PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. THIS SMS USER AGREEMENT (“SMS AGREEMENT”) DESCRIBES THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH BROWSER BASED NETWORK LTD. (“BBN”) OFFERS YOU (THE “USER” OR “YOU” OR “YOUR”) AN ACCOUNT (THE “ACCOUNT”) FOR USE OF THE BBN SMS SERVICE (THE “SMS SERVICE”).
BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH BELOW AS WELL AS THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS PUBLISHED ON THE BBN SITE AT http://sms.bbnplace.com (THE “SITE”). IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICE. BBN MAY MODIFY THIS AGREEMENT AT ANY TIME, AND SUCH MODIFICATIONS SHALL BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON POSTING OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT AT THE SITE. YOU AGREE TO REVIEW THE AGREEMENT PERIODICALLY TO BE AWARE OF SUCH MODIFICATIONS AND YOUR CONTINUED ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICE SHALL BE DEEMED YOUR CONCLUSIVE ACCEPTANCE OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT.
1. THE SERVICE
BBN provides the SMS Service with the capability to send SMS to mobile phones via the World Wide Web on the BBN SMS System. BBN may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue the SMS Service, including the availability of any features of the site, at any time. BBN may from time to time provide additional services subject to charges according to the sole discretion of BBN.
2. MEMBER ACCOUNT
(A) Accounts are not available to minors or any person who cannot legally agree to the terms of this SMS Agreement. By accepting these terms, you confirm that you are capable of entering into a binding agreement. You must accurately complete any subscriber information requested by BBN. The SMS Service is intended to appeal to a broad audience, and therefore it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to determine whether any of the BBN Services are appropriate for your child.
(B) To open an account for usage of the SMS Service, the User must provide true and accurate information as prompted by the Registration Form and shall promptly update such information to keep it true and accurate. The User shall signup with his/her email address and a password and an authentication link will be sent to the user’s email address. The user is required to click the link to activate the account. The User is entirely responsible for the privacy, confidentiality and storage of password. All website activities that can be traced to the email and password of the User are deemed as having performed by User. BBN does not assume any liability for content of messages sent and is exempt from any claim that may arise from third parties as a result of message sent. You are fully responsible for any charges and liabilities incurred through the use of the SMS Service or Your Account and for any activities conducted through Your Account. In addition, BBN may temporarily DEACTIVATE your Account if You report unauthorized use or if usage of the Account dramatically exceeds normal usage patterns within a short time period. The User agrees to notify BBN immediately of any unauthorized use of the account at [email protected]
3. BILLING AND PAYMENT
You agree to pay all charges that may be required for use of the SMS Service. All charges will be exclusive of value added tax (“VAT”), sales or other taxes, except as required by law. BBN reserves the right to modify its prices, charges or fees, provided that any changes shall be posted on the Site. You are therefore responsible for reviewing regularly the Site for information regarding fees and charges as well as changes to pricing. Continued use of or non-termination of the SMS service shall be deemed to be acceptance of any posted changes in the prices for your use of the SMS Service.
To the extent applicable, you agree that BBN may accumulate charges incurred during your monthly billing cycle and submit them as one or more aggregate charges during or at the end of each cycle and that BBN may delay obtaining authorization from your card issuer until submission of the accumulated charge(s). As a result, you understand that accumulated charges may appear on your credit or debit card statement.
(A) Fees: User shall pay to BBN a subscription fee according to the Plan chosen. The SMS account balance is non-refundable and does not bear interest. All purchases are considered final. Accounts on BBN do not expire; user can login to SMS service anytime to use service. BBN may from time to time offer limited similar promotions during which no credits or lesser credits shall apply. The terms and conditions shall remain in full force and effect. BBN reserves the right to change prices or institute new charges for access to or use of the SMS Service. Continued use of the SMS Service or non-termination of User’s Account after changes are posted constitutes User’s acceptance of the prices as modified by the posted changes
(B) Non-BBN Fees: Your wireless service provider or pager company may charge you
(i) a fee for the ability to receive text messages, or a per message fee for the delivery (or attempted delivery) of text messages to your cellular phone or pager,
(ii) airtime or other connection fees in connection with your downloading of information or messages from or uploading of information or messages to the SMS Service, and/or
(iii) roaming fees if delivery of a text message occurs outside of certain geographical areas. You are responsible for paying all such fees, and for any other hardware, service or other costs You incur to access Your Account, plus any applicable taxes. Users will be charged separately for use of the SMS Services in accordance with this Agreement and the terms set forth on the Site.
