Archive for February, 2011

Vonage Issues, Day 3 – February 26, 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Not much on the Vonage issue today.

I did go my bank and canceled my debit card so that Vonage can not attempt any payments from that card going forward.

Vonage Issues, Day 2 – February 25, 2011

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Recieved this email on Friday.

From:    The Vonage Team <>
Sent:    Friday, February 25, 2011 1:30 PM
To:   {my email address}
Subject:    Cancellation Confirmation

Vonage Account Number: {my account number}

Vonage Number(s): {my home phone number}

Cancellation Confirmation Number: {cancellation confirmation number}

Dear Jeff Tangen,

To view important information in Spanish regarding your Vonage account, please visit Para ver informacisn importante en espaqol sobre tu cuenta de
Vonage, visita el enlace anterior.

We’ve transferred your phone number(s) referenced above to another phone service provider as

Here are a few more important details to keep in mind:

o  Your cancellation is effective February 25, 2011.
You will no longer be able to make or receive calls using your Vonage service.
This includes 911 calls; please remember in the event of an emergency,
911 dialing from your Vonage phone will no longer work and you will not be
able to make a 911 call unless you have another form of telephone service.
o  You’ll continue to have access to the account details in your online account
for 90 days from February 25, 2011.

Charges for any overages, payphone calls to Vonage toll free numbers, and out of plan international calls
or any other features and services outside your plan are separately emailed, billed and charged to your
payment method within seven (7) days after cancellation.

Isn’t this a nice email.  Of course, let’s make this crystal clear.   I never canceled my Vonage service.   Let’s make something else clear.  I never authorized a transfer of my phone number to Sprint.

So, I called Vonage again and got another support case opened up.   The support case number is *****095.  This person was going to escalate this to a manager and I would be contacted in 24 to 48 hours.

Well… I decided to call Vonage again in the evening and basically gave the person both of the ticket numbers and that person was reading off the script.   I went off on her and ended up with her supervisor.  After I made it clear to the supervisor on what was going on, the supervisor told me that the “off line group” (or something like that) had to do research on this issue and that I would hear something back in 3-5 business days.

3-5 business days?  Are they serious?   I could not have my home phone number for at least 8 days.   Really.   8 days.

The email talks about charging my card for any outstanding charges.  So, tomorrow, I am off to the bank (or call them) and authorize them to deny any Vonage payment attempts.

Vonage Issues, Day 1 – February 24, 2011

Friday, February 25th, 2011

For a little bit of history, I had my home phone number ported over from Time Warner to Vonage.

Sent:    Monday, September 27, 2010 1:16 PM
To:   {my email address}
Subject:    {my home phone number} Is Now Your Vonage Phone Number

Dear Jeff Tangen,

To read this email in Spanish please visit
Para leer este email en espa??ol, entra al enlace anterior.

Congratulations!  Your existing phone number {my home phone number} has been transferred to Vonage, the
award winning Internet phone company.

As you can see, the phone number was successfully ported over… so I thought…

On Thursday night, I made my normal phone calls – to my kids and to Lisa.   When I talked to Lisa, she said that the caller ID came up as someone else, not my name.   Upon further review, it was some Michelle something er nuther…  My mom ended up attempting to call me around the same time and talked to Michelle and she told my mom that she just got the phone number the day before.

Called Vonage and opened up a support ticket with them.   The support ticket number is *****443.   The person that I talked to said that the port may not have came over successful.   With some initial troubleshooting on his end, he found out that the phone number was now on Sprint.   He said that he would have to escalate it to an engineer and someone would be getting a hold of me in 24 to 48 hours.

Blizzard Feb 1-2 2011 Part 2 Pictures

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Blizzard Feb 1-2 2011

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Looking out front door

Front of house


Alley drift

Alley east

Looking west on Michigan

Looking south on 9th

Looking east on Michigan

Looking north on 9th

Furnance vent

Found the furnance vent