These terms and conditions were last updated on: 19th September 2017.

BT Phone and BT Broadband terms and conditions

Please take some time to read these terms and conditions. They provide important information about the services we're providing you with. This includes how we may change a service, the agreement and the charges.

The most important parts of the terms and conditions are explained below.

Common questions and important terms

What services am I getting?

We explain the details of the services, including the charges, in your order confirmation and your My BT account on the website at bt.com.

How long does a service last and when does it start?

Each service will last for a minimum amount of time (the minimum term), which is set out in your order confirmation. We switch on a service on the service start date shown in your order confirmation. We start charging you from this date too.

If you change your mind, you can cancel a service as set out in clause 5 of these terms and conditions.

In some circumstances you can end a service early. We explain these in clause 10 of these terms and conditions. If you end a service during the minimum term, or if we end it early because you have done something wrong, you may have to pay us a charge. Unless you tell us not to, we'll take this charge from the account you have given us details of, but we'll give you reasonable notice first. For more information about charges for leaving early, read clause 13 of these terms and conditions or go to www.bt.com/earlytermination.

Will the charges increase?

We may increase the charges at any time. Read clauses 20 and 21 of these terms and conditions for more details. If you change a service, you'll pay the charge for the new service from the day we agree it starts.

How much notice will I get if you increase the charges?

We'll tell you before we put the charges up. If we increase any of the core charges shown in your order confirmation, or make any other changes which put you in a significantly worse position, we'll let you end a service without having to pay the higher amount or a charge for leaving early.

Will a service change?

It's important you realise that we may change a service (including the equipment and service features), the charges and the terms and conditions of the agreement at any time (even during the minimum term).

In some cases we'll tell you first. If the change puts you in a significantly worse position, you'll be able to end the agreement without paying fees for leaving early.

You may also be able to change a service by contacting us.

What happens if I buy a number of services from you?

If we provide you with more than one service or item of equipment (for example, if you have more than one of BT Sport, BT Mobile, BT TV, BT Broadband or BT Phone) you'll have a separate agreement for each one (and possibly for different items of equipment). Make sure you read each agreement carefully. Although some of the terms are the same or very similar, each agreement has important differences.

Some of our services depend on each other. For example, you can only get BT TV if you also have BT Broadband. If we or you end or suspend one service, we may need to end or suspend another. If that’s the case, we'll tell you.

More information

You can also read these terms and conditions, and our policies, at www.bt.com/legalstuff.

How to contact us

Phone us on 0800 800 150. Calls are free from landlines and BT mobiles, and are charged at your provider’s standard rate from other mobiles.

We may record calls (including marketing ones) to help us with training and to prevent identity fraud.

Complaints

Our Customer Complaints Code tells you how to complain. You can read it at www.bt.com/complaintscode.

Terms and conditions for the BT Phone service and BT Broadband service


You should read these terms and conditions carefully as they contain important information. Please also read our Privacy Policy at www.bt.com/privacypolicy. It describes how we may use your personal information.

The basics

  1. Who we are :We're British Telecommunications PLC of 81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ. We’re registered in England with company number 1800000. Everyone knows us as BT.
  2. What words mean: Some of the words and phrases in these terms and conditions have special meanings. Those words are explained below. They are printed in bold wherever they have the special meaning given below.

    agreement – the legally binding agreement between you and us for each service. The agreement is made up of the following:

    BT ID – the username we'll give you and a password that you choose for when you use a service.