(C) Payment: Recharge fees are prepaid and are payable through credit cards, debit cards and Bank deposit. BBN reserves the right to suspend or terminate your use of the SMS Service without notice upon rejection of any credit card charges, debit card charges or if your card issuer (or its agent or affiliate) seeks return of payments previously made to BBN and as to which BBN believes such payments were proper. In addition, BBN has the right to seek any fees, damages, expenses or the like arising from your failure to pay BBN for use of the SMS Service, including, but not limited to, fees charged to BBN by any credit card issuer or its agent as a penalty for reversing any payment (i.e., a charge back fee) as well as collection fees and expenses, court costs, and attorney’s fees.
You must promptly notify BBN in the event of any changes to your account or billing information or in the event your charge card or debit card is canceled for any reason.
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
(a) You expressly agree that all charges for payment of the SMS Service are final and non-refundable. You are responsible for all charges resulting from your use of the SMS Service. Once you sign up for the SMS and provide a form of payment, BBN will not provide you a refund for any charge made on your credit card, debit card or any payments.
(b) If you believe that you have been improperly charged for any Service, you must notify BBN within 5 days of any invoice or credit card statement, provide BBN any information necessary to review the claim, and BBN will attempt to resolve the claim in a timely manner.
BBN DOES NOT CONDONE FRAUD: In the event of any unauthorized use of your account or unauthorized credit card charges or debit card charges, you must notify BBN, and you will be responsible for such unauthorized use or charges until you notify BBN. You must also adopt any steps necessary to prevent any further unauthorized use of your account or unauthorized charges.
4. USE OF ACCOUNT
(A) You and other users of Your Account must comply with all applicable laws and regulations in using the SMS Service. You may not use the SMS Service for any of the following purposes or in any of the following manners:
(i) to impersonate or harass any other person;
(ii) to send any information that is or the disclosure of which would libelous, abusive, threatening, false, fraudulent, misleading, or obscene; that misappropriates or infringes any person’s proprietary right (including posting any links or URLs that you do not have the right to post or disclose);
(iii) that violates any person’s rights of privacy or publicity,
(iv) to send messages that contain any sexual, racist or discriminatory content constituting harassment of any individual or organization,
(v) that constitutes or that violates any law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including applicable export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising laws, and without limiting the foregoing you specifically agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of the technical data exported from Nigeria or the country in which you reside;
(vi) to intercept any communications not intended for you;
(vii) to release, post, distribute or execute any viruses or other harmful computer code; or
(viii) to upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party or
(ix) to engage in “spamming,” transmission of “junk mail” or “chain letters” or unsolicited mass distribution of e-mail or any similar conduct.
(B) BBN does not control the data, information or other postings provided by other users that are made available through the SMS Service. You may find other users’ information to be offensive, harmful, inaccurate, or deceptive or to otherwise violate this Agreement. Please use caution and common sense when using the SMS Service or relying on any data, information or other postings provided through the SMS Service.
(C) At our option and without further notice, we may use anti-spam technologies, such as automatic word and spam filters, that may terminate messages You send without delivering them or prevent messages from reaching You. User may not use the SMS Service in a way that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load (as determined by us in light of the purposes for which you are using the SMS Service and the load imposed by other users generally) on our infrastructure or that otherwise would harm or breach our arrangements with any of our service providers.
(D) You acknowledge that BBN may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the SMS Service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that messages or other uploaded content will be retained by the SMS Service, the maximum number of messages that may be sent from or received by an account on the SMS Service, the maximum size of any message that may be sent from or received by an account on the SMS Service, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on the SMS servers on Your behalf, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) You may access the SMS Service in a given period of time. You agree that BBN has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other content maintained or transmitted by the SMS Service. You acknowledge that BBN reserves the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that BBN reserves the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, in its sole discretion, with or without notice.
(E) After a successful registration, you may receive advertisements, promotions or similar messages on your mobile phone, personal computer or other similar device from BBN. A free SMS user may opt out from receiving similar marketing promotions, however, BBN reserves the right to terminate Your use of the SMS service. To discontinue receiving from such promotional service, email us at [email protected]
(F) User agrees that BBN may terminate User’s Account and use of the SMS Service (and other BBN services) if BBN believes User has in any manner
(i) violated the terms and conditions of this Section 4,
(ii) violated the SMS Service Terms and Conditions or the Terms and Conditions of the Site or any other service offered by BBN,
(iii) violated this Agreement,
(iv) provided BBN false, inaccurate or incomplete not current information, or
(v) violates any applicable law, regulation or rule of any state or country.
You understand that BBN has no editorial control over any third party content and that BBN does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any third party content. You agree that BBN will have no liability to You, or anyone else who uses Your Account, with regard to any third party content. Under no circumstances will BBN be liable in any way for any Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, or otherwise transmitted via the Service. You also understand that the third party content is the proprietary material of BBN and/or the third party that supplies it, is protected by copyright and other applicable laws, and may not be reproduced, published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed without the written permission of the third party that supplied it, except to the extent allowed under the “fair use” provisions of the Nigerian copyright laws or comparable provisions of foreign laws.
7. MODIFICATION TO THE SERVICE
(A) User acknowledges that BBN is dependent on various telecommunications networks and institutions for the delivery of its messages and that BBN may adjust its prices and offering, should the prices be adjusted due to reasons that are not in BBN’s control. User will be notified of any such changes through publication on the Site or through e-mail describing the change.
(B) You understand that BBN may, in its discretion, from time to time change, add, or remove certain features of the SMS Service or change the terms of this Agreement by informing you through publication on the BBN website or through an email describing the changes. If you are dissatisfied with any such changes to the SMS Service or this Agreement, you may immediately cancel your Account as provided in Section 11 of this Agreement. In addition, BBN reserves the right to discontinue the SMS Service altogether for all users at any time in its discretion.
8. DISCLAIMERS AND WARRANTIES
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE SMS SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. BBN AND ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT USE OF THE SMS SERVICE OR THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; NOR DO BBN OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE SMS SERVICE OR THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR TIMELINESS OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE SMS SERVICE (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY CONTENT), OR THAT ANY DEFECTS IN THE SMS SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. SIMPLY PUT, BBN MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OF DELIVERY, RECEIPT OR TERMINATION OF AN SMS MESSAGE. USER ALSO ACKNOWLEDGES THAT, DEPENDING ON THE RECIPIENT’S MOBILE SERVICE PROVIDER, IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO TRANSMIT THE SMS MESSAGE TO THE RECIPIENT SUCCESSFULLY, PARTICULARLY IF THE PROVIDER DOES NOT SUPPORT SMS DELIVERY AT ALL. BBN AND ITS SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING THE SMS SERVICE, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL OR DATA OBTAINED THROUGH USE OF THE SMS SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR RESULTS OBTAINED USING ANY SUCH MATERIAL OR DATA OR ANY RESULTING DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA. SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES. THEREFORE, THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU TO THAT EXTENT, AND NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS EXCLUDING OR LIMITING ANY WARRANTY BEYOND WHAT IS PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
9. LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY
(A) BBN AND ITS SUPPLIERS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOSS OF DATA, INJURY TO GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF BBN HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM USE OF THE SMS SERVICE BY YOU, OR ANYONE USING YOUR ACCOUNT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
(i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE;
(ii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA;
(iii) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SMS SERVICE OR THE SITE; OR
(iv) ANY DAMAGES OR LOSS OF ANY NATURE ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO YOUR USE OF THE SMS SERVICE OR USE OF THE SMS SERVICE THROUGH YOUR ACCOUNT BY ANYONE ELSE.
(B) BBN SHALL IN NO EVENT BE LIABLE TO THE USER OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY INACCURACY, ERROR OR OMISSION IN, OR LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY FAILURES, DELAYS OR INTERRUPTIONS OF THE SMS SERVICE GENERALLY, THE SITE, ANY OTHER BBN SERVICE AND ANY ASPECT ANCILLARY THERETO;
(C) BBN SHALL IN NO EVENT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECURITY OF THE DATA TRANSMISSIONS BETWEEN BBN AND THE USER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE TRANSMISSION OF THE PAYMENT INFORMATION SUCH AS CREDIT CARD NUMBERS. BBN EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESSED, OR IMPLIED, FOR THE SECURITY OF THE DATA TRANSMISSION BETWEEN BBN AND THE USER.
