Vodacom makes it easier to buy airtime

Vodacom makes it possible for subscribers to buy airtime using their debit, cheque or credit cards via their mobile phones

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Vodacom announced today (4 May 2012) that customers can now buy airtime, data bundles and SMS bundles using their debit, cheque or credit cards via their mobile phones.

Customers who bank with Absa, Standard Bank and Nedbank will be able to use this service to buy Vodacom prepaid or top-up airtime for themselves or for other mobile phone users.

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.

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