General Terms & Conditions for PlusNet Services

These Terms and Conditions apply if you signed up between Thursday 7th July 2004 and Sunday 3rd April 2005, and have not changed your product.

Changes were made to these Terms and Conditions on Tuesday 28th October 2008, you can view the original version here.

View the Terms & Conditions that apply to new customers.

1 Definitions

1.1 "Contract" means in order of precedence these Terms and Conditions, and any other document that the parties agree in writing will form part of the Contract.

1.2 "Customer" means the consumer or business so named on the online order form at and anyone reasonably appearing to PlusNet to be acting with the authority of that person or business. Also referred to as "you" in these Terms and Conditions.

1.3 "Dial Access Product" means a product for which you dial into using an 0845 or 0808 number.

1.4 "Equipment" means the things sold by PlusNet plc to the Customer under the Contract and includes any software, documentation and wiring.

1.5 "PlusNet" means PlusNet of PO BOX 3704, Terry Street, Sheffield, S9 2WL. Also referred to as "we" or "us" in these Terms and Conditions.

1.6 "Premises" means the place where the Equipment will be delivered and installed.

1.7 "Service" means the range of internet connectivity products, content, services and applications provided to you by us.

1.8 "Broadband" means an ADSL, SDSL or Wireless Broadband service provided to you by us.

1.9 "Wireless Broadband" means an internet connectivity product for which you use the BT OpenZone network to connect.

2 The Service

The Service gives you access to the Internet and/or a range of Internet content, services (including helpdesk services) and applications as described here and will be provided at the Premises we agree with you.

3 When does our Contract start with you

You can sign up for the service online here By clicking on the "I Accept" button, you will be deemed to fully agree, accept and understand these Terms and Conditions and will comply with all related policies, including the Data Protection Policy and Abuse Policy. When we have processed your online sign-up registration, and received any charges that are due from you, we will then provide you with the relevant Service. The right to use the service is personal to you or your employees. You must advise us if you suspect that someone is using your account or has knowledge of your personal details.

You select the type of Service and duration of the Contract during the online sign-up process, as witnessed in the electronic registration procedure that takes you through all related policies determining the acceptable use of the Service.

4. Our commitment to you

When we provide the Service to you, we promise to use all reasonable skill and care of a competent Internet Service Provider.

5 Getting Started

For narrowband products

You will need to provide your own computer equipment, including modem, and connection software.

For broadband products

5.2 Before we can be certain that we can provide you with the Service, we need to:
(a) successfully complete a line test and survey; and
(b) successfully activate the Service.
If the above items cannot be successfully completed and, as a result, we cannot provide you with the Service, we will notify you as soon as possible through the Help Assistant tool and by email.

We may give you some advice on preparing your premises. As a minimum, you will need to provide a suitable location for our Equipment and those items listed here.

When Equipment is being installed at your Premises or your Service is being activated, the normal expectation is that you will be likely to lose your telephone service for between a few minutes and two hours. This is because your existing connection needs to be replaced to allow you to access the Service.

For all products

You may cancel the Service under the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 within the first 7 working days from the day after this Contract is made, unless you use the Service within this time in which case you will lose the right to cancel at this time. In the event that you choose to cancel the Service, you will be liable for any costs incurred by us in the act of provisioning or supplying the Service to you.

6 Your instructions

We may accept instructions regarding the Service from someone we are satisfied has your authority. You must introduce this person and they will be required to satisfy the data protection questions that we will ask.

7 Service security

We will issue you with a set of usernames and passwords. These are essential for secure use of the Service so you must ensure that you keep these confidential, secure and that you use them in accordance with all relevant instructions.

If we think there is likely to be a breach of security or misuse of the service, we may:
(a)change your password and then notify you of this change; and/or
(b)suspend username and password access to the Service (please also see paragraph 15).

If you think someone knows about your username or password and they are not authorised to use it, or if any password is being or is likely to be used in an unauthorised way, it is your responsibility to inform us immediately.

If you are using dial up products, you must make Caller Line Identification (CLI) available when using the Service to connect to the Internet. This is so that we can improve the safety and security of the service. If you have disabled CLI, we may temporarily enable it to allow this connection.

