Ahsan Raza Khan
In Pakistan there are 4 cellular companies which are providing mobile network services to the nation. These are Mobilink (also known as Jazz), Ufone, Zong and Telenor. The fifth one known as Warid had been purchased by Jazz some years ago.
It is important to know the cellular company of one’s mobile number when a balance recharge is needed. That means that the correct cellular company has to be chosen while making the transaction of balance load, otherwise the balance transfer will not be done. Generally in Pakistan, the mobile users get a mobile load done of minimum amount to keep their cell number active to receive calls are to give miss call at least.
Further, the mobile companies have certain packages in which they give free or subsidized minutes for the calls made on their own network only. While on the other hand many users who have ported out must have to inform the caller that though they have issued their cell number from a Company but had been ported out to the another Company so that off-net call charges may not be borne by the caller.
In order to know the right answer of the question about your cell number Company, below is the list of the stating prefix of the cell number and their relevant Company name for your convenience and ease.
There are fixed serial codes allotted to all networks in Pakistan by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Thus these fixed serial codes help in identifying the correct network, if your number is not ported out to any other Company. Though the has list of suffixes started from 00 and ending on 55 but not all the numbers have been utilized because of mere 4 companies active in Pakistan at the moment.
Mobilink was the first cellular company in Pakistan. With its great features and strong infrastructure and good coverage, it soon became the most popular network in Pakistan and this status is still with Mobilink. Jazz was the Pre-paid side of the Mobilink but with huge recognition of the Jazz, Mobilink has changed their brand name as Jazz from Mobilink since many years. The Cell number starts with zero (0) for Jazz and with two (2) for Warid after the fixed prefix of ‘03’.
Ufone had enjoyed the luxury of being state owned network and had provided great service to the users in past. This network company is on second number after Jazz with respect to the number of users, coverage and penetration. However, the difference of it from Jazz is huge. The most favorite package of Ufone is ‘Super Card’ which is the cheapest of all among all cellular companies. Also the Ufone to PTCL land line calls are free or subsidized, which is the main edge of this network on the other cellular company. The Cell number starts with three (3) after the fixed prefix of ‘03’.
The most preferred company for internet data provider is Zong. The data packages are cheaper and the internet speed is the fastest. Though the nationwide coverage is not that much penetrating but still Zong is the first name in the mind when talking about internet data packages and speed. The Cell number starts with one (1) after the fixed prefix of ‘03’.
Telenor is the most marketed network in Pakistan and is known for its great marketing campaigns throughout the year. Their performance is well enough to retain their position on the list with handsome number of the users. The Cell number starts with four (4) after the fixed prefix of ‘03’.
If you want to travel to north of Pakistan to feast your eyes to the world’s most beautiful and scenic landscapes, you have to get services of Scom. In the far flung areas Scom is the only network which is available. It is state owned institution especially formed for this specific purpose of communication in certain areas like Gilgit, Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The Cell number starts with five (5) after the fixed prefix of ‘03’.