In one of our previous posts, I’ve explained how one can book Railway ticket via USSD service using airtel money. Now, lets see how you can recharge your prepaid mobile.
First, you should have enough balance in your airtel money account for the recharge to go successful. To check your balance, dial *400# from your airtel mobile and go to My Account and then Check Balance. Right there, you can also manage various things related to your airtel money account, such as get a mini statement, change or get your MPIN, pending payments etc.
*400# is your single gateway to everything related to Airtel money.
Once you have enough balance, you can continue to recharge your prepaid mobile via the same USSD service.
Recharging via mobile USSD
Again, dial *400# and this time select ‘Pay Phone & DTH’ option. From there, its just about following the on screen instructions. You can either recharge your own airtel mobile or others airtel mobile. You may also recharge other networks prepaid mobiles too. But, unlike airtel prepaid recharge where you will be shown recharge amount and the talk time offered, you should enter the recharge amount yourself in case of recharging other networks’ prepaid numbers. So care must be taken before entering any recharge amount.
To complete your transaction, you must enter your MPIN.
If you have airtel mobile, for talktime, its best to recharge via this method since airtel is currently providing Rs.110 as talk time for a Rs.100 recharge.
Recharging via apps and web
Many people have an impression that airtel money is only related to USSD services. No, its actually another payment service. You can use it to pay for anything if the concerned merchant supports payment via airtel money.
For example, you can recharge your airtel prepaid, DTH or pay postpaid or broadband bills at airtel’s own website. While at the payments’ page, instead of selecting credit/debit card or internet banking, you can pay using airtel money. To complete this, you must enter your MPIN and an OTP that is sent to your mobile as SMS.
In the same way, if there is any mobile app that supports airtel money as a payment option you may considering using it (My favorite Paytm app doesn’t support airtel money yet).
Paying via airtel money is absolutely the fastest, safest and easiest way. You don’t have to leave the airtel site at all, which is required if you chose to pay via any other method. So, there are no redirections; you simply complete your transaction in a single window. Something like this would be absolutely useful for IRCTC payments where transactions often get aborted while in between the bank and the IRCTC site.