Our Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions for Econet Mobile

By using for the first time the Econet Mobile SIM card provided you accept and consent to enter into a contract with Econet Wireless UK Limited (“Contract”) for the provision of services by Econet to you subject to the following terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”):

The following words and expressions shall have the following meanings:

Accessories: Products approved by Econet which you use in conjunction with your Device. They include (without limitation) batteries, chargers, car kits, headsets and carry cases.

Age Restricted Services: Any Services which are specified for use only by Users over a specific age

Bar: A block placed by us on some or all of the Services you normally use (except for calls to emergency services). It may include us restricting the Service whereby you will automatically be re-directed into Econet when you attempt to make an outgoing call from your Device.

Charges: All charges for Services, as published from time to time on our website www.econetmobile.com or through customer service.

Connection: The process of giving you access to a Service. “Disconnection” and “Re-connection” have a corresponding meaning.

Content: Information, communications, images and sounds, software or any other material contained on or available through the Services.

Customer Communication: Information made available to you by Econet which provides information on the Services. It may be made available on your Device or provided electronically or in mailings to some or customers

Device: A mobile telephone, data card or other personal communication device (excluding Accessories) which is approved by Econet Mobile for connection to its Network

Group Company: In relation to Econet a company which is for the time being a holding company (as defined by Section 736 of the Companies Act 1985 as amended by the Companies Act 1989) of Econet or a subsidiary (as defined in that section) of Econet or of any such holding company. ‘Group’ has a corresponding meaning.

Econet: Econet Wireless UK Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07280165 and registered office at 200 Strand, London WC2R 1DJ, UK or any organisation that may succeed it as the assignee of this Contract. Referred to in this Contract from time to time as “we” “us” or “our”.

Econet Mobile Additional Services: Optional Services, including but not limited to Roaming, international calling, premium rate services, and content provided by Econet.

Network: The electronic communications system by which Econet makes Services available in the United Kingdom, whether owned by Econet or not.

Roaming: An optional Service which allows you to use your Device on other operators’ networks, usually in foreign countries.

Services: Network and other services, including Econet Mobile Additional Services, provided or procured by us for your personal use.

SIM: A card or other device provided by Econet which shall for the avoidance of doubt include a USIM which contains your personal telephone number and which is programmed to allow you to access the Network and to use the Services.

Suspension: The temporary disconnection of Services; “Suspend” shall have a corresponding meaning

Top Ups: A pre-payment users are required to make, against which Charges incurred by Users when they access the Services will be deducted. This pre-payment can be made by the User using one of various means and is governed by the rules regarding Top Ups.

User: You or another person named by you who is authorised to use your Device.

2.1 We will take all reasonable steps to make the Services available to you at all times. The Services are only available within the range of the base stations that make up our Network. We cannot guarantee a continuous fault free service. Please note that:

2.1.1  The quality and availability of Services may sometimes be affected by factors outside our control - such as local physical obstructions, atmospheric conditions, other causes of radio interference, features or functionality of your Device, the number of people trying to use the network at the same time, and faults in other telecommunication networks to which the Network is connected.

2.1.2 The quality of our Services may not be at its best inside buildings or below ground

2.2 When you move outside the Econet enhanced service area this may result in:

2.2.1 the call being terminated if you are on a video call

2.2.2 the speeds at which data is downloaded being affected.

2.3 The Network and the Services may from time to time require upgrading, modification, maintenance or other works. These may result in some or all of the Services becoming temporarily unavailable. In such cases, we’ll do everything we can to keep the period of non-availability to a minimum. However, some interruption may be inevitable.

2.4 For the purposes of good management and security and to make sure we follow your instructions correctly and to improve our service to you through training of our staff, or to monitor instances of unsolicited messages we may monitor or record communications. Where we have good reason to believe such communication is unsolicited you agree that we may but are not obliged to block such communication.

