How To Sell Data And Airtime Online (With App & Websites)

Selling data and airtime online is a lucrative side hustle business. It doesn’t matter whether you have your normal job or business, the internet telecom market is very enormous in Nigeria having over 113 Million mobile users.

If you want to get start and do not know how to sell airtime and data online. In this tutorial here, we at would guide you through the entire process of How To Sell Data And Airtime Online (With App & Websites).

There are about four major telecommunication company in Nigeria which are MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9Mobile. Nigerians spend billions of naira on their monthly recharges and is very unfortunate that a huge number of people use android phones and are on the internet.

Selling airtime and data online or offline is a lucrative and profitable business one can easily do without any hindrance or obstacles. Selling airtime and data online are now available for digital purchase nationwide.

Requirements on How To Sell Airtime And Data Online

Before you think of venturing into the lucrative and profitable business of selling data and airtime online you need to have the following;

  •  A Good Laptop or Smartphone(Android or iPhone).
  • Stable internet connection.
  • Finance and Capital.
  • Bank Account.
  • A Minimum of 10,000 Naira for start-up or Registration.
  • Customers (Market).

How To Be An Airtime and Data Agent

There are numerous ways or means to sell airtime, You can use your smartphone or your computer/laptop to sell airtime without having to order or buy stock. When you deposit funds into the VTU (virtual Top Up) bank account , your virtual account is credited as soon as the funds reflect in the VTU bank account, then, you can recharge your customers and yourself with airtime or data Online.

Also read; How To Create VTU App

VTU Account Level

This business have different entry level which are:

  • VTU API Merchant Level.
  • VTU Reseller Level.
  • VTU Agent Level.

Do not get confused, I will deep down on various entry level and how it works.

Each level is dependent on the financial capacity of the individual or organisation that want to start this operation.

VTU API Merchant

This level is the highest in the VTU Website business, they are the main source of vending for Agent, Resellers and Users.

The API Merchant regulate the unit price for vtu product and give access to their API (Application Programming Interface) for developer to use and configure reseller website and allow them fund their API wallet for end customer to get value of service purchased.

You will need high capital to become an API Merchant and full stack developers to support you.

That is you over see server Uptime and Network Vulnerability of each service,

To become API is not that too complicated as you think but expensive to maintain and manage.

Here is a typical example of the steps to become VTU API owner (API Merchant):

You will need a dedicated SIM cards for the four network we use in Nigeria then, connect to SIM hosting server which will charge you Monthly or yearly subscription to host your Virtual SIM with them.

That will provide you with your own custom API that other can connect to or you connect to your website to sell data and airtime from.

There are other configurations and set up you need to do in order to get more functions and features.

VTU Reseller Level

You do not need to worry about uptime and server running of the SIM hosting or maintenance cost, all you have to do is to find trusted VTU API Merchant and connect with.

in fact, you do not need to become a developer before you can achieve this.

Most VTU API Vendors also own a website and have made the configuration easy for you as a reseller to use their RESTFUL API to connect with your website and App with few set up process like MSOrg, Clubkonnect and Aimtoget etc.

All you need is just VTU Portal Creator Script and you insert their API into it, most VTU Script gives you a responsive website interface that you can use and convert your website to VTU App.

This level also requires some amount of finance to start the business aside capital like creating of the website (Web Hosting, Domain Name, VTU Script and Paid API).

VTU Agent Level

VTU agents do not need website or app of their own to start selling Data and Airtime online, all they need do is to find cheap website that sell data in bulk and join.

They may pay some few to have access to become an agent that resale.

All they need is money to fund their account with and marketing their new VTU business.

Other Websites You Can Sell Data and Airtime

1. Paycheap Nigeria

Buy/Sell Cheap Data Bundles, Airtime, Bulk SMS, Bill Payment For Discount Price on Paycheap Nigeria. Trade MTN, GLO, 9Mobile & Airtel, Buy Airtime 4% Discount, Send Bulk SMS, Make Bill Payment(DSTV, GOtv, Startimes,

Electricity/Nepa Prepaid Meter) For Discount Price. Also transfer your money to any Nigerian bank in 5 Seconds. Refer others to and earn ₦500 Instant cash. Sell data & Airtime for any network. It’s cheaper, faster and reliable on Paycheap.

How To Get Started On Paycheap Nigeria

  • Create an account or Login if you already have one.
  • Activate your Account With ₦1000 (One time fee).
  • Enjoy Secured and fast transaction

2. Mobile Airtime Nigeria

As a vendor on Mobile Airtime NG, you get discounts from VTU airtime recharge on all GSM networks and pay less for cable tv payments.
However, your discount and what you pay is determined by your vendor level. We have 4 vendor levels; Agent, Reseller, Partner, Pro Partner, Web Owner. See  below for details;

How The Setup Works:
  • Click on the register link to set up your vendor account now.
  • Reseller pays N3,000; N2,400 will be credited to the wallet and N600 will be the setup charge.
  •  Partner pays N6,000; N4,800 will be credited to the wallet and N1,200 will be the setup charge.
  • Pro-Partner pays N10,000; N8,000 will be credited to the wallet and N2,000 will be the setup charge.
  • The setup charge is a ONE-TIME PAYMENT and WILL NOT be deducted from subsequent payments when funding wallet.

 3. Recharge Hub

Rechargehub is a platform that makes recharging of data and utility services seamless and faster on the go for users who want to recharge. We make payment for data, airtime and utility bills easy, convenience and cheap. Rechargehub is championing a modern way to pay for topup online.

Rechargehub provides a platform for anyone to become a reseller and earn regular income by selling our innovative products. Becoming a Reseller allows you to buy our products at way cheaper prices, allowing you to resell to other buyers at your convinient price.

There are Agentally three(3) types of Resellers Packages on Rechargehub

1.  End User Package :

This is the default package after a successful signup. To maintain this package, you fund a minimum of ₦5,000. Your product prices remain as the price on the End User Price List. You have access to all the products, No Discount on Airtime and Billing Services.

2.  Distributor Package :

To migrate to this Plan, You maintain a minimum funding of ₦10,000 at all time. Funding less than ₦10,000 will downgrade you to the Agent Package. With this plan you can buy Products at far lesser prices than the Agent Package. 3 % discount on Airtime and No Discount on Billing Services.

3.  Partners:

To become a Partner on Rechargehub, You maintain a minimum funding of ₦150,000 at all time. Funding less will downgrade you to a Distributor Package. With this plan you can buy Products at far lesser prices than the Distributor Package and enjoy upto 3% on Airtime TOPIT, 7% on VTU walllet, 3% on DSTV,STARTIMES,GOTV, ELECTRICITY and other BILLINGS services.

On this package you can easily become a Merchant if you have an existing website or any app that you want to integrate with our API. Contact for more info on API.


In conclusion, once you enrolled or registered, you can now see all the menus that allow you to transfer or sell airtime or data to any of your customers for all networks. You are expected to have your own means or ways of collecting payment from your customers through cash or transfer.

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