I heard some youths talking about “borrowing” money from Airtel. Surprised, I moved closer to see if they had found a crooked way of getting credit without paying for it. They said “No” and that it was legitimate and a friend of theirs introduced it to them 3 days ago and that it worked.
Well I said if it was true, that would really be magnanimous of Airtel. I then browsed the Airtel Nigeria website to find out if such a service existed and I found it – Airtel Talk Time Advance. I think this is truly a first and quite interesting that Nigerians would be trusted with such a product.
Airtel Talk Time Advance service is a service that enables customers to request for advance airtime (credit) without physically recharging their airtime balance. The customer is required to send a request through a zero-rated code *500# which will provide all the denomination of airtime available to lend.
Please note that there is a 10% service charge for any amount borrowed. The 10% service charge is deducted directly from the borrowed credit implying that if a customer borrows N50, he will only get N45.
I wonder if some people may use a SIM card, borrow money and throw away the SIM card. Note that to get another SIM card you will have to register the SIM card and you have to provide your personal details. So if you are thinking of loopholes, don’t bother; it is not worth it. But I do belive it is a good product that will help in times of emergency.
Check out the Airtel Nigeria for more information.