Eish!!: Vodacom entices subscriber to run up massive SMS bill

« Home | Free Satellite TV arrives in South Africa ... appa... » | Power problems affecting SA Psyche » | Van ... » | James Blunt to tour SA » | Google-lethu » | Surfs up for man's best friend » | Kudos to Zorgvliet » | Sitting behind a PC? Hows the eyes? » | ... and the winner is ... » | Need a Facebook status? »

Vodacom entices subscriber to run up massive SMS bill

Pensioner Hendrikus Wessels from Cape Town South Africa managed to run up bill of R48 000 (over $6,600) in just two weeks in the hope that he could win in Vodacom's "100 BMW's in 100 Days" competition.

The smses (text messages) cost R10 a shot and the promotion has a bonus draw each week for the subscriber that sends the most amount of entries. With a subscriber base of around 22 million, this promotion must be a massive money spinner for Vodacom.

As hard as I try to fell sorry for Mr Wessels, who has subsequently had his account suspended, I just can't.
There are many of premium priced competitions which charge from R5-00 to R30-00 an sms. In my opinion these 'competitions' merely are a very obvious form of gambling, making the companies that run them a hell of a lot of cash.

Eish!! readers, stay away from them.

Labels: , , ,

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Hmmmm - I recently came across a similar one. "SMS us to receive a free watch. Max of 3 SMS's required, and R30 per SMS".

IE: Pay R90 for a cheap imported watch that will break in a few weeks!

hmmmmm

All makes perfect sense ... yet people fall for it hook, line & sinker!!
Thanks for taking the time to give your 2c worth

Post a Comment

Links to this post

Create a Link