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J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Gen Y and Pre-Boomers Are Most Satisfied – 9/25/12

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Gen Y and Pre-Boomers Are Most Satisfied with Their Home Phone Service, but for Different Reasons

Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, Optimum Voice and WideOpenWest Each Rank Highest in Residential Telephone Customer Satisfaction in Their Respective Region

 

JD Power and Associates Reports Gen Y and Pre-Boomers Are Most Satisfied with Their Home Phone ServiceWESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 — WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Both Generation Y and Pre-Boomer[1] customers are significantly more satisfied with their home telephone service than customers in other generational groups, but for very different reasons, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Residential Telephone Customer Satisfaction StudySM released today.

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The study measures customer satisfaction with both local and long distance telephone service in four regions throughout the United States. Five factors are examined to determine overall satisfaction (in order of importance): performance and reliability; cost of service; billing; offerings and promotions; and customer service.

Overall satisfaction among Pre-Boomers with their residential telephone service is 709 (on a 1,000-point scale), compared with 690 among Gen Y customers. The average overall customer satisfaction is 682.  In addition, Pre-Boomers and Gen Y customers are significantly more satisfied with their phone service than are customers in the Gen X (667) and Baby Boomer (678) generational groups.

Pre-Boomers are satisfied with their phone service simply because it is reliable, while Gen Y customers are satisfied because of their ability to bundle other services such as cellular phone service and high-speed Internet.  While the majority of Pre-Boomers are unlikely to switch providers, nearly one-fourth of Gen Y customers are likely shop around for a different provider.

“Pre-Boomers tend to take an ‘if it’s working, why switch’ approach to their telephone service, while Gen Y customers are not afraid to switch and will consider a provider offering a less expensive alternative,” said Frank Perazzini, director of telecommunications at J.D. Power and Associates.

Slightly more than one-fifth (22%) of Gen Y customers indicate they “definitely will” or “probably will” switch phone service providers, compared with just 11 percent of Pre-Boomers. Among Gen Y customers who are willing to switch, 72 percent say they are willing to switch for a better price, compared with 60 percent of Pre-Boomers who say the same.

In addition, the study finds that 57 percent of Gen Y customers say it would be “extremely easy” or “somewhat easy” to switch their phone service, compared with 51 percent of Pre-Boomers who say the same.

While Gen Y customers have a high propensity to switch providers, they also present the greatest opportunity for growth—provided they remain satisfied with their current provider. Among Gen Y customers, 41 percent indicate they will buy additional products from their provider, compared with 31 percent of Gen X customers, 25 percent of Baby Boomers and 21 percent of Pre-Boomers.

“The market for home telephone service is reaching a saturation point, so providers are working very hard to keep their current customers,” said Perazzini.  “Phone providers will certainly be challenged to keep Gen Y customers, as few consider home telephone service part of their ideal telecom bundle, which includes wireless services and faster broadband services.”

In addition, the study finds:

  • A higher percentage of Gen Y customers (12%) are interested in bundling home security services with their telephone service than are customers in the Gen X (11%), Baby Boomers (9%) and Pre-Boomer (7%) generational groups.
  • Pre-Boomers have a notably higher propensity to use automatic banking deduction to pay their bills (21%) than customers in all other generational groups (14%). Gen Y customers more often opt to pay via their provider’s website (26%), which they find ideal to monitor their phone usage and view new product offerings.
  • More than one in five (21%) Gen Y customers use online video chat, compared with customers in the other generational groups: Gen X (13%); Baby Boomers (9%); and Pre-Boomers (7%).

Provider results by region are:

East Region: Optimum Voice ranks highest with a score of 706, performing particularly well in cost of service; billing; and offerings and promotions. Verizon follows in the region with 692.

South Region: Bright House Networks ranks highest in the region for the seventh consecutive year with a score of 728 and performs well in all five factors. Following Bright House Networks in the rankings is Verizon (704) and Cox Communications (695).

North Central Region: WideOpenWest (WOW!) ranks highest for the sixth consecutive year with 732, performing well in all five factors. Cincinnati Bell follows in the region with 698, and AT&T ranks third with 680.

West Region: Cox Communications ranks highest in the region for a 10th consecutive year with a score of 704, performing well across all five factors. XFINITY (689) and Verizon (683) follow in the regional rankings.

The 2012 U.S. Residential Telephone Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 18,033 customers nationwide who receive their local and long distance telephone service from one provider. The study was fielded in four waves: November 2011, January 2012, April 2012 and July 2012.

East Region
Customer Satisfaction Index Ranking J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings
(Based on a 1,000-point scale) For Consumers
Optimum Voice 706 5
Verizon 692 4
East Region Average 681 3
AT&T 679 3
Cox Communications 676 3
Time Warner Cable 669 2
XFINITY 661 2
Frontier Communications 660 2
South Region
Customer Satisfaction Index Ranking J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings
(Based on a 1,000-point scale) For Consumers
Bright House Networks 728 5
Verizon 704 4
Cox Communications 695 3
AT&T 692 3
Windstream 692 3
South Region Average 689 3
XFINITY 677 3
Charter Communications 667 2
Time Warner Cable 666 2
CenturyLink 665 2
North Central Region
Customer Satisfaction Index Ranking J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings
(Based on a 1,000-point scale) For Consumers
WOW! 732 5
Cincinnati Bell 698 4
AT&T 680 3
XFINITY 680 3
North Central Region Average 674 3
Time Warner Cable 662 3
CenturyLink 659 3
Charter Communications 659 3
Frontier 637 2
West Region
Customer Satisfaction Index Ranking J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings
(Based on a 1,000-point scale) For Consumers
Cox Communications 704 5
XFINITY 689 4
Verizon 683 3
West Region Average 679 3
Time Warner Cable 673 3
AT&T 670 3
CenturyLink 668 2
Charter Communications 651 2

Power Circle Ratings Legend: 5 – Among the best 4 – Better than most 3 – About average 2 – The rest

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