Toy Libraries are not eligible for Jump

We regularly receive inquiries about whether community groups such as toy libraries, scout groups, rowing clubs etc. are eligible for Skinny Jump. I can understand that a low cost pre-pay service such as Jump would suit the needs of many community groups, who only require internet access from time to time.

But Jump is a highly subsidised service supported by the Spark Foundation and intended for households that can not afford monthly ‘on account’ internet plans. Eligible groups are clearly identified in Jump promotional material as well as on the Skinny Jump website.

Partners are asked to explain this to any community groups that might apply. We have heard stories from some partners that community groups can be quite argumentative when they are turned down, claiming that other similar groups are using Jump connections. If this is the case, a mistake had been made in issuing modems.

We suggest you ask for details of groups who are claiming to have been provided with Jump modems and by whom so that we can correct this misinformation.

Jump home deliveries impacted by modem shortages

As at this morning (Tuesday 8 March) we have 280 families waiting for their Jump Modem to be delivered by courier. Our last courier deliveries were on 23 February 2022, so anyone who has applied since then will still be waiting.

We are expecting 100 of these to be on the courier this week, but the others are unlikely to be sent until next week.

This is a direct result of the modem shortage discussed in my earlier post. When modems don’t arrive after soon after online application forms are completed, people do start to call partners to find out what’s going on.

Partners are welcome to get in touch with Shelley on 0800 463422 and she can check the status of the delivery.

Our goal with online applications is to ship modems the day after the application is received, but of course we can’t do this when we don’t have any stocks! So if customers do call, please kindly explain that things are taking a bit longer than usual.

Delays in the supply of Jump modems

Many partners are noticing a delay in the supply of Skinny Jump modems and we apologise for this. Our goal is for partners to never run out of modems, but this is proving challenging when supply chains become constrained.

There are currently two contributing factors:

(1) Ingram Micro (the supplier of Jump modems) is currently operating at 60% of its capacity due to staff shortages (as a direct result of Covid self-isolating requirements);

(2) New Zealand distributors of computer products (including Jump modems) are also being impacted by global chip shortages.

At this stage, we are facing 2-week delays from the time orders are placed until they are shipped by Ingram. We do have large numbers of modems being held by partners, some of whom appear to be inactive, so we are making efforts to redistribute these as an immediate measure.

Skinny Care over the holiday period

A heads up for all Jump Delivery partners that Skinny Care (the Skinny Helpdesk on 0800 475 4669) will be operating a bit differently during the coming Christmas/ New Year holiday period. We don’t expect you as one of our delivery partners to ever have to use this number, but it could be helpful that you know about this change in case any of your Jump customers ask you.

Skinny Care will only be available via Chat on the following dates:

26, 27 and 28 December 2021

2, 3 and 4 January 2022

The Care Team will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise they will there to help during normal hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 7:00pm (support available via Chat or Facebook only)

Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm (support available via Phone)

Weekends and public holidays: 9:00am – 5:30pm (support available via Chat or Facebook only)

JUMP Q&A Webinar on 1 December 2021 cancelled

The next monthly Jump Q&A webinar, scheduled for 9.30am on Wednesday 1 December 2021 has been cancelled. We only had one registrant and while hundreds of you might be contemplating registering tomorrow, I am afraid it is too late. We know this is a busy time of year and I am sure you will all welcome an extra hour in your day. I also know many are going the extra mile in helping your communities get their Vaccine Passes by 3 December, so please continue to focus on this.

The Jump Q&A webinars will resume on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

Jump Partner details updated on Skinny website

Today, we have applied a major refresh of the Jump partner details that appear on the Skinny Jump website when customers go searching for a nearby partner.

In August 2021, we changed most of the contact information to indicate that Jump delivery partners were temporarily closed because of the Covid-19 lockdowns; customers were advised to contact Jump partners by phone for assistance when applying for Jump modems that would then be sent by courier. Since 18 August, we have couriered 1264 modems to families using this process. What is amazing is that during the same lockdown period, partners have managed to distribute a total of 1734 modems. So that’s 3000 more households connected to affordable internet.

So while some partners continue to face challenges in distributing modems, most have opened again and are offering limited services within the Covid-19 guidelines. As a result we have decided to revert most partners (except Auckland libraries) to the standard wording for Jump connections:

Contact us during normal business hours to sign up for Jump

Auckland customers will continue to be directed to the special call centre number (09 977 1415).

