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Cheap Data Plans For MTN, GLO, 9Mobile And Airtel – May 2020

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The world is in hibernation with price and cost of accessing the internet in this part of the world just shot up with many left wondering if we’ll ever have our beautiful life back to normal.

But in the midst of all this, telecoms have been actively rolling out cheap data plans for users to stay up to date on the latest info about the pandemic and just about enjoy online content without fear of running out of data.

We take a look at the data plans you can use during this period to save you more money and make you enjoy surfing the web from the comfort of your home.

Cheap Data plans for MTN

Cheap MTN data plans

MTN last year unveiled a set of new data plans which looks at maximizing your productivity during the week. One of the new plans is the MTN My Offer 2020 data plan.

Now, you can now get 1GB of data for just N200 valid for 7days, 4GB for N1000 valid for 1 month or 250MB for N100 valid for 3 days. You also get a further compatible 7-day 1.5GB data plan at N300.

It continues going strong and working efficiently although this plan is not made available for every MTN subscriber.

Dial *131*65# and *121# to subscribe to each of the plans respectively.

If you’re more familiar with using the MyMtn app, you could get a 2.5GB data for N500 by swiping to the daily data plan section of the app.

Kindly not that the data is valid for only 2 days and can be used on any device be it Android, iOS or even tablets and laptops.

MTN Double Data Offer

A few users are still enjoying the MTN double data offer, while others get 25% extra data after subscribing. However, there’s a quick workaround for this. Simply get a new SIM where you’ll be entitled to get free 4GB data on activation plus 6 months double data offer.

If you are a heavy internet user, you can get 20GB for just N5000 depending on the data plan you choose.

To check your data balance on MTN, dial *131*4#.

Cheap Data plans for Glo

Cheap glo data plans 2020

The grandmasters of data has always been at the frontier of providing their cross-african subscribers with cheap and affordable data plans but one issue still remains…their coverage which is incredibly poor in most locations.

But then you should consider giving them a try if the coverage is fair in your location by using using the Glo special data plan that gives you N200 for 1.2GB to last you for 3 days, and N800 for 5GB to last you for 12days.

Glo heavy users package

Glo also offers a monthly data subscription plan of 7GB for N2000 and 22GB for N3500 for old and existing heavy data users.

Glo Oga Sim gives you 125% bonus data whenever you recharge your line before your current plan expires.

When you recharge with N1000, you get 4.8GB. N2500 gives you 14.4GB to last you for 30 days which you can always roll over.

How To Subscribe to Any Of The Glo Packages

  • For Glo Special data Plan, dial *777# and Select 1
  • Select 1 again and chose 5 (Special data offer)
  • Press 2 for Glo Special Data and you are good to go

For Glo Oga Sim bonus Offer, dial *777# and choose your normal package, make sure you resubscribe before your existing package expires and you’ll get the Oga Sim bonus offer.

To Check your balances on the Glo network, go to hsi.glo.com

Note: Migrate to Yakata before you subscribe to any of the plans above to enjoy more ridiculous bonus offer by dialling *220#.

Glo data consumes a lot of smartphone battery, so when not in use, turn off your data connection.

Cheap Data plans for Airtel

Cheap Airtel data plans 2020

Currently, Airtel users can still get the 600% bonus on-call time or double data bonus + 4G data bonus + Android data bonus if you are getting a new Airtel SIM for 3month.

For a new SIM you’ll get up to 8GB for N1000 Plus free N3500 to call any network or up to 17GB for N2000. All you have to do is simply get a new Airtel SIM, change the IMEI of your old phone and you’ll get free 4GB of data

Dial *141# to subscribe for any package you wish and *140# to check your data balance.

YouTube Streaming Data Plan

It’s quite understandable lots of online content is there for consumption especially now the entire world is witnessing a pandemic.

Are you addicted to streaming on youtube, then the Airtel YouTube data plan is what you should go for:

Recharge N1000 and get 4.5GB data (1.5GB android data + 3GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N2000 and get 9.5GB data (3.5GB android data + 6GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N2500 and get 15GB data (5GB android data + 10GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N3500 and get 17 GB data (7GB android data + 10 GB YouTube streaming)

Recharge N4000 and get 19GB data (9GB android data + 10GB YouTube streaming)

Each of the data will last you for 30 days and the YouTube free data is only usable at night.
Dial *323# and follow the prompt to subscribe

Cheap Data plans for 9mobile

Cheap 9mobile data plans 2020

The Teleology holdings-acquired telecom company has been passing through an administrative problem for some time now with little to no change to their data plans.

You can still get 1GB + free access to social media sites and valid for 1 day and cost N300 or 2GB + free access to social media sites which is valid for 3 days and cost N500.

You can also get 1GB + free social for N500 and valid for 7 days, 7GB + free social and valid for 7 days for N1,500 or 15GB for N5000 valid for 30 days.

Hopefully, the pages will turn in the telecom company’s favor and we start getting cheap and affordable data once again.

Is there any data plan you think we might have ommited from this list? Let us know in the comments section.

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MTN e-SIM card Service: What is it? Here’s everything to know as MTN begins its very first trial in West Africa

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So, couple days ago MTN announced it is introducing its virtual SIM technology simply called eSim cards in Nigeria which will provide the same functionalities as physical SIM cards while creating ease and eventual solution with handling many physical cards.

MTN announce e-SIM service in West

With eSim cards now available for mobile, Sim cards have undergone a 360-degree transformation. In this part of the world where telcos have moved from macro sims to micro, and nano sims, eSim cards is the next generation of SIM card evolution.

But many subscribers will be forgiven for not having any clue on the new innovation

We get so many public releases in the world of tech you might actually be swept off your feet ignoring the tiny announcements.