    BT-owned equipment – any equipment which we own or is part of our network, or any equipment that belongs to our service providers, even though it’s in your home. It includes the phone line and socket, the Openreach router (in the case of certain fibre broadband services) and any extra cabling we give you that doesn’t come with your hub.

    charges – the fees you pay for a service and any service feature, including the core charges, plus anything else you need to pay in line with the agreement, our Tariff Guide or our Price List.

    cooling-off period – the period from the date the agreement is made until 14 days after:

    • the equipment (if any) is delivered;
    • the service start date; or
    • the day you receive your order confirmation;

    whichever is latest.

    core charges – your line rental and the basic charges for your monthly calls package or your monthly broadband (or both), as shown in your order confirmation.

    equipment – the equipment (if any) we give you as part of a service, as shown in your order confirmation.

    minimum term – any initial or later period you've agreed to pay for a service, as shown in your order confirmation.

    order confirmation – the letter or email we send you after we accept your order for a service. It confirms important things like the description of a service, theminimum termand the charges.

    service features – any products, features, benefits, ‘add-ons’ or extra services we provide on top of or as part of a service. Service features might have extra terms and conditions that you will have to keep to.

    service start date – the date aservicestarts, as shown in yourorder confirmation(unless we tell you another date).

    service – the BT Phone service or BT Broadband service (or both) that we are providing you with under the agreement, as shown in yourorder confirmation, on your bill and on your My BT account (if you have one).

    working days – Monday to Friday, except bank holidays and public holidays.

  3. What are these terms and conditions for?
    1. These are the terms and conditions which apply when we provide you with a service and any related installation services (see clause 7a).
    2. If we provide you with another service (like BT Sport, BT Mobile or BT TV), you'll have a separate agreement for each service. Please read each agreement carefully. Although some of the terms are the same or very similar, each service has important differences.
  4. When a service starts and how long it lasts
    1. Each service starts on the date shown in your order confirmation.
    2. Each service will last for at least the minimum term and will carry on after then unless:
      • you end a service in a way set out in clauses 10a (ii), 10a (iii) 10a (iv), 10a (v), 10b, 10c; or
      • we end a service in line with clause 11.
      We might also agree a new minimum term during or after your initial minimum term (for example, if you take up one of our offers at the time). We'll always tell you beforehand if there needs to be a new minimum term.
    3. If you want to end a service before its minimum term has ended, or if we end it in line with clause 11, you may have to pay us a charge. Also, you may have paid a lower charge (or even nothing) for the equipment in return for taking a service for the minimum term. If this is the case, and you end the agreement early, we might need to charge you for that equipment. Take a look at clause 5c and clause 13 for details.
  5. You can change your mind
    1. You can change your mind and cancel a service within the cooling-off period
    2. If we've already started providing a service, you'll have to pay us the full cost of the service you've had (which means we won't take into account any discounts or free offers) including:
      • the charges for the service;
      • anything you’ve used which isn't covered by the charges; and
      • any connection or activation fees.
    3. If you cancel a service within the cooling-off period and we've provided you with equipment for that service, the agreement won't end until you've returned the equipment. The following will also apply:
      1. You must return the equipment to us within 14 days of cancelling a service. We'll give you some pre-paid packaging for this.
      2. If you don't return the equipment within 14 days, you'll have to pay the full cost of the equipment. That may be more than the price you paid (for example, if you were given a discount in return for taking a service for its minimum term).
      3. Once we get the equipment back (or see evidence that it’s been returned), we'll refund what you've already paid for it. We might reduce the amount of the refund if we think the equipment is worth less than its original value as a result of it being used or damaged.
  6. The service

