Airtel Kenya Takes Cost Of SMS further Down To 5 Cents In New Product Bundling

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You can now send SMS messages for as low as 5 cents in Kenya across networks in new SMS bundles announced by Airtel.

Airtel has today announced new dynamic SMS bundles that will see the cost as low as 5 cents per SMS for prepay users who purchase the SMS bundles. Starting today Airtel subscribers in Kenya are able to purchase SMS bundles with a range of daily, weekly to monthly bundles.

These can then be used across networks as they are split with provisions of on-net SMS and off-net SMS equally within the bundles. The smallest bundle is 6 SMS at Kshs 3 daily with the largest being a monthly bundle that in the larger scheme of things will see the customer charged 5 cents per SMS. It would be interesting to meet someone who sends that many SMSes a month though, what with services like WhatsApp and other social media platforms.

Users will be able to check their SMS balance, select between one-off and renewable bundle and even roll over unused bundles to the next day. This is done via accessing a USSD Menu by dialing *767#.

See below the breakdown of the SMS bundles.

Bundle No. of SMS Offer Price (KShs.)
Daily 6 6 3 off-net + 3 on-net 3/-
Daily 40 40 20 off-net + 20 on-net 5/-
Daily 250 250 125 off-net + 125 on-net 10/-
Daily 500 500 250 off-net + 250 on-net 20/-
Weekly 500 500 250 off-net + 250 on-net 30/-
Monthly 1,500 1,500 750 off-net + 750 on-net 75/-