This Customer Agreement is effective on December 1, 2013 for current users, and upon acceptance for new users.
This Agreement is between you ("you" or "your"), as an authorized user of the Service (as defined below), and j2 Global, Inc. ("j2 US"), a Delaware corporation, and/ or j2 Global Ireland Limited ("j2 Ireland"), an Irish corporation (each, "j2 Global"), as specified in the following paragraph, and governs the terms and conditions of your use of the Service.
For purposes of this Agreement, the "Service" includes the MetroFax service and all other services described in this Agreement which are provided by j2 Global to you either now or in the future.
By using the Service, you further confirm your acceptance of and agree to be bound by this Agreement.
Your Service is provided to you and you are legally a customer of (i) j2 US, if you are issued a Service telephone number that is local to the U.S. or Latin America, or (ii) j2 Ireland, if you are issued a Service telephone number that is outside of the U.S. and Latin America.
You will receive your billing statements, however, from (i) j2 US, if you reside in the U.S. or Latin America, or (ii) j2 Ireland, if you reside outside of the U.S. and Latin America.
This Agreement includes the terms of this Customer Agreement together with any operating rules, policies, price schedules or other supplemental documents expressly incorporated herein by reference and published from time to time by j2 Global. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between j2 Global and you regarding the Service, and supersedes all prior oral and written communications and agreements between you and j2 Global regarding the subject matter of this Agreement. However, your use of any software provided by j2 Global related to the Service shall be pursuant to a separate agreement governing use by you of such software.
For Canadian Customers: Please note that when you place an order to purchase on the MetroFax Website (as defined herein), it constitutes an offer to purchase and remains subject to j2 Global's acceptance. Goods or services listed or described on the MetroFax Website constitute an invitation to make an offer to purchase.
If you begin but fail to complete the sign up process for the Service, j2 Global may contact you in an effort to help you sign up for the Service or another service of j2 Global or its affiliates. You hereby authorize j2 Global and its affiliates to make such contact, even if you ultimately determine not to sign up for any j2 Global or affiliate service.
- Service Description.
- Service Usage Terms.
- Fax Storage.
- Searchable Faxes.
- Email Capabilities.
- Multiple Service Discount.
- Customer Responsibilities.
- Unsolicited Fax Advertisement/Spam Drop-Box Policy.
- Customer Representations.
- Modifications to Customer Agreement.
- Modifications to the Service.
- Member Account, PIN/ Password and Security.
- Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability.
- Termination for Non-Payment.
- Rules Regarding MetroFax Numbers.
- No Resale Of The Service.
- Participation In Promotions Of Advertisers.
- Notices; Consent.
- General Terms.
- Legal Notices.
MetroFax Service Description.
j2 Global offers the Service at its website www.MetroFax.com (together with other websites owned and operated by j2 Global, the "MetroFax Website").
The Service includes, but is not limited to: (i) a personal geographical or toll-free telephone number (a "MetroFax Number") that provides for the delivery of faxes to email, the MetroFax Website or applications provided by j2 Global; and (ii) outbound faxing from email, the MetroFax Website or applications provided by j2 Global.
Service Usage Terms.
(a) Usage terms for the Service are as follows:
(1) If you registered for the Service on or after December 1, 2013:
Unless you registered for a different plan on the MetroFax website or by phone with a Sales Representative, you may send and/or receive up to 500 fax pages within any thirty (30) day period, regardless of whether you are issued a local or a toll-free MetroFax Number. Faxes sent or received in excess of the 500 page limit are charged at $0.03 per page (which amount may vary outside of the U.S.)
See paragraph (b) below for the definition of an outbound fax page.
(2) If you registered for the Service prior to December 1, 2013:
Within any monthly period, your plan will include the number of inbound and outbound fax pages specified in the plan that you received when you first signed up to the MetroFax Service, regardless of whether you are issued a local or a toll-free MetroFax Number, unless we notify you in our sole discretion that your pricing plan has changed. Faxes sent or received in excess of your plan’s page limit are charged at the overage rate specified in the plan that you received when you first signed up to the MetroFax Service, unless we notify you in our sole discretion that your pricing plan has changed and includes a new fixed overage rate.
See paragraph (b) below for the definition of an outbound fax page.
(b) Definition of Outbound Fax Page and Associated Outbound Terms:
Outbound Fax Page Definition: Most fax pages take less than sixty (60) seconds to transmit. However, for each outbound transmission, the number of pages sent is calculated based on the greater of the actual number of pages or the number of full and partial 60-second increments of transmission or connection time, whether or not the transmission occurs or is completed (such as instances when someone answers the call or transmission is interrupted before completion). For example, a one page fax with transmission duration of 30 seconds is recognized as one page, and a one page fax with a transmission duration of one minute and six seconds is recognized as two pages.
Unless the plan that you originally signed up for specifies a different "per page rate" (whether or not it is referenced as such), the number of outbound fax pages referenced in paragraph (a) of this Section 2 as included in the tiers of Service is administered by applying a monthly outbound usage credit to your account and assumes that each outbound page is sent to a destination with an applicable per page rate of $0.10 (which amount may vary outside of the U.S.). Therefore, your number of included outbound fax pages for a given thirty (30) day period may be less than the number specified for your tier of Service referenced in paragraph (a) of this Section 2 if you send to destinations with applicable per page usage rates in excess of $0.03 per fax page.
