How to buy Telecel or NetOne airtime using EcoCash

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They say necessity is the mama of all inventions, so when the going gets tough instead of just whining some people find solutions.


Cash is a problem, no doubt. We’ve tried to go with plastic money but things like airtime are still not so easy to swipe for particularly if you don’t intend on buying anything else besides a dollar worth of airtime.

Uuuh, well for Econet users that is not really a problem since there’s EcoCash but not so much for other network subscribers i.e. Telecel and NetOne. Of course there’s Telecash and OneMoney but really, who uses those?


Nonetheless, the major problem started when people started migrating from Econet to other mobile networks because it became expensive. Not really became expensive as in shot up, but rather remained at the same price while the rest of the mobile networks became cheaper by means of promotions etc. and because the money is in the Ecocash line, it becomes difficult for people to move to any other network.

Well, good news is you can actually move to any other mobile network as you see fit without being bound by the fear of how to then get airtime even without cash. Paynow topup allows you to buy Telecel or NetOne airtime using EcoCash and here’s how:

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Select Mobile airtime

Step 3: Choose the mobile network you want to recharge

Step 4: Enter amount in USD

Step 5: Enter the mobile number you want to recharge

Step 6: (Optional) Enter your email address

Step 7: Click on the ‘recharge me’ tab

Step 8: Select proceed to payment

Step 9: Choose the payment type: EcoCash

Step 10: Click on Make payment

Step 11: Enter your EcoCash number

Step 12: Click on Confirm payment

You will then receive an SMS on your phone (which has the EcoCash line)

Step 13: Input your EcoCash pin and press enter

There you have it, it’s that simple.

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20 thoughts on “How to buy Telecel or NetOne airtime using EcoCash

  1. It would also be nice to tell the folks that you are charged for purchasing airtime via Paynow. I had been using that option for over 2 weeks but l realised that recently and l stopped.

    1. I use it all the time. Are you talking about the govt transaction tax and Ecocash Pay Merchant fee? Come on, who should pay that?
      And what other options do you have – at least they are not putting other charges on top even for ZESA like other platforms charging an extra $1. I am a NetOne subscriber and I now buy the OneFusion vouchers from Topup so it saves me time converting them. I just want them to add DSTV and I’ll be happy.

  2. Have been using Paynow for some time now and I admit it is really good buying NetOne airtime using EcoCash but you are charged for that

  3. great invention there, just make it readily available on a mobile app package so that everyone gets to benefit from it. #ThumbsUp

    1. Have you tried using the instapay ?, it allows you to do the same thing without extra charges,,, it has both a website & mobile app !
      Also allows for other bill payments like Zelda & tel one adsl

  4. It’s really useful when u have constant internet connectivity but some of us we usually look for airtime when we have exhausted our data which simply means it’s kinda difficult to access these convenient services. I would like to make a suggestion, Topup, Paynow are really good services it will be more convenient if they are also available on USSD services so we can make payments without the hustle of Internet connectivity.

    1. this is for people who use internet at work especially on computers not you who want to do everything on your phone

  5. Is the writer under an Econet commission? This story makes a normal readily available and old integrated payment platform sound new and never been seen or used before. This isn’t journalism it’s a poorly researched advertorial. PayNow has been there for a year and allows you to use it to pay for any service using payment channels like Visa, EcoCash and OneWallet. This unfortunate article mischievously and perhaps deliberately creates the impression that Econet has innovated and allowed customers to buy exclusively on their platform airtime when the reality couldnt be further to the truth! Paynow allows Telecash to pay as well for airtime from Econet. the same applies to OneMoney – you can buy Telecel airtime or Econet airtime using PayNow as the integrating payment platform from OneMoney. This article is badly misleading. Sickening even. You don’t need to prop up Econet so nakedly. Tell it like it is, PayNow is a payment platform that allows all network users to buy services and airtime using their mobile network platforms regardless of the type of airtime they wish to buy.

    How this TechZim allowed this piece of advertising masqueradingas a story to pass their editorial team boggles the mind. tell The truth.

    1. I agree with you, poor journalism indeed. They even ask who used telecash, well I do and one can even use telecash and netone airime to buy econet airtime.

    2. Paynow and are not econet products though. They are from WebDev, the company that has And the platform supports basically all payment option types I.e. onewallet, telecash, visa, MasterCard and vPayments

  6. The methods does not work without an internet connection therefore not useful for those with exhausted data bundles or those without internet connection

  7. I was hoping for something other than At least some that does require an internet connection 🙁

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