Updated MTN USSD Codes 2023

Ever wondered why your familiar USSD code suddenly became non-functional when trying to buy data on MTN? Has this ever led you to ponder on whether there's a shift in the USSD framework in Nigeria? Well, there is, and the MTN USSD codes you once knew have changed. The Nigerian Communications Commission has authorised new unified USSD codes for all mobile networks. MTN users, you'll need to familiarise yourself with these new codes!

MTN Nigeria USSD Codes

In the rapidly advancing era of telecommunications, it’s crucial to stay updated. If you’re an MTN user, you might have noticed some recent changes in the USSD codes you frequently use. This shift comes as part of Nigeria’s wider effort to standardise the codes across all mobile networks. Here’s what you need to know about these changes, especially if you’re relying on these codes for daily tasks.

📱 Why UpdateStandardising USSD codes across Nigerian networks.
🔄 New MTN CodesUpdated USSD codes for MTN services.
💰 Recharge AirtimeDial 311 Voucher PIN # for airtime.
🔍 Check BalanceUse *310# for airtime balance.
🔗 Link NINLink NIN using *785#.
🆔 Check NumberDial *123# > Account Info > My Number.
🚫 DND CodeManage DND: 2442.
📲 Port NumberPort number using 3232.
💡 Stay InformedKeeping updated ensures efficient communication.

Why The Change in MTN USSD Codes?

All telecommunications operators in Nigeria have adopted the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) approval of uniform Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes. This move is part of the drive to make these codes more consistent across different networks in the country.

Previously, if you attempted to buy a data bundle or recharge your line with the old USSD code, you might have been directed to use a different one. This was a clear indication of the transition to new codes.

Updated MTN USSD Codes

If you’re an MTN user, it’s essential to familiarise yourself with these new USSD codes. The earlier versions, such as *556# and *131#, are no longer operational. Below is a comprehensive list of the revised codes:

  • Airtime Recharge: Dial *311* Voucher PIN #
  • Check Airtime Balance: Dial *310#
  • Borrow Airtime: Dial *303#
  • Purchase Data: Dial *312#
  • Share Data: Dial *321#
  • Check Data Balance: Dial *323#
  • Access MTN Value-added Services: Dial *305#
  • Link NIN to MTN Line: Dial *785#


How to Check Your MTN Phone Number

Confused about your own phone number? No worries, MTN has a quick solution for that:

  1. Dial *123#
  2. Select Account Info or press 1
  3. From the subsequent menu, choose My Number. Your number will then be displayed in a pop-up on your screen.

For a more direct approach, simply dial *123*1*1#.

USSD Codes That Remain Unchanged

Despite the revamp, it’s noteworthy that not all USSD codes were changed. Some have retained their original function:

  • 996 is now solely used to verify subscriber identity module (SIM) registration or NIN-SIM linkage.
  • The code 2442 remains the go-to for managing Do-Not-Disturb (DND) complaints against unsolicited messaging.
  • For porting services or mobile number portability, 3232 remains your USSD code.

In Conclusion

Being updated with these MTN USSD codes ensures seamless communication and access to essential services. With the telecommunications industry in Nigeria taking strides towards uniformity, it’s crucial to stay informed to get the best out of your mobile service.

So, whether you’re a student keen on staying connected or just an MTN user wanting to keep up with the times, this guide is your key to navigating these changes. Remember, staying informed is the first step to efficient communication.

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