  7. How you can use the service
    1. Each service is just for you and your household for personal use (meaning that it should not be used for any trade, business or profession). You're responsible for how each service and the equipment are used.
    2. You agree that you'll do the following in connection with each service:
      1. Follow any reasonable instructions we give you and help us run our security checks.
      2. Get any permission we need to provide a service in your home or to install anything for you.
      3. Tell us if you change your name, address, email address, mobile number, payment details or anything else we might need to know about.
      4. Do everything you can to keep your BT ID username and password private and stop anyone else from using them. You should also keep your bill and account details safe from fraudsters. There is guidance on this at www.bt.com/scams.
      5. Tell us straight away, and change your BT ID password, if you think or know that someone else knows your BT ID username and password.
      6. Use each service lawfully. That means you must not use it in a way that breaks any law, regulation or rule in force in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (as appropriate).
      7. Not do anything which might have a negative effect on:
        • our systems, networks, servers, brand, reputation or security;
        • other customers' services or equipment;
        • other customers' security; or
        • any other person's or business's systems, networks or security.
    3. Each service may have monthly usage limits. If you go over any of these we'll charge you for the extra usage. Details of those charges are shown in our Tariff Guide at www.bt.com/tariffguide.
      You can also see our usage policy at www.bt.com/broadbandusagepolicy.
    4. If we reasonably believe you've misused a service, or have let anyone else misuse it, you might have to pay us for any loss or damage we suffer as a result. There are more details about this in our Acceptable Use Policy at www.bt.com/acceptableuse.
    5. If we give you a phone number, you agree that you don't own that phone number and that you won't transfer it to anyone else, or try to do so.
  8. Setting up the service
    1. If you need any equipment installed, or if your phone line or broadband needs activating, we'll agree a date for this with you. You must let us into your home if necessary.

      BT Broadband Installation: if you order this installation service from us, we'll install and connect your home hub and computer to the BT Broadband service.

      Data Cabling Installation: if you ask us to install data cables for you, we will provide and install a data cable, up to a maximum length of 90 metres, between two points in your property. (The data cable will be tacked against walls and skirting boards, may be on both inside and outside walls, and will end in a wall-mounted box.)

      We might ask you to install some equipment yourself. If we do, we'll send you instructions to help.

    2. If you need to change or cancel an appointment, you must tell us at least two working days beforehand.
    3. We might charge you for installing equipment or activating your phone line or broadband. If we do, we'll tell you before you complete your order. You might also have to pay a fee to re-activate an existing phone line. We’ll tell you about this when you order. If installation work has already started, we won't refund the installation charge. We'll also charge you the installation charge if you prevent the installation from being done.
    4. We can only install the equipment if someone over 18, who can make decisions about where and how we install it, is at home.
    5. On the day we install the equipment, we might need to disconnect your phone line for a while. If possible, please have a backup for making calls to emergency services.
    6. If we need to change the installation date, we'll try to contact you at least two working days beforehand.
    7. The engineer won't be responsible for connecting any equipment that we haven't provided (like a games console).
  9. What we have to do for you
    1. We provide each service, the equipment and installation work to the UK address you give us. We may take instructions from a person who we have good reason to believe is acting with your permission.
    2. We aim to provide a continuous, high-quality service using reasonable care and skill. However, due to the nature of each service and the equipment we use to provide it, we can't guarantee that it'll be available all the time.
    3. Sometimes faults in our network affect a service. We'll fix any faults as soon as we can. If there is a fault, read clause 14 which explains what you can do.
    4. Occasionally we might have to interrupt, change or temporarily suspend some or all of a service. That could be to maintain, upgrade or repair the network. If we do, we'll try to get the network up and running again as quickly as possible.
    5. In exceptional circumstances, we might have to do things to manage our network's performance. Please read the broadband traffic management policy at bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/47278/.
    6. If we know or believe that any of your devices have been infected by malware (software designed to disrupt or damage a computer system, such as a computer virus), or if any of your devices try to get access to a malicious website (a website that attempts to install malware), we might take action. That might mean putting software onto our network to stop the spread of that malware or to prevent your devices from going to the malicious website.
    7. We try to make sure antivirus software and other security features we provide are effective. Please make back-up copies of your documents, photos and so on in case the originals are lost or corrupted.
  10. Payments

