How To Identify An MTN, Airtel, Glo And 9Mobile Number In Nigeria

Various carrier networks or Telco companies in Nigeria like MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile all have their own personalized, and unique number prefix that is attached to their numbers. How to identify or recognize a particular network’s number now becomes a challenge.

These telecom companies have prefixes attached to their numbers so you can easily distinguish one from another.

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Most times, the reason why some people long to identify various mobile network numbers is to evaluate how they will make their calls.

As you know already, making calls via the same network has a lower call charge rate as compared to when you make calls with other networks.

This guide will be covering on all you need to know on how to identify, easily detect and differentiate between an MTN number from Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile.

But then, before proceeding, it would be worth knowing that, due to the introduction of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), any number could be easily ported to any mobile network.

The Mobile Number Portability allows network subscribers to swap from one network provider to another while retaining the exact or original phone number. i.e transferring from the MTN network to Airtel, while the MTN number remains the same without changing.

Due to this, sometimes the prefix attached to numbers no longer becomes a yardstick through which a particular mobile network number is identified.

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But all things being equal, I will show you how to identify various mobile network numbers in Nigeria, or how to know the network of a number in Nigeria.

How To Identify An MTN Number

Below is a list of MTN number prefixes in Nigeria, that will help you identify an MTN number from other networks.

  • 0806
  • 0803
  • 0704
  • 0706
  • 0906
  • 07025
  • 0814
  • 07026
  • 0810
  • 0813
  • 0816
  • 0903
  • 0703
  • 0913 (new)

To check your MTN number Via USSD Code simply dial *663#.

How To Identify An Airtel Number

List of Airtel number prefixes in Nigeria. An Airtel number will look like the following at the beginning of its number.

  • 0901
  • 0808
  • 0907
  • 0812
  • 0708
  • 0701
  • 0902
  • 0802

You can check your Airtel number via USSD code by dialling *282#. Alternatively, you can achieve that by dialling *121*1#.

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How To Identify A Glo Number

List of Glo number prefixes. A Glo number is easily identified when it has the below numbers as its prefix.

  • 0905
  • 0805
  • 0705
  • 0815
  • 0807
  • 0811

To check or know your Glo number, dial the USSD code *135*8#.

How To Identify A 9Mobile Number

Below is a list of 9mobile number prefixes. 9mobile numbers are easily recognised when these prefixes are present in numbers.

  • 0909
  • 0818
  • 0908
  • 0809
  • 0817

To check or know your 9mobile number, dial the USSD code *248#.

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