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Free SMSs - what's the deal?

If you are one of our customers on a free SMS deal, good for you! You can have up to 1 000 free SMSs, as long as:

  • You are a person, sending to another person. That means individual users only. No computer-generated SMSs and no premium rated SMSs.
  • You only use a Virgin Mobile phone to send SMSs and not a modem/SIM card, which serves as one of those bulk SMS facilities. It’s only fair.
  • You are a private person. This does not mean you’re someone who battles to share their feelings; it means you are not a business – or that you are contacting a regularly contacted group/s of persons or a social network. Come on – businesses SMSs are tax deductible anyway!
  • You are sending national SMSs. International SMSs will be charged at the normal international rates.
  • You don’t suddenly make 3 million ‘new friends’ you just have to stay in touch with. We may pay attention from time to time to see how many SMSs you are sending and if it seems a little fishy, we’re likely to investigate. If we find you’re abusing the system, the ‘free’ part of the free SMSs will be taken away. Sorry!



What are our Prepaid rates?
Virgin Mobile has the perfect prepaid deal for you! This is the default rate plan for all new prepaid SIM packs:
  • Vrgin-to-Virgin: 99c per second billing
  • Virgin-to-Other: 99c per second billing
  • Data: 99c per MB.
  • SMS:50c per message.
  • MMS: 75c per message
  • International SMS: R1.50 per message

On Virgin Mobile prepaid we get your style with My Bonus, Group Bonus and Bonus Sundays! Read more about each of these below. 




Get Bonus Data (MBs), SMSs or minutes to any network on EVERY airtime recharge.


  • Choose between data bonuses (MB’s), local SMS bonuses or minutes to any network. Choose your bonus by dialling *108# or logging onto our web portal.
  • You may change your bonus once every 30 days via USSD *108# and/or our Web portal.
  • Bonuses cannot be transferred.
  • Bonuses are effective from the date the recharge voucher is loaded.
  • Your bonus MBs, SMSs or minutes will be used first, before your airtime and/or data/SMS bundle. 
  • Bonuses have a specific expiry dependent on the voucher recharge; please use it before it expires.
  • Dial *101# to check your bonus balance. 

View voucher bonus and expiry here




Recharge with R20 or more and get FREE SMS, DATA or minutes for you and FREE DATA for your friends! 


  • Group bonus recharges on EVERY recharge of R20 and above.
  • You get to qualify for individual bonuses as well as qualify for group bonuses
  • When you recharge, you will be given an option to choose your bonus-SMS, MBs or minutes (once monthly as per above). Your group members will get MBs bonus only. 
  • A group must have a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people (incl the group admin), however, you can belong to more than 1 group but can only be a group admin for 1.
  • Toadd/remove group members, log on to our web portal.
  • Group bonus is effective from the time it’s placed on your account and expires after 24hrs..
  • Free bonuses will always deplete before paid for usage.
  • Individual and group bonuses cannot be transferred from group member to group member. The individual that receives the bonus can only use them in their own capacity.

View voucher group bonus and expiry here




Get FREE AIRTIME on Sundays, every time you recharge. 


When you recharge in the week (Sunday to Saturday), you get 20% of that airtime back on a Sunday to use for FREE!  This airtime can be used for voice calls, data or SMSs. 


  • The Sunday bonus will only be valid for 24HRS.  This means that it will become available to you at 00.00 on Saturday evening and is valid until 00.00 Sunday evening. 
  • You qualify for this bonus every weekend when/if you recharge within that week.
  • Free bonus will always deplete before paid for usage.
  • The bonus airtime on a Sunday cannot be used to purchase data, SMS bundles or to transfer airtime.
  • The order of bonus rewards will deplete as follows: 
  1. Bonus Sundays / 3rd or 6th recharge bonus 
  2. Group Bonus
  3. My Bonus
  4. Data/SMS bundles

View more here