2.5 We may Suspend the Services in whole or part at any time without notice if we have good reason to believe you haven’t complied with one or more of these Terms and Conditions.

2.6 We shall investigate all complaints made whether by or against you and reserve the right to Suspend the Services if a complaint has been made against you pending the results of investigation of the complaint.

2.7 Roaming relies upon the telecommunications systems of foreign networks over which we have no control. We cannot therefore offer any guarantee about Roaming services.

2.8 If you use Services from a country outside the UK your use of the Services may be subject to different laws and regulations that apply in that other country. Econet is not liable for your failure to comply with those laws or regulations.

Storage and transmission of information on our Network

2.9 We may establish limits concerning the use of the Services for example the maximum size of an email message that may be sent or received, the maximum capacity allocated to you for storage of Content on the Network which you access via the Services.

2.10 You agree that Econet has no responsibility for the deletion, corruption or failure to store any Content maintained or transmitted by the Network.

2.11 Whilst Econet has no responsibility to monitor the use of the Services, if you exceed the use limits we reserve the right to refuse to store or send Content on your behalf.

Access to the Services and Content
2.12   Under no circumstances will Econet or any of the other parties involved in the provision of Content, be liable for any losses, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in Content or the provision of Content. Econet agrees to make reasonable endeavours to rectify any such problems in the Content of which it is notified, as soon as we reasonably can. If you do notice a fault or error in the Content, please notify the fault to Econet.

2.13 Econet accepts no liability for the loss, late receipt or non- readability of any download, transmission, or other communications. The Content, which is obtained from a large range of sources, is supplied to you on an “as is” basis and Econet does not warrant that the content is of satisfactory quality, fit for a particular purpose, suitable, reliable, accurate, complete, secure or is free from error.

2.14 We have no control over the value or quality of goods, services or content offered by third parties on or through the Services. As a result we cannot be responsible or liable in any way for and do not endorse, any of these goods, services or content.

2.16 If you use your Device to access the internet or third party services, please be aware that, as it may not be a secure environment, unwanted programs or material or viruses may be downloaded to your Device without your knowledge which may give unauthorised access to, or damage your Device and the information stored on it. Econet is not liable or responsible in any way for such unauthorised access, damage to or loss of information on your Device whether transmitted via the Services or otherwise. You will remain responsible for all charges deducted from your account for the use of any Services activated by such viruses.

Age Restricted Services
2.17 You are not permitted to access our Age Restricted Services (if any) if you are below the age specified to access the Services. If you are allowed to access the Age Restricted Services by virtue of the fact that you are the specified age or older you must not show or send Content from the Age Restricted Services to anyone below the specified age. If you let anyone under the specified age use your Device you must ensure you deactivate access to the Age Restricted Services.

3.1  Users are required to make Top Up payments to their SIM to ensure continuing access to the Services.
3.2  We reserve the right to refuse to accept debit or credit card payments.
3.3  Bonus credits given to the User from time-to-time shall be valid for the periods set out on our customer literature and displayed on our website at www.econetmobile.com. Charges are allocated to Top-Ups and credits in the order that they are loaded onto the SIM. To the extent that such bonus credit is not used within the validity period, such unused credit will be forfeited.
3.3  If a SIM is activated without a credit balance and has had no Top-Ups loaded within seven (7) days, the SIM will be disconnected
3.4  If, during the previous ninety (90) days, a SIM has had no Top-Ups nor been used to make at least £1 of chargeable calls, the SIM will be disconnected. For the avoidance of doubt calls shall include but not be limited to voice calls, data calls and text messaging. On disconnection your mobile telephone number will be reassigned.           
3.4  No Cash Credits will be given for any unused Top Ups if a SIM is disconnected


4.1 We may Disconnect your SIM and refuse to Re-connect it at any time in whole or in part immediately by notice in writing to you: If you fail to comply with clauses 2.5, 2.6, 5 and 6 of these Terms and Conditions provided that where such failure is capable of remedy you have not taken such remedial steps as we shall have required within 7 days of our giving you notice of such failure; or for whatever reason we are unable to provide the Services.

