The Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) Number needs to be set correctly in your phone so it can send text messages. If you accidently change or delete it on your mobile phone, you’ll no longer be able to send sms. You will likely be getting “message sending” failed error whenever you try to send text messages on the phone.
If for any reason your message center number has been edited or deleted, please find below, the correct values for Glo, Etisalat, Airtel and MTN Nigeria Message Centre Numbers:
- MTN Message center Number : +234803000000
- Etisalat Message Center Number : +2348090001518
- Airtel Message Center Number : +2348020000009
- Glo Message Centre Number : +2348050001501
Next time you SMS fails to send, check your Message settings and make sure your network center number matches the correct one above.
What is Message Centre Number (SMSC) ?
Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) Number is responsible for delivering the SMS text messages of a mobile network through your mobile phone. Typically an SMSC address is an ordinary mobile phone number in the international format.
When an SMS message is sent from a mobile phone, it will reach an SMS Service Centre first. The SMS centre then forwards the SMS message towards the destination mobile network. An SMS message may need to pass through more than one network entity (e.g. SMSC and SMS gateway) before reaching the mobile phone.
The main duty of an SMSC is to route SMS messages and regulate the process. If the recipient is unavailable (for example, when the mobile phone is switched off), the SMSC will store the SMS message. It will forward the SMS message when the recipient is available.
To be able to send SMS from your Mobile (Cell) phone you must first know the address of the mobile network operator’s SMSC. Normally, the SMSC address is pre-set in the SIM card by the mobile network operator, which means you do not need to make any changes to it, unless you want to use FREE SMSC’s.
How Do I Configure Message Center Number On My Phone?
A mobile phone should have a menu option (in your sms menu settings) that can be used to configure the SMSC address.
On iPhone, you can check your message centre number by dialing *#5005*7672#
If you are using Glo on your iPhone, and the ‘Service Centre Address’ isn’t +2348050001501, dial **5005*7672*+2348050001501# to set it to Glo Message Centre Number.
In most Androids, it can be located in Messages > Option / Settings > Text Message Setting.
On some Dual SIM Androids, you can set the SMSC for both networks: