If you’re like most people, then you have probably bought more airtime than you needed at least once in your life. If you’ve found yourself in that situation again, then you should read this! In this post, we'll show you how to transfer airtime between networks and save money on airtime in the process.
Airtime refers to the value or credit that is added to a mobile phone account, which can be used to make calls, send messages, or access data services. In Nigeria, airtime is commonly referred to as ‘recharge card’ or ‘credit’.
According to a report published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in 2020, Nigerians spent a total of ₦2.06 trillion on airtime in the first half of 2020.
This represented a significant increase from the ₦1.69 trillion spent on airtime in the same period in 2019.
With so much money going into such purchases, how do you save money on airtime expenses?
Purchasing airtime in Nigeria
There are several ways to purchase airtime in Nigeria:
● Recharge cards
Recharge cards can be purchased from various outlets, including shops, street vendors, and online platforms. They come in various denominations and contain a unique code that is used to load airtime onto the phone.
● Electronic recharge
Electronic recharge is a way of purchasing airtime online through mobile banking apps, ATM machines, or Internet banking platforms.
● Direct Top-up
This is a service that enables users to top up airtime directly from their bank accounts.
● Share and Sell
Share and Sell is a service provided by mobile network operators that allow users to share their airtime with others or sell it to others.
It's worth noting that the cost of airtime in Nigeria can vary depending on the service provider and the type of plan you are on. Additionally, some service providers offer special deals and promotions that can help you save on airtime costs.
Transferring airtime between networks
It is not out of place to hear that someone bought more airtime than they need. Other times, they could mistakenly purchase airtime for the wrong network.
Most Nigerians patronise more than one network service provider and sometimes, it may just be human error.
But whatever the case is, all hope is not lost.
In Nigeria, there are several apps that can help you transfer airtime from one network to another.
Here are some popular options:
Aimtoget is a platform that allows you to convert airtime to cash, transfer airtime from one network to another, and purchase airtime for any network in Nigeria. The app is available for download on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
SwapNaija is a mobile app that enables users to exchange airtime of one network for another. The app supports MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile networks, and is available for download on the Google Play Store.
Like SwapNaija, EasyChange is a platform that enables users to exchange airtime of one network for another network. The app supports MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile networks, and is available for download on the Google Play Store.
Similar to the apps mentioned above, Mula is a platform that allows users to convert airtime to cash, transfer airtime from one network to another, and purchase airtime for any network in Nigeria. The app is available for download on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
It's worth noting that some of these apps may charge a small fee for airtime transfers or conversions, so it's important to read the terms and conditions before using them.
Additionally, it's important to ensure that you have the correct phone numbers and network information before initiating any airtime transfers.
How to transfer airtime within your network
To transfer airtime to another number of the same network, follow these steps:
Check if your network provider offers airtime transfer services. Most networks in Nigeria have airtime transfer options.
Dial the appropriate code for your network provider.
1.To transfer airtime on MTN, dial 600*recipient’s number*amount*PIN#.
2. To transfer airtime on Glo, dial *131# and wait for the prompt. Input the recipient's phone number as well as the amount you intend to transfer and your pin.
Alternatively, you can dial *131*recipient’s number*amount* pin#
3. To transfer airtime on Airtel, simply dial *432*recipient’s number*amount*pin#
4. To transfer airtime on 9mobile, dial *223*pin*amount*recipient’s number#
The recipient's number is the phone number of the person you want to transfer airtime to, while the amount is the value of airtime you want to transfer.
The PIN is a secret code that you will create during the registration process.
Confirm the transfer. You will be asked to confirm the transfer before it is completed. Make sure you enter the correct amount and the recipient's phone number.
Wait for the transfer to be completed. The airtime should be transferred to the recipient's account immediately or within a few minutes, depending on the network provider.
Note that there may be a transaction fee for airtime transfer services, and the amount of airtime that can be transferred at once may be limited.
Also, make sure you keep your PIN secret and do not share it with anyone to prevent unauthorized transfers.
How to save money on airtime expenses
Airtime expenses can be a significant portion of your monthly budget, especially if you use your phone frequently.
Here are some ways to save money on airtime expenses:
● Use Wi-Fi
Whenever possible, connect to Wi-Fi to make calls, send texts, and use data. This can help you avoid using your cellular network and save on airtime expenses.
● Choose the right plan
Review your current cell phone plan and usage to determine if you are paying for more than you need. Consider switching to a plan that better fits your usage habits and offers more affordable rates.
● Take advantage of prepaid plans
Prepaid plans can often be more affordable than post-paid plans. You pay for the airtime in advance and only use what you have paid for. Additionally, prepaid plans often offer more flexible options and no contract commitments.
● Use data-saving features
Many smartphones have data-saving features that can help reduce your data usage, and thus your airtime expenses. These features can include limiting background data usage, reducing video quality, and disabling automatic app updates.
● Use calling apps
Consider using calling apps like WhatsApp, Skype, or Viber, which allow you to make calls and send messages over the internet. These apps can be more affordable than traditional cellular calls and can help you save on airtime expenses.
● Compare rates
If you make international calls, compare the rates of different service providers to find the most affordable option. Many providers offer affordable international calling plans or even free international calling within their network.
By implementing these strategies, you can potentially save a significant amount of money on your airtime expenses. It's important to regularly review your usage habits and plans to ensure you are getting the most affordable options available.
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