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.
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.
You can use the links below for more comfortable navigation
- 1 MTN NIGERIA PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES
- 2 AIRTEL NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES
- 3 9MOBILE NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES
- 4 OTHER NETWORK PREFIXES IN NIGERIA (NTEL, SMILE…)
- 5 Table of the prefixes for the total network service provider operating in Nigeria
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
GLO NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES
These five are for Glo Nigeria. They started with 0805, and are continually acquiring new prefixes. The include | source
AIRTEL NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES
Airtel, an Indian telecom company, has the following number prefixes under their control. They include: | source
9MOBILE NIG PHONE NUMBER PREFIXES
9Mobile network covers the following numbers below. | source
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
Get all Nigerian GSM network phone number series, prefixes, and ranges – from MTN, GLO, 9Mobile, Airtel, Visafone, Starcomms, MTEL
|MTN NUMBER PREFIXES|
|GLO NUMBER PREFIXES|
|AIRTEL NUMBER PREFIXES|
|9MOBILE NUMBER PREFIXES ( Etisalat)|
|STARCOMMS NUMBER PREFIXES|
|VISAFONE NUMBER PREFIXES|
|MULTILINKS NUMBER PREFIXES|
|ZOOM MOBILE NUMBER PREFIX|
|NTEL NUMBER PREFIX|
|SMILE NUMBER PREFIX|
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 the same networks as listed.