  11. Paying what you owe us
    1. You must pay the charges for each service, whether you use them or someone else does.
    2. We'll normally bill you regularly and in advance for the period ahead. If we need to charge you for anything extra (for example, for going over any usage limit), we may add those charges to a later bill.
    3. If we only provide you with the BT Phone service, we'll send you paper bills for free. If you have BT Broadband, you'll get bills online at www.bt.com/youraccount. If you want paper bills, just ask us and we'll send them to you. We may charge you for paper bills, but we'll tell you about the charge beforehand.
    4. You must pay any bills as soon as you get them, unless we agree otherwise with you.
    5. If you genuinely think we’ve made a mistake on your bill, tell us straight away. We won't suspend or end a service while we look into the matter. You must pay the amount you agree that you owe.
    6. If you don't pay your bill on time, we'll phone you or send you a reminder. If you still haven't paid 10 days after the date of our reminder (or seven days if you pay once a month), we may add a late-payment charge to your next bill. You may also have to pay a failed-payment charge if a direct debit or cheque bounces because you don't have enough money in your account. These extra charges are shown in the Tariff Guide at www.bt.com/tariffguide.
    7. If you don’t pay a bill, we won't normally suspend or end a service until 28 days after the date your payment was due (or 21 days if you pay monthly). However, if this isn’t the first time that you haven’t paid a bill on time, we may suspend or end a service earlier.
    8. If you don't pay your bill, we may give your details, including your personal information, to a debt-collection agency and ask them to collect the money for us. If we do, you'll have to pay an extra charge to compensate us. The charge won't be more than the amount we have to pay to the debt-collection agency, who will add the charge to your debt. VAT will not be added to any extra charge we add to your bill.

      We might also transfer your debt to any other business (in which case, your personal information will also be transferred) who may then try to recover the amount in a way it considers suitable.

      This clause continues to apply after the agreement with us has ended.

