. Nice going Constellation...


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If you ever have anything out of the ordinary happen on your account, there is no way to get any help or answers without RIDICULOUS wait times on the phone. They don't have an estimate for the wait time, and the hold music is the most frustrating short loop that repeatedly gets your hopes up. I relocated recently, and my husband called to arrange power. Apparently, he wasn't primary on the old address so he couldn't cancel the old account but they let him set up the new one. I cancelled the old one a couple of days later. Now, they are trying to collect an early termination fee for the first account even though it was a relocation. I have sent them documentation multiple times by email, but they continue calling to pester me to collect the money. When I return the call, I can never wait long enough to get a person on the line. They answer the phone immediately, but that initial person can only take payments or sign up new accounts, not provide customer service. Never been more irritated with a company before. I hate them. But now under a new 3 year contract fml.


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I MOVED AND ITS BEEN MORE THAN A MONTH AND THEY TOLD ME I WOUKD RECIVE MY WELCOME PACKET IN 7-10 BUSINESS DAYS AND WITH ALL THE INFORMATION I NEED. I HAVE CALLED THEM 3 TIMES IS TILL HAVENT RECIVED NOTHING AND THEY SENT ME A EMAIL THAT MU BILL.IS READY TO VIEW ONLINE AND I CREATED AN ACCOUNT SND IT JUST SHOWS ERROR I AM SOO MAD IM ON THE PHONE WAITIBG FOR THEM TO ANDWER ME THE WAIT TIME IS RIDICULES OMG. I HAVE NEVER HAD SUCH A BAD EXPERIENCE LIKE THIS SMH!!!!


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We moved from one house to new one. Both had Startex Power, they charge us more than $800 for early termination fee. We faxed them the lease for tho old house as they ask then they said it was separate account Worst company ever deal with


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I have been with Startex for about 3 years now, they used to be awesome. Starting in late 2013/Early 2014, they cannot seem to send monthly bills and now in April it is worse. I cannot even log into my account and SEE invoices. Since they seem to have problems sending invoices on a consistent basis, I have to remember to go login to see what I am being billed for. For whatever reason, now I can only see the total due, not the itemized bill. That is just NOT acceptable! Waiting a response as to why I cannot see my bill and when will I be able to! Whatever their problems are, just seem to be getting worse


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sorry customer service, they will not answer the phone


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Some people are just simply too stupid to run a company of any kind. I sincerely doubt these idiots could operate a Lemonade stand much less an electric company. Service is a complete zero and their website looks like a Kindergarten class project gone wrong. It's not worth the trouble to save some money.


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I was forced to use StarTex Power after a recent move. I have never dealt with a more incompetent company in all my life. Honestly. I have had numerous problems and tried every avenue they provide to resolve them. Wait time is always at least 30 minutes. Nobody ever calls me back. Nobody responds to complaint email or any email for that matter. Trust me, stay away.


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Canceled everyones autopay in December. Have had payments automatically deducted for at least 4-5 years. Didn't notice nothing was coming out of my checking account. Son came home and was looking for a scholarship application. I saw a pink bill and it said disconnect on 5 April. Since today was the 13th I figured it was a mistake. Went online to make sure today, and couldn't get in. Called, and after holding for an hour was advised that my lights were in fact cut off today. I would need to pay the bill and get charged a 20 reconnect fee. Called my son, he said the lights are not off. I paid the balance and called. After holding another hour, to tell them to remove the reconnect fee because it was never disconnected. They said it didn't matter, as long as a disconnect order has been sent, they will charge the charge, and will not waive it.


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Switched from Startex with their minimum usage fee to another company that does not have one. Startex owes me several hundred dollars from a balanced billing account. Four months later, I am still waiting for my refund. Calls and emails to their so called top notch Customer Service go nowhere.


