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1.  Our agreement

If you have a Skinny Fixed Line Broadband connection then you will need to read these Customer Terms which govern our contractual relationship with you for the provision of Skinny Fixed Line Broadband (the “Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service(s)”) on our network. The Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services are provided to you for your own legitimate uses as described under these Customer Terms.

2. The Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services are described in

    • these Customer Terms (which describe, for example, any service limitations and what charges may apply);
    • the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband product pages, as set out on our website (describing the Service); and
    • the “frequently asked questions” about Skinny Fixed Line Broadband on our website (describing the Service)

      Together these make up the “Service Description” for Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. Links to the pages on our website which set out more detail about the features, prices and other matters about our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services are here.

3. Changes to Terms, Charges and Services

3.1 Changes to terms: From time to time we may need to change the terms of this Agreement by changing or removing existing terms or by adding new ones. Changes may take the form of completely new terms. If we determine, acting reasonable and in good faith, that a change will have, or is likely to have a detrimental impact on you, we will give you at least two weeks’ notice of the change. We will tell you about any changes to the terms of this Agreement by emailing you, and will publish the change on our website. Your continued use of Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services after changes have been notified to you in this way indicates your acceptance of those changes. If you do not agree to the changes you may exercise your right to terminate this agreement.
3.2 Changes to Charges: We may change our Charges from time to time. When we decrease charges for any Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services we may make the change immediately and we will tell you about the change as soon as possible after the change has been made by emailing you, and publishing the change on our website. When we increase Charges for any Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services (including introducing charges for Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services that are currently free) and you are impacted by the change, we will give you one month’s notice of these changes. We will notify you of these changes by emailing you, and publishing the change on our website.
3.3 Changes to Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services: We may alter our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services from time to time. If we reasonably consider that a change to our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services is likely to benefit you or have a neutral impact on you we may make that change immediately and will tell you about the change as soon as possible after the change has been made by emailing you, and publishing the change on our website. Examples of changes that will benefit you include inclusion of additional benefits in your existing Skinny Fixed Line Broadband plan. Examples of changes that will have a neutral impact on include changing the name of your existing Skinny Fixed Line Broadband plan, or other products.
3.4 If we alter our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services in a way that reduces the service offering currently received by you and the change is within our control we will provide you one month’s notice, of such alterations. However, if the change is outside of our control, and it is possible, we will provide you notice of the change beforehand. If the change is outside of our control and we are unable to provide you notice of the change beforehand we will provide you notice as soon as possible after the change has been made. We will tell you about any such alterations by emailing you, and publishing the change on our website.
3.5 We may change you to a new Skinny Fixed Line Broadband plan or product if we consider, acting reasonably and in good faith, that you will be better off, and will give you one month’s notice of such a change by emailing you, and publishing the change on our website. 3.6 Right to Terminate: If you do not agree to any changes made in accordance with this clause, you may exercise your right to terminate this Agreement by cancelling your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services.

4.  Getting set up

Customers wishing to sign up to Skinny Fixed Line Broadband must complete the online sign-up form found at skinny.co.nz/broadband

5. Connection and availability

Skinny Fixed Line Broadband is not available in all areas. Occasionally factors like the distance of our equipment from a particular site or address mean we are unable to deliver Skinny Fixed Line Broadband, even where Skinny Fixed Line Broadband is available in your area. Skinny Fixed Line Broadband is naked broadband, so when you connect to Skinny Fixed Line Broadband your fixed land line will be disconnected. This means that any additional services that you have running over your fixed land line, such as voicemail and caller display will no longer work. Services that require a fixed land line to operate, such as medical alarms, fax machines and pay per view movies through your Sky box (Landline Dependant Services) will not work without a fixed land line. If you have Landline Dependant Services at your house and you want to continue to use them then you should not connect to Skinny Fixed Line Broadband. It is your responsibility to check whether you have any Landline Dependant Services before you sign up for Skinny Fixed Line Broadband.

