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Prefix For All Nigerian Phone Numbers

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This article contains a list of Phone numbers in Nigeria and their corresponding prefixes like 0703, 0802 etc. Does this number 0818… belong to MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile or Glo? Which Network does a Nigerian Phone Number belong to? This article seeks to address the above questions. So without expending more time, here is the comprehensive list of all Nigerian phone number prefixes and their corresponding networks / ISPs. 

Prefix For All Nigerian Phone Numbers

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Recently, I had issues identifying the Networks that owns specific numbers that call me. Some prefix of these numbers appears so strange that at times I find it challenging to pick up the calls. I used to think that I was alone on this until I heard a group of persons talking about this. Lol, how surprised I was.

Just last week, a number starting with 08105 just called me, and I was sceptical about picking up.  I asked myself ‘08105 is what network?’. Later, I decided to pick up my phone to call the customer care lines of each of these Nigerian networks to inquire who amongst them owned the 0810 sets of phone numbers. Luckily, MTN NG was the 1st I called, and they immediately confirmed that it was theirs. (Glad I didn’t have to call all of them)

To help you avoid this kind of stress, I compiled the list of all Nigerian phone numbers, their corresponding prefixes with the Network providers that own them. I hope you find it useful.

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WHAT IS A PHONE NUMBER PREFIX?

You might have wondered within yourself what the phrase ‘phone number prefix’ means. It simply means the first four sets of numbers that you see at the beginning of every phone number, which is used to identify a particular network service provider, against the others. Example 0703-970-2667. The first four numbers of this number are the prefix, and it tells us that the number is an MTN number.

In Nigeria, we have a lot of network service providers, with a multiplicity of phone number prefixes. These, amongst others, are listed below:

MTN NIGERIA PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES

The numbers below are for MTN Nigeria. This means any gsm number that starts with any of the 4-digits stated below is owned by MTN. | source

  1. 0803
  2. 0806
  3. 0703
  4. 0706
  5. 0813
  6. 0816
  7. 0810
  8. 0814
  9. 0903

GLO NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES

These five are for Glo Nigeria. They started with 0805, and are continually acquiring new prefixes. The include | source

  1. 0805
  2. 0807
  3. 0705
  4. 0815
  5. 0811
  6. 0905

AIRTEL NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES

Airtel, an Indian telecom company, has the following number prefixes under their control. They include: | source

  1. 0802
  2. 0808
  3. 0708
  4. 0704
  5. 0812
  6. 0701
  7. 0902

9MOBILE NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES

9Mobile network covers the following numbers below. | source

  1. 0809
  2. 0818
  3. 0817
  4. 0909

Okay, that’s the complete list for all networks numbers in Nigeria.

OTHER NETWORK PREFIXES IN NIGERIA (NTEL, SMILE…)

Aside from the major service providers listed above, there are some other specialized network service providers in Nigeria, with their unique prefix. These includes:

NTEL – 0804

SMILE – 0702

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Table of the prefixes for the total network service provider operating in Nigeria 

MTN NUMBER PREFIXES
Prefixes Mobile Operator
0703 MTN
0706 MTN
0803 MTN
0806 MTN
0810 MTN
0813 MTN
0814 MTN
0816 MTN
0903 MTN
0906 MTN
GLO NUMBER PREFIXES
0705 GLO
0805 GLO
0807 GLO
0811 GLO
0815 GLO
0905 GLO
AIRTEL NUMBER PREFIXES
0701 AIRTEL
0708 AIRTEL
0802 AIRTEL
0808 AIRTEL
0812 AIRTEL
0902 AIRTEL
0907 AIRTEL
0901 AIRTEL
9MOBILE NUMBER PREFIXES ( Etisalat)
0809 9MOBILE
0817 9MOBILE
0818 9MOBILE
 

0908

9MOBILE
0909 9MOBILE
STARCOMMS NUMBER PREFIXES
07028 STARCOMMS
07029 STARCOMMS
0819 STARCOMMS
VISAFONE NUMBER PREFIXES
07025 VISAFONE
07026 VISAFONE
0704 VISAFONE
MULTILINKS NUMBER PREFIXES
07027 MULTILINKS
0709 MULTILINKS
ZOOM MOBILE NUMBER PREFIX
0707 ZOOM MOBILE
NTEL NUMBER PREFIX
0804 NTEL
SMILE NUMBER PREFIX
0702 SMILE

NB: Due to the mobile number portability introduced in 2013 in Nigeria, a person can also port their numbers from any of the said providers to another, so the list does not guarantee that all names using the above prefixes must be fixated to same networks as listed.


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