Buying Airtime can be a daunting task, depending on where you live and the amount of airtime you intend to buy. The task is specifically overwhelming for Airtel and Telkom, as those with these lines rarely have mobile money in the respective mobile money wallets. But as much as it may be difficult to buy Airtel or Telkom Airtme, buying Equitel Airtime is much harder.
The biggest problem with Equitel Airtime is that there are no voucher cards. The few options available for buying Equitel Airtime are all through your Equitel linked Equity Bank account. These options include buying Equitel Airtime directly from the Equity Bank Account, or, if your bank account has zero balance, loading your bank account from MPESA through the 247247 pay bill option may be your best bet. The third option is having someone with Equitel to buy the Airtime on your behalf, and you can later send him/her the airtime amount through MPESA.
By now you already know how to buy Airtel Airtime via MPESA. The same procedure is also applicable for buying Telkom Airtime via MPESA. With Equitel Airtime, the only way one could buy that Airtime is through Equity Bank Account as there was no way to buy Equitel Airtime via the traditional airtime voucher cards or via MPESA. Starting today however, you can easily buy Equitel Airtime using MPESA via the procedure outlined below:
- Go to M-Pesa
- Select Lipa na M-Pesa
- Select Pay Bill
- Select Enter Business Number- type 412222
- Enter Account Number- type your Equitel mobile number
- Enter Amount
- Enter MPESA PIN
- Confirm details and send.
- Wait for the confirmation text
With the introduction of the Pay Bill number 412222 as a way of buying Equitel Airtime, Equitel users can now breath a sigh of relief. However, it might be prudent for Equitel to introduce the airtime vouchers as buying Airtime through Pay Bill is expensive. For example someone who wants to buy a shs 50 Airtime will end up paying shs 22 or (shs 15?) more – an amount of money that would have enabled the user to make calls worth 4 minutes or more.