In this episode of the podcast, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod is joined by Ari Kahn, the former MTN contractor who invented and patented the “Callme” service before rival Vodacom.
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The saga has also sparked a fierce debate about whether Makate or Vodacom’s rival MTN is the true inventor of the “please call me” service.
It’s now well known that MTN South Africa patented a “please call me”-type service in the early 2000s, beating rival Vodacom to the punch.
Vodacom offered its former employee, Nkosana Makate, R49-million to settle the “please call me” dispute, his former “litigation funder”, Chris Schoeman, said in a radio interview on Thursday.
Vodacom has drawn a line in the sand over demands from protesters that the telecommunications operator pays the “inventor” of its “please call me” service R70-billion.
One can’t accuse Terry Shatenstein and Ari Kahn of thinking small. They have dreamt up a way they think will help connect the billions of people worldwide who don’t have access to telephony to the telecommunications grid for the first time
A former MTN consultant has thrown a spanner in the works over a lawsuit against Vodacom by its former employee Nkosana Makate, who claims he was the originator of the popular “please call me” service and is entitled to compensation