1. EMERGENCY SERVICES – 911 DIALING
1.1 911 Dialing. ZTELCO 911 Dialing is different than traditional 911 services.
911 and E911 COMPLIANT NOTICE
ZTELCO discloses that 911 and E911 will NOT work unless Customer has completed and turned in their E911 Compliance Form.
All of our customers (other than WiFi and Soft phone customers) have access to either basic 911 or Enhanced 911 (E911) service. With E911 service, when you dial 911, your telephone number and registered address is simultaneously sent to the local emergency center assigned to your location, and emergency operators have access to the information they need to send help and call you back if necessary. Customers in locations where the emergency center is not equipped to receive your telephone number and address have basic 911. With basic 911, the local emergency operator answering the call will not have your call back number or your exact location, so you must be prepared to give them this information. Until you give the operator your phone number, he/she may not be able to call you back or dispatch help if the call is not completed or is not forwarded, is dropped or disconnected, or if you are unable to speak. As additional local emergency centers become capable of receiving our customers’ information, ZTELCO will automatically upgrade customers with basic 911 to E911 service. ZTELCO will not give you notice of the upgrade.
You authorize us to disclose your company name and address to third-parties involved with providing E911 dialing to you, including, without limitation, call routers, call centers and local emergency centers.
1.2 Notify All Users. You should inform any household residents, guests and other third persons who may be present at the physical location where you utilize the Service of the important differences in and limitations of ZTELCO 911 Dialing as compared with basic 911 or E911. The documentation that accompanies each Device that you lease will include a sticker concerning the potential non-availability of basic 911 or E911 (the “911 Sticker”). It is your responsibility, in accordance with the instructions that accompany each Device, to place the 911 Sticker on each Device that you use with the Service. If you did not receive a 911 Sticker with your Device, or you require additional 911 Stickers, please contact our customer care department at 1-866-349-4837.
1.3 Registration of Physical Location Required. For each phone number that you use for the Service, you must register with ZTELCO the physical location where you will be using the Service with that phone number. When you move the Device to another location, you must register your new location. If you do not register your new location, any call you make using the 911 Dialing feature may be sent to an emergency center near your old address. You will register your initial location of use when you subscribe to the Service. Thereafter, you may register a new location by submitting a request for a E911 Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. For purposes of the 911 Dialing feature, you may only register one location at a time for each phone line you use with the Service. Regardless of what address you register for a WiFi, ZTELCO V-Phone, IP Phone or Softphone emergency calls you make from these devices will be routed to the ZTELCO appointed national emergency response center.
1.4 Confirmation of Activation Required. Your 911 Dialing feature will not be activated for any phone line that you are using with the Service, unless and until you receive an email from us confirming that the 911 Dialing feature has been activated for that phone line. It is the responsibility of the Customer to ensure confirmation of 911 Dialing feature has been completed.
1.5 Service Outages.
(a) Service Outages Due to Power Failure or Disruption. 911 Dialing does not function in the event of a power failure or disruption. If there is an interruption in the power supply, the Service, including 911 Dialing, will not function until power is restored. Following a power failure or disruption, you may need to reset or reconfigure the Device prior to utilizing the Service, including 911 Dialing. If the Customer requires 24/7 uptime even in the event of a power outage, ZTELCO can provide customized solutions and recommendations to achieve meet this requirement.
(b) Service Outages Due to Internet Outage or Suspension or Disconnection of Broadband Service or ISP Service. Service outages or suspensions or disconnections of service by your broadband provider or ISP will prevent all Service, including 911 dialing, from functioning.
(c) Service Outage Due to Disconnection of Your ZTELCO Account. Service outages due to disconnection of your account will prevent all Service, including 911 Dialing, from functioning.
(d) Service Outages Due to ISP or Broadband Provider Blocking of Ports or Other Acts. Your ISP or broadband provider or other third party may intentionally or inadvertently block the ports over which the Service is provided or otherwise impede the usage of the Service. In that event, provided that you alert us to this situation, we will attempt to work with you to resolve the issue. During the period that the ports are being blocked or your Service is impeded, and unless and until the blocking or impediment is removed or the blocking or impediment is otherwise resolved, your Service, including the 911 Dialing feature, may not function. You acknowledge that ZTELCO is not responsible for the blocking of ports by your ISP or broadband provider or any other impediment to your usage of the Service, and any loss of service, including 911 Dialing, which may result. In the event you lose service as a result of blocking of ports or any other impediment to your usage of the Service, you will continue to be responsible for payment of the Service charges unless and until you disconnect the Service in accordance with this agreement.