For example, if your service tier includes 100 outbound fax pages per thirty (30) day period, then an outbound service credit of $10.00 (which amount may vary outside of the U.S.) will be applied to your account. If you send a 5 page fax to a destination with an applicable per page usage rate of $0.10, then your usage credit will decrease by $0.50 to $9.50. If you then send a 5 page fax to a destination with an applicable per page usage rate of $0.20, then your usage credit will decrease by an additional $1.00 to $8.50.
Unused inbound or outbound Service credits are valid in the month issued and expire at the conclusion of each applicable thirty (30) day period. Inbound or outbound Service credits have no cash value. Such credits do not roll over to the next thirty (30) day period, and you will receive no cash refund in the event any unused inbound or outbound Service credits remain in your account upon termination or closure of your account
While your account is active, fax messages received via your MetroFax Number will be stored and displayed in MetroFax Central. Regardless of your level of service, you acknowledge that j2 Global may cease offering this feature or change its practices and/or limitations concerning this feature at any time, including, without limitation, changing the maximum number of days that fax messages will be retained, the maximum number of messages stored at any one time and the maximum storage space allotted on j2 Global's servers on your behalf. You further agree that j2 Global has no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any failure or malfunction of this feature, whether or not such failure prevents you from utilizing the feature, including but not limited to the storage or deletion of any faxes.
If your MetroFax Number is located in the U.S. or Latin America, j2 Global will scan, perform optical character recognition and index the text of fax messages received via your MetroFax Number. The indexed text of these faxes will be searchable in MetroFax Central (unless you disable this feature in your user preferences) for as long as the faxes are stored there. You acknowledge that j2 Global may cease offering this feature or change its practices and/or apply limitations concerning this feature at any time. You further agree that j2 Global has no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any failure or malfunction of this feature, whether or not such failure prevents you from utilizing the feature, including but not limited to the searching or indexing of or failure to search or index any faxes.
You acknowledge and agree that j2 Global has no responsibility or liability whatsoever for your use of this email feature and that j2 Global may discontinue or change the terms under which this email feature is provided to you at any time, including, without limitation, changes in the maximum size of emails that may be received, changes in the maximum storage space available for email storage and changes to or elimination of spam filtering or virus scanning.
By using this feature, you acknowledge and agree: (i) to assume sole responsibility for the content of any emails transmitted; and (ii) to assume any liability arising from your transmission of, and/or any third party’s receipt of, your emails.
j2 Global disclaims any liability or responsibility for any failure or malfunction of this feature, whether or not such failure prevents you from utilizing the feature, including but not limited to: an error in the email transmission or receipt process; deletion of or failure to store any emails; non-receipt of emails; broken or non-functional links to emails; any viruses received through this feature.
In the event that j2 Global, in its sole discretion, determines or suspects that any emails sent or received through this feature constitute, or may give rise to, a violation of any law or regulation or this Agreement, or you are otherwise in breach of any provision of this Agreement, j2 Global reserves the right to remove your emails and/or to deactivate links to emails without further notice to you.
Multiple Service Discount.
If you are a current subscriber to at least one paid service of j2 Global or an affiliated company at standard (non-discounted) pricing (a "Qualifying Service"), j2 Global or an affiliated company may offer, in its sole discretion, a subscription to one or more additional paid services at a discount (each a "Discounted Service"). This discount would only be available for new subscriptions to a Discounted Service, and specifically not to the purchase of additional quantities or different service tiers of existing service subscriptions.
In addition, if you are an existing subscriber of one j2 Global or affiliated company Internet fax service, you would not be eligible for a discount by subscribing to a different brand of j2 Global or affiliated company Internet fax service. For example, no discount would be available by adding additional MetroFax Numbers to an existing MetroFax account.
j2 Global, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to eliminate the discount described in this section: (a) immediately and without notice upon cancellation of any Qualifying Service, or (b) at any time upon notice for any other reason whatsoever.
You are fully responsible for the contents of your transmissions through the Service. j2 Global simply acts as a passive conduit for you to send and receive information of your own choosing. However, j2 Global reserves the right to take any action with respect to the Service that j2 Global deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion, if j2 Global believes you or your information may create liability for j2 Global, compromise or disrupt the Service for you or other customers, or cause j2 Global to lose (in whole or in part) the services of j2 Global's ISPs or other suppliers. Your use of the Service is subject to all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations (including without limitation those governing account collection, export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination, securities or false advertising). You agree: (1) to comply with all laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from any country through the Service; (2) not to use the Service for any illegal purpose; (3) not to interfere with or disrupt networks connected to the Service; (4) to comply with all regulations, policies and procedures of networks connected to the Service; (5) not to use the Service to infringe any third party's copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy; (6) not to use the Service or related software to knowingly transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information for any reason, including doing so with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value; and (7) not to transmit or upload through the Service any unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature. You further agree not to transmit or upload any material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation. The Service makes use of the Internet for you to send and receive information of your own choosing. As a result, your conduct is subject to Internet regulations, policies and procedures. You agree not to use or reference the Service for chain letters, junk fax or junk mail, spamming or any activity making use of distribution lists to any person who has not given specific permission to be included in such a process or on such list. You further agree not to attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems. You shall not interfere with another customer's use and enjoyment of the Service. You further agree not to use the Services to store (1) any “protected health information” (as such term is used in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-191), or (2) any other type of information that imposes independent obligations upon j2 Global.