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I have been a customer of Star Tex for the past 4-5 years and was very pleased with their service until the beginning of this year. I have to go two months before receiving a bill, and I have yet to receive a bill for March. I have sent numerous email to Star Tex requesting the status and have received absolutely no response to my questions. I have called Customer Service many, many times since February and the shortest wait time has been 47 minutes. Asked one time for a manager to call me, and it took five days for a return call. If I had known all of this would happen, I would NOT have renewed my contract and as soon as it expires, I will be finding another provider. Was told the other day, the reason for the delay is because they are having to manually to calculate the invoices which is absolutely ridiculous. I would really be nice to talk with someone on the phone that really knows what is happening with my account. If I had known all of this would happen, I would NOT have renewed my contract and as soon as it expires, I will be finding another provider.


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I signed up with StarTex last year because of the fabulous reviews. But I have been mightily disappointed. The difficulties with the website "upgrade" were bad enough, but now I received the notice that my renewal will be month-to-month at a much higher price, of course. No information given on the rate to renew for a year or any other period of time. I checked Power-to-Choose and found only a 3-month plan. I called customer twice because I didn't believe that, and the wait to speak to someone is 30 minutes!!! Who has time to be on hold for ½ hour? What are they thinking? I emailed last week, got an automated response that it would be answered, and still no answer. So how on earth are you supposed to get a hold of these people in order to get information about renewal? I have no choice but to switch companies.


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I have been a customer for years. I can't believe the crap this company has pulled!!! In November my bill was $80...in December more than $400. I work 12 hours a day and live alone. There is no way on Gods green earth I could ever use that much electricity for a bill that high. Each month it has creeped back down but not much. Customer service was a joke. They told me that the meter was read correctly and I was on the hook for the money. Very dissatisfied. If my review helps someone research further bedford entering into a contract with this shady business than my job is done!!


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I recently moved from Houston, TX to Mansfield, TX. I called a week in advance to have my electric service transferred to my new address. Upon arrival to my new address, the electricity had not been transferred as scheduled. I immediately contacted Star Tex Power and was told by a representative that the service was inadvertently applied to the wrong address and that it would be corrected by the end of the day. Well not only did the idiot change the service to the CORRECT address, she NEVER REMOVED the WRONG ADDRESS. I've been billed for TWO residences and cannot get ANYONE in this awful company to rectify the situation after THREE MONTHS. I cannot wait until this contract is up, where I will definitely be switching companies. In the meantime I am consulting with an attorney. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY! DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY! DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!


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During the past few months they went through some type of overhaul with their payments systems and it has caused a lot of issues. I even received a letter in the mail in the beginning of Feb. saying that I would receive a $25 credit to my account because they acknowledged the issues. It is now March 26th and I have yet to receive any type of credit to my account. I have never waited on their customer service line for less than an hour.


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Didn't receive my March bill when I was expecting it. Finally, it showed up on line. I was billed for 832 kwh. The cost for electricity was about $90. They added an additional $1900.00 to the bill. It was itemized as a "check refund". When calling, the wait is usually over 45 minutes. I got ahold of a guy in another department who said he would e-mail my concerns to the appropriate department. The next day someone called and left me a voice mail saying they were working on it and would call me back. They didn't. They don't respond to e-mails. Finally spoke to another rep who couldn't explain the added charge. It's been almost a week and they still haven't corrected the bill. My contract expires this August. I'll be looking elsewhere. I have been with StarTex for about 4 years. I have never received such horrible customer service from anyone like this. Called Constellation....they don't seem to care. It's time for a PUC complaint.


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We have been with Star Tex for Several years without issue. Upon renewal this year we first did not receive a bill in February. When I enquired I was told Centerpoint did not read my meter. When I received both invoices on the same day the meter reads were listed for Feb on one and March on the other. The total amount of the two bills was charged to my credit card twice and I have been cut off from hold twice waiting for customer service to get this resolved. When I brought the billing issue to their attention I was promised a call back from the "Presidents Group" as I wanted to terminate my contract at no penalty as they were not invoicing monthly as agreed. I also found out they have no staff in place to monitor incoming information and ensure bills are sent out on time. What I got instead was a form letter promising a $25.00 credit that I did not see applied when I received the bills. The credit alone was insulting enough. Own your issues and solve them instead of cowardly holding people hostage behind contracts that are not being maintained in good faith. The number of times "Thank you for your feedback; StarTex Power is more than happy to investigate the issue described in your review, as our customers are our #1 Priority. Please email us at Service@StarTexPower.com, with your account details, StarTex Power would appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns" appears as a stock answer on this website should serve as a warning to any potential customers. One of there competitors will eventually run a plan that will pay my cancellation fee and I intend to jump all over it. The lack of customer service and accountability is unforgiveable.


