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A solution to customer service woes, at a price

Friday - 3/11/2011, 7:55am  ET

The cost of customer service

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck

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WASHINGTON -- It's frustrating having to navigate through customer service phone trees, only to be put on hold for hours for a chance to speak to an actual representative. Some companies think they have the answer, but there is a big catch.

Time Warner Cable offers customers access to a 24-hour support hotline and a three-hour window, SmartMoney.com Reports, down from eight hours.

But this additional service costs $180 extra per year.

Other companies, such as Apple, and American, United and Southwest airlines are offering similar perks for a price.

Check out the report to the right from WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck to hear what some customers think about this feature.

Read the full report at SmartMoney.com

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