(e) Other Service Outages. If there is a Service outage for any reason, such outage will prevent all Service, including 911 Dialing, from functioning. Such outages may occur for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, those reasons described elsewhere in this Agreement.
1.6 Re-Activation Required if You Change Your Number or Add or Port New Numbers. 911 Dialing does not function if you change your phone number or if you add or port new phone numbers to your account, unless and until you successfully request and submit the required paperwork your location of use for each changed, newly added or newly ported phone number.
1.7 Network Congestion; Reduced Speed for Routing or Answering 911 Dialing Calls. There may be a greater possibility of network congestion and/or reduced speed in the routing of a 911 Dialing call made utilizing the Service as compared to traditional 911 dialing over traditional public telephone networks.
1.8 Disclaimer of Liability and Indemnification. We do not have any control over whether, or the manner in which, calls using our 911 Dialing service are answered or addressed by any local emergency response center. We disclaim all responsibility for the conduct of local emergency response centers and the national emergency calling center. We rely on third parties to assist us in routing 911 Dialing calls to local emergency response centers and to a national emergency calling center. We disclaim any and all liability or responsibility in the event such third party data used to route calls is incorrect or yields an erroneous result. Neither ZTELCO nor its officers, directors, employees, affiliates and agents may be held liable for any claim, damage, or loss, and you hereby waive any and all such claims or causes of action, arising from or relating to our 911 Dialing service unless such claims or causes of action arose from our gross negligence, recklessness or willful misconduct. You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless ZTELCO, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates and agents and any other service provider who furnishes services to you in connection the Service, from any and all claims, losses, damages, fines, penalties, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys fees) by, or on behalf of, you or any third party relating to the absence, failure or outage of the Service, including 911 Dialing, incorrectly routed 911 Dialing calls, and/or the inability of any user of the service to be able to use 911 Dialing or access emergency service personnel.
1.9 Alternate 911 Arrangements. If you are not comfortable with the limitations of the 911 Dialing service, you should consider having an alternate means of accessing traditional 911 or E911 services or disconnecting the Service.
2.1 (a) Contractual term. Service is offered on a contractual term basis for a term that begins on the date that ZTELCO activates your Service and ends on the date stated on the Service Agreement. Subsequent terms of this agreement automatically renew on a one-year basis. You are purchasing the Service for full contractual terms, meaning that if you attempt to disconnect Service prior to the end of a contractual term, you will be responsible for the full amount of charges due until the end of the then-current term, including, without limitation, unbilled charges, any waived/discounted installation fees, plus a disconnection fee, if applicable, all of which will immediately become due and payable. You will also be responsible for the next full contractual term charges in the event that you do not provide the requisite thirty-day written notice of disconnection prior to the expiration of the then-current term. Additionally, Customer is responsible for returning all leased hardware to ZTELCO within fourteen (14) days of Service disconnection. Customer is liable for the retail cost of any unreturned hardware, incomplete hardware or damaged hardware. Expiration of the term or disconnection of Service will not excuse you from paying all accrued, unpaid charges or returning leased hardware due under this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you disconnect ZTELCO service after the Trial Guarantee period (see section 3.7), but within the contractual term, ZTELCO will charge an early termination fee in the amount of full remaining contractual term for canceled services.
2.1(b) Other Term Commitments. If you accept a promotion, such as a free month of service, a rebate or other incentive, there may be a term commitment associated with the benefit you accepted. Your term begins the date you activate the new service or accept the promotion and ends on the last day of the commitment period. The commitment period will be disclosed as part of the promotion. If you disconnect service prior to the end of the commitment period, you agree to pay ZTELCO a recovery fee for the promotion and/or promotion you accepted. Recovery fees are cumulative and in addition to any other charges or fees you may owe ZTELCO and any fees or charges the ZTELCO requires upon disconnection of service, such as those described in section 3.7. Each recovery fee is an amount equal to the difference between the price you paid and the regular price of the service at the time you accepted the promotion.
2.2 Residential Use of Service. If you subscribe to ZTELCO’s residential services, the Service is provided to you solely for residential use. You shall not resell or transfer the Service to another party without our prior written consent. You are prohibited from using the Service for auto-dialing, continuous or extensive call forwarding, telemarketing (including, without limitation, charitable or political solicitation or polling), fax or voicemail broadcasting or fax or voicemail blasting. We reserve the right to immediately disconnect or modify your Service if we determine, in our sole and absolute discretion, that your use of the Service is, or at any time was, inconsistent with normal residential usage patterns. In addition, you will be required to pay our higher rates for commercial service for all periods in which your use of the Service was inconsistent with normal residential use.
