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    Mobility and dexterity

    Support for customers with disabilities.

    Services you may find useful

    If you find the BT phone book difficult to hold, handle or read you can apply for a free directory enquiry service.

    To sign up for this service, you'll need to complete an application form, which will need counter signing by a medical professional. To request a form, call 0800 587 0195 and ask to speak with the registration team, whose opening hours are 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please note: this service is not provided by Plusnet.

    Once signed up, all you need to do is dial 195 and you can speak to an operator who'll find the number you require. You can also ask to be connected directly to the number you wish to call. If you are connected by the operator, you will be charged for the call in accordance with your normal Plusnet call package. In other words, you won't be charged more than normal for using this service.

    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 0800 423 0200 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.

    To set up an authorised user for phone and broadband, just give us a call on 0800 432 0200.

    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:

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    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
    Ordinary power of attorney Must be signed by both parties
    Deputyship order Must be stamped by the Court of Protection
    Benefits appointee BF57 form must be provided which has been processed by DWP with an official stamp

    *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:

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      Phone and broadband Mobile Method
    Postal address Plusnet plc
    The Balance
    2 Pinfold Street
    Sheffield
    S1 2GU
    Plusnet plc
    The Balance
    2 Pinfold Street
    Sheffield
    S1 2GU
    Photocopy
    Email address postroom@plus.net Mobile-help@plus.net 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 phone line.

    For customers who are dependent on their phone service, we operate a free priority fault repair scheme, which offers enhanced support and speedier fault resolution for eligible customers.

    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 0800 432 0200 or via the Additional Support Form in Member Centre.

    Need more help?

    If you have any questions about our priority fault repair scheme, please contact our customer support team on 0800 432 0200 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:

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    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.
    1471 This lets you find out the number of the last person to call you, as long as the number wasn't withheld, unavailable or from a switchboard extension. You can return this call without needing to redial by pressing ‘3’.
    Ring Back If a number's busy when you try to call, you can get Ring Back to keep trying it for up to 45 minutes, to save the need to redial. You won't be able to use Ring Back on international and most switchboard numbers.
    Call Waiting Call Waiting lets you know if someone's trying to get through when you're already on the phone. You'll hear a beep and you can decide whether or not to take the new call.
    Reminder Call Turn your house phone into an alarm clock by setting a reminder.
    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.

    Having difficulty moving around doesn't have to affect a person's independence. Here are some ideas to help make the phone work harder for you:

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    Feature Description
    Cordless phones Many modern phones are now cordless, meaning you can keep it with so you don't have to go to a fixed place to make or receive calls.
    Answer machine Many phones now have an inbuilt answering machine service so callers can leave a message if you can't get to the phone.

    Plusnet also offers a free '1571' Voicemail service, which acts like a built in answerphone to make sure you don't miss a call. Free Voicemail is included with all our phone packages. You can switch it on or off from within the Phone Control Panel within Member Centre.

    Plusnet also offers some additional features with Voicemail Extra, which currently costs £3 a month. With Voicemail Extra you can check your voicemail messages from a mobile phone and it also allows other options, like choosing the number of rings before the voicemail service kicks in. Find out more about Voicemail and Voicemail Extra.
    Additional handsets

    You can connect more than one handset to your line. This means you could have one upstairs and one downstairs, or in all the areas of your home you use the most, making it easier to reach the phone when you are called.

    If you'd like phones in several different rooms, you might need extension cables or extra sockets. You can buy extension socket kits and cables from DIY and electrical shops.

    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. At Plusnet, we want to make sure that everyone can reap the benefits of a more flexible and connected lifestyle. Finding the most suitable mobile phone for you can be difficult, as can understanding how to use it. This page has been designed with accessibility in mind, to make sure you can get the most out of your mobile.

    A mobile can be a great asset if you have impaired mobility or dexterity. Look out for some of these features:

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    Feature Description
    Easy grip Some mobile phones are specially designed so they are easier to handle, making it more comfortable and practical to use.
    Hands free/headset option Most mobile phones have a hands-free option, such as a loudspeaker or separate headphones, so you can set your phone down and hear what’s being said without having to hold the handset to your ear. Additionally, most mobile phones have a port to plug in a headset, so you can still have a private conversation without having to hold the handset.
    Memory buttons Some handsets have a memory feature, meaning you can store numbers you use regularly and call them by just pressing one or two buttons.
    Pre-dial check This feature shows the number entered as you type it, so the caller can check their dialling the right one.
    Voice Activated calling You can set up voice activated calling on most smartphones for your most popular numbers, so you can avoid manual dialling.
    Lightweight phones Most modern phones are lightweight, so they are easier to hold.
    Accessories Accessories such as belt clips and headsets or earphones keep your mobile ready for use whatever you're doing.
    Shock/water/dust resistant phones To protect your phone if it is dropped.

    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 gari.info.

    Helpful features of your YouView TV box

    You can control YouView with a device like a USB keyboard or a game controller, which some people find easier than using the remote control.

    How to use other devices to control your YouView box

    You can control the TV with a plug in UK USB keyboard or game controller instead of the remote control.

    Using your keyboard as a remote

    You can use a UK USB keyboard to interact with your YouView+ box, either alongside the remote control or instead of it. There’s a USB connection on the back and the left-hand side of the box.

    • This option supports popular USB keyboards.
    • Certain keys imitate the buttons on the remote control.
    • You can use the standard alphabet keys to enter text.
    • The '1' key also cycles through punctuation.
    • The keyboard number keys work in just the same way as the number keys on the remote control.

    A number of keyboard layouts are supported including Jumbo, Clevy and multimedia. Click on the keyboards below to see which keys map to which remote control buttons:

    You can read more about this and print out keyboard overlays at support.youview.com

    You can use either the keyboard or controller to replace the remote control, or use both together. This works across all the YouView menus, including the On Demand players.

    Grid 2 is software for Windows computers, which can be used to control your YouView+ box without a remote control or keyboard. It accepts input from a wide range of devices including switches, head pointers and eye gaze systems.

    You can find out more about this at support.youview.com and sensorysoftware.com

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