Support

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

  • Switching to Distributel

  • Saving Options

  • Billing and Payment Options

  • Account Management options

  • Services FAQ

  • Yak Digital Home Phones

  • High Speed Internet

  • Dial-up Internet

  • Email

  • Yak Long Distance

  • Yak Travel Card

  • 10 10 Yak

  • Television

Switching to Distributel

How do I check which services are available at my address?
  • Simply select any service via the top banner at www.distributel.ca and enter the address where you need service. The options available at your location will be displayed.
  • The Internet options will include download speed (Mbps), upload speed and technology (dial-up, Cable or DSL/FTTN).
  • Our Digital Home Phone service is available across Canada, but does require a High Speed Internet connection. Our Television service is available in Quebec and Ontario only, but we are expanding.
How do I sign up?
  • Switching has never been easier. We provide many convenient options for you to sign up and start saving. Sign up online in just a few easy clicks. Simply choose your service, check availability and complete the order. Or, you can call us at 1-877-810-2877 and speak to our friendly specialists who will help you figure out which combination of services is right for you.
If I sign up for service, do I need to advise my current provider to notify them of the change?
  • Actually, in most cases we’ll take care of that for you unless you ordered the service online. Our specialist will explain what we require in order to submit the cancellation on your behalf.
What can I expect during my High Speed Internet installation?
  • We strive to make the transition process as smooth as possible for you by leveraging our superior carrier relations.
  • You can expect your Cable Internet service to be installed in 7-10 business days after your order is submitted.
  • You can expect your DSL Internet service to be installed in 5-7 business days after your order is submitted.
  • Depending on the type of service, the equipment included in your package may differ.
  • Please consult the “Setup Guides” section of the Customer Centre and download the guide which corresponds to your service(s) to understand the list of items that will be sent to you.
  • For some installations, a technician may be required to get everything set up. If necessary, our Customer Care team will book an appointment that fits your schedule. You should also ensure that a responsible person over 18 years of age is present for the appointment.
  • NOTE: If you have subscribed to Distributel Home Phone service alongside the cable Internet service, you will be supplied with a Wireless Internet Voice Gateway. You can then install wireless home networking at no extra cost, allowing you to connect multiple computers to your Internet connection.
What can I expect during my Yak Home Phone installation?
  • If you already have an active High Speed Internet service, getting phone service up and running can take 3-5 business days after we receive your confirmed order. As soon as you’ve received your equipment, you will be able to start making calls.
  • If you’ve chosen to keep your old phone number, your number will be transferred over between 7-8am on the first business day after your installation and incoming calls will be routed by your former carrier until the port is complete.
  • If you are taking advantage of the savings available to you by Bundling Distributel services, you will receive your Internet Voice Gateway in your Welcome Package along with the other equipment.
  • Please consult the “Setup Guides” section of the Customer Centre and download the guide which corresponds to your service(s) to understand the list of items that will be sent to you.
What can I expect during my TV service installation?
  • Depending on your area and the Internet Technology selected, the typical activation time for your TV & Internet package ranges from 5 to 10 business days after we receive your order: this includes time required to process orders for Internet and for TV, plus the shipping of your equipment.
  • Please consult the “Setup Guides” section of the Customer Centre and download the guide which corresponds to your service(s) to have the list of items that should be sent to you
How long will it take to activate my Distributel Long Distance plan?
  • The service will be activated within 24 hours of receiving your request. However, the activation of the Equal Access service option can take 5-7 business days.
  • When adding overseas access outside the areas covered in our Cosmo Long Distance packages, a credit check will be required.

Saving Options

How much can I save if I bundle?
  • You will receive a discount if you bundle Yak Digital Home Phone service with one of our High Speed Internet plans. The amount of the discount will vary depending on the Yak Digital Home Phone plan you select.
  • You will save even more by bundling Internet, Yak Digital Home Phone and Zazeen TV - ( currently only available in Ontario and Quebec ).
  • Check out the “Bundles” section of our web site for more details.
Can I save more if I agree to a fixed term contract?
  • You sure can. Your monthly savings will vary based on the service(s) and the length of the term you choose.
Can I save by buying the equipment?
  • Modems: We offer great options to help you save on equipment costs and to meet your personal preference. You can rent, rent to own for 12 months or save the most by simply purchasing the equipment outright. All Rent-to-Own and purchased equipment comes with a 1-year warranty. If you choose to rent your equipment, it will remain under warranty until you cancel your services. You can also choose to purchase refurbished equipment which has been inspected, cleaned, repaired (if necessary) and repackaged.Refurbished equipment may have some cosmetic wear and comes with a three month warranty.
  • TV Equipment: All TV equipment can be purchased (new or refurbished). A rent-to-own option is also available.
Can I use my own equipment?
  • No, you’ll need to rent or purchase equipment from us when signing up for any of our Internet, Home Phone or TV services.

