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How to Buy Safaricom Data Bundles November 27, 2009

Posted by phlexdev in Technology.

To enquire for the details, send a blank SMS to 450. Here’s the response.

To buy a data bundle send an empty sms to:

  • 442 for 40MB @ksh 250,
  • 443 for 100MB @ksh 499,
  • 446 for 300MB @ksh 999,
  • 447 for 700MB @ksh 1,999
  • 448 for 1GB @ksh 2,499

The money is automatically deducted from your airtime, and you will get a confirmation message confirming the success of your transaction. Oh, and it might be wise to disable automatic updates before connecting to the internet, otherwise your bundle will be used up in a flash.

To check the balance, SMS the word Balance to 450.



1. Winnie - December 16, 2009

Thank you, I found this very useful.

2. john kihoro - December 16, 2009

thanks for mentioning about turning off the automatic update…..my 1000 kshs airtime was used up like that..in a flash..i cried

3. Sidney - January 17, 2010

Doesn’t work – Topped up 250/-
sent a message with the word ‘activate to 442
tried sending a blank message as well.

Neither worked.
Instead, i received 5 messages in a row with the ‘insufficient funds’ reminder – typical of Safaricom

4. robert - January 27, 2010

I am not satisfied with you internet modem. When I charged for the bundle, it does not show the bundle balance. Please correct the problem.
Last time, I charged 250 K. shs to buy 40 MB bundle and it was used up within seconds

phlexdev - February 1, 2010

Hi Robert, is it possible that automatic updates was on? Or maybe another program downloaded some files in the background.

Currently Safaricom have an offer, for KES 1,000 you get unlimited internet for 7 days. Top up with a thousand, and send a blank message to 555. Enjoy while it lasts.

PS: I am not a Safaricom employee.

5. Malowa - February 12, 2010

Thanks for the information, it was really helpful!

I also get a number of messages when I run out of credit, and not realising it, try and send a text. It’s frustrating but not as much as loss of network and call dropping!

I think safaricom is still the best when it comes to data but with calling – it’s terrible!


6. joe - April 2, 2010

thanks man really helpfful stuff

7. Anon - May 19, 2010

Thanks, awesome! Too bad this info cannot be found on the Safaricom website just as easily.

8. Margaret - May 20, 2010

data bundles purchase has problems, have been enjoying it but recently everytime I top up I can’t activate instead I receive a flood of messages – You have insufficient funds, i.e I have 266kshs airtime but can’t activate to get 40mb equivalent to 250Kshs, how does it work?

phlexdev - May 21, 2010

Are you using a modem or your cellphone?

9. Mary Kariuki - July 12, 2010

please I have send message to convert into bundles that is 500/= at first and 250/=. the response is I wait. so I do not know whether has successful been converted please let me know.

phlexdev - July 13, 2010

Hi Mary,
You can check by sending the word Balance to 450. You will get a text after a few minutes indicating how many MBs you have available.

10. Jay - October 15, 2010

How do i turn off these automatic updates? (Duh,,I know)

phlexdev - October 18, 2010

Hi Jay, what operating system are you using? For
– Windows Vista: Go to Control Panel -> Windows Update. On the left, click on the Change settings. In the Important updates drop down list, select the “Never check for updates” and click OK.

– Windows XP: Go to Control Panel -> Automatic Updates. Check the Turn off Automatic Updates and click OK.

11. Kikuyu Pratagonist - October 28, 2010

Thanxs Man its just wat i needed to knw

12. Ben Njeru - December 2, 2010

The broad band is not working as fast as i expected. The connection is just too poor 16kb per second. Is this the expected speed or is something wrong with my settins?

13. robert - March 28, 2011

How about windows 2007. How do cancel the updates?

phlexdev - May 5, 2011

Hi Robert,
You can disable updates via
Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Update,
then click on Change Settings. Note that it is advisable to keep your computer up to date, so plan to do that as well.

14. Kevin - April 8, 2011

You can also choose to buy from Buy Online Kenya and we can always send the topup automatically.

15. Felix - April 16, 2011

It’s now easier…Just SMS to 450 the KSH amount and it automatically replenishes the equivalent data bundle! 30mb for 100 bob etc

16. davy - November 24, 2011

its work.. Nice KESH 499 for 500Mb

17. izzo - February 14, 2012

John you cried?

18. Abdirauf hassan - July 8, 2012

Apple my mobile Internet data bundle code

19. Jairus - August 10, 2012

Tnx u realy helpd me

20. Kamde Chibole - October 25, 2012

I hate scratch cards. And buying bundles online is a headache. I wish Safcoms service was as great as its profits!

21. jared - November 8, 2012

update your website the way you update your profits!!!!!

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24. charles - November 18, 2013

how can i sambaza bundles in another safcom line

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26. Kirti p shah - July 18, 2014

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I like the .com/bundles

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28. Murerwa - September 22, 2016

how do l stop daily bundles I want to upgrade to the monthly orweekly bundles

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