You must (a) obtain and pay for all equipment and third-party services (e.g., Internet access and email service) required for you to access and use the Service; (b) maintain the security of your PIN/password and other confidential information relating to your Service account; (c) immediately notify j2 Global of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security known to you; and (d) be responsible for all charges resulting from use of the Service, including unauthorized use prior to your notifying j2 Global of such use and taking steps to prevent its further occurrence.
Unsolicited Fax Advertisement/Spam Drop-Box Policy.
a. Unsolicited Fax Advertisement Policy.
You acknowledge and agree that j2 Global provides a Service that allows you to send and distribute communications of your own choosing. j2 Global is not responsible for the content of your communications and merely provides a service that allows you to distribute communications of your choosing.
The transmission of unsolicited telemarketing phone calls, faxes and email is regulated in Canada, Europe, the United States and by other countries as well. In Canada, the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Canadian Do Not Call rules and regulations, the Telecommunications Act, the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and other regulations govern such communications. In Europe, including the United Kingdom, such communications are regulated by the Telephone and Fax Preference rules as well as other laws and regulations. The United States regulates these communications under the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) amended Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and Do-Not-Call provisions, 16 CFR Part 310, the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s regulations implementing the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 47 CFR 64.1200 et seq., the CAN-SPAM Act, as well as other statutes and regulations. Additionally, certain localities, states, provinces and other governmental bodies may have additional laws and regulations. Other countries have laws and regulations pertaining to such communications. j2 Global collectively refers to all relevant laws, rules and regulations of any governmental body governing phone calls, faxes, and emails as "Telemarketing Rules."
Unsolicited marketing in violation of such Telemarketing Rules through the Service is prohibited and a material violation of this Agreement. Violation of any provision of this Section 9 may result in termination, as set forth in Section 10; j2 Global pursuing other legal remedies available to it; or any combination of these remedies
Notwithstanding the above, j2 Global's distribution of advertising to its customers is not considered unsolicited fax advertising based upon your acceptance of this Agreement.
At j2 Global's option and without further notice, j2 Global may use technologies and procedures, such as filters, that may terminate the transmission of such unsolicited fax advertisements without delivering them.
If you believe that you are in receipt of an unsolicited fax advertisement, please take the following two steps: Step One: If the fax contains a telephone number, fax number or other contact information to "unsubscribe" from receipt of additional junk faxes, please do so and
Step Two: Please report the spam to j2 Global by sending an email to email@example.com and attaching a copy of the offending fax to such email.
You hereby acknowledge and agree that j2 Global, as owner of all MetroFax Numbers, has any and all rights (but no obligation) to assert any and all legal claims available against any third party as a result of your receipt of any unsolicited fax advertisements, including but not limited to claims under the TCPA and similar laws of any other country, state or province, and, to the extent you do have any rights to bring any such claims, you hereby assign any and all such rights to j2 Global as consideration for its provision of the Service.
Because MetroFax Numbers may be reassigned to other customers in the event your account is canceled, and to ensure the best possible service for all customers, you are not permitted to "opt in" to receive on your MetroFax Number facsimile advertisements of the commercial availability or quality of any property, goods or services from persons with whom you have not established a business relationship.
b. Spam Drop-Box Policy. j2 Global does not permit its customers to use MetroFax Numbers as "drop-boxes" for responses to email or fax spam offers. If you believe you are in receipt of email or fax spam that uses a MetroFax Number as a "drop-box" for responses, please take the following two steps:
Step One: If the email or fax contains an email address, telephone number, fax number or other contact information to "unsubscribe" from receipt of additional messages, please do so.
Step Two: If you are unable to successfully "unsubscribe," please forward the offending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. j2 Global will investigate your complaint and determine if the fax/voicemail number referenced in the spam email or spam fax is a MetroFax Number. If it is, j2 Global will attempt to contact the customer and, if necessary and appropriate, terminate or suspend their Service.
j2 Global appreciates your assistance in enforcing and complying with these policies and looks forward to continuing to make your experience a positive one.
Either you or j2 Global may terminate your Service at any time, with or without cause, upon notice. In order to provide notice to j2 Global, MetroFax customers must call customer service or chat live with a support representative at http://www.MetroFax.com/support. A customer service representative will assist you with canceling your account in accordance with j2 Global's verification procedures; as such procedures may be changed by j2 Global in its sole discretion. Upon termination of your account, j2 Global will send you an email confirming that your account has been canceled. Your account will not be deemed canceled unless and until you receive this email. j2 Global reserves the right to terminate or suspend your Service without prior notice for any reason; provided that j2 Global will attempt to confirm such termination or suspension by subsequent notice.
You represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age or, as applicable, the age of majority in the country, state or province in which you reside, and that you possess the legal right and ability to enter into this Agreement. You agree to be financially responsible for your use of the Service (as well as for use of your account by others, including, without limitation, minors living with you) and to comply with your responsibilities and obligations as stated in this Agreement.
Modifications to Customer Agreement.
j2 Global may automatically amend this Agreement at any time by (a) posting a revised Customer Agreement on the MetroFax Website, or (b) sending information regarding the amendment to the email address you provide to j2 Global. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGULARLY REVIEWING THE METROFAX WEBSITE TO OBTAIN TIMELY NOTICE OF SUCH AMENDMENTS. YOU SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE ACCEPTED SUCH AMENDMENTS BY CONTINUED USE OF THE SERVICE AFTER SUCH AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN POSTED OR INFORMATION REGARDING SUCH AMENDMENTS HAS BEEN SENT TO YOU. Otherwise, this Agreement may not be amended except in writing signed by both you and j2 Global
Modifications to the Service.
j2 Global reserves the right to modify or discontinue the Service with or without notice to you. j2 Global shall not be liable to you or any third party should j2 Global exercise its right to modify or discontinue the Service.
Member Account, PIN/Password and Security.
Once you become a registered user, your MetroFax Number will be automatically sent to you by email. You may change your PIN/ password from the MetroFax Website. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your PIN/ password and account information.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability.
a. ALL j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE AND THE SERVICE IS/ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," AND NEITHER j2 GLOBAL NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SERVICE PROVIDERS MAKES ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES TO YOU REGARDING THE USABILITY, CONDITION OR OPERATION THEREOF. j2 GLOBAL DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ACCESS TO OR USE OF j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE OR THE SERVICE WILL MEET ANY PARTICULAR CRITERIA OF PERFORMANCE OR QUALITY. j2 GLOBAL AND EACH OF ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, TITLE, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, COMPATIBILITY, SECURITY OR ACCURACY.
b. YOUR USE OF ALL j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE AND THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK OF LOSS RESULTING FROM YOUR DOWNLOADING, UPLOADING, AND/OR USE OF FILES OR OTHER MATERIAL (INCLUDING j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE) OBTAINED EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM j2 GLOBAL OR ITS AFFILIATES, OR LOSS RESULTING FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS, DATA OR FILES UPLOADED, HOSTED OR TRANSMITTED VIA THE LARGE FILE SEND FEATURE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER ARISING UNDER ANY THEORY OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE. IN ADDITION, YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER j2 GLOBAL NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT (INCLUDING CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES), ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE OR THE SERVICE, AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY CLAIMS WITH RESPECT THERETO, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACTUAL, TORT OR OTHER GROUNDS, EVEN IF j2 GLOBAL OR ANY SUCH AFFILIATE, LICENSOR OR SERVICE PROVIDER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. THE ENTIRE LIABILITY OF j2 GLOBAL AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS AND YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE AND THE SERVICE OR ANY BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE LIMITED TO THE LESSER OF: (I) THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SOFTWARE OR THE SERVICE IN THE THREE (3) MONTHS PRECEDING THE DATE OF YOUR CLAIM OR (II) U.S.$500.00. YOU HEREBY RELEASE j2 GLOBAL AND EACH OF ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY AND ALL OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITIES AND CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF THIS LIMITATION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW IMPLIED WARRANTIES TO BE EXCLUDED OR MODIFIED OR LIABILITY TO BE LIMITED, SO NOT ALL OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY APPLY TO YOU.
c. NEITHER j2 GLOBAL NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SERVICE PROVIDERS SHALL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY OR BY ANY MEANS, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FOR ANY COMMUNICATIONS DIFFICULTIES OUTSIDE OF j2 GLOBAL'S OR ANY SUCH AFFILIATE’S, LICENSOR'S OR SERVICE PROVIDER'S CONTROL WHICH COULD LEAD TO THE INTERRUPTION OF DATA DELIVERY SERVICE TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, PAGER, TELEPHONE OR ANY OTHER RECEIVING DEVICES OR THIRD-PARTY DATA STORAGE AND/OR DELIVERY SERVICES.
d. YOU WILL NOT RELY ON ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, MADE BY ANY PERSON OTHER THAN AN AUTHORIZED OFFICER OF j2 GLOBAL, IN EVALUATING THE SERVICES OR ANY OTHER SERVICES OF j2 GLOBAL OR ITS AFFILIATES.
a. Pricing Plans:
You agree to pay all charges for your use of the Service in accordance with the pricing plan you were offered and agreed to upon registering for the Service. j2 Global reserves the right to charge value-added taxes ("VAT"), sales or other taxes on the Service as it deems appropriate and j2 Global reserves the right to change prices or institute new charges for access to or use of the Service, including a Discounted Service.
j2 Global may amend your pricing plan, including any charges thereto, at any time either by (a) posting pricing plan changes on the MetroFax Website, or (b) sending information regarding the pricing plan changes to the email address you provided to j2 Global. You are responsible for regularly reviewing such pricing information. Continued use of the Service, or non-termination of your j2 Global account, after changes are either posted or emailed to you constitutes your acceptance of the prices as modified.
