A lot has changed since my last analysis on cheapest call rates / tariff plans in Nigeria across all major telecoms companies (MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat) here and here, today I bring you an updated analysis based on recent tariff plans by these telecom companies to help you make a better choice.
Below is update on latest and cheapest call rates / tariff plans in Nigeria, across all networks, as expected many things have changed:
MTN Cheapest Call Tariff Plans
MTN Xtrapro has replaced Smoothtalk Plus as the cheapest prepaid tariff plan on MTN Network. This tariff plan will allow you to make call at 11k/sec (6.60k/Min) on flat rate ACROSS ALL local Networks with a daily access fee of N5 but if in some cases MTN were not able to charge you N5 on your first call as a result of insufficient balance, then the call for that day will be charged at 20k/Sec (N12/Min).
Simply dial *401# and select 1 OR sms 401 to 131 to migrate to MTN Xtrapro.
SMS rate is N4.
MTN SmoothTalk Plus is another plan for MTN suscribers that allows you enjoy a FLAT rate of 15 kobo per second for calls ACROSS ALL local Networks after the first minute of the day at 40 kobo per second.
To Migrate to MTN SmoothTalk Plus, dial *401# or send 401 to 131.
Also customers get Free 10MB weekly on N100 recharge, Free N300 airtime weekly on N200 recharge to call 1 (one) registered special number
Simply dial *380*1# to add your You & Me number.
Simply dial *380*2# to delete your You & Me number.
You will be allowed to register your 1 (one) You and Me number for free the first time that you register them BUT subsequent registrations after the first free registration will be charged at NGN50.00
Another MTN plan is MTN XtraSpecial – a new Tariff plan that allow you make calls at 15k/Sec (N9/Min) flat rate to all networks in Nigeria with no daily access fee and a call to some selected international destination at the same rate with an additional benefit of 7 days free subscription to EPL Video Service.
Simply dial *408# and select 1 OR sms 408 to 131 to Migrate to MTN XtraSpecial
AIRTEL Cheapest Call Tariff Plans
Airtel smartPREMIER is now the cheapest tariff plan on Airtel Network with call rate at 11k/sec to all networks in Nigeria and to major destinations abroad (UK (Fixed lines), USA, Canada, China & India) after a 1st minute of the day charge of 40k/sec. SMS is N4 for local and N15 for international
Receive calls for free while roaming for up to 500 minutes/month
Generous data bonus on every recharge for up to 150mb. On recharge of N100-198 5MB bonus, On recharge of N200-498 15MB bonus, On recharge of N500-998 50MB bonus, On recharge of N1000 above (exempting data recharge) 150MB bonus
Simply dial *318# or Send “YES” to 318 to subscribe
Airtel smartTALK is another cheap tariff plan on Airtel Network with call rate of 15k/sec to all networks in Nigeria for a daily access fee of ₦5 charged on your first call of the day. International calls at 20k per second to the USA, Canada, China, India and UK Landline.
GLO Cheapest Call Tariff Plans
Glo 11k/s prepaid (Glo Gbam Plus) tariff plan offers best and competitive flat rate tariff to all networks with unlimited and unparalleled value most especially for our upwardly mobile customers.
It is an exciting proposition offering the best calling rates of 11k/s to Anyone, anywhere and any network in Nigeria.
Calls to selected international destinations- US, UK (land lines), India, Canada & China is billed @ 20K/s
Dial *100*6*1# to start enjoying this plan.
Daily access fee of ₦5 is charged on the first call of the day and is valid till 11.59pm each day
Glo Bounce is another plan that costs as low as 15k/s flat rate to all Networks; for Campus Zone Rate Onnet-11k/s, Offnet-15K/s and 11k/s to other users on the Glo Bounce Plan. SMS rate is ₦3 per sms. To start enjoying the Bounce benefit, Dial *170*4# now!
Infinito is another package on Glo that allows you call 10 family and friends numbers at 11k/s and other numbers at 20k/s. To migrate, dial *100*9*2#; To add numbers to friends and family dial *101*1*Mobile No#.
ETISALAT Cheapest Call Tariff Plans
The Cheapest call tariff plan on Etisalat is easylife 4.0 limited edition. Easylife 4.0 limited edition is a voice based prepaid plan that gives you amazing rates to all networks in Nigeria and selected international destinations. Calls are charged at 11 kobo/sec with a daily access fee of ₦5 only which is charged on the first call of the day. Access fee is valid till 11.59pm each day. SMS rate is ₦4
Calls to selected international destinations – US, India, China, and UK – landlines is 20k/s.
Dial *420*1# to migrate to easylife 4.0 limited edition. migration is free.
CALL TARIFF PLANS COMPARISON ACROSS NETWORKS
|Network||Cheapest Plan||Call Rate||SMS Rate||Other Benefits||Rating|
|MTN||MTN Xtrapro||11k per sec, ₦5 daily charge on first call of the day.||₦4 Naira per SMS, ₦15 for international SMS||Health tips for 7 days.||7.5|
|GLO||Glo 11k/s prepaid||11k per sec, ₦5 daily charge on first call of the day. International calls 20k/s||₦4 per SMS, ₦10 for international SMS||20% Bonus on every recharge||8|
|AIRTEL||smartPREMIER||11k per sec, after a 1st minute of the day charge of 40k/sec. International calls 15k/s after 1st min @ 40k/s||₦4 Naira per SMS, ₦15 for international SMS||up to up to 500 minutes/month free roaming calls, up to 150mb data bonus.||7.8|
|ETISALAT||easylife 4.0 limited edition||11k per sec, ₦5 daily charge on first call of the day. International calls 20k/s||₦4 Naira per SMS, ₦15 for international SMS||None||7.4|
Verdict: Glo offers the best and cheapest call rates (prepaid) in Nigeria at the moment to call both on-net and other networks, closely followed by Airtel, however Airtel’s 1st minute charge of 40k/s on 1st call of the day makes the daily cost equivalent to ₦17.40 daily fee. Etisalat and MTN offers similar package to glo but we choose Glo on the basis of the additional bonus they offer to users
Our rating/ranking is based on the following in descending order (Weight of rating)
– OFF NET call rates (to other networks) – 4 points
– ON NET call rates – 2.5 points
– SMS rate – 1.5 points
– International call rates – 1 point
– Additional Bonus (freebies, bonuses) 1 point
Note: We didn’t add plans that uses varying rates based on location/zone as we can’t determine the effective cost.
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