2.3 Business Use of Service. If you subscribe to a ZTELCO Business Plan, the Service is provided to you as a small business user or business traveler. You shall not resell or transfer the Service to another party without our prior written consent. You are prohibited from using the Service for auto-dialing, continuous or extensive call forwarding, telemarketing (including, without limitation, charitable or political solicitation or polling), fax or voicemail broadcasting or fax or voicemail blasting. We reserve the right to immediately disconnect or modify your Service if we determine, in our sole and absolute discretion that your use of the service is, or at any time was, inconsistent with normal small business or business travel usage patterns, or that you have at any time used the Service for any of the aforementioned or similar activities.
2.4 Prohibited Uses.
(a) Unlawful. You shall use the Service only for lawful purposes. We reserve the right to immediately disconnect your Service without notice, if, in our sole and absolute discretion, we determine that you have used the Service for an unlawful purpose. In the event of such disconnection, you will be responsible for the full contractual term charges to the end of the current term, including, without limitation, unbilled charges, plus a disconnection fee, if applicable, all of which will become immediately due and payable upon disconnection of your Service. If we believe that you have used the Service for an unlawful purpose, we may forward the relevant communication and other information, including your identity, to the appropriate authorities for investigation and prosecution. You hereby consent to our forwarding of any such communications and information to these authorities. In addition, ZTELCO will provide information in response to law enforcement requests, lawful government requests, subpoenas, court orders, to protect it’s rights and property and in the case where failure to disclose the information may lead to imminent harm to the customer or others.
(b) Inappropriate Conduct. You shall not use the Service in any way that is threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, or any similar behavior. We reserve the right to immediately disconnect your Service without notice, if, in our sole and absolute discretion, we determine that you have used the Service in any of the aforementioned ways. In the event of such disconnection, you will be responsible for the full contractual term charges to the end of the current term, including, without limitation, unbilled charges, plus a disconnection fee, if applicable, all of which will become immediately due and payable upon disconnection of your Service. If we believe that you have used the Service in any of the aforementioned ways, we may forward the relevant communication and other information, including your identity, to the appropriate authorities for investigation and prosecution. You hereby consent to our forwarding of any such communications and information to these authorities. In addition, ZTELCO will provide information in response to law enforcement requests, subpoenas, court orders, to protect it’s rights and property and in the case where failure to disclose the information may lead to imminent harm to the customer or others . Furthermore, ZTELCO reserves all of its rights at law and equity to proceed against anyone who uses the Services illegally or improperly.
2.5 Use of Service by Customers outside the United States. Although we encourage you to use of the Service to place calls to foreign countries from within the United States and to use the ZTELCO Service as you travel, we do not presently offer or support the Service in any countries other than the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. ZTELCO Service is designed to work generally with unencumbered high-speed internet connections. However, if the high-speed internet connection you are using is outside the United States, Canada or the UK, and/or your ISP places restrictions on the usage of VoIP services, ZTELCO does not represent or warrant that use of the ZTELCO Service by you is permitted by any other jurisdictions or by any or all the ISPs. You will be solely responsible for any violations of local laws and regulations or violations of ISP terms of service resulting from such use. We reserve the right to disconnect your Service immediately if we determine, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you have used the Service or the Device in violation of laws of jurisdictions outside the U.S., Canada and the UK.
2.6 Copyright; Trademark; Unauthorized Usage of Service; Firmware or Software.
(a) Copyright; Trademark. The Service and any firmware or software used to provide the Service or provided to you in conjunction with providing the Service, or embedded in the Device, and all Services, information, documents and materials on our websites are protected by trademark, copyright or other intellectual property laws and international treaty provisions. All of our websites, corporate names, service marks, trademarks, trade names, logos and domain names (collectively “marks”) are and will at all times remain our exclusive property. Nothing in this Agreement grants you the right or license to use any of our marks.
(b) Unauthorized Usage of Device; Firmware or Software. You have not been granted any license to use the firmware or software used to provide the Service or provided to you in conjunction with providing the Service, or embedded in the Device, other than a nontransferable, revocable license to use such firmware or software in object code form (without making any modification thereto) strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. You expressly agree that the Device is exclusively for use in connection with the Service and that we will not provide any passwords, codes or other information or assistance that would enable you to use the Device for any other purpose. We reserve the right to prohibit the use of any interface device that we or one of our affiliates have not provided to you. You hereby represent and warrant that you possess all required rights, including software and/or firmware licenses, to use any interface device that we or one of our affiliates have not provided to you. In addition, you shall indemnify and hold us harmless against any and all liability arising out of your use of such interface device with the Service. You shall not reverse compile, disassemble or reverse engineer or otherwise, attempt to derive the source code from the binary code of the firmware or software.
