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    Support for customers with disabilities.

    Services you may find useful

    This service is designed to help customers use a phone where they have difficulty hearing or speaking. It's effectively a transcription service, which converts voice-to-text and text-to-voice, with the help of a specially trained relay assistant.

    If you struggle with hearing, a relay assistant will type what the other person is saying, so that you can read their words in real time. If you have difficulty speaking on the phone, a relay assistant will speak the words you type, so the other person can hear your words in real time.

    How does Relay UK work?

    Relay UK, previously known as Next Generation Text (NGT), or just ‘text relay’, is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Simply install the free Relay UK App to your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC, so that you can use Relay UK wherever you have an internet connection. If you prefer, you can also still use a traditional textphone to make calls – whatever device you’re using, just dial ‘18001’ before the number you want to call to access the service.

    There are different ways in which you can use Relay UK depending on your circumstances. These options are summarised below:

    Option If you... How it works
    'Type and Read' ...can't hear and don't use your voice You type what you want to say on a phone call and read what the other person says.
    'Speak and Read' ...can't hear but can use your voice You speak directly to the other person and a relay assistant types the response back to you staying on the call for as long as is required.
    'Type and Hear' ...can hear but don't use your voice You are connected to a relay assistant who reads to the other person the words you've typed, while you hear the other person speak.
    'Speak and Hear' ...can hear, and are speaking to someone who needs to use Relay UK Communicating with someone who is not able to hear and or speak on the phone, via a relay assistant.

    Cost of Relay UK

    All you pay are your normal call charges – you pay nothing to use the service itself.

    We know that relay calls can take longer than a normal voice call, so we make adjustments to your call charges to make sure that you aren't out of pocket.

    Need more help?

    Relay UK is not a service provided directly by Plusnet. To find out lots about the options available and how to use the service, we recommend that you visit the Relay UK website.

    You can also contact our customer support team on 0330 1239 123 or through our Twitter and Facebook pages.

    We’re delighted to enable British Sign Language users to contact us using a British Sign Language video interpreter, via the InterpretersLive! service, provided by Sign Solutions.

    Find out how to use the service.

    The emergency SMS service is there for people who struggle to speak on the phone, so they can alert the emergency services without needing to call them.

    The emergency SMS service lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard.

    How to register

    Before you can use the service you need to register your mobile phone by sending the word 'register' in an SMS message to 999.

    You'll then get the SMS message below about the service.

    "After reading ALL this message, SEND THE WORD 'YES' TO 999 TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION - otherwise your phone isn't registered. In an emergency, you will know your message has been received ONLY when you get a reply from an emergency service; until then try other methods. Full details, Terms & Conditions are available at"

    When you've read the message, reply by texting 'yes' to 999 and you'll then get a message telling you that your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration.

    For more details go to

    The easiest way to ensure you don't miss a payment is to pay your bills by Direct Debit. This way you'll never need to worry about missing a bill. However, we appreciate that some customers prefer to pay with a credit or debit card.

    In exceptional circumstances, like a long stay in hospital, we know that anyone can accidentally forget to pay a bill. Therefore, we offer various ways for someone else to manage bills on your behalf if your personal circumstances change, whether temporarily or on a permanent basis.

    Service Protect Scheme (Phone and broadband customers only)

    We have a scheme in place to prevent service interruption should you be unable to make a payment due to, for example, a long stay in hospital or a change in circumstances. You can nominate a friend or relative (a nominee) who we will contact should there be a payment outstanding on the account. We would attempt to contact the nominee before any service restrictions are applied, and that nominee will be authorised to make a payment on your account. In order to add a nominee, please fill in the Protected Services Scheme application form (pdf 102KB) and send it in to us or, if you are unable to print the form, please contact our support team on 0330 1239 123 to request one.

    Authorised Users (Phone and Broadband)

    You can nominate up to two people to manage your phone and broadband account. They can manage your bills, make payments, contact us about faults and ask questions about the account.

    Authorised users cannot close the account, accept additional charges on your behalf or make any changes to your contract.

    You can set up an authorised user for phone and broadband in My Account or just give us a call on 0330 1239 123.

    Authorised Users (Mobile)

    You can nominate one authorised user to manage your mobile account. They will have access to your account information, such as usage allowance, details about the bill and any out of bundle spend.

    The authorised user cannot edit any details, cancel the service or request a PAC, edit security questions, request a SIM swap or complete an upgrade.

    To set up an authorised user for mobile, just call 500 from your Plusnet Mobile device, or 0800 079 1133 from any other phone.

    Power of Attorney

    There may be times when you need someone to manage your affairs for you. A Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document which gives someone else (known as the attorney) legal authority to make decisions and act on your behalf. If you have a PoA we’ll treat them as the account holder, which means you’ll no longer be able to manage your account.

    The types of PoA we accept are:

    PoA type Proof we need
    Lasting Power of attorney Must be registered and validated by the Office of Public Guardian
    Enduring Power of attorney Must be signed by both parties Only needs to be registered with the Office of Public Guardian if the donor has lost mental capacity
    Deputyship order Must be stamped by the Court of Protection
    Appointee/BF57 These requests come from a varying source including Money Support Organisations, Local Authorities and Citizens Advice

    *Please note we're unable to accept other types of PoA.

    You can find out more information on PoA including other types of PoA on Ofcom’s website.

    If you have a power of attorney you can send a copy using the options below:

      Phone and broadband Mobile Method
    Postal address Plusnet Plc
    Sheffield Digital Campus
    1a Concourse Way
    S1 2BJ
    Plusnet Plc
    Sheffield Digital Campus
    1a Concourse Way
    S1 2BJ
    Email address Scanned copy

    We do our best to keep all our services up and running at all times. However, it's not possible to guarantee a completely fault-free service and occasionally, we know that some customers may experience problems with their service.

