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MTN South Africa launches international airtime purchases

MTN, mobile operator

South African (and African) Telecoms company MTN has announced the launch of MoMo International Airtime. The service allows users to buy airtime for friends, family and associates in other countries.

MTN customers who are already registered on MoMo (MTN’s Mobile Money service) can buy “cross-border” airtime on the app or via USSD using the Global Airtime option.

“When customers buy airtime on MoMo, there is now a third option called Global Airtime. When they select a country where the recipient resides, it will show them all the multiple operators available in that country and they can then select the correct network operator,”

MTN South Africa

This service also extends to non MTN customers as well. Anyone purchasing airtime will, of course, be charged in Rands and the airtime will reflect in the recipient’s local currency.

Countries included in the MTN international airtime service

The service at launch is available for recipients in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia Malawi, Senegal, Nigeria Burundi, Cameroon, The DRC, Ghana, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

To send money to someone in the above countries you will need to provide:

  • Name of the country
  • The mobile network operator
  • Mobile Station International Subscriber Directory Number (MSISDN)
  • Airtime amount

MTN’s new product will definitely get a lot of customers from Zimbabweans living in South Africa. The launch also comes well into the holiday season and that too will hopefully see a number of Zimbabweans on MTN buying airtime for their loved ones back home.


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2 thoughts on “MTN South Africa launches international airtime purchases

  1. I don’t think this service is to our benefit because when you try to register on MoMo (unless they have changed it now) requires the subscriber to put your SA ID

  2. True… MoMo requires SA ID number…. So not for any African who does not possess the ability to green book

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