6. Connection and installation

Our standard connection does not generally require a home visit, however a technician may visit your home to confirm your connection is working. In some cases you will require a non-standard installation to use the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service and there may be additional charges for this. A technician approved by Skinny Broadband will visit your home to carry out the installation to get Skinny Fixed Line Broadband working at your place. It is generally only required for new builds, or areas where a Spark copper line is not present. We will let you know ahead of time if this is likely to be the case, and an estimate of the cost. We reserve the right to reject orders for non-standard installations on a case by case basis. Other points to note:

• The activation of your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service will result in you experiencing a temporary loss of your broadband connection. Normal service is usually resumed within an hour.
• If, despite our reasonable efforts, your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband installation fails (e.g. the technician is unable to get the service running), any equipment will remain at your premises and you will not be charged for the installation.
• If you decide to cancel your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband order, through no fault of ours or the installer, after you have accepted your order and have been provided an installation date for a non-standard installation, we may charge you a cancellation fee. This will not apply where you do not agree to any additional work or costs.
• If you have an existing broadband connection with another provider, you are responsible for cancelling your account with them. A cancellation notice period may apply – check with your provider. Skinny cannot request account cancellation on your behalf.

7. Speed

Broadband is not available in all areas and broadband speeds do vary. Factors which impact on speed include how close your premises are to an exchange, your computer’s capability, modem, connection and wiring, Wi-Fi, interference from electrical devices, the location and quality of the websites you choose to view, and any software you may have downloaded (malicious or otherwise). The day-to-day performance will also be affected by the number of users in your household and also on our network or the network of third parties that we use to provide the service to you. For further information about how your broadband speed is effected by these things, see our troubleshooting guide found in the support section of our website.

8. Modem

You will need a modem to use a Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service.

The Skinny Fixed Line Broadband modem/router and its included accessories are certified for use on the Chorus network with a Telepermit. All accessories and cables required to connect to ADSL or VDSL broadband are included in the box.

Ultra Fast Broadband requires a fibre capable modem/router. The Skinny Fixed Line Broadband modem/router is fully fibre capable, and all required cables needed for use on UFB are included in the box.

You will own the modem purchased from Skinny Fixed Line Broadband and Skinny Fixed Line Broadband is not responsible for it (without limiting your rights under Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 and Fair Trading Act 1986). As a consumer customer under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under that law. For more information on your rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 see https://www.consumerprotection.govt.nz/general-help/consumer-laws/consumer-guarantees-act/.

Warranty and Returns

Skinny Broadband will replace any defective Skinny Broadband hardware within 24 months from the time it was purchased. This warranty is in addition to your rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, or other New Zealand legislation. If there are defects in the hardware of your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Modem within the first 24 months from the date you purchased it, you can return it to us for a replacement in accordance with our Return Policy.

Please note that installing custom firmware on (also known as “flashing”) your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband hardware will void your warranty. We will not accept returns of devices that have been flashed or otherwise have had custom firmware installed.

Returns Policy

In addition to your rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, or other New Zealand legislation, if there are defects in the hardware of your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Modem within the first 24 months from the date you purchased it, you can return it to us for a replacement if you comply with this Returns Policy. The purchase of your Skinny modem is completed at the successful delivery of your modem. To be eligible to return the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Modem in accordance with this Returns Policy, please follow these steps:
• You will be sent a courier bag in which to return your equipment. The equipment must be returned to Skinny Fixed Line Broadband, or our nominated agent, and received at the address we provide within 18 days after you receive the courier bag.
• We will send a replacement for the returned equipment, the replacement may be new or refurbished stock.
• If you do not return the equipment you consider to be defective back to us in accordance with this Returns Policy, or we do not find a defect in the equipment (acting reasonably and in good faith), Skinny Fixed Line Broadband may charge you for the retail price of any equipment it has sent you as a replacement.
• Replacement items are not subject to a new 24-month replacement period; the original 24 month timeframe that started when you first purchased the equipment remains.

Please note that installing custom firmware on (also known as “flashing”) your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Modem hardware will void your warranty. We will not accept returns of devices that have been flashed or otherwise have had custom firmware installed.

