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Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

dustymil59
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Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

This is the reply I got from Plusnet regarding my comment that I felt they were in breach of contract since they had not provided a reasonable service:-
"Dear Mr M******,
Thankyou for your contact, i am afraid that we are not in breach of contract as there is no part of our terms and conditions which stipulate that we must supply a reasonable service. In the event of a fault the only time fees would be waived is when the fault process is completed and it is confirmed we cannot supply broadband at the property.
Broadband is not a guaranteed service and i am afraid that the situation with the fault does not overturn the contract on the account."
[mremoved] CSC Analyst.
So all of you out there who expect a reasonable service from PN, think again, it's not on their agenda.
jim:csa
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

The Plusnet contract cannot override consumer law!
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
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James
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

Hi,
That's not strictly true.
Clause 8 in our Broadband Terms states: We aim to provide a continuous, high-quality service but we do not guarantee either the quality of the service or that the service will be available at all times. From time to time faults in the service may occur. We will repair these faults as soon as we can.
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Clause 11 in our Talk terms state: When we provide you with the Service, we will use the reasonable skill and care of a competent service provider. We cannot and do not guarantee that the Service will be fault free. Should faults occur we will use reasonable endeavours to correct such faults.
I'll have a chat with the guy you spoke to, but your contract with us does state that we have to use reasonable care as your ISP.
Mand
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

As James has said, there are provisions in our terms for fault scenarios.
Ultimately, once we've gone through the faults process we're happy to discuss credits and such like.
However cancelling midway through the faults process would not generally result in us waiving cancellation fees.
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

The uncertain factor here is how long it is reasonable for the fault investigation/rectification process to last - this is where consumer law would apply.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
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dustymil59
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

My situation is that since I joined PN in January, I have not had a stable connection, my billing account is a horror story (credits unauthorised debits etc) and the whole fault finding "my questions" procedure is a disaster.
I've had credit but I would have preferred to have had a service, at full cost, that worked.
PN never provided the service I paid for, therefore, in my view, I feel this is in breach of the service contract. And if this existed in my field, construction law, I believe that I could get compensation through the courts.
As it is, I can't be bothered to waste any more of my life on PN and am happy to pay the £65 to be rid of them.
I don't believe my next ISP will be any better, but they surely cannot be as frustrating as PN are and at least I did something about it rather than suffer endlessly with the same old same old.
magnetism2772
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

hi dustymil59
Business regulation where it does exist , exists  mainly to protect the corporaton as many  of those may of   guessed who
watched  Panaroma's 'how the banks won' Tv channel 4 last night.
I would be angry ,   as if i had only recieved some of the goods
sounds like a breach of contract (ie when the seller fails to provide the goods)
(but buyer beware ) and all that
if we are paying by monthly installments for phone an internet
as  we all are
then perhaps we might be protected too  under  the Consumer Credit Act 1 974
Seems a seller can sell on his own terms these days ,  like visiting a shady Iranian market
run by sinbad , and a buyer should not be foolish  and buy from such a seller ,,,
I did at one time sturdy company law  , but I've forgot most of it  Cool
magnetism2772
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

can we claim against our credit cards ?
magnetism2772
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

phew
you may be able to get your money back (or what you have to spend to get an equivalent item elsewhere) through section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
magnetism2772
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

I may opt to pay for my internet  by  a visa card
otherwise try a  pursuit  as if a product breaks while under warrenty
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

Sorry to be a killjoy  Huh  The Consumer Credit Act doesn't apply here (I'm pretty sure)  It's different with something like your car insurance, where you are charged for a year, and they allow you to pay in monthly instalments.  Your internet service is provided and paid for on a monthly rate.
As I say, the CCA is quite complex, and I don't often deal with it, but I'll be very surprised if you can use it to get your money back in this instance.  The legislation your looking for Supply of Goods and Services Act.  Plusnet is required to use all reasonable care and skill in providing the service.  If the problem lies outside their control, then there's not much they can do about it (by definition).
Breach of contract is slightly different, as it depends on the terms and conditions within the contract (although no T&Cs can over-rule your statutory rights under the above law)
I'm afraid it's all down to reasonableness  Embarrassed
John
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Plusnet cannot squirm out of responsibility by saying that the problem lies outside of their control. BT are their sub-contractors and therefore they are still responsible. (If a car crashed in to the telegraph pole outside your house and brought it down that would be an example of something they could reasonably assert was outside of their control)
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
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Mobile: iD mobile (£4/month)
magnetism2772
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

as terms and conditions are defined   by the company
and the company from where I see  it , sets out to protect itself from the consumer , and  to limit  the responsibillty for what it provides
somewere in the middle of this the  law,  surely  can decide  whether the contract was  fair
if the internet is monthly renewed, then the start of any month is a new month  and covered by warrenty as new goods would be
the user could  ask to be  refunded and may even be abe to cancel any  contract
although you say your services are not guarenteed
they would / should or maybe be  guarenteed if one payed for these services under a credit card
magnetism2772
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

cash purchasing does not pay
looking into paying rules
like paypal
its a case of not what you pay for it  but  how you pay for it
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Re: Official....Plusnet confirm they don't have to provide a "Reasonable" service

I don't work for PN.  I'm merely stating the law.  You can't equate the provision of a service with the supply of goods.  Yes the terms and conditions are what lay down how the contract is carried out (that's what "terms and conditions" means), but the law does step in to redress the balance between the business and the consumer.
As I said earlier, the Supply of Goods and Services Act stipulates certain implied terms into any contract between a business and a consumer.  That includes that any service will be carried out using reasonable care and skill, that it will be carried out in a reasonable time (unless a time is stipulated) and for a reasonable cost (again unless the cost is agreed as part of the contract).  You're entitled to make the assumption that any goods are as described, the seller's to sell, and that they are of satisfactory quality (but again don't confuse "goods" with "services" they're two different things), among other things.
Any contractual terms that would be deemed unfair (that is that give an unfair advantage to the business that isn't available to the consumer), could make the contract voidable in the worst instance.  An example would the business has a right to cancel, without notice, but the consumer hasn't., or the business attempts to restrict the consumers' statutory rights, such as having a term that says the business will not be responsible for goods which are faulty when purchased.
I could go on, but there are plenty of books on the subject.  In essence, what I'm saying is that it boils down to reasonableness, and that's always difficult to make a judgement on without the full facts, and I've dealt with enough problems to know that there are always at least two sides to the story (and that's without anybody deliberately trying to mislead you)
Even BT won't guarantee their lines (I've had plenty of discussions with them in the past about poor quality lines), so it's a bit unfair to expect PN to be able to guarantee line quality.
It seems that "Mr M*****" (I suspect the username is a clue) has had a difficult time, and I'm sure the good people at PN are trying their best, but spurious advice about using inappropriate legislation to claim damages doesn't help.
Lecture over  Lips are sealed
John