(D) BBN’S TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO YOU AND ANYONE WHO USES THE SMS SERVICE THROUGH YOUR ACCOUNT, FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS UNDER ANY THEORY OF LAW (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), WILL NOT EXCEED THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT YOU PAID TO BBN IN THE PRECEDING TWELVE MONTHS. SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN TYPES OF LIABILITY. THEREFORE, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU TO THAT EXTENT, AND NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS EXCLUDING OR LIMITING BBN’S LIABILITY BEYOND WHAT IS PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
10. RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION
(A) In the event that you have a dispute with one or more users, you release BBN (and our officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries and employees) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes and you waive any rights under any state or local law limiting the extent of such release.
(B) User agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless BBN and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, attorneys and employees from and against any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of User’s breach of this Agreement, User violation of any law or the rights of a third party, the content User submits, posts or transmits through the SMS Service, or Your use of the SMS Service.
11. TERMINATION OF ACCOUNT
You may terminate Your Account, at any time and for any reason or no reason, by contacting BBN’s customer service at [email protected] Notifying BBN in any other way of your desire to terminate your Account may result in delays in processing your request. BBN, in its sole discretion, may immediately terminate or suspend Your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the SMS Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if BBN believes that You have violated, acted inconsistently with this Agreement or if the charges to Your credit card or debit card for the fees are refused for any reason. BBN reserves the right to terminate Your Account and this Agreement for any other reason if BBN gives You at least ten (10) days advance notice. Upon any such termination of Your Account, You will remain obligated to pay all outstanding fees and charges relating to Your use of the SMS Service before termination. You agree that any termination of Your access to the Service under any provision of this Agreement may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that BBN may immediately deactivate or delete Your account and all related information and files in Your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service. Further, you agree that BBN shall not be liable to You or any third-party for any termination of Your Account.
12. NO RESALE OF SERVICE
User agrees not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the SMS Service, use of the SMS Service, or access to the SMS Service.
The SMS Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. User agrees that BBN is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that BBN shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
14. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
You acknowledge and agree that the SMS Service contains proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that as a result of use of the SMS Service, you may have access to or receive information or content protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws (“intellectual property rights”). Except as expressly authorized, You agree not to violate the intellectual property rights of BBN or any third party.
15. GOVERNING LAW; ARBITRATION
The laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, excluding its conflicts-of-law rules, shall govern all matters relating to this Agreement and use of the SMS Services. The United Nations Convention on contracts for the international sale of goods is expressly disclaimed. Any controversy or dispute arising out of this Agreement, the interpretation of any provision hereof, or the action or inaction of any party hereto shall be submitted to arbitration in Nigeria. Each party shall have no longer than three (3) days to present its position. Either party may apply to the arbitrator seeking injunctive relief until the arbitration award is rendered or the controversy is resolved. Either party also may, without waiving any remedy under this Agreement, seek any interim or provisional relief that is necessary to protect the rights or property of that party pending the establishment of the arbitral tribunal (or pending the arbitral tribunal’s determination of the merits of the controversy) and for the purposes of seeking such interim relief User shall consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Nigeria. The successful party to the arbitration or any litigation relating to this Agreement or the SMS Services shall be entitled to an award for reasonable costs and attorney’s fees, as determined by the arbitrators. Any award or decision obtained from any such arbitration proceeding shall be final and binding on the parties, and judgment upon any award thus obtained may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The parties agree that the arbitrator shall have the power to award damages and injunctive relief.
If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, such provision will be deemed modified to the extent necessary to render such provision valid and enforceable and the other provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect. This document and the pages referred to herein represent the entire agreement governing use of the SMS Service and supersede any prior or contemporaneous written or oral statements by BBN or its representatives or resellers. The failure of BBN to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement may not be amended except as provided in Section 7.
BBN may assign this Agreement in accordance with the sale of all or substantially all of its stock or membership interest or all or substantially all of its assets to a third party.