4.2 We may terminate this Contract at any time at our sole discretion upon a 30 calendar day written notice to you.

5.1 Recognising that good management and security of the Services is important to all Econet customers you agree that you will:

5.1.1 not use the Services for any improper, immoral, fraudulent or unlawful purposes or for the sending of any communication or storing of any information which is of an offensive, abusive, indecent, obscene or menacing nature;

5.1.2 not cause, nor knowingly allow others to cause, any nuisance annoyance or inconvenience whether to us or to any of our customers which shall include the use of the Network for the persistent sending of unsolicited communications without reasonable cause;

5.1.3 not act in any way, whether knowingly or otherwise, such that the operation of the Network or any part of the Network will be jeopardised or impaired;

5.1.4 only use the SIM with a Device and Accessories approved for use with the Network and comply with all relevant legislation or regulation relating to its use;

5.1.5 comply with any reasonable instructions issued by us which concern your use of the Services and co-operate with use in our reasonable security and other checks (which may include us making phone calls to you);

5.1.6 not send or upload anything that is copyright protected (unless you have permission) or which in any way breaches the intellectual property rights of any third party;

5.1.7 not copy, modify, store, forward, publish or distribute the Services or their Content without our express permission;

5.1.8 only use Content for your own personal use and not for any commercial purposes or distribute it commercially;

5.1.9 not to re-sell, re-supply or otherwise distribute the Services without the prior written agreement of Econet;

5.1.10 not to circumvent the Age Restricted Service mechanisms.

6.1 We may allow you to register with us and by applying for registration you represent to us that the name, address and other factual information which you provide to us are correct.

6.2  You acknowledge that if we suspect on reasonable grounds that information has been supplied to us without the knowledge of the person named or that an application is unauthorised or contains false particulars, for the protection of our customers and the Network, we may delay Connection or Disconnect Services to your SIM while we investigate further. If our suspicions prove groundless we will Connect or Re-connect Services immediately. You acknowledge that you will have no claim against us in respect of any delay or Disconnection caused as a result of the operation of this Condition

6.3 You must also tell us if your details change.

7.1 Any SIM card we supply to you remains our property but it is your responsibility to keep it safe. SIM cards are easily damaged and should be handled with care. We will replace any SIM card found to be defective by reason of faulty workmanship or design free of charge but may charge for replacing or renewing a SIM card in any other circumstances. We reserve the right to recall any SIM card from you at any time to enhance or maintain the quality of the Services.

7.2 You must inform us immediately in the event that a SIM card is damaged. We will send you a replacement SIM card as soon as reasonably practicable but we reserve the right to charge you for doing so.

7.3 The software in the SIM is either owned by or licensed to Econet which grants you a non-exclusive licence to use it for accessing the Services and not otherwise.

7.4 The SIM card supplied enables the Device to work on our Network only - with the exception of Phones which can access roaming services.

8.1 Our Network will allow the display of your Econet Mobile number on receiving Devices. If you prefer not to allow this display, please let us know by contacting customer service in writing. Your mobile phone number and the approximate location of your Device will always be sent if calling the emergency services.

9.1 Your Device and Accessories are acquired by you outside the operation of these Terms and Conditions and, as between you and Econet, are your property.

9.2 You must inform us immediately in the event that the SIM card is lost or stolen.

9.3 Upon receipt of notification under Condition 9.2 we may at your request Suspend Services for a maximum period of 30 days whilst you make arrangements to obtain an alternative SIM card.

9.4 In the event that you fail to make a request as permitted by Condition 9.3 then any current Top Up will lapse when you report the loss or theft of your SIM Card or Device or if you do so make a request on the expiry of the 30 day period if you do not during that period request the re-instatement of the Top Up.

