Ever since i discovered Safaricom seriously shortchanging their subscribers when it comes to talk-time i stopped buying Safaricom Airtime. The horror of topping up 100 bob for airtime only to be allocated a mere 23 minutes of talk-time is daylight robbery not to mention the 3 annoying beeps you hear when your airtime is about to get finished and you are forced to unceremoniously cut short your call.
Airtime Top-Up Illustrations
100 bob Safaricom Airtime = 23 minutes Talk-time i.e (100 bob ÷ 4.3 bob safaricom rate)
100 bob Airtel Airtime = 43 minutes Talk-time i.e (100 bob ÷ 2.3 bob airtel rate)
100 bob Telkom Airtime = 1 hour 6 minutes Talk-time i.e (100 bob ÷ 1.5 bob* telkom rate)
*1.5 bob Telkom Rate only applies when you subscribe to Telkoms “
Voice Any Network Bundles”
From the illustration above you can pretty much guess which mobile carrier i buy my Airtime from, Telkom Kenya ofcourse. Now recently, out of goodwill, a pal of mine sambazad 1,000 bob Safaricom airtime to my Safaricom line which got me both sad an excited at the same time. Sad that Safaricom would shortchange and only allocate a mere 3 hours 52 minutes of talk-time but excited that there are online services like Chura and DBS Kenya that convert Airtime to Airtime (Different networks), or to Mpesa if you need the cash, or to Paypal. My interest here was converting the Safaricom Airtime to Telkom Airtime. Now picture this;
1,000 bob Safaricom Airtime = 3 hours 52 minutes Talk-time
1,000 bob Airtel Airtime = 7 hours 14 minutes Talk-time
1,000 bob Telkom Airtime = 11 hours 6 minutes Talk-time
Notice the hours allocated for 1,000 bob Telkom airtime is slightly higher than that of Safaricom Platinum 2K Plus package which allocates 10 hours of Talk-time for a whole 2,000 bob SMH.
Chura was the savior when it came to Airtime to Airtime conversion you only incur 10% for using their service i.e. for a 1,000 bob airtime you get 900 bob converted airtime. 500 bob airtime gets you 450 bob converted airtime and so on. Unfortunately DBS Kenya doesn’t have this service. I have been using these two sites for a while now but noticed DBS Kenya changed their Airtime to Mpesa payment rate from 75% to 70%. If anyone knows any other site or app that offer these kinds of services with better conversion rates kindly share.