Jio, Airtel and Vodafone users can make prepaid recharges at ATMs: how to recharge

The ability to make prepaid mobile recharges via an ATM should be helpful during the coronavirus lockdown

Highlights
  • Airtel has partnered with HDFC and ICICI bank to allow you to make recharges via their ATMs
  • Vodafone has also partnered with multiple banks to enable the feature
  • Jio announced this feature a few days ago

Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea users can now make prepaid recharges in India via ATMs. These telecom operators have partnered with various banks to allow users to recharge their numbers through an ATM near them. Airtel has partnered with HDFC and ICICI bank, while Vodafone has partnered with HDFC, ICICI, SBI, Axis, Citi, DCB, IDBI, and Standard Chartered banks. Reliance Jio, which launched this ‘mobile number recharge from ATM’ feature a few days ago, has also partnered with several banks. 

Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea customers can now go to a local ATM of banks mentioned above to purchase a recharge plan by using their debit cards. Here’s a step-by-step process on how you can make a prepaid recharge from an ATM. 

How to recharge your prepaid number from an ATM

— The first thing you need to do, of course, is head to an ATM of a partner bank and insert your debit card into the machine

— You will then see an option to recharge your mobile number

— Enter your mobile number followed by the recharge amount

—  After you enter your debit card pin and the amount has been deducted, you will receive a confirmation message

The ability to recharge you mobile number using an ATM is the latest effort by these telcos to offer an easy way for consumers to make prepaid recharges as retail stores are shut during the coronavirus lockdown.

Earlier, state-run telecom operator BSNL announced the extension of all prepaid recharge validities to at least April 15. Reliance Jio also extended the validity of its base recharges to at least April 17, and Bharti Airtel also followed suit. Vodafone-Idea later joined the party, and has now offered prepaid reharges through a variety of contactless ways.

With the nation currently going through lockdown, the financially strained classes, who majorly earn through daily wages, have been going through a difficult phase. In order to help them stay connected with their friends and family during these times, all operators have offered extended recharge validity to keep their numbers active, and have also provided additional credit for managing outgoing calls.