Welcome to the Home Telecom Ltd website

When browsing and using this website you are agreeing to comply with (and be bound by) the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern Home Telecom Ltd’s relationship with you in relation to this website.
The term ’Home Telecom’, ’Home Telecom Ltd’ or ’us’ or ’we’ refers to the owner of the website Home Telecom Ltd (part of the Global 4 family of companies) Global 4 Communications Ltd, Global House, 60b Queen Street, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5AD.
Our UK company registration number is 07412021. The term ’you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

  • The page content of this website is for your general information and use only and is subject to change without notice.
  • Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
  • This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
  • All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
  • Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offense.
  • From time to time this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
  • You may not create a link to this website from another website or document without Home Telecom’s prior written permission/consent.
  • Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of England, Scotland and Wales.

Please click this link for the full terms and conditions for our full service.

Sky TV

We provide Sky TV as a range of bundles. Contract lengths include 6 and 12 months.

Please click this link to view Sky TV terms and conditions.

Users

*We save our customers £1 million a year / Ofcom state an average yearly bill is £451.44 / Our unlimited bundle yearly cost is £287.76 / 520 customers a month save on average £168 a year, which means we save new customers £1,048,320.

Broadband Disconnection Charge

What is the Broadband Disconnection Charge?

It’s a charge applied by BT Wholesale (the suppliers of our broadband network) to cover to cost of the work required to disconnect the services from the exchange.

When will the charge be raised?

This charge will be raised should you:

  1. Switch to another broadband provider without following the standard Migration process.
  2. Switch to another broadband provider without following another recognised transfer process, when it applies.
  3. Switch to a cable provider.
  4. Cease your broadband completely.
  5. Cease your broadband and move outside of the UK.

When won’t the charge be raised?

This charge will not be raised should you:

  1. Transfer the services via our Home Move process.
  2. Migrate the services following a recognised transfer service taking over the existing line, when it applies.
  3. Transfer the account into another person’s name who subscribes to our broadband services.

How much will I be charged?

The charge will be £40 including VAT.

Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Sometimes faults in our network affect a service. We’ll always work had to fix any faults as soon as we can.
We aim to resolve all faults within 7 days, however in some occasions we may have to liaise with suppliers, which can take a little longer.

Raising a fault with a supplier

Once we raise a fault to our supplier, we aim to resolve the fault within 5 working days from when the fault was raised. Working days meaning Monday to Friday, Bank Holidays excluded.

Escalating a fault with a supplier

If the SLA of 5 working days has been exceeded by our supplier and the fault has not been resolved, we will escalate the fault with them until the issue is resolved. If at any stage during the period in which the SLA has been breached and the fault is not resolved, you can request that we escalate the fault on your behalf. We will aim to keep you informed regularly during this time.

Disconnection Policy

Please click this link to view disconnection policy

Ofcom General Condition 22 on Service Migrations and Home Moves

Please click this link to view the Conditions on Service Migrations and Home Moves

Ofcom General Condition 23 on Sale and Marketing of Mobile Telephony Services

Please click this link to view the Conditions on Sale and Marketing of Mobile Telephony Services

Please click this link to view the Summary of General Condition 23

What does it all mean?

At Home Telecom we want to make the process of joining us as easy as possible so we have created this section to simplify some of the technical terms that you may come across. If there is anything you do not understand you can find out what it means in this section:

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) – ADSL is a data communications standard used in broadband internet.

APN/ Access Point Name – An Access Point Name identifies an external network that is accessible from a terminal. An APN has several attributes associated with it that define how you can access the external network at that point. You can request the latest settings from your phone manufacturer.

Assured Rate – having an assured rate in place means that you will always be guaranteed a decent level of broadband performance. This differs from most providers as you will no longer be stuck with a slow connection at busy times.

Bandwidth – Bandwidth or digital bandwidth is a rate that data is transferred, measured in bits per second (bps). The higher the bandwidth the faster you will be able to transfer data across the internet.

Browser – A software application used to access information on the internet e.g. Internet Explorer.

Call Charges –  see our tariff guide for a breakdown of what you will be charged for making different types of calls.

Cookies – Some websites create small files on your computer called cookies to monitor your personal preferences and browsing habits. Cookies have multiple uses, such as storing the settings you have chosen for a specific website. Cookies are relatively benign compared to ’true’ spyware like behavioural and keyword monitoring applications. Make sure you check your internet settings to see your what cookies you are allowing.

Download Speed – The download speed of your broadband connection is the speed of which data is transferred from the internet to you.

Encryption – Encryption is the process of changing information to make it unreadable without special means.

