From 25 March 2020, JUMP modems should not be powered up until customers get back to their homes. This is a change to our current operating procedures, where we have encouraged families to power up their modems as part of the set up process, partly to test that the modem has been activated correctly but also to make sure that families understand how to WiFi connect their digital devices to the modem, using the WiFi key (also referred to as the WiFi password).
The reason for this change is that when the modem connects to the Skinny internet service for the first time, it ‘geo-locks’ to the nearest cellphone tower. If the Jump user’s home is located in a different cellphone tower coverage area, it appears in Skinny’s management system as a breach of the service terms and conditions, i.e. the modem is not to be moved between addresses without notifying Skinny.
We suggest that each partner hold a demonstration modem (which does not have to be linked to an account) and this can be powered up during the setup process to explain the different indicator lights as well as the process for linking digital devices using the WiFi key.
If families require any further support when they get home, they should contact the Skinny Helpdesk (0800 475 4669).
Partners are reminded to brief all families when issuing modems about the correct procedure if they wish to move the modem to a new address.
- Families should check that their new address is in a Spark 4G coverage area by using the address checker here.
- If the new address does not have coverage, the modem should be returned to you.
- If the new address is in coverage, families must call the Skinny Helpdesk on 0800 475 4669 to advise them of the change of address. Failure to do this could result in the modem being disconnected.
In August 2018 I published a blog post about the way to handle things when a family moves houses and takes their JUMP modem with them (which of course they can). This process has now been simplified – there is no need to advise local delivery partners or DIAA. Families should be advised to just call Skinny on 0800 475 4669 and the helpful Skinny team will provide any advice needed on 4G coverage at the new location, as well as update the family’s records. That’s all it takes!
Of course partners can suggest to families that they check coverage at their new location themselves – this could save a bit of time and effort. But the important thing is to ensure Skinny has the updated address. This is especially important for families in temporary accommodation when they sign-up for JUMP – they must let Skinny know their new address when they move into more permanent accommodation.
Families who move to a new suburb or town without notifying Skinny are likely to get their service cut off as they will show up in a location breach report. When this happens Skinny will attempt to contact the family to get their new address, but if for any reason they can’t make contact, the modem will be blocked and internet service denied.