The ultimate guide to Verifying Simcard Registration in Uganda


On March 5, 2012, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) launched a simcard registration exercise see my coverage at On February 28, 2013, all un-registered simcards will be switched off by the telecom providers so there is a concerted push to register the simcards. Estimates put registration at about 50%, but that number is to be put to the test at the end of the month.

This simple guide is to enable you to check for your registration (operators in alphabetical order)

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  1. Airtel – *205#
    • Response – SMS Message from KYC with text “Dear NAMES 075XXXXXXX,your Airtel Simcard has been sucessfully registered. You can now also send and receive Airtel Money”
  2. MTN  – *140*3*2*1# and *197# (not functional as yet)
    • Current Message – Yello. The Registration Status Service will be available from 8 Feb 2013. Please ensure that you register by 28 Feb 2013. Thank you
  3. Orange Uganda – *197#
    • Response -You have successfully registered 079xxxxxxx in the names of NAMES
  4. Smile Telecom – not offering mobile cellular services, all Internet customers are registered on signup
  5. Uganda Telecom – *123#
    • Response – Dear NAMES, your number 071XXXXXXX is now fully registered with Uganda Telecom. It’s all about you. Proudly Ugandan. Your profile is: PROFILENAME
  6. Warid Telecom –  *100*7#
    • Registered Response – SMS message from WeCare with text  ”Your SIM Card is Registered with Warid Telecom

UPDATE: I have just been informed that dialing *197# can be used to check the registration status for any simcard (Thanks to alwangac via I-Network)

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This post by Stephen Musoke Senkomago from has been re-posted with permission

  • lavanya sethi

    I am a dissappointed
    Airtel money customer. 2 Days ago I received 2 sms from airtel money that my account was debited with Rs.400 &
    Rs. 295. But I hadn’t made any transaction. Those were fraud transactions.I
    made call to customer care but they refused about that. Details of transaction
    are given below :-

    S.No. Transaction ID Date of transaction Time
    of transaction Description of transaction Amount of transaction (Rs.) Debit/

    1 4091676 26/04/2012 10:34 AM
    Payment 40.0 DR

    2 4091421 26/04/2012 10:33 AM
    AIR_PREPAID_MOB|UW:Utility Payment 100.0

    I have even filed a complaint against them on their site as
    well as here,
    ,at Consumer Court site but so far no action has been taken on this case.