Billing And Payment Options

Will I receive a monthly invoice in the mail?
  • No, we do not send monthly invoices by mail since your bill should be the same every month unless you incur variable charges on a per minute Long Distance plan, make collect calls or surpass the limit on a capped Internet plan.
  • You can review your statements online in the My Account section of our secure website whenever you like for variable charges.
  • In the event the fixed cost of your services changes, we will notify you in writing either electronically or by mail.
Can I monitor and pay my bills online?
What methods of payment are available?
  • We offer monthly pre-authorized payments using either your credit card, debit card or your bank account.
Are there any termination fees for cancelling?
  • No. Unless you are on a fixed term contract.

Account Management Options

How do I make account changes?
  • You can always call in for assistance at 1-877-810-2877 but you can also manage many elements of your account online. Simply create an account here: https://ecare.distributel.ca/Profile/login?lang=en
  • You can log in through the Online Portal section of our website.
How far in advance should I notify you if I’m moving?
  • The more notice the better. Please note that if you notify us less than 2 weeks before your move date, an appointment to connect your High Speed Internet may not be available since some of our carriers request a notice of 10 business days.
  • We can transfer all other services, such as Long Distance, Digital Home Phone and Zazeen TV, to a new location within 24 hours (as long as they are not paired with Internet Services).
How much is the moving fee?
  • There is a $60 fee for moving your Distributel High Speed Internet service.
Will a technician need to come to my home when I move my service?
  • Not all moves require a technician. Upon setting up your move with a Specialist, you will be advised if a technician is required.
Can I change my move appointment?
  • Yes, as long as you notify us 72 hours before the move.
What happens if I miss my move appointment?
  • You will need to call us at 1-877-810-2877 or use our Click to Chat service to book a new appointment.
Can I keep the same services and use the same equipment after I move?
  • Our Specialist will verify which services are available at your new location. In some cases, new equipment might be required and you may need to upgrade or downgrade your service level. Our Specialist will inform you if there is a need for new equipment and inform you how to return the old equipment.

