Telephone and cellphone number codes in South Africa

Most South Africans know that 082 is a Vodacom number and 083 is MTN, but with the multitude of new number codes it can be confusing to know which network you are dialling.

Before the advent of mobile phones, it was easy to see who you were calling:

  • 01 – The old Transvaal province (now Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and part of the North West)
  • 02 – The Western Cape and parts of the Northern Cape
  • 03 – KwaZulu-Natal
  • 04 – The Eastern Cape and some eastern parts of the Western Cape
  • 05 – The Free State and parts of the Northern Cape

When mobile phones were introduced in South Africa, Vodacom received the 082 number range while MTN received 083. Cell C received 084 when it launched in 2001.

As the mobile operators grew, and new fixed-line and VoIP operators launched, there was a need to hand out more number ranges.

It soon became challenging to know which number ranges represented which operators.

The table below details which number ranges are linked to which operators.

Number range Area or Operator
00
00 International access code
01
01 Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and part of the North West
02
02 The Western Cape and parts of the Northern Cape
03
03 KwaZulu-Natal
04
04 The Eastern Cape and some eastern parts of the Western Cape
05
05 The Free State and parts of the Northern Cape
06
0603 – 0605 MTN
0606 – 0609 Vodacom
0610 – 0613 Cell C
0614 Telkom Mobile
0615 Cell C
0618 – 0624 Cell C
062 Vodacom
063 MTN
07
0710 MTN
0711 – 0716 Vodacom
0717 – 0719 MTN
072 Vodacom
073 MTN
074 Cell C
0741 Virgin Mobile
076 Vodacom
078 MTN
079 Vodacom
08
080 Toll-free, called party pays
0810 MTN
0811 – 0815 Telkom Mobile
0816 WBS Mobile (iBurst)
0817 Telkom Mobile
0818 Vodacom
082 Vodacom
083 MTN
084 Cell C
085 USAL licence holders
086 Sharecall, MaxiCall, and premium-rate services
0860 Sharecall land line callers pay local call, called party pays long distance if applicable
0861 MaxiCall caller always pay long distance for call even if routed to local office
0862 – 9 Premium rate caller pays increasing rate linked to last digit
08622 Competition lines
086294 Competition lines
08671 – 08674 Information services
087 Value-added services (like VoIP)
088 Pagers and Telkom CallAnswer voicemail
089 Maxinet, for polls and radio call-in services
09
09 Old International access code no longer in use

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