  12. Ending the service and this agreement

  13. When you can end the service and this agreement
    1. If you change your mind about a service, you can cancel the agreement during the cooling-off period, as explained in clause 5. You do not need to give a reason and you won’t have to pay a fee for leaving early.
    2. You can cancel the agreement at any time, by giving us 30 days' notice, if we've increased the core charges or we've changed the charges, a service or these terms and conditions in a way that significantly disadvantages you. In this case you won't have to pay a fee for leaving early.
    3. You can cancel the agreement at any time by giving us:
      • 14 days' notice, if you're switching to another provider through an approved switching process; or
      • 30 days' notice, if you're cancelling the agreement for any other reason.
      If you're within the minimum term, you may have to pay a fee for cancelling early.
    4. You can cancel at any time if we break a significant term of the agreement. In this case you won't have to pay a fee for leaving early.
    5. You can cancel if you end a service as explained in clause 22a.
    6. If you have regular or repeated, continuous or irregular faults with the BT Broadband service, or we agree that the standard of service you get is consistently below what you might reasonably expect, we may, after an individual assessment, let you end the agreement without paying a charge for leaving early. Please get in touch if you'd like to talk about this.
    7. BT Broadband: If you’re regularly getting download speeds that are lower than we estimated in your order confirmation, and the service was activated more than 10 days ago, tell us and we'll try to improve the speeds. If you've followed our instructions to fix the problem, but your download speeds still regularly fall short of the ’minimum guaranteed line access speeds’ (see www.www.bt.com/yourlinespeed for more detail), you can end the agreement without paying a fee for cancelling early. This won't apply if you're renewing a contract for the service when you already know that speeds are lower than expected, or if you don't meet the conditions shown in www.bt.com/yourlinespeed.
  14. When we may restrict, suspend or end a service
    1. We may stop providing a service at any time by giving you at least 30 days' written notice.
    2. If you break the agreement, we'll normally let you try to put things right within a reasonable time. But we may limit, suspend (in part or fully) or end a service immediately if any of the following apply.
      1. We have to end the agreement by law or in line with any regulation.
      2. We can't provide a service (or part of it) any more, or we have suspended or restricted a related service.
      3. You break the agreement and don't put things right in a reasonable time.
      4. You seriously misuse a service or break the agreement in a way that cannot be put right.
      5. You or anyone else using a service act towards our staff or agents in a way which is unsuitable or serious enough to justify suspending or ending a service.
      6. You don’t pay for a service (as described at the end of clause 9g) or you pay in a way other than how we've agreed with you.
      7. You cancel your direct debit and we haven't agreed another way you can pay.
      8. We suspect fraud or any other unauthorised activity.
      9. It’s reasonable for us to do so to protect our network and maintain a high-quality service.
      10. Your usage is significantly different to what we'd expect from the average customer.
      11. You significantly break any other agreement you have with us and don’t put things right within a reasonable time.
      12. You use a service for any trade, business or profession.
    3. If we suspect there’s been, or is likely to be, a security incident, we may suspend your BT ID username to protect your account. We’ll ask you to change your password before letting you log back in.
    4. If we suspend or end a service, we'll tell you what you need to do to restore it.
    5. If you're within the minimum term when we tell you we'll end a service for any reason listed in clause 11b, you'll have to pay a fee for leaving early in line with clause 13.
    6. If we suspend or end a service for any reason listed in clauses 11b(iii) to 11b(xii):
      • we may charge a fee for starting a service again; and
      • you may have to pay the charges for a service while it’s suspended, up until it ends.
    7. If you break the agreement and we do not take action, we can still take action at a later date.
    8. If you or we end a service, we'll refund any amount you've paid upfront. But first we'll take off anything you owe us in connection with that service or any other agreement between you and us.
  15. When you get other services from us
    1. Sometimes we can only provide you with a service if you also have one of our other services. For example, you can only get BT TV if we also provide you with BT Broadband. If one service ends or is suspended, we might need to end or suspend the other. If that’s the case, we'll tell you.
    2. If you're using any extra services for free, they may end on the day the agreement ends. We’ll tell you about this at the time.
  16. Charges for ending the agreement early
    1. You'll have to pay us a fee for ending the agreement early if:
      • you end a service during the minimum term, except in the circumstances listed in clause 13c below; or
      • we end a service during the minimum term, in line with clauses 11b(iii) to 11b(xii).
    2. Equipment: If you end a service during the minimum term and you haven't paid for any of the equipment in full, we may charge you the full price of the equipment (except in the circumstances listed in clause 13c). For example, this may happen if we've given you a home hub and you didn't pay the full price for it.
    3. You won't have to pay the fees and charges referred to in clauses 13a and 13b if:
      • you end a service within the cooling-off period as shown in clause 10a;
      • you end a service under clause 17b as a result of changes that significantly disadvantage you;
      • you end a service under clause 10d as a result of us breaking a significant term of the agreement;
      • you end a service under clause 10f as a result of faults with that service;
      • you end the BT Broadband service under clause 10g as a result of consistently low broadband speeds;
      • you end a service under clause 22a as a result of us moving you to another service; or
      • you move home and we cannot provide a service at your new UK address.
    4. The amount you're charged may depend on how much of the minimum term is left. There’s more information on these charges, including tables showing how much you're charged for each month left on the minimum term, at www.bt.com/termcharges.
  17. If something goes wrong

  18. What you can do when we don't meet our promises

    If you’ve had a problem with a service, you may have a few legal options. For more information, visit the website adviceguide.org.uk. Also, when we've caused the problem, you can ask us and we may do the following.