Services FAQ

YAK DIGITAL HOME PHONE

Why is your Digital Home Phone named Yak?
  • Yak is the latest brand in the Distributel family. We offer the best digital voice product available today with all the great features, plus Clear Voice, a technology that provides users with crystal-clear voice calls using enhanced noise reduction technologies. These include:
    • Reduction of transmitted noise - normally caused by quality of handset or background sound
    • Reduction of acoustic echo - a reflection of the user's own voice
    • Reduction of level imbalances – a downward correction for high pitch, and upward correction for low pitch.
How does the Yak Digital Home Phone service work?
  • Yak Digital Home Phone is a VoIP service (Voice over Internet Protocol).
  • A VoIP phone is no different than a regular home phone except that it is set up to transfer digital signals via an Internet connection, rather than through your regular landline phone plug.
  • VoIP is an exciting technology that is changing the way people talk. Not only does it have the ability to slash your phone bill, but it will also streamline your communications set up because of all of the great features and benefits.
How much money can I expect to save if I sign up for Distributel Digital Home Phone service?
  • Many residential customers who have switched from traditional landlines see their bills reduced by as much as 60%.
  • Once you have signed up to one of our Digital Home Phone packages, the calling costs and monthly service fees are far lower than many other regular landline options.
Does the Yak Digital Home Phone service have better features and benefits than a traditional landline?
  • Yes. There’s really no comparison.
  • At Distributel, we pride ourselves with having the most options to ensure that you find exactly what is right for you.
  • We offer Digital Home Phone in 3 different flavors:
    • Basic
    • Premium
    • Deluxe
  • All of the Yak Digital Home Phone plans come with the following features:
    • Unlimited Local Calling
    • Unlimited Yak-to-Yak Calling - so sign up a friend and Yak with them anytime for free!
    • Call display
    • Voicemail
    • Caller ID Block
    • Visual Call Waiting
    • Speed Dialling
    • 3 Way Calling
    • Free Listing (Optional)
    • Free Inter_Yak Calling
    • Service Codes
    • Keep existing number at now addional cost
  • In addition to the features, here are some of the added benefits you can enjoy by making the switch:
    • Choose a number from a different area code so your remote friends and family can call you locally and save on Long Distance costs
    • Take your phone with you when you travel and call back home locally as long as you have access to High Speed Internet
Can I keep my current phone number?
  • Yes, you are likely able to keep your current telephone number. Please contact us to verify the number availability in your area.
Can I take my Yak Home Phone service with me when I travel?
  • Yes. As long as you have access to High Speed Internet, you will be able to use your service. Secondly, please contact Distributel Technical Support prior to your departure as your equipment may need to be configured beforehand.
Can I speak on the phone and use the Internet at the same time?
  • Yes. You can to make or receive calls while you’re surfing the Web.
Does the Distributel Home Phone Service only work with a Distributel High Speed Internet connection?
  • No, you can use our phone service with any Internet connection, however, you can save up to $6 a month if you bundle Distributel Home Phone Service with one of our High Speed Internet packages.
Is there a minimum speed requirement to use the Distributel Home Phone service?
  • We recommend that your High Speed Internet connection have a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 500 Kbps to ensure the quality of your Yak Digital Home Phone service.
What is included in the Yak Home Phone service starter kit?
  • The material included in your kit varies depending on the type of service you selected. Please refer to installation guide in the customer center section and download the corresponding guide.
Can I use my own jacks to connect my phone?
  • Phone jacks are no longer necessary with Digital Home Phone. You simply connect your phone and Internet through a device called an “ATA”. Since our phone service uses the Internet, you will need to connect your primary phone to the voice gateway that will be provided to you. If you wish to have more than one phone device available, we recommend you acquire Multi handset Cordless phones, which can accommodate up to 5 telephone devices, depending on the model you choose.
Will my Yak Digital Home Phone service work if the power goes out?
  • No. Unless you have a back-up power source in place, your modem, router, home network and Internet Voice Gateway will not work in the event of a power outage.
Are 9-1-1 Emergency Services available with the Distributel Home Phone service?
  • Yes, the Yak Digital Home Phone service provides access to 9-1-1 Emergency. There are some differences between the 9-1-1 service dialled from your new Yak Digital Home Phone service and the traditional 9-1-1 service. When you dial 9-1-1 from your Yak Digital Home Phone service, our emergency service operator will answer your call. Our operator will verify that you are still located at the address you have registered with Distributel.
    If you are still at this location, our operator will transfer your call to the appropriate emergency agency. If you have moved your Yak Digital Home Phone service equipment, you will need to provide our operator with your current location. They will determine the appropriate emergency agency and then transfer your call accordingly. If you will be away from the service location that you registered with Distributel for an extended period of time and you will be taking your Yak Digital Home Phone service with you, we recommend that you update your user profile to ensure that the appropriate address is on file in the event of a 9-1-1 emergency call. This process may take up to 5 business days. Please contact one of our customer service agents to make any changes to your 9-1-1 profile. Please note that there may be an additional delay to transfer your emergency service call to areas not served by traditional 9-1-1.
    If you dial 9-1-1 when you are outside of Canada or of the United States, our emergency service operator will advise you to hang up and find a local phone and dial the appropriate emergency number (it may not be 9-1-1).
WARNING:

    Power disruptions or failures, Internet Service Provider (ISP) outages or unavailability and tampering with equipment will also prevent dialling to emergency service numbers including 9-1-1.

