Your Agreement with Us - V-SIM
Your agreement is with Vodacom (Pty) Limited. It’s made up of these V-Sim Terms and the V by Vodacom Charges Guide which cover the connectivity charges provided by the V-Sim card, acceptable use and out of country use. We encourage you to take a look at these documents which make up your “Agreement” with us. See agreement policies and V by Vodacom Charging Guide for more information. This agreement doesn’t cover any connected device or app which will be subject to additional terms.
Joining Us and Charges
When you purchase a V-Sim plan we’ll agree certain things with you including the price plan for your selected device and confirmation of how much the rolling subscription will cost you. This agreement may be downloaded from our V by Vodafone App onto your mobile device.
To use V-Sim you require: (i) a compatible hardware device (sold separately); (ii) Vodacom mobile network coverage; (iii) a mobile phone with the V by Vodafone App installed and either (i) a mobile contract that supports additional charges (via charge to bill) and, if pre-pay, sufficient credit; or (ii) a valid credit or debit card (for non-Vodacom customers). Please note that some connected devices will require a third party app in order to complete the registration process and to see the data from the connected device.
You will need to register the V-Sim, either via the V by Vodafone App or via the V-Sim registration process in the app for your connected device. At this point, (i) if you are a Vodacom mobile customer the V-Sim will be registered to your mobile telephone number (ii) if you aren’t a Vodacom mobile customer the V-Sim will be registered to your email address. You can then activate an applicable price plan for your device in order to use the connectivity. You can unregister a V-Sim from your device in the V by Vodafone App.
Charging and contract duration
The V-Sim is a 30-day rolling subscription which automatically renews every 30 days unless cancelled. Your V by Vodacom Charges Guide sets out current pricing information about the plans available. We will provide you with the right plan based on the device you want to connect. Your subscription charge will either be (i) added to your Vodacom mobile bill; or (ii) where available in respect of non-Vodacom mobile customers charged to your debit/credit card. The first payment will be taken as and when you activate the device (and on a 30-day basis thereafter)
Your plan includes data at a level determined in accordance with the price plan for your selected device. For more information, please see “Charging” above. Voice services are only available as an ancillary service and in a restricted form in conjunction with specific smart devices. Your V-Sim must only be used for your selected device. Should you wish to move your V-Sim to another device please see “Changing Plans” below.
V-Sim will not work with mobile phones, tablets, laptops or MiFi devices. V-Sim supports out of country use in some destinations see “Out of Country Use”. There may be geographies that are not supported by the V-Sim. The V-Sim may not operate with a particular device.
Out of Country Use
Please see the V by Vodacom Charges Guide for inclusive out of country use details. Please check availability with your device provider before travelling.
You’ll need to pay for all charges within 7 days of the date of your mobile bill. Where VAT applies, it will be included in the charges.
During You Agreement with Us
Using the services
You’re responsible for other people that use your equipment and services which are only for your personal non-commercial use. We own the V-Sim card which we can change at any time and you may only use equipment that is approved for use on our network. You must not use your equipment or the services for any purpose we believe is abusive, illegal, fraudulent, a nuisance or for criminal activities. You must not use gateway devices, applications, or SIM boxes to send automated messages or make automated calls. For more information on using our services and restrictions please review the “Acceptable Use” section of our V by Vodacom Charges Guide.
We retain the right to suspend or terminate your plan where your data use exceeds your selected plan expectations as reasonably set by us (for example if you state in the activation process that your device is a low data demand tracker but in fact the V-Sim is used in a high data demand device). Please see our V by Vodacom Charges Guide for full details
You are able to move the V-Sim to a new device charged at the same price (as detailed in the V by Vodacom Charges Guide) through the V by Vodafone App. If you move the V-Sim to a device of a different price plan type, you may receive a notification that the usage is higher than expected and be asked to change your plan. You can deactivate a plan and then, following the previously plans termination (which shall occur at the end of the 30-day anniversary of the date you subscribed which follows your termination), reactivate the same V-Sim on a different price plan. You will receive a notification if excessive usage is detected and failure to change your plan may result in our termination of your V-Sim.
