There used to be a time when cellular phone or mobile numbers in the Philippines were only a handful. Back when cellphones where only popular among the rich, the phone number prefixes were easily identifiable. A cellphone number that starts with a 0917 prefix was from Globe Telecom, a number that starts with a 0918 prefix was from Smart Communications. For those who were under text or call promos, it was easy to find out if the mobile number they were texting was a Globe or Smart user. One other cellular network was in operation at the time. It was Express Telecom with the mobile phone prefix 0937. However, only Smart and Globe were truly successful so they were the two networks that were commonly known.
Then as mobile phone became more popular, more telephone networks joined Globe and Smart. Sun Cellular came along, then Globe and Smart expanded with Touch Mobile (TM) and Talk N Text (TNT), respectively. We know that Sun Cellular introduced “unli” services which eventually became a common offering by major networks. The words “unli text” and “unli calls” became part of the modern Filipinos’ vocabulary.
Somewhere along the way, we heard of other networks like Red Mobile, Addict Mobile and Next Mobile. These are either offshoots of the major telcos or otherwise depend on their insfrastructure for operation. ABS-CBN Mobile is one such service.
So with the multitude of mobile numbers in circulation in the Philippines, it is but natural to expect for confusion to ensue. Questions like “What network is 0999” or “What phone network starts with 0937” suddenly became common. We should not blame the telephone networks for using so many prefixes. It’s not their fault. Mobile phone numbers are always composed of eleven numbers or digits and until this fact changes, the networks do not have much choice. Since the number of cellphone users have exploded over time, the only way they can accommodate everyone is to use all available 3-digit prefix combinations.
This post aims to give some semblance of order to the confusion brought about by the ever-increasing cellphone number prefixes in the Philippines. The most obvious contribution of this post is to help find out if the phone number you intend to text or call is from a network that is within your free text or call allocation. If you use a Globe number, for instance, and you are under a promo that allows free Globe-to-Globe texts or calls, you would certainly need to know if the phone number you will call or text is from Globe as well.
In this list, you will see the mobile phone number prefixes for Globe, Smart, Sun Cellular, Talk N Text (TNT), Touch Mobile (TM), ABS-CBN Mobile and others.
Having discussed the foregoing, here now is the list of prefixes for each Philippine mobile phone network. The prefixes are grouped together according to company affiliation for purposes of convenience.
Smart, Talk N Text (TNT) and Addict Mobile Numbers
Sun Cellular Numbers
Globe and Touch Mobile (TM) Numbers
0937 (ABS-CBN Mobile)
Next Mobile Numbers (under GLOBE)
Exetel Numbers (Express Communications)
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