How to buy a Safaricom Giga Bundle + check balance

If you buy Safaricom data bundles you have probably come across the Giga Bundle option nestled somewhere in the *544# menu.

These bundles don’t get talked about a lot like the daily, 7 day, 30 day, 90 day and All in One Bundles.

Having purchased Giga many times, I thought I had to create a post dedicated to just the two bundles – a post to show you how to buy a Safaricom Giga Bundle.

 Note: This post contains affiliate links. When you click on something I recommend and purchase it, I will receive a commission for the sale – at no extra cost to you. 

So, read on to learn more (about the bundles, how to purchase them using various USSD shortcodes and how to check your bundle balance once you make a purchase).

Ways to access the Giga Bundles menu on Safaricom

  • Dial *544# on your feature phone, smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer (if using your SIM card in a modem or router)
  • Select option 3: Normal Data Bundle WITH EXPIRY
  • Select option 5: Giga Bundle

OR

  • Dial *100#
  • Select option 7: Buy
  • Select option 3: Normal Data Bundle WITH EXPIRY
  • Select option 5: Giga Bundle

OR

  • Dial *456#
  • Select option 1:Buy
  • Select option 3: Data Bundles
  • Select option 5: Giga Bundle

List of Safaricom Giga Bundles:

  1. Daily Giga 1 GB at Kenya Shillings 99
  2. Weekly Giga 10 GB at Kenya Shillings 999

How to buy Safaricom Giga Bundles

How to buy the KSh 99 1 GB daily Giga Bundle:

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 3: Normal Data Bundle WITH EXPIRY
  • Select option 5: Giga Bundle
  • Reply with 1 for the Sh 99 (Daily Giga 1GB) bundle
  • Reply with 1 (Buy Once) to be billed once OR 2 to enable Auto Renew (get billed / receive 1 GB every 24 hours)
  • ‘Buy Giga 1GB @Sh99 using:’
  • Reply with 1 to pay for the daily Giga bundle using Airtime OR 2 to pay for it using M-PESA
  • Then reply with 1: Accept (to complete your purchase) OR 2: Cancel
    You’ll then receive an SMS that reads as follows: ‘You have purchased Giga 1GB, Expiry date: 07/08/2019 09:30 AM. Note the bundle expiry can only be extended by purchasing a similar bundle.’

How to buy the KSh 999 weekly Giga Bundle:

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 3: Normal Data Bundle WITH EXPIRY
  • Select option 5: Giga Bundle
  • Reply with 2 for the Sh 999 (Weekly Giga 10GB) bundle
  • ‘Buy 10GB @Sh999 using:’
  • Reply with 1 for Airtime OR 2 to pay for the weekly Giga bundle via M-PESA
  • Reply with 1 to Accept (and complete the transaction) OR 2 to Cancel

How to check Giga bundle balance

To check you data bundle balance:

  • Dial *544#
  • Select option 4: Check Balance
  • Wait for SMS

Or just dial *544*44#. Learn more here.

When you check your balance, you will receive text messages that look like these from Safaricom:

‘Dear customer, Your Giga Bundle balance is 450MB.’

‘Dear customer, Your Giga Bundle balance is 500MB. Your remaining Recovered Giga Data: 606 MB, Expiry: 04/05/2019 10:22:24.’

Then there are SMS Safaricom will send you automatically while using your Giga bundle. They look as follows:

  1. ‘Dear customer, Your Giga Bundle balance is 500MB.’
  2. ‘Dear customer, Your Giga Bundle balance is 75MB.’
  3. ‘Dear customer, Your Giga Bundle bundle is below 2MB.’

Would I recommend buying Giga Bundles?

Yes.

Having used the daily bundle many times, I’d tell you to go ahead and buy yourself either the 1GB or 10GB bundle.

It used to be that I either got myself an Airtel Kenya daily 2 GB data bundle at Kenya Shillings 99 or a daily 1 GB Safaricom Giga Bundle at Kenya Shillings 99 to access the internet.

I could use either of these bundles to:

  • Read articles online
  • Manage my blog – publish new articles (or edit old ones)
  • Manage my freelance writing business – look for clients, do online research and send back the completed work
  • Watch movies and TV series on Netflix, ShowMax and YouTube
  • Download files online

I’m just telling you that the bundles work fine.

Most people just go to their data bundles menu and miss the Giga Bundles option. Sometimes it is like they don’t see it.

Any time, from now on, you want to purchase a bundle from the *544# Daily Bundles or 7 Day Bundles menus, you might also want to take a look in the Giga Bundles menu.

If you still want even more options – other bundles that can act as alternatives – check your Safaricom Tunukiwa Internet Bundles menu. See the kinds of daily bundles Safaricom has in store for you.

Enjoyed reading this post? Read my other articles

  1. How to Buy Safaricom Data Bundles (Daily, 7 Day, 30 Day & 90 Day Bundles)
  2. Safaricom All In One Bundles
  3. How to Buy Safaricom Tunukiwa Offers (Minutes, SMS & Data Bundles)
  4. Buy Bundles on Safaricom Online Portal
  5. How to Check Safaricom Data Bundle Balance
  6. Airtel Kenya All in One Monthly Bundles vs Telkom Kenya All in One Monthly Bundles vs Safaricom All in One Bundles.

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