Airtime that you buy from Thuraya Recharge is valid as long as you keep your SIM card active (see below). It will not expire separately to your SIM card. This differs from prepaid scratch cards which expire after 12 months if not used. We do not sell prepaid scratch cards.
This page explains how to keep your SIM card active: All about Thuraya SIM Card Validity
You can check your balance online by visiting services.thuraya.com and clicking on "Online Billing Enquiry". You will need a pin number to access this service. This pin can be obtained by sending a blank SMS (from your Thuraya phone) to 1522 or by asking your Thuraya Service Provider to set one for you. We can't set this pin for you.
You can also check your balance from your Thuraya phone by sending a blank sms to 151 and you will receive an automatic response with the available credit. This costs a standard SMS fee.
Yes. The cost of calls is exactly the same.
Airtime is added to your SIM card instantly when you recharge through Thuraya Recharge.
Yes, up to 5 phones can be recharged from a standard account. If you want more, please contact us.
To minimise credit card fraud we need to verify all credit cards. Your first recharge is charged to your credit card in 2 random payments that total the amount of your purchase. To verify your credit card, you will need to contact your bank or check your credit card statement to find out the amount of each payment, then log back into Thuraya Recharge and enter the amounts. Here is an example of How to Verify your Credit Card.
You will need to verify your card before you can make any further purchases. This is only required once per credit card.
We accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard.
If the recharge units have already been added to a SIM card we are unable to provide a refund. If the recharge was not able to be added to your SIM card (eg if the SIM has expired or is not a prepaid SIM), then we can provide a refund on request. A $15 fee applies to cover bank charges and credit card processing fees. Alternatively we can put the airtime onto another SIM card.
The number is 800 11 800. You will need to setup a Recharge by Phone pin number first before you can use this service. Do this by logging into your Thuraya Recharge account and going to "My Thuraya Phones".
Yes, Press 0 when our system answers your call, and you will be directed to our 24x7 English speaking support centre. There is no charge for this call.
There are no additional charges and the price of units is the same.
You must use a Thuraya handset with a Thuraya SIM card that has been registered with Thuraya Recharge.
You can use another Thuraya handset, but you must use your SIM card in this handset.
Make sure that you have a good satelite signal when calling. Also check that you have DTMF enabled on the phone you are using. If all else fails, dial the toll free number and press 0 and talk to us.
All active Thuraya Prepaid SIM cards can be used with Thuraya Recharge including both the NOVA SIM (previously called the ECO SIM) and Thuraya Prepay SIM (previously called Super SIM or Classic SIM) & Marine SIM.
Yes. You can buy recharge units online and you can also use the Recharge by Phone service if you place the SIM card into a Thuraya handset and call our toll free number to access the service. Please use the voice number that has been provided with the SIM Card and not the data number.
We only sell Thuraya airtime. You will need to go to a Thuraya Service Provider or Thuraya retailer to buy a SIM card or handset.
If we have informed you that your SIM card has expired, then you should contact your Thuraya service provider that sold you the SIM card and ask if they can reactivate it for you. There will usually be a small fee for this, but it avoids needing to obtain a new card. More information about SIM card validity is available here: All about Thuraya Sim Card Validity
Please see this page for information about how to get the best connection with your Thuraya phone: How to get a good connection when using my Thuraya phone.
Please check the information on this page: How to get a good connection when using my Thuraya phone. If your SIM card hasn't been used for 6 months or more, then please follow the steps here: How to initialize a Thuraya phone and SIM card that you havent used for some time. This solves most problems.
If you are unsure if your SIM card is active or if there is coverage in your area, you may also wish to contact Thuraya or your Thuraya service provider. Thuraya can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org and they respond to emails promptly 24x7.