New numbers for machines, premium rated services

South Africans can expect to see a migration of premium rated numbers to the 090 number range, while machine related numbers will be 14 digit numbers in the 096 – 098 range.

The following premium rated and machine related number changes will become effective from 2 October 2014:

  • Premium Rates Services (PRS) may only be received by a 10 digit number on the 090 number range
  • All numbers used for Machine Related Services (MRS) must be migrated to the 096 – 098 number ranges, which must have a number length of 14 digits
  • Service codes beginning with 3 or 4, having at least 5 digits in length, may continue to be a receiving number for premium rates SMS services

The following table provides an overview of the new premium rated services and machine related services number ranges:

WASP product affected New number range Regulation description
Premium rated IVR & IVR Dicon 090 (10 digits) Premium rated services
Premium rated SMS (10 digit)
Premium rated MMS (10 digit)
Bulk SMS 096 – 098 (14 digits) Machine related services
Bulk MMS

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