How to check Equitel bundle balance (data, minutes & SMS)

In the past few days, I have published posts about the various Equitel bundles you can buy for your line or other Equitel lines – Data Plus bundles, Jipimie bundles and Ongea bundles.

I have also published a post showing you different ways you could go about getting your airtime balance.

In this post I am going to show you how to check Equitel bundle balance on your line using various methods – all listed below.

Dial *544*number corresponding to balance option# to check Equitel balance for any active bundle

This is one of the quickest way to get your bundle balance.

So, if for example the balance option is listed as 8. Check balance, all you have to do is dial *544*8#, press the call button and wait for a text message with your balance details.

At the moment, the option is numbered 9.

Here is an example of an SMS you are likely to get: Your airtime balance as of 01/10/19 at 09:25:21 is KSh 5.01, 7.00 MB, 0.00 Min, 7 SMS.

What active bundle did I have at the time of writing this post? The daily 7 MB + 7 SMS at KSh 6 Data Plus bundle.

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Use this method to check the balance of any active bundle you have.

From the SMS, you can see how many minutes you have left, how much data you have left and how many text messages you can still send.

So, anytime you want to quickly check your Equitel Data Plus (data), Jipimie (data + minutes + text) or Ongea bundles (minutes + text), just dial *544*8# and wait for the text message with your balance details.

Dial *544# on Equitel to check bundle balance

To use this method:

  • Dial *544# on your phone, smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer
  • Reply with 99 to view more items on the menu / go to the next page. Press Send
  • Reply with 8 to Check balance
  • Wait for an SMS with your balance details
    Here’s how mine looks like: Your airtime balance as of 01/10/19 at 09:28:21 is KSh 5.01, 7.00 MB, 0.00 Min, 7 SMS.
    At the time of writing this post I had an active Data Plus bundle – the 7MB + 7SMS at KSh 6 daily bundle.

How is this different from the method above?

They both get you to the same destination.

The other method just gets you there faster – but not as fast as what I am about to show you next.

Dial *144# as if checking your Equitel airtime balance to get your bundle balance details too

When you use this method, trying to get your airtime balance, while also having an active bundle on your Equitel line, Equitel will also show you balance details of the said bundle.

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So, immediately I dial *144#, this pops up on my screen: Your airtime balance as of 01/10/19 at 09:35:21 is KSh 5.01, 7.00 MB, 0.00 Min, 7 SMS.

Dial *100# to check bundle balance on Equitel

  • Dial *100#
  • Reply with 3 to access the Buy Bundles menu
  • Reply with 11 to Check Bundle and press Send
    You’ll be notified of your bundle balance details immediately. Here’s what pops on my screen: Your airtime balance as of 01/10/19 at 09:37:21 is KSh 5.01, 7.00 MB, 0.00 Min, 7 SMS.

Check bundle balance via Equitel SIM toolkit menu

  • Go to your device’s main menu and locate the Equitel SIM toolkit menu
  • Select My Phone from the menu
  • Select Equitel Self Service
  • Select option 3. Buy Bundles and press Send
  • Reply with 11. to Check Bundle balance and press Send
    You’ll then see a notification formatted as follows: Your bundle balance as of 01/10/2019 08:25 is data 0.00 MB, sms 0.
    So this method would work well if you’re checking how much data of your Ongea or Data Plus bundle is still left.

Why check your bundle balance on Equitel

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What to do before you check your Equitel bundle balance

Just make sure you have an active bundle.

The methods would still work even if you haven’t purchased a bundle yet.

Only thing is that you’ll see zeroes (for MBs, Minutes and Texts) because … you haven’t purchased any bundles yet.

What to do after checking your Equitel bundle balance

Keep enjoying your purchase. If your bundle allows you to make calls, send text messages and browse the internet, enjoy doing all three – for the duration the bundle stays active (24 hours, 7 days or 30 days).

If your bundle only permits calling and sending SMS, go through those minutes and texts with glee.

If your bundle only gets you data, enjoy browsing the web on Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari, Opera or any other web browser on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

To learn more about Equitel, check this post: Equitel USSD Codes to Top Up, Buy Airtime, Check Balance, Data Bundles, Phone Number, SIM Card & Website.

To view more posts, check the Equitel category here. Or check all my recent posts on the Niabusiness homepage.

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