    1. (Pay you back for the loss of a service. We'll work out the refund using your daily charges and the number of days the service was affected by the problem.
    2. Pay you back any of your losses that we could have reasonably foreseen as a result of us breaking the agreement (except for amounts listed in clause 15). If you claim this, we'll ask you to show us proof of your loss. VAT won’t be added to any amount we agree you’re due.
    3. Where we're late delivering or repairing a service, to divert your incoming calls for free to another number of your choice until we've provided or repaired that service. We'll only do this if it's practical and technically possible.
    4. To pay you £10 if we don't keep an appointment with you.
  19. What we're not responsible for and limits on our liability
    1. If our negligence causes death or personal injury, we accept responsibility and there is no limit to our liability. We also accept responsibility for our fraud, fraudulent statements or any other liability that the law does not allow us to exclude or limit.
    2. We accept responsibility for loss of or damage to your physical property arising from our negligence. We'll pay up to £100,000 in total for any one event or series of connected events arising in any 12-month period.
    3. Apart from responsibility we accept under clauses 15a and 15b, the following apply.
      1. BT Phone service: the most we’ll pay you for each line affected in any 12-month period is £1,000. This applies unless only the number transfer is delayed, in which case we'll pay you a daily amount for up to one month.
      2. We won't pay you more than a total of £5,000 in compensation in any 12-month period.
    4. Apart from responsibility we accept under clause 15a and 15b, we’re not responsible to you for the following.
      1. Any delay or failure caused by something beyond our reasonable control. This could be things such as lightning, flood, severe weather, fire, explosion, terrorist activities, epidemic, riots, war, anything done by a government or other public authority, or strikes or other industrial action.
      2. You breaking the agreement.
      3. Any loss you suffer caused by you using a service in a way that breaks the agreement.
      4. Any commercial or businesses loss.
      5. Any loss or damage caused by malware or the unauthorised use of a service on any of your devices.
      6. Any loss of, corruption of or release of data or information.
      7. Any failure of safety, security or other alarm systems due to incompatibility with a service, or any other reason which is not due to our fault or neglect.
      8. You using any equipment or hardware we haven't supplied.
      9. Losses which we couldn’t reasonably have expected or which we couldn’t have considered when entering into the agreement.
  20. Returning faulty equipment
    1. If you think any of the equipment is faulty, please tell us.
    2. You must return any equipment that you tell us is faulty, or which we tell you is faulty or needs to be fixed or replaced (for example, if the equipment is out of date or needs an upgrade). We'll give you pre-paid packaging to do this. Legal options may be available to you (for example, you may have a right to reject the equipment or the repair or replacement).
    3. We may test any equipment you tell us is faulty. If we find it isn't faulty, we may return it to you or replace it.
    4. If you haven't returned any equipment within 30 days of us giving you a replacement, we may:
      1. interrupt or restrict access to any service you take from us until the equipment is returned; or
      2. recover our costs for that equipment.

    Any replacement equipment we send will be new or 'as new'(which is second-hand equipment we've refurbished).

    Changes we may make

  21. How we can change a service, service features, equipment, charges and terms and conditions of the agreement
    1. We may change a service, service features, equipment, charges and the terms and conditions of the agreement at any time for the reasons listed in clauses 18 to 21.
    2. f we increase any of our core charges, or if we make any changes to a service, the charges (other than acore charge) or the terms and conditions of theagreement in a way that significantly disadvantages you, we'll do the following.
      1. We'll tell you at least 30 days before the change, unless we can't reasonably do that (for example, if the change is for legal or regulatory reasons, in which case we'll give you as much notice as possible).
      2. We'll give you the chance to give us 30 days' notice to end that service without having to pay any extra charges or a fee for leaving early. But you'll have to tell us that you want to do this within 30 days of the date of the notice that we send you.
    3. We'll either write to you about any other changes or advertise the change another way, such as on our website.
  22. Changes to a service, service features, equipment and terms and conditions of the agreement
  23. We may change a service, service features, equipment and terms and conditions of the agreement to do the following.

