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‘Please call me’ inventor demands KSh 75 billion in compensation from South Africa’s Vodacom

The man who invented “Please call me” is making headlines yet again after rejecting KSh 354 million compensation from telecommunications company Vodacom, instead asking for KSh 75 billion.

As a result a court in South Africa is set to deliberate on the case involving the inventor, Nkosana Makate and Vodacom.

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The court is set to determine whether KSh 354 million offered to Makate by Vodacom chief executive Shameel Joosub is enough.

According to reports, the 44-year-old who was an employee in the company shared the idea that allows phone users to send a free text asking to be phoned back in 2001 but never received any payment.

Makate then proceeded to court where he has been battling with the company for 20 years now.

In their defence, the telecommunications company said the messaging service had not generated any revenue for it since subscribers were not charged for the service.

However, Makate in 2019, said since the service was launched, it had generated up to KSh 1.5 trillion for the company.

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Safaricom also uses the “Please call me” messaging service.

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