20+ essential USSD codes to remember for Vodacom, MTN & beyond

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If you’re a prepaid user on one of South Africa‘s mobile phone networks, chances are that you use a USSD code every day. Whenever you check your airtime, load more airtime or request a call from someone who has more airtime than you, you’re using a USSD code. Often, you’ll remember these as some of the most used codes, but there are a few you might not know exist.

Below, we take a look at some of the USSD codes you really should remember, as well as their functions, for the biggest networks in South Africa.

Update, 26 February 2018: many of the below codes will be terminated from 24 March 2018, as networks comply with a new ICASA regulation. We’ve added the replacement USSD codes released by the likes of Vodacom and MTN in brackets alongside the original codes below.

Access master menus:

  • Vodacom – *111# (*135#)
  • MTN – *141*0# (*135#)
  • Cell C – *147#
  • Virgin Mobile – *100#
  • Telkom Mobile – *180#

Check airtime balance:

  • Vodacom – *100# (*136#)
  • MTN – *141# (*136#)
  • Cell C – *101#
  • Virgin Mobile – *101#
  • Telkom Mobile – *188#

Load airtime to your account:

  • Vodacom – *100*01*recharge PIN# (*136#)
  • MTN – *141*recharge PIN# (*136#)
  • Cell C – *102*recharge PIN#
  • Virgin Mobile – *102*recharge PIN#

Request your own number:

  • Vodacom – *111*501#
  • MTN – *123*888#
  • Cell C – *147*100#
  • Virgin Mobile – *103*2#

Request airtime from another user:

  • Vodacom – *140*02*mobile number#
  • MTN – *141*6328*mobile number#
  • Cell C – *102*3#
  • Virgin Mobile – *106#

Transfer airtime to another user:

  • Vodacom – *111*072# (Use *111*1002# to transfer data)
  • MTN – *141*6328*mobile number*amount of airtime#
  • Cell C – *102*2#
  • Virgin Mobile – *106#

Request a call from another user:

  • Vodacom – *140*mobile number#
  • MTN – *121*mobile number#
  • Cell C – *111*mobile number#
  • Virgin Mobile – *125*mobile number#

Have we left any out? Do you have anything you’d like to add? Be sure to drop a comment in the comments section below.

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