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Mobile Airtime

What is mobile airtime?

Mobile airtime refers to the amount of time for which a mobile phone user can make voice calls, send text messages, or use data services on their device. For prepaid mobile plans, airtime is typically purchased in advance, and the user consumes it as they make calls, send texts, or use data. 

What are the different types of mobile airtime?

Voice Calls and Text Messages

Traditionally, airtime primarily referred to the minutes allocated for making voice calls and the number of text messages that a user could send. As users make calls or send texts, the corresponding amount of airtime is deducted from their prepaid balance.

Data Usage

With the increasing prevalence of smartphones and mobile data usage, the concept of airtime has expanded to include data usage. In this context, airtime represents the amount of time a user can spend accessing the internet, using mobile apps, and performing other data-related activities.


It’s important to note that the specific terms and billing structures can vary between mobile service providers and regions. Businesses should refer to their mobile service provider’s terms and conditions to understand how airtime is defined and utilised in their mobile call plan.

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