Text messaging (SMS)
Anyone on the MTN network can send a text message or SMS. You don’t need to sign
up for this. Simply access the message section on your phone menu and start texting
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SMS messages per day on the MTN website
Types of SMS messages
Predictive text is when your phone attempts to predict the word that you are trying
to type. This function should help speed up your typing. If you would like to change
this setting, consult the user manual of your cellphone.
Each SMS can accommodate a maximum of 160 characters per SMS, However, most phones
will let you exceed the 160-charcater limit. The message is then divided into several
messages and is either delivered as one long message, or as a series of separated
messages. You are charged for each set of 160 characters (one SMS) that is sent.
Enhanced message service
An enhanced message is when you add sounds or animations to an SMS. This is not
the same as an MMS as the service is accessed through your SMS function. Only some
cellphones support this function.
How to use
How does SMS work?
- All MTN numbers come with SMS functionality. If you are having problems, you need to check whether the proper SMS service centre number has been loaded onto your cellphone; this information can be found under the message settings on your phone. Consult your cellphone manual if you are having trouble finding the number.
- One SMS is made up of 160 characters. If you exceed this limit, the SMS will be extended into two or more SMSs. You are charged for each SMS you send, according to the MTN package that you are on.
Cellphone chat applications
- Some cellphones support chat applications, either as part of the cellphone or as an application that needs to be downloaded. Each chat application has specific terms and conditions. Consult the relevant websites for more information.
MTN SMS contact numbers (For Queries)
- Contract: 808
Call Per Second
Call Per Second Peak offers a saving of up to 17% on the per minute rate of a Pay as you Go peak time call. So if you make most of your calls between 8am and 5pm, you will be able to talk longer with Call Per Second Peak.
* All prices include VAT.
** Off-Peak for MTN to MTN Calls and Local SMS starts at 19h00 on weekdays
MTN Zone SMS
| All prices include VAT.All local voice calls and local SMSs are subject to variable MTN Zone discounts.
MTN One Rate
All above rates include VAT.
*All local calls are charged per second from the first second. Per minute rates are an indication of what a full 60 second call will cost.
|All prices include VAT.All local voice calls and local SMSs are subject to variable MTN Zone discounts.|
|Terms and Conditions|
MTN AnyTime Packages
||Monthly Subscription / Airtime Value (incl.VAT)
||In-Bundle Rate (incl.VAT)
||Out of Bundle Rate (incl.VAT)
||Estimated Inclusive Minutes *|
MTN Off Peak Packages
||Monthly subscription / Airtime Value
||Off Peak Rate
||Estimated inclusive minutes*|
Choose the bundle that suits your needs best and see how much you can save!
||Out of Bundle Costs
Q Are SMS and MMS available on the 3G network?
Q What are the MTN USSD menu codes for SMS bundles?
A *141*7*BundleSize#—SMS bundle purchase *141*7*0#—SMS bundle cancellation
Q I still want reduced SMS rates, but MTN has taken away SMS-a-lot. What can I do?
A MTN now offers even lower SMS rates than before. On the PayBack price plan you get your SMSs from as low as 40c peak and off-peak, as well as a free SMS every day if you make an MTN-to-MTN call.
Q How do I check how many SMSs I have left in my account?
A Dial 555 and press 2 for ‘balance enquiries’. The system will automatically play your airtime and SMS balance to you.
Q What is the charge for a delivery receipt on all of the price plans?
A A delivery receipt costs the same as sending an SMS.
Q On PayBack do SMSs to other networks also cost less?
A Yes, but international SMSs are still charged at R1.60.
Q How and when do I get PayBack SMSs?
A With regards to SMSing, we total the amount in real time, so your SMS rates drop day by day, depending on how many you have sent.