Vodafone Sakhi Recharge, a secure recharge service rolled out in Haryana

Vodafone has now introduced a secure recharge service called ‘Vodafone Sakhi Recharge’ in Haryana. Under the service, Vodafone customers can now recharge their mobile phones without sharing the number to the retail outlets. The service tends to the much-needed privacy needs of teenage girls and women who risk handing their mobile phone numbers to harassers and unwanted people. Although men and teenage boys can make use of the service equally.


The Vodafone Sakhi Recharge service was announced by Mohit Narru, Business Head ,Haryana, Vodafone India among a number of local authorities like Vodafone Haryana Circle and Smt. Kavita Jain, Minister Urban and Local Bodies and Department of Women and Child Development. On the eve of the announcement he said,“As a part of our constant endeavor to work towards the customer needs, we believe that their safety and privacy is very important during all their interactions with us. ‘Vodafone Sakhi Recharge’ helps subscribers, especially women keep their phone numbers private and secure. Being the most preferred telecom service provider in Haryana, Vodafone is delighted to announce this revolutionary service to make our customers feel more secure and empowered.”

To make use of the Sakhi (friend) Recharge, customers must send a toll-free SMS ‘PRIVATE’ to 12604. Thereafter, the sender will receive a unique 10 digit OTP. This OTP should be shared with the retailers or Vodafone Store/Mini Store personnel. If done correctly, the customer will receive a ‘Recharge Successful message completing the process.

Vodafone Sakhi Recharge has already been active in other parts of India like Uttar Pradesh. The service was launched in early 2015, so it is high time the service should launch in other states as well. The service is free of cost to avail and starts as low as Rs. 52, as is evident from the company statement.