TERMS OF SERVICE

 

Revision date: April 7, 2020

Human Interpretation

MXroute LLC is a Limited Liability Corporation in the state of Texas. All services provided by MXroute may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any United States federal, state or city law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, material we judge to be threatening or obscene, or material protected by trade secret and other statute. The subscriber agrees to indemnify and hold harmless MXroute from any claims resulting from the use of service which damages the subscriber or any other party.

Commentary: We’re an LLC out of Texas and bound by US law, so don’t use us to violate the law that we’re accountable to.

Functional Service

In these terms we will refer to service functionality. We define functional service as being able to send email that does not trigger our spam filters or rate limits, and the ability to receive mail. Failure to properly configure DNS will not be considered as breaking the service’s ability to function as sold.

Commentary: We define our service as “working” when you haven’t sent spam or misconfigured your own settings.

Support Treatment / Expectations

As a budget provider we do rely on many of our automations to handle basic functions, and requests for manual intervention can take some time (more so when not impacting the functionality of the service). We will not tolerate being rude or threatening to our staff. We will not tolerate threats of chargeback/payment dispute as an attempt to escalate low priority issues that do not stop the service from functioning. Being rude or threatening (including threat of chargeback / payment dispute) will result in immediate account termination.

Commentary: Basically, “don’t be a dick.” We expect to be treated with respect when you’re dealing with us, because we don’t have to do business with you. If you intentionally berate us in our support channels, we’ll gladly cut ties.

Server Abuse

Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server or customer of MXroute is strictly prohibited. As our customer you are responsible for all your accounts. This includes abuse of the server’s CPU and RAM resources to a degree that effects the performance of other customers on your server. Should you violate the Terms of Services outlined within, your account will be cancelled without chance of refund. If you abuse system resources, you will be contacted and offered options for accomodating or reducing usage prior to having your service terminated. Abusive processes, however, will be shut down prior to our attempts to contact you.

Commentary: Abuse is when you find a way to drain all of our system resources and force the entire service to it’s knees by unimagineably high usage. For example, creating one billion email accounts and signing them all up for a thousand newsletters each. That’s not legitimate usage, that’s a denial of service attack. 

SPF Records

You are required to have a valid SPF record on domains that send through our service. Failure to do so results in reduced sending reputation for your domain and our IP addresses, which can result in us parting ways to ensure high quality sending for our other customers. SPF is a DNS record that is given to you in an email sent after you pay for service.

Commentary: We want to get your email into the inbox and not spam folders. Every customer plays a role in our IP reputation. You ask the best of us, we ask that you not drag everyone else down by sending email that is destined to fail by your design.

Refusal of Service

We reserve the right to refuse, cancel or suspend service, at our sole discretion.

Commentary: We can’t possibly outline every future scenario that will cause us to recognize that we’ve entered into a toxic relationship. We’ll know it when we see it, we’ll do our best to accomodate you and be kind about it, but we always have the right to deny service.

Forbidden Services

 We are unable to provide services to the following customers due to consistently negative experiences with bounce rates and spam reports:

– Leak forums. These are forums where users share compromised accounts for internet services.
– Adult forums. These are forums where users trade pornography.
– Hundreds of emails at a time to qq.com. If you send almost exclusively to qq.com, and hundreds of emails at a time, we are unable to provide you with service.

 

Commentary: We get unusually high bounce rates and spam reports from these specific services. We just can’t accomodate them.

Access from AS9009 (M247)

We have blocked access from the AS9009 (M247) network due to an incredible amount of abuse, and their known reputation for running a dirty network that endlessly abuses other services with brute force attacks, DOS attacks, and spam. There are no known email services using M247, only a set of VPN providers that use them for some of their locations. This may be re-evaluated in the future, and should only impact your service positively by leaving more physical resources available for your legitimate use.

Commentary: Very rarely does a single network become so accepting of abuse that merely blocking them on our network causes all services to perform better due to reduced malicious traffic. M247 is one of these rare networks, and they’re out. They’re not really important anyway.

Backups

Accounts are backed up frequently in case of hardware failure. Backups are not guaranteed and are provided as a courtesy.

Commentary: We do backups, but the primary reason for this is so that we can rebuild in the case of a failure. We’re not intending to use these backups to hunt for that email you accidentally deleted last week.

Forwarding

We do not forward email from popular domains that specify “reject” in their DMARC record.

Commentary: Some domain owners specify “reject” in their DMARC record, which instructs recipient servers to decline email claiming to be “From” their domain while not originating from that domain owner’s own email servers. Our customers overwhelmingly use Gmail as their recipient for email forwarders, and Gmail rejects 100% of forwarded email from domains that specify “reject” in their DMARC record. This includes Yahoo, Twitter, and Facebook to name a few (meaning you can’t forward emails from them to Gmail from ANY email service anymore, not just MXroute). Repeatedly sending emails to Gmail that are guaranteed to be rejected causes IP rate limiting with their service, and reduces IP reputation. As a result, we simply block these known big hitters from having their emails forwarded through our service to inevitably be rejected anyway. Don’t be afraid to complain to those companies that they clearly specified in their DNS that they didn’t want their emails forwarded. Note that this is not specific to MXroute, we’re just the only e-mail provider getting out in front of it and openly talking about something that only impacts a tiny fraction of customers.

Billing

By the Account Activation Date of each month, MXroute shall either:

(1) charge the client’s chosen billing method through the associated PayPal subscription; or
(2) deliver, by e-mail or regular mail, an invoice in accordance with the applicable Service Fees for services rendered for the current month. When an invoice is delivered to the client, payment shall be remitted to MXroute by no later than the specified payment due date. MXroute shall be entitled to immediately terminate this agreement for client’s failure to make timely payments. You will be provided with an invoice on a monthly basis. All PayPal subscriptions are automatically processed through PayPal and charged to the default or backup payment method that you selected upon signup. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient credit to cover this transaction. In the event that there is insufficient funding, we will send an e-mail notification, at which point the client must resolve the issue with PayPal within 24 hours. If we do not receive a response within 24 hours, the account, and all accounts under that account plan, may be suspended.

Commentary: We do charge money for our service, and these are the terms you agree to for that billing.

Money back guarantee & refund policy

We do not refund cancelled contracts. Exceptions will be made where MXroute is found to have failed to uphold it’s guarantees. If you feel that a refund is warranted we encourage you to contact us on Chat. In case of policy violations, any and all refunds are forfeit.

Commentary: We don’t do refunds. Why? Because people kept signing up and asking for refunds, and we’re trying to get those people to just not sign up instead. How horrible would it be if we had to increase our prices to accomodate the constant requests of people who aren’t even paying us money? That’s bad for our customers, so we’re not doing it.

Chargebacks

We operate a support desk where we intend to resolve issues. Opening a payment dispute with our payment gateway or your funding source is a violation of MXroute policy and will result in service termination if the dispute is not reversed.

If we have reached no agreement after 14 days from the date of the initial dispute, service will be terminated. At this time we will share your name, e-mail address, phone number, address, IP address, signup domain, and PayPal e-mail address with FraudRecord.com.

Commentary: If you have a problem you should come to us, not our payment processor. Complaints to our payment processors are complaints against our company. Notice PayPal disputes require you to select that something is wrong like we didn’t provide the servicec we described, or we didn’t provide the service at all. We always provide exactly what we sell, and if for some strange reason we don’t then we do actually refund, but otherwise making such a declaration against us is fraudulent and is taken with offense.

Account Deactivations

Any account deactivated due to non-payment will be required to pay the previously unpaid invoice or invoices prior to reactivation, unless otherwise specified.

Commentary: If you leave us hanging, the invoice stays open, and you still have an amount due if you return later. We might cancel the old invoice, just ask us.

Cancellation Refunds

We DO NOT refund partial monthly fees to accounts. Account cancellations may take up to 72 hours to process and we encourage you to plan accordingly.

Commentary: If you don’t know what you’re signing up for, don’t sign up. Don’t use refund requests as product trials, we don’t offer trials, nor will we let you force us into offering trials by requesting refunds because you didn’t know what you were ordering.

Limitation of Liability

MXroute shall not be responsible for any claimed damages, including incidental and consequential damages, which may arise from MXroute servers going off-line or being unavailable for any reason whatsoever. Furthermore, MXroute shall not be responsible for any claimed damages, including incidental or consequential damages, resulting from the corruption or deletion of any files from one of MXroute’s servers. All damages shall be limited to the immediate termination of service.

Commentary: We’re responsible for our service, you are responsible for yours. We reject any notion that we are responsible for any losses that you perceive to be our responsibility. 

Violations

Violations of these policies should be referred to abuse@mxroute.com. All complaints will be investigated promptly. Failure to follow any term or condition will be grounds for immediate account termination.

Commentary: If you know that an MXroute customer is violating our policies, feel free to report them to us.

Disclaimer

MXroute cannot be held liable for system down time, crashes or data loss. We cannot be held liable for any predicated estimate of profits which a client would have gained if their service was functioning. Certain services provided by MXroute are resold. Thus, certain equipment, routing, software and programming used by MXroute are not directly owned or written by MXroute. Moreover, MXroute holds no responsibility for the use of our clients’ accounts. Failure to comply with any terms or conditions will result in the automatic deactivation of the account in question. We reserve the right to remove any account, without advance notice for any reason without restitution, as MXroute sees fit.

Commentary: We license WHMCS, DirectAdmin, cPanel, and we rent servers in data centers that we’ve selected. While we consider it our responsibility to make the best choices and keep things online, we are not liable for failures at all levels and deny responsibility for any damages you perceive as being our responsibility.

Server Uptime Guarantee

MXroute guarantees 99% service (pop, imap, smtp) uptime on all hosting plans. Should we fail to deliver this for any given calendar month, your account will be refunded a pro-rated amount for the duration of excessive downtime upon request.

Commentary: This doesn’t mean we aim for 99% uptime, it means we aim for AT LEAST 99% uptime. Things happen, the internet is not a flawless design to begin with, and neither are computers. 

Spam

Outgoing spam from our servers will not be tolerated. Spam is defined as unsolicited e-mail. All mailing lists must be double opt-in, meaning that clients must sign up and then verify their e-mail address to be added to your mailing list. Violations of this policy will result in service termination. Spam found to be intentional will result in us sharing your name, e-mail address, phone number, address, IP address, signup domain, and PayPal e-mail address with FraudRecord.com. Additionally, intentional unsolicited marketing emails will be billed at a rate of $1 per email.

Commentary: We know intentional spam from unintentional spam. We know a password compromise from you sending an unsolicited marketing email for your company. How we do that is a trick of the trade, but there’s no room for false positive. If we terminate you for spamming, you did it and you know it. Plenty of customers accidentally send spam due to compromised systems on their side, and we only terminate for that if we’ve been asking you to fix it forever and it just won’t stop happening.

Account Activation

By activating your account with MXroute, you agree to the above policies and disclaimer. Upon requesting activation of an account, you are required to accept these policies, guidelines and disclaimer, and a copy of your acceptance is forwarded along with your activation request to be maintained with your account information.

Commentary: If you don’t agree with our policies, don’t sign up!

Privacy

With exception of FraudRecord.com in the case of billing chargebacks and intentional spam, we do not share your information with any third party. We do monitor email logs and login activity so that we might be proactive in response to any issues whether technical or security. We do not read your email unless instructed by you to do so. We do review logs that include sender, recipient, and subject when you make a support request.

Commentary: If we’re going to get you into inboxes instead of the spam folder, we have to know what’s happening in our network to stop spammers from destroying IP reputation. We’re not spying on the contents of your email, but we know who our top senders are and we know the subject of their frequently repeated emails. The only time we send your information to a third party is when you fraudulently accuse us of misdeeds to our payment processors.

MXroute reserves the right to amend any or all of the above policies, guidelines and disclaimer without notification. We also retain the right to increase any pricing and make changes to our account plans without notification.

Commentary: Sometimes policies change, but only to address new trends, not to change the heart of our business. We do increase pricing from time to time, but NEVER on existing customers/services.