Does Distributel offer a 7-1-1 service for hearing and speech impaired people?
  • Message Relay Service (7-1-1) is available to Distributel Home Phone customers.
How do I access my voicemail?
  • To access your voicemail from your Distributel Home Phone, dial *98 followed by your PIN (which is, by default, your 7-digit account number) and the # key. If your account number is less than 7 digits, then simply add zeros in front for a total of 7 digits. To access your voicemail when you’re away from home, dial whichever access number is local to you and follow the recorded instructions.
Can I send a fax over the Distributel Home Phone service?
  • Yes. The service will work with all types of Cable, DSL or FTTN high speed Internet. Please ensure that the connection is stable before sending a fax, in order to ensure its transmission.
Can I change my phone number?
  • Yes, there’s a $25 charge if you decide to change your phone number.

HIGH SPEED Internet

What is the difference between DSL and Cable Internet?

Both are types of Internet signals that are often referred to as broadband or High Speed Internet:

  • DSL (Digital Subscriber Line):

    Delivers Internet directly through the copper phone wiring inside your home.

  • FTTN (Fiber to the node):

    In some areas, we also offer FTTN which is deployed the same way but is delivered via a fiber connection which allows for faster Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps. On our website we refer to all Internet service delivered over the telephone wires as DSL for simplicity.

  • Cable:

    Transmits digital data over existing Coaxial cable television lines in your home.

Do I need an active phone line to sign up for DSL Internet?
  • No. There are two types of DSL and FTTN connections; “Regular” and “Dry Loop”
  • Regular DSL requires an active landline.
  • Dry Loop DSL is what is installed when an active landline does not exist.
  • For customers with landlines, no technician is required to go to the house.
  • Dry Loop DSL installations occur differently than Regular DSL. Depending on the previous provider, it is possible that the line is no longer going into the demarcation point. For this reason, a technician is scheduled to test the line at service address.
What are the system requirements?
  • System requirements vary based on the Internet speed you sign up for. In general, for operating systems, all versions of Windows, Mac OS, and Linux* released over the past fifteen years will function.For other requirements (processor, RAM, LAN card and Ethernet adapter), please consult the details of the individual Internet plans
Can I connect more than one computer to my Distributel Internet service?
  • WiFi enabled, multi-port modems are available on a number of our Internet plans. Please consult the detail pages of the plan you are interested in to see if that option is available.You can also use our ‘Compare Plans’ function which provides information on the available equipment for each plan.
  • If a WiFi enabled modem is not available from Distributel, you can purchase a router from any Big Box or Electronics store to enable WiFi functionality.
Can I still subscribe to Distributel Cable Internet service if I have High Speed DSL Internet service with another provider?
  • Yes, it is possible. Simply select the Cable Internet plan you are interested in on our website and check for service availability at your address.
What happens if I exceed my Internet data cap?
  • To ensure we have the most options for our customers, Distributel offers capped Internet plans for those who feel they don’t necessarily need an unlimited service because of their usage habits. If you do exceed the data exchange cap specified in your plan, a usage-based charge of $1 per GB will be applied, to a maximum of $50. Note that there is no maximum charge for speeds of 100 Mbps and higher.
Is there a data transfer limit?
  • Data transfer is only limited in cases where you choose to subscribe to a capped Internet plan or if the usage contravenes our Acceptable Use Policy.

DIAL-UP Internet

What is included in the Distributel Dial-Up Internet starter kit?
  • The Dial-Up starter kit includes the installation CD-ROM with our Web Accelerator.
What are Distributel server names (SMTP, POP and DNS)?
  • Note: Always use lower case.
  • Domain name: www.distributel.net
  • IMAP: imap.distributel.net
  • POP Server: pop.distributel.net
  • SMTP Server: smtp.distributel.net
  • Primary DNS: 209.197.128.2
  • Secondary DNS: 209.197.128.5
  • For hosting Web site only
What do I need to access Distributel Dial-Up Internet service?
  • You need a computer with an internal or an external Dial-Up modem and a telephone line capable of making outbound calls to a local dial-up telephone number.
Can I connect more than one computer to my Distributel Dial-Up Internet service?
  • No, it is not possible to connect multiple computers to a single Dial-Up connection.
What is the maximum speed of the Distributel Dial-Up Internet service?
  • Download: 56 Kbps
  • Upload: 33.6 Kbps or 48.0Kbps using a digital modem (V.92)
What system requirements are necessary to use the Dial-Up Internet service on my computer?
  • Operating system: all versions of Windows, Mac OS, and Linux released over the past fifteen years.
  • Processor: 166 MHz and above
  • RAM: 32 MB
  • Disk space: 30 MB
  • Internal or External dialup modem
  • CD-ROM reader
What is V.92 technology?
  • V.92 permits you to see incoming calls and to answer them while you are connected via dial-up to the Internet. A window opens on your screen indicating incoming phone calls and gives you the opportunity to answer them or to continue surfing. To use this service, you must have call waiting from your home phone service provider and have a V.92 compatible dial-up modem.