If any of the information provided by you during the sign-up procedure changes, including any changes to your payment details, you must inform us immediately. Please note that if your update your address because you are moving Premises and need broadband at the new location (usually on a different phone line), there will be costs incurred for which you are liable. More information can be found here.

8 Actions we may be required to take

We may need to suspend the Service or parts of the Service for operational reasons (e.g. for repairs, planned maintenance or upgrades) temporarily. Before we do this, we will give you as much notice as possible. We promise to restore the Service as soon as possible after any suspension.

We may have to alter code or access numbers or technical specifications associated with the Service for operational reasons. Before we do this, we will give you as much notice as possible.

9 Repairing faults in the Service

Although we attempt to provide you with the best possible Service, we cannot guarantee that the Service will never be faulty. However, we will correct all reported faults as soon as is reasonably possible.

If there is a fault with the Service, or you forget a password, you should contact the PlusNet customer support team. You can find out how to contact the PlusNet support team online here.

We may sometimes monitor or record calls to or from our customer support team. We may do this for training purposes or to improve the quality of our customer support.

10 Paying our charges

You must pay the charges for the Service that are set out in the price list located here. This price list is part of this Contract. You will be responsible for the maintenance of your connection settings. Any charges incurred due to incorrect settings will be borne by you.

When you register for the Service, we will ask you to select a payment method and we will begin charging you for the Service on the date that the service is activated, or when your order has been accepted.

You understand and agree that if you fail to make payments of charges when they are due, we may suspend or cancel your Service, in part or in full under paragraph 15.1(a), until payment is received in full. If we need to cease your broadband service because you have not paid and you then later decide to resume the service, there will be a re-activation and administration charge where applicable, for which you will be liable.

Certain products include the use of a domain name without charge. The provision of this domain is subject to the minimum contract period of the associated product. If the product is terminated prior the fulfilling of the minimum contract period for whatever reason, you will be liable for the cost of the domain name which is set out here. Until we have received this payment, or you have completed the minimum contract period, whichever occurs earlier, we shall prohibit the release of the IP Service Tag (IPSTAG) associated with this domain.

Certain services that we provide automatically continue when the initial period terminates. In these circumstances, you should understand and agree that continuation of the Service will incur the standard charges unless you notify us in accordance with paragraphs 19 and 22.

Where we arrange for an engineer to visit your Premises for activation of the Service, or for resolution of a fault, you will be responsible for any costs incurred owing to any of the following:
(a) an engineer attends an incorrect address as provided by you
(b) the site for installation does not meet the minimum requirements as agreed during the product registration
(c) an engineer arrives to carry out the installation at the address provided by you, but you no longer want the installation completed.
(d) entry is refused to the Premises, or access cannot be gained, at the appointed time, as agreed between you and us.
(e) you report a fault, an engineer attends your Premises, and discovers the fault is not the result of the broadband Service.
(f) your reported problem, following your request for an engineering visit, cannot be confirmed.
(g) when you cancel a request for an engineering visit later than 48 hours before the scheduled visit.

We reserve the right to engage a third party debt collection agency in order to obtain any outstanding debt. Any additional charges generated as a result of this process will be borne by you.

10.8 You agree to pay any costs incurred by us due to the cessation of your broadband service (either when cancelling your service or as a result of a house move where a cessation and new provision of service is required) or cessation of the telephone line over which broadband service is provided. Full details of the charges can be found here.

11 Use of the Service

You must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that no one (including you) uses the Service:
(a) fraudulently or in connection with a criminal offence;
(b) to send, knowingly receive, upload, download or use any material which is offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene or menacing, or in breach of copyright, confidence, privacy or any other rights;
(c) to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety;
(d) to spam or to send or provide unsolicited advertising or promotional material or, knowingly to receive responses to any spam, unsolicited advertising or promotional material sent or provided by any third party;
(e) in an unlawful manner, in contravention of any legislation, laws, licence or third party rights or in contravention of our Acceptable Use Policies located here
(f) in a way that does not comply with any instructions that we have given you; or
(g) in such a way that your account is used to access the service more than once at a time unless your product specifically allows it. Please note that if you have an ISDN line and are not using Pay As You Go, accessing the service more than once at a time includes "channel bonding".
The action we can take if the Service is used in any of these ways above is explained in paragraphs 15 and 16.

