Terms of Service
RING! OnLine(" RING! ") agrees to provide you ("User") with those services ("Service") set forth on the Application subject to User's compliance with the terms and conditions below.
PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING THE SERVICE. BY ACCESSING THE SERVICE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICE.
THE FOREGOING WARRANTIES SET FORTH ARE EXCLUSIVE AND NO OTHER WARRANTY IS EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.
RING! exercises no control whatsoever over the content of the information passing through any of its systems. Use of any information obtained via RING! is at User's risk. Neither RING! nor any of its affiliates, its licensers, its contractors or their respective employees warrant that the Service will be uninterrupted or error free; nor does RING! make any warranty as to the results from use of the Service.
THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON INFRINGEMENT, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR ANY WARRANTIES ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION GIVEN BY RING!, ITS AFFILIATES, ITS LICENSERS, ITS CONTRACTORS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY. NEITHER RING! NOR ITS AFFILIATES, ITS LICENSERS, ITS CONTRACTORS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES WARRANTS THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE OR THAT ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE OR OTHER MATERIAL ACCESSIBLE ON THE SERVICE IS FREE OF VIRUSES, CANCELBOTS, WORMS, TROJAN HORSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
Limitation of Liability
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL RING! , ITS AFFILIATES, ITS LICENSERS, ITS CONTRACTORS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT IN ANY WAY FROM USER'S USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR TO ACCESS THE INTERNET OR ANY PART THEREOF, OR USER'S RELIANCE ON OR USE OF INFORMATION, SERVICES OR MERCHANDISE PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE, OR THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES, ERRORS, DEFECTS, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO ALTERATION OF OR USE OF USER'S ACCOUNT, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. IN THE EVENT RING! IS FOUND LIABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, RING!'S LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE UNUSED BALANCE OF USER'S SUBSCRIPTION PAYMENT PRORATED TO REFLECT THE CURRENT TERM.
If User is dissatisfied with the Service or with any terms, conditions, rules, policies, guidelines or practices of RING! in operating the Service, User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Service.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein contained, User agrees to indemnify and hold RING!, its affiliates, its licensers, its contractors or their respective employees harmless against any and all liability, loss, claim, judgment, damage and expense including without limitation attorney's fees and cost of litigation) incurred or suffered by RING!, its licensers, its affiliates, its contractors, or their respective employees as the result of any and all use of User's account whether authorized or not authorized or as a result of the negligence, willful misconduct, or breach of any of the terms of this Agreement by User, including but not limited to claims, liabilities, losses, damage, judgment and expense which arise out of alleged injury or death of any person or damage to property of every kind and description. User shall promptly notify RING! in writing of any claim of which it is obligated under this indemnity. User shall have the right to assume the defense of any such claim. User and RING! shall confer as to and agree on the legal counsel(s) to be selected in any such defense.
User represents to RING! that he or she is 18 years of age or older. User understands that certain materials available from Service provided under the terms of this Agreement may not be suitable for individuals under the age of 18.
Sexually Explicit Materials
User understands that the Internet contains unedited materials some of which are sexually explicit or may be offensive. User accesses such materials at his or her own risk. RING! has no control over and accepts no responsibility whatsoever for such materials.
User may not:
restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Internet;
post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, profane, or otherwise objectionable information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law, including without limitation the U.S. export control laws and regulations;
post or transmit any information or software which contains a virus, cancelbot, trojan horse, worm or other harmful component;
post, publish, transmit, reproduce, distribute or in any way exploit any information, software or other material obtained through the Service for commercial purposes (other than as expressly permitted by the provider of such information, software or other material);
upload, post, publish, transmit, reproduce, or distribute in any way, information, software or other material obtained through the Service which is protected by copyright, or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without obtaining permission of the copyright owner or rightholder;
upload, post, publish, transmit, reproduce, transmit or distribute in any way any component of the Service itself or derivative works with respect thereto;
send unsolicited advertising or promotional materials to other network users (See section titled "MESSAGING ");
allow users to run Maillist, Listserv or any form of auto-responds from User's account;
run or activate processes while User is not logged in;
violate the security of any computer network, crack passwords or security encryption codes, transfer or store illegal material including that deemed threatening or obscene, or engage in any kind or illegal activity;
attempt to defeat any idle timer or system tool intended to enforce the part-time and personal nature of User's connection, including the use of pingbots and other methods of avoiding timing disconnection (See section titled "LIMITATIONS OF DIAL-UP SERVICES"); or
violate any of the rules, regulations and policies of those networks and computer systems accessed via User's account.
RING! has no obligation to monitor the Service. However, User agrees that RING! has the right to monitor the Service electronically from time to time and to disclose any information as may be necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or other governmental request, to operate the Service properly, or to protect itself or its subscribers. RING! will not intentionally monitor or disclose any private E-mail message unless required by law. RING! reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that, in its sole and absolute discretion, are unacceptable, undesirable, or in violation of this Agreement. RING! reserves the right to suspend access to the Service for User's account. The account's suspension may be rescinded within the sole and absolute discretion of RING! following payment of a reconnection charge, to be determined by RING! in its sole and absolute discretion.