If you have questions regarding any charges that have been applied to your account, you must contact j2 Global's Customer Service Department within thirty (30) days of the charge date. Failure to do so will waive your ability to dispute such charges. Failure to use your account will not be deemed a basis for refusing to pay any charges.
b. Payment for the Service:
Your activation fee and monthly or annual service fees, as applicable, are payable in advance and are COMPLETELY NON-REFUNDABLE. You agree that for monthly subscriptions, j2 Global may submit charges for your monthly service fee each month, and for annual subscriptions, j2 Global may submit charges for your annual service fee annually, in each case, without further authorization from or notice to you, until you provide prior notice (in accordance with j2 Global's verification procedures, as may be established by j2 Global from time to time in its sole discretion) that you have terminated this authorization or wish to change your designated card(s). Such notice will not affect charges submitted before j2 Global reasonably could act on your notice. If you add MetroFax Numbers to an existing Service account, your first payment for such additional MetroFax Numbers may be prorated to coincide with the annual/monthly anniversary of your first MetroFax Number. You agree that j2 Global may (at its option) accumulate Service fees incurred during your monthly billing cycle and submit them as one or more aggregate charges during or at the end of each cycle, and that j2 Global may delay obtaining authorization from your card issuer until submission of the accumulated charge(s). This means that accumulated Service fee charges may appear on the statement you receive from your card issuer.
Your activation fee, usage charges, and monthly or annual Service fees, as applicable, must be made by the credit or debit card(s) designated by you for j2 Global use and transactions. If your Service account is a qualified business account approved by j2 Global for corporate billing, charges will be accumulated, identified by customer identification number and invoiced on a monthly basis. If the payment method for your Service account is by credit or debit card and payment is not received by j2 Global from the card issuer or its agent or affiliate, you agree to pay all amounts due upon demand by j2 Global. Each time you use the Service, or allow or cause the Service to be used, you agree and reaffirm that j2 Global is authorized to charge your designated card(s). Your card issuer's agreement governs your use of your designated card in connection with payment for the Service, and you must refer to such agreement (not this Agreement) with respect to your rights and liabilities as a cardholder.
c. Viewing Your Account Balance: To view your current account balance, along with billing details and any accumulated charges, please click on "Billing" after logging in to the MetroFax Website.
d. Free Trial Customers: If you subscribed to the Service pursuant to a special offer granting you a free trial period, your activation fee and initial service fee will be PRE-AUTHORIZED AGAINST YOUR CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD LIMIT (meaning the amounts pre-authorized will not be considered available credit or debit funds in such account). These fees will be immediately charged to your credit or debit card, without further authorization from you, upon the expiration of such free trial period, unless you provide prior notice (in accordance with j2 Global's verification procedures, as may be established by j2 Global from time to time in its sole discretion) that you have terminated this authorization. Such notice will not affect charges submitted before j2 Global reasonably could act on your notice.
e. Pre-Paid Discounts: If you subscribed to the Service pursuant to a special offer granting a pre-paid discount for a fixed number of months, your pre-paid fees are payable in advance and are COMPLETELY NON-REFUNDABLE. In addition, your initial monthly service fee for the month immediately following your pre-paid period will be PRE-AUTHORIZED AGAINST YOUR CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD LIMIT and will be immediately charged to your credit or debit card, without further authorization from you, upon the expiration of such pre-paid period, unless you provide prior notice (in accordance with j2 Global's verification procedures, as may be established by j2 Global from time to time in its sole discretion) that you have terminated this authorization. Such notice will not affect charges submitted before j2 Global reasonably could act on your notice.
f. Usage Charges: Additional charges apply when you exceed the number of inbound or outbound fax pages included in your Service tier. Usage fees are payable in advance at a fixed amount as set from time to time by j2 Global, currently U.S. $10.00 or the approximate equivalent in local currency (the "Usage Prepay Amount"). You may choose to increase the size of your Usage Prepay Amount by logging into your account at the MetroFax Website or by contacting j2 Global's Customer Service Department. The Usage Prepay Amount will be immediately and automatically charged to your credit or debit card without further authorization from you upon incurring usage in excess of the number of inbound or outbound fax pages included in your Service tier (or, in the event you are provided with a free usage credit, upon your depletion of such credit). Your Usage Prepay Amount will thereafter be reduced based upon your incurring usage fees, and each time your Usage Prepay Amount is depleted to a certain level (currently U.S. $2.00 or the approximate equivalent in local currency), another fixed Usage Prepay Amount in the same amount as the prior Usage Prepay Amount will be immediately charged to your credit or debit card, without further authorization from or notice to you.
Furthermore, in the event that j2 Global submits charges for your annual or monthly service fee and those charges are rejected by your card issuer (or its agent or affiliate), you hereby authorize j2 Global to apply your Usage Prepay Amount to pay for some or all of your annual or monthly service fee due.