All partners continue to have the choice of issuing modems themselves or assisting customers complete an online application form. As we move to the traffic light system, we expect that most partners will be able to resume issuing modems, and we will return to the position we were in before the latest series of lockdowns with 90% of all modems being issued by partners.

This is by far the best delivery model as partners are able to provide local support for customers connecting to the internet for the first time.

Please check the listing for your venue on the Skinny Jump website by typing in a local address or zoom in on the map to find your venue. If you would like any details changed, please contact us at jump@diaa.nz

Reminder about Jump Q&A

We have our next Jump Q&A webinar scheduled for Friday 1 October at 9.30am. This is your chance to ask questions of the Spark Foundation and our DIAA team about anything relating to Skinny Jump. Our commitment is to answer all your questions and if we don’t know the answer, we promise to find out.

The only exception unfortunately is the question that is asked most frequently – ‘when will capacity become available on a particular cellphone tower’. The capacity of Spark’s 4G cell towers is continuously under review, and can change day by day, as people migrate to other services and as Spark makes further investment in their infrastructure.

The October Q&A will include some key findings from the customer surveys that DIAA is carrying out with new Jump customers. Tom and Josiah are phoning everyone who connects to Jump (and agrees to be contacted) within 1-2 weeks to find out how they have got on in setting up their Skinny account and getting online. Over the last few months they have contacted over 500 new customers.

To book a place, register here and you will receive an invite to the Zoom webinar.

Faulty Jump modems during lockdown

During lockdown, we are couriering replacement modems from our Wellington base together with a courier bag for the return of the faulty unit.

The process works like this: the Jump customer contacts the Skinny Care Team on 0800 475 4669 if they have a suspected problem with their modem. The Care Team may be able resolve this remotely, but if they can’t they will refer the customer to our (DIAA) 0800 number (0800 463 422) for Shelley to arrange a replacement.

Shelley takes on the role that Jump partners would normally provide, getting details of the modem (IMEI Number), customer’s name and physical address. She then completes the online Modem Return form to ensure the old modem is delinked from the customer’s account and arranges for a new modem to be sent.

By the time the modem arrives (typically within 2-3 working days), the Skinny Support Team will have actioned the de-linking request and the customer can proceed to set up a new account.

If the customer has a credit balance on their old account, they must contact the Skinny Care team again, after they have their new modem and new Skinny account set up, to arrange for the credit balance to be transferred.

If a customer contacts you, as a Jump partner, directly rather than contacting the Skinny Care Team you are welcome to follow the same steps as
Shelley, i.e. capture the contact details for the customer and the IMEI number of the faulty modem, email these to jump@diaa.nz, and complete a Modem Return Form.

Surge in demand for internet could result in more ‘no-availability’ address checks

With the move to Level 4 lockdown, internet service providers have noticed a surge in internet usage. This is not really that surprising, but with the increased loading on the 4G wireless network, this could result in partners having to decline applications from more customers. We hope this is just a temporary issue and that the loading on the network will reduce when we move out of Level 4 lockdown.

All partners should now have supplies of the flyer explaining why some households can not be connected even when others in their neighbourhood can; if you haven’t received any of these flyers please contact us at jump@diaa.nz and we can send you some.

Possible problem using the Jump online order form

One of our partners alerted us to a problem she was having with our Jump online order form; I alluded to this in a previous post, but have now had the opportunity to investigate further.

As I suspected this is a case of Google trying to be helpful, but not for the reason I thought. This is a new feature Google introduced into their forms from 3 August 2021, so this is the first time we have noticed this.

If you are signed into a Google account when you access our Jump application form the form will automatically add in your email address and start automatically saving your responses as a draft for 30 days. You can find more information about this feature here. The purpose of this is that you can return to the form anytime within 30 days to complete the form without having to repeat information that you have already entered.

This is not a feature that is required for our form and, as the form owner, we are supposed to be able to turn this feature off. But I have checked this out and we don’t have the option, possible because the form was created before 3 August 2021. Maybe a bit more googling will find a workaround.

But in the meantime, I think we will just have to live with it. The concern expressed by our partner was that her personal email address would somehow be included in the form responses and shared with the family requesting the Jump modem (who do get a copy of the application form when completed).

We have no evidence that this is happening; the feature appears limited to saving a draft of the form in the identified google account. However if you have any concerns about this please use a different browser, one that is not linked to your google account, or open an incognito window (ctl+shift+n).