Disappointed with LifeLinks VRS

13 09 2006

LifeLinks VRS

LifeLinks VRS (LLVRS) screwed up….again.

This time they finally shut down free broadband program. What’s more they did not even inform me at ALL. I found out about it thru one of my friend from another state. (See email below)

LifeLinks VRS paid my Comcast faithfully for approximately six months. My Comcast have been switched to Time Warner Cable (TWC) by no choice last month. I got a bill saying I owed $99 plus tax for hi-speed internet business package. (It was selected by LLVRS) I immediately email to LLVRS customer service twice within a week and I never heard from them. I finally called TWC and transferred account back to resident package. ($49 a month) I still owed about 2 weeks worth of business package.

Forget it; I don’t need anything from LLVRS anymore. It’s not worth.

I’ve wrote few times about LLVRS at my blogsite. It was nothing but frustration (And some positive, too) with them — click here for more details. I am sorry to say that but they don’t deserve to be in VRS business till they fix it and improve their customer service.

You still can use Sightspeed video software (pretty good stuff) without using LLVRS. Sign it up for personal use – it’s free.

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: LifeLinks
From: "Lifelinks Customer Service" <customerservice@lifelinks.net>
Date: Tue, August 29, 2006 5:42 pm
To: (removed)


Lifelinks has striven to support its program of free broadband to deaf persons through Comcast.

The program was intended for deaf people but hearing people signed on and abused our offer, using up the funding that we had budgeted for it.

Regrettably, it is necessary to discontinue the program.

You can continue to receive Comcast broadband by contracting with Comcast directly and we suggest you do so by calling the Comcast number in your area, using VRS or e-mail.

When you do so, please remember that Lifelinks VRS is available to you just as it has been in the past either by downloading the free Sightspeed software on your PC from our website – http://www.lifelinksvrs.com/ or by calling * * using your VP-100 or D-Link.

We regret the inconvenience.

Thank you for your understanding.

Customer Service
Lifelinks VRS


LifeLinks VRS: Follow-Up

9 05 2006

I received this email today. I couldn’t believe they are doing it now after they announced they will shut down whole thing couple of weeks ago. Now, they decide to resume but have to do this easy instruction. I just did video mail — hopefully it will work out okay. I just wish they would have done this at first place. They really need to improve their customer service, too. We will see :)

Read on:

Subject: LifeLinks High Speed Internet Program Instructions
Dear LifeLinks Users,
The free High Speed Internet program has been discontinued and we are no longer accepting new applications. Existing customers who were previously on the free High Speed Internet plan were placed on hold due to the wide abuse of this promotion by individuals outside the Deaf community. To ensure that our gifts remain within the Deaf community, and in order for you to continue participating in this program, you must do one of the following:
Call our customer service representatives so that they may confirm your SightSpeed address and your ability to communicate in Sign Language.
Send a video message to Internetprogram@lifelinks.net confirming your SightSpeed address and your ability to communicate in Sign Language.
If we do not hear from you by Friday, May 19, 2006, your free High Speed Internet service will be shut off immediately. We are aware that many of you are experiencing problems with our software, if so; contact a LifeLinks interpreter who will connect you to the SightSpeed tech support department for assistance. However, the deadline of Friday, May 19, 2006 still applies, so be sure to act fast in getting software issues resolved.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service representatives:
Email: Internetprogram@lifelinks.net or
VP#: (request customer service rep)
TTY#: 212 714-9889
On behalf of LifeLinks, we would like to thank you for sharing yourselves with us and allowing us the opportunity to fulfill our mission of being the community’s VRS.
The LifeLinks Family

Grant W Laird, Jr.

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