Ultimate Guide: Vodacom Minutes and Voice Bundles

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Vodacom customers can save on the cost of making calls by using Vodacom Voice bundles for their calls. Subscribers can buy voice bundles, which can cost less when compared to making calls using airtime.

Buying a Vodacom voice bundle on the Vodacom app.
Buying a Vodacom voice bundle on the Vodacom app. Screenshot source: Vodacom App.

Voice bundles give users call minutes to Vodacom or other cellphone networks.

Vodacom power hour bundle

Traditionally, Power Hour is a voice bundle that lets you make Vodacom-to-Vodacom only calls for a total duration of 60 minutes. The bundle is only active for until midnight or until all the minutes are finished.

Previously known as Power Hour, the promotion is currently known as voice bundles 60 min, having now been expanded to include 7-day and 30-day voice bundles, amongst others.

How Power Hour works

Power Hour works by giving a subscriber the ability to make calls to other Vodacom subscribers for 60 minutes. A Vodacom subscriber uses their airtime to purchase a power hour bundle. The bundle is valid until midnight of the same day.

They then have the ability to make calls to other Vodacom numbers within the borders of South Africa. The bundles are on per minute billing, which means they get used up based on minutes and not per second.

The type of power hour available to you depends on the type of subscriber you are. You may be on TopUp contract, a contract that get allocated minutes only, a prepaid, or data contract. This will affect whether whether you can buy voice bundles or not.

Mostly, TopUp contract subscribers and Prepaid subscribers are eligible for power hour. Vodacom users who cannot buy Power Hour may not have a subscription that allows them to buy Power hour. Vodacom does not allow is subscribers to use minutes to buy Power Hour minutes. Vodacom allows contract subscribers to purchase Voice Bundles by adding them to their monthly contract bill and pay on their next pay cycle.

How to Buy Power Hour

Vodacom provides for a variety of one-day-use voice bundles known as power hour. You can buy power hour voice bundles that last until midnight on the internet, your cellphone, or the Vodacom app.

Buy Vodacom-to-Vodacom power hour using a short code, on the app, and on your online Vodacom profile on the Vodacom website.

R8 Power Hour Code

To buy R8 power hour using USSD short code, from your Vodacom number dial:

  • Dial *111*5#; Reply option 3 (60 VC Min – R8)
USSD short code that lets you buy the Vodacom Power Hour is *111*5#.
USSD short code that lets you buy the Vodacom Power Hour is *111*5#.

To buy Power Hour using the Vodacom App:

  • Log into the Vodacom App
  • Navigate to Buy, and then Voice
  • Under the Buy Voice, in the drop menu select All Sizes and Until Midnight options
  • Select your voice bundle and continue to finish your purchase in the Purchase Summary screen
Buy Power Hour for all networks using the Vodacom app.
Buy Power Hour for all networks using the Vodacom app. Screenshot source: Vodcaom.co.za

To buy Power Hour online

  • Log into your Vodacom website
  • Open the Mobile menu and then click on Buy Bundles
  • Under the Buy Bundles menu, click Voice
  • Under the Voice menu, click Until Midnight, and then choose R8 60 VC min
  • Pay using a credit card, Masterpass, or with your available airtime
Buying Power Hour voice bundles online using your Vodacom profile.
Buying Power Hour voice bundles online using your Vodacom profile. Screenshot source: Vodacom.co.za

Buy Power Hour All Networks

To buy Vodacom All Net minutes to call any network in South Africa, use this USSD code:

  • Dial *135#; Reply option 3 (Buy)
  • In the Buy menu, reply 3 (Voice)
  • In the Buy Voice menu, reply 7 (Any Network), and then reply option 1 (Today)
  • You can then select Chat for 60, Chat for 30, or any other suitable option
Available Vodacom Any Network Power Hour bundles.
Available Vodacom Any Network Power Hour bundles.

Check Vodacom Power Hour Balance

To check your Power Hour balance, use the USSD balance check short-code: *111*500#

Your balance is also available on your online Vodacom profile and your My Vodacom app.

Vodacom All Net Bundle

How All Net voice bundles work

You can buy minutes to make calls to any mobile network number or landline number within the borders of South Africa.

