Equitel buy Ongea bundles (minutes + text messages)

The series I started writing about Equitel services has seen me write posts about how to top up your Equitel line via M-PESA, Equity bank account or at an agent location. I’ve also created posts about various Equitel USSD short codes you can use to check your airtime balance, check your phone number, buy Data Plus bundles and Jipimie bundles.

In this post I am going to show you the step-by-step instructions you can follow when purchasing Equitel Ongea daily, weekly and monthly bundles.

These bundles gets you minutes and SMS to call all networks in Kenya.

The cheapest at the time of writing this post just costs Kenya Shillings 22 – that is the 7 Minutes + 7 SMS daily bundle.

The most expensive bundle on the list is the monthly 1300 Minutes + 300 SMS at Kenya Shillings 3499 Ongea bundle.

So while showing you how to buy various items on the Ongea Bundles menu, you’ll also get a chance to see the full list of every available bundle under different subheadings below.

At the end of the post, I’ll also show you how to check your balance – to see how many minutes and text messages you have left – if you have an active bundle.

List of Daily Ongea Bundles + How to buy

  • 35 Minutes + 25 SMS at Kenya Shillings 99
  • 18 Minutes + 10 SMS at KSh 54
  • 7 Minutes + 7 SMS at KSh 22

How to buy Ongea bundles valid for 24 hours

I’m going to use the 35Mins + 25SMS @KSh 99 bundle to show you how to buy a daily Ongea bundle below.

  • Dial *544# on your phone, smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer
  • Enter 99 to go to view more items on the menu
  • Select option 7. Buy Ongea Bundles
  • Reply with 1. For This Line (to buy the bundle for your line) OR 2. For Other Equitel Line if you want to buy a daily Ongea bundle for another Equitel line -> Enter number e.g. 0765123456.
  • Select option 1. Daily
  • Select option 1 to buy the 35Mins + 25SMS @KSh 99 bundle
    You’ll see the following: You have selected Ongea of Daily 35Mins + 25SMS @KSh 99 valid across all networks
  • Reply with 1 to Buy Once OR 2 to Buy & Auto renew
  • Reply with 1 to buy using Airtime balance OR 2 to buy with money in your Equity Bank Account
    If you reply with 1, KSh 99 will be deducted from your airtime balance – and you’ll get a confirmation message with details of your purchase.
  • If you choose to pay with the Account option, you’ll see the following: We sent you a push to choose an account, kindly wait. -> Press OK.
  • A few seconds later you’ll see this pop up on your screen: You are going to topup 35Mins + 25SMS @KSh 99. Kindly choose source account. -> Press OK.
  • Select Equity Bank account number connected to your Equitel line e.g. 7775120581447
  • Enter account PIN e.g. 4790
    You’ll see the following: ‘You’ll receive 35Mins + 25SMS @KSh 99. Charge Kshs 0.00. To cancel, send any number or letter within 25 seconds‘ – only use this if you want to cancel the transaction before money is deducted from your account.
  • Wait for a reply / SMS from Equitel confirming the success of the transaction.
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List of Weekly Ongea Bundles + How to buy

  • 400 Minutes + 100 SMS at Kenya Shillings 999
  • 175 Minutes + 50 SMS at KSh 549
  • 30 Minutes + 20 SMS at KSh 109

How to buy Ongea bundles valid for 7 days

I’m going to use the 400Mins + 100SMS @KSh 999 bundle to show you how to buy a weekly Ongea bundle below.

  • Dial *544#
  • Enter 99 to go to the next page on the menu
  • Select option 7. Buy Ongea Bundles
  • Reply with 1. For This Line OR 2. For Other Equitel Line (Enter phone number e.g. 0765123456 if you reply with 2).
  • Select option 2. Weekly
  • Select option 1 to purchase the 400Mins + 100SMS @KSh 999 bundle
    You’ll see the following: ‘You have selected Ongea of Weekly 400Mins + 100SMS @KSh 999 valid across all networks’
  • Reply with 1. Buy Once OR 2. Buy & Auto renew
  • Reply with 1 to buy using Airtime OR 2 to buy with money in your Equity Account
    If you reply with 1, KSh 999 will be deducted from your airtime balance – and you’ll get a confirmation message with details of your purchase.
    If you choose to pay with the Account option, you’ll see the following: ‘ We sent you a push to choose an account, kindly wait.’ -> Press OK.
    A few seconds later you’ll see this pop up on your screen: ‘You are going to topup 400Mins + 100SMS @KSh 999. Kindly choose source account.’ -> Press OK.
  • Select Equity Bank account number e.g. 7775120581447
  • Enter account PIN e.g. 4790
    You’ll see the following: ‘You’ll receive 400Mins + 100SMS @KSh 999. Charge Kshs 0.00. To cancel, send any number or letter within 25 seconds’ – only use this if you want to cancel the transaction before money is deducted from your account.
    Wait for an SMS from Equitel confirming the success of the transaction.
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List of Monthly Ongea Bundles + How to buy

