Terms and Conditions
Last updated 10th October 2022
‘Account‘ means the Customer’s subscription for the Service including the business and login information and Password by which the Customer receives the Service.
‘Charges’ means the amount payable by the Customer for the Service.
‘Messages’ means a short text message sent to a mobile phone using the Service.
‘Password’ means the combination of the Customer’s account details and a password that will be provided by MessagePort (Babeltext) to the Customer after the Customer has accepted these Terms of Service.
‘Pricing Structure’ means the schedule, which identifies the Charges applicable for the Service or any part of the Service, as amended from time to time.
‘Terms of Service’ means the terms and conditions contained on these pages as amended from time to time including any attached schedules, the MessagePort (Babeltext) copyright and disclaimer provisions and the Pricing Structure.
‘Service’ means the services outlined in clause 2.
‘Site’ means the website identified by the domain name, including Babeltext and/or MessagePort, the pre-determined SMS website.
‘Babeltext’, or ‘MessagePort’ means Babeltext Pty Ltd at Registered Office - 89 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia, (CAN 619034954).
‘the Customer’ means the signatory, being the subscriber to the Service commencing upon signing the service agreement.
2. The Service
2.1 The Service will, amongst other things, enable the Customer to send Messages to Australian, New Zealand selected other destinations’ mobile phone numbers on the GSM network via the MessagePort or Babeltext platform on a non-transferable basis during the term of the agreement.
2.2 The MessagePort platform, for the purpose of providing the Service, can be accessed via:
(a) the Babeltext WebSMS Site; or
(b) the MessagePort WebSMS Site; or
(c) the Customer’s desktop E-mail application; or
(d) a FTP (file transfer protocol) process.
3. Customer obligations
3.1 The Customer must:
(a) Complete the registration process, read and accept these Terms of Service, as amended and updated from time to time;
(b) Correctly and accurately enter Customer business details as part of the registration process;
(c) Abide by the Terms of Service and all applicable laws and not place Babeltext in breach of any laws;
(d) Pay Babeltext all fees and charges incurred from use of the Service, and all applicable government taxes, duties, imposts or levies;
(e) Provide Babeltext with all information and co-operation required in relation to the Service;
(f) Follow Babeltext’s instructions regarding the use of the Service;
(g) Have prior written permission from Babeltext to ‘on-sell’ the Service to other Customers, users or businesses.
3.2 The Customer acknowledges and accepts responsibility for the content of the Messages sent via the Service. The Customer warrants not to transmit any Message which includes any unlawful, harassing, libellous, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, ‘spam’, ‘junk mail’ or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, or any material that violates the rights of a third party, including but not limited to the intellectual property rights of that party. The Customer agrees that Babeltext will not be liable or responsible for the content and nature of the Messages.
3.3 The Customer can only use the Service for legitimate business purposes to communicate with employees, existing business relationships and existing customers. When the Service is used for marketing and promotional purposes, the Customer must be able to present evidence of permission from the destination mobile phone holder to receive messages on their mobile phone. Babeltext will provide any expertise and advice in obtaining such permissions if the Customer requires such assistance.
4. Babeltext’s provision of the Service
4.1 Babeltext or MessagePort is not responsible or liable for any part of the promotions, advertising or Messages between the Customer and any third party in connection with the Service.
4.2 Babeltext and MessagePort reserves the right to modify or suspend the Service with reasonable notice to the Customer. The Customer acknowledges and accepts that Babeltext will not be liable to the Customer or any third-party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
5.1 The Customer must keep the Password and Account details confidential and assumes entire responsibility for any use of the Services or any other acts that occur under or in relation to the Customer’s Password or Account as a result of failure to keep Password and Account details secret. The Customer agrees to immediately notify Babeltext of any disclosure or unauthorised use of Password or Account or any other breach of security.
5.2 Babeltext collects information, including the personal information provided by the Customer to Babeltext for purposes including:
(a) to register the Customer for the Service and provide the Customer with the Service;
(b) to provide a more customised service as part of the Service.
5.3 Babeltext will not disclose Customer user information to anyone except in accordance with these Terms of Service, as authorised by the Customer or as required by law. Babeltext may, however, disclose to third parties aggregate data, provided that no individual is identifiable in such data.
6.1 Babeltext will prepare and issue, a GST compliant invoice for products and services at the end of each calendar month. This invoice will provide a detailed summary of charges for that particular month. This invoice is payable by the Customer within 14 days of the close of the previous billing month.
6.2 The Charges will be determined in accordance with the Pricing Structure as amended from time to time. Babeltext will advise the Customer 30 days prior (in writing) of any changes to the pricing structure
6.3 If the Customer has not prepaid for the Service, the Customer acknowledges and accepts liability and agrees to pay all outstanding Charges incurred prior to the termination of the Customer’s Account. The termination of the Account will not release the Customer from any liability to pay outstanding Charges.
