Homelinx Standard Form of Agreement
1. Description Of Service
Homelinx supplies telecommunications for:
a. Local, national and international long distance and fixed line to mobile phone
b. Internet services
c. Security services
d. Re-transmission of Free to Air television
Services are supplied on the terms of this Standard Form of Agreement (SFOA), each relevant Critical Information Summary (CIS), the terms of the particular plans and terms of any offers undertaken.
If anything in this SFOA is inconsistent with something in a particular section of one or more CIS, then the information found in the CIS overrides that which is found in the SFOA.
2. Where We Provide Services
Supplying Homelinx services may be restricted on the basis of:
a. Particular terms for that plan or service
c. Geographical availability
We reserve the right to not supply Homelinx services based on these limitations and/or at our own discretion.
We require, as a condition of supplying Homelinx services, that the Customer waives his/her protections and rights under the Customer Service Guarantee when applying for the Homelinx service.
3. Connection And Provision Of Services
Connection Fees (all states)
A new development charge of $300 may be applicable to your account if your property is not already connected to our network provider. Homelinx may be notified of these charges at the time of activation of services, which will be passed on to you at cost. Failure to pay these charges will result in your service being suspended or cancelled.
4. Minimum Period/Contract Term
If the service is intended to last for a minimum period/contract term, details will be set out in the CIS or application form.
The minimum period/contract term will start from the date we provide the service to you (unless otherwise stated).
If you request termination prior to the agreed end date, you will be charged a termination fee which will be calculated by multiplying the remaining months of the minimum period/contract term by the monthly service fee. This fee will apply if service is cancelled due to circumstances reasonably attributable to the customer (if you change your location, churn your services to another provider etc.)
If you relocate to a new area in which your current plan cannot be supported, this will necessitate a transfer of your services to a viable alternative. In the event that you refuse this transfer and instead request cancellation, you will in turn be required to pay a termination fee.
A fee may be charged for any and all amounts outstanding on any Homelinx equipment.
Homelinx reserves the right to charge ALL termination fees, including, but not limited to, any remaining portion of the minimum period to your nominated credit card or direct debit account on receipt of notice to terminate.
Changing to another Homelinx plan does not reduce the minimum period or terminate the original service or result in a reduction of charges payable by you.
New plan subscription and/or usage charges will apply from the date of the change.
5. Charges And Payment
Charges for services are listed in the CIS and plan description and are subject to change without prior notice.
You agree to pay all charges for the equipment and the service, including any charges for late payment, whether you use the service or someone else does.
The method of payment will be as nominated by you when requesting Homelinx services or as otherwise agreed upon between you and Homelinx .
Your first invoice will be sent one week after activation. This will include: connection fees if applicable, 1 month in advance, set up fees and 1 day pro rata. Each invoice after your first will just be charges for the month in advance. You agree to pay any and all charges within 30 days of the issuance of a bill or as per the payment terms agreed upon for the provision of the service, whichever comes first.
If we do not receive payments within the stipulated time we may add a late payment charge of $5.50 to your next bill as compensation for breaking the terms of this SFOA.
If payments from credit card, direct debit or cheque are returned to us because you do not have enough funds in the account we may add a fee by way of compensation.
Accepted credit cards include Visa and MasterCard.
You are required to inform us two weeks prior to credit card expiration or closure of a bank account. You are further required to provide us with current payment details.
The default billing distribution method is email. Customers requiring hardcopy bills will be charged a fee of $2.00 per month.
Homelinx reserves the right to check your details with credit reporting agencies.
Homelinx reserves the right to request a deposit or payment upfront prior to receipt of goods or provision of Homelinx Services.
If you wish to dispute the correctness of charges in a particular bill, you must do so within 12 months of the bill in question. This does not affect any of your legal rights concerning incorrect charges.
All payment plans are set to cover the cost of the invoice amount, plus more to reduce the overdue amount within a reasonable timeframe. If a customer fails to keep with the agreed payment plan they will receive an overdue notice and follow the suspension/termination/debt collection procedure.
6. Suspension And Termination Of Services
Failure to pay any amounts by the due date on the bill and/or disconnection notice may result in limitation, suspension or termination of Homelinx services from the date stated in the service disconnection notice.
If your services have been suspended due to non-payment, you should be aware that ongoing and additional charges will still apply throughout the suspension period.
You may be required to pay a reconnection charge before we agree to reconnect the Homelinx service if it has been suspended or terminated due to your breach of this SFOA.
We reserve the right to end Homelinx services by giving you 28 days written notice.
If we terminate your Homelinx service we will pay back to you any money owed relating to that service having retained any money owed by you to us in relation to that service or any other Homelinx service.
We require a 30 day notice for all cancellation requests. This applies to all customers, whether they are on a 12 month, 18 month or month to month plan. In order to complete the cancellation request please contact our disconnection team on 1300 132 358
7. Use Of Services
You must not use a Homelinx Service to commit an offence or allow anybody else to do so.
You agree to follow any reasonable instructions that we may give you.
You agree to provide us with safe access to your premises, upon notification, if needed.
