Most people know about the airtime transfer feature that allows users to share their mobile credit with others on the same network. After all, it’s offered by many mobile network providers, including Airtel. However, not many know that they can loan airtime credits. So if you’re wondering how to borrow airtime from Airtel, you’ve come to the right place.
Airtel lets its customers borrow airtime, which is useful whenever people run out of credits and have no funds to replenish. For example, someone stranded in the middle of nowhere can still use their phone to make an urgent call or send a message, thanks to this feature.
In this article, you’ll learn how to transfer airtime on Airtel – and the best way to recharge Airtel from the USA.
BOSS Revolution is a recharge service that supports Airtel recharge for many countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Shri Lanka, and DR of Congo, to name a few. And the entire process is easy and safe.
Here’s how to recharge or send Airtel top-ups through the BOSS Revolution app.
Here’s how to recharge Airtel through the BOSS Revolution website.
If learning how to transfer airtime from airtel to airtel is your goal – note that you'll need an Airtel SIM card and a plan that includes international roaming. Otherwise, the best way to recharge Airtel from the USA is through a recharge service like BOSS Revolution, as noted earlier.
But sometimes, you may not be able to reach your loved ones if they run out of airtime and you’re unable to assist or the person has no way to recharge. This is where the Extra Credit (also called XtraTime) service by Airtel, which allows customers to borrow airtime or credits, comes into play.
All you need is the corresponding code to transfer airtime on airtel using this feature. And many countries where Airtel operates will share the same general code.
But before diving into how you or your loved ones can access this service, note that Airtel customers must meet the following eligibility requirements.
The standard service charge to borrow airtime is 15 percent of the amount borrowed, except for N25 (more on this shortly) loans, which is 20 percent. In addition, Extra Time is not limited to voice calls because you can use borrowed airtime for data.
Here are the codes to transfer airtime on airtel, starting with the general process or steps for most countries.
Some places require different airtel recharge codes, so those are next.
In Ghana, Airtel and Tigo merged to become ArtelTigo, the second-largest telecommunications network provider in the country.
The process for all subsequent countries will be practically the same except for the shortcodes.
Dial the USSD short code, *310#, to borrow airtime. The service fee for Kenya is 10 percent.
The company operates under Airtel Beerako in Uganda.
You can dial *155# for airtime credit, and the service fee is 10 percent.
Dial the Airtel USSD code *144*10# or *14/#. You can call 52141 to borrow airtime instead if it's a prepaid SIM.
Also, the terms of eligibility are slightly different for India. Mainly, your Airtel account balance must be below INR 5 to loan anything.
Dial *533#. The service charge for this region is 10 percent of the borrowed amount.
Dial *151#. The service charge here is between 10 and 20 percent of what you borrow.
Over in Seychelles, the Extra Time service is called Air Kredi. Dial the USSD short code *301# to access the loan service.
In Tanzania, Extra Time is referred to as Timiza Loans, and there are two ways to take advantage.
You may also use the following steps.
Extra Time is called the Siliza service here.
You can dial the short code *458# to access the service. Choose the denomination or amount to borrow, and you're all set.
All mobile devices use cellular frequencies or bands. These frequencies allow cell phones to access mobile networks to make calls, send texts, browse the web, etc. Carriers typically have several frequencies that are compatible with their networks.
So if you or your loved one ever want to buy a new phone, you may need to check with Airtel to ensure it will work with their network. You can do that with a simple phone call to customer support typically.
Also, while the concept of bands or frequencies sounds complex, as a user, you only need to know that they determine if your phone will work on the carrier's network. However, modern cell phones come with a broader range of frequency compatibility.
The available airtime bands or network frequency for mobile airtel recharge via the Extra
Time feature include:
Airtel topup and borrowing airtime from Airtel are quick and easy things you can do from anywhere, anytime. The Extra Time feature is useful for ensuring you can still make important calls or stay in touch with loved ones even if they run out of airtime and can’t recharge.
Additionally, you can use BOSS Revolution to send mobile Airtel recharge if you live in the USA and have family back home. You can send Airtel top-ups to just about any major country.
Sources: all third party information obtained from applicable website as of Jan 30, 2023
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