Important USSD Codes All South Africans Should Know

By:Staff Writer

A USSD allows users to access various services, such as menu-type applications using short codes usually start with * and end with # and can be typed into any cellphone to call up a specific action. Learn how to create your own USSD codes here.

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These menus can provide some of the most convenient life hacks and if you're new to it, no need to thank us.

Check out USSD Codes Every South African Should Know

USSD's for South Africans

Vodacom MTN Cell C Virgin Mobile Telkom Mobile

Access master menus:

*111# *141*0# *147# *100# *180#

Check airtime balance:

*100# *141# *101# *101# *188#

Load airtime to your account:

*100*01*recharge PIN# *141*recharge PIN# *102*recharge PIN# *102*recharge PIN# *188*Recharge Voucher PIN#

Request your own number:

*111*501# *123*888# *147*100# *103*2#

Request airtime from another user:

*140*02*mobile number# *141*6328*mobile number# *102*3# *106#

Transfer airtime to another user:

*111*072# (Use *111*1002# to transfer data) *141*6328*mobile number*amount of airtime# *102*2# *106#

Request a call from another user (aka the please call me):

*140*mobile number# *121*mobile number# *111*mobile number# *125*mobile number#

USSD codes for MTN subscribers

ServiceCodeCost
Master Menu*141*0#Free
Balance Enquiry*141#Free
Buy*141*2#Free
MTN Me2U*141*3#Free
Change Price Plan*141*4#Free
Manage*141*5#Free
MTN Loyalty*141*9#Free
MTN Eazi Recharge*141*10#Free
Mobile Money*120*668#Free for MTN Subscribers
CallBack*121* (number)#Free
MTN Compass*120*555#R0.20 per 20 sec, some are charged at R1
MTN Loyalty*141*9#Free
MTN Directory Enquiries*200#R2 per successful request

Source: MTN blog

USSD codes for Vodacom subscribers

ServiceCodeCost
My Vodacom services*111#Free
Balance Enquiry Pre-paid*100#Free
Balance Enquiry Contract*111*502#Free
Recharge of prepaid account*100*01*Recharge PIN#Free
Call Me Service*140*number#Free
Please Recharge Me*140*02*number#Free
Data bundle transfer - Pre-Paid*111*1002#Free
Airtime transfer *111*072#Free
Airtime Advance*111*082#Free
Vodacom Paypoint*120*1234#Free
Promotions*111#Free
Entertainment*111#Free

Source: Vodacom

USSD codes for Cell C subscribers

ServiceCodeCost
Change a Cell prepaid tariff*147#Free
Request GPRS/MMS setting*147#Free
Cell C call back*111*number#Free
Personalise Cell Call back*111*1#Free
Check your Cell C cell phone number*147#Free
Convert airtime to data bundles*147*4#Free
Cell C remaining airtime, SMS/MMS and data balance*101#Free
Load Cell C airtime voucher*102*pin#Free
Cancel call diverts##002#Free
Divert all calls**21*08414 followed by the last 9 digits of your phone number#Free
Divert calls when busy**67*08414 followed by the last 9 digits of your phone number#Free
Divert Calls to voice mail**62*08414 followed by the last 9 digits of your phone number#Free
Divert Calls to voicemail**61*08414 followed by the last 9 digits of your phone number#Free
Activate BIS service*147* Key in ‘5’Free
Deactivate BIS*147* Key in ‘5’Free
Block a lost SIM*147*6#Free
How to block/check subscriptions*133*1#Free

Source: SAcell

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