9. Charges

Charging for Skinny Fixed Line Broadband is on a monthly prepaid basis. Your first payment will be taken from your nominated credit or debit card on the day of your connection in accordance with the plan you have signed up with, and on the same date every month following, or next business day in the event of a public holiday or other interruption. For Example: If you connect with Skinny Fixed Line Broadband on the 3rd of Feb, your payment for 3rd Feb-2nd March will be taken on 3rd Feb. Your next payment, for 3rd March-2nd April will be taken on 3rd March. If your payment fails (e.g. due to credit card expiry, no available funds etc) we will attempt to take payment 2 days later. If this fails, then your account will be suspended for 5 days, giving you an opportunity to update your credit card, but without access to the rest of the internet, before one final attempt will be made. If this also fails your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband service will be disconnected and you will be unable to re-sign with Skinny Fixed Line Broadband for a period of 2 weeks, and must pay any outstanding invoices upon re-sign. Any money paid is not refundable in the event that you decide to leave Skinny Fixed Line Broadband before the end of your billing month.

10. Changing Broadband plans

A plan change may be requested either through email, by calling us or submitting a request through the dashboard. If you are moving from our 12 month plan transfer fees of $199 may apply.

11. Withholding, suspending, restricting or disconnect Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services

11.1 We may withhold, suspend or restrict your use of any or all of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services or disconnect you from using them without warning if:
• you or anyone who uses them in any way that does not comply with these Customer Terms or any other terms and conditions relating to the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services, or puts our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services at risk;
• you harass, abuse or threaten our staff.
11.2 We may also need to suspend your use of Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services without warning if our services and systems require urgent maintenance, upgrading, or protection, to manage network traffic or access to network services (for example, to manage peer to peer traffic types), to improve functionality and attributes of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services, or where it is reasonably necessary for us to do so.
11.3 When we withhold, suspend, restrict or disconnect a Service for the reasons set out in clause 11.1 above, you may have to pay a reconnection fee before you can use the Services again.
11.4 Please note that Skinny Fixed Line Broadband accounts that are inactive, expired, terminated, disconnected, suspended or blocked will not be entitled to any credit remaining on the account.
11.5 In most cases, normal charges continue to apply during the suspension or restriction of any Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service.
11.6 You acknowledge that we reserve the right to suspend, sign out, disconnect, terminate, or delete your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services accounts (including sub accounts) or any communication session for any particular Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service that is “inactive” for a period of time. “Inactive” means that you have not used a particular Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service for a continuous 6 months’ period.

12. Giving up or ending services

12.1 You may end this agreement at any time for any reason by cancelling your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services.
12.2 We may end this agreement immediately without notice to you if:
• 12.2.1 we have the right to suspend your access to the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services for any of the reasons set out in clause 11.1 above that have not been rectified within two weeks;
• 12.2.2 you breach this agreement in a material way (for example, if you do something that could negatively impact on our services or network) and do not put it right within seven days of us asking you to, or
• 12.2.3 you become insolvent or bankrupt, or a receiver, manager and receiver, or statutory manager is appointed over any or all of your assets, or any resolution is passed, or any proceeding is commenced to wind you up or liquidate you, or your poor payment history indicated, acting reasonably and in good faith, that you are unable to pay charges owing.

Our disclaimers relating to Broadband

13. Availability of Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services

The configuration of your computer, device, systems server or other communication equipment (“Systems”) you use to receive our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services may affect, not only your use of our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services, but our provision of it. For example, certain SMTP service configurations leave you vulnerable to relaying spam; spam may overload our systems. Our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services will only be delivered to your relevant Systems when you have the required connection to receive the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service and will be subject to any service availability limitations and any functionality limitations of your Systems.

14. Content disclaimer

We do not and cannot in any way supervise, edit or control the way in which you or other end users use the content, information or other material accessed through the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services we provide to you. You acknowledge and agree that we will not be held responsible in any way for the content, information or other material accessed or provided by means of our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. You are responsible for all content, information or other material that you upload, download, post, email, or otherwise transmit, access or make available through the use of our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. We have not reviewed all or any of the sites linked to the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services and we are not responsible for the content of any of those sites.

15. Third party infrastructure, systems and services

The Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services are delivered to you using other providers’ infrastructure and systems, for example, that of Chorus and Enable for Christchurch. These other providers’ infrastructures and systems are outside of our control, and we therefore are not liable or responsible for anything which occurs as a result of other providers’ infrastructure and systems. Many of the products and services offered for sale or advertised on, and much of the information provided in connection with, our websites and other services, are the products, services and information of third parties. Third party products, services and information are not provided or endorsed by us and your legal relationship is with the third party supplier. You must make your own inquiries with the relevant third party supplier directly before relying on the third party information or entering into a transaction in relation to third party products and services supplied by means of our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. You should check with the third party supplier whether there are additional charges and terms which may apply.

