ETISALAT, AIRTEL, MTN and GLOBACOM DATA SUBSCRIPTIONS

On the data subscription page, I explained that it is more profitable to subscribe to a data plan to access the internet on your phone or computer. Hence on this page I show the subscription options available on some of the major GSM networks in West Africa: Etisalat, Airtel, Glo and MTN.
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Four major GSM operators in West Africa

Before I proceed, please note that there are generally two ways of activating or subscribing to the plans: SMS activation and USSD activation. To use SMS(Short Message Service) activation, you send an SMS containing specific message to a specific number. For example, on the Etisalat network, by creating an SMS with the message, MB2, and sending it to the number 229, you subscribe to Etisalat's 200MB data subscription which costs 1,000naira.

However going by the faster USSD(Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) method, you just dial a number usually combined with the symbols * or/and #; just as you would do when trying to load a recharge card on your phone. Example (still on Etisalat): Set your mobile phone if you're about to make a call, press *229*2*1# (USSD code) then press send(that is press the call key). This simple effort will have the same 200MB data bundle activated on your line - if you have sufficient amount of credit to cover the cost and network service allowing.

Also, I should explain that these bundle packages generally have their active duration. This refers to the period of time in which you are allowed to access the internet. If you're to go for the 100naira data plan for example, you can only browse the internet from the moment it comes active until 24 hours later. This means that you have to use up all 10MB within 24 hours, otherwise you lose it!

On some carriers (like Etisalat) though, you can "roll back" unused data. This means that you can still get back the data that you didn't exhaust in the last subscription. However, depending on your service provider, you may have to resubscribe to another data plan before the active period elapses.

Also, be informed that you can request that data subscription info be sent to your phone on some networks. On Etisalat, type the message "help" and send via SMS to 229. Then you'll receive a list of options. Follow the instruction corresponding to the option you prefer and you'll get further information. On Globacom, send 'Activate' to 127. Then follow the instructions you receive.

Now, before viewing the various data plan options available on the aforementioned networks, note that you can request the information via SMS on some carriers. For example, by texting "help" to 229 on Etisalat, you receive information that can guide you into subscribing to one of their bundles.

Now for Etisalat:

For 10MB at 100naira, dial *229*3*1#; or send SMS with keyword "MI1" to number 229. Active for 24 hours.

For 50MB at 500naira, dial *229*3*4#; or send SMS with keyword "MI2" to number 229. Active for 7 days.

For 200MB at 1,000naira, dial *229*2*1#; or send SMS with keyword "MB2" to number 229. Active for 30 days.

For 500MB at 2,000naira, dial *229*2*2#; or send SMS with keyword "MB3" to number 229. Active for 30 days.

For 1.5GB at 4,000naira, dial *229*2*4#; or send SMS with keyword "MB4" to number 229. Active for 30 days.

For night time + weekend access at 4,000naira, dial *229*3*3#; or send SMS with keyword "MB7" to 229. Active for 30 days.

For 3GB at 6,500naira, dial *229*2*3#; or send SMS with keyword "MB5" to 229. Active for 30 days.

For 6GB at 8,000naira, dial *229*2*5#; or send SMS with keyword "MB6" to 229. Active for 30 days

For 10GB at 10,000naira, dial *229*4*1#; or send SMS with keyword "SM1" to 229. Active for 30 days

For 15GB at 15,000naira, dial *229*4*2#; or send SMS with keyword "SM2" to 229. Active for 30 days

For 20GB at 18,000naira, dial *229*4*3#; or send SMS with keyword "SM3" to 229. Active for 30 days

I should also explain that some carriers distinguish between their data packages by using terms like "heavy" , "Smartbytes"


For Airtel:
For 200MB at 1,000naira *141*11*4# SMS "Lite"

250MB at 1,300naira *141*11*5#

500MB at 2,000naira *141*11*6#

1GB at 3,000naira *141*11*7#

3GB at 5,000naira *141*12*1#

5GB at 8,000naira *141*12*1#

10GB at 15,0000naira *141*12*3#

15Gb at 22,000naira *141*12*7#


For Glo
For 13MB at 100naira, dial *127*51#; or send "51" via SMS to 127. Active for 24 hours.

For 65MB at 400naira, dial *127*52#; or send "52" via SMS to 127. Active for 7 days.

For 195MB at 500naira, dial *127*3#; or send "10" via SMS to 127. Active for 24 hours.

For 260MB at 1,000naira, dial *127*53#; or send "53" via SMS to 127. Active for 30 days.

For 1.5GB at 3,000naira, dial *127*54#; or send "54" via SMS to 127. Active for 30 days.



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It should be noted, however, that this information is subject to change according to possible adjustments made by the listed carriers. Feel free to drop a comment on the blog or send me an email or SMS if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks for visiting.

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