    For customers who are dependent on their services, if you report a landline or broadband fault, and you let us know you rely on the service for health or mobility reasons, we'll prioritise the repair.

    Who can receive priority fault repair?

    If you register as disabled and/ or vulnerable with Plusnet then you may be entitled to priority fault repair. We can only provide the service to those who need it most, so if you tell us about any disabilities or vulnerabilities we can assess if we're able to offer you the service.

    You can let us know about any disabilities or vulnerabilities by calling 0330 1239 123 or via the Additional Support Form in My Account.

    Need more help?

    If you have any questions about our priority fault repair scheme, please contact our customer support team on 0330 1239 123 or via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

    Help with landline and mobile phones

    Plusnet Home Phone customers can also benefit from a range of call features. Here are some of the features we offer which you may find useful:

    Call feature Description
    Caller display This is also sometimes known as Caller ID and does exactly as it says - shows you who is calling. All you need to use it is a phone that has a display to show the numbers that you're calling or that are calling you.
    Call Divert Divert your calls to your UK landline, mobile and most international destinations. If a diverted call is included in your call plan, it won’t cost you anything extra. If it's not part of your call plan, you'll be charged the standard rate for that call.
    Voicemail 1571 Voicemail makes sure you never miss a call. It's basically like an answering machine, only you don't need the machine bit. You can save messages for up to 20 days and record your own greeting.
    Voicemail Extra (or Call Minder) Voicemail Extra does everything that standard Voicemail does, but has additional features, such as being able to choose how many times the phone rings before a call goes to Voicemail, the ability to check your messages from any phone, link up with your mobile so it will send you a text to say you have a new voicemail message, and you can save your messages for up to 30 days.
    Anonymous Call Reject You can use this to block calls from withheld numbers. It won't block calls if the incoming number is 'unavailable', as the caller hasn't made any attempt to hide the number they're calling from. There are a few reasons this might happen, like if the person's calling from another country.
    Plusnet Call Protect Plusnet Call Protect catches nuisance calls on your landline and sends them straight to junk voicemail, where they belong.

    Some of these call features are free, others are chargeable. For information on pricing, and how to add and use these features, please refer to our call features page.

    At Plusnet, we don't sell home phone handsets. However, we appreciate how important it is that you have equipment that suits your needs in order to get the most out of your Plusnet service.

    This page describes some of the features on modern handsets that are designed to help people who might have difficulties using a standard phone.

    Feature Description
    Hearing aid compatibility You can buy phones that are specifically designed to be compatible with hearing aids, to prevent any buzzing or interference.
    Hands-free options Some phones have a hands-free option, such as a loudspeaker or separate headphones. This means that the sound can travel to both ears. It also allows for easy note taking.
    Separate keypad A lot of phones have the keypad built into the handset which sits by your ear. However, a phone with the keys on the base unit will allow you to keep the handset next to your ear if you need to press any buttons during the call.
    Visual call indicators You can get handsets with a visual call indicator, such as a flashing light, to let you know when someone is calling you.
    Amplify button Most phones should have a volume control which allows you to boost the sound of the ringtone and the incoming volume of the other caller. You can also get phones that make your own voice louder for the other person.
    Two-way recording Two-way recording allows you to record parts of a phone conversation and replay it later.
    Slow playback Some phones allow for slow playback of recorded messages, so that you can take down details more easily.
    Nuisance call blocking You can now purchase phones with built-in technology that will identify and block unsolicited marketing calls. This means the phone won't even ring and you won't be bothered by the unwanted intrusion.

    The ability to communicate using a mobile phone can give everyone more independence, and we want to make sure that everyone can reap the benefits of a more flexible and connected lifestyle. Did you know you can buy mobile phones with special features designed especially for people with disabilities or impairments? And most of them are built in. We don't sell mobile phones at Plusnet, but we have put together some useful tips about what to look for if you’re buying a phone from elsewhere.

    If you struggle with your hearing, here are some phone features that may help you:

    Feature Description
    Hearing aid compatibility Some mobiles have an induction loop so they can connect directly to your hearing aid. You just need to switch your hearing aid to the “T” position. Modern hearing aids that are Bluetooth enabled can connect directly to some mobiles, for example Apple have a MFI option (Made For iPhones) that connect to some hearing aids
    Hands-free options Most mobile phones have a hands-free option, such as a loudspeaker or separate headphones, meaning that the sound can travel to both ears.
    Visual call indicators Most mobiles have a visual call indicator, such as the screen lighting up or a flashing light, to let you know when someone is calling you.
    Caller display Mobiles phones will display the number of the person calling you, meaning you can chose not to answer if you don’t recognise the number.
    Volume control or amplification Most mobile phones have a volume control which allows you to boost the sound of the ringtone and the incoming volume of the other caller.
    Vibrating alert Mobile phones have a vibrate feature, meaning you can feel when someone is calling you.
    Ability to change the ringtone Mobiles have a range of ringtone options, so you can select one that you can hear more easily.
    Next Generation Text Lite app Designed for people with hearing loss or impaired speech, it is worth checking if your mobile can download and run the Next Generation Text Lite app, giving you access to text relay services.
    Emergency SMS Service This service allows you to send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard. Please bear in mind you will need to register your mobile phone before using the EmergencySMS service.

    If you need more specialist information you can visit the RNID, National hearing loss charity website or the Hearing Link Services website.

    If you would like additional help for you or someone you know, the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) is a project designed to help you find mobiles (as well as tablets and apps) with features that might help you. It’s based in the USA, however does include some phones that are available in the UK. Find out more at

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