You agree that j2 Global may submit charges for the Usage Prepay Amount without further authorization from or notice to you, until you provide prior notice (in accordance with j2 Global's verification procedures, as may be established by j2 Global from time to time in its sole discretion) that you have terminated or canceled your Service, or wish to change your designated card(s). Such notice will not affect charges submitted before j2 Global reasonably could act on your notice.
Upon your giving j2 Global notice that you have terminated or canceled your Service, or in the event that j2 Global should terminate or cancel your Service or account in accordance with the provisions herein, the unused portion of your Usage Prepay Amount (if any) will be applied toward any outstanding charges, and any remaining portion of your Usage Prepay Amount will be forfeited and non-refundable.
In addition, in the event you fail to incur usage charges on the Service for a period of six (6) months or longer, you will be deemed to have forfeited any remaining Usage Prepay Amount in your MetroFax account. In such event, j2 Global reserves the right to eliminate your remaining Usage Prepay Amount (if any) without notice.
g. Notification of Changed Billing Information. You must promptly notify j2 Global of changes to: (a) the account number, security code or expiration date of your designated credit or debit cards; (b) your billing address for the designated credit or debit card; and (c) the name of each minor whom you have authorized to use your Service account. You must also promptly notify j2 Global if your card is canceled for any reason, including loss or theft. In order to avoid Service interruptions caused by rejected credit or debit card charges, j2 Global reserves the right to update your credit or debit card details (such as expiration dates or new card numbers). You understand and agree that j2 Global is entitled to obtain such updated card details, store them and use them to bill charges
h. Usage and/or Account Credit Balances. j2 Global may, from time to time, award you a credit applied to your Service usage and/ or account balance, which is a non-refundable credit. Service usage and/ or account credit balances have no cash value. Usage and/or Account credit balances will expire on the earlier of (i) termination of your account or (ii) 30 days after they are issued, and are subject to any additional terms associated with the credit offer.
Termination for Non-Payment.
j2 Global reserves the right to suspend or terminate your account and associated Service without notice upon rejection of any credit or debit card charges or if your card issuer (or its agent or affiliate) seeks return of payments previously made to j2 Global when j2 Global believes you are liable for the charge. Such rights are in addition to and not in lieu of any other legal rights or remedies available to j2 Global.
All programs, services, processes, designs, software, technologies, trademarks, trade names, inventions and materials comprising any portion of the Service are wholly owned by j2 Global, its affiliates and/or its licensors and service providers except where expressly stated otherwise. You may not use j2 Global's or its affiliates’ trademarks, trade names, patents, copyrights or other intellectual property rights without j2 Global's prior written permission.
Rules Regarding MetroFax Numbers.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU WILL HAVE USE OF THE METROFAX NUMBER(S) PROVIDED AS PART OF THE SERVICES ONLY UNTIL THE END OF THE TERM OF YOUR AGREEMENT OR UNTIL THE COMPANY NO LONGER PROVIDES YOU WITH SERVICES UNLESS YOU SATISFY THE PROVISIONS IN SECTION 20 (a) BELOW. j2 GLOBAL IS GRANTING YOU THE REVOCABLE PERMISSION TO USE SUCH METROFAX NUMBER(S) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS AGREEMENT FOR THE LENGTH OF THE TERM OF THE AGREEMENT. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT j2 GLOBAL IS THE CUSTOMER OF RECORD OF ALL METROFAX NUMBER(S) PROVIDED AS PART OF THE SERVICES AND, THEREFORE, j2 GLOBAL HAS CERTAIN RIGHTS WITH RESPECT SUCH METROFAX NUMBER(S), INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION CERTAIN RIGHTS RELATING TO PORTING OF SUCH METROFAX NUMBER(S) ("PORTING" IS CAUSING OR ATTEMPTING TO CAUSE NUMBER(S) TO BE TRANSFERRED, SWITCHED OR OTHERWISE MOVED TO ANY OTHER SERVICE PROVIDER, TELEPHONE CARRIER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY). AS THE CUSTOMER OF RECORD FOR ALL METROFAX NUMBER(S), j2 GLOBAL HAS THE DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TELEPHONE COMPANY THAT PROVIDES THE UNDERLYING TELECOMMUNICATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE SERVICES YOU RECEIVE FROM j2 GLOBAL. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT j2 GLOBAL IS NOT, ITSELF, A TELEPHONE COMPANY AND IS THEREFORE NOT UNDER ANY LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PERMIT YOU TO PORT ANY METROFAX NUMBER(S) PROVIDED UNLESS YOU SATISFY THE PROVISIONS IN SECTION 20 (a) BELOW. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED FROM CAUSING OR ATTEMPTING TO TRANSFERRED THE METROFAX NUMBER ASSIGNED TO YOU TO ANY OTHER SERVICE PROVIDER, TELEPHONE CARRIER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY UNLESS YOU SATISFY THE PROVISIONS IN SECTION 20 (a) BELOW. IN THE EVENT YOU VIOLATE THE FOREGOING PROVISION, YOU AGREE TO IMMEDIATELY RETURN THE METROFAX NUMBER(S) TO j2 GLOBAL AND PAY j2 GLOBAL AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO U.S. $500 (WHICH AMOUNT MAY VARY OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.). YOU AUTHORIZE j2 GLOBAL TO CHARGE YOUR ACCOUNT CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD OR TAKE ANY OTHER MEASURES REQUIRED TO COLLECT THIS PAYMENT AND TO CAUSE THE METROFAX NUMBER(S) TO BE RETURNED TO j2 GLOBAL. YOU AGREE THAT THIS PAYMENT REPRESENTS LIQUIDATED DAMAGES REFLECTING A REASONABLE MEASURE OF THE ACTUAL OR ANTICIPATED HARM, DAMAGES CAUSED AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES INCURRED BY j2 GLOBAL FROM SUCH VIOLATION IN LIGHT OF THE DIFFICULTIES OF PROOF OF LOSS AND THAT THIS PAYMENT IS NOT A PENALTY. SOME NON-U.S. JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS TO BE PLACED ON YOUR RIGHT TO PORT THE METROFAX NUMBER ASSIGNED TO YOU, SO SOME OF THESE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY IF THE METROFAX NUMBER(S) ASSIGNED TO YOU IS LOCATED IN SUCH A JURISDICTION.
