Nigeria’s Ministry of communications says that over 9 million mobile lines are unregistered and has directed that they be blocked. If you are worried about the registration status of your SIM card, you can easilly check your SIM card registration status right on your phone using the codes provided in this article.
Why is SIM registration important? It provides a database of registered mobile users in the country, and so helps to recover stolen/lost cards, as well as help security agencies to track criminal activity.
Codes to check SIM card registration status for Nigerian mobile networks
Below are the codes you need to check whether your SIM card registration has been done and the details are up-to-date. The codes differ across the four mobile networks, but they are all simple and require you to dial a number or to send an SMS.
To check SIM card registration status on MTN Nigeria
To check your SIM card registration status on MTN, dial *789*1#, or text “REG” to 789.
If your registration details are in order, you will get a feedback that says: “Dear subscriber, Thank you for checking your status. Your account information doesn’t need to be updated at this time.”
This same message will be sent to your line via SMS. If your SIM registration details are not in order, you will be required to update them.
How to check SIM card registration status on Airtel Nigeria
To check your SIM card registration status on Airtel, call customare care on 111/121 on your Airtel line, or send an email to email@example.com.
To check SIM card registration status on 9mobile –
Dial 746 or 200 with your 9mobile line. You will get a voice response that tells you whether or not your line is registered.
To check SIM card registration status on Globacom
Text REG to 746 or 3456.
If your SIM details are in order, you will get an SMS saying, “Your SIM 234xxxyyyzz has been registered. Thank you.” If not, you will be required to update your details.
How To Update Your SIM Registration Details
If you have checked the status of your SIM card registration and got a message that says you need to update your details, don’t fret. You only need to find your network’s nearest SIM registration centre or customer care centre to get it done. You can confirm your registration status again using the above codes.
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