FCS Code Of Practice
Part 1 - Code of Practice for Small Business Customers
Introduction to our Company and Services
447 Services Ltd is an independent company that delivers communications services to small business customers. While we may not provide all the component parts of our services ourselves, we do take responsibility for the services delivered to you. So we will liaise with our suppliers to ensure that any problems with their services are resolved promptly.
Purpose of this Code of Practice
This code informs you about our products, services, customer-care policies and where to find information about our charges and terms and conditions. This Code of Practice is published on our website www.447telecoms.com. Additional copies are available on request and free of charge to any small business customer. It is also available in hard copy.
How to Contact Us
Please contact our Customer Service Team using one of the following:
By Phone: 01480714447
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Letter: 447 Services Ltd, 37 High Street Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE29 3AQ
Or via our website: www.447telecoms.com
Our registered office address is: 37 High Street Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE29 3AQ
Our Commitment to You
We are committed to giving you the highest quality of customer service. When we purchase our services from wholesale providers, we choose these providers carefully to ensure that you get a high-quality service. We make every reasonable effort to supply services that satisfy your requirements. We work to all relevant laws and regulations.
Our Products and Services Landline telephones
CPS – Carrier Pre-Selection
WLR – Wholesale Line Rental
ISDN – digital telephone lines
VoIP & IP telephony services
Intelligent Call Routing
Mobile telephone and data services
Public/private/business two-way radio mobile radio services/ Common Base Station Services
Wide area/local paging services
Equipment and maintenance service
For more details on any of our products and services, or to place an order immediately, please contact our Customer Service Team on 01480714447.
We work to the principles in the British Code of Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing, which are set out on the website www.cap.org.uk.
Terms and Conditions
When you subscribe to a service from 447 Services Ltd, we will send you our Terms and Conditions and your main contract terms. If you have any questions, please phone our Customer Service Team on 01480714447. We may carry out a credit check as part of our assessment procedures.
Where applicable the minimum contract term for our services will be 36 months. We aim to provide services within three working days of your original request, subject to the availability and installation of any equipment and, where appropriate, lines to your premises. If we need to carry out a survey of your premises or lay additional cabling, we will inform you of the revised timescales as soon as we can.
If you decide to cancel your order or agreement before we have provided the services, you may do so without charge within ten working days of your order being placed. For cancellations after ten working days we will charge you an administration fee as set out in your contract. If you wish to terminate your contract within the minimum term of 36 months, please call our Customer Service Helpdesk on 01480714447. We will charge you a fee as set out in your contract. After the minimum term you can cancel any service by calling our Customer Service Helpdesk on 01480714447, giving us 90 days’ notice.
Faults and Repairs
Please call our Fault Service Team on 01480714447 if you experience a fault with any of our services.
We do not set any operational service levels in respect of:
activation of a new service
restoration following loss of service
keeping a pre-agreed engineer appointment
Compensation and Refund Policy
We do not offer compensation payments in any circumstances for failure to meet the service levels listed above.
Our pricing structure is available from our Customer Service Team on 01480714447. We will write to you in advance, if we change the pricing structure on your products and services.
We will bill you monthly and payment is by direct debit.
We provide itemised bills as part of our service to you.
If you have difficulty paying your bill, please contact us on 01480714447 and we will try to arrange a different method of payment. We will do all we can to help our small business customers to manage their bills and avoid disconnection. In any event, you will be given 48 hours notice of any decision to disconnect your services.
When a tariff plan service that you have with us has been fully used up, we will notify you of the charges you will incur outside of your tariff plan.
If we provide you with ‘bundled services’, when we send you an End of Contract Notification or our Annual Best Tariff Notification, we will tell you about any other contracts you take in a Bundle from us, including the end dates of any commitment periods for those contracts.
Moving Home or Office
Please call our Customer Service Team on 01480714447 no later than 30 days before your move date. We will amend your account and billing requirements as necessary. We will endeavour to offer you the same telephone number to minimise disruption but please note that for geographic numbers, this is not always possible.
447 Services Ltd recognise that keeping your existing telephone numbers may be important to you. If you move your business to us and wish to keep the number that you hold with your old provider, we will arrange it if you ask us. We will work with you to ensure that your services are switched over at a convenient and appropriate time. For more information, please call our Customer Service Team on 01480714447.
You are entitled to a Directory Entry listing (including an entry in the Phone Book) for both your fixed and mobile telephone numbers. If you do want your details included, please contact our Customer Service Team on 01480714447.
We make every effort to ensure that our customers are happy with the level of service, and the products and service they receive from us. However, despite our best efforts, things can go wrong. We take customer complaints very seriously and aim to resolve them quickly and efficiently.
