Smartphones have come to become part of many of us. We use it in our bedroom, school, restroom, office; infact, almost everywhere. As you already know, smartphone without data / internet connection is boring! Most of the features of smartphones that make them work properly requires data, as such we are always conscious of the amount of data we consume.
We are going to look at the latest, best, most affordable and cheapest data plans across all major mobile networks in Nigeria (MTN, Glo, Airtel, Ntel and (mobile), to help you get the best value for your money.
MTN DATA PLANS
For most occasional and regular users, MTN has a data plan that suits. They have now included data plans that cater for SME (data plans that allocates 10GB upwards), so whether you are a heavy user or light user MTN covers you.
For light data users, the best MTN data plan is 1.5GB Plan which costs ₦1,000 Naira. For Normal and regular data users, the best MTN data plan is 3.5GB Plan which costs ₦2,000 Naira. For heavy data users, you can either choose the 10GB MTN data plan which costs ₦5,000 Naira or the 22GB MTN data plan which costs ₦10,000 Naira
To subscribe for MTN 1.5GB Plan Text “106” to 131
To subscribe for MTN 3.5GB data plan Text “110” to 131
To subscribe for 10GB MTN data plan Text “116” to 131
To subscribe for MTN 22GB data plan Text “117” to 131
AIRTEL DATA PLANS
Airtel has various data plans that caters for both normal and heavy users, with data plan of up to 200GB at ₦126,000 Naira (Dial *408#), it may not be ideal for SME and very heavy users because of the cost.
For Android phone owners, Airtel have a good plan called Android 1.0 that gives you 1.5GB for ₦1,000 Naira, Android 2.0 that gives you 3.5GB for ₦2,000 Naira, Android 2.5 that gives you 5GB for ₦2,500 Naira and Android 3.5 that gives you 7GB for ₦3,500 Naira
Simply dial *496# for Android 1.0,
Dial *437# for Android 2.0,
Dial *437*1# for Android 2.5 or
Dial *438# for Android 3.5
Validity for all the airtel data plans above is 30 days.
Airtel also have a plan that gives you access to only 2G/Edge network call 2G Pack for Unlimited bandwidth at ₦200 valid for 14 days (Dial *482*1#) or Unlimited data at ₦500 valid for 28 days (Dial *482*2#)
Airtel data plans for heavy users
Airtel also have data plans for heavy users:
MEGA 5 gives you 10GB at ₦5,000 valid for 30 days (Dial *452#).
MEGA 8 gives you 16GB at ₦8,000 valid for 30 days (Dial *460#).
MEGA 10 gives you 22GB at ₦10,000 valid for 30 days(Dial *462#).
MEGA 15 gives you 30GB at ₦15,000 valid for 60 days (Dial *463#).
MEGA 36 gives you 50GB at ₦36,000 valid for 180 days (Dial *406#)
MEGA 70 gives you 100GB at ₦70,000 valid for 365 days (Dial *407#)
MEGA 136 gives you 200GB at ₦136,000 valid for 365 days (Dial *408#)
It is good to note that Airtel’s Android bundle works on all Smartphones (Android, Apple, BB, Nokia, Lumia etc)
GLO DATA PLANS
Globacom’s variety of data plans ensure you get the best value at your own preference. Glo has the most affordable data plans currently in Nigeria. According to Glo: “We offer much more data volumes for much lesser prices.“; and this is true. Glo has plans that cater for both normal, heavy and very heavy users.
Glo also provide a self care data management portal, the High Speed Internet (HSI) portal where you can view your data usage, share data, buy data and gift data, available at http://hsi.glo.com.
