How to Activate a Vodafone IOU

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Vodafone is a Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) cellular service provider that operates in the United Kingdom. Vodafone offers an IOU service on its prepaid cellular phones that allows you to borrow 2 pounds' ($3 as of early 2011) worth of calling credit. To use the IOU service, you need to opt in by activating the Vodafone IOU. You can activate the Vodafone IOU by sending a text message to Vodafone.

  • Open the text messaging application on your Vodafone cellular phone. In most cases, you must select the "Messages" or "Messaging" option. If you don't know how to open the text messaging application, consult the owner's manual that came with your cellular phone.

  • Text "IOU" to "468." "468" should appear in the "Send to" field of your cellular phone's text messaging application, and "IOU" should appear in the "Subject" field of the text message.

  • Press the "Send" button on your cellular phone to activate the Vodafone IOU.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will pay the IOU back when you recharge your Vodaphone prepaid account. You can use Vodafone IOUs multiple times. However, you must pay back the IOU before your can activate a new IOU.
  • There is a service charge of 30 pence every time you use a Vodafone IOU.
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