Vodacom Sa / unlawfull locking service

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Dear Sir / Madame,

I am writing this email, in frustration and causing major problems in my business and marriage to due to the lack service delivery from Vodacom. My wife is a partner in my business, and also run the accounts. Her line, Cell no: [protected] was soft locked on the night of the 14th of March 2012, I called Vodacom on the 15th to have this investigated as to how this is possible that her Cell line has been soft locked meaning she could only receive calls and not make calls nor access the Blackberry Service. The contract consist of a 130min any time minutes, Blackberry Internet Services, and a 50 -100 SMS Bundle, I have also given a R62.00 extra if the free minute are up that the R 62.00 is to cover the rest of the month, if that is used the phone is soft locked.

This issues started last month when on the 10th of February 2012, her cell number was soft locked, I asked to have this investigated: they started that it has been due to the calls, I check the billing, and they reported that on the 11th a call to 152 at 13:52 was made that costed R82.00, which caused the soft-lock. My query was, how is this possible if the line was locked on the 10th the evening. I am still awaiting response. No feedback as to date.

I have called Vodacom 17th the 19th and now the 20th, this line is still soft locked.

I have attached a recording and here are the Ref Numbers:
1. S3-LU422-27DVN

Please find attached recording:

I need your assistance and help to find out what do I do in this case. This is causing a train on my marriage, and business, my wife uses her cell for business.

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  • Ja
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  • Li
      20th of Jun, 2011
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    South Africa

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