Do you wish to learn how to change your MTN SIM PIN? MTN is one of the best mobile network operators in South Africa. Though they trail Vodacom in terms of the number of subscribers, their network is probably the best that there is. When you buy a new SIM, it will have a PIN by default. You should change it once you have started using your phone. That will help protect you in case your phone falls into the wrong hands. But how do you change this PIN?
Steps to set a new PIN on MTN
The following is how to change your MTN SIM card PIN;
- Dial 135 and ask for your SIM’s PUK. If you still have your starter pack, the PUK will be there as well.
- Dial **05*PUK*New PIN*
- Confirm by retyping the new PIN.
What is the default MTN SIM PIN?
Every new MTN SIM card will have 00000 as the default PIN. We have already noted that you will need to change this once you have started using your phone. That will help protect you in the event that something untoward happens to your device.
Do I need a SIM PIN?
So far in this article, we have shown you how to change the MTN SIM PIN. But do you really need to have a PIN on your SIM? The answer is yes, for security reasons.
However, we have found that a lot of people actually look to remove the PIN on their MTN SIM cards. You may wish to do this if you also have a PIN or pattern on your phone.
Use to the PUK to unlock the SIM
One of the reasons why people seek to remove the SIM PIN is because they are afraid of locking themselves out of their SIM cards. Should this happen to you, the good news is that that’s not the end.
You can unlock the SIM card using the PUK. You will find this on the starter pack to which your MTN SIM was attached. It’s also possible to get the PUK for your MTN SIM via USSD.
However, this method will only work if you still have your phone and if it’s still unlocked. Whatever the case, there is need to keep the PUK on your SIM somewhere safe. You never know when you are going to need it.