2.7 Tampering with the Device or Service. You shall not change the electronic serial number or equipment identifier of the Device or to perform a factory reset of the Device without our prior written consent. We reserve the right to disconnect your service if we believe, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you have tampered with the Device. In the event of such disconnection, you will remain responsible for the full contractual term charges to the end of the current term, including, without limitation, unbilled charges, retail cost of unreturned/damaged/incomplete leased hardware, waived or discounted fees, plus a disconnection fee, if applicable, all of which will immediately become due and payable. You shall not attempt to hack or otherwise disrupt the Service or make any use of the Service that is inconsistent with its intended purpose.
2.8 Theft of Service. You shall not use the Service in a manner calculated to avoid ZTELCO policies and procedures. You shall not obtain or use the Services in an improper manner. You shall notify us immediately, in writing or by calling our customer support line, if you become aware at any time that your Service is being stolen, fraudulently used or otherwise being used in an unauthorized manner. When you call or write, you must provide your account number and a detailed description of the circumstances of the theft, fraudulent use or unauthorized use of Service. Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in the disconnection of your Service and additional charges to you. Until such time as we receive notice of the theft, fraudulent use or unauthorized use, you will be liable for all use of the Service, fraudulent or unauthorized use of the Service. ZTELCO reserves all of its rights at law and equity to proceed against anyone who uses the Services illegally or improperly.
2.9 Number Transfer on Service Disconnection. Upon the disconnection of your Service, ZTelco will release to your new service provider the telephone number that you ported (transferred or moved over) to us from your previous service provider and used in connection with your Service if:
- Such new service provider is able to accept such number;
- Your account has been properly disconnected;
- Your account is completely current, including payment for all charges and applicable disconnection fees; and
- You request the transfer upon disconnecting your account.
2.10 Service Distinctions. The Service is not a telecommunications service and we provide it on a best efforts basis. Things beyond our control may affect the Service, such as power outages, fluctuations in the internet, your underlying broadband service. Other things may affect Service, such as maintenance. ZTELCO will act in good faith to minimize disruptions to your use of and access to Service. Important distinctions exist between telecommunications service and the Service offering that we provide. The Service is subject to different regulatory treatment than telecommunications service. This treatment may limit or otherwise affect your rights of redress before regulatory agencies.
2.11 No 0+ or Operator Assisted Calling; May Not Support x11 Calling. The Service does not support 0+ or operator assisted calling (including, without limitation, collect calls, third party billing calls, 900 or calling card calls). The Service may not support 311, 511 and/or other x11 (other than certain specified dialing such as 911 and 411, which are provided for elsewhere in this Agreement) services in one or more (or all) service areas.
2.12 No Directory Listing. The phone numbers you obtain from us will not be listed in any telephone directories. Phone numbers transferred from your local phone company may, however, be listed. As a result, someone with your phone number may not be able to utilize a reverse directory to lookup your address.
2.13 Incompatibility with Other Services.
(a) Security Systems and Fax Machines. The Service may not be compatible with security systems and fax machines. You may be required to maintain a telephone connection through your local exchange carrier in order to use any alarm monitoring functions for any security system or fax machine installed in your home or business. You are responsible for contacting the alarm monitoring company to test the compatibility of any alarm monitoring or security system with the Service.
(b) Certain Broadband, Cable Modem, and Other Services. You acknowledge that the Service presently is not compatible with AOL cable broadband service, certain versions of TiVO, and there may be other services with which the Service may be determined to be incompatible. You further acknowledge that some providers of broadband service may provide modems that prevent the transmission of communications using the Service. We do not warrant that the Services will be compatible with all broadband services and expressly disclaim any express or implied warranties regarding the compatibility of the Service with any particular broadband service.
3. CHARGES; PAYMENTS; TAXES; DISCONNECTION
(a) When the service is activated, you must provide us with a valid email address accompanied by ACH payment details, Bank Account Number, Routing Number, Account Holder Name and Bank Name, a credit or debit card number from a card issuer that we accept. We reserve the right to stop accepting credit or debit cards from one or more issuers. If your credit or debit card expires, you close your account, your billing address changes, ACH details change or your credit or debit card is cancelled and replaced on account of loss or theft, you must advise us at once. We will bill all charges, applicable taxes and surcharges monthly in advance (except for usage-based charges, which will be billed monthly in arrears, and any other charges which we decide to bill in arrears) per your ACH details or to your credit or debit card, including but not limited to: activation fees; monthly Service fees; usage charges; international usage charges; advanced feature charges; premium services/Add-Ons; regulatory recovery fee; Emergency 911 Cost Recovery; 911 fees; federal, state and/or local taxes; disconnection fees; and shipping and handling charges. The amount of such fees and charges are line-itemed on your monthly statement and may change from time to time. For all credit or debit card transactions a 3% convenience fee will be applied, but will not appear as a line item.
