This service was developed in conjunction with Absa, which is the enabler and provider of the financial back-end of the service, for processing the transactions.
The new Vodacom Express Recharge service is verified by a bank card’s personal identification number (PIN).
“Customers do not need internet access to buy airtime using funds from their bank account. To access this service customers must simply dial *130*082# and follow the prompts,” Vodacom said in a press statement.
“We’ve added a new feature that allows customers to choose between purchasing voice airtime, SMS or data bundles, which means that our customers will not need to convert airtime to data bundles,” says Chris Ross, Managing Executive for Commercial Development at Vodacom.
Vodacom Express Recharge requires customers to register their debit, cheque or credit card the first time they dial *130*082#.
The service links a customer’s bank card to their cellphone so that they are able to perform the recharge. The recharge purchased is then deducted from the user’s bank account. Bank card charges apply.