Any network minutes does not include calls to shared billing like 086 numbers. This may include numbers that are 5 number long and are informed that they will be charged at R2.00 a minute or similar. These and any other telephone numbers where the company you are calling will make profits from you calling them.

The minutes deplete on a per second basis, meaning you can make a call for 30 seconds and you will find that your call minutes did actually cost you 30 seconds of your total voice bundles.

When you buy Vodacom minutes to make calls to any network

  • Select bundles that include the phrase “Any Net Mins”
  • Select bundles that DON’T include the phrases “VC Mins” or “Vodacom Minutes” as they are meant only for calls to Vodacom-to-Vodacom calls
  • Select bundles that are written minutes, AND DON’T include the phrases “VC Mins” or “Vodacom Minutes”
An example of available Vodacom Any Network minutes
An example of available Vodacom Any Network minutes. Screenshot: My Vodacom app.

Buy All Networks Voice Bundles

To buy Vodacom minutes to call to call any network in South Africa, use this USSD code:

  • Dial *135#; Reply option 3 (Buy)
  • In the Buy menu, reply 2 (Voice)
  • In the Buy Voice menu, reply 7 (Any Network), and then reply option 1 (Today)
  • You can then select Chat for 60, Chat for 30, or any other suitable option

Buy voice bundles on the Vodacom app

Buy Voice bundle using your bank account or credit card

Vodacom Night Shift

How Night Shift works

Vodacom Night Shift is the name of the night minutes promotion available from Vodacom. You can use Night Shift from 12am until 5am to make calls from your Vodacom number to other Vodacom numbers.

If you recharge with R12 or more you may also qualify for free 60 minutes worth of Night Shift, valid for 7 days. Some proSome vouchers and recharge specials may not get you free minutes, like SMS vouchers and monthly airtime allocations from your Vodacom contract.

Night Shift minutes may not be used for premium calls, such as roaming, international calls, premium rated calls (calls made to 0860 numbers), amongst other premium calls.

Buy Night Shift Voice Bundles

Often you may want to buy night bundles because of how cheap they are, you may purchase Night Shift on the My Vodacom app, using the USSD code, or online on the Vodacom website.

Night Shift bundles are available in

  • 30 days for R15
  • 7 day for R5
Buying Night Shift on the Vodacom for 7 days.
Buying Night Shift on the Vodacom for 7 days. Screenshot Source: Vodacom app.

Vodacom PowerFlex Unlimited voice minutes

Make an (almost) unlimited number of calls to any telephone or cellphone number in South Africa. With the month-to-month high-volume personal voice calls contract from Vodacom called the PowerFlex, you truly do have a flexible almost unlimited number of calls SIM-only contract.

Unlimited Vodacom voice minutes with the PowerFlex promotion.
Unlimited Vodacom voice minutes with the PowerFlex promotion. Screenshot source: vodacom.co.za

The Vodacom PowerFlex gives subscribers up to 15,000 voice minutes and at least 17GB of data per month. It is a month-to-month contract which you my cancel anytime, ensuring you can move to another more competitive offering nytime you are displeased with the service. You can also move up in data allocation by requesting a higher data allocation before the beginning of a specific month.

This service is different from the RED VIP as we noticed that you don’t get as much data, nor any of the rewards and benefits associated with RED VIP.

The PowerFlex is available as a new contract, which also includes a new Vodacom number. It is based on a prepaid principle, where you pay with your credit card before your minutes, data, and SMS are loaded on your SIM card. You may not port a new number or use your existing Vodacom number for PowerFlex.

When you take up this new contract you Vodacom will courier a new contract to you. The promotion is available online only. TO track your online order call 082 17844 from your Vodacom number. PowerFlex is a promotion from Vodacom and is scheduled to end at the end of March 2024 (you will continue to be on the contract after the promotion ends in March 2024).

FAQ

How long does power hour last

Power hour lasts for 60 minutes and any remaining minutes will expire at midnight of the day you bought it. So, if you buy it at 23h30 you should not expect it to last into the following morning.

How to get free voice bundles

Free voice bundles are available on the Vodacom Night Shift promotion. If you recharge with R12 or more you may qualify for free night shift. This will last you 7 days.

A Vodacom Night Shift rewards for recharging for R12 or more.
A Vodacom Night Shift rewards for recharging for R12 or more. Screenshot source: Vodacom app.

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