1GB data for N1,000 monthly on Airtel?

We received the following heads-up from deoladoctor earlier this morning:

I just got an sms from airtel on my airtel line thus:

Internet plan for smartphones now available on Airtel! Enjoy 1000MB data allowance, valid for 30days, at N1000 ONLY. Activate now by dialling *141*712*4#

Meaning their 1Gb for a month is now reviewed downward to N1000. I am currently on the same 1Gb/30days for N3000 hence have to wait for expiration before trying out this new rate. Pls confirm if you have not got the sms yourself.


We haven’t confirmed this independently, and we ask that you holla if you have any further info on this. The smartphone plan used to cost N3000 monthly till now. However, if this price slash is true, mobile internet in Nigeria will simply never be the same again.


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76 thoughts on “1GB data for N1,000 monthly on Airtel?

  • April 19, 2011 at 7:28 am

    This is good news indeed. I pray the slash extends to their bis plans as well. Perhaps, paying 1000 naira for 1gb wudnt be a bad idea for bb users. Big ups, airtel!

  • April 19, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Infact, this settles my choice faster. I am going to change my wife’s phone today and was still battling with either a BB or a Nokia Eseries. Now my mind is made up on d good old Nokia, with 1Gb data tethered to Lappy, it’s far better than BIS

  • April 19, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I got the message yesterday and it came as a pleasant shocker but I was also looking out for confirmation. Now that someone else has confirmed receiving the same message at least it is confirmed to be from Airtel. The only thing now left is to confirm that the 1000MB is not a deliberate typo for 100MB.

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

    You just made my day brighter with this info. I will give it a try when I ve exhausted my glo Always Micro plan.

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

    “However, if this price slash is true, mobile internet in Nigeria will simply never be the same again”.

    True, i can’t wait for this to be confirmed.

    Do you note that the new activation code(*141*712*4#) is different from the previous plan (*141*712*10#)?

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Not been able to confirm this and am yet to receive the sns on my AirTel line..

    Could the 1000Mb be a typo? Perhaps they meant to put 100Mb?

    If this is true ..
    (## putting on my dancing shoes in readiness ###)

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    All we need is someone to actually try it and confirm if it’s true or not.

    I have never used an Econet/Vodacom/Celtel/Zain/Airtel sim before, and i’ve heard their 3G services are not very good. But I definitely won’t mind trying this if it turns out to be true.

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

    If this is true. Then internet will never be the same. I will how ever wait for other networks to implement this cause airtel internet service is RIDICULOUS in most parts of lagos.
    Glo and mtn should respond ASAP.

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Airtel is the only line I don’t have in my household, this might be a good time to give it a try.

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

    If this bit of news turns out to be true, mobile internet in Nigeria will indeed never be the same again.

    And I must add, that it is a very welcomed development in the mobile internet space. This is something we have waited for- a provider really shaking things up and not simply repeating what others have done.

  • April 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I am going to buy an Airtel line immediately. But what’s the code to send to activate the 1000 Naira/1GB bundle. Yomi? Deoladoctor? Any ideas?

  • April 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

    The code is in the post. Switched to my airtel this morning but sadly, no 3g where I am.. so back to m mtn… Till they copy

  • April 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

    No way!!! And i just renewed my airtel plan with the *141*712*10# which means 3000/1GB/month. Where was i while this news was making the rounds! Ohhhhhhhh….!!!!!

  • April 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Guys its a BIG LIE. I just recharged and dialled. *141*712*4# and was told I had 100mb. Its just too painful for me at the moment.

  • April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    @amaechi, sorry bro. but pls, do u use the data bundle on ur pc?

  • April 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    It is a good development and this will continue untill browing becomes free in all the networks. I will not wait to tap from this.thank you Airtel.

  • April 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Why are we thanking Airtel? I posted earlier that they told me I had 100mb as against the 1GB we are jubilating over. Try it if you doubt it.

  • April 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve used primarily an Airtel line in the Lekki axis of Lagos for about 3-1/2 years and have very few complaints. Calls are clear and I only see the dreaded ‘congestion’ when I’m calling other networks. I’d love to know how to tether my laptop via BIS or if its even possible and I’ll certainly investigate the offer.