User agrees to limit their use of the RING! service, specifically regarding the use of RING!'s electronic (e-mail) services, to the following restrictions:
User is restricted to the transmission, or distribution, of no more than fifty (50) recipients, or addresses, per e-mail message. This does not assume User is allowed to send such messages several times to groups smaller than the fifty (50) limit.
Unauthorized Use of Relay Servers
User agrees that any unauthorized use of any e-mail server located throughout the Internet for the purposes of relaying or distributing messages is prohibited.
User agrees that the purposeful distribution of any e-mail message where the return address, originator's address, or any other identifiable aspect of the message has been purposefully altered, is prohibited. User may not purposefully misrepresent the origination information of any e-mail messages sent while using the RING! service.
User agrees to be held responsible for the distribution of fraudulent materials.
VIOLATION OF ANY OF THESE TERMS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF SERVICES. FURTHERMORE, VIOLATION OF ANY OF THESE TERMS, RELATING TO THE TERMS DESCRIBED WITHIN THIS "MESSAGING" SECTION OF THIS DOCUMENT, WILL RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE PENALTY OF $200. RING! RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHARGE USER'S CREDIT CARD, IF ON FILE FOR USE IN PAYMENT OF RING! SERVICES, A ONE-TIME FEE OF $200 PER VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS. IN THE EVENT USER PREPAYS FOR THEIR RING! SERVICE VIA CASH, CHECK, OR MEANS OTHER THAN CREDIT CARD, RING! RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INVOICE AND HOLD USER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ONE-TIME FEE OF $200 PER VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS. USER ALSO AGREES TO THE IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF RING! SERVICES FOR VIOLATION OF ANY OF THESE TERMS.
Limitation of Dial-Up Services
Although RING! advertises "Unlimited Access" in regards to some of it's Dial-Up services, there are several limitations applied. The sole purpose of these limitations are intended to limit the amount of unnecessary use of RING! services by any such User, which restricts overall RING! system availability for other such Users. These limitations apply only to Dial-Up access services offered by RING!.
User agrees to have their online session automatically terminated after ten (10) minutes of consecutive inactivity. Inactivity is defined as less than 500 bytes of data transferred between User's modem and the RING! service.
Maximum Single Session
User agrees to have an online session automatically terminated after eight (8) hours of consecutive time, regardless of data transferred during such specific online session.
Minimum Reconnect Limit
User understands they cannot log back onto the RING! system for a time period of one (1) minute following the termination of their previous online session, regardless of the reason for the previous session's termination.
Multiple, Concurrent Online Sessions
User agrees to maintain no more than one (1) concurrent online session for each PPP/ISDN account purchased.
Terms of Payment
User shall be responsible for any and all fixed and accumulative charges for User's account. The first month service fee (or other available billing period selected on the application) is due upon account setup. Each month (or other billing period selected on the application), User's account shall be charged the monthly access and any other fees for the new month plus any accumulated charges for prior months. Failure to use this account(s) does not relieve User of payment obligations.
A credit card User agrees to allow RING! to bill his or her card on each successive billing date without obtaining User's permission after the initial charge. A credit card User shall notify RING! of any changes in credit card number or expiration date. If the card is not honored for any reason, RING! will attempt to notify the card holder by using the telephone information given at sign-up and by E-mail. RING! will call the card holder, and if alternative billing has not been established within five (5) days, the account will be terminated. Restoring the account will be subject to a setup fee of $10.00.
If payment is by check or trade, payment due dates are indicated on User's invoice and shall be in advance for a 3 month period. Dishonored checks or trade accounts are subject to a collection fee of $20.00 as determined by RING! in its sole and absolute discretion and User's account may be suspended until the account is current. If payment is not received within five (5) days of the due date, service will be terminated and a setup fee of $10.00 will be added to charges for additional Service.
RING! maintains the right to terminate Service for any unpaid subscriptions. Accounts in default are subject to an interest charge of 1.5% per month on the outstanding balance. Termination of Service shall not relieve User from the obligation to satisfy outstanding invoices. In the event RING! utilizes an attorney to collect any unpaid amounts, User shall be responsible for the payment of all of RING!'S attorneys' fees and costs in the collection of these sums.
RING! reserves the right to change prices at any time without prior notice to it's customers or the public. Price changes will not be retroactive for existing customers, regardless of the length of their existing service subscription.
Right to Cancel
RING! reserves the right to cancel Service for any reason without prior notice.
Users cancellations must be requested via telephone during regular business hours (8 am to 5 pm). Prepaid service is nonrefundable. RING! will not refund shipping & handling fees or any one-time startup fee. Cancellations on or after the first of the month will be charged for that month.
User must notify RING! via telephone or in writing to cancel Service. Cancellations submitted to RING! via electronic mail shall not be honored. A cancellation and change for is available at http://www.usaring.com/access/accounts.htm. Changes to account IDs, passwords and Email addresses are $25/per change. Fees for any setup, shipping and handling, and the first month's Service are not refundable.
