Cracking the Code of Philippine Mobile Prefixes in the Philippines

Ever wondered who’s buzzing your phone? In the Philippines, a vibrant archipelago nation, a secret code hidden within a mobile number can unlock the mystery. This code, the mobile prefix, acts like a digital fingerprint, revealing the network provider behind the digits.

Unveiling this code empowers you, the texter extraordinaire! No more awkward greetings like “Hi, who is this?” or the dreaded “Is this [insert random name here]?”. With this knowledge, you can identify pranksters from pals, business calls from besties, and maybe even that secret admirer (fingers crossed!).

So, grab your trusty keypad and get ready to decode! Here’s your ultimate guide to deciphering mobile prefixes in the Philippines:

Network ProviderPrefixes
Globe or TM0817, 0904, 0905, 0906, 0915, 0916, 0917, 0926, 0927, 0935, 0936, 0937, 0945, 0953, 0954, 0955, 0956, 0965, 0966, 0967, 0975, 0976, 0977, 0978, 0979, 0980, 0994, 0995, 0996, 0997
Smart or TNT0813, 0907, 0908, 0909, 0910, 0911, 0912, 0913, 0914, 0918, 0919, 0920, 0921, 0928, 0929, 0930, 0938, 0939, 0940, 0946, 0947, 0948, 0949, 0950, 0951, 0961, 0963, 0968, 0969, 0970, 0981, 0989, 0992, 0998, 0999
Sun Cellular0922, 0923, 0924, 0925, 0931, 0932, 0933, 0934, 0940, 0941, 0942, 0943, 0944, 0973, 0974
DITO0895, 0896, 0897, 0898, 0991, 0992, 0993, 0994
Cherry Prepaid0996
GOMO0976

The Big Three: Globe, Smart, and Sun

These titans of the telco industry dominate the Philippine landscape. Globe or TM (Touch Mobile) users can be identified by prefixes like 0817, 0904 to 0927, and a range stretching from 0935 to 0999. Smart or TNT (Talk ‘N Text) peeps hide behind prefixes like 0813, a chunk of the 0900s (0907 to 0921), and another range spanning 0938 to 0999. Sun Cellular, known for its budget-friendly offerings, keeps things simple with prefixes from 0922 to 0934 and a slice of the 0940 pie.

The New Challenger: DITO

DITO Telecommunity, the young gun in the game, is shaking things up with prefixes like 0895 to 0898 and a selection within the 0990s (0991 to 0994). Keep an eye on DITO, as they might just rewrite the rules of the mobile game!

Virtual Champs: Cherry Prepaid and GOMO

These virtual network operators (MVNOs) piggyback on Globe’s network, offering similar services with a twist. former Cherry Prepaid users can be spotted with the prefix 0996, while GOMO warriors wield the mighty 0976.

Remember: This is just a glimpse into the ever-changing world of mobile prefixes. New ones might emerge, and some might even retire. So, stay updated, texters!

Now, go forth and conquer your calls and texts, armed with this newfound knowledge. You’ll be a mobile prefix master in no time!

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