a. Telephone Numbers Ported In
IF YOU "PORTED IN" ANY TELEPHONE NUMBER(S) IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF SERVICE, OR YOU ARE ENTITLED TO "PORT OUT" A TELEPHONE NUMBER UNDER NON-U.S. LAW, YOU MAY "PORT OUT" SUCH NUMBER(S) IN CONNECTION WITH TERMINATING YOUR ACCOUNT ONLY IF YOU SATISFY THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS: (i) YOU PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTICE TO j2 GLOBAL OF YOUR INTENTION TO "PORT OUT" SUCH TELEPHONE NUMBER(S) NO LATER THAN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF TERMINATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT (THE "PORTING NOTICE PERIOD"); (ii) YOUR NEW TELEPHONE CARRIER PROVIDES j2 GLOBAL’S TELEPHONE CARRIER WITH A DULY EXECUTED PORTING REQUEST PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE PORTING NOTICE PERIOD; (iii) YOU HAVE PAID j2 GLOBAL FOR ALL SERVICE PROVIDED TO YOU PRIOR TO THE DATE YOU PROVIDE NOTICE OF YOUR INTENT TO TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT; AND (iv) PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE PORTING NOTICE PERIOD, j2 GLOBAL HAS RECEIVED AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE TO COVER ITS REASONABLE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PROCESSING THE PORT IN AN AMOUNT OF U.S. $40 (WHICH AMOUNT MAY VARY OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.) PER TELEPHONE NUMBER. YOU HEREBY AUTHORIZE j2 GLOBAL TO CHARGE YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD IN THE APPLICABLE AMOUNT FOR SUCH ADMINISTRATIVE FEE. THE PORTING PROCESS CAN BE LENGTHY; IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAINTAIN YOUR SERVICE DURING THE PORTING PROCESS, YOU MUST MAINTAIN YOUR ACCOUNT IN AN ACTIVE STATUS AND NOT TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT UNTIL THE PORTING OUT IS COMPLETE. REGARDLESS OF WHEN THE PORT OUT IS COMPLETE, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY ALL APPLICABLE ACCOUNT FEES WITH RESPECT TO THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS UNTIL YOU FORMALLY TERMINATE YOUR SERVICE. IF YOU FAIL TO SATISFY ANY OF THE FOREGOING REQUIREMENTS, j2 GLOBAL SHALL REMAIN THE CUSTOMER OF RECORD OF THE NUMBER(S) AND YOU ARE EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED FROM CAUSING OR ATTEMPTING TO CAUSE SUCH NUMBER(S) TO BE TRANSFERRED TO ANY OTHER SERVICE PROVIDER, TELEPHONE CARRIER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY. j2 GLOBAL ALSO RETAINS THE RIGHT TO RECLAIM THE NUMBER(S) FROM YOU AFTER THE NUMBER(S) ARE PORTED OUT IN CONTRAVENTION WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS AND TO CHARGE YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD THE U.S. $500 (WHICH AMOUNT MAY VARY OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.) IN LIQUIDATED DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT EVEN IF YOU SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION 20 (a), TECHNICAL OR PROCEDURAL DIFFICULTIES OR INTERRUPTIONS MAY OCCUR WHEN ATTEMPTING TO PORT OUT THESE NUMBERS (E.G. WHEN NO PORTING AGREEMENT EXISTS BETWEEN YOUR AND OUR TELEPHONE CARRIER OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON) AND SUCH DIFFICULTIES OR INTERRUPTIONS MAY PREVENT YOUR NEW CARRIER FROM PORTING THE NUMBERS. j2 GLOBAL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH TECHNICAL OR PROCEDURAL DIFFICULTIES OR INTERRUPTIONS AND YOU WILL RECEIVE NO REFUND OF YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE FEE.
