Data bundles shouldn’t expire, lawyer says in suit against Safaricom, Airtel

By Joel Muinde On Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 11:12 | < 1 min read
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A city-based lawyer has sued Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom-Kenya over expiry of unused data bundles. PHOTO | FILE

A city-based lawyer has filed a complaint against Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya over high cost of data and expiry of unused data bundles.

In his complaint to the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal, Adrian Kamotho accused the three firms of unlawfully and irregularly depriving consumers of their unused data bundles.

Mr Kamotho said the firms have failed to provide an option to consumers to roll over unused data thus illegally depriving them of their property.

“The complainant is immensely aggrieved over the high cost of data and profoundly frustrated by the arbitrary expiry of hard earned data bundles…Expiring data bundles have become a thorn in the flesh of Kenyan mobile users. Despite charging an arm and a leg for data, the Respondents have been depriving off consumers, the right to quiet enjoyment of legitimately acquired data bundles,” Mr Kamotho said in his complaint.

Further, Mr Kamotho accused the telcos of discriminating against their consumers by charging them “out of bundle” rates that are different from normal bundle rates.

The lawyer wants consumers allowed to keep the data that they have purchased for as long as they remain active on the vendor’s network.

“Data should not have an expiry date until used up‚ as long as the SIM card is active and the consumer keeps recharging,” said Mr Kamotho.