You agree to get any and all permission required from any other party if we need to cross their land or put our equipment on their premises for the purposes of your Homelinx Services.
You are responsible for any and all Homelinx equipment located on your premises, or used for the purpose of your Homelinx Services.
If there is damage to any Homelinx equipment you agree to pay for it to be replaced or repaired.
You, and on behalf of anybody else using the Homelinx Service, agree to the provision of Homelinx Services in accordance with our Acceptable Usage Policy. We reserve the right to amend our Acceptable Usage Policy without prior notice.
If we reasonably believe you have misused the Homelinx Service, we may take immediate action to suspend your service or terminate the Homelinx Service without notice, even if you are not aware of the misuse.
You agree that the Internet is not a secure and confidential method of communication and your use of the Internet to send and receive data is at your own risk.
We are not responsible for any content that may be accessed by using the Internet Service.
You agree that you or another responsible adult will monitor any use of your Internet Service by anyone that is under the age of 18 years.
You agree that we may monitor your use of your Internet Service, without your notice, to ensure that you comply with this SFOA and our Acceptable Usage Policy.
We reserve the right to investigate any misuse of your Internet Service, in conjunction with any and all relevant law enforcement agencies if required.
You acknowledge that that the supply of services by Homelinx is made exclusively for non-commercial use and those services must not be resold.
You acknowledge that that included web space, which may be made available to you with your Internet Service, is exclusively for non-commercial use and in accordance with our Acceptable Usage Policy.
You are responsible for making sure any equipment you use to access the Internet through the Homelinx Service is protected against viruses, including updates at reasonable intervals.
You are responsible for properly using any user IDs, personal identification numbers (PINs) and passwords needed for this service.
a. You must take all necessary steps to ensure the confidentiality and security of such information.
b. You undertake to use such information properly.
c. You must not make such information available to unauthorized persons.
d. You agree Homelinx Services may not be resold or on-sold, including but not limited to ISPs, Internet Cafés and Web Hosting Companies.
8. Our Liability
Where we are permitted to limit our liability, our liability for breach of a term, condition or warranty implied into our SFOA by law will be limited (at our option) to, in the case of goods:
a. Repairing the goods
b. Replacing the goods or supplying equivalent goods; or
c. Paying you the cost of that repair, replacement or equivalent supply
and in the case of services:
d. Resupplying the services to you
The limitation and exclusion above does not apply to goods and services which are of a kind which are ordinarily acquired for personal, domestic or household use, or if it would be unconscionable or not fair and not reasonable for us to limit our liability. In addition, we offer service credits in accordance with clause 13.
We exclude all terms, conditions and warranties that would otherwise be implied into this SFOA, except to the extent that such exclusion is prohibited by law.
You acknowledge that your Internet service, including content that you transmit or receive, may be operated or supplied by third parties who are not controlled or authorized by us.
Subject to clause 13, you acknowledge that we cannot guarantee your Homelinx service will be uninterrupted or error free.
You acknowledge that we cannot guarantee a time-frame for the restoration of your Homelinx Service in the event of interruption or error.
We are not liable for any loss or damage (including personal or business loss, loss of revenue, loss of profit or loss of data) you may suffer as a result of non-availability of or your use of any Homelinx Service including, but not limited to, the use of the Internet to send or receive data which may contain viruses or other harmful software.
9. Changing This SFOA
When changes are made to this SFOA, details of these chages will be published on our website.
We will personally inform you about any and all price increases or changes to this SFOA that we believe are likely to cause you material disadvantage at least on month prior to implementation.
We will let you know about any other price changes with your next available bill or an alternative method.
For changes made to meet legal and regulatory requirements, we may not be able to inform you a month prior to implementation but we will endeavour to inform you as soon as we can.
10. Dispute Resolution
We will try to work through any disputes that you may have with us.
If we cannot result any disputes, you may refer the matter to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) or other bodies.
11. Transfer And Succession
Homelinx may transfer the provision of services to another entity. In the event of a transfer of services you will be given notice one month prior to implementation.
You accept that Homelinx’s provision of the service is personal to you and you agree not to transfer it to anyone else, or try to do so. However, we may take instructions from a person who we think, with good reason, is acting with your permission.
When we need to contact you, we will use your billing address, e-mail address, mobile or fixed phone number as provided.
If you need to contact us please use the address on your last bill, e-mail address or phone number we have provided you.
13. Quality Of Service And Fault Rectification
We aim to provide a continuous, high-quality service. If something goes wrong, we will work on any problem that is reported to us in line with the level of repair service that you have chosen.
If we conclude that a reported fault cannot be attributed to our infrastructure, a minimum incorrect call out fee of $149 applies; this may increase depending on how long the technician is at your property.
In the event that a technician attends a site and has to spend over 1 hour at that site, $50 will be charged for the additional hour.
If a router stops working within the warranty period (1 year), it will be replaced by Homelinx; we may request that you return it for inspection by the supplier.
If a router stops working outside of the warranty period (1 year), Homelinx will offer a new router for $99 + postage and handling charges.
You acknowledge that not all levels of repair service may be available with your service.
