Airtime and Recharging

Make sure you're always a call away.


Looking to buy airtime, how and where?

If you're looking to buy airtime, find out how and where? Click here.

How much do you have to say?

Airtime vouchers are available in R10, R20, R30, R50, R100, R250 and R500.


Please know that Airtime vouchers have an Airtime expiry window within which you need to use the airtime before your number will be blocked. These airtime expiry windows are as follows:


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If your Airtime is not used within this validity period (Airtime Window) it will be "locked" until you recharge again and the latest recharge value's validity period will apply.


Airtime may be used to buy bundles at *110#. Bundle Ts&Cs will apply.

How does Airtime Transfer work?


  • Airtime transfer is FREE.
  • Any Virgin Mobile customer can transfer airtime from your mobile to another Virgin Mobile number. 
  • Check that you have available airtime balance in order to transfer. 
  • Airtime transfers cannot be reversed once it’s sent. Make sure that the number and amount is entered correctly. 
  • Airtime transfer service is inactive when roaming internationally.
  • Airtime transfers on Contract will be charged to the main account (and is not a part of your included value), you may only transfer up until your subscription cap allows you to.
  • Airtime transfers on TopUp and Prepaid excludes inclusive or bonus airtime received monthly. You can only transfer airtime loaded from a voucher.


Find out more here

How much airtime can I transfer?


Airtime transfer must be between R5 and R1000 and can be sent in R1 increments.

How do I Transfer Airtime?
  • Dial *106# from your mobile phone for once-off airtime transfers, or call 135.  Prepaid customers are already provisioned to make use of the airtime transfer service. Lucky fish. 
  • You can alternatively transfer airtime via the Virgin Mobile App or web
  1. Go to My Account on our website and register your details.  
  2. Find Manage my airtime 
  3. Go to My Contact List and upload a list of cell phone numbers, so you don’t have to re-enter the number every time you make a transfer. Nifty hey?
  • You and the recipient will receive an SMS confirming that the airtime has been sent and loaded.
How do I Recharge my phone?


At Virgin Mobile, we know how frustrating it can be to run out of airtime. That’s why we’ve done everything we can to make topping up as easy as possible. With 3 ways to stay connected, you will always be in touch!


  1. You can pop by any TuckShop with Blue Label Tillpoint.
  2. You can recharge using your cellphone or online banking, or at any ATM.
  3. You can add it to your shopping list. 
  • You can add Virgin Mobile airtime to your shopping list at the following stores: Clicks, CNA, Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Edgars, Jet, Jetmart, Legit, Mr Price, Pep Stores, Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite Checkers, Spar and Woolworths.
  •  You can also buy airtime at the following banks: Absa, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank.
  •  If you’re filling up with petrol, you can fill up with airtime too at any of these service stations: BP, Caltex, Engen, Total, Sasol or Shell.

Airtime vouchers are available in R10, R20, R30, R50, R100, R250, R500.

Airtime Carried Forward


ACF is short for Airtime Carried Forward – and it’s something we think is pretty awesome. ACF is any unused commitment (or airtime you haven’t used from previous months) that you accumulate over time. 


On Contract, Top Up and BYO, you can accumulate airtime from previous months up to a maximum of three 3 times your monthly airtime inclusions. Pretty cool, right?

What happens to any airtime recharges I do?



Airtime recharges will not count towards your unused airtime. You will not lose this airtime, however; normal voucher airtime window (the period your voucher is valid for) will still apply.


If you are on contract, any airtime recharge will be seen as a payment against your bill. Anything left over will be carried over to the next month.


How long do I have to use my airtime in Rand value before I lose it?

If you are on Contract/TopUp:

No matter what, your airtime will only expire after you have accumulated 3 times your monthly airtime allowance. It could take 3 months or it could take 2 years – until then you can do with it as you please! 

As long as your unused airtime does not exceed the Rand value of up to 3 times your inclusive airtime amount, you're free to go!

You do the math!


If you are on Prepaid:

Your Airtime has a validity period according to the amount you recharge with.

If your Airtime is not used within this validity period it will be "locked" until you recharge again and then the latest recharge value's Validity period will apply.

See all validity periods here


Is there any way I can get my Rand value back if I lose it? I didn't know it would expire!

Unfortunately not! Once you’ve exceeded a maximum of three months, you can’t get it back. So it’s important to use up your airtime!

Call your mother. She worries.

How do I check my ACF balance?

Call our Customer Care Centre on 135 FREE from your Virgin Mobile cellphone to find out what your ACF balance is – they’ll sort you out in no time. 

You can also call 0741 000 123 from any other phone, but remember that normal rates will apply.

What happens to my airtime when I move to prepaid?


When you wave goodbye to your contract, you don't immediately lose your airtime.


However, any airtime carried forward will be removed upon cancellation and all unused airtime you receive in the current month will be removed after 30 days from cancellation.


Any included SMSs and Data will be removed immediately from the effective date of cancellation.