The above fees are defined as follows:
Activation Fee – This fee covers charges for setting up your account and activating you on our system.
Monthly Service Fee – This is the basic charge associated with your service. This fee includes the calling charges defined by your plan, the features associated with your plan and basic account services. Your Monthly Service Fee is $49.95 for Unlimited Domestic calling.
Usage Charges – If you exceed the number of calling minutes on your plan, ZTELCO will bill you for the minutes you use above your allowance. ZTELCO also bills for calls to directory assistance and other information services.
Usage – Inbound Toll Free – All inbound toll free usage is billed at $0.04/minute unless otherwise specified on your contract.
International Usage Charges – These are the fees associated with calls to locations outside of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. However, if you are on an unlimited calling plan, ZTELCO will not charge you for calls to France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK that terminate to another ZTELCO line or a landline telephone.
Advanced Features, Add-Ons, and Premium Services – ZTELCO charges additional fees for enhanced features and service ssuch as Virtual Phone Number and Soft Phone.
Number Activation Fee Schedule – An order recovery fee of $8.00 per order will be applied to all new Direct Dial number and Toll Free number orders. An activation fee of $3.00 per number will be applied to all new Direct Dial number and Toll Free number orders. (Example: Customer places a request for One (1) Toll Free number and One (1) Direct Dial number, $8.00 order recovery fee plus $3.00 for the Toll Free number and $3.00 for the Direct Dial number, total cost $14.00.)
Regulatory Recovery Fee – A regulatory recovery surcharge of $1.99 applies to each phone number. ZTELCO uses this fee to pay our regulatory-related fees and expenses, including taxes, number portability charges, and related legal fees.
Emergency 911 Cost Recovery of $1.99 applies to each line of service. This fee is used to recover costs directly associated with developing, implementing and maintaining a nationwide E911 in compliance with FCC regulations, ZTELCO 911 dialing and the ZTELCO national 911 emergency call center.
Taxes – ZTELCO is required to bill and collect local, state and federal taxes imposed on ZTELCO customers by the various taxing authorities. ZTELCO passes all taxes it collects on to the appropriate taxing authority.
911 Fees – State and/or local governments may assess fees on ZTELCO to pay for emergency services in your community.
ZTELCO bills and collects 911 fees from its customers and remits such fees to the appropriate authority. Depending on where you live, these fees can vary widely. ZTELCO is committed to supporting public safety services and resources in your State. For more information, and to learn more about the fees collected in your community, contact your state or local elected official.(b) ZTELCO may introduce new products and services at special introductory pricing. Introductory pricing may change at ZTELCO’s discretion.
(c) Notification of monthly invoices will be sent to you via your email address on file with us. We reserve the right to bill at more frequent intervals if the amount you owe to us at any time exceeds $50. ZTELCO bills usage charges in full minute increments that are rounded up to the next full minute unless otherwise set forth in the rate schedules found on our website. ZTELCO bills fractional usage charges in full cents that are rounded up when the value is $.005 or more and down when the value is less than $.005, unless otherwise set forth in the rate schedules found on our website.
(d) Shipping and Handling Charges. Customer shall be responsible for all shipping and handling charges incurred, unless otherwise specified in writing to customer: Including but not limited to special handling charges or expedited shipping. In the case of hardware replacement, ZTELCO will be responsible for shipping to the customer’s premises. Hardware returns shall remain responsibility of Customer.
(e) ZTelco is authorized to add, remove and/or increase billable item quantities without notification, provided Customer has added the affected services. Customer has the option to specify “Authorized User(s)” to limit Customer liability for such billing modifications and/or limit direct access to the PBX.
3.2 Billing Disputes. You must notify us in writing within seven days after receiving your ACH, credit or debit card statement if you dispute any ZTELCO charges on that statement or you will be deemed to have waived any right to contest such charges. All notices of disputed charges should be sent to:
9105 Chesapeake Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
3.3 Payment and Collection.
(a) Payment. We only accept payment by ACH, credit, debit card or check. Your subscription to the Service authorizes us to charge your ACH details, credit or debit card. This authorization will remain valid until 30 days after we receive written notice from you terminating our authority to charge your credit or debit card, whereupon we will charge your credit or debit card for the disconnection fee, if applicable, and any other outstanding charges and disconnect your Service. We may disconnect your Service at any time in our sole and absolute discretion if any charge to your ACH details, credit, debit card or check is declined or reversed, your credit or debit card expires and you have not provided us with a valid replacement credit or debit card or in case of any other non-payment of account charges. Payments made by methods deemed to be, at our sole and absolute discretion.
