Edited by Piyush Kashyap, Reviewed by Gulshan
Keeping a track of your mobile balance can be quite a hassle if you do not know the correct procedure.
Whether you are an Airtel, Vodafone, Jio or Idea user, there will be times when you need to know something about their services or simply find out your call and data balance.
The Indian market is flooded with attractive data and call plans offered by all the leading telecommunications service providers.
Thanks to Jio, a company which takes the credit for introducing extremely cheap and attractive data and calling plans to its subscribers, leading service providers such as Airtel and Vodafone have also come up with attractive packages to maintain their strong customer base.
Customers, therefore, are spoilt for choice and are constantly trying to find the best plans. But, have you ever wondered what happens when you forget to recharge your phone or lose track of the balance in your account? Well, it can be quite catastrophic, taking into account the kind of dependence we have on our phones nowadays.
So, what is the solution? It is simple. All you need to do is keep tracking your account balance and this can be easily done at your convenience.
Users can check their account balance through Airtel, Vodafone, Jio or Idea’s website or make use of dedicated apps. Another method is through the use of USSD codes and SMS. But what exactly is an USSD code?
Unstructured Supplementary Service Data or USSD is a service protocol utilized by GSM phones to communicate with telecom service providers. In simpler words, USSD codes can be used by users to connect with the servers of respective telecommunication companies.
The USSD codes can be used for prepaid callback service, location based content services, WAP browsing, menu based information services and mobile money services. It can also be used to configure a phone to a particular network.
These alphanumeric USSD codes create a real-time connection with your service provider and it results in a two way exchange of messages between the user and the company.
All leading telecommunication service providers in India have specific USSD codes for activating and deactivating services. These can be used to successfully check your balance and gain access to a number of services.
How to check balance for Airtel connections
If you are an Airtel customer, which is the leading telecommunication service provider in India, you can check call balance, internet usage limit and validity of your data or call plan with the help of several USSD codes. It also provides access to a number of attractive plans and offers.
Let’s now check out some useful USSD codes for Airtel customers.
Dial *123# to check balance
You will soon receive an option to enter the suitable serial number for the particular service that you are going to request. Reply with the selected number and you will soon get an answer from Airtel.
You can also check your balance using MyAirtel app on your phone. Download the application from Google Play store if you are an Android user and the Apple store if you are an iOS user. Install the app and log in with your Airtel number and password.
Go to My Account tab to find out information related to your number. Here you can easily check your call and internet balance. If you are running a low balance, you can also recharge from the app.
Airtel’s web portal offers self-service, whereby users can log in to their account with their mobile number and avail its services. You can easily check balance, top up your existing plan, change internet or call plans, activate new service and recharge your account.
Users also have plenty of options to browse through different plans and select one that is most relevant. Airtel’s customer care can also be reached from its website as well as mobile app. So, in case of any difficulty, feel free to contact their customer care service.
How to check balance for Vodafone connections
Vodafone enjoys a massive market share in the Indian telecommunication space and is one of the leading service providers at the moment. If you are using a Vodafone connection, it is easy to track your account balance without ever worrying about low or zero balance.
For smartphone users, My Vodafone app is the most convenient way to check balance. Install the app on your Android or Apple phone and log in with your active mobile number. You’ll be prompted to set a password for the account and once it is confirmed, you can log into your account.
Click on the My Account tab for details regarding your number. It will have information about active data and call plans, outstanding bills and remaining balance in your account. The same services can be availed from Vodafone’s website also.
It is one of the easiest methods to find out your balance and you can check it even while working on your laptop. The other method for checking your Vodafone account balance is with the help of USSD codes and SMS:
To check your data balance via SMS, type DATA BAL and send it to 144. You will soon receive a confirmation text stating your current account balance.
How to check balance for Reliance Jio connections
Reliance Jio is one of the fastest growing telecommunication company in India and boasts a huge user base. It has completely changed the way people use their phones and is primarily known for its attractive data and call plans. Jio users cannot check balance with USSD codes.
You can track account balance from their website or MyJio App. If you want to use the app, install it from Google Play Store and log in with your phone number. The account information can be found at the top of the page.
For many Jio users, the account balance will be zero because you may have subscribed to Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer or Summer Surprise.
If you have not recharged your phone after subscribing to these plans, your account balance will be zero but you can still make and receive phone calls and continue using the data plan. To check you current data plan and its validity, go to My Plans section.
It will give you a fair idea about how long you can use the existing plan. Options for further recharge is also available on the app.
If you want to sign into the website, go to Jio.com and log in with your mobile number and password. Check existing data plans at the My Plan section and find account details from My Account tab.
How to check balance for Idea connections
Idea is another popular telecom service provider in India. It offers excellent call and data plans for its users and if you want to check talk time or data balance, you can easily avail the service with USSD codes.
You can also check your account balance from My Idea app. It not only allows users access to their account details, it offers exclusive talk time and data plans. Install the app in your Android, Apple or Windows phone and you can easily manage your Idea connection from anywhere.
Users can recharge their account, check account balance, get customized offers, pay bills, activate services and view transaction history through this app. All you have to do is log into the account with your Idea mobile number and gain access to its services.
The dashboard of your account will show a complete detail of your account balance, including remaining talk time and data available in your account. The customer care center can also be contacted through the app or Idea website.
No matter which mobile connection you have, there is plenty of support available. Whether you like to log into the website or use a mobile application, companies have extended their support to create user friendly services.
Airtel, Vodafone, Jio and Idea users can find all details related to their account balance on their smartphones, via dedicated apps. If you find the USSD codes confusing, this is your best tool to keep track of your call and data balance.
Besides, dedicated customer care centers have been set up to assist users from all walks of life. You can contact them over phone, through online services or through a retail outlet. The stores are particularly useful if you are unable to access the self-service portals.
It not only has trained staff, it is also the perfect place to address all queries and issues.
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