    1. Make the agreement clearer or easier for you to understand, or change it in another way that doesn't significantly disadvantage you.
      1. Change, improve, update or add to a service, service features orequipment you get (for example, if we increase the maximum upload speed for your BT Broadband, or add new types of calls to your calling plan).
      2. Introduce new services, service features or equipment (for example, if we introduce a new calling feature or security product).
      3. Change your area code or phone number, or access numbers.
      4. Change the way we structure our prices, charges, a service, service features or equipment (for example, if we change the names of our products or services, their content or their descriptions).
      5. Add new service features (for example if we introduce a new security feature to your BT Broadband service).
      6. Add to or change the way we provide a service, service features or equipment(for example, if we introduce new ways for you to receive BT Broadband.)
      7. Reflect changes to or developments in technology (for example, we may develop the way we provide a service, or introduce new ways to pay for a service, or develop and introduce new systems which give you a better service).
      8. Withdraw, replace or remove all or part of a service , a service feature or equipment.
      9. Make minor changes to technical specifications (for example, limits for transferring information associated with a service and the technology we use to provide a service to you.)
      10. Update, upgrade, improve or alter a service, service features or equipment (for example, to fix bugs or faults, tackle security issues, improve software or equipment, change the way a service looks or improve how the equipment works).
      11. Reflect a change in our ability to provide a service, service features or equipment in a particular area (for example, if we increase our coverage somewhere).
      12. Reorganise the way we manage or run our business.
      13. Reflect any change to a law, code of practice, regulation, guidance or responsibility that applies to us.
  24. Other changes to a service, service features, equipment or terms and conditions of the agreement
  25. Because we might provide a service to you for a long time (not just for the minimum term), and we can't always predict the future, we may need to make changes for a reason not listed in clause 18. If we do, we'll give you notice, and you may be able to end a service in line with clause 17b.

  26. Changes to the charges
  27. We may change the charges if:

    • we change a service, service features, equipment or the terms and conditions of the agreement as listed in clauses 18(i) to 18(xii);
    • the cost of providing a service or service features increases (for example, the businesses we buy from increase their prices);
    • the cost of running our business increases;
    • we reorganise the way we run our business; or
    • there's a change in a law, code of practice, regulation, guidance or responsibility that applies to us (for example, if there's a VAT increase).
  28. Other changes to the charges
  29. We might need to make changes to the charges for reasons other than those listed in clause 20. If we do, we'll give you notice and you might be able to stop a service in line with clause 17b.

    Moving between services, service features and equipment

  30. Moving between services
  31. If we withdraw a service so you can't carry on receiving all or part of it, (for example, if we change the number of service options available), we'll move you onto our next best, or better, service. If we can, we'll tell you at least 30 days' before we do this. If we can't, we'll give you as much notice as possible. If the service we move you to has a higher charge, we'll either let you end it without paying the charges described in clause 13 or we won't charge you the higher charge for the rest of the minimum term.

    After the minimum term, we'll charge you the full price of the new service.

    1. We may move you to a better service, service feature or equipment at no extra cost for a trial period. We'll tell you at least 30 days' before we do this. Unless you tell us not to, we'll move you back to your previous service, service feature or equipment once the trial period has finished. You can tell us to end your trial period whenever you like.
    2. You can choose to upgrade or change a service. We may apply a new minimum term or charge you an activation charge. Or we might let you carry over any minimum term you've got left on the agreement. We'll tell you at the time if that's the case.

    Everything else

  32. Equipment and software
  33. We'll tell you when you should get the equipment. You may be able to get other equipment from us at an extra cost. If there are any charges for equipment, we'll tell you when you order.

    1. The equipment (except the software in it and any BT-owned equipment) belongs to you from when it's delivered, unless you cancel a service during thecooling-off period. In this case we will still own the equipment and you must return it to us in line with clause 5.
    2. The BT-owned equipment will always belong to us. You must look after it and not damage, destroy or otherwise interfere with it unless we ask you to (for example, if we're helping you fix a problem). If the BT-owned equipment is damaged other than through fair wear and tear, you'll have to pay to fix or replace it.
    3. We own, or own the licence to, the software in any equipment we (or someone acting on our behalf) have given you. Sometimes you'll have to agree to the terms of an 'end-user licence' to use it. You won't have to pay any charges for this software unless you've agreed to do so.
    4. You must let us update, upgrade or replace software relating to a service or the equipment. Software changes might happen automatically.
    5. We can only be responsible for equipment we give you. If you choose to use any other equipment (like a router made or supplied by anyone else), you must make sure it's compatible with that service.
    6. You must not connect equipment to our network that may harm it, or harm anyone else's equipment or services. If you do, you must disconnect it straight away, or pay us to do it.
  34. What happens when you move home
  35. If you move home, let us know at least 14 days beforehand. You can ask us to set up the service at your new address in the UK. Under our home mover policy we'll carry on providing that service at your new address unless it's not possible to do so. You can see our home mover policy at www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/homemove.

