Nigeria Mobile Network Operators Adopt NCC’s New Unified USSD codes.

The telecommunications operators have adopted the Nigerian Communications Commission’s approval of a Unified Unstructured Supplementary Service Date, USSD, for all mobile networks in the Country.

The development comes against the Nigerian Communications Commission’s approval of Unified USSD codes for all mobile networks in Nigeria.

The implementation commenced on May 18, 2023.

In perspective, the unified USSD becomes the only way to recharge(purchase airtime) and check mobile networks.

In March 2023, the commission informed all concerned parties to migrate and fully implement the Unified USSD codes by May 17, 2023.

It is because once the harmonized shortcodes (HSC) for all mobile networks kick-off, that will be the only way to recharge or check Balance on all mobile networks.


For instance, as an MTN subscriber, you can no longer recharge your line using the regular MTN codes *555# and *556#. The same is the case for Glo, Airtel, and 9mobile.

Furthermore, it also means that any mobile network provider be it MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9mobile, or any other, that fails to migrate will not be able to serve its customers.

It also means that all mobile network services will use the same customer care number, the same code for checking data balances, and the same code for credit recharge.

What is the Unified USSD

Below is a list of the Unified USSD codes for all mobile networks in Nigeria:

Call Centre: 300

Borrow Services: *303#

Stop Service: *305#

Check Balance: *310#

Credit Recharge: *311#

Data Plan: *312#

Data plan balance: *323#

Shared Services: *321#

What USSD remains unchanged?

It is, however, important to mention that the commission will not change some codes and their functions; these codes are

DND: 2442, Porting services: 3232, NIN Verification and NIN-SIM Linkage: *996#

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