Altenative to USSD Codes (Sim Toolkit)

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Today we are going to talk about the alternative of USSD Codes (Sim Toolkit) most of the time you may want to know some code on a sim card you’re not familiar with and suddenly you don’t know the ussd code and that makes you to start googling it, or go outside asking for how to load just a recharge card on that sim example GLO or 9mobile.

So from now on you don’t have to use the USSD or the sim app at play store to perform this actions. There is an App on your smart phone that do all that Recharging, checking balance, transfer, buying data e.t.c all you don’t need to download any app becouse by the time you insert the sim card, that app will automatically be installed on that phone. The app is called Sim Toolkit.

What is Sim Toolkit The Alternative Version of USSD Codes ?

The SIM Toolkit (STK) is a set of commands or applications that define how a SIM card interacts with the outside world. The Sim toolkit, which is usually programmed into any SIM card, enables the it to Drive mobile equipment interface. Build up interaction between the network application and end user.

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How to use Sim toolkit

Firstly go to your phone application menu if it’s Android while in IPhone just look at any app that say’s sim toolkit or the name of your simcard e.g. Airtel, while in Android you can also see it as the name of your sim operator e.g. MTN or Airtel or just search on your phone and type Sim Toolkit as shown below


Open it and choose the option you like, for example here I want to check my balance so I chose services.

inside sim toolkit

Then I choose tool 

choosing tool at simt oolkit

These are the list of action you can perform from this section, like changing plan, Customer care recharge and so on.

MTN services at sim toolkit

So from here you can do all of the stuffs you want to do with your sim card without having to browse or saving bunch of USSD codes in your head. 

That’s All for this I Hope this will save your time for finding and savings unnecessary USSD Codes Thank you for Reading.

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Abubakar Abdurrahman

Young IT Expert CEO Sadeeq Technologies and a former student of Informatics Academy. Now a Web/App Developer by Profession, Penetration Tester by Passion and Linux Administrator by Interest.

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