The Sphox Terms Of Service
All payments to Sphox (hereby referred to as Sphox) or the affiliates of Sphox are non-refundable
Sphox, ("The Company") agrees to furnish services to the Subscriber, subject to the following TOS (Terms of Service).
Use of Sphox Service constitutes acceptance and agreement to Sphox's
as well as Sphox's TOS (Terms of Service).
All provisions of this contract are subject to the TOS (Terms of Service) of Sphox and
AUP (Acceptable Use Policy)
may be changed from time to time at the discretion of the Company. Subscriber understands that change to the
by the Company shall not be grounds for early contract termination or non-payment.
This Agreement shall be construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of the state of Michigan, applicable to contracts enforceable in that Nation.
Disclosure to Law Enforcement:
We prohibit the use of our service for illegal activities. Therefore, Subscriber agrees that the Company may disclose any and all subscriber information including assigned IP numbers, account history, account use, etc. to any law enforcement agent who makes a written request without further consent or notification to the Subscriber. In addition Sphox shall have the right to terminate all service set forth in this Agreement.
Subscriber acknowledges that the nature of the service furnished and the initial rates and charges have been communicated to Subscriber. Subscriber is aware that the Company may prospectively change the specified rates and charges from time to time. The promotional offer is contingent upon Company achieving and maintaining its cost of service goals including but not limited to rates charged to company by its suppliers.
Payments and Fees:
Credit cards that are declined for any reason are subject to a $20.00 declination fee. Service will be interrupted on accounts that reach 5 days past due. Service interrupted for nonpayment is subject to a $20.00 reconnect charge. Accounts not paid by due date are subject to a $20.00 late fee. Accounts that are not collectable by Sphox may be turned over to an outside collection agency for collection. If your account is turned over for collection, you agree to pay the company a "Processing and Collection" Fee of not less than $50 nor more than $150. If you desire to cancel your account, please follow the proper procedure to do this as outlined in this TOS.
Refund and Disputes:
All payments to Sphox are nonrefundable. This includes the one time setup fee and subsequent charges regardless of usage. All overcharges or billing disputes must be reported within 60 days of the time the dispute occurred. If you dispute a charge to your credit card issuer that, in Sphox's sole discretion is a valid charge under the provisions of the TOS and /or AUP, you agree to pay Sphox an "Administrative Fee" of not less than $50 and not more than $150.
Failure to Pay:
The Company may temporarily deny service or terminate this Agreement upon the failure of Subscriber to pay charges when due. Such termination or denial will not relieve Subscriber of responsibility for the payment of all accrued charges, plus reasonable interest and any collection fees.
Subscriber acknowledges that the service provided is of such a nature that service can be interrupted for many reasons and that damages resulting from any interruption of service are difficult to ascertain. Therefore, subscriber agrees that the company shall not be liable for any damages arising from such causes. In no event shall the company be liable for any special or consequential damages, loss or injury.
New Domain Accounts:
All new web hosting accounts involving new domains will be set up and entered into our DNS servers within 3 to 5 business days. Due to unforeseen complications, however, this process may sometimes require up to 7 business days. If the new domain is registered by the account holder, there will be no handling fee. If the domain is registered by Sphox on behalf of the account holder a handling fee will be incurred.
Transfer of Domains:
New web hosting accounts which involve the transfer of a domain from another provider to Sphox will require a minimum of seven (7) days to be set up and entered into our DNS servers. In some cases, such transfers may take up to sixty (60) days. Due to the unpredictable nature of the transfer process, no guarantees are made regarding the amount of time a specific transfer may take. If the transfer of the domain is done by Sphox on behalf of the account holder a handling fee will be incurred. If the customer cancels service during the transfer period for any reason, all charges are considered earned.
Sphox, provides 24 x 7 technical support to our subscribers (except for few holidays and short company meetings when we close our center.) We limit our technical support to our area of expertise. The following is our guidelines when providing support: Sphox provides support related to your server or virtual site physical functioning. Sphox does not offer tech support for application specific issues such as cgi programming, html or any other such issue. If you can email, we encourage you to email
for assistance. Also the Help files in the program you are using may have the answer to your question so please do investigate these resources before calling tech support.
SPAM and Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE):
Sphox takes a zero tolerance approach to the sending of Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) or SPAM over our network. Very simply this means that customers of Sphox may not use or permit others to use our network to transact in UCE. Customers of Sphox may not host, or permit hosting of, sites or information that is advertised by UCE from other networks. Violations of this policy carry severe penalties, including termination of service.
Violation of Sphox's SPAM policy will result in severe penalties. Upon notification of an alleged violation of our SPAM policy, Sphox will initiate an immediate investigation (within 48 hours of notification). During the investigation, Sphox may restrict customer access to the network to prevent further violations. If a customer is found to be in violation of our SPAM policy, Sphox may, at its sole discretion, restrict, suspend or terminate customer's account. Further, Sphox reserves the right to pursue civil remedies for any costs associated with the investigation of a substantiated policy violation. Sphox will notify law enforcement officials if the violation is believed to be a criminal offence.
First violations of this policy will result in an "Administrative Fee" of $250 and your account will be reviewed for possible immediate termination. A second violation will result in an "Administrative Fee" of $500 and immediate termination of your account. Users who violate this policy agree that in addition to these "Administrative" penalties, they will pay "Research Fees" not to exceed $175 per hour that Sphox personnel must spend to investigate the matter. PLEASE, DO NOT SPAM from your account.