16. Communication Services

If the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services include email services, information services, bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, groups, personal web pages, calendars, photo albums, file cabinets and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with others (collectively “Communication Services”), you agree to use and access the Communication Services in accordance with these Customer Terms and any applicable specific product terms, and only to upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit or access messages and material that are permitted in accordance with those terms. You (and not Skinny Fixed Line Broadband) assume the entire cost of any necessary verification, maintenance, repair correction and/or removal of any relevant Communication Service messages and material. We are not under any obligation to monitor the Communication Services, but we reserve the right at all times to review messages and materials transmitted and accessed through a Communication Service and to disclose any information as we deem necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, governmental request or code, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any message or materials, in whole or in part, in our sole discretion. We reserve the right to terminate your use of and access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.

17. Data usage

Skinny Fixed Line Broadband does not have data caps. However, the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service is only for residential purposes. It is not intended for business purposes, running server farms, or the like. We expect you to use the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services in a responsible and fair manner so that your use of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services does not impact other customers. When using the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service, you should take into account:
• The effect your use of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services may have on networks, equipment and other parties; and
• Compliance with “netiquette” and internet conventions; and
• The fact that such use must not interfere with the availability of any of the services to others or any other services offered by us and other internet providers and carriers to others.
• Illegal Uses – You must not use the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services in ways that constitute criminal or civil breaches of any statute, regulations, government requirements or any other law (including general or common law) of any country. Those breaches include, without limitation, breach of intellectual property rights (such as copyright, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and confidential information); defamation; breach of obscenity laws and laws as to objectionable publications, such as pornography and hateful materials; fraud; theft; misappropriation of money, credit card details or personal information; breaches of privacy obligations; and breaches of trade practices legislation, examples of which are the Fair Trading and Consumer Guarantees Acts (New Zealand).
• Security and Protection of the Network – You must not use the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services to breach, or attempt to breach, the security and operation of any network, equipment or any other system. This includes: hacking, cracking into, monitoring, or using systems without authority; scanning ports (including scanning for open relays); improper configuration of mail servers and FTP servers enabling distribution of spam or unlicensed material by others; interference of service to any user or network (or activities that might encourage such interference by others) including mail-bombing, flooding, deliberate attempts to overload a system and broadcast attacks; denial of service attacks or activities which might encourage denial of service attacks by others; unnecessarily excessive traffic (including excessive pings); distributing viruses, or other harmful material or software; any communications across the services which do not accurately identify (or disclose in a manner that is misleading) addresses, headers, names and other relevant details; and using our network in any way as a staging ground for any of those breaches or to disable or “crack” other systems.
• Industry Codes – You must not use the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services in a way that breaches any material standard, code and content requirements produced by any relevant authority or industry body.
• Threats – You may not use the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services to transmit content of a threatening nature including threats of death, physical harm and defamation.
• SPAM – Sending spam is not permitted.

18. Technical requirements

Skinny Fixed Line Broadband uses dynamic IP addresses. This will not interfere with most uses of the internet. Static IP addresses are not available on Skinny Fixed Line Broadband.

19. Service Reliability

Because of the nature of telecommunications services, Skinny Fixed Line Broadband is unable to provide specific performance guarantees. While we always strive to provide a consistent and reliable service, there are a number of factors that influence reliability of our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. For this reason, we do not guarantee continuous or fault-free services, service availability at a particular location, connection speed bandwidth, latency (delay) or bit rate through the network that we use to provide our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services at any one point in time. As the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services can occasionally go down, you should take this into account when choosing this product and what you will want to use it for. While we do use reasonable endeavours to resolve any service issues, we cannot guarantee how quickly we can arrange for resolution of any problems with the provision of our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service is not designed to support commercial grade use and quality of service (QoS) for VoiP or similar services.

20. Support

The stability and performance of your Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Service can be affected by a number of potential faults. A fault can commonly originate from the network, phone line, your modem, or your computer. Faults can be raised by calling 0800 4 SKINNY.