(b) Collection. If your Service is disconnected, you will remain fully liable to us for all charges pursuant to this Agreement and any and all costs we incur to collect such amounts, including, without limitation, collection costs and attorney’s fees.
(c) Notices. You understand that it is difficult for ZTELCO to distinguish between credit and debit cards. You agree to waive your rights under Regulation E to receive ten days advance notice from ZTELCO regarding the amount that ZTELCO will debit from your account. ZTELCO may send you messages about your billing from time to time, but ZTELCO is not obligated to do so. ZTELCO may change or cease its messages at any time without notice to you.
Discontinuance or suspension of ZTELCO Service. We reserve the right to suspend or discontinue, or to disconnect your Service, at any time at our sole and absolute discretion. Should ZTELCO deem it necessary to discontinue and or suspend or disconnect ZTELCO services. ZTELCO will notify customer 30 days in advance via email that we intend to Discontinuance, or disconnect or suspend ZTELCO service. Customer will only be responsible for charges accrued through the date of disconnection, including and not limited to a pro-rated portion of the final contractual term charges. The only exceptions to this is if customer is using ZTELCO services in an unlawful manner at which time ZTELCO reserves the right to disconnect service without any prior notice. If your Service is disconnected on account of your breach of any provision of this Agreement, you will be responsible for the full contractual term charges to the end of the current term, including, without limitation, unbilled charges, retail cost of any unreturned/damaged/incomplete leased hardware, plus the disconnection fee, if applicable, all of which will immediately become due and payable. ZTELCO will pursue collection for unpaid amounts on disconnected accounts and may report to credit bureaus. If a customer wishes to discontinue service we require written/ email notice of cancellation. Cancellation process takes 30 days from date of signed cancellation document
3.5 Taxes. State and local governments may assess taxes, surcharges and/or fees on your use of ZTELCO service. These charges may be a flat fee or a percentage of your ZTELCO charges and may change from time to time without notice. These charges are based on the rates applicable to the address you provided to us. You are responsible for all applicable federal, state, provincial, municipal, local or other governmental sales, use, excise, value-added, personal property, public utility or other taxes, fees or charges now in force or enacted in the future, that arise from or as a result of your subscription or use or payment for the Service. Such amounts are in addition to payment for the Service and will be billed to your ACH details, debit or credit card as set forth in this Agreement. If you are exempt from payment of such taxes, you must provide us with an original certificate that satisfies applicable legal requirements attesting to tax-exempt status. Tax exemption will only apply from and after the date we receive such certificate.
3.6 Early Termination Fee. Customer will be responsible for the full amount of charges due until the end of the then-current contractual term, including, without limitation, unbilled charges, any waived/discounted installation fees, plus a $49.95 per device/seat disconnection fee, if applicable, all of which will immediately become due and payable after the 30-Day Trial Guarantee period and within the contractual term following the activation of your Service.
(a) ZTelco Move Policy. Should the Customer move during the contractual term obligation the ETF will apply in all cases, except for the following:
- Customer agrees to migrate existing service to their new location.
- Customer moves to a location where ZTelco refuses to provide the Customer service.
- Customer moves to a location where in ZTelco’s sole and absolute discretion determines that ZTelco cannot provide service to the Customer.
The above terms are not mutually exclusive.
3.7 Quality of Service Trial Guarantee; Limitations and Conditions.
(a) ZTELCO Business and Small Business Customers. We offer a limited (30) day trial term in which this agreement may be cancelled without cause starting from the date of activation of phone service.
(b) Service Level Agreement: if for any reason ZTELCO fails to provide continuous service for more than 48 hours at any given period during this term agreement, ZTELCO shall pay customer the prorated daily amount to customer times 2 in the form of phone credits, not to exceed the value of one months service.
(c) ZTELCO always strives to provide the best call quality at all times. If ZTELCO fails to provide continuous call quality at any time during this agreement, customer can terminate this agreement. Customer must allow ZTELCO at least 30 days from the time a trouble ticket is created with ZTELCO to correct problem. If ZTELCO fails to do so, customer can terminate agreement based on ZTELCOs failure to provide an acceptable call quality. The exception to this clause is if customer’s internet connection proves to be the cause for the poor call quality, customer must agree to upgrade their high speed internet connection (i.e., T1, DSL, Cable etc) customers refusal to agree to upgrade their internet connection would void this clause in the agreement
(d) ZTELCO reserves the right to increase the cost of any and all services we offer, not limited to the services being rendered in this agreement without cause. ZTELCO will notify Customer via email, 30 days prior to increasing any and all costs pertaining to this agreement. If ZTELCO elects to increase pricing in this agreement, customer can elect to void this agreement and agreement will convert to a month-to-month term agreement between ZTELCO and said customer. Customer must notify ZTELCO in writing within 30 days of receiving ZTELCO’s written notice of pricing increase of its to intention to convert to a month to month agreement.