EMAIL

How can I send and receive emails from Distributel Webmail?
What’s my Distributel Webmail username?
  • Your username is the email address associated with your Distributel account.
What should I do if I’ve forgotten my password?
  • If you’ve forgotten your password, simply call our Customer Service. For security reasons, we can’t divulge your password via email.
If I’m already using a Distributel.net email address with a local mail client (such as Outlook), how do I get started with Distributel Webmail?
  • In order to switch to Distributel Webmail or to use your local mail client (such as Outlook) and Distributel Webmail interchangeably, you will need to switch your mail configuration from POP3 to IMAP. Simply select your mail client from the list provided and follow the easy, step-by-step instructions. Before getting started, make sure to have your username and password in-hand. Once you’ve switched your configuration to IMAP, simply visit http://webmail.distributel.net and log in.
If I don’t want to use the Distributel Webmail, what information do I need to configure my email software?

Regardless of the email software you choose, they often require the same information about your account:

  • Email address:

    This is your user name followed by @distributel.net (Ex. john@distributel.net) - I thought we were no longer offering email addresses to new customers

  • Username:

    This is the nickname you choose when subscribing to Distributel. Must be between two (2) and ten (10) characters long.

  • Email password:

    This is the password you choose when subscribing to Distributel. Must be between six (6) and sixteen (16) characters long.

  • Incoming (IMAP) mail server:

    imap.distributel.net . This is the name of the server that receives your email.

  • Outgoing (SMTP) mail server:

    smtp.distributel.net . This is the name of the server that sends email for you.

  • Display name:

    This is the name, like John Smith or Dr. Smith, that others will see when they receive your email.

How do I change my email password?

There are two options available to you:

  • You can click on the Webmail Internet Password Change link within the Customer Centre area of this website and fill out the form, or you can contact Customer Service and request that your email password be changed. These changes usually take effect within 24hours.
How do I add or remove an email address?
  • All of our Internet services come equipped with up to 5 distinct email addresses. In order to add or remove an email address, you must contact Customer Service and request this change.

YAK LONG DISTANCE PLANS

What type of plans are available?
  • Check out all of our Yak Canada/US and World plans on our website for details, We offer great rates for your needs, and always provide the best rates when you bundle a plan with Yak Digital Home Phone service.
  • You can also choose to save by dialling our Access number first, or simply get low rates with Direct Dialling.
What are Yak Access Codes?
  • Access Codes are 10-digit telephone numbers that must be dialed before the Long Distance number that you want to call. The Access Code provides access to the Distributel network so that you can enjoy our low rates.
What access number should I be dialling to use my Distributel service?
Can I make a Long Distance call without dialling an Access Number?
  • Yes, we offer an Equal Access service which allows you to simply dial 1 followed by the area code and number you wish to dial.
  • When we provide you with this service, we become your dedicated Long Distance provider or Primary Interexchange Carrier (PIC) on your current phone line. All the Long Distance calls you make, whether domestic or International, will be routed directly through our network and billed at our best rates!