6.4 If the Customer has prepaid for the Service and elects to discontinue the Service for any reason other than a breach of Service Level Agreement by Babeltext, the Customer acknowledges that any unused purchases, fees or messages are not refundable under any circumstances. This includes any prepaid annual packages or plans.
6.5 Monthly and Annual billing will commence from the first calendar day of the month that the account is activated regardless of the date of account provisioning. No pro-rata reduction or consideration will be applied to any Monthly or Annual packages that have commenced the Service after the first calendar day of the month.
7. Changes to the Terms of Service
7.1 Babeltext may change these Terms of Service and/or Pricing Structure at any time and will notify the Customer of the changes by posting the new Terms of Service and/or Pricing Structure on the Site
7.2 Babeltext undertakes to advise the Customer in writing of any changes to these Terms of Service. Any changes other than message market rates must be mutually agreed upon by Babeltext and the Customer
8.1 If either Babeltext or the Customer have deemed to breach any part of these Terms and Conditions, either party may apply for termination of its Account after serving 30 days’ notice in writing to the respective party. The Customer acknowledges and accepts liability for paying all outstanding Charges due to Babeltext under this agreement up to the date of Termination.
8.2 Babeltext may terminate the Customer’s Account immediately if:
(a) In Babeltext’s opinion the Customer has violated these Terms of Service
9. Copyright Notice
9.1 The Babeltext and/or MessagePort platforms, the Site and its contents are subject to copyright under the laws of Australia and, through international treaties, other countries. The copyright is owned by Babeltext. Third parties may own some of the content on the Site (such as their own company logo).
9.2 The Customer accepts that all contents of the Service are protected by copyright, trademarks, or other proprietary rights and laws. The Customer must not reproduce, transmit (including broadcast), adapt or otherwise exercise the copyright in the whole or any part of the Site for any other purpose except as expressly permitted by statute or with Babeltext’s written consent.
10. Disclaimers, Indemnities and Limitation of Liability
10.1 The use of the Service is at the Customer’s sole risk. The Service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Babeltext or MessagePort does not warrant that the Service will meet the Customer’s requirements, nor that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free; nor does Babeltext warrant the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service.
10.2 Babeltext will charge the Customer for use of the Service at the agreed rate per message per intended recipient, irrespective of whether the message is successfully delivered to, or received by, the intended recipient. Messages sent to a group will be treated as individual messages sent to each of the group’s members and charged accordingly.
10.3 Albeit that the Site may be accessed from countries and jurisdictions outside Australia, Babeltext makes no representation that the content of the Site complies with the laws (including intellectual property laws) of any country or jurisdiction outside Australia.
10.4 Babeltext will endeavour to use due care and skill in the storage and transmission of message content and will do so in accordance with its privacy and security procedures outlined in clause 5. However, due to the nature of the media and modes of communication used by the Service, and factors outside of reasonable control, Babeltext does not guarantee that the Information will not be received or handled other than intended.
10.5 To the extent permitted by law, Babeltext and its employees, agents and consultants exclude all liability for any loss or damage (including indirect, special or consequential loss or damage) arising from the use of, or reliance on, the Information provided it is not caused by any negligent act or omission. If any law prohibits the exclusion of such liability, Babeltext’s liability under these Terms of Service or otherwise in connection to provision of the Services is limited to the extent permitted by law.
10.6 The Customer releases and indemnifies Babeltext, MessagePort its officers and employees from liability for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages whatsoever, including but not limited to liability for any damages, resulting from unauthorised access by third parties to the data or Information and any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of the Customer’s use of the Service, violation of the Terms of Service or violation of any rights of another, provided it is not caused by the negligence of Babeltext or its officers or employees.
10.7 Any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or these Terms of Service must be filed within 6 months after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
11.1 The laws of the State of NSW, Australia, govern these Terms of Service. Both the Customer and Babeltext submit to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of NSW, Australia.
11.2 Except as otherwise expressly agreed, all notices from the Customer to Babeltext must be sent by e-mail to Babeltext through that part of the Site expressly designed for the purpose.
11.3 If any provision of these Terms of Service is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such a provision will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Service.
12. Acceptance of Terms of Service
12.1 By acknowledging that the Customer has read and understands these Terms of Service and completing the registration process for the Service, the Customer is agreeing to be bound by these Terms of Service and that these Terms of Service contain the full and entire agreement covering the Customer’s use of the Service.
Terms and Conditions
Changes to or Termination of Accounts
Account holders and/or users must keep their personal registration information (name, billing details and contact data) accurate, complete and up to date. Babeltext reserves the right to verify this information from time to time and to terminate without notice any accounts found in non-compliance with this requirement.
