When the Communication Authority of Kenya announced the new Prefixes (01xx), it became clear from the get go that Airtel was getting 0100, 0101, and 0102 Prefixes. This would allow them 3 Million new numbers. It was announced Safaricom would get two Prefixes that would allow them 2 Million new numbers.
Well, today Safaricom has today announced the introduction of SIM cards with the 0110 and 0111 prefixes at all Safaricom Shops and Dealer Outlets countrywide. So you can now walk in to any Safaricom Shop or Dealer outlet and pick up your new 0110 or 0111 phone number.
The new-prefix sim cards will be available free of charge with customers only required to activate their lines with a top up of KES. 50 airtime.
If you want to customise your phone number, for example if you want a cool number like 0111-111-000, Safaricom has also rolled out a new numbering system that provides you with the freedom to choose your own number rather than pre-assigned mobile phone numbers.
With the unveiling of the new prefixes, Safaricom now has the capacity to add 2 million additional customers to its network. Currently, the service provider has over 34.5 million customers.
The new prefixes were allocated by the Communications Authority of Kenya in 2019 after the exhaustion of the 07XX prefixes.
“The new 0110 and 0111 prefixes alongside our new numbering system are part of our “For You” commitment to be Simple, Transparent and Honest. We continue to invest in additional enhancements and services to better meet the needs of our customers as they evolve and to also provide them with even more freedom and flexibility,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer, Safaricom.
- Other Safaricom prefixes currently include: 070X, 071X, 072X, 074X, 0757, 0758, 0759, 0768, 0769 and 079X
- Airtel uses: 073x, 0750 to 0756, 0785 to 0789, 0100, 0101, and 0102
- Telkom uses: 0770 to 0776,
- Faiba uses: 0747 (maybe more by now) and
- Equitel uses: 0763, 0764, and 0765