21. Consumer Protection Legislation and Liability

21.1 As a consumer, it is important that you understand that any rights you may have, or obligations we may have to you, under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 and the Fair Trading Act 1986 apply alongside these Terms, and are not impacted by anything in this clause 21. The website https://www.consumerprotection.govt.nz is a useful place to visit to help you understand your rights under this legislation.

21.2 If you are acquiring the Services for the purposes of a business as defined in the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 you acknowledge that the provisions of that Act do not apply to the Services that that we provide to you under this agreement.

21.3 Your liability to us:

  • you accept your liability to us for breach of contract or negligence, and
  • you are not liable for any loss to the extent that it is caused by us (for example, through our breach of contract or negligence).
  • If you are ever liable to us your liability is limited to: 1. $5,000 for any event or series of related events; and 2.A total of $10,000 in respect of all events in any 12 month period, provided we notify you of our claim within 12 months after we reasonably become aware of the occurrence of the relevant event or series of events that gave rise to our claim. These limitations do not apply to your obligation to pay any charges, for any loss or damage caused by fraud, gross negligence, wilful breach or wilful damage.

21.4 We may become aware that we have suffered loss before you do. If we suffer any loss as a result of this agreement, we agree to take reasonable steps to avoid or minimise our loss and that you are not liable for any loss that results from our failure to take reasonable steps to do so.

21.5 Our liability to you:

  • we accept our liability to you for breach of contract or negligence, and, subject to clause 21.2 above, for our breach of consumer protection laws, such as the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 and the Fair Trading Act 1986.
  • we are not liable for any loss to the extent that it is caused by you (for example, through your breach of contract or negligence).

21.6 We are not liable to you for any indirect or consequential loss, or for any loss of profits, revenue, goodwill, business or anticipated business or anticipated profits or savings.

21.7 You may become aware that you have suffered loss before we do. If you suffer any loss as a result of this agreement, you agree to take reasonable steps to avoid or minimise your loss and that we are not liable for any loss that results from your failure to take reasonable steps to do so.

21.8 We aim to provide quality services to you at all times, and exercise reasonable skill and care in performing our obligations to you. However, if we are prevented from performing any obligation in these Terms by reason of any act of God, act of State, riot, insurrection, civil commotion, strike, sanctions, boycott, embargo or any other circumstance beyond our reasonable control, we will try to advise you of the existence of the circumstances and its expected duration, and the obligations that are impacted by the circumstances. Our performance of these Terms and provision of Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services to you will, to the extent that it is made impossible or impracticable by such circumstances (despite us taking reasonable steps to provide the services be suspended until such circumstances cease to exist. We are not liable to you for any failure or delay in performing any obligation set out in these Terms in the circumstances contemplated by this clause

21.9 You will not be required to pay any Charges for any Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services to the extent that such Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services are not provided by us due to the circumstances contemplated by this clause 21.9.

21.10 No other Spark company, network operator and/or third party supplier (including their officers, employees, contractors and agents) will be liable to you for loss or damage of any kind arising from your use of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. This clause creates a right and benefit that other Spark companies, network operators and/or suppliers can enforce as a defence to any claim.

21.11 If we or any of the other parties listed in clause 21.10 are ever liable to you for any reason, the maximum combined amount we and all the other parties listed in clause 21.10 (together) will have to pay you and anyone else who uses the Services we provide for you (together), will be:

  • $5,000 for any event or for any series of related events; and
  • a total of $10,000 in respect of all events in any 12 month period,

provided that you notify us of your claim within 12 months after you reasonably became aware of the occurrence of the relevant event or series or events that gave rise to your claim. These limitations do not limit any rights you may have under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 and the Fair Trading Act 1986.

22. Information about you

Your use of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services involves the collection by us of personal information about you, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. We may also collect demographic information, such as your age, gender, preferences, and interests. Information collected by us may be combined with information obtained by our related companies. This information is used by us for the operation of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services, to maintain quality of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services, to provide general statistics regarding use of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services and to assist us to deliver customised content and advertising to our customers. Where possible, information will be obtained directly from you, but otherwise it may be provided from others (with your consent), or generated within or by the systems used to provide our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services. You may decide not to provide information to us. However, if you do not provide it, we may not be able to provide our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services to you. You may ask to see any information we hold about you and we will provide it as long as we have such information and can readily retrieve it. You may also ask us to correct any incorrect information we hold about you. We may charge you for the reasonable costs of retrieving and providing this information. We may occasionally monitor telephone calls between existing and new customers and our personnel to help train our personnel to provide better customer service. We may also monitor communications between our customers and third parties to maintain and support our systems and to safeguard the security and integrity of our services. We may provide your personal information to our related companies, our contractors, credit reference and debt collection agencies, communications network operators and selected business partners to:

  • Provide our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services for you and others
  • Recover money you owe
  • Keep you informed of and conduct, sales and marketing activities in relation to services available to, or planned for, you from us and other people
  • Exercise any lawful right we or any of our related companies, our contractors, credit reference and debt collection agencies, communications network operators and selected business partners has

Although we may publish aggregated information relating to your use of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services, such as usage patterns, we do not disclose information in a form that could reasonably be expected to identify you, without your prior permission. Personal information collected in relation to your use of the Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services may be stored and processed in New Zealand or any other country in which we or our related companies or agents maintain facilities, and by using our Skinny Fixed Line Broadband Services, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of New Zealand.

23. Disclosure of information

We may disclose information about you or your use of our websites and/or services without your prior permission if we have, acting reasonably, a good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
• Conform to legal requirements (including, but not limited to, requirements in accordance with any applicable law, regulation or government request) or comply with legal process, or to help maintain the law
• Protect our rights or property or those of our related companies
• Enforce our Customer Terms
• Act to protect the interests of our, or our related companies, customers or others

We do not sell, rent or lease our visitor or customer information to third parties.

24. Sending notices

We may send you notices by sending you a text, by emailing or writing to you, by calling you, by publishing the notice on our website or by issuing a public notice in the major newspapers.

25. Meeting our responsibilities through agents and service providers

We may have any related company or an agent approved by us or any service provider approved by us perform any of our rights and obligations under this agreement. In that case, each of those companies or agents or service providers and their officers, employees, contractors and agents will have the benefit of any terms of this agreement which confer benefits on us.

26. Transferring our responsibilities

We may transfer to someone else all or any part of our side of the agreement you have with us, for example where are company ownership structure changes. This agreement is personal to you and you may not transfer this agreement or any benefit or obligation of it to any other person.

27. Severability

Each term of this agreement is separately binding. If for any reason any term is not legally effective all other terms shall remain binding and we can replace the term that is not legally effective with a term of similar meaning that is lawful and effective.

28. Waiver

A failure or delay by you or us to enforce any rights or powers under this agreement shall not operate as a waiver of that right or power. A waiver of any breach of this agreement shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any other or subsequent breach.

29. Governing Law

This agreement is governed by the laws of New Zealand and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand in respect of any dispute or proceeding arising out of it.

Wireless Broadband Terms

Updated 26th July 2021

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The following terms along with the Skinny Customer Terms and the Skinny Service Terms form the terms and conditions for the Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband service. These terms will prevail to the extent that they are inconsistent with the Skinny Customer Terms and/or the Skinny Service Terms.

30 day money back network guarantee

In the event that the Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband Service (“Service”) is not of an acceptable quality you can take us up on our 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. 

To do this you need to let us know about your service issues within 30 days of receiving the Skinny Broadband Wireless Modem (“Modem”) by contacting our care team and returning your Modem. 

The Modem must be returned in good working order and as good as new. This means the Modem must be fully functional, that you have not tampered with the Modem in any way, including but not limited to attempting to open the Modem, and that the Modem is free from any scratches or visible marks. 

Once we have received your Modem back, if you are on an open term plan, we will provide you with a full refund of the purchase price of the Modem to the credit card you used when signing up to the Service.

If you’re on a term contract we’ll let you leave your contract early without charging a termination fee. The refund excludes any plan fees, additional data charges and other costs. Our satisfaction is available once per customer per address. 

Skinny reserves its right to remove the satisfaction guarantee at any time. However, any customers who joined the Service within 30 days of Skinny removing the satisfaction guarantee will still be able to take advantage of the satisfaction guarantee Our satisfaction guarantee does not seek to limit any other rights or remedies you may have available to you under law, such as under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.