Glo Data Plan Details
|3G-4G Plan Name||Price (N)||Data Volume||Data Volume with 100% Bonus||Validity||SMS to 777||USSD Code|
|N50 DATA PLAN||50||15MB||30MB||1 Day||14||*127*14#|
|N100 DATAPLAN||100||35MB||70MB||1 Day||51||*127*51#|
|N200 DATA PLAN||200||100MB||200MB||5 Days||56||*127*56#|
|N500 DATA PLAN||500||800MB||1.6GB||10 Days||57||*127*57#|
|N1,000 DATA PLAN||1,000||1.6GB||3.2GB||30 Days||53||*127*53#|
|N2000 DATA PLAN||2,000||3.75GB||7.5GB||30 Days||55||*127*55#|
|N2,500 DATA PLAN||2,500||5GB||10GB||30 Days||58||*127*58#|
|N3,000 DATA PLAN||3,000||6GB||12GB||30 Days||54||*127*54#|
|N4,000 DATA PLAN||4,000||8GB||16GB||30 Days||59||*127*59#|
|N5,000 DATA PLAN||5,000||12GB||24GB||30 Days||11||*127*2#|
|N8,000 DATA PLAN||8,000||16GB||32GB||30 Days||12||*127*1#|
|N10,000 DATA PLAN||10,000||23GB||46GB||30 Days||15||*127*11#|
|N15,000 DATA PLAN||15,000||30GB||60GB||30 Days||16||*127*12#|
|N18,000 DATA PLAN||18,000||45GB||90GB||30 Days||17||*127*13#|
9Mobile DATA PLANS
9mobile has data plans for light, normal users and heavy. For heavy users, just like Airtel they have the plans that offers highest allocation of validity, with an annual plan that gives 120GB for ₦110,000 Naira, Dial *229*5*3# and a monthly plan that give 100GB for ₦84,992 Naira, Dial *229*4*5#. However, as you can see, this is quite costly as you are paying as much as ₦850 Naira per GB for such a high volume.
9mobile data plans for light and small users:
10MB For 50Naira- *229*3*8# or send MI3 to 229- 1day
40MB For 100Naira- *229*3*1# or send MI1 to 229- 1day
150MB For 200Naira- *229*2*10# or send LCD to 229- 7days
500MB for ₦500 Naira. Dial *229*2*12# to subscribe
9mobile data plans for normal and regular users:
1GB For 1000Naira- *229*2*7#- 30days
1.5GB For 1,200Naira- *229*2*25# or send AND11 TO 229 (30days)
2.5GB 2000Naira *229*2*8# or send AND2 to 229
4GB For 3000Naira *229*2*35#
5.5GB For 4000Naira *229*2*9#
11.5GB For 8000Naira *229*2*5# or send MB6 to 229
More 9mobile data plans for heavy users:
16GB for ₦8,000 Naira. Dial *229*2*5# to subscribe
22GB for ₦10,000 Naira. Dial *229*4*1# to subscribe
9mobile Night & Weekend Data Plans
500Naira for 1GB Weekend plan from Friday 11:59pm- Sunday 11:59pm- *5995*2#
200Naira for 1GB Night Plan from 12am- 5am- *229*3*11#
1000Naira for 2GB Evening & Weekend plans from 7pm- 7am- *229*3*12#
2000Naira for 5GB Weekend & Evening Plan- *229*3*13# and you will also receive 100MB WhatsApp data (24/7). Its valid for 30days.
How To Stop 9mobile Auto-renewal
Simply dial *229*0# to cancel data autorenewal.
How To Check Data Balance On 9mobile
To check data balance simply dial *228#
From personal experience, Etisalat’s speed has dropped over the past few months, it’s not as reliable as it’s used to be
It is diffult to do a speed comparison between all the networks, as speed of each varies based on locations. I will advice you test a network in your area to know the one that works for you.
NTEL DATA PLANS
Ntel is a new entrant in the Nigeria’s telecommunication space. They are still rolling out their services, and is only available in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja with other states coming soon. See the areas currently covered by Ntel.
Ntel offers high speed 4G LTE data plans, they are focused on heavy users. There service is also availbale to only LTE enabled devices. Smartphone data monthly gives you unlimited data for 30 days at ₦12,500 Naira. Smartphone data weekly gives you unlimited data for 7 days at ₦3,750 Naira. Smartphone lite gives you unlimited data for 2 days at ₦1,500 Naira.
Note: Glo offers the most affordable and cheapest data plans in Nigeria for light, normal and heavy data users, followed by Airtel.
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