How to Port from Telkom to MTN in South Africa

Are you looking for information on how to port from Telkom to MTN in South Africa? If yes, then sit back and relax as we show you how to do it in this article. MTN is the second largest mobile communications company in South Africa. One thing that we have noticed is that a lot of people have been moving away from MTN to Telkom. In this article, we will look at how to make the reverse switch from Telkom to MTN.

Steps to Port to MTN from Telkom

The following is how to port to MTN from Telkom in South Africa;

  1. To get started, you need to buy an MTN SIM.
  2. The next thing that you need to do is to RICA the new SIM.
  3. At this point, keep your old Telkom SIM in your phone. Don’t put in the new MTN SIM as yet.
  4. On your old SIM, open Messages and type in the following; PORTME#(MTN SIM number)
  5. Send the number to 083 767 8287.
  6. An example would be PORTME#3784495950.
  7. You will now get a message on your Telkom SIM telling you that the request to port to MTN is being processed.
  8. After 24 hours or when the old SIM stops working, put the new MTN SIM into your phone.
  9. You can now activate your SIM by choosing New number.

What’s the MTN SIM number?

The MTN SIM number can be found on your MTN SIM Pack. It has 10 digits.

How long does the process take?

The process of porting from Telkom to MTN takes, at most, 24 hours. Some request will be processed earlier than that.

What happens to my Telkom airtime when I port to MTN?

Suppose you have airtime and data in your Telkom SIM. What happens to that when you port from Telkom to MTN? Well, the sad news is that you lose all the data and airtime that’s in your SIM when you switch from one network to another. So, you need to make sure that there is nothing in there at the moment of porting.

How soon can I port back to my old network?

Should you decide to port back to your old network, you will have to wait 60 days before you can do so. That’s the rule across the board. In fact, you cannot port to another network within 90 days. But you can port back to your old network within 60 days.

How much does the process cost?

Porting to MTN from Telkom costs almost nothing. You are not charged anything for the process. The only cost that you are going to have to bear is that of buying a new MTN SIM. Everything else is free.

Why Port from Telkom to MTN?

We have noticed that a lot of people have been switching from MTN to Telkom over the past few months. In fact, we have a very popular article that describes the process. If you are one of those people who have been making the switch, you may have decided to go back to your old network after all.

Unfortunately, as we have just noted, you will have to wait 60 days before switching back to MTN from Telkom. But, if you have always been a Telkom customer and you have decided to move over to MTN, then you can do it instantly using the method described above.

Anyway, Cellphone number porting is one of the wonders that can be found on the South African Telecommunications scene. It allows people to switch between networks while retaining their number. That’s a great development. It means you can port from Telkom to MTN, and you don’t have to worry about losing your contacts.

Number porting is also great in that it engenders competition among the operators. People can move, so networks are forced to provide the best service. Otherwise they are going to end up losing a lot of their clients to the competition.

4 thoughts on “How to Port from Telkom to MTN in South Africa”

  1. I port my Cell C number to MTN and my cell c stopped working then I put my new MTN card it’s send me an SMS saying your number is the one l was using which is correct and l must call 135 to activate the MTN card l tried to call but it’s just adding can you please check for me my port old number is 0622346846

  2. I have ported from Telkom to MTN using the same proceedure , I have not received any sms and my MNT number is not available on network.

  3. I have ported from Telkom to MTN using the same proceedure , I have received Telkom sms and my MNT number is not available on network.


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