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Profiled: Price of Internet data plans on mobile networks in Nigeria

Profiled: Price of Internet data plans on mobile networks in Nigeria
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Nigeria’s Internet users continue to increase yearly with subscriber numbers now hitting over 93 million, according to the latest market information by the industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

This growth can be attributed to the developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and growing appetite for Internet services by many Nigerians today.

Market share of the top four mobile phone networks in Nigeria Source: NCC
Market share of the top four mobile phone networks in Nigeria Source: NCC

However, it has been observed that many Internet subscribers still have difficulty in making subscriptions that adequately suit the purpose for which they do. Some have opted into bundle plans they do not need, while some subscribe, and later complain of not having enough to serve their purpose.

Whether you are an occasional, regular or heavy Internet data user, the four top mobile phone companies in Nigeria, MTN Nigeria, Glo Mobile, Airtel Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria, have a data plan that suits your lifestyle. All you need to do is to identify the bundle plan that best suits you and use the activation code (either by SMS, or USSD) to opt-in or switch to it.

To ease your pain in the search for data plans, the cost and the codes to subscribe, Technology Times has conducted a market trend watch and we are providing you with the major data bundle plans for MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat, with their prices and activation codes below:

MTN Data bundle plans and subscription mode

Validity Period Bundle Plan Price (N) Activation Code (Text to 131) Activation Code USSD
Daily

(24 Hrs)

10MB 100 104 *104#
25MB 150 112 *112#
50MB 200 113 *113#
Weekly

(7 Days)

150MB 500 103 *103#
Monthly

(30 Days)

260MB 1000 106 *106#
325MB 1300 109 *109#
750MB 2000 110 *110#
1.5GB 3500 111 *111#
4.5GB Night plan

(9PM-6AM)

2500 102 *102#
4.5GB 6500 129 *129#
7.5GB 8000 101 *101#
4.5GB

(1.5GB day 6.01am-8.59pm and 3GB  night 9pm-6am)

2500 120 *120#

 

Glo Data bundle plans and subscription mode

Validity Period Plan Name Data Volume Price (N) Activation Code

(Text to 127)

USSD Code
Daily

 

1 Day Pack 8 MB 50 14 *127*14#
Instant Surf 20 MB 100 51 *127*51#
Always Day 195 MB 500 10 *127*3#
3 Days Smallie 50 MB 200 56 *127*56#
Weekly One Week 65 MB 400 52 *127*52#
Big Week 150 MB 500 57 *127*57#
Monthly

 

Always Micro 1.5GB 1,000 53 *127*53#
My Phone 3GB 2,000 55 *127*55#
So Special 5GB 2,500 58 *127*58#
Always Macro 6GB 3,000 54 *127*54#
N4,000 Data Plan 9GB 4,000 59 *127*59#
Always Min 12GB 5,000 11 *127*2#
Always Max 24GB 8,000 12 *127*1#
Silver 11GB 10,000 15 *127*11#
Gold 17GB 15,000 16 *127*12#
Platinum 21GB 18,000 17 *127*13#

 

Airtel Data bundle plans and subscription mode

Plan Name Data Allowance Price

(N)

Validity Days USSD Code Description
BUNDLES DAILY 20MB 100 1 *410# Low cost data bundle plans
3-Day 50MB 200 3 *412#
AIRTEL STARTER PACK 25MB (5MB DAILY) 100 5 *401#
WEEKLY 80MB 300 7 *417#
EASY 250MB 500 14 *418#
ANDROID ANDROID 1.0 1GB 1,000 30 *496# Usable on all devices Android, BlackBerry, Windows and IOS
ANDROID 2.0 2GB 2,000 30 *437#
ANDROID 4.5 4.5GB 3,500 30 *438#
SOCIAL OPERA MONTHLY 250MB 300 30 *885*1# Social packs usable for Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, BBM, We chat  e.t.c
WHATSAPP 15MB 100 15 *948#
WTF MONTHLY 80MB 200 30 *990#
BLACKBERRY UNLIMITED MONTH 3GB 1,500 30 *435# Usable on all devices including Blackberry, Android, Windows and IOS
UNLIMITED WEEK 200MB 525 7 *440*17#
UNLIMITED DAY 40MB 100 1 *440*18#
BB COMPLETE MONTH 3GB 1,000 30 *431# Usable on BB devices only

Airtel special time Data bundle plans and subscription mode

Plan Name Data Allowance Price

(N)

Validity Days USSD Code Description
NIGHT NIGHT 60 1 hr 100 1 *481*1# Usable between 12am and 5:59am
NIGHT 180 3 hours 200 1 *481*2#
NIGHT 360 6 hours 500 1 *481*3#
WEEKEND WEEKEND BUNDLE 200 200MB 200 weekend *472# Usable between 12am Saturday and 11:59pm on Sunday
WEEKEND BUNDLE 500 500MB 500 weekend *473#
MEGA PACKS SMART 12 12GB 5,000 30 *452# 20% off on Dongle, Mifi, Router
SMART 24 24GB 8,000 30 *460#
SMART 34 34GB 10,000 30 *462# 30% off on Dongle, Mifi, Router
SMART 30 30GB 15,000 60 *463#
SMART 50 50GB 36,000 180 *406# 50% off on Dongle, Mifi, Router
SMART 100 100GB 70,000 180 *407# FREE Dongle, Mifi or Router
SMART 200 200GB 136,000 180 *408#

 

Etisalat Data bundle plans and subscription mode

Data plans Data Bundle Price (N) activation code
SMS to 229
USSD codes
Daily 10 MB 100 MI1 *229*3*1#
Weekly 50 MB 500 MI2 *229*3*4#
Monthly 1GB 1,000 AND1 *229*2*7#
2GB 2,000 AND2 *229*2*8#
3GB 4,000 MB4 *229*2*4#
5GB 6,500 MB5 *229*2*3#
8GB 8,000 MB6 *229*2*5#
10GB 10,000 SM1 *229*4*1#
15GB 15,000 SM2 *229*4*2#
20GB 18,000 SM3 *229*4*3#
Quaterly plan 30 GB 27,500 4M *229*5*1#
Bi-annual plan 60 GB 55,000 6M *229*5*2#
100GB Plan 100 GB 84,992 SM5 *229*4*5#
Annual plan 120 GB 110,000 12M *229*5*3#
Smartphone monthly Plan 3GB 4,000 Smartc (sms to 8183) *229*2*44#
5GB 6,500 Smartd (sms to 8183) *229*2*33#
8GB 8,000 Smarte (sms to 8183) *229*2*55#

Etisalat Blackberry Plan

Plan

Duration *voice opt-in non-voice opt-in

price (₦)

Blackberry absolute monthly *499*1# *399*1# 1500
weekly *499*6# *399*6# 550
daily *499*5# *399*5# 100
blackberry complete monthly *499*3# SMS COM to 399 1000
weekly *499*3*1# SMS COW to 399 500
daily *499*3*2# SMS COD to 399 100

 

However, it is recommended you carefully consider the bundle plans for the network you subscribe with, giving careful consideration to your Internet connections needs. Each bundle plan you subscribe for has specific validity period, after which it will expire. Never forget that some of these plans are auto-renewed as soon as the validity period expires.

With the above tabular information, it becomes easier for you to make your subscription. While your network operator still maintains the above for your data bundle subscription, we advise that you have a copy of this piece so as guide you in your choice of data bundle plan. We really hope that this can help you make informed decisions regarding your choice of data plan and ensure a better user experience.

 

 

 

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