(e) ZTELCO’s non-refundable services include installation charges, phone usage, service plans, and any charges deemed to be a pass through cost toward the installation and/or activation and/or use of service. Other charges, including but not limited to T-1 service, Fiber Circuits and Cancellation Fees are non-refundable and such fees may be charged at 100% of the full term of contract regardless of cancellation within the Trial Guarantee. It is understood that service activation occurs on the day of installation and the installation date may be used as the Activation/Anniversary Date.
(f) ZTELCO is not be able to refund all federal excise taxes and any other applicable taxes. You will be responsible for any charges for usage, payphone calls to ZTELCO toll free numbers and directory assistance. We reserve the right to disconnect or revoke this trial period guarantee at any time, without prior notice.
3.8 Payphone Charges. If you use our toll free features that we offer now or in the future, ZTELCO will be entitled to recover from Customer any charges imposed on us either directly or indirectly in connection with toll free calls made to your toll free number(s). We may recover these amounts by means of a per-call charge, rounded up to the next cent, or in such other fashion, as we deem appropriate for the recovery of these costs.
3.9 Charges for Directory Calls (411). We will charge you $1.89 for each call made to ZTELCO directory assistance.
4. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; INDEMNIFICATION; WARRANTIES
4.1 Limitation of Liability. We will not be liable for any delay or failure to provide the Service, including 911 Dialing, at any time or from time to time, or any interruption or degradation of voice quality that is caused by any of the following:
- An act or omission of an underlying carrier, service provider, vendor or other third party;
- Equipment, network or facility failure;
- Equipment, network or facility upgrade or modification;
- force majeure events such as (but not limited to) acts of God, acts of nature, strikes, fire, war, riot, acts of terrorism and government actions;
- Equipment, network or facility shortage;
- Equipment or facility relocation;
- Service, equipment, network or facility failure caused by the loss of power to you;
- outage of, or blocking of ports by, your ISP or broadband service provider or other impediment to usage of the Service caused by any third party;
- Any act or omission by you or any person using the Service or Device provided to you; or
- any other cause that is beyond our control, including, without limitation, a failure of or defect in any Device, the failure of an incoming or outgoing communication, the inability of communications (including, without limitation, 911 Dialing) to be connected or completed, or forwarded.
Our aggregate liability under this agreement will in no event exceed the Service charges with respect to the affected time period.
4.2 Disclaimer of Liability for Damages. IN NO EVENT WILL ZTELCO, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES OR AGENTS OR ANY OTHER SERVICE PROVIDER WHO FURNISHES SERVICES TO YOU IN CONNECTION THE SERVICE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, COMPENSATORY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PERSONAL INJURY, WRONGFUL DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF REVENUE OR PROFITS, OR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE, INCLUDING INABILITY TO ACCESS EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL THROUGH THE 911 DIALING SERVICE OR TO OBTAIN EMERGENCY HELP. THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH HEREIN APPLY TO CLAIMS FOUNDED IN BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, PRODUCT LIABILITY, TORT AND ANY AND ALL OTHER THEORIES OF LIABILITY AND APPLY WHETHER OR NOT WE WERE INFORMED OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF ANY PARTICULAR TYPE OF DAMAGES.
4.3 Indemnification and Survival.
(a) Indemnification. You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless ZTELCO, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates and agents and any other service provider who furnishes services and devices to you in connection with the Service, from any and all claims, losses, damages, fines, penalties, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys fees) by, or on behalf of, you or any third party or user of the Service, relating to the Services, including, without limitation, 911 Dialing, or the Device.
(b) Survival. The provisions of this Agreement that by their sense and context are intended to survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement shall survive.
