How To Become An Airtime Supplier

How To Become An Airtime Supplier


The question you have to think about is how much money do you want to make and will the turnover sustain your needs? Nevertheless, this is a great way to start your own cellular business – first selling prepaid airtime and then adding other services such as prepaid Eskom electricity vouchers, a repair service and selling new phones to the community.

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Virtual airtime sales through your PC

There are software programmes that you can install on a PC to sell airtime without having to order and buy stock. These systems work on a pre-paid basis. When you deposit funds into the supplier’s bank account, your virtual account is credited as soon as the funds reflect in the supplier’s bank account.

Your margins are typically 5% to 10%, depending on the voucher provider. Accounts are viewable online and you would use a password for Airtime transactions. The online account shows all the deposits made, commissions paid and earnings from customers. It also lists the names and cell numbers of your clients, plus all their deposits from which you will be earning commission.

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Cellphone recharge


This is an efficient system where a client purchases pre-paid airtime by sending an SIMS to a server. The supplier will then reply with a pin number that becomes the virtual voucher.

One of South Africa’s well-known suppliers, Smartcall, has specialised in providing prepaid cellular services and products to South African mobile vendors since 1998. Today they are one of the largest distributors of starter packs and prepaid airtime to vendors in South Africa.

Through their packages, you can recharge your customers and yourself with airtime at up to 9% discount. Registration is easy and after paying a minimum of R100 deposit you can start selling Vodacom, MTN and Cell C airtime and Telkom PrepaidFone credit from any Vodacom cellphone.


You can also make money with your own prepaid airtime vending machine. Prepaid airtime vending machines work well in rural areas, blocks of flats, schools and at universities or collages. These vending solutions enable vendors to offer customers pre-paid airtime from the convenience of a small electronic device.

For Airtime Vending machines – contact Kazang on their website.

You don’t need much capital to start this kind of business

There is nothing stopping you from buying airtime vouchers and paying cash for the vouchers and receiving cash in payment when you resell the vouchers.  You can buy airtime at a discount of up to 10% and resell it to your clients, friends, or family. Contact Vodacom, MTN, Virgin and Cell C for more information, or become a pre-paid airtime and electricity vendor that you can arrange through a number of companies around the country like Kazang for example.


Open a bank account

It is always best to have a banking account. It’s much safer and by having a bank account you can build a credit record which will be necessary if you wish to expand your business later on.If your business grows you would have to register your business declare your income earned from the business to the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

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  • Thabe

    These is the greatest idea I have ever came across about selling airtime and at this point yes I was looking for the best way to do it.
    I’m an entrepreneur look forward do business by selling airtime and I’m located in the rural areas of limpopo

    • Thabe, im also interested in this idea. If you’re interested in discussing collaboration, lets connect on twitter. Im from JHB. Hope to hear from you soon. :@BrettMagill

      • Thabe

        Hi Brett a year has gone by and it’s today that I visited this site once more I will connect to you on your handle

      • Rimas

        Hi thabe I’m really interested but I have no idea how start can u help me please? Contact me on Twitter @rimasfans1

      • Karl Fairbrother

        Hello l am really interested in getting more information about selling bulk airtime

        My email is

        it would be great to hear from you brett

  • Desmond Makatu

    I am interested but I dnt know where to start and the capital so I can get a loan from my bank

  • Desmond Makatu

    Guys this is very good opportunity either in collaboration or solo. I really want som1 alrdy in 2 empower me and others with da same desire as I do.