How to: Transfer Vodacom airtime

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Use the USSD code *135*072# to transfer your Vodacom airtime to another Vodacom number. The previous USSD code *123*01*recipient number*amount# is no longer valid at the time of writing this article. Vodacom airtime transfer works by deducting recharge airtime from your airtime balance and crediting it to the airtime balance of another Vodacom number.

To transfer Vodacom airtime:

  • Dial USSD code *135*072# to access the Airtime Transfer menu directly
  • Reply option 1: R5, or option next to amount to transfer
  • Enter the Vodacom number you want to transfer airtime to
  • Reply option 1: confirm
  • An SMS will be sent to confirm that the airtime transfer was successful
Screenshot: Vodacom airtime transfer.
Screenshot: Vodacom airtime transfer.

Why am I not able to transfer my airtime?

Vodacom will not allow you to transfer your airtime because of these rules:

  • You may not transfer airtime if you are on contract. Vodacom says they can add it to your bill, but this was not the case for the Vodacom Top Up contract. We were only able to transfer some of our existing recharge airtime.
  • You may not transfer voice minutes. You are not allowed to transfer your Vodacom RED VIP Limitless minutes, or promotional minutes.
  • You may not transfer more than 80% of your airtime. Vodacom will calculate how much you may transfer, showing you how much airtime is possible to be transferred.
  • You may only transfer recharge airtime. You won’t be able to transfer airtime that you haven’t bought, or won’t be able to pay back using Airtime Advance, or if it can’t be added to your bill.

Can you transfer airtime to a MTN/Telkom/Cell C number?

It is not possible to transfer airtime to a different network. If you try then Vodacom will give you an error that says “You have entered an incorrect number of non-valid Vodacom cellphone number.” You will have to buy airtime or data for that non-Vodacom number.

Can you transfer Airtime Advance?

Yes, if you don’t have enough airtime you may take Airtime Advance and transfer it. The usual repayment amounts will still be valid.

Screenshot: Transfer Vodacom Airtime Advance.
Screenshot: Transfer Vodacom Airtime Advance.

How do you transfer airtime on the Vodacom App?

It is not possible to transfer airtime on the Vodacom App. The functionality no longer exists. You will have to use the USSD code to transfer airtime.

Can I transfer my VodaBucks?

No, it is not possible to transfer your VodaBucks to any other number. Rather buy airtime for your Vodacom number using your VodaBucks and then transfer your airtime, or buy airtime directly for another number with your VodaBucks credits.

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