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Cheapest data plan in Nigeria 2018- MTN, Glo, Airtel & 9mobile Reviewed

Do you want to know the cheapest data plan in Nigeria?  Do you want to know the telecom network in Nigeria with the latest cheapest data plan you can subscribe to?

In 2016, I reviewed the latest cheapest data plan in Nigeria. This year, I dimes it necessary to do so. Android devices, PCs and smart phones consume heavy data bundles. There is no doubt that you’ve been spending heavily on data plans surfing the internet these days. So, it is good you get to know the available and cheapest data plans from all Networks in Nigeria.

There are currently 4 notable telecommunication Networks in Nigeria. These are MTN, Glo, 9mobile and AIRTEL. Today, I will review all data plans currently available from these 4 major telecommunication Networks in Nigeria.  The essence is to help you reduce the money you spend on purchasing data plans as you get the best value for your money.

The Good news is that MTN, GLO, 9mobile and AIRTEL continually roll out new data plans  in addition to their old data plans.  However, my interest in this article is on the cheapest data plan in Nigeria 2018.  Please, note that weekly bundles are not included in this article. So, let’s get to compare and contrast all the telecommunication data plans currently available in Nigeria and then pull out the cheapest data plan among them. At the end of this write-up, you will know the cheapest data plan in Nigeria which can you subscribe to.

Cheapest data plan in Nigeria 2018

Let’s start with MTN Data plans;

MTN Data plans, Prices ,  Subscription Code and Validity period

  • 1GB + 500MB = ₦1000 (500MB Bonus for night browsing). Subscription code – text 106 to 131. Validity is 30days
  • 5GB = ₦1200. To subscribe, text 130 to 131, to activate the plan. Validity is 30days
  • 5GB + 1GB = ₦2000 (1GB Bonus for night browsing). To subscribe for this plan, text 110 to 131. Validity is 30days
  • 5GB = ₦3500. To subscribe for this data plan, send 107 to 131. Validity is 30days
  • 10GB data plan = ₦5000. To activate this plan, send 116 to 131. Validity is 30days

The above five monthly data plans from MTN are the best for all normal and regular users.

OTHER MTN DATA PLANS

22GB data plan = ₦10000. To activate this plan, send 117 to 131.  Validity is 30days.

50GB data plan = ₦20000. To activate this plan, send 118 to 131.  Validity is 60days.

85GB data plan = ₦50000. To activate this plan, send 133 to 131.  Validity is 90days

The above 22GB, 50GB and 85GB data plans can cater for heavy and occasional data users.

For smaller data plan users, 1.5GB, 1GB + 500MB and 2.5GB + 1GB monthly data plans from MTN is the best option for them as they are cheapest when compare to other networks in Nigeria that offer similar data plans.

Browsing speed – MTN browsing signal strength is ok but occasional not stable. Depending on your location, you can browse at 3G, Edge or HSPA signal strength.

9mobile Data plans, Prices, Subscription Codes and Validity period

  • 1GB night only plan= ₦200. To subscribe for this data plan, simply dial *229*3*11#. Validity is 1day
  • 2GB evening (7pm -7am) and weekend only plan = ₦1,000 Naira. Dial *229*3*12# to subscribe. Validity is 30day
  • 5GB evening (7pm -7am) and weekend only plan = ₦2,000 Naira. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*3*13#. Validity is 30day
  • 1GB = ₦1000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*2*7#. Validity is 30day.
  • 5GB = ₦1200. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*2*25#. Validity is 30day.
  • 5GB = ₦2000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*2*8#. Validity is 30day.
  • 4GB = ₦3000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*2*36#. Validity is 30day.
  • 5GB = ₦4000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*2*36#. Validity is 30day.

The above 7 monthly data plans from 9mobile are the best for all normal and regular users.

OTHER 9mobile DATA PLANS

  • 5GB = ₦8000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*2*5#. Validity is 30day.
  • 15GB = ₦10000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*4*1#. Validity is 30day.
  • 5GB = ₦18000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*4*3#. Validity is 30day.
  • 30GB = ₦27500. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*5*1#. Validity is 90day.
  • 60GB = ₦55000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*5*2#. Validity is 120day.
  • 100GB = ₦84992. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*4*5#. Validity is 30day (SME).
  • 120GB = ₦11000. To subscribe for this data plan, dial *229*5*3#. Validity is 365day.

From above, you can see that 9mobile has many data plans for normal, regular and heavy data users.