  • April 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    @ebi esq

    If what u said is true, then an apology is needed from airtel for the misinformation. Or could it be that they’ve not programmed their system before sending out texts to consumers?

    As I mentioned in the mail sent to mobilitynigeria this morning, I have no way of verifying as my 1Gb/30days for N3000 has not expired.

  • April 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve no issue(s) with your intention to pass information that you benefit others. My problem is with Airtel for the negligent misstatement. Lets hope they readjust things fast.

  • April 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    my people na lie from airtel let them apologise or they refund us i just do it now i just see 100 mb

  • April 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I took the liberty of checking Yomi’s Guide to Mobile Internet in Nigeria and behold, the code sent yesterday by Airtel is there, and its for Zain lite which is 100Mb for 30 days. I started doubting my sanity and eyesight but on going back to the text, its just as i stated in the mail to mobilitynigeria. I doubt if my Samsung Wave has the ability to add a zero after the 100 to give 1000Mb stated in the text.

    Aside from myself and Harry Echemco, anyone else got this text?

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    no no no no no… this must be a dream
    somebody slap me.
    hope it was not an error from a business student who was asked to send the sms

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    @david-leo. i think you can use ur phone with the airtel 1000/1GB/month plan on your system but be sure to turn off automatic updates. Their coverage is good enof arnd lekki-ajah axis.
    @ebi esq. lol.this thing don pepper you wella oh. sorry bro.
    @all. it would seem like it was either a mistake or a deliberate marketing attempt to mislead customers on airtel’s part. i love the network but i hope CPC is listening.

  • April 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    @ebi bozimo. i don’t think it’s possible to do that. i was curious about it one time. the BIS network APN is redirected via your phone network’s APN. so there’s no way of configuring a connection that would use the BIS directly. If you use your phone’s network APN, you would just be paying double. Mayb am wrong and someone has found a way – with IT, there’s always a way. 😉

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    i was so happy when i saw this topic on Twitter..what a letdown by Airtel!!! they would have been amazed by the way their sim sales would increase iif it had been true. i have spent 4k already this month on the grossly inadequate 100mb MTN plan. my android phone drinks it up in no time…..can’t these network see an obvious need in the market and fill it?

  • April 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    If this isn’t just a typo, then this would be the best mobile data plan in the market. Could someone please confirm this before I go buying an airtel line

  • April 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

    @hamer07. why dont you get the 3000/1GB/month plan with the *141*712*10# string. this way, u could save yourself 7k. I, for one, dint get the text message that’s been talked about.

  • April 20, 2011 at 5:00 am

    @hamer07… the smartphone market is increasing and requires a data plan that can give us like 1gig for a reasonable price as all those their 100mb/150mb/month plan are just inadequate. Also their next level plans hovering around 5k – 8k are too expensive. The airtel 1gig/1k is not a typo…its had the intended effect…. drawing attention!

  • April 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I found this news on my twitter, I was very happy. I am contemplating of buy airtel line for it. I don’t the information was fault. Airtel stoP disturbing us on our poor state.

  • April 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Confirmed email from airtel.

    Dear Customer, We at Airtel thank you for taking this time out to inform us of your complaint. Our goal is to provide world class customer service. In response to your mail, please find below details of data plans available on the Airtel network; Data Allowance Retail Price (NGN) Validity period 25MB 400 7 days 1GB 3,000 30 days 10MB 100 24 hours 100MB 1,000 30 days 3GB 5,000 30 days 5GB 8,000 30 days 10GB 15,000 30 days 3GB 2,500 30 days 150MB 500 24 hours 3GB 3,000 30 days Thank you for your continuous patronage. Yours Sincerely, For: Airtel, Vivian Enone

  • April 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Even if it were true, i doubt i’ll use it cause its so slow, i am even regretting the 3k/1g data plan cause its over slow. These airtel guys don’t want to improve their infrastructure instead they are giving all that money to RKelly and 2Face

  • April 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    airtel please send us a text confirming whether or not this is true….SIMPLE!!!

  • May 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    pls, i tried to activate the 