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The important USSD codes for Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and Cell C South Africa Mobile

USSD codes

Before you come to know of the important USSD codes that you can use on your mobile for different services on Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and Cell C, you should understand what actually is USSD and how it works.

USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and is a protocol used by the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications mobile phones to communicate with service providers’ computers. Latest research shows that an average of 80% of South Africans living in urban areas and 94% of South Africans living in the more remote rural areas have pre-paid accounts which gives a good indication of how a USSD service can add value. It is supported by all handsets and networks and requires no internet connection or application to be installed.

Unlike the SMS, the USSD establishes a connection in real-time between the parties involved, thereby enabling a two-way communication of information as long as the connection remains open.

The cost of using USSD technology is approximately 20 cents per 20 seconds. Sessions are capped at 3 minutes. That means that your service provider has a protocol in place to time your activity out if your response time is delayed.  This ultimately means you don’t have to spend more than is required to access any service. The best thing is USSD works on all GSM mobile devices and there is no app required. It can integrate into any system using a web service

South Africans have multiple options available when it comes to their smartphone account administration, but few are as important as simple USSD codes because it is widely used for a variety of purposes, such as prepaid callback service, location-based content service, WAP browsing and so on. Additionally, it is also used as a part of configuring the user’s handheld on the network.

The only problem with USSD codes is that you have to remember what all of these codes are used for. Like simply checking airtime balances you use codes like *100# and *188# that are easy enough to remember, but many might have trouble recalling the code to send airtime to another number.

Here are some of the most important USSD codes for each mobile operator in South Africa.

Vodacom

Vodacom South Africa USSD Codes

  • For Airtime Balance use USSD Code: *136#
  • To get to the Master USSD menu use Code: *135#
  • Account enquiry use code: 137
  • Check WASP subscriptions use Code: *135#
  • To View your device IMEI use Code: *#06#
  • View your MSISDN use code: *111*501#
  • For Recharge Prepaid Airtime use code: *136*01*Recharge PIN#
  • USSD code for Please Call Me *140*MSISDN#
  • To Request airtime from another user use code: *140*02*MSISDN#
  • To Send airtime to another user use code: *135*072#
  • Change tariff use code: *135#
  • For Airtime Advance use code: *135*082#

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MTN

MTN SA USSD Codes

  • To get Airtime Balance use USSD code: *136#
  • Master USSD menu use code: *136*0#
  • To check WASP subscriptions use code: *136*5#; *464*970#; *156*12#; *123*10#
  • To view your device IMEI use code: *#06#
  • For your device MSISDN use code: *123*888#
  • To recharge Prepaid Airtime use code: *136*Recharge PIN#
  • Please Call Me use code: *121*MSISDN#
  • Request airtime from another use code: *136*3#
  • Send airtime to another use code: *136*3#
  • Change Tariff use code: *136*4#
  • Reverse-charge calling use code: *127*MSISDN#

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Cell C

Cell C USSD codes

  • For Airtime balance use USSD code: *101#
  • Master USSD menu use code: *147#
  • To check WASP subscriptions use code: *133*1#
  • View your device IMEI use code: *#06#
  • View your device MSISDN use code: *147*100#
  • Recharge Prepaid Airtime use code: *102*Recharge PIN#
  • For Please Call Me use code: *111*MSISDN#
  • To Request airtime from another user use code: *102*3#
  • Send airtime to another user use code: *102*2#
  • To change Tariff use code: *147#

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TelKom

Telkom

  • For Airtime balance use USSD code: *188#
  • Master USSD menu use code: *180#
  • To View your device IMEI use code: *#06#
  • To View your device MSISDN use code: *1#
  • For Recharge Prepaid Airtime use code: *188*Recharge PIN#
  • For Please Call Me use code: *140*MSIDN#
  • To Request airtime from another user use code: *180#
  • For Change Tariff use code: *180#
  • Dial USSD code *120*8686# to locate the nearest Wi-Fi Hotspot location

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Note that mostly using USSD on your mobile is free and doesn’t cost any money using them. They work like SMS messages but without any much of a cost. You can either remember these codes or save them on your mobile or note only those that you often use for easy recall.