    NOTE: This service is only available to customers with landlines. If you have Yak Digital Home Phone, Equal Access is included free of charge
Are there times when the calling is restricted?
  • No, Yak Long Distance plans are in effect at all times.
What calls are considered Local and what calls are considered Long Distance?
  • We use the same local calling areas as other Telecommunications Service Providers. To find out whether a call is local or long distance, go to http://www.localcallingguide.com/.
Are certain areas in Canada or the US excluded from the Canada/US Long Distance plan?
  • Yes, calls to Alaska, Hawaii, and the Canadian Territories are billed separately.
Are unused Yak Long Distance plan minutes transferable from one month to another?
  • No, minutes are reset each month.
What happens when I use up all my Yak Long Distance minutes allocated for one month?
  • Additional minutes will be billed at the applicable country rate as per your Long Distance plan.
In what increments are Yak Long Distance calls billed?
  • All calls are billed in full one minute increments, rounded up to the next minute.
Can I have multiple phone numbers registered to the same Yak Long Distance plan?
  • Yes, you can sign up to 3 phone numbers to the same YakLong Distance plan.
Can I register my fax line with Yak Long Distance?
  • Yes, Yak Long Distance can be used on either a fax or standard telephone line.
Am I required to make any arrangements with my current Long Distance carrier when I sign up for Distributel services?
  • No, our services can be used in conjunction with other Long Distance services. When you dial your local Distributel Access Number, you are choosing to place a call on our network. Other Long Distance providers have various fees associated with their Long Distance plans (such as monthly minimums or network fees). You may wish to review your Long Distance bill to ensure that you are not paying for anything you don't need.
  • If you are using our Direct Dial (PIC) service, we will notify your current Long Distance provider on your behalf and automatically cancel their service.
How do I make a Long Distance call using the Yak network?

Without the Direct Dial Service (two stage dialling):

    • Dial your local Access Numberfrom a touch-tone phone.
    • Wait for the dial tone.
    • Dial the destination number including the area code but without dialling "1" first.
  • Telephone numbers that begin with 1-555, 1-800, 1-866, 1-877, 1-888, 1-900 and 1-976 are not accessible through two stage dialling and must be dialed direct.
  • Our system has built-in diagnostic messages, so if you do make a mistake in dialling, the system will attempt to inform you of what happened.

With Direct Dial Service:

  • Dial 1.
  • Dial the area code.
  • Dial the destination number.
  • The Direct Dial service is not available for use with a cellular phone.
How do I know that the Equal Access Service has been activated on my phone line?
  • DistTo verify that our service has been activated, please dial 1-700-555-4141 from your phone line. A recorded message will inform you who your current Long Distance provider is. If the line has been activated with us, you should hear ‘Distributel’.
  • It may take up to 5 business days to process your order. Once you have confirmed that we are your Long Distance provider, you can begin placing calls directly instead of dialling an access code.
What is 1-700-555-4141?
  • 1-700-555-4141 is a toll-free number maintained by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (or CRTC). When you call 1-700-555-4141 a recorded message informs you of the current Long Distance carrier for the line called from.
Will I get any busy signals?
  • Our equipment is constantly monitored and upgraded. We design our network to provide the same grade of service as Bell Canada, which means that we provision for our busiest time of day. As a result, it is unlikely that you will encounter any busy signals when using our service.

YAK TRAVEL CARD

Where can I use my Yak Travel Card?
  • You can use your Yak Travel Card from anywhere in Canada and the United States – including Alaska and Hawaii.
What are the benefits of the Yak Travel Card?
  • With the Yak Travel Card, you do not need to rely on expensive Hotel telephones when placing Long Distance calls while travelling. Unlike Pre-Paid Calling Cards, you do not need to worry about running out of minutes. Our Toll-Free number also enables you to place calls from any telephone in Canada and the United States, including Pay Phones.
Aren’t Cell Phones just as convenient for placing Long Distance calls while away from home?
  • While Cell Phones are flexible, you may incur expensive and unpredictable Roaming or Long Distance charges depending on the location where you are placing your call. The Yak Travel Card rates will not change, regardless of your location.
What rates will I be charged when using the Yak Travel Card?
  • Click here for a complete list of rates. Rates for calling landlines and Cell Phones are the same for calls placed to Canada and the United States. For some countries, a higher rate may apply for calling a Cell Phone. Certain countries may be subject to a credit check.
Are there minimum usage requirements to get these rates?
  • No, you get the best Yak Travel Card rates no matter how many calls you make.
Are the rates the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
  • Yes, you will get the same Yak Travel Card rates no matter when you call.
What is a special country code termination? How do I find out if I'm dialling to a special country code termination?
  • A special country code termination is an International toll number assigned to certain institutions in various destinations. These may include army bases, universities, hospitals, banks and other government institutions. If you’re calling a special country code termination, your call could be billed at a higher rate. Some governments and organizations charge higher fees for these calls.
I have a different company than Yak for my Long Distance. Can I still use Yak Travel Card?
  • Yes. Yak Travel Card service is available to everyone no matter who their Long Distance company is – there is no need to switch.
Can I get more than one Yak Travel Card?
  • Yes. You can sign-up for as many Yak Travel Cards as you need.
Is there a connection fee when placing a call with the Yak Travel Card?
  • No, with Yak Travel Card there are no per call connection fees and or monthly fees.
How do I use my Yak Calling Card?
    1. Dial the Toll-Free Number (1-866-737-7055)
    2. Enter your Access Code (found on the card)
    3. Dial the destination number
    4. Enter the PIN you set up when you ordered the card
Will I ever get a busy signal when I call the Yak Travel Card Access Number?
  • No, you will not get a busy signal when you call the Yak Travel Card toll-free number. We have our own state-of-the-art digital switching system that will connect and complete your call.
When will I receive my Yak Travel Card?
  • You will receive your Yak Travel Card via email, usually within 2 business days. You must have an active account and you will require access credentials to complete your order.
Do I need to call Customer Service to activate my Yak Travel Card once I receive it?
  • No. The Yak Travel Card is already activated once you receive it. You can begin to place Long Distance calls immediately.