    1. BT Phone service: If you move home and want us to provide the BT Phone service at your new address, you may have to enter into a new contract for the new telephone line with a 12-month minimum term. We'll tell you about this at the time. If you have already paid for 12 months' line rental at your old address, you can carry it over to your new address. If you haven't reached the end of the minimum term for your existing call plan when you move, you can carry that over too.
  36. How to get in touch with us and how we'll contact you
    1. We'll send you any written notice by email or by posting it to the address we have for you. We'll send you all other notices by voicemail, text message or other form of electronic message. We'll assume you get letters in the post two working days after we've sent them. It's your responsibility to read the notices that we send you.
    2. You can phone us on 0800 800 150. Calls are free from landlines and BT mobiles, and charged at the standard rate from other mobiles. You can also email us through your BT ID account or by any other way shown at www.bt.com/contact.
  37. Parental controls
  38. You're responsible for setting parental controls or any other controls available for each service and keeping them up to date. When parental controls are on:

    • we limit access to websites we (or our supplier) believe should be blocked because they may be unsafe or unsuitable for you to view or access (based on the choices you've made); and
    • websites are sorted for blocking by our supplier. We aren't responsible for categorising websites or for you always being able to go to websites which aren't barred.
  39. BT Fon
  40. BT Fon is an extension of the BT Wi-Fi network, which you may be able to access as a BT Broadband customer. For more information, read the BT Fon terms and conditions at corp.fon.com/legal-cp.

  41. Sorting out complaints
    1. From time to time you may need to contact us to sort out a problem. Our Customer Complaints Code tells you how to do that and how we will deal with any complaint or dispute. You can read the code at www.bt.com/complaintscode , or you can ask us to send you a copy.
    2. We'll try our best to settle any complaint or dispute you have. If we can't, you can refer the matter to a dispute-resolution service to get an independent opinion. More details are given in our Customer Complaints Code.
    3. If we cannot agree a solution with you within eight weeks of getting your complaint, or before the eight weeks is up we agree in writing that the dispute should be settled by an independent adjudicator, you can refer it for 'alternative dispute resolution' by contacting the Ombudsman Services: Communications. You can find out more at ombudsman-services.org/communications or by phoning 0330 440 1614. The Ombudsman's service is free.
    4. You may also be able to refer a dispute to European Online Dispute Resolution at ec.europa.eu/odr. This is an online service designed to help people who have bought things online. It gives access to independent dispute-resolution services. These are usually free.
  42. Transferring the agreement
  43. The agreement is only between you and us. You cannot transfer it to anyone else, or try to do so. We can transfer the agreement, and our rights and obligations under it, to anyone else (including if we reorganise the way we work), as long as it doesn't have a negative effect on your rights.

  44. Other things we need to tell you
    1. We and our suppliers still own any intellectual property rights associated with a service and theequipment, so you won't own any rights in them by using a service.
    2. Only you and we can take action under the agreement. Nobody else can enforce it or benefit from it (except in line with clause 29a).
    3. If any part of the agreement cannot be enforced, all other parts of the agreement will still apply.
    4. We may record calls (including marketing calls) to help us with training and to prevent identity fraud. We also record all 999 and 112 emergency calls.
    5. The agreement is made under English and Welsh law. Any disputes you and we cannot settle can only be decided in English and Welsh courts, unless:
      • you live in Scotland, in which case Scottish law applies and the courts of Scotland will settle disputes; or
      • you live in Northern Ireland, in which case the laws of Northern Ireland apply and the courts of Northern Ireland will settle disputes.
    6. For information on our products and services for people with disabilities, go to www.bt.com/includingyou.

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