That won’t be the case anymore as we would go through every little facet about the new MTN eSim tech you need to know

Shall we…

What is the MTN e-SIM card tech about?

Basically, the e-SIM card technology represents the next step in the evolution of Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM cards), and designed to deliver unprecedented freedom and flexibility.

MTN Sim card 360 degree evolution

Unlike the physical SIMs, the virtual sim is built into the device(smartphone, wearables) and therefore cannot be lost or damaged by the owner. If the mobile device gets lost or damaged however, the user will need to visit an MTN store to have it deactivated.

They also support multiple profiles and allow customers to connect multiple numbers to their e-SIM devices especially if they are frequent travellers who need to use different sim cards in different countries.

This means, no more switching between different network operators, with the MTN e-SIM, you’re good to go.

How MTN e-SIM cards work

First things first, to use MTN eSim cards, it has to be first activated on your phone.

As with every banking app recently, this is a cautious move to limit the occurance of data and finance theft. By ensuing on the device locked in to the e-SIM cards only have access to its functioning.

According to MTN, activation of the MTN eSim has to be done in an MTN store by a customer care agent. The process is done at no cost to the subscriber too.

Once the device is certified compatible with the eSim, an account profile is created for the subscriber and the agents complete the integration process with the user. Once the integration is completed, a customer will find that using the virtual card is basically the same as using the current sim.

However, there’s a new catch right here which is more or less a welcome addition…

While physical sim cards can store up to 200 contacts, MTN has announced that its eSim cards can store more than 200 contacts.

This is pretty much a good move but a case of doing the right thing at the half-right time. While subscribers have resorted long ago to store contacts on their Google accounts, users who feel the need to keep check of how much their data is used against them might find this helpful.

However, current phone numbers cannot be linked to the eSim cards at the moment.

How to activate MTN e-SIM cards on my device?

Second thing after understanding how the new tech thing works is to check for the eligibility of the new tech for your device.

You’ll need to visit any of our MTN stores. Our customer care agents will check your device for eligibility and walk you through the setup process.

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As with many network providers and their data offerings these days, virtual sim cards are not available for everyone yet, as only a few phones are currently compatible and can be integrated with it. Only certain brands of Google, Apple and Samsung phones can have eSims integrated into them.

For now, MTN states that the few compatible Google phones are Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. For Apple you have iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The Samsung S20 series are also compatible with eSim cards.

Talk about prioritising the flagships first…

How the introduction of MTN e-SIM cards could benefit you

Notwithstanding the sophistication of e-SIMs, the onboarding requirements are the same as are required for a physical SIM. Hence, SIM registration in line with existing regulatory prescriptions remains a requirement for activating a device embedded with an e-SIM.

MTN e-SIMs are particularly useful for people who want to manage personal and business lines easily and effectively or want a separate profile for data.

The new technology will also be extremely convenient for frequent travelers and tourists, making it easier for them to opt for and keep a local subscription when visiting Nigeria.

The trial which kicked-off couple days ago will run for one year and is open on a first come first served basis to a limited number of subscribers who own compatible devices.

No doubt MTN is spearheading e-SIM adoption in Nigeria as part of efforts to enable the African digital economy. The feedbacks for the next year will be quite important too moving forward.

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MTN and Ericsson partner to launch 5G Network Connection to South African Cities

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MTN South Africa have today announced the availability of its 5G commercial offering using Ericsson products in the cities of Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

This latest development coming after Telma Madagascar powered by also Ericsson to switch on its 5G commercial network to offer subscribers high-speed services enabled by the new generation of mobile connectivity.

Hol’up, we thought 5G causes Coronavirus??!

MTN and Ericsson partner to launch 5G Network Connection to South African Cities 8

MTN previously upgraded to Evolved Packet Core (EPC) by Ericsson which enabled MTN to launch 5G services based on new radio (NR) non-standalone (NSA) while paving the way for a smooth evolution into NR Standalone and 5G Core (5GC) in future.

Under the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Ericsson committed to provide MTN with radio access network equipment from its Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which enable 5G services on both low- and mid-band. Ericsson’s solutions to MTN also includes the award-winning Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.

The President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, says: “Today’s event means that the 5G era in South Africa is becoming a reality. Soon, South Africans will be able to experience 5G in their daily lives and witness its positive impact on society and industry. We have a rich history of working in close partnership with MTN and now we are going live with 5G in South Africa.

With many live commercial 5G networks across the globe, we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with MTN, jointly leading and driving innovation to ensure the digitalization of Africa.”

And no doubt this has been the major headache in Africa with Health sector all having challenges communicating and managing the rising Covid-19 cases especially as a time when video conferencing seems to be the norm.

What to expect…

Two key 5G use cases for the Madagascar market are enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

With greater capacity, higher data speeds and reduced latency, 5G will power new experiences for Telma customers, from gaming and entertainment services, to IoT and business applications. Healthcare and education are areas that will deeply benefit from this technology.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing will enable MTN to quickly launch 5G services over a wide area and successively expand 5G coverage in a tailored way by re-using existing network infrastructure and taking advantage of previous spectrum investments.

MTN can therefore provide 5G commercial services and move towards Standalone (SA) 5G without the need for blanket costly re-investment. Industries such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing can leverage 5G capabilities to accelerate digital transformation and deploy advanced automation technologies.

What next for 5G in other African Countries?

Ericsson currently has 95 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 55 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 43 live 5G networks on five continents.

Public view of the Fifth Generation Tech has been so much distorted in Africa with conspiracy theories relating it to the Covid-19 pandemic doing nothing to quell the fears and misunderstanding.

However, the introduction of the network in major Africa countries will go a long way to either proving the doubters wrong and hopefully correcting any wrong perspective of the Next-Gen tech.

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