4.4 No Warranties on Service. WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS OF THE SERVICE FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OR ANY WARRANTY ARISING BY USAGE OF TRADE, COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE WILL MEET CUSTOMER’S REQUIREMENTS. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE DEVICE WILL BE WITHOUT FAILURE, DELAY, INTERRUPTION, ERROR, AND DEGRADATION OF VOICE QUALITY OR LOSS OF CONTENT, DATA OR INFORMATION. NEITHER ZTELCO NOR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES OR AGENTS, OR ANY OTHER SERVICE PROVIDER OR VENDOR WHO FURNISHES SERVICES DEVICES, OR PRODUCTS TO CUSTOMER IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, WILL BE LIABLE FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OUR OR YOUR TRANSMISSION FACILITIES OR PREMISES EQUIPMENT OR FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, OR ALTERATION, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OF, CUSTOMER’S DATA FILES, PROGRAMS, PROCEDURES OR INFORMATION THROUGH ACCIDENT, FRAUDULENT MEANS OR DEVICES OR ANY OTHER METHOD, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGE OCCURS AS A RESULT OF ZTELCO’S OR ITS SERVICE PROVIDER’S OR VENDORS’ NEGLIGENCE. STATEMENTS AND DESCRIPTIONS CONCERNING THE SERVICE OR DEVICE, IF ANY, BY ZTELCO OR ZTELCO’S AGENTS OR INSTALLERS ARE INFORMATIONAL AND ARE NOT GIVEN AS A WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.
4.5 No Third Party Beneficiaries. No provision of this Agreement provides any person or entity not a party to this Agreement with any remedy, claim, liability, reimbursement, or cause of action or creates any other third party beneficiary rights.
4.6 Content. You will be liable for any and all liability that may arise out of the content transmitted by you or to any person, whether authorized or unauthorized, using your Service or Device (each such person, a “User”). You shall assure that your and your User’s use of the Service and content comply at all times with all applicable laws, regulations and written and electronic instructions for use. We reserve the right to disconnect or suspend your Services and remove your or your Users’ content from the Service, if we determine, in our sole and absolute discretion, that such use or content does not conform to the requirements set forth in this Agreement or interferes with our ability to provide Services to you or others. Our action or inaction under this Section will not constitute any review or approval of your or Users’ use or content.
5.1 Governing Law. The Agreement and the relationship between you and us are governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions. To the extent court action is initiated to enforce an arbitration award or for any other reason consistent with Section 5.2, you shall submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the State of California and waive any objection as to venue or inconvenient forum.
5.2 Mandatory Arbitration and No Jury Trial. Any dispute or claim between you, any member of your household or any guest or employee of you and us arising out of or relating to the Service or Device will be resolved by arbitration before a single arbitrator administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules. The arbitration will take place in San Diego, California. The arbitrator’s decision will follow the plain meaning of the relevant documents, and will be final and binding. Without limiting the foregoing, the parties agree that no arbitrator has the authority to: (I) award relief in excess of what this Agreement provides; or (ii) award punitive or exemplary damages. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrators may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. REGARDLESS OF ANY STATUTE OR LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SERVICE MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER SUCH CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE OR BE FOREVER BARRED. All claims shall be arbitrated individually. You shall not bring, or join any class action of any kind in court or in arbitration or seek to consolidate or bring previously consolidated claims in arbitration. THIS ARBITRATION PROVISION CONSTITUTES A WAIVER OF ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL AND AN AGREEMENT TO BE SUBJECT TO JURISDICTION IN, AND CONDUCT ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS IN, CALIFORNIA.
5.3 No Waiver of Rights. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
5.4 Entire Agreement. This Agreement, including any future modifications as may occur within the terms of the Agreement, and the rates for Services found on our website constitute the entire agreement between you and ZTELCO and govern the use of the Service by you, members of your household, guests and employees. This Agreement supersedes any prior agreements between you and ZTELCO and any and all prior or contemporaneous statements, understandings, writings, commitments, or representations concerning its subject matter.
5.5 Severability. If any part of this Agreement is legally declared invalid or unenforceable, all other parts of this Agreement will remain valid and enforceable. Such invalidity or non-enforceability will not invalidate or render unenforceable any other portion of this Agreement.
6. FUTURE CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT
We may change the terms and conditions of this Agreement from time to time. Notices will be considered given and effective on the date posted on www.ZTELCO.com. Such changes will become binding on you on the date they are posted to our website and no further notice by us is required upon your continued use of the Service. The Agreement as and when posted supersedes all previously agreed to electronic and written terms of service, including, without limitation, any terms included with the packaging of the Device and also supersedes any written terms provided to Retail Customers in connection with retail distribution, including, without limitation, any written terms enclosed within the packaging of the Device.
ZTELCO Service utilizes, in whole or in part, the public Internet and third party networks to transmit voice and other communications. ZTELCO is not liable for any lack of privacy which may be experienced with regard to the Service.
8. CONTRACTUAL TERM LENGTH
The Contractual Term Length is defined on the contract signed by the Customer.