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My problem is with billing and customer service. When you need to talk to someone, do you want to hold for an hour. If you do, this might be the company for you. We use online bill pay. StarTex stated that they didn't receive an electronic payment even though we had proof from Chase bank. They even went so far as to say they didn't receive electronic payments. Something is very fishy. Chase even laughed when they stated they don't take electronic payments? They asked if you could pay over the phone. When I said yes, they said they take electronic payments. When you call, you are on hold for 45 minutes or longer. If I were you, I would go with a company that is honest and you can actually get ahold of. My advice, stay far away from them. Anything we saved was spent on my time to deal with the payment issue.


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Customer since 2011. GREAT COMPANY UNTIL A FEW MONTHS AGO. My monthly bill(s) have more than TRIPLED (from$ 80.00 - $ 350.00) with NO ADDITIONAL ELECTRICITY USED! Have made SEVERAL calls. NO ONE HAS ANSWERS. Suggested we are turning all the lights on at one time....power surge. LOCATION IS AN EMPTY NON RENTED LOCATION. WAIT time for phone calls averaged well OVER the 30 minutes they project!! Today, I spent almost an hour waiting to speak to a representative. Several times I have been disconnected while they put me on hold to research this. Another 30 plus minutes on hold.... TOTALLY NOT ACCEPTABLE! In their favor, once you speak to a representative, they are pleasant and try to be helpful. Unfortunately, their answers are generalized. Since December, I have asked to speak to a supervisor. 16 calls later, someone actually did call me back. They were going to look into the problem. Never heard back re: solution. So NOTHING HAS CHANGED. SO VERY UNHAPPY!!! BEWARE!!!! SHOPPING FOR ANOTHER COMPANY!!!! STARTEK HAS LOST MY RESPECT!!!


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I am not gonna give even 1 star. I was basically enrolled on AutoPay and everything was fine until last December. Suddenly, I noticed that my CC was not getting any bills for electricity. I just noticed by accident after 3 months!!! I am trying to get hold of the customer care and understand why that happened and on the call for the past 58 minutes and counting but havent got a chance to speak to the customer care yet...Its not worth it...I am moving out for sure!


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I've been very pleased with StarTex Power however when my 1 year contract is up in a few weeks my rate will jump 6 cents a Kwh !! It's time to start shopping around. I really don't want to leave but I can't afford the higher rates.


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Not anymore, very disappointed with the service now, I have been trying to get a customer representative on the phone for the past 3 days, what happened to the great customer service? now I have to wait 30-40 mins to get someone on the phone or even after waiting for more than 30 mins they just hang up the call? what kind of business is this? this is ridiculous.


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I've been a Star Tex customer for 4 years now. Customer Service Rates right up there with Charter Cable. If you enjoy being on hold for 30 minutes to 1 hour plus, then Star Tex is the Company for you. Since the billing change over in January they have consistently sent e-mails stating that my account is past due, even though I spent an hour on hold re-authorizingt my automatic draft account. They really need to get their act together or they will soon be hated as much as Charter Cable/TXU and the Rest of the MONOPOLYS.


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I waited on the phone for 25mins, to be told I needed to talk to budget billing dept, waited for 15mins and hung up. Their reps are clueless, the co. needs to hire more staff.


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I've been a Startex customer for several years now, Last year I willing signed up for another 12 months. I knew it wasn't the lowest rate on the market but all my hassle free experience with them I felt a couple of cents for less hassle was worth it. At least much better than a former company known by me as Second to last Choice (First Choice) but... Since being bought out by Constellation it seems this luxury will cost me more. or will it? Startex give me a reason why I should stay? Last year your company allowed a digit drop. This year I waited