DIAL AROUND SERVICES

How does 10-10-Yak work?
  • Simple. By dialling 10-10-Yak (925) before each Long Distance call you place, you are sending a signal to your local phone company that this call is to be processed by Yak. Your local phone company routes the call to our network. We collect the call details, rate the call and send the information back to your local phone company for billing and collection. It’s neat, paperless, high-tech and you yakkers get the benefit of these super low rates.
Will my local or long distance service if I start to use 10-10-Yak?
  • No. The great thing about 10-10-Yak (925) is that you can save big on long distance without having to switch carriers. Just dial 10-10-Yak (925) before your Long Distance call and save your money.
What's the difference between 10-10-925 and 10-15-945?
  • Nothing. Both 10-10-925 and 10-15-945 work as Yak dial-around numbers and offer identical rates and services. 10-15-945 was simply the original Yak number and 10-10-925 was introduced because it was easier to remember. Feel free to use whichever number you prefer.
What if I call with Yak and no one picks up? Will I still be charged for the call?
  • No. With Yak you will only pay for calls that are connected. Connected calls include connections to answering machines and voice mail. All connected calls 10 seconds or more in duration are subject to a 20 cent minimum charge.
What increments does Yak use to bill its calls?
  • Yak bills calls by the minute and adjusts the length of the call to the next minute. For example, if a call lasts for two minutes and forty-five seconds, it will be billed at three minutes.
What if I forget to dial 10-10-Yak before my call?
  • Only when you dial 10-10-Yak (925) before your number, will that call be carried on our network and billed at low Yak rates. Or, better yet, forget dialling extra numbers altogether and switch to Yak Long Distance.
If I use someone other than the local phone company for my Long Distance calls, can I still use Yak?
  • Definitely. As long as you have access to placing long distance calls, you can dial 10-10-Yak before your Long Distance call to save money. All your 10-10-Yak calls will appear on your regular local phone bill. Or, get the best rates by signing up for Yak Long Distance and Yak Digital Home Phone.
Do I wait for a dial tone after I dial 10-10-Yak before I dial the long distance number?
  • No. Just pick up the phone and dial your numbers in one consecutive sequence. Simply dial 10-10-925 and then 1+ area code + number for calls to North America and the Caribbean or dial 10-10-925 + 011 +country code + city code + number for all your international calls.
Do I have to make my Long Distance calls at a certain time of the day to save with Yak?
  • No. Our super low rates apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Can I use 10-10-Yak to send faxes?
  • Absolutely. 10-10-Yak (925) can be used to place regular telephone calls or to send faxes.
Can I use 10-10-Yak while I travel?
  • At the moment, 10-10-Yak (925) is only available from your residential telephone line. But we do offer the Yak Travel Card - a calling card that allows you to make calls from Canada and the United States to anywhere in the world. Get our great rates with all calls billed on a monthly Yak invoice.
Is 10-10-Yak affiliated with my local phone company?
  • Yak uses local phone companies as third party billing agents, but that’s pretty much all we have to do with them.
Is 10-10-Yak Compatible with all Telephone providers??
  • The 10-10-YAK service only works with Landlines from the following providers: Allstream, Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco Quebec, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers, Sasktel, Shaw, Telus, and Videotron.

