How to Buy Any Amount of Safaricom, Telkom, and Airtel Kenya Airtime for Free


There are several ways to recharge airtime on your phone. You can choose to buy a scratch card, which is the most popular option. You can also top up through M-PESA or any other mobile money service. However, most people use M-PESA, and at this point, it’s safe to say that the Safaricom-owned service has no competition.

In the past, we talked about how Telkom or Airtel Kenya airtime could be purchased through M-PESA for free for up to KES 100. This was through a paid invoice number, and could be done natively using an STK or mySafaricom / M- PESA applications, and through a WhatsApp tool.

The payment invoice number is important because it helps you recharge other networks in case you cannot access a store that sells scratch cards. It’s also key because there are times when you don’t have an M-PESA balance, but you can Fuliza for airtime if you qualify for the overdraft.

Now, you can recharge any amount of airtime for free, and here’s how you do it:

  • Access your STK or mySafaricom / M-PESA app
  • Choose Lipa Na M-PESA
  • Select Pay invoice
  • Enter the business number (309028)
  • Enter the account number (Telkom, Safaricom or Airtel)
  • Choose quantity
  • Authenticate with your PIN code
  • Done

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You can also use a WhatsApp bot to do the same:

  • Open WhatsApp on your smartphone
  • Or click this direct link to the bot (or you can copy it for later use: https://wa.me/+254203892444?text=Hi)
  • You will see a familiar chat interface
  • Write anything. Let’s say it’s the most popular greeting in the world, hello
  • The bot will fire a text message telling you what to do, but we’re still going to talk about it.
  • Enter the Telkom / Safaricom / Airtel number you want to recharge, followed by the pound sign # and then the amount as follows: +254722 ****** # 100
  • Press send
  • Authenticate with a PIN from the menu called STK.

Easy right? Enjoy.




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