How to Buy Data and OTT for a Friend – MTN, Airtel, Africell, UTL

Buy Data and OTT for a Friend- MTN, Airtel, Africell, UTL (Buy data for another number)
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Chatting online is great when we can access our favorite contacts. So what happens when that one single person you want to chat with is offline? You wait for them to get back online, right? That’s a long shot that will keep you wondering why your friend has been off for so long. Maybe they don’t have a running data bundle or maybe their Over the Top Tax (OTT) expired. The easiest way out is to lighten their burden. Yes, surprise your favorite contacts with OTT service or a data bundle package.

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One of the best feelings in the world is giving to those in need, it could be little but trust me it’s very much appreciated. Apart from sharing data or hot-spotting your contacts, you can also keep your friends and family online by just choosing to buy them OTT and a data bundle. This article explains different ways you can buy OTT and data bundles for another number on MTN, Airtel, Africell, and UTL.

Editors Update: Government removed OTT tax in Uganda as of July 1st 2021

How to buy data for another number on MTN

Method 1: For an MTN Number

  1. Go to the phone app
  2. Dial *165#
  3. Select option 2, Airtime & Bundles
  4. Select option 3, Internet bundles
  5. Choose option 2, other number
  6. Choose data bundle you want to buy
  7. Enter the receipt number
  8. Approve transaction by inserting your pin

Methoda 2: For an Africell number

  1. Launch the phone app on your mobile phone.
  2. Dial *252#, then OK.
  3. Select Option 6, Airtime and Bundles
  4. Then Select 2 to buy Internet Bundles according to your preference
  5. Select Option 3, Africell Bundles
  6. Enter Africell number.
  7. Enter number of your data bundle choice
  8. Confirm top up with your MTN Mobile money pin code.

How to buy OTT for another number on MTN

Method 1: For an MTN Number

  1. Launch your phone app.
  2. Dial *185*2*6#, then OK.
  3. Select option 2, Pay for Another Number.
  4. Select any number depending on your OTT tax plan.
  5. Enter the recipient number.
  6. Insert pin to verify transactions.

Method 2: For an Africell number

  1. Dial *185#, then OK
  2. Select Option 2, Airtime & Bundles
  3. Then Select option 6, Pay OTT Tax
  4. Select option 4, Africell Tax
  5. Choose any number according to your Africell Tax plan
  6. Enter the Africell number you want to pay for
  7. Confirm the transaction with your pin.

If you don’t want to go through the long process of USSD codes, you can use the MyMTN app and buy OTT or data for another number.

How to buy data for another number on Airtel

  1. Open your phone app.
  2. Dial *185*2*2#, then OK.
  3. Select option 2, Data for Another Number.
  4. Enter mobile number.
  5. Select data plan of your choice; daily/ weekly/ monthly/ quarterly.
  6. Choose data bundle you want.
  7. Enter pin code to confirm purchase.

How to buy OTT for another number on Airtel

  1. Launch phone app
  2. Dial *185*2*5#, then OK.
  3. Select Option 2, For Others.
  4. Choose any number depending on your OTT tax plan.
  5. Enter the number you want to pay for.
  6. Complete transactions by inserting your pin.

If the USSD codes are hard to remember, You can buy OTT or data for a friend with your MyAirtel app. It is a user-friendly interface and makes it easy for you.

How to buy data for another number on Africell

Method 1: Use Africell airtime

  1. Open your phone app
  2. Dial *133#, then Ok.
  3. Select the Africell data bundle of your choice (Hakuna Matata, W3 OTT Bundle, Daily, Weekly, Monthly and BIGI Bundo)
  4. On the bundle you have chosen, select the option to buy For another number
  5. Input the number
  6. Proceed to make payment

Method 2: Use Africell (Afri) mobile money

  1. Dial *144#
  2. Select option 2, Africell services
  3. The select option 2, Internet offers
  4. Select the option to buy for another number (Option 2)
  5. Choose your preferred Africell data bundle
  6. Proceed to make the payment of your preferred Africell data bundle by inputting your Africell money pin.

How to buy OTT for another number on Africell

Method 1: Use Africell airtime

  1. Dial *133#
  2. Select OTT & PAYGO (option 8)
  3. Then choose OTT TAX (Option 1)
  4. After selecting the OTT bundle, choose the option to pat for another number (option 2)
  5. Enter the number
  6. Proceed to make payment

Method 2: Use Africell (Afri) mobile money

  1. Dial *144#
  2. Select Africell services, option 2
  3. The select OTT Tax payment, option 5
  4. Select the option to buy for another number (Option 2)
  5. Input the Africell number of your friend
  6. Choose your preferred Africell OTT data bundle to buy for your friend
  7. Proceed to make the payment of your preferred Africell data bundle by inputting your Africell money pin.

How to buy data for another number on UTL

  1. Dial *185# yes
  2. Select option 2, Buy Airtime/ Bundles
  3. Then Select option 2, Buy Bundles
  4. After Choose option 2, For Others
  5. Enter the UTL number
  6. After, Enter the bundle type you want to buy
  7. Finally, Enter your M-Sente pin.

How to buy OTT for another number on UTL

  1. Dial *185#, then yes
  2. Select option 2, Buy Airtime/ Bundles
  3. Then Select OTT tax
  4. Choose pay for another number
  5. Enter the UTL number
  6. After, Enter amount of social media tax you willing to spend
  7. Finally, Enter your M-sente pin

Conclusion

If you have trouble buying data or OTT for your friend individually, you can go anonymous with your surprise by visiting any telecom outlet shop near you and request for OTT service or internet top up on your friend’s number. Pay in cash to the agent equivalent to the OTT tax or internet bundle you are requesting for. The Agent will start the transaction. He/she will request the customer to confirm number details as declared on the phone. If the number details are a match, the agent will then initiate and confirm the transaction. Congratulations!! The transaction is now finalized and you are truly guilty of lightening up someone’s day, lol.

We hope this guide was helpful. Go ahead and bless someone, buy data and OTT for your friends.