11.2 If we think that your use of the Service may:
(a) impair the security of the system and/or the network used to provide the Service; or
(b) cause detrimental performance of the Service to you or any other Customer;
we may suspend your access to the Service or parts of the Service. Suspension is further explained in paragraphs 15 and 16. If possible, we will give you prior notice if we do suspend your service.

Where we provide you with Services that involve providing storage space (temporary or otherwise), or transfer capabilities on our systems, we may impose limits (which we may vary from time to time) on the storage space, or transfer capability we provide to you in order to ensure the quality of the service to you and any other Customer. We may suspend, reject or delete material that exceeds the relevant limit. Information on these limits can be viewed in the FAQ ('frequently asked questions') section relating to the Service and available here. If possible, we will give you prior notice before taking any action.

We may make available to you software that enables you to use the Service. You must not copy, modify or distribute this software (unless allowed by Law). It is important that you only access the Service through this software or in an alternative way permitted by us and you must not attempt to circumvent any security measures in the Service.

11.5 When we provide you with the Service, it, and any associated software, it is intended for your use only. Therefore, you must not re-sell, transfer, assign or sub-license the Service (or any part of it) or the associated software to anyone else.

12 Content provided by us

As part of the Service, we may provide you with applications, data, information, video, graphics, sound, music, photographs, software or any other material. This content is always changing as we try to provide you with the best possible service, and therefore you may notice changes in the content over time.

The content we provide to you can only be used for your own purposes and may be protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property rights. You are not allowed to copy, store, adapt, modify, transmit, distribute externally, play or show in public, broadcast or publish any part of the content.

Although we take precautions, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the content. For this reason, your use of the content (for whatever purpose) is at your own risk.

Some of the content will have its own Terms and Conditions. These may be displayed online or elsewhere. If you access this content, you will need to comply with those Terms and Conditions. You should be aware that any content provided on a subscription basis as part of the Service will cease when this Contract ends.

13 Your website

As part of the Service, you may be able to set up you own website(s). If you choose to do this you are responsible for the material that you or anyone else puts on your website(s).

Material on your website(s) must not, and the use of it must not, in any way be unlawful. In particular, you must obtain all necessary licences and consents (including those from owners of copyrights, performing rights and any other relevant intellectual property rights).

14 Your use of the Internet

The Service allows you to access the Internet. The Internet is separate from the Service and use of the Internet is at your own risk and subject to any applicable laws. We have no responsibility for any goods, services, information, software, or other materials you obtain when using the Internet.

15 If you break this Contract

We can suspend the Service in whole or in part, or end this Contract (or both) at any time:
(a) with immediate effect if you materially breach this contract;
(b) with immediate effect if we believe that the Service is being used in a way described in paragraph 11.1, 11.2 or 11.3, even if you do not know that the Service is being used in such a way;
(c) upon reasonable notice if you breach this Contract in any other way and fail to remedy the breach within a reasonable period of being asked to do so;
(d) with immediate effect if bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings are brought against you, or an arrangement with creditors is made, or a receiver or administrator is appointed over any of your assets, or you go into liquidation; or
(e) with immediate effect if we have terminated your use of any service previously provided to you due to your breach.
(f) with immediate effect where the service cannot be provided to the Premises requested by the Customer.
If we have suspended or terminated this Contract under sub-paragraphs (a), (b), (d) , (e) or (f) above, we will inform you of such suspension or termination as soon as is reasonably possible and explain why this action has been taken.

16 Suspension of the Service

If we decide to suspend the Service or part of the Service (for any reason), we will restore it (if neither of you or us have ended this Contract) when you satisfy us that you will only use the Service as agreed.

If we decide to suspend the Service under paragraph 10.3, paragraph 11.2 or paragraph 15, this Contract will continue during the period of suspension and you will have to pay all relevant charges.

If you have a Pay As You Go account and you do not use this account to connect to the Internet for a period of ninety days or more, we may terminate your account and any associated email account(s) or products.

17 Matters beyond our reasonable control

If we cannot do what we have promised in this Contract because of something beyond our reasonable control (including, without limitation, industrial disputes involving our employees), we will not be liable for this. If the events continue for more than three months, we can terminate this Contract immediately by giving you written notice through the Help Assistant tool. Please see paragraph 19 for your right to end this Contract.

