Privacy Policy


Introducing *196#, the code that lets you stop receiving unwanted SMS, promotional messages or subscription alerts and only receive the messages you want. MTN has put the power back in your hands by allowing you to choose.

Question. What type of SMS messages can I stop?
Answer. You can stop Promotional Messages and Subscription Alerts.

Question. Where and how can I access this service?
Answer. The service can be accessed anywhere, anytime on your mobile phone by dialing *196#

Question. What are Promotional Messages?
Answer. These are messages used to promote various products and services, e.g. wedding meetings, bonus offers or SMS from utility providers and other companies advertising their products.

Question. What are Subscription Alerts?
Answer. These are any SMS messages from Content Providers that require the receiver to subscribe and be charged for the messages they receive. Examples of such messages include News and Sports or Love tips. When you subscribe to these messages your airtime is deducted each time you receive a message/alert. Charges for subscriptions are indicated when you are subscribing.

Question. Who are Content Providers?
Answer. These are companies that send information to mobile subscribers through channels like SMS or voice messages. This information might be free or charged. The charged messages are usually referred to as Subscription Alerts.

Question. What happens if I choose to “Stop All” messages?
Answer. You will not be able to receive any information including transaction alerts from banks, utility payments such as water (NWSC), electricity (UMEME), Pay TV (DStv) or wedding meeting messages. However, you have the option to allow particular messages as indicated by a Sender ID. For example, if you want to continue receiving messages from UMEME, NWSC or your bank, you dial *196# and select Subscription Alerts, select Alerts by Sender ID, select Allow and enter the Sender ID of the type of message you want to continue receiving.

Question. What is a Sender ID?
Answer. This is the name of the information/message that you receive. These names could be those of banks, such as DFCU or from utility service providers like UMEME, NWSC and DStv. A Sender ID may also include a number and the topic of the message, e.g. 8008 News, 8198 Sports, 8002 Love among others.

Question. What happens if I want to reactivate receiving messages?
Answer. The power is in your hands. Simply dial *196#, select Subscription Alerts, select All Alerts or Alerts by Sender ID and follow the prompts. The same process applies when you want to allow Promotional Messages to be sent to you.

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