Information transmitted through RING! and through the Internet in general is not confidential. RING! can not and shall not guarantee privacy or protection of any User. RING! reserves the right to monitor any User's transmissions when deemed necessary for providing proper service and/or to protect the rights and property of CR.
Unless required by court order, subpoena or other legal request, or upon the advice of counsel, and unless User notifies RING! to the contrary by calling 248-698-4659 x101, RING! will not publish User's name and other consumer information. User understands further that merchants on the Internet may have access to such information and may make it available to third parties in accordance with their normal practices unless User notifies those merchants directly that User does not wish such information to be made available.
The right to use the Service is not transferable. Accounts are for User's use only. User shall be responsible for the confidentiality of User's password. Loaning User's account to others, connecting a system used by multiple persons, group use of user log-ins, and consuming more than one modem line are explicitly prohibited. If User has multiple accounts, then User shall be limited to one log-in session per system account at any time. Violation of those terms shall constitute theft of Service and may be prosecuted under civil and criminal law.
Purchases on the Service
If User wishes to make purchases on the Service, User may be asked by the merchant or information or service provider from whom User is making the purchase to supply certain information, including credit card or other payment mechanism information. User agrees that all information User may provide any merchant or information or service provider on the Service for purposes of making purchases shall be accurate, complete and current. The merchants and information and service providers offering merchandise, information and services on the Service set their own prices and may change prices or institute new prices at any time. User agrees to pay all charges incurred by users of User's account and credit card or other payment mechanism at the prices in effect when such charges are incurred. User shall also be responsible for paying any applicable taxes relating to purchases on the Service.
No System Backup
RING! does not and will not perform system backups on any User's E-mail account(s). RING! shall not be held responsible for any lost E-mail data, e-mail attachments, or any E-mail message contents, regardless of the reasoning for data loss or system causes. Except as otherwise set forth herein, RING! will not provide historical data, to any party for any reason, regarding any system or Internet activity.
RING! does not and will not perform system backups on any User's personal web site account(s). RING! shall not be held responsible for any lost web data, web files, or any web site contents, regardless of the reasoning for data loss or system causes. Except as otherwise set forth herein, RING! will not provide historical data, to any party for any reason, regarding any system or Internet activity.
Failure to Comply With Terms and Conditions
RING! may deny User access to all or part of the Service without notice if User engages in any conduct or activities that RING! in its sole discretion believes violates any of the terms and conditions in this Agreement. If RING! denies User access to the Service because of such a violation, User shall not have the right (1) to access through RING! any materials stored on the Internet, (2) to obtain any credit(s) otherwise due to User, and such credit(s) shall be forfeited, (3) to access third party services, merchandise or information on the Internet through RING!, and RING! shall have no responsibility to notify any third-party providers of services, merchandise or information nor any responsibility for any consequences resulting from lack of notification.
Web Site Size and Space Limitations
All RING! Members receive at least 10MB free webspace for use with their RING! Internet access account. Each memberís free webspace is allocated at least 1GB of traffic per month (traffic is calculated on a formula multiplying the number of hits that your site receives by the size of your files). If a site exceeds its maximum monthly allotment of traffic, the site will become unavailable until the beginning of the next calendar month. A site that exceeds the maximum allowed webspace size will also become unavailable. Unavailability includes but may not be limited to the inability to access the site publicly or to publish to or modify the site's contents via certain Web creation tools.
User agrees to remain signed into the network only when actually making use of same, and to disconnect when idle for significant periods of time (more than 10 minutes). User also agrees to not remain connected to RING!'s system for periods exceeding (8) eight hours, in any single continuous session. User authorizes RING! to enforce these restrictions by appropriate software and network measures, automated and manual.
User agrees to notify RING! if User moves or otherwise changes his or her mailing address or phone number, and to list a truthful name, postal address and telephone number on the forms User supplies to RING!.
In the event that any portion of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intentions of the parties and the remainder of the provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
RING!'S failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provisions of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. neither the course of conduct between parties nor trade practice shall act to modify any provision of this Agreement.
RING! may modify this Agreement from time to time by placing a notice of such modification at http://www.usaring.com/access/terms_of_service.htm, and User's continued use of the Service following notice of such modification shall be deemed to be User's acceptance of any such modification. It is User's responsibility to check this online area regularly to determine whether this Agreement has been modified. If User does not agree to any modification of this Agreement, User must immediately stop using the Service.
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. Any cause of action User may have with respect to the Service must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises or such claim or cause of action is barred.
RING! shall not be liable or deemed to be in default for any delay or failure in performance under this Agreement or interruption of service resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, civil or military authority, acts of public enemy, war, riots, civil disturbances, insurrections, accidents, dire, explosions, earthquakes, floods, the elements, strikes, labor disputes, shortages of suitable parts, materials, labor or transportation or any cause beyond the reasonable control of RING!.
Venue for litigation of any dispute, controversy, or claim arising out of, in connection with, or in relation to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, naming RING! as the defendant, shall be proper only in a venue determined by RING!.
In any action between RING! and User to enforce any of the terms of this Agreement, RING! shall be entitled to recover expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between User and RING! with respect to the Service.USE THE [BACK] BUTTON ON YOUR BROWSER TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE