Policies and Procedures

Privacy Policy

We at Smerno have designed our business practices to safeguard your privacy. This privacy policy applies to all the web pages related to this website.

You can visit www.smerno.com without revealing who you are or providing any personal information about yourself.

The Site may collect certain information about your visit, such as the name of the Internet service provider and the Internet Protocol (IP) address through which you access the Internet; the date and time you access the Site; the pages that you access while at the Site and the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site. This information is used to help improve the Site, analyze trends, and administer the Site.

There will be times, such as when you submit a questionnaire, request a service, purchase a product, etc., when we will need to obtain personally identifiable information from you or about you. Such personally identifiable information may include your name, home address, e-mail address, telephone number, identity/passport number, income, credit references, etc. The information we receive about you or from you may be used by us or shared by us with our corporate affiliates, agents, vendors and others to help process or complete a transaction; to comply with any law, regulation, audit or court order; to help improve our website or the products or services we offer; for research; to better understand our clients' needs; to develop new offerings; and to alert you to new products and services in which you may be interested. The information will not be used for anything other than which is stated in the Terms & Conditions of use for this service. None of the information will be sold or made available to anyone. By accepting these Terms & Conditions you consent to receive informational material from us, this would include promotions, price changes and information related to your services. We believe that knowing more about you can enable us to serve you better.

You should be aware that we collect usage information about you when you visit us, which helps us understand how our site is navigated, how many visitors arrive at specific pages, the length and frequency of a stay at our website, etc. In addition, Smerno web pages may place "cookies" on your personal computer. "Cookies" are small identifiers, similar to a license plate, that help us to recognize you if you visit our website again. Cookies are used to help us personalize your viewing experiences. Cookies are not designed to be used to get data from your hard drive, your e-mail or any other personal data about you. You can reject cookies by changing your browser settings. Please note, however, that if you reject our cookies it is possible that some web pages may not properly load, your access to certain information might be denied or you might have to enter information about you or your application, inquiry or purchase more than once.

We safeguard your information using known encryption, security standards and procedures. We also assess new technology for protecting client information on an ongoing basis.

Please be aware that we may change our Statement of Privacy from time to time. If we do, we will update this Statement of Privacy at our website, so be sure to check back here frequently.

If you have any questions about our Statement of Privacy or privacy policies, please feel free to e-mail your questions to us at support@smerno.com

By using this website, you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our site and related pages. Your continued use of the website following the posting of changes to these terms will mean that you accept those changes.

Service Policy

When you click to make a purchase with us legal obligations arise and your right to refund of monies charged to your credit card or paid in any other way agreed by us, are limited by our terms & conditions. You must not make any purchase through this site unless you understand and agree all our terms and conditions. Once payment is made for the purchase, it is deemed that you have read and understood the terms and conditions for such purchase. If you have any queries please contact us before making any purchase for any service through this website. Our 24 hour, 7 day a week support number is 021 007 3970.

Service Levels

All services sold by Smerno are provided as a best-effort service, uptime and speeds cannot be guaranteed unless otherwise stated. During any technical failure, modification or maintenance of the service provided, Smerno will use its reasonable endeavors to resume the service as soon as possible. This excludes upstream provider infrastructure that is not within the control of Smerno Proprietary Limited.

Delivery Policy

This delivery policy applies to services delivered by an Smerno appointed representative only. The delivery of certain products/services sold by Smerno are handled directly by the supplier or provider. In these cases the delivery policy will be stated in the Terms and Conditions for that particular product/service. If you are not sure please contact us so that we may advise you on the delivery policy that applies to your purchase.

Delivery times stated are not guaranteed but are generally attainable within major centres. A possible delay of 24 to 96 hours can be expected outside of major centres and additional delivery costs may apply. Some deliveries might require that information or documents must be produced and copies thereof provided during the delivery, this will be communicated on purchase of the device or product if it is required.

A physical address is required for the delivery of your order. Orders to Post boxes/Private bags/Post Offices will not be accepted.

Deliveries take place on weekdays during business hours and exclude weekends and public holidays, your delivery will be dispatched on the 1st working day thereafter.

Delivery times may be delayed should the need arise for clearance of payment. Clearance for debit order payments may take up to 10 days to clear.

Smerno will not arrange collection of units for exchange or return (or cover related costs). The client will be responsible for arranging for the unit to be delivered to Smerno. This will in no way impact the continued warranty provisions, and only relates to courier charges and logistics.

The Courier Delivery Fee charged during checkout may differ once your order is finalised. Should this occur, we will contact you before proceeding with the delivery of your order.

Refunds Policy

Refunds will not be granted for services purchased in error. Should it be proven that a service is not working as per the Product Description, Terms and Conditions and/or Acceptable Usage Policy a refund will be granted. Refunds for amounts deposited into an Smerno Proprietary Limited banking account erroneously will also have a 15% fee levied to cover our bank charges and will only be considered for processing 7 days after the original payment date. Refunds for debit order and credit card payments are processed after the second week of the month.

Cancellations Policy

The cancellation of a product or service is the Clients responsibility. Cancellations must be actioned via email to support@smerno.com. Cancellations will not be accepted telephonically. Failure to cancel your services will result in your service or product being activated for the new month and therefore liable for payment. A minimum calendar months' notice is required for all services unless otherwise stated. Promotions carry additional Terms and early cancellation fees may be payable.

Smerno will not be responsible for incorrect cancellations processed via the Control Panel / Email Desk or be liable for any losses incurred.

Payment Options/Terms

All transactions will be processed in South African Rands (ZAR). We do not extend credit and payment is required up front, services will not be activated without payment.

Prorata Billing

Prorata billing applies to all new monthly billed services and on the initial purchase only. Prorata billing will not apply should you fail to pay your renewal invoice or any outstanding invoice on your account, the renewal/outstanding invoice must first be paid in order to qualify for the prorata rate on a new service. The bandwidth on a per gig service will be prorated together with the price on purchase. The prorata price and bandwidth is calculated according to the purchase date.

Service Changes (Applies to DSL, Fibre, Mobile and Voice)

Service Changes are changes to the product, speed, combo or data purchased which changes the renewal of the service/s and are billed prorata.

For ease of understanding, services referred to as Upgraded services are services which result in a price increase on the next renewal and Downgraded services are services which result in a lesser billed renewal than the current service.

New services can only be set to Downgrade from the second month (month after activation) and will only apply from the following month (month 3).

Clients are not able to service change to an Upgraded service and then service change to a Downgraded service in the same month. The Upgraded service change must first be renewed before a Downgrade can be set for the next renewal.

Example: A Mobile Data service is service changed from 1GB to 5GB in August. The client will only be able to set a service change to a Mobile Data service smaller than 5GB during the month of September for October as the service must first be renewed on 1 September at 5GB before it can be downgraded.

Transfer of Data

Clients have the ability to transfer their unused data to another Smerno Client using the same service (dsl capped to dsl capped, mobile to mobile etc.). Clients using Openserve Fibre and Openserve DSL Capped data will be able to transfer between the two service types. Uncapped data, RAIN data and Cell C data cannot be transferred.

Transferred data will be transferred in the state that it is currently in. If the data transferred is rollover data in month 2, it will transfer as month 2 rollover data to the client receiving the data. Transferred data retains the expiry date of the original purchase.The transfer of data must be done by signing into the Control Panel and providing the information required, data can only be transferred in predefined increments. Should we receive delayed usage reports which results in over usage of available data or a payment fails/is reversed for any reason, any transferred data will immediately be reversed. We reserve the right to refuse to allow the transfer of data for any client who we deem to be abusing the process.

An explanation of how Rollover Data works can be found under the section for the service type you have purchased.

Our banking details

Available on request from accounts@smerno.com

Month End

Please note that the control panels will be offline between 19:00 and 00:30 on the last day of every month due to various monthly processing operations that need to be performed. Services that have reached 100% usage will be capped and you will not be able to top up until 00:30. Please ensure that all new purchases, service changes and top ups have been processed before 17:00 on the last day of the month to ensure that your request is actioned before 19:00.