9mobile browsing speed – 9mobile network have fast and stable even in remote places in Nigeria especially when browsing at 3G or HSPA/HSPA+. However, 9mobile currently wipe-out customers’ data plan without customer due usage. I receive this complaint from several 9mobile customers

AIRTEL Data plans, Prices, Subscription Codes and Validity period

  • 3GB = ₦ To activate this data plan, dial *435#. Validity is 30day (unlimited).
  • 5GB = ₦1000. To activate this data plan, dial *496#. Validity is 30day (Android 1.0).
  • 5GB = ₦2000. To activate this data plan, dial *437#. Validity is 30day (Android 2.0).
  • 5GB = ₦ To activate this data plan, dial *435*1#. Validity is 30day (Android 2.5).
  • 7GB = ₦ To activate this data plan, dial *438#. Validity is 30day (Android 3.5).
  • 9GB = ₦ To activate this data plan, dial *435#. Validity is 30day (Android 4.0)
  • 3GB = ₦ To activate this data plan, dial *431#. Validity is 30day (Blackberry)
  • 10GB = ₦ Dial *452# to subscribe. Validity is 30day.
  • From above, you can see that Airtel also has many data plans for normal and regular users.

OTHER AIRTEL DATA PLANS

  • 16GB = ₦8000. To subscribe to this data plan, dial *460#. Validity is 30day
  • 50GB = ₦36000. Simply, dial *406# to subscribe to this plan. Validity is 180day
  • 100GB = ₦70000. To subscribe, dial *407#. Validity is 365day.
  • 200GB = ₦136000. To subscribe, dial *408#. Validity is 365day.

For SMEs and very heavy data users, the above “other airtel data plans” may be their best options.

Airtel browsing speed – Airtel’s network speed from my own experience is not quite commendable. Although, this depends largely on your location as they are still battling to maintain the stability of their 3G.

GLO Data plans, Prices, Subscription Code and Validity period

Data volume Data volume + Bonus

  • 800MB, 2GB = ₦500. Dial *127*57# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 6GB, 4GB = ₦1000. Dial *127*53# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 75GB, 9.5GB = ₦2000. Dial *127*55# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 5GB, 12.5GB = ₦2500. Dial *127*58# to subscribe. Validity is 10days.
  • 6GB, 15GB = ₦3000. Dial *127*54# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 5GB, 24GB = ₦4000. Dial *127*59# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 12GB, 30GB = ₦5000. Dial *127*2# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 22GB, 55GB = ₦8000. Dial *127*1# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 50GB, 75GB = ₦10000. Dial *127*11# to subscribe. Validity is 10days.
  • 80GB, 120GB = ₦12000. Dial *127*12# to subscribe. Validity is 10days.
  • 100GB, 150GB = ₦18000. Dial *127*13# to subscribe. Validity is 10days
  • 120GB, 180GB = ₦200000. Dial *127*14# to subscribe. Validity is 10days.

Glo Flexi

  • 4GB= ₦6,000. Dial *127*5# to subscribe. Validity is 30days.
  • 12GB= ₦15,000. Dial *127*4# to subscribe. Validity is 3months.
  • 4GB= ₦6,000. Dial *127*5# to subscribe. Validity is 30days.
  • 12GB= ₦5,000. Dial *127*7# to subscribe. 8PM to 9AM – Weekdays + All day on Weekends.
  • 12GB= ₦6,000. Dial *127*6# to subscribe. 8 AM to 9 PM

For normal and regular data users, Glo monthly data plans is comparatively similar to Airtel data plan.

In terms of browsing speed, Glo Network is NOT commendable as you may likely have challenges in their network browsing speed. In some town, it is difficult to browse with Glo Network even at the face of their 3G, HSPA or HSPA+ Network.  Many people have criticized Glo browsing speed.

Summary and comparison of the current Data plans in Nigeria

For ₦1,000 data plan in Nigeria;

  • MTN gives 1.5GB (1GB + 500MB bonus use at night), Validity period is 30days
  • 9mobile gives 1GB, Validity period is 30days.
  • Glo gives 4GB, Validity period 30days.
  • Airtel gives 1GB, Validity period 30days.

For ₦1,200 Naira data plan in Nigeria

  • MTN gives 1.5GB, Validity period 30days.
  • 9mobile Network gives 1.5GB, Validity period is 30days.

Airtel and glo does not offer such data plan.

For ₦2,000 Naira data plan in Nigeria

·         MTN gives 2.5GB + 1GB (1GB) is Bonus data used at night).
·         Glo gives 9.5GB, validity period 30 days.
·         Airtel gives 3.5GB, validity period 30 days.
·         9mobile gives 2.5GB, validity period 30 days.