18 Our liability to you

We will be liable if you are injured or die as a result of our negligence. We do not limit that liability by paragraphs 18.2 or 18.3 or in any other way.

We have no liability (whether in negligence or otherwise) for any loss not reasonably foreseeable by us when this Contract starts, nor any loss of opportunity, goodwill, reputation, business, revenue, profit, or savings you expected to make, wasted expenditure or data being lost or corrupted.

Any liability we have of any sort (including liability for negligence) is limited to £250,000 for any event or related series of events and £500,000 for all events in any 12 month period.

We do not have any liability of any sort (including liability for negligence) for the acts or omissions of other providers of telecommunication services, or for faults in or failures of their networks and equipment.

Each provision of this paragraph operates separately in itself and survives independently of the others.

19 Ending this Contract

This Contract can be ended by:
(a) us giving one month's notice to you; or
(b) you giving one months notice to us.
(c) you giving us immediate notice within the 14 day notice period if, under paragraph 20, we inform you that we are increasing our charges or changing the conditions of this Contract to your detriment.

If we give you notice, you must pay the charges applicable up to the end of that notice. If you give us notice, you must pay us the charges that would have been due within the notice period.

If you give us notice that ends, or we end this contract under paragraph 15, during the period of the Contract, you must pay us the relevant cancellation charges set out in the price list located here.

If you give us notice that falls before the end of your current Contract period because we have increased our charges or materially changed the Conditions of this Contract to your detriment, you may cancel in the period of time between the notice of the changes and the time the changes take place.

If you have paid any charges for a period after the end of the Contract we will either repay it or put it towards any money you owe us.

20 How this Contract can be changed

We may change this Contract, including our charges, at any time. We will give you at least 14 days notice of any changes before they take effect. As explained in paragraph 19, you can end this contract by giving us immediate notice in this 14 day period if we increase our charges or change the conditions of this Contract to your detriment.

21 How this Contract can be transferred

Neither us or you can transfer this Contract or any part of it except that we can transfer all or part of it to a company that is a subsidiary or holding company of ours, or a subsidiary of that holding company (all as defined by Section 736 of the Companies Act 1985 as amended by the Companies Act 1989).

22 How to give notice

Any party wishing to give notice to the other under this Contract must use one of the following mechanisms. No other form of communication will be accepted, unless specifically stated otherwise in this agreement
(a) To us: at the appropriate website using the Help Assistant tool or in writing sent by recorded delivery.
(b) To you: at the appropriate website using the Help Assistant tool or email to the address provided to you as part of the service.

You are responsible for checking for email sent to the email address provided to you as part of the service.

23 Errors and Omissions

We will make every effort to ensure that all prices and descriptions quoted on our website or in our catalogue are correct and accurate. However, the frenetic tempo of e-commerce makes it inevitable that mistakes will occasionally occur. In the case of a manifest error or omission, we will be entitled to rescind the Contract, notwithstanding that we has already accepted your order and/or received payment from you. Our liability in that event will be limited to the return of any money you have paid in respect of the order. In the case of a manifest error in relation to price, you will be entitled to purchase the goods by paying the difference between the quoted price and the correct price, as confirmed in writing by us through the Help Assistant tool after the manifest error has been discovered.

A 'manifest error', as the term is used in paragraph 23.1 above, means, in relation to an incorrect price, a price quoted in error by us which is more than 10% less than the price that would have been quoted had the mistake not been made.

24 Waiver

Neither us or you shall be considered to have waived any right under this Contract because of failure or delay in exercising that right.

25 Third party rights

A person who is not a party to this Contract has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of this Contract but this does not affect any right or remedy of a third party which exists or is available apart from that Act.

26 Law

English Law governs this contract and we both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

27 General

Nothing in these Terms and Conditions affects you statutory rights as a consumer.

If any provision in this Contract is held to be invalid or unenforceable, it shall be deemed severed from the Contract and this shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.

Any waiver of a breach of this Contract must be in writing through the Help Assistant tool on our website.

Any variation of this Contract must be in writing through the Help Assistant tool on our website and must be signed by a duly authorised PlusNet official.

The headings in this Contract are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Contract.

Any notices given under this Contract shall be communicated as explained in paragraph 22.

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