Our Code of Practice on Complaint Handling and Dispute Resolution explains how customers can complain. The code also provides information on how we deal with complaints and your right to take unresolved complaints to Alternative Dispute Resolution. You can find a copy of our Complaints Code here www.447telecoms.com. Alternatively, copies are available free of charge and on request from our Customer Service Team on 01480714447.
Services for People with Special Needs
We are committed to helping all our customers to communicate easily. We offer the following additional services on request for customers who are vulnerable or who may have a disability:
Priority access to the Customer Service Team
Priority fault repair and assistance
Text Relay Service
Mobile SMS access to Emergency Services
Third party bill management
Access to a free Directory Enquiries service for people who are unable to use the printed phone book
Copies of bills, contracts and this Code of practice
We comply fully with our obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018.
Part 2 - Code of Practice for Calls to Premium Rate Service, Unbundled Tariff and Personal Numbers
[Text in this part 2 is the FCS recommended wording; we suggest you contact us before amending or removing it]
Purpose of this Code of Practice
This code informs you, our small business customers, about our policies on providing information about Premium Rate Service (PRS) calls and on our charging policy for calls to PRS numbers.
Unbundled Tariff Numbers
Unbundled Tariff Numbers are non geographic numbers starting with 084, 087, 090, 091, 098, or 118 which are used to provide a range of information and entertainment services and are charged to your telephone bill.
Charges for these services are made up of two parts, a Service Charge and an Access Charge and the total is added to your telephone bill. You will see the Service Charge advertised by the company providing the service alongside the number. Depending on the type of number called, the Service Charge can be up to £3.60 per minute, or £6 per call or per text (including VAT).
The Access Charge is retained by us, your phone company. Our Access Charge for calling Unbundled Tariff numbers is XXp. Unbundled Tariff numbers in the 084, 087, 090, 091, 098, or 118 ranges are/are not included in your monthly call minutes allowance.
Personal Numbers are numbers starting with 070. Calls to Personal Numbers are charged at the same rate as for mobile numbers. Calls to Personal Numbers are/are not included in your monthly call minutes allowance.
Controlled Premium Rate Services
Controlled Premium rate services (CPRS) are Unbundled Tariff numbers which can cost 7p per minute or more. UK-based CPRS numbers are normally prefixed by “09” or “118”. Numbers starting 087 are also designated as Premium Rate numbers and are subject to PRS regulation when they cost 7p per minute or more. Typical services include TV votelines, mobile ringtone downloads, technical helplines, charity fund-raising and adult entertainment. Calls to 118 services are capped at £3.65 for a 90 second call (including VAT) plus our Access Charge.
If you have a problem with Premium Rate Services, we can help. We can provide advice on checking the telephone number of any PRS charges that appear on your bill and will try to help you identify the premium rate service provider. We can offer call barring to restrict access to “09” numbers. Please call our Customer Service Team on xxxx for advice on this. We can give you a factsheet on PRS.
You can also ask for help from the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) which is the industry-funded regulatory body for Premium Rate Services. PSA operates a Code of Practice that sets out standards for the operation of PRS. You can use the PSA website at www.psauthority.org.uk to check PRS numbers directly to find contact details for a company in question or to submit a complaint. PSA has the legal powers to require a provider of PRS to amend its service or promotional material (or both) and can also order refunds and impose penalties on service providers for breaches of the PSA Code. For other ways to contact Phone-paid Services Authority, see the “Useful addresses” section below.
If you are unhappy with the help you have received from us on a problem with PRS, please contact Cheryl Carson by email email@example.com who has responsibility for compliance with our code of practice for PRS. You may also complain using the complaints procedure set out in our complaints code including, ultimately, referring your complaint to Ombudsman Services/CISAS.
The Telephone Preference Service
If you don’t want to get sales and marketing calls you have not requested, you can add your details to a list run by the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). If your number is on the list, it is illegal for a company to call you for marketing purposes. You can contact the Telephone Preference Service via www.tpsonline.org.uk or by telephoning 0845 070 0707.
The Ombudsman Services
3300 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4HS
T: 0330 440 1624
Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HA
T: 020 7981 3040 or 0300 123 3333
Phone-paid Services Authority
40 Bank Street London, E14 5NR
T: 0300 30 300 20 or 020 7940 7474
Telephone Preference Service
DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS
T: 0207 291 3320
Federation of Communication Services (FCS)
Unit 14, The Stottie Shed, Baker's Yard, Christon Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1XD
T: +44 (0)20 7186 5432