b. Reassignment of Telephone Numbers
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT FOLLOWING THE TERMINATION OF YOUR SERVICE FOR ANY REASON, THE METROFAX NUMBER(S) ASSIGNED TO YOU MAY BE IMMEDIATELY RE-ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER CUSTOMER. YOU AGREE THAT j2 GLOBAL WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES (INCLUDING CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF ANY SUCH RE-ASSIGNMENT AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY CLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUCH RE-ASSIGNMENT, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACTUAL, TORT OR OTHER GROUNDS, EVEN IF j2 GLOBAL HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. YOU FURTHER UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT j2 GLOBAL MAY FROM TIME TO TIME NEED TO CHANGE THE METROFAX NUMBER ASSIGNED TO YOU (WHETHER DUE TO AN AREA CODE SPLIT OR ANY OTHER REASON WHETHER OUTSIDE OR WITHIN j2 GLOBAL'S CONTROL). YOU AGREE THAT j2 GLOBAL WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES (INCLUDING CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF ANY SUCH CHANGE IN THE METROFAX NUMBER ASSIGNED TO YOU, AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY CLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUCH CHANGE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACTUAL, TORT OR OTHER GROUNDS, EVEN IF j2 GLOBAL HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES.
c. No Right to Charge Third Party Services to MetroFax Numbers
YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO CHARGE SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU OR AT YOUR REQUEST TO THE METROFAX NUMBER ASSIGNED TO YOU BY j2 GLOBAL AND THAT YOU WILL NOT REQUEST OR OTHERWISE CAUSE ANY THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDER TO CHARGE ANY SUCH SERVICES TO SUCH NUMBER. ANY SUCH CHARGES WILL GIVE j2 GLOBAL THE RIGHT TO IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE OR SUSPEND YOUR METROFAX ACCOUNT WITHOUT NOTICE.
You agree to indemnify j2 Global and each of its Affiliates, licensors and service providers from and against any and all liabilities, expenses (including attorneys' fees) and damages arising out of claims based upon use of the Service, including but not limited to any violation of this Agreement by you or any other person using your account, the use of any tools provided by j2 Global in connection with the Service, any claim of libel, defamation, violation of rights of privacy or publicity, any loss of service by other customers, any infringement of intellectual property or other rights of any third parties, and any violation of any laws or regulations, including but not limited to any violation of any laws or regulations prohibiting transmission of unsolicited fax advertisements as set forth in Section 9(a).
No Resale Of The Service.
You are prohibited from selling, reselling, renting or leasing the use of the Service.
Participation In Promotions Of Advertisers.
You may correspond with or participate in promotions of advertisers showing their products via the Service. Any such correspondence or participation, including the delivery of and the payment for goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such correspondence or promotions, are solely between you and the advertiser. j2 Global assumes no liability, obligation or responsibility for any part of any such correspondence or promotion.
Notices given by j2 Global to you will be given by email, by a general posting on the MetroFax Website or by conventional mail. In any matter requiring j2 Global's prior consent, such consent will be considered given only if made in writing by an authorized representative of j2 Global. Notices given by you to j2 Global must be given by email or by conventional mail (subject, however, to j2 Global's verification procedures, as may be established by j2 Global from time to time in its sole discretion, and which may include the requirement that you contact j2 Global by phone so as to confirm that any such notice was in fact sent by you). Notices to j2 Global by conventional mail must be sent to j2 Global, Inc., 6922 Hollywood Boulevard, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028, U.S.A.
THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., EXCLUDING ITS CONFLICTS-OF-LAW RULES, GOVERN THIS AGREEMENT AND YOUR USE OF j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE AND THE SERVICE. THE UN CONVENTION ON CONTRACTS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS IS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION FOR ANY CLAIM OR DISPUTE ARISING FROM THE USE OF j2 GLOBAL SOFTWARE OR THE SERVICE RESIDES IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA OR A SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA LOCATED IN THE CITY AND COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES; provided nothing in this section shall restrict either of the parties from resorting to the courts of any jurisdiction in order to collect, enforce or execute any judgment obtained in the federal or state courts located in the State of California. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced. j2 Global's failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive j2 Global's right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. You may not assign or transfer this Agreement or any rights hereunder whether by direct assignment, by operation of law or otherwise, and any attempt to the contrary is void. j2 Global shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform resulting directly or indirectly from any causes beyond j2 Global's reasonable control. Parental control protections (such as commercially available computer hardware, software or filtering services) may assist you in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors, although such technology may not be effective with regard to receipt of fax or email messages received through the Service. Any exclusion or limitation of j2 Global’s liability specified in this Agreement, and the indemnification obligations set forth in Section 20, shall survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement for any reason.
Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California Customers are entitled to the following specific consumer rights information:
Pricing Information. Current rates for using the Service may be obtained on the MetroFax Website or by calling j2 Global's Customer Service Department. j2 Global reserves the right to change fees, surcharges and monthly fees or to institute new fees at any time.
Complaints. The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Service of the Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1020 N. Street, #501, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by telephone at 1-916-445-1254.