Vodafone Idea Announces Digital Recharges, SMS Recharge Options For Gujarat, Rajasthan During Lockdown

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Over the past few days, we have reported about Vodafone Idea’s initiatives to help people stay in touch with each other during the ongoing pan India lockdown. These include the proper deployment of emergency staff members across the country to ensure no disruption in service is experienced and daily briefing given on safety, social distancing to all field and non-field staff. In the past, we had reported about Vodafone Idea announcing special online recharge options for consumers from North East, Bihar, and Jharkhand states. Today, the company announced a bunch of similar initiatives for its 2G customers based out of Rajasthan and Gujarat. A press release issued by the company also contains detailed instructions on how to recharge their phones via a simple SMS or a missed call.

In a bid to dissuade people from going out in search of recharge shops, Vodafone Idea has started to create awareness among people to promote the usage of recharging through digital means. Wherever possible, the company is trying to explain the advantage of online recharges using video links, GIFs, dockets that explain the process for undertaking recharge and effecting bill payments.

The most interesting initiative, however, is the one that allows 2G users to simply recharge their numbers by sending an SMS or a missed call. While we did talk about this procedure in a previous article, people were still left with several doubts. Today, the company announced a set of clearer instructions to perform recharges using this method. Note that these methods are currently valid for the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan only. Once again, do note that you will require the user ID for net banking (for select banks) to complete this process. You will also be required to add info pertaining to your account number.

Currently, this method of offline recharge can be done for the following banks

  • State Bank of India
  • ICICI Bank
  • Axis Bank
  • Kotak Bank
  • IndusInd Bank
  • RBL Bank
  • HDFC Bank

The procedure for each of these banks is listed below.

Quick Recharge through SMS

State Bank of India: SMS to 9223440000
SMS Format: Stopup<space>Userid<space>MPIN<space>VODAFONE/IDEA<space>10 digit Mob No<space>Amount

ICICI Bank: SMS to 9222208888

SMS Format: MTOPUP<space>IDEA/VODAFONE<space>10 digit Mob No<space>Amount<space>Last 6 digits of Bank Acc

Axis Bank: SMS to 9717000002 / 5676782

SMS Format: MOBILE<space>10 digit Mob No<space>Idea/Vodafone<space>Amount<space>Last 6 digits of Bank Acc

Kotak Bank: SMS to 9971056767 / 5676788

SMS Format: REC<space>10 digit Mob No<space> VODAFONE/IDEA<space>Amount<space>Last 4 digits of Bank Acc

IndusInd Bank: SMS to 9212299955

SMS Format: MOB<space>10 digit Mob No<space> VODAFONE/IDEA<space>Amount<space>Last 4 digits of Debit card

Quick Recharge through SMS and Missed call

RBL Bank: SMS to 5607011
1st Step SMS: ACT<space> VODAFONE/IDEA<space>Amount<space>Last 5 digits of Bank Acc
Confirm your recharge by giving a call
2nd Step: Give missed call to 1800 5320610

HDFC Bank: SMS and Call to 7308080808
1st Step SMS: ACT<space> VODAFONE/IDEA<space>Last 5 digits of Bank Acc
2nd Step SMS: FAV<space>98XXXXXXXX<space>Amount
Confirm your recharge by giving a call
3rd Step: Give missed call to 7308080808

The facility is already live and can be used by customers using their registered mobile numbers.


Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.