Ethernet – A common method of networking computers in a local area network. Ethernet provides a fast and efficient connection between devices such as PCs, routers and printers. The supplied router can be connected to computers using an Ethernet cable, which requires the user’s computer to have an available Ethernet port.

Firewall – A security system that can consist of either hardware, software or both that limits the exposure of a computer or computer network to attacks from crackers by blocking selected traffic.

IP – The abbreviation for internet protocol, IP refers to a set of communication standards that control certain communications activity on the internet. An IP address is the identifying number assigned to any computer connected to the internet.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) – This is a company which provides internet access to its customers. If you’re a Home Telecom customer, Home Telecom is your ISP.

Local Area Network (LAN) – A local area network is a computer network covering a small area such as a home or office. It is possible to set up a LAN with a Home Telecom router using either Ethernet cables, a wireless connection or a combination of both.

LLU – LLU broadband providers supply their product using a privately owned local network between the local BT exchange and the customer’s premises. They have their own dedicated equipment located within the BT exchange.

MAC – A migration authorisation code, this is issued by your broadband provider and used to switch from them to another provider with the minimum of down-time. Often known as a ’MAC code’, it is normally 17 or 18 characters long and start with FTIP, BBDS, BBIP, or L. We use the code provided by your existing broadband service provider to ensure that the provision of your new Broadband and the cancellation of your old service are timed together as closely as possible, to minimise the time you’re without a broadband service.

Mb – Refers to Megabits per second. This is the speed at which data can be transferred.

MB – Stands for megabyte, a unit for measuring the size of electronic data. 1 MB = 1024 kilobytes = 1048576 bytes = 8388608 bits.

Microfilter – A microfilter typically separates signals of different bandwidths. ADSL uses a filter to separate the voice component of the signal on the copper phone line from the internet communications signal. Hence, it is possible to use the one telephone line entering a home to carry normal voice telephone conversations and broadband internet without any interference between the two.

Monthly Usage Cap – With the Home Telecom products, this is the amount of data that a customer can download from the internet in one month.

Phishing – Phishing is the act of attempting to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card details on the internet, commonly by sending fake emails claiming to be from reputable organisations.

Public Switched Telephone Network/PSTN – This is the network which connects all the telephone lines in the United Kingdom into a single network capable of handling voice communications from anywhere in the country.

Router – A device in a network that handles data transfer between computers.

Spam – Refers to unsolicited email (email that has not been requested), often sent to large numbers of people with the intention of illegally advertising products or services.

Spyware – Generally refers to software that is secretly installed onto a user’s computer to monitor its use in some way without the user’s consent. Spyware is usually unknowingly installed on a computer as part of the installation of other software, such as screensavers or peer to peer networking clients, or from visiting dubious websites.

Call Periods – Depending on what time of the day you make calls, you may be charged different amount. At Home Telecom our call periods are as follows:

Standard – 08.00-18.00

Weekend – 00.00-24.00 Saturday and Sunday

Off Peak – all other times

Wireless Adapter – A wireless adapter is a device that allows a computer to communicate with your wireless router without using cables. To connect a computer to a wireless network the computer needs to be wireless enabled. If a computer is not wireless enabled, either a card that fits into the machine or an external USB device will provide this functionality.

Changes to Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions shall apply to the provision of Home Telecom services (as specified below) by Global 4 Communications Ltd to the Customer.

We reserve the right, from time to time, with or without notice to you, to change these Terms and Conditions at our sole discretion.

Any changes will be listed below.

As of the 16th June 2017
11.1.3 – Time frame in which call recordings are held increased to 6 months.

As of the 23rd April 2017
14. Enhanced Care
This service is available to all clients on request at the point of arranging installation or during the term or the rolling on period.
This replaces the former Gold Care service recently offered over the last few months, however, all commitments on behalf of Global 4 / Home Telecom will be honoured. Should the customer wish for a refund on the Gold Care package please email customer.care@Hometelecom.co.uk and the refund will appear on the next month’s bill.

As of the 10th November 2016
2.1.4 – Updated to advise that proof of postage is required for any router returned at the request of Global 4.
14.4 – Updated to advise that proof of postage is required for any router returned at the request of Global 4.
5.6 – Added to confirm the engineer call out fees for Openreach fault engineers.

