Commission's case against phone company delayed

A Commerce Commission case against Vodafone for a promotion offering $10 free credit to customers has been delayed until next month.

The commission has laid charges against the phone and internet company for alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act for several advertising campaigns and promotions.

A hearing over availability of $10 free airtime Vodafone offered customers who registered their details on its website in 2007 and 2008 was adjourned in the Auckland District Court yesterday until late November.

The commission alleges there were problems registering to get the $10 bonus.

Vodafone's lawyer, Bruce Gray QC, said parties were making good progress on agreeing on a statement of facts, and there was an expectation it would be completed shortly.

Judge Allison Sinclair yesterday said if the facts were agreed upon, they would need to be filed with the court by November 14 for a hearing on November 24, for which a full day has been set aside.

Parties are still to agree on a date for a separate hearing for alleged breaches of Vodafone's "broadband everywhere" marketing campaign, and for claims Vodafone made about the size of its mobile network in 2008 and 2009. This hearing is expected to take five to seven days.

Vodafone was fined $402,375 plus court costs in August for breaching the Act with its mobile internet service, Vodafone Live.


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