iRecharge gives permanent bank account numbers to every meter and decoder in Nigeria.
Saying that just a few years ago you had to go to a NEPA office or cable TV outlet to pay recurring bills such as electricity and cable TV subscriptions. It took a lot of time and money to get you to these places.
Lately the main challenges I have been facing are the fear of exposing my ATM card details on multiple apps and websites just to pay bills and the annoying additional N100 convenience charge I owe pay.
Last weekend I received guests, unfortunately I ran out of electricity. As usual, I picked up my phone and logged into my regular bill payment app. For some reason, I was unable to complete the payment with my credit card. I kept getting a ‘FAILED’ error message despite 6 attempts with 3 different bank cards. You can imagine how frustrated I was.
A guest of mine, Tunde, noticed my struggle and suggested I use iRecharge. Honestly, it was the first time I encountered this name. I did a quick google search and the first thing that came up was a message that said “EACH COUNTER HAS ITS BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER” and all I had to do was transfer money to my meter’s permanent bank account number to get my units instantly. Seeing this, what came to my mind was that it was no longer necessary to expose my card details, download a new app and pay a convenience fee of N100.
This information motivated me to give it a try. I clicked on the link-https://www.irecharge.ng/retrieve-account and proceeded to retrieve my meter’s permanent bank account number which was also texted to me. I saved this account number in my contacts under the name – My Home Meter.
I actually wanted to buy N5,000 units but wasn’t sure about this rig so decided to try it out with something smaller. I transferred N1,000 to my meter’s bank account number using my bank’s USSD code. To my surprise, a few seconds later, I received an SMS with my token.
As a tech enthusiast, the ease I found in making this payment prompted me to return to the platform to learn more about them. It was then that I realized that this service was also available for my cable TV box. This means that my decoder also has its own permanent bank account number and all I had to do was transfer the value of my subscription to the account for renewal.
If you are reading this, I recommend you try this service and let us know what you think.
Other ways to retrieve your own permanent meter and cable tv set top box bank account number is by dialing *6606*1# or through their WhatsApp chatbot 0909 666 6612.
As I write this article, I have registered my meter’s bank account number as the payee on my banking app. It actually made my subsequent payments easier. I advise you to do the same.
Although the digital age has ushered in a whole range of internet-powered bill payment platforms and websites, an innovative service like iRecharge stands out.
Everyone wants convenience especially when it’s free.
By the way, use my referral code ‘IST2022’ when retrieving the bank account number from your own meter or decoder so that I can earn N50 each time you buy and you save N100 each time you pay your bill.
You can also refer your friends and family and earn N50 every time they pay their bills.
Follow this link and register to get your own referral code;