Even with so many affordable Telkom data and airtime deals to suit the needs of different customers, the network provider understands that there are times when users may not be in a good financial state to be able to put a call through, even though they may need to reach a contact at the time; as such, they also have services to suit this need. As a Telkom user, whether you have airtime or not, you can send a ‘Please Call Me’ message to others for free. Many people think this offer is only for those who are low on airtime and/or cash, but this is not always the case.
In the course of reading this short post, you will get to know more reasons why people may need to send a ‘Please Call Me’ message. Also, Telkom users who are not familiar with how to send the free ‘Please Call Me’ message should also read this post till the end.
What is the ‘Please Call Me’ Code for Telkom Users?
Just like checking your airtime or data balance, Telkom also has a shortcode for sending a free ‘Please Call Me’ message. The Telkom ‘Please Call Me’ code is *140*recipient number#. This service can be accessed by all Telkom users no matter the type of phone you may be using, even non-smartphones.
How to send ‘Please Call Me’ message on Telkom
Here is how to send a ‘Please Call Me’ message using your Telkom line.
- Input *140*recipient number#
- Tap the dial icon
- You will receive a notification to confirm that your ‘Please Call Me’ message was sent.
- On the other side, the recipient will receive a message telling them to call you.
The call me back message is usually attached to Telkom adverts. Alternatively, you can dial *140# and follow the prompts to choose from the different ‘Please Call Me’ options.
Why Do People Send ‘Please Call Me’ Messages?
There are various reasons why a person may need to send a ‘Please Call Me’ short message to others. All these reasons are why the ‘Please Call Me’ code for the free short SMS is very important to many Telkom users. If you have never used this service because you don’t know why you need to, here are some reasons people send a ‘Please Call Me’ message.
- Lack of data: A Telkom user may be in a situation where they don’t have data to recharge their Telkom line using their account, the website, or the mobile app. If that user needs to talk to someone, the ‘Please Call Me’ message may come in handy.
- Inability to get a voucher card: Although most community vendors sell Telkom voucher cards, you can be in a situation or location where the card is not available, and you don’t have the time to check in more shops. In that circumstance, a ‘Please Call Me’ message may be a good idea.
- Bad network: Whenever a person is in a location with a bad network, the ‘Please Call Me’ message is a good alternative way to reach another Telkom user.
- When one is stranded: In a situation where you are stranded with no data, airtime, or even money to buy, sending a ‘Please Call Me’ message should be the first thing that comes to your mind.
- The recipient does not mind calling: If the friend or family member you wish to call doesn’t mind using his or her airtime, then you can save yours. Whenever you need to get to such a person, you can send a ‘Please Call Me.’
How Many ‘Please Call Me’ Messages Can a Telkom User Send in a Day?
Every Telkom user is entitled to only five free ‘Please Call Me’ messages every day. You can decide to send the whole five to just one person, or you can use them for different people. These five free ‘Please Call Me’ messages should be just enough for an average Telkom user, so you can agree that Telkom’s choice of five free Please Call Me messages per day is a good one.
In a situation where you have used up your five free ‘Please Call Me’ messages before the end of the day, and you wish to talk to someone, you can either call with your airtime or wait till the next day.
Can You Send the Message to Other Networks?
The number of free ‘Please Call Me’ messages allowed by Telkom per day is not the only limitation to this offer. If you have ever tried to send one from your Telkom line to another network and noticed that it did not work, it is simply because you cannot send a free ‘Please Call Me’ message from your Telkom line to another network.
So, if you need to reach someone who doesn’t use Telkom, you may have to call or send a paid message. Telkom SMS cost R0.12. Similarly, Telkom users cannot receive a free ‘Please Call Me’ message from other networks.
What To Do When You Exhaust Your Free ‘Please Call Me’ Messages
If you are in a situation where you have used up your five free ‘Please Call Me’ messages, you have no other choice but to wait till the next day when you receive another batch of free call me messages from Telkom. However, if the matter is pressing enough, then you may have no other option but to purchase airtime for your Telkom line.
There are a variety of ways you can recharge your Telkom line. Depending on your situation at the time, you can make use of any of the following methods:
- You can purchase airtime from the Telkom website: To do this, visit the official Telkom website, log in with your username and password then use the purchase airtime option.
- Recharge your Telkom line using the USSD code: Buy a voucher card from a vendor, and load it into your phone by dialing *188*number on voucher card#.
- You can purchase airtime using the Telkom mobile app: Another method through which you can top your airtime on your Telkom line is using the Telkom mobile app. Download the app from App Store (for iPhone users) or the Play Store (for Android users). After downloading the app, register your number, and you will have access to a variety of services, including purchasing airtime.
- You can purchase airtime from your bank account: You can also recharge your line using your bank’s mobile app.
You can use any of the methods above to recharge your Telkom line when you have used up your free call me back messages. However, to avoid being in a situation where you are stranded with no money to purchase airtime and no way to reach out to other Telkom users, you should try to use the five free ‘Please Call Me’ messages judiciously.