We reserve the right to perform maintenance work from time to time, which may temporarily interrupt your access to the service. Where possible this work will be undertaken during non-peak times.
No Homelinx service (including any Internet service) is guaranteed to meet a certain speed or bandwidth. The Internet speed or bandwidth provided to you may be affected by local network congestion or outside factors.
Homelinx does not offer a service credit or any other compensation for any speed or bandwidth related matter.
If a Homelinx Internet and/or Voice service is not available for a period of time then a service credit can be requested. The service credit is calculated by dividing the monthly service fee for the particular service by the days in the month that the particular service was not available, and then multiplying this amount by the time the particular service was not available.
Service Credit Example
– Internet service not available in January for (2) two days.
– Monthly service fee is $84
– $79.95 divided by 31 days = $2.71
– 2 days Internet service not available multiplied by $2.71 = $5.42 service credit
14. Fixed Line Telephony Services
Fixed line telephone services include the facility to make or receive a phone call.
Additional features may be included as part of a Plan or chargeable separately.
Additional features include:
a. Calling number display
b. Calling number display block
d. Caller ID
e. Call waiting
f. Selective call divert
g. Selective call acceptance and rejection
h. Call divert
i. Itemised local calls
j. Three-way calling
k. Conference calling
This service includes at least one phone number.
Fixed line numbers will be submitted to the Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) and may be included in directories such as the White Pages.
Call rates are specified in the CIS or Plan description and are subject to change without notice.
Fixed line telephone services do not include provision of telephone handset hardware.
The ability to port (transfer) numbers to and from Homelinx is dependent on factors outside the control of Homelinx. As such Homelinx does not guarantee the ability to port phone numbers from and to other providers.
15. Internet And Television Services
Internet services include high-speed network access to the Internet, the ability to send and receive email, a user name email address, additional email addresses, web space, helpdesk services and other applications and features as set out in your CIS or Plan description.
From time to time, you may find that the actual throughput speeds achieved with the broadband service may be lower than the speeds specified for your Internet Service Plan.
If you select no contract when applying for Homelinx services, you will be able to downgrade your plan at a cost of $49 per downgrade.
If you select a contract term (12 or 18 months) when applying for Homelinx services, you will be able to downgrade your plan; however this will involve payment of a downgrade fee. This fee is calculated by multiplying the difference between your original plan and the downgraded plan by the amount of months remaining on your contract. For example, if you chose to downgrade your plan from $84 a month to $74 with 8 months of your contract remaining, you would be charged a downgrade fee of $80.00 ($10.00 x 8).
If you are on a 12 or 18 month contract, you can change your plan at no extra charge; your contract will restart from the date you requested the upgrade.
IP Address(es) remains the property of Homelinx and the Customer is renting the IP address(es) during the period of their Homelinx Service only.
On termination of the Customer’s Homelinx Service, any IP Address(es) rented from us will be recovered by us.
Broadband plans provide dynamic or static IP addresses as described in the CIS or plan description.
Television Services include the re-transmission of Free-To-Air channels.
This service is dependent on third party providers and as such we do not guarantee the continuity of service or the content provided.
In the event that a technician is required to fix issues you are having with your TV services, a $149 Callout fee will apply.
16. Direct Debit Request Service Agreement
For full terms of debit arrangement, see our Direct Debit Request Form (https://www.homelinx.com.au/policies-and-forms/)
Where the due date falls on a non-business day, we will draw the amount on the next business day.
If you are uncertain as to when the debit will be processed to the customer’s account, you should inquire of the Ledger financial institution.
Homelinx will provide at least 14 days’ notice in the event of a variation to any of the debit arrangements.
You may stop payment of a drawing under the Homelinx Pay Plan by sending a written notice. Such notices should be received by us at least ten business days prior to the due date.
You may request deferment of or alteration to any of the arrangement set out on the Direct Debit Request Form by contacting our accounts team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is your responsibility to ensure that sufficient funds are available in the nominated account to meet a drawing on its due date. If we are unsuccessful in attempting to debit your credit card or direct debit account, you will have to pay dishonour fees as well as compensate for any other charges, expenses or losses that result from our failed attempt; unless this failure was due to a clear error on our part. Dishonoured cheques incur a handling charge of $16.50 (incl. GST). Direct Debit rejections incur a charge of $10.00 (incl. GST).
If you consider that a drawing has been initiated incorrectly (outside Homelinx Pay Plan arrangements), you should take the matter up directly with Homelinx (email@example.com), or lodge a direct debit claim through your Financial Institution.
Direct Debit, through Bulk Electronic Clearing System (BECS), is not available on all accounts.
You are advised to check account details against a recent statement from the Ledger financial institution. If uncertain, you should confirm with the Ledger before completing the direct debit request.
Homelinx will not provide customer records and account details to third party companies without your consent. Your Financial Institution may require such information to be provided in the event of a claim or relating to an alleged incorrect or wrongful debit.
If you wish to notify Homelinx about anything in regard to this agreement, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homelinx may send notifications either electronically to your nominated email address or by post to the address provided to us. Any notices will be deemed to have been received on the third banking day after emailing or post.