Modem returns

If you've bought a Modem from our online store and change your mind about your purchase, the Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband Service (“Service”) is not available at your location, or the quality of the Service is not of an acceptable quality you can return a new

device for a full refund, provided you enter your request within 30 days of the date on the packing slip you receive with your new Skinny device. This right of return does not impact the rights you have as a consumer customer under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993. The Modem must be returned in good working order and as good as new. This means the Modem must be fully functional, that you have not tampered with the Modem in any way, including but not limited to attempting to open the Modem, and that the Modem is free from any scratches or visible marks. It must also be returned with the box, cables and power supply in full working order. To return the device, login to your online account and go to the ‘Phone, SIM & Number’ section. Go to ‘Send your device’ back and select ‘I’ve changed my mind’ and fill in the form. Once you've submitted the form, your computer will automatically download a summary for you. You will need to print this out and pop it into a courier bag with your modem so we can identify it. If you don't have a printer, please add a note with your reference number (you can find this on the last page of this process) and attach it to your device. You'll need to purchase a courier bag and send the phone & printed form to:

Telegistics Repair Limited 19 Gabador Pl Mt Wellington 1060 Auckland

We also reserve the right to refuse any returns that do not adhere to the above conditions. If your return is rejected, we will return the device to you with no refund.

General terms and conditions

· Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband is only available in certain 4G coverage areas. 4G coverage is not available everywhere. Although there will be more coverage rolled out over time, Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband is not available everywhere yet. So to check if you can get it at your place, and for what you need, check out http://www.skinny.co.nz/broadband

· You can only use your Modem to receive the Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband service at the location you entered into the address checker when you signed up to Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband (the installed location).

· If we become aware that you are using your Modem at a location other than the installed location, we reserve the right to terminate your Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband service without notice. The reason we retain this right is that we need to be able to manage the network to ensure that all customers using the network receive a reliable a consistent service.

· If you are moving and would like to use your Modem at your new address contact us and we will let you know if you can continue to use the Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband at your new place.

· Skinny does not guarantee that the service can be supplied at a particular location. In the event that service is not available at your location, you can return your Modem to Skinny within 30 days of receiving the Modem for a full refund of the purchase price and first 30 days access fees, if you paid for them (excludes purchases of additional data). See our 30 day money back guarantee for full information.

· Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband requires a Modem. Sorry, the Modem can only be used at the address you used when you first signed up to get Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband. The Modem costs $99 and modem shipping and handling fee applies.

· The super-duper Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband 60GB, 120GB, and 300GB Plans automatically renews every 30 days (unless you decide to cancel it first). Any unused data expires after 30 days and does not rollover.

· Once you've used all the data in your Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband 60GB, 120GB, and 300GB Plans, your data will come to a complete stop. To get going again you will need to buy a Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband 60GB, 120GB, or 300GB Plan again or a Broadband 10GB Add-On. Just sign into your Skinny dashboard to buy.

· Unfortunately, Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband customers are not eligible for offers and promotions that are available to Skinny Mobile customers, unless it says so in those terms and conditions.

· If you don’t use Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband for 24 months, it will stop working altogether you’ll need to call our Care team to fire it up again.

· The Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband SIM was only made to be used in the Modem that it came with. It won’t work in another data device. It also can’t be used for calling, texting, MMS, or checking voicemail.

· If you cancel your Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband Plan during the 30 days, or it fails to renew due to insufficient credit, never fear, you'll keep any remaining quota until its expiry date.

· If you have an existing broadband connection with another provider, you are responsible for arranging for disconnection of this service.

· The Modem contains a SIM card. You may not use this SIM card in any other device. It remains our property and you must return it to Skinny on request.

· The Modem requires mains power. In the event of a power failure, service will not be available, including access to emergency services.

· Charging for Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband starts once your service is connected to the network.

· Skinny's data rates for included data with the Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband 60GB, 120GB, and 300GB Plans are calculated based on usage and billed in 24 hour periods, with a minimum 256KB block from first data use and then per KB of usage after until the end of the 24 hour period. Each new 24 hour period will reset with a minimum 256KB block following the first data use. (Where: 8 bits (b) = 1 Byte (B); 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte (KB); 1024 KB = 1 Megabyte (MB)).

· Any unused data within a 30 day data bundle will not be carried forward to the following 30 days.

· The Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband service is not able to be used as a gateway server.

· Static IP is not available on Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband plans.

· Upstream and downstream speeds are based on a theoretical maximum, and actual speeds will be affected by various factors including NZ and overseas networks, your modem and computer technology, and other environmental factors.

· Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband does not include landline or phone number.

· Services such as medic alerts, monitored home alarms, faxes, interactive features of SKY digital or PABXs are incompatible.

· Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband is not a static IP address so it can’t be used as a gateway server or for hosting particular games.

· Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband can’t do VOIP.

Unlimited Data Boost

Unlimited Data Boost (UDB) allows you to buy unlimited data usage on your Skinny Wireless Broadband connection for 24 hours. To buy UDB you must be an active Skinny Wireless Broadband customer, with a registered credit/debit card. Your card will be charged at the time of purchase.

A UDB session starts from the moment you purchase it and will continue running until it expires. You cannot pause your UDB session once it has started; and you cannot purchase another UDB session while a UDB session is active. Once your UDB session has finished, normal broadband data usage will apply.

We will send a notification to your registered email once your session has expired. Please ensure the email address you've registered with us is up to date, and add skinny@email.skinny.co.nz to safe senders list.

You can only buy UDB from the Add-Ons page on your Skinny 4G Wireless Broadband dashboard. UDB is not available to Skinny Mobile, Skinny Direct or Skinny Fixed Line Broadband customers.

The availability of the add-on and number of allowed repurchases are subject to change.

Unlimited Wireless Broadband Terms

These terms apply in addition to the Wireless Broadband Terms, the Customer Terms and the Service Terms. But the bit below is the most specific rule that just applies to this plan.

Our unlimited wireless broadband plan has a fair use policy. This policy is based on how most people use the service and helps us make sure everyone using it gets to enjoy it. If you engage in overly excessive or unreasonable usage, we will contact you. If this usage continues, you will be given the choice to move to another plan or have your service managed to protect the experience of other customers. If you consider that the change to the new plan or the management of your service under this fair use policy has a negative impact on you or your use of the service (or new service) you can exercise your right to terminate the service.

 

Endless Mobile plan terms

Skinny’s standard terms and conditions apply in addition to those below.

Our Endless Mobile Plans include varying amounts of Max Speed data, for either 28 days or 7 days. Your Data: Endless Mobile Plans include endless data for personal NZ use on your mobile only. Excludes Roaming data. Max speeds reduced after included allowance of data usage per renewal cycle. Speeds will be reduced to a maximum of 1.2Mbps once your plan’s full speed data allowance has been exceeded. You will still be able to use your data like you did before but you will experience some degradation (such as lower video resolution) when watching video, streaming or loading images. There is no rollover allowances of data or voice gifting on Skinny Endless Mobile Plans. If you move to a non-eligible Prepaid Plan your Endless Data will no longer be available.

Endless data may be used for standard personal use only. Hotspotting and tethering included. Machine-to-machine services, or any other similar activity that Skinny considers to be non-standard personal usage is prohibited (“Prohibited Usage”).

Calls & Texts: You get unlimited calls and texts to standard NZ and Australian numbers (you need to be calling or texting another person). Excludes premium and special numbers and roaming.

Unlimited calls and texts cannot be used for re-supply, call centre usage, telemarketing, bulk messaging, application-to-person communication, machine to machine communication (including by using your SIM card in any other device), Cellular Trunking Units (CTUs), or any other activity that Skinny considers to be non-standard personal usage ("Prohibited Usage").

If we consider you are engaging in Prohibited Usage we may ask you to stop such usage and if it continues, suspend your service immediately with notice.

Network Management: Service may be slowed, suspended, terminated, or restricted for misuse or interference with our network. Skinny reserves the right to remove the offer or the plan from the market (and recommend migration to the best alternative plan) in accordance with our standard terms.

Uncapped Wireless Broadband terms

These terms apply in addition to the Wireless Broadband Terms, the Customer Terms and the Service Terms. But the bit below is the most specific rule that just applies to this plan.

Our uncapped wireless broadband plan has a fair use policy. This policy is based on how most people use the service and helps us make sure everyone using it gets to enjoy it. If you engage in overly excessive or unreasonable usage, we will contact you. If this usage continues, you will be given the choice to move to another plan or have your service managed to protect the experience of other customers. If you consider that the change to the new plan or the management of your service under this fair use policy has a negative impact on you or your use of the service (or new service) you can exercise your right to terminate the service.

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