If you are interested in receiving free airtime from MTN, Vodacom and Cell C, then you are in luck as there are several ways in which to achieve this.
Mobile phone airtime, like anything essential these days, has become quite expensive and is contributing to breaking the bank for many people.
If you have a family, you will undoubtedly be paying for airtime not just for yourself and your spouse, but for your children as well.
Younger and younger children are getting cell phones and learning how to chat to one another, use social media, search the internet and download games. All of this requires airtime and I’m sure you will have found that your children are going through it at a faster and faster rate.
Obviously, curbing your spending is a good way to save money, but getting free airtime certainly doesn’t hurt either!
How to go about receiving free airtime from MTN, Vodacom and Cell C
There are several ways to get free airtime from a number of providers. If your cell phone network provider is either MTN, Vodacom or Cell C, you will be sure of receiving free airtime at several points, if you know what you are doing.
The following options are ways to receive airtime for free from the above cell phone network providers:
Get free minutes between 12am and 5am when you recharge
When you recharge with Vodacom you will often get a certain amount of free talk time that can only be used in the early hours of the morning. This is great for individuals who work the late shift, for weekends or if you want to speak to someone who works the late shift.
Recharge on a specific day for a certain amount of airtime for free
With MTN Mahala Thursdays, you get a percentage of your airtime for free when you recharge on Thursdays. The larger the amount that you recharge, the more airtime you get for free.
Make calls to people who have the same cell phone service provider to talk for free
Certain providers offer a lower price to people who call to others on the same network, and some even give you free airtime for doing so.
Ways to save money on airtime
If you cannot get free airtime from one of the above ways, there are other ways that you could go about saving money on the airtime you spend. Especially if you have children, the following ways will help you to curb your household’s spending on airtime.
Fit more into one SMS
Instead of calling each other or sending several SMSs when you communicate, make it a policy to send one long SMS with all of the necessary details.
Use please call me’s or missed calls
If your child needs you to fetch him or her after a movie or a sleepover with friends, arrange that he or she will either send you a please call me or a missed call when they are ready to be fetched instead of SMSing or phoning you.
Get a free messenger service
When you buy cell phones for the whole family, choose ones that support one of the free messenger services. Almost any smart phone can download Whatsapp and Blackberries all use Blackberry Messenger (BBM). Click here for more details on pay as you go Blackberry cellphones.
Choose a family top up contract instead of an unlimited contract
A mobile contract that gives you a certain amount of money per month is perfect. It means that you can still upload more if necessary, but it keeps you aware of how much you are spending.
Make a certain time period where no cell phones are used
At home put in place a ‘no cell phone’ rule between certain hours. For example during dinner time, family time and homework time, cell phones should be put away out of reach. This will save you on airtime as the evenings are the peak cell phone activity time for children and teenagers.