For ₦2,500 Naira data plan in Nigeria

  • Glo gives 12.5 GB, validity period 30 days.
  • Airtel gives 5GB, valid for 30 days (android users)

Conclusion: from the analysis above; the cheapest data plan in Nigeria is 4GB for 1000, valid for 30days from Glo Nigeria. This is for normal and regular data users.

But wait! Did I say glo Nigeria offers the cheapest data plan in Nigeria? Yes, I think I did. Prove me wrong, if I am not correct.

Which Network data plan do you use in your locality, do you have any challenge using it; let’s hear from you now.

You can use the comment box below to share your experiences and views.

Warning: Check the availability and stability of any Network you want to subscribe for their data plan in your location before subscribing for data plan.

Full Detail on Airtel Nigeria Data Plans & Activation Codes

Airtel Nigeria has added some few other data plans to their existing data plans. You can use these Airtel data plans on android phones and devices, tablet, blackberry, ipad, PC, iPhone and other browsing devices
These new data plans include:
2GB Data plan for 2000 naira.
3GB Data Plan (Night plan) for 2,500 naira
4.5GB Data Plan for 3,500 naira
• To activate the 2GB data plan which works for 24/7 and last for 30days, simply dial *437#.
• To subscribe for the 4.5GB data plan which also works 24/7 and last for 30days, simply dial *438#.

OTHER AIRTEL DATA PLANS AND SUBSCRIPTION CODES
The table below shows full details on Airtel Nigeria Internet Data Plans, Prices & Activation codes. You can activate any of these data plans using either subcription code. You can compare Airtel data plan with Glo Nigeria data plans and bundle plans. Compare their prices, to see which is cheaper.

AIRTEL NIGERIA DATA PLANS AND ACTIVATION CODES
Plan  Data allowance Price (N) Validity period Activation Code
Daily 20MB 100 1 day *410#
Weekly 50MB 300 7 days *417#
Monthly 500MB 1,000 30 days *420#
Smart1 1.3GB 2,000 30 days *423#
Smart2 2GB 3,000 30 days *451#
Smart4 4GB 5,000 30 days *452#
Smart8 8GB 8,000 30 days *460#
Smart10 10GB 10,000 30 days *471#
Smart15 15GB 15,000 30 days *462#
Smart20 20GB 18,000 30 days *463#

GENERAL AIRTEL DATA PLANS AND ACTIVATION CODE
Plans /Validity period  Price (N) Data Plan Activation code
Trial(1 day) 0 1MB *141*13*1#
Entry (1 day) 50 6MB *141*11*9#
Daily (a day) 100 15MB *141*11*1#
3-day 200 40MB *141*11*8#
Weekly 300 70MB *141*11*2#
Easy 500 120MB *141*11*3#
Top-Up 600 100 MB –
786 plan (30 days) 786 125 MB *141*11*786#
Lite (30 days) 1,000 260MB *141*11*4#
Midi(30 days) 1,300 325MB *141*11*5#
Smartphone1( 30 days) 2,000 650MB *141*11*6#
Smart phone 2 (30 days) 3,000 1.3GB *141*11*7#
Plus (30 days) 5,000 3.9GB *141*12*1#
Max (30 days) 8,000 6.6GB *141*12*2#
Premium (30 days) 15,000 13.3GB *141*12*3#
Prime (30 days) 22,000 19.9GB *141*12*7#
Day 500 150MB *141*12*5#
Night Time ( 30 days) (Off Peak) 2,500 3.9GB *141*12*4#
Weekend (30 days) 3,000 3.9GB *141*12*6#
To Check Data Usage – *141*11*0#

AIRTEL DATA PLANS AND BONUSES
1. There is 30% BONUS (EXTRA) on these data plans;
• Lite
• Midi
• Smartphone1
• Smartphone2
• Plus
• Max
• Premium & Prime
Any Airtel subscribers on these plans also get to call at 18 kobo per second
2. There is 60% bonus on these plans below
• Entry
• Daily
• 3-day
• Weekly & Easy
3. There is 50% BONUS on data bundles if you recharge with a Data Recharge Card, EPIN or ERC
4. You can subscribe for a data bundle plan via USSD, dial the associated string e.g. *141*11*4# to activate the Lite plan
5. You can also subscribe for a data bundle plan vis SMS, send the associated SMS keyword to 141 e.g. lite to 141
6. To subscribe for a data bundle plan via MAMO, dial the associated string e.g. 14150 to activate.
Enjoy!
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