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
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
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
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
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.
MTN Bumps its Night Plan Data limit, fair 2GB usage now applies
MTN Nigeria has again reviewed its data plan offerings for about the infinite time this year but this time it is all about their night plan subscription.
Having caused a stir earlier in the year with the reduction in the amount of browsing data it offers subscribers; from a NGN25 charge for 500MB to half of that; they seem to be doing so again but all for the good reasons this time. This resulted in users using multiple SIM cards to get through a single night subscription.
However, the new change means users can now accumulate and use a maximum of 2GB for the night without switching SIMs anymore.Before you can access all the crippled night plan though you have to be not only an MTN subscriber but also on their MTN pulse plan.
No stress talks just follow the image below and you’re in
PS: The above step will attract a charge if you have moved plan in the last 30 days, say from BetaTalk to PulseThat been said,
How to Subscribe to MTN 2GB Night Plan Data
MTN Pulse nightlife plan as we all know offers some pretty decent data plan which are
500MB for N50 and 250MB for N25.Some of the changes to the new review includes a change to the night plan timing.
Unlike the old timing which ensures you get to the use the data from 12:00AM to 5:00AM each night, MTN new Night Plan can now be activated from 11:00PM and will expire at 6:00PM.Also, subscribers can now use a total of 2GB data every night on the MTN nightlife plan for any MTN SIM registered on MTN pulse.
This means, instead of the single 500MB and 250MB data subscription which can be done twice and four times respectively, you can now subscribe to the 500MB plan four times, which is a total of 2GB for N200, while you can subscribe to the 250MB eight times which will also give a total of 2GB for N200 as well.
To activate and use MTN night plan on MTN pulseStep 1: Dial *406# (Select 1 to migrate to MTN Pulse)
Step 2: After migration, select the 3rd option and chose any subscription of choice
Step 3: To check your data balance, dial *131*4# on your MTN SIM
Step 4: Repeat the entire process above until you amass up to 2GB for the night
MTN e-SIM card Service: What is it? Here’s everything to know as MTN begins its very first trial in West Africa
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.
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
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.
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.
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.