10.1 We reserve the right to vary these Terms and Conditions and the Charges from time to time. The current versions will always be displayed on our website at www.econetmobile.com.   

11.1 We update our Customer Literature from time to time. Information on various topics are displayed on posters and on our website at www.econetmobile.com. We regard you as having been given any information if it is either:

11.1.1 by voicemail, email text or other form of electronic message sent by us to your SIM;

11.1.2 displayed on our website at www.econetmobile.com;
11.1.3 communicated directly by any means;

12.1 We may assign our rights and obligations under these terms and conditions at out sole discretion.

13.1 Except as provided in this Condition 13, neither party shall be liable to the other, whether in contract or tort or otherwise, for any loss or damage which is:

13.1.1 not the fault of the other party;

13.1.2 Indirect and/or not reasonably foreseeable;

13.2 Subject to Condition 13.1, we limit our legal liability up to a maximum of three thousand pounds per claim or a series of related claims for any loss or damage which is:

13.2.1 Direct financial loss;

13.2.2 Direct physical damage to or loss of property resulting from our breach of contract or negligence while providing Services.

13.3 We will not be liable to you if we are unable to perform an obligation or provide the Services to you because of any factor outside our control, including but not limited to Acts of God, industrial action, default or failure of a third party, war, governmental action, or by any act or decision made by a court of competent jurisdiction.

13.4 Subject to Condition 13.1, your liability is limited to payment of all outstanding Charges due in accordance with the provisions of your Contract.

14.1 Subject to Condition 10 these terms and conditions may only be varied or amended only by the express mutual agreement of both parties and the party seeking to rely on such variation or amendment must produce evidence of the other party’s agreement to it.

14.2 You agree to the disclosure to any telecommunications company, debt collection agency, credit reference agency, credit or fraud monitoring scheme, security agency or credit provider of:

14.2.1 Any information relating to your Contract, including your personal financial information and details of how you have performed in meeting your obligations under your Contract;

14.2.2 Any disclosure as may be within our Data Protection Act registration;

14.2.3 Any disclosure required as a result of an order of any court of competent jurisdiction or by statutory authority.

14.3 Econet or Group Companies may use your information which you provide to us together with other information for administration, marketing, credit scoring, customer services, tracking your Device and web use preferences, and profiling your purchasing preferences. We will disclose your information to our service providers and agents to help us with these purposes. We will keep your information for a reasonable period after your Contract with us has finished in case you decide to use our Services again and may contact you about our Services during this time.

14.4 By using your SIM card on the Network for the first time you consent to us sharing your information with other Group Companies and with companies outside the Group who are our business partners. They or we may contact you by mail, telephone, electronic messaging services, fax or email to let you know about any goods, services or promotions which may be of interest to you. Please call customer services if you do not wish to receive such information from us, or if you do not wish to receive information from our business partners, but remember that this will preclude you from receiving any of our special offers or promotions or those of our business partners.

14.5 By using your SIM card on the Network for the first time you consent to our transferring your information to countries which do not provide the same level of data protection as the UK if necessary for providing you with services you require. If we do make such a transfer, we will put a contract in place to ensure your information is protected.

14.6 You have a right to ask for a copy of your information (for which we charge a small fee) and to correct any inaccuracies.

14.7 When you give us information about another person you confirm that they have appointed you to act for them, to consent to the processing of their personal data, and to the transfer of their information abroad and to receive on their behalf any data protection notices.

14.8 For details of Econet please visit our website www.econetmobile.com.

14.9 Any notice from us to you will be deemed served 48 hours after posting or an earlier proof of delivery.

14.10 All notices to be served in accordance with these Terms and Conditions can be served by text message, electronic mail, by post or facsimile.

14.11 Any waiver, concession or extra time we may allow you is limited to the specific circumstances in which it was given. It does not affect our rights under these terms and conditions in any other way.

14.12 The operation of these Terms and Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the Laws of England and Wales and subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts. Econet customer service details are available at www.econetmobile.com