Account holder information may be accessed in accordance with the Babeltext Privacy Principles.
Use of Babeltext’s Messaging systems is the account holder’s responsibility and totally at the account holder’s own risk. Babeltext (including its employees and contractors) will not be liable for any loss or damage caused to the account holder, user or anyone else as a result of using the Babeltext service. This includes but is not limited to loss or damage caused by loss or delay of message content or any loss caused by the negligence of Babeltext, its employees or contractors.
Account holders and users will be totally responsible for costs incurred from the use of their account, including costs incurred by others entrusted with the account holder’s username and password.
Therefore account holders and users must accept responsibility for all aspects of their Babeltext account, including the actions of all persons in possession of the account holders username and password.
The account holder or user indemnifies Babeltext from all costs, liabilities, suits, actions or claims arising or in any other way connected with Babeltext from the account holder’s or user’s use of their Babeltext account, or any other person using the account holder’s username and password.
The account holder and user agrees not to transmit any material which violates State or Federal law, instructions, regulations or guidelines issued by regulatory authorities, relevant licenses and other codes of practice or transmit any material which is in contravention to any privacy or copyright rules or any other proprietary interest.
The account holder and/or user agrees not to harass, stalk, abuse or threaten any other person through the use of Babeltext messaging.
The account holder agrees to be aware and abide by State and National regulation and law regarding the use of SMS as an advertising and communication media. The account holder, as a message originator, agrees to comply with:
1. The SPAM ACT 2003 – See the Practical guide for business; and
2. The Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) Industry Code of Short Message Service (SMS) Guideline, ACIF document C580 December 2002.
In New Zealand;
The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007, issued by The Parliamentary Counsel Office of New Zealand.
Further information on the SPAM ACT practical guide for business and the ACIF Industry code for SMS is outlined in the “SMS Guideline for commercial message originators” below.
The account holder and/or user agrees not to interfere with the operation of the Babeltext messaging system.
Babeltext directors maintain the right to inspect message content and take appropriate action on receiving complaints relating to message content via the Babeltext service. We take abuse of people’s privacy rights seriously. Babeltext contacts all account holders by e-mail or phone for any matter relating to unsolicited, abusive, deceptive or misleading messaging that has been conducted through the Babeltext service. Appropriate action may constitute the suspension or cancellation of an account pending investigation into any alleged abuse or misuse of the Babeltext service for inappropriate or illegal use.
The account holder and/or user agrees that all the contents of the Babeltext Messaging service, including web-sites, pages, logos, hardware and promotional materials are protected by copyrights and trademarks and remain the property of Babeltext and may not be copied for any reason.
SMS Guidelines for commercial message originators
1. The SPAM ACT or THE UNSOLICITED ELECTRONIC MESSAGES ACT. Babeltext account holders agree to comply with the SPAM ACT or THE UNSOLICITED ELECTRONIC MESSAGES ACT. Further Babeltext account holders agree to follow the guide produced by the ACA of SPAM ACT: a practical guide for business or The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 which state;
The three key steps you should follow are:
A. Consent Only send commercial electronic messages with the addressee’s consent – either express or inferred consent.
B. Identify Include clear and accurate information about the person or business that is responsible for sending the commercial electronic message.
C. Unsubscribe Ensure that a functional unsubscribe facility is included in all your commercial electronic messages. Deal with unsubscribe requests promptly.
2. Babeltext account holders agree to comply with ACIF Industry Guidelines for sending SMS. This guideline states:
a) Recognised Identifier – Message originators (the Babeltext Account Holder) should include a Recognised Identifier in all their Marketing Messages. The Recognised Identifier should be in a form that reasonably enables a Recipient to identify or directly contact the Message Originator (the Babeltext account holder).
b) Prohibition of Marketing Messages – Message originators should not send Marketing Messages to Recipients via SMS unless: i. The Recipient has requested the Marketing Messages ii. The Recipient has provided the Message Originator with prior consent to send such Marketing Messages; or iii. The message Originator complies with the provisions of Clause 2.1 (a) or Clause 2.1 (c) of the National Privacy Principles, as contained in Schedule 3 of the Privacy Act 1998
c) Recipients Rights to Opt Out – Babeltext account holders sending marketing messages should implement appropriate means of allowing the recipient to notify the message originator not to send further Marketing Messages. The means should be: i. Easy to use by the Recipients ii. Minimise any inconvenience iii. Be provided at a low cost to the recipient
d) Compliance with Opt out Notices – The message originator should comply as soon as practicable with any notice it receives under clause c) above and not send further Marketing Messages unless and until the Recipient requests or consents to receiving further marketing messages.