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New contact numbers and short codes2018-03-20
Virgin Mobile South Africa has introduced new short codes in accordance with the new numbering guidelines gazetted by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).
From 24 March 2018 the short codes that Virgin Mobile customers use to check their airtime balance, retrieve voicemail messages and to contact the call centre, will be replaced with a new set of numbers.
The new codes that will come into effect on 24 March 2018 are:
|SERVICE||OLD SHORT CODE||NEW SHORT CODES|
|Prepaid Self-help: Recharge and balance enquiries||123||136|
Why are the short code numbers changing2018-03-20
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), a body that regulates the South African Telecommunications industry, has mandated that all licencees implement number harmonisation with the aim to reduce complexity caused by the current wide range of different codes.
The new short codes will also create an environment where the regulator can provide proper guidance on future assignment of short codes.
What is the new Virgin Mobile contact number?2018-03-20
The Virgin Mobile customer care number will be changing to 135
What is the new short code for viewing/retrieving balances with Virgin Mobile?
As a Virgin Mobile customer you are already familiar with dialling the USSD string *101# to view your airtime balance, this number will remain unchanged. Alternatively, you can call 136 (Prepaid) or 137 (Postpaid) to check your balances.
What is the voicemail contact number?2018-03-20
The voicemail contact number 121 will be changing. In order to access your voicemail services, you will now need to dial 132 to listen to your voicemail messages or change your recordings.
Are the USSD self-help codes changing?2018-03-20
The below USSD self-help codes will remain the same until further notice:
|Virgin Mobile Menu||
|Check my balance||*101#|
|Airtime voucher recharge||*102*PIN#|
|Please call me||*125*your selected number#|
Will I be charged when I call the new short codes?2018-03-20
You will not be charged for calling any of the new numbers, if you are calling from your Virgin Mobile SIM. The conditions of use of these new numbers will remain the same as per the numbers you were used to.