As our Customers are ultimately responsible for the actions of their clients over the Sphox network, it is advisable that Customers develop a similar, or stricter, policy for their clients.
, anyone hosting websites or services on their server that support spammers or cause any of our IP space to be listed in any of the various Spam Databases will have their server immediately removed from our network. The server will not be reconnected until such time that you agree to remove
traces of the offending material immediately upon reconnection and agree to allow us access to the server to confirm that all material has been
removed. Severe violations may result in immediate and permanent removal of the server from our network without notice to the customer. Any server guilty of a second violation
be immediately and permanently removed from our network without notice.
IP Address Ownership:
If Sphox assigns Customer an Internet Protocol address for Customer's use, the right to use that Internet Protocol address shall belong only to Sphox, and Customer shall have no right to use that Internet Protocol address except as permitted by Sphox in its sole discretion in connection with the Services, during the term of this Agreement. Sphox shall maintain and control ownership of all Internet Protocol numbers and addresses that may be assigned to Customer by Sphox, and Sphox reserves the right to change or remove any and all such Internet Protocol numbers and addresses, in its sole and absolute discretion.
Bandwidth and Disk Usage:
Customer agrees that bandwidth and disk usage shall not exceed the number of megabytes per month for the Services ordered by Customer on the Order Form (the "Agreed Usage"). Sphox will monitor Customer's bandwidth and disk usage. Sphox shall have the right to take corrective action if Customer's bandwidth or disk usage exceeds the Agreed Usage. Such corrective action may include the assessment of additional charges, disconnection or discontinuance of any and all Services, or termination of this Agreement, which actions may be taken is in Sphox's sole and absolute discretion. If Sphox takes any corrective action under this section, Customer shall not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid in advance prior to such action.
In the event that a customer exceeds the included allocation, Sphox may, at its sole discretion, collect a deposit, in an amount determined by Sphox, against customer's credit card on file with Sphox.
System and Network Security:
Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate the security of the Sphox Network. Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. Sphox will investigate occurrences, which may involve such violations and may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting Users who are involved in such violations. These violations include, without limitation:
Accessing data not intended for such User or logging into a server or account, which such User is not authorized to access.
Attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization.
Attempting to interfere with service to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, via means of overloading, "flooding", "mail bombing" or "crashing".
Forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or newsgroup posting.
Taking any action in order to obtain services to which such User is not entitled.
Notification of Violation:
Sphox is under no duty to look at each customer's or user's activities to determine if a violation of the
has occurred, nor do we assume any responsibility through our AUP to monitor or police Internet-related activities.
First violation: Any User, which Sphox determines to have violated any element of this
Acceptable Use Policy
, shall receive an email, warning them of the violation. The service may be subject at Sphox's discretion to a temporary suspension pending a User's agreement in writing, to refrain from any further violations.
Second Violation: Users that Sphox determines to have committed a second violation of any element of this Acceptable Use Policy shall be subject to immediate suspension or termination of service without further notice.
We reserve the right, to drop the section of IP space involved in Spam or Denial-of-Service complaints if it is clear that the offending activity is causing great harm to parties on the Internet. In particular, if open relays are on your network or a customer's network, or if denial of service attacks are originating from your network. In certain rare cases, we may have to do this before attempting to contact you. If we do this, we will contact you as soon as is feasible.
Suspension of Service or Cancellation:
Sphox reserves the right to suspend network access to any customer if in the judgment of the Sphox network administrators the customer's server is the source or target of the violation of any of the other terms of the
or for any other reason which Sphox chooses. If inappropriate activity is detected, all accounts of the Customer in question will be deactivated until an investigation is complete. Prior notification to the Customer is not assured. In extreme cases, law enforcement will be contacted regarding the activity. The customer will not be credited for the time the customer's machines were suspended.
Sphox wishes to emphasize that in agreeing to the Sphox Terms of Service (ToS), customer indemnifies Sphox for any violation of the
Terms of Service (ToS) that results in loss to Sphox or the bringing of any claim against Sphox by any third-party. This means that if Sphox is sued because of a customer's or a customer of a customer's activity, the customer will pay any damages awarded against Sphox, plus all costs and attorney's fees.
You must provide us with, and keep current, good contact information for you. E-mail, fax, and telephone contacts are used, in that order of preference.
A waiver by the Company of any breach of any provision of this Agreement by Subscriber shall not operate as or be construed as a continuing or subsequent waiver thereof or as a waiver of any breach of any other provision thereof.
Subscriber shall not transfer or assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Company. Company may assign Agreement at anytime without consent from or notice to Subscriber. Company reserves right to cancel customers rights under this contract at anytime without further obligation.
Sphox takes no responsibility for any material input by others and not posted to the Sphox Network by Sphox. Sphox is not responsible for the content of any other websites linked to the Sphox Network; links are provided as Internet navigation tools only. Sphox disclaims any responsibility for any such inappropriate use and any liability to any person or party for any other person or party's violation of this policy.
Sphox is not responsible for any damages your business may suffer. Sphox does not make implied or written warranties for any of our services. Sphox denies any warranty or merchantability for a specific purpose. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, wrong delivery, and any and all service interruptions caused by Sphox.
It is absolutely forbidden to host pornographic content or IRC servers on Virtual Server Accounts. Virtual Server Accounts found hosting this material will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.
Responsibility for Content:
You, as Sphox's customer, are solely responsible for the content stored on and served by your Sphox server.