What are Ussd Codes?
Ussd codes are a quick way to access various services on your mobile phone. They are usually short codes that are easy to remember. In Nairobi, Kenya, there are a variety of ussd codes that can be used to access different services.
Some of the most popular ussd codes in Nairobi include codes for checking airtime balance, accessing internet services, and checking bank account balances. There are also codes for Kenya power and water, and other utility companies, the list is endless.
In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most popular USSD codes in Kenya and what they're used for.
Safaricom is the largest telecommunication company in Kenya while concurrently being the most profitable company in Eastern and Central Africa. This naturally suggests that they have some of the most popular ussd codes in use Nationwide such as:
*100# Customer Service Menu Code
*456# Safaricom services
*234# MPESA services
*144# Airtime balance
*400# Safaricom Home Fiber
*141*PIN# for airtime top up
Airtel Kenya has a wide range of ussd codes being used by Kenyans on a day to day basis for various processes such as :
*141# Airtel Talk time Gift Service
*133# Airtime Balance Code
*544# My Airtel Menu
*400# Airtel Super Deal menu code
*123# Airtel Credit Loan code
*122# Airtel WiFi Calling menu code
*126*2# Airtel Balance Transfer code
*126*1# My Number Check AirTel
Telkom Kenya is an integrated telecommunications provider in Kenya and like Safaricom and airtel have ussd codes of their own .
Telkom USSD codes
*188# to check airtime balance
*188*Voucher card number# for loading up airtime
*1# to find out ones number
*180# to buy data
*#06# to check your mobile phone’s IMEI number.
*2# to check your IM
Ussd codes used by banks in Kenya
You can use the codes below to access banks via their Mpesa services
*987# for the Bank of Africa (BOA)
*356# for Guardian Bank
*522 # for KCB Bank
*654# for Commercial Bank of Africa
*667# for Co-operative Bank
*722# for Standard Chartered Bank
*325# for Family Bank Ltd
*247# for Equity Bank
*335# for Ecobank
*344# for Jamii Bora Bank
According to the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA) the value of unclaimed assets in Kenya is roughly Ksh55 billion and that only 23,134 claims have been filed by Kenyans since 2014 which sums up to only 1.5 billion. SO to confirm if one has unclaimed assets they should check using the ussd code(*361#)
Using the code (22846) one can access a range of services from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) using the format ID12345678.
Nairobi County Services
One can pay for their county services such as carpark using the code (*235#)
Kenyans can access their water bills and mini statements by using the code (*888#
Kenya power has made paying for electricity has over the recent past become particularly convenient by introducing the ussd code (*977#)
Millions of students join university every single year but do not have the luxury of paying their tuition fees, so they acquire helb which can be paid using the ussd code (*642#)
The National Social Security Fund is responsible for workers in the private sector and as compensation they are paid using the ussd code (*303#)
A wide range of Kenyans are get their insurance from National Hospital Insurance Fund which make sit possible to pay and register for their services using the USSD code (*155#)
Credit Reference Bureau is responsible for collecting data on loans that have been issued and creates reports .So for one to look up their credit score they can dial (*433#)
Unknown Mobile numbers registered using your ID
In 2021 Safaricom introduced a feature that would enable one to get notified anytime a new registration line was created with an individuals ID number and provided the ussd code (*106*2#)