Vodacom has initiated legal action against bulk messaging service Telfree over failure to pay for SMS deliveries worth over ZAR54 million (US$5.2 million).
Vodacom said in a statement: “We’ve instituted court action to recover money due for the delivery of SMSs. The amount involved is just over ZAR54 million (US$5.4 million).”
HumanIPO has learnt that Telfree has failed to deliver payments since its agreement with Vodacom began in late 2011, with the debt mounting ever since.
Telfree has been embroiled in a dispute over a similar case with Vodacom’s rival MTN.
MTN stopped delivering Telfree’s bulk messages after failing to receive payment, prompting Telfree to obtain a court interdict to demand resumption of the service until a court had ruled on the dispute.
Vodacom’s case will be heard at the North Gauteng High Court, though no date has yet been set.