  • 1300 Minutes + 300 SMS at Kenya Shillings 3499
  • 700 Minutes + 300 SMS at KSh 2199
  • 500 Minutes + 300 SMS at KSh 1599
  • 350 Minutes + 150 SMS at KSh 1099

How to buy Ongea bundles valid for 30 days

I’m going to use the 1300Mins + 300SMS @KSh 3499 bundle to show you how to buy a monthly Ongea bundle below.

  • Dial *544#
  • Enter 99 to go to the next page on the menu
  • Select option 7. Buy Ongea Bundles
  • Reply with 1. For This Line OR 2. For Other Equitel Line (Enter number e.g. 0765123456 if you reply with 2).
  • Select option 3. Monthly
  • Select option 1 to purchase the 1300Mins + 300SMS @KSh 3499 bundle
    You’ll see the following: ‘You have selected Ongea of Monthly 1300Mins + 300SMS @KSh 3499 valid across all networks’
  • Reply with 1. Buy Once OR 2. Buy & Auto renew
  • Reply with 1 to buy using Airtime OR 2 to buy with money in your Equity Account
  • If you reply with 1, KSh 3499 will be deducted from your airtime balance – and you’ll get a confirmation message with details of your purchase.
  • If you choose to pay with the Account option, you’ll see the following: ‘ We sent you a push to choose an account, kindly wait.’ -> Press OK.
    A few seconds later you’ll see this pop up on your screen: ‘You are going to topup 1300Mins + 300SMS @KSh 3499. Kindly choose source account.’ -> Press OK.
  • Select Equity Bank account number e.g. 7775120581447
  • Enter account PIN e.g. 4790
    You’ll see the following: ‘You’ll receive 1300Mins + 300SMS @KSh 3499. Charge Kshs 0.00. To cancel, send any number or letter within 25 seconds’ – only use this if you want to cancel the transaction before money is deducted from your account.
    Wait for an SMS from Equitel confirming the success of the transaction.

Equitel Ongea bundles vs. Jipimie bundles – a comparison

What you get from both?

  • With Ongea bundles you get minutes and text messages you can use across all networks.
  • With Jipimie bundles you get minutes, text messages and data to use across all networks.
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Comparison of cheapest bundles (Equitel Ongea vs. Jipimie bundles)

  1. Daily: 7 Minutes + 7 SMS at KSh 22 for Ongea vs 5 Minutes + 7 MB + 5 SMS at KSh 22 for Jipimie bundles.
  2. Weekly: 30 Minutes + 20 SMS at KSh 109 for Ongea vs 20 Minutes + 50 MB + 20 SMS at KSh 109 for Jipimie bundles.
  3. Monthly: 350 Minutes + 150 SMS at KSh 1099 for Ongea vs 300 Minutes + 200 MB + 150 SMS at KSh 1099 for Jipimie bundles.

Comparison of most expensive bundles (Equitel Ongea vs. Jipimie bundles)

Daily: 35 Minutes + 25 SMS at KSh 99 for Ongea vs 20 Minutes + 80 MB + 25 SMS at KSh 99 for Jipimie bundles.
Weekly: 400 Minutes + 100 SMS at KSh 999 for Ongea vs 300 Minutes + 300 MB + 100 SMS at KSh 999 for Jipimie bundles.
Monthly: 1300 Minutes + 300 SMS at KSh 3499 for Ongea vs 1200 Minutes + 1500 MB + 200 SMS at KSh 3499 for Jipimie bundles.

What you’ll notice from the comparisons above is that the bundles have similar pricing. The only differentiating factor is that:

  • you get data with Jipimie bundles. You don’t when you purchase Ongea bundles.
  • you get minutes and text messages with both Ongea and Jipimie bundles. But as you’ll notice, the absence of a data component in Ongea bundles, means you get more minutes than what you’d get purchasing a similarly priced bundle from the Jipimie Bundles menu. It should be noted however that even though you get more minutes with Ongea bundles, some Jipimie and Ongea bundles gets you the same amount of text messages.

How to check balance for Ongea bundles

To check your Ongea bundle balance:

  • Dial *544#
  • Reply with 99 to view more items on Equitel‘s bundles menu
  • Reply with 8. Check balance
  • Wait for SMS with your bundle balance details.

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If you have something you’d like to add – or if you want to share your experience using Equitel Ongea bundles – let me know in the comments section below.

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