Changes to your terms, services or charges
We may change the Agreement, our services, or charges at any time. We’ll tell you beforehand unless it relates to additional services/options you don’t use regularly.
Problems with our services
We’ll provide our services with reasonable skill and care. However, our services are not fault-free and are not available everywhere. There are a number of reasons why you may find problems with the services and these include weather conditions, damage to our network, the number of people using the network and so on. Please contact us if you experience a service issue and we’ll attempt to fix it. We’ll not be responsible for any loss of service due to something outside our reasonable control.
Lost or stolen equipment
We recommend that you deactivate and cancel your subscription via the V by Vodafone App if your V-Sim is lost or stolen.
Leaving us or suspending the services
If you want to end the Agreement:
- You can cancel or terminate your subscription via the V by Vodafone App. Simply click on the device title within the app and click on the plan and then click “deactivate”.
- You can cancel your subscription during the first 30 days following the date you first registered for the subscription (“Cancellation Period”). We will reimburse your subscription payment: (i) in full, provided you have not activated your device; (ii) where you have activated your device during the Cancellation Period you will be reimbursed a pro-rata amount (where you activate your device this will be regarded as your request for the subscription to commence).
After the Cancellation Period if you do not wish your subscription to be renewed you can terminate your subscription at any time (“Termination”). The Termination will take effect from the next 30-day anniversary of the date you subscribed except where you terminate less than 48 hours before your next 30-day anniversary date in which case the termination will take effect from the following 30-day anniversary.
Once terminated, you will continue to be able to use your device until the end of the current Subscription Period, after which your Subscription will end.
Effect of Termination: If you terminate your subscription you will not be entitled to any subscription refund.
If we want to suspend our services or end the Agreement. We may suspend our services or end the Agreement if,
- you don’t pay any charges on time;
- you don’t keep to this Agreement;
- we believe your device or the services are being used in a way that we do not permit or in a way that may damage or affect the operation of our network or;
- you become bankrupt or make an arrangement with creditors. Where we end the Agreement in this way termination fees will apply. We may need to suspend our services if asked to do so by regulators or if required by law.
We may end the Agreement if we are permanently unable to provide our services to you.
What We Do With Your Information and Contacting us
Sharing your data with third party agencies. The personal information we collect from you may be shared with fraud prevention agencies who will use it to prevent fraud and money-laundering and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance or employment. For further details explaining how the information held by fraud prevention agencies may be used, please ask an advisor or visit www.vodacom.co.za
Contacting us and complaints. We’ll send you notices by text or email. If you need to speak to us or have a complaint, please contact us on:
Customer care: Dial 135 from your Vodacom handset or 082 135 from your mobile phone.
We will not be legally responsible to you for any loss or damage that is not directly caused by us or which we could not reasonably expect at the time we entered into the Agreement with you, for example, loss of income, business, profit, savings and missed opportunities claims. We will not be legally responsible to you if we cannot provide the services because of something outside our reasonable control. The V-Sim can be used in a number of third party devices and in respect of other third party services. Vodacom is responsible for the V-Sim but not the services that you access to use third party connected devices, such as third party apps. We do not accept any liability for the use of such services nor make any guarantees as to availability of the service or the performance of third party hardware or services in conjunction with our network.
Transferring the Agreement
We may transfer this Agreement to anyone at any time provided doing so does not adversely impact your rights under the Agreement. You’ll need to get our permission before transferring the Agreement and the person you are transferring to will need to pass our credit check.
All our services which are offered as “unlimited” (or similar) must only be used for your personal and non-commercial use.
Annex - Terms for Specific Products
These additional terms apply when you purchase a connected product that is sold with a V-Sim (either embedded, or supplied with the product) these products are known as “Powered By” products. The services that you access to use Powered By products are provided by separate service providers. These services may have their own legal terms, privacy policies and eligibility requirements. For further information see our Terms & Conditions and Help & Support sections at www.vodacom.com
Registration. You will need to download and register for the mobile app of the third party service provider. Details of how to do this will be included with your device.