As of the 11th October 2016
“In Writing” – Updated to our postal address.
2.1.5 – Clause removed from the contract and added to 14.1 instead to clarify router replacement process.
2.1.10 – To clarify that the contract will continue on a monthly rolling basis once the initial contract term has been fulfilled.
3.14.1 – Missed appointment fee changed to £150.
7.4 – Payment date changed to a minimum 3 working days from when the invoice is generated.
7.6 – Late payment charge increased to £15.
14. – Section 14 has been created to clarify the router care packages are warranty processes.
8.2.3 The charges for installation for Option 1 areas changed to £75.
8.2.4 Missed appointment fee changed to £150.
8.2.7 Cancel order fee changed to £45.

As of 10th January 2016
4.2 The suspension fee clarified as £25.
7.1 Time frame for notice of pricing modifications changed from 7 days to 30 days.
7.5 Non Direct Debit charge increased to £10.
7.6 Late payment fee clarified as £10.
8.1.2 Clarification provided as to what date the contract commences.
13 Section 13 has been created to clarify our association to any third party external services that we may offer you.

As of 21st December 2015
3.14 Time frame changed to amend the installation date to up to 2 working days before the start date, subject to a £20 charge.
3.15 Time frame changed to amend the installation date within 2 working days of the start date, subject to a £120 charge.
8.2 The before installation cancellation rights have been updated to clarify the customer’s rights to cancel before installation. Clarification as to what charges apply for cancelling whilst in the cooling off period has been made along with a more detailed explanations of the obligations of the customer and Global 4 for cancelling whilst in the cooling off period.

As of 26th September 2015
8.2.2 Cancellation fee amended to reflect current inflation and to cover the associated costs from BT Wholesale.

As of 3rd February 2015
Terms and Definitions section now includes ’Cancellation’ and ’Termination’ definitions, and the ’In Writing’ section has been amended with the correct process for writing to Home Telecom.
Cancellation form has been amended with how to provide written notice, and a direct telephone number has been provided to contact our Customer Care team.

 As of 16th October 2014
9 Section 9 has been added to provide a more detailed explanation of the costs involved with moving home within and outside of the agreed contract term.
10 Section 10 has been added to provide a more detailed explanation of the costs involved with upgrading or changing the Services within the agreed contract term.

As of 15th October 2014
8.2.1 More detailed explanation for the 14 day cooling off period and how the rights of the customer are affected by placing an order within the cooling off period.
8.2.2 Cancellation fee amended to reflect current inflation.

As of 13th June 2014
8.10 More detailed explanation for the disconnection fee has been added along with a link to the website for further information.
8.2.1 Extending the 7 working day cancellation period to 14 calendar days in line with the new Distance Selling Regulations cooling off period as of 13/06/2014.
3.14.1 Reworded due to the new Distance Selling Regulations cooling off period as of 13/06/2014, a free amendment charge no longer applies within 7 days.
A Model Cancellation Form is now available, in line with the new Distance Selling Regulations, and can now be found on the last page of our Term and Conditions.

Updated 29th May 2014
3.14 to advise customers of a £20 administrative fee for any amended installation date up to three working days prior to the service go live date.

 Updated 5th May 2014
2.1.4 to advise customers of a £50 charge if equipment is not returned to Global 4 upon termination of the contract.
2.1.5 to advise customers of a £50 charge is a replacement router is provided and the faulty router not returned within the set time frame.

Updated 19th February 2014
8.10 to advise customers that if they end their broadband contract with us, they agree to pay us a cessation fee of £40. This fee is to cover the cancellation charge that we must pay and associated administration costs.

Updated 27th January 2014
3.14 To advise customers of a £15 administrative fee for any amended installation date up to three working days prior to the service go live date.
3.14.1 Notwithstanding the above, any customers amending their installation date within 3 working days of the service go live date will be subject to a £120 late amendment fee.
8.2.1 to make customers aware of our 7 day cancellation period and the charges that apply for requesting to cancel once this period has lapsed.
8.2.2 to make customers aware that they may cancel the installation of their Service up to 3 working days before their service is due to go live at a cancellation fee of £25.

Updated 14th January 2014
1.1.6 to make customers aware that all installation charges are subject to Openreach survey.

Updated 11th December 2013
8.4.1 to make aware that if they have received an upgrade and cancel early within their contract, charges will be payable.

Updated 11th December 2013
8.5 to make customers aware that if they have taken advantage of a special offer and cancel early within their contract then full package price will be payable.

Updated 23rd April 2013
Small clarification amendment to Data Protection section on call recording (section 9.1.3).

Updated 14th March 2013
Residential terms and conditions were updated on 14th March 2013 to provide full clarification to Customers of their rights to cancel and implication of doing so both before and after the service has been installed. The primary amendments appear in section 8. This update also provides clarification on the application of our fair usage policy which only applies to products sold with a fair usage policy and not our totally unlimited offering (see clauses 7.11 and 7.12).