TELEVISION

How does television from Distributel work?
  • The TV service is provided by Zazeen TV and uses your HighSpeed Internet connection to broadcast TV programming using HLS technology. You can read more about HLS technology by clicking here.
Can I use other providers for Internet access to get this TV service?
  • Yes, as long as the other Internet provider is an agent of Zazeen TV
What is your channel lineup?
  • There are Ontario channel lineups and Quebec channel lineups. We offer Starter, Premier and Ultimate channel packages, plus theme packs and individual channel add-ons. Some channels may not be available in all areas. You will find links to the channel lists here (Ontario-Quebec)
What equipment is required, is it Wi-Fi and how much does it cost?
  • Distributel currently uses the Entone Kamai 500 Set Top Box (STB), available for purchase for $150, Rent and rent-to-own options are also available. The data sheet and product manual can be downloaded here (data sheet - product manual.)
    A SmartRG 4-port router and power line adapters are also available on certain Internet speeds. The routers that Distributel provides have wireless capability. The user guide for our Television service can be downloaded here.
How can I take advantage of the Set Top Box (STB)’s PVR functionality?
  • You’ll need to connect a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 hard drive to the STB. A dedicated hard drive (SSD or HDD) with sufficient storage space for your needs is recommended. On first use, you will be prompted to format the hard drive to work with the STB. You can get instructions on setting up a hard drive here.
How much recording capacity should I plan for?
  • A recording in High Definition (HD) will use approximately 1.2 GB for a 30-minute recording, and 2.4 GB for a 60-minute recording, when streaming at an average rate of 5 Mbps. A recording in Standard Definition (SD) will use approximately 600 MB for a 60-minute recording, and 590 MB for a 60-minute recording.
Can I use a SD card, like the one I use for my camera, or an USB stick, instead of a hard drive?
  • SD Cards and USB sticks are not compatible with our TV service. For an optimal viewing experience, Distributel recommends sourcing an appropriately sized external hard drive.
How many simultaneous recordings can be done?
  • You can record 2 channels simultaneously. DVR functions are controlled by the set top box remote control. You can download the manufacturer’s guide for the remote control here. You can select & click a program to record using the guide, or you can schedule a future recording.
Is there a Parental Control feature?
  • There is a Parental Control feature accessible through the Settings menu which allows you to control the programming available in your home. When parental controls are enabled, any restricted programming is blocked from viewing.
How to set-up the parental controls and channel blocking?
  • Ensuring your family gets the safest TV experience is easy to do. There are 3 different settings which can give you piece of mind and the power to decide what content is appropriate for your children and family to enjoy. Click here for set-up instructions.
What are your expansion plans?
  • Distributel is looking to expand TV service within the current licensed territory and into the provinces of Alberta and B.C.
Are all my TV channels in HD?
  • All popular channels from major stations are offered in HD; some content is delivered in SD. (Ontario - Quebec)
Can I order more than one set top box (STB) for the same household?
  • Yes, you canacquire up to 4 STBs per household. Please note that each set top box requires a download speed of 5Mbps. For example, if you are signing up for the Unlimited Internet 15 and TV package, you can own up to 3 STBs.
What is the warranty on the STB purchased from Distributel?
  • There is a 12-month warranty on new devices purchased from Distributel, covering manufacturing defects.
What are PLCs
  • A Power Line Connector (PLC) connects PCs, Set Top Boxes, gaming consoles and Smart TVs via the powerlines in your home, If Set Top Box(es) cannot be directly connected to an active Internet connection through an Ethernet port via Modem or Router, you may require PLC Adapters to deliver an active Internet connection from the modem (or router) to the Set Top Box(es). An initial pair must be purchased to connect the modem to the first Set Top Box, and then each additional Set Top Box will require one PLC. For more information click here.
Can I order pay-per-view content?
  • Pay-per-view and video on demand are currently available.
Will all channels be broadcast in 5.1 Surround Sound?
  • Channels broadcasted in 5.1 Surround Sound are available. You may need to adjust your audio devices for some channels.
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