Codes of Practice

Code of Practice Regarding Complaint Handling and Dispute Resolution for Domestic and Small Business Customers

About us
Direct Save Telecom is an independent company that delivers telephone and data services to our customers throughout the UK. We know that your telecommunications are vital to you both in quality and price. As we align ourselves only to Tier 1 Carriers you can be assured that the prices that we deliver are not at the expense of quality. To print a copy of our Code of Practice please click here

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Contacting us
You can contact us by telephone between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday.

Address:  Direct Save Telecom
Hannay House, Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JA
Customer Services Telephone Number: 0800 027 3930
Customer Services Email: please use our contact us page
Sales Enquiry Email: please use our contact us page
Web site: www.directsavetelecom.co.uk

Our Commitment to you
Direct Save Telecom is committed to providing you with the highest quality of service. Our company delivers to you telecommunications services purchased from BT Wholesale, LLU Operators and Tier 1 Carriers. At all times we use our best endeavours to supply the services that satisfy your requirements

Our Services
We offer a wide range of products utilising BT Wholesale's range of products together with leading edge LLU services and carrier pre-selection with Tier 1 Carriers (these are network owners). These products include both business and residential line rental, services such as Call Waiting, lower call charges and broadband. For further details about our products please contact our Sales Team on 0800 027 3930 and press option 1

Transferring to Direct Save Telecom or ordering a new service
To order any of our services please call our sales team on 0800 027 3930 option 1
We normally do business on our standard terms and conditions, a copy of which is available on request from our customer services team or via our web site www.directsavetelecom.co.uk
The minimum term for our telephone service is 28 days. We will provide your telephone service at the earliest opportunity, this is usually within 21 days of your original request, and is subject to the availability of lines at your premises. If there are special circumstances such as the need to install additional cabling we will advise you of the revised time scales and arrange suitable appointments.

Moving Premises
If you are relocating please call our customer services team on 0800 027 3930 and press option 3 at least 10 working days before you move so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. If there are special circumstances regarding the move we will advise you of the revised time scales. It is important to let us know when you are moving to ensure that you are not charged for calls made from your old address once you have moved. You will remain responsible for any calls made until the point of notification. A final invoice will be sent to your new address once you have moved. 

Repairs
Should you experience a fault on your line please call our fault repair service on 0800 027 3930 and pres option 2 or alternatively you can contact them by email using our contact us page We align our response times and services with BT Openreach and always endeavour to provide the highest levels of customer fault care.

Pricing 
We offer a unique Price Promise for our contracted clients: We promise to at least match, or where possible beat, any tariff from a comparable supplier, for an equivalent product, upon the renewal of our service at the end of the Minimum Period. Please contact our Customer Services team for our current price list for our services and products or visit our Web site: www.directsavetelecom.co.uk

Cancellation
Should you decide to cancel your order for Direct Save Telecom to provide your telephone service, you can do so, without charge, within 7 working days of placing your order. After 7 working days we will apply a compensation charge as per the terms and conditions of the contract. If you are a business customer and you cancel before the end of the Minimum Period this will be £19.50 plus 25% of the monthly average invoice value for each month (or part of) of the remaining term on your contract with us.
If you are a residential customer on one of our Options tariffs you may cancel without penalty providing that you give us 28 days prior written notice of your cancellation. Failure to provide us with 28 days prior written notice of cancellation will result in an administration charge of £19.50 being applied. 'Deal' customers leaving before their Minimum Period will incur a termination charge. All cancellations need to be notified in writing to Direct Save Telecom, at the contact address given above.

Billing
We will bill you monthly at the beginning of each month, typically on the 7th of each month. We bill one month in advance for line rental and package fees and in arrears for any call charges outside of any Free call plans. When joining our service you will be notified of the transfer date and invoiced for line rental and package fees covering any partial month plus the next whole month, this is due for payment 7 days later. Payment is by Direct Debit, which represents one simple monthly transaction. You have complete peace of mind regarding the accuracy of your payment, as the safeguards of the Direct Debit Guarantee Scheme operated by the Banks will protect you.

The Direct Debit Guarantee
This guarantee is offered by all Banks and Building Societies that take part in the Direct Debit Scheme. The efficiency and security of the Scheme is monitored and protected by your own Bank or Building Society. If the amount to be paid or the payment dates change Direct Save Telecom will notify you 7 days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If an error is made by Direct Save Telecom or your Bank or Building Society, you are guaranteed a full and immediate refund from your local branch of the amount paid. You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by writing to your Bank or Building Society. Please also send a copy of the letter to us.

Refund Policy
You can be assured that we will use our best endeavours to correctly and accurately charge your account for our products and services. If you believe that an error has been made please contact our Billing Team on 0800 027 3930 or email using our contact us page We will investigate and if anything has been charged in error we will make a full refund to your account.

Disconnection
Should you have difficulty paying your bill please contact us so that we can arrange a suitable alternative method of payment. Please do not cancel your direct debit, as this will need to be in place for future payment collections. Where a direct debit is unpaid due to insufficient funds or cancellation of the direct debit instruction, a £14.99 administration charge will be included on your next monthly bill. We will not disconnect you from our service unless payment is defaulted on, or a direct debit is not in place to allow us to collect future payments. Prior to doing so we will contact you advising of the outstanding balance or the need for you to re-establish the direct debit instruction, allowing 7 days for this to be done. After this period we may restrict your telephone service by way of call barring to prevent an increase in the debt. Further reasons for which we may disconnect your service are given in Section 7 of our Terms and Conditions, a copy of which is available from our customer services team or via our web site www.directsavetelecom.co.uk

Social Responsibility     
Malicious calls cause annoyance, inconvenience and a great deal of anxiety. We view this problem very seriously and work closely with the BT's nuisance call department, the police and other bodies within the Telecommunications Industry to tackle it. Should you experience malicious or nuisance calls please call our customer services team on 0800 027 3930 for information on how to deal with the situation.

Complaint Procedure
Should you have a complaint about our service, in the first instance please contact our customer service team on 0845 272 0072 alternatively please write to us at Hannay House, Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JA or email using our contact us page All complaints are treated very seriously and we operate a complaint procedure in order to resolve issues as quickly as possible to everyone's satisfaction. If your complaint has not been dealt with after 4 weeks you can escalate the complaint by email using our contact us page or writing to the Operations Director at the above address.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
If after eight weeks you feel that we have not dealt with your complaint in a timely and satisfactory manner, or if we have sent you a letter explaining that the issue has reached "deadlock" you can refer the matter to an Ombudsman and ask them to investigate: Ombudsman Services: Communications, PO Box 730, Warrington, WA4 6WU
Phone: 0330 440 1614
Fax: 0330 440 1615
Textphone: 0330 440 1600
Email: osenquiries@os-communications.org
Website: ombudsman-services.org/communications

Other Useful Contact Information
Terms and Conditions www.directsavetelecom.co.uk/terms_conditions.php

OFCOM
Ofcom Contact Centre, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA
Telephone: 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040
Web site: www.ofcom.org.uk
Email: contact@ofcom.org.uk

This Code of Practice Regarding Complaint Handling and Dispute Resolution for Domestic and Small Business Customers has been approved by OFCOM and copies of this Code are available at www.directsavetelecom.co.uk/code_of_practice.pdf