How can I dial numbers with symbols on my Android phone?

Sunil December 2, 2011

The Android dialer does not support dialing codes/numbers which begin with symbols like *. These codes are used to check a mobile user’s account balance. Is there a workaround for using these codes?

  1. Sunil
    December 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Same error - as contact or direct-dial

    • Jay
      December 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      the way you wrote your question made me think that, your phone can't dial *or #
      that is why i said to save a contact.

      so which is the phone, which is the service provider ? are you sure you are dialing the right number ? what are you dialling?

      • Sunil
        December 7, 2011 at 4:34 am

        Android tablet 

        Vodafone code number for balance to be dialled is *141#
        There is not an alternative "sms" option to check balance

        • Jay
          December 7, 2011 at 6:40 am

          ok, do you receive balance alerts after calls and sending sms ?
          then call or send a text to toll a free number.

          Else you will have go get help from the respective supports, unless i get an update.

        • Sunil
          December 9, 2011 at 7:52 am

          I have asked support center,, other than code the sms or call option is not working

        • Jay
          December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

          Do you receive balance alert at the end of a call ? or when you send an sms ?
          I am talking about general calls and sms.
          Which you can use as an alternative.

        • Sunil
          December 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

          This alternative does not work for knowing 3G data. The question I asked for 3G data balance

        • Jay
          December 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

          You did not mention about data balance.
          Yes, It will work for talk time etc.

          For 3g data usage, customer care can tell you your balance if *141# does not work.

          Just ask them.

          This is confirmed by a vodafone user.

          (you can also try data counter on your tablet if available.)

        • Sunil
          December 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

          good answer

        • Jay
          December 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm

          I Hope it will help you !

  2. Jay
    December 3, 2011 at 2:09 am

    which model ?
    I hope at least you have the option of going to contacts list and dial the number.
    just save the number as a contact.

    for example : *147# and name it as balance.
    now go to phonebook find balance and dial.
    it should work.

    you can transfer the contact via another phone or pc.
    eg. send business card from a nokia or any other phone via text message.

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