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Vonage has prepared this Reasonable Use Policy ("Policy") as a guide for its customers to understand the intended and permissible uses of our service, and to prevent exploitation, fraud, and abuse of its unlimited calling plans and features. This Policy is based upon the relevant provisions in our Terms of Service and is applicable to all our services. Our Terms of Service are located at www.vonage.com/tos for our residential and small business services and at www.vonagemobile.com/tos for our mobile services.
Normal, Reasonable Residential Use
Vonage's service is a single (and not extended or multi-) family residential voice service. It is engineered to process and deliver traffic profiles and utilization levels of our typical residential customers' calling patterns (hereafter also referred to as "normal" residential use). "Unlimited" refers to that type and level of usage. "Typical" refers to the calling patterns of at least 95% of our customers on a particular calling plan. Normal residential traffic profiles and utilization do not include business line or trunk class of service levels that may arise from business, multiple or extended family, community or fraudulent use. "Unlimited" does not refer to those types and levels of usage. Telephone utilization that is indicative of, or arising from, impermissible business, multiple family, community or fraudulent use, as outlined herein, on a residential class of service line may create network congestion that will manifest itself in increased busy signals for themselves and others.
Vonage's residential unlimited service plans and features are only for single (and not extended or multi-) family residential (or personal, non-commercial) or co-branded use only. Co-branded use is defined as Vonage service that is provided by a third party partner under that third party partner's marketing brand, with or without reference to Vonage. This means that only the account holder, residential family members, and those Extensions® registered with Vonage by the account holder may use Vonage's residential unlimited service plans. Residential family members include your immediate family who reside in your personal residence - e.g., spouse, domestic partner, parents and/or children. If your residential service plan allows you to extend the service or feature(s) to another residential or mobile number, all use under that service plan is aggregated and must conform to single (and not extended or multi-) family residential (or personal, non-commercial) or co-branded use.
Normal, Reasonable Mobile and Business Use
Vonage's mobile unlimited service plans and features are for normal personal, non-commercial use and are device specific. Vonage's unlimited small and home business service plans and features are for normal small or home business use. Normal, reasonable use on Vonage's unlimited mobile and business plans must be in accordance with this Reasonable Use Policy, our Terms of Service and consistent with the types and levels of usage by typical customers on the same mobile or small or home business calling plan. Unauthorized or excessive use beyond that normally experienced by typical mobile, small or home business customers may create network congestion that will manifest itself in increased busy signals for themselves and others, and may result in service termination.
Vonage evaluates customer usage in comparison to typical levels of permissible usage engaged in by legitimate customers (residential use under residential service plans, small business use under small business service plans, or affiliate use under co-branded service offers or plans).
Each of the following is impermissible under Vonage's residential unlimited plans and considered outside of normal single (and not extended or multi-) family residential (or personal, non-commercial) or co-branded use:
Over 95% of Vonage's residential unlimited calling plan customers use less than 3000 minutes per month and do not have any unusual usage patterns in terms of unique numbers called, high call forwarding/transferring usage and so on. A customer's aggregate usage may be considered outside of normal use if it exceeds 3000 minutes per month IN COMBINATION with one or more of the following, including, but not limited to, excessive:
Based on such a combination, Vonage may determine that abnormal, unreasonable or impermissible usage is occurring when compared to typical customers on the same calling plan, and may take appropriate steps described below to enforce this Policy and the Terms of Service ("Vonage's Rights").
Vonage may also determine that abnormal, unreasonable or impermissible usage is occurring, and may take appropriate steps described below even if the number of minutes used is not excessive, when a customer's calling patterns during more than one month reflect excessive:
For Lawful and Appropriate Purposes Only; Vonage's Rights
You may not use our service or devices in any way that is illegal, fraudulent, improper or inappropriate. You may not use any automated means to manipulate our service or use our service to violate any law, rule, regulation or any third party's intellectual property or personal rights.
We reserve the right to review your account and take further action, including, but not limited to, immediate suspension of your Vonage service if account usage is beyond normal standards for typical customers on the same calling plan, impermissible or detrimental to other customers' ability to use the service or adversely affects our operations. We may assess abnormal usage based on comparisons to the usage patterns and levels of our other customers on the same plan(s). If we determine that you are engaging in abnormal or impermissible usage, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to inform you and may provide you with the opportunity to correct the improper usage. If we afford you the opportunity to correct your abnormal usage patterns and you fail to immediately conform to normal use, we may exercise our right to transfer your service to a more appropriate plan, charge applicable rates for that plan, implement other limitations or suspend or terminate your service with or without notice. If we believe that our service has been used for an unlawful purpose, we may immediately terminate your service with or without notice and/or forward the relevant communication and other information to the appropriate authorities for investigation and prosecution. We reserve all of our legal rights.
Vonage reserves the right to change this Policy at any time. Changes shall become effective when a revised Policy is posted to Vonage's websites.
¹Unlimited Calling is based on normal residential, non-commercial use. A combination of factors is used to determine abnormal use, including but not limited to: the number of unique numbers called, calls forwarded, minutes used and other factors. Subject to our Reasonable Use Policy and Terms of Service.
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET REQUIRED. VALID FOR NEW ACCOUNTS ONLY. RATES EXCLUDE INTERNET SERVICE, FEES AND TAXES. Extensions® permits inbound and outbound calling on up to two additional registered phones at the home calling plan rates. If you subscribe to plans with monthly minutes allotments (for example, U.S. & Canada 400), all call minutes placed from both your home and registered Extensions® phones will count toward your monthly minutes allotment. Extensions® calls made from mobiles use data or airtime and may incur surcharges, depending on your mobile plan. The number transfer process takes approximately 10 business days from the time you confirm your transfer request. Alarms, TTY and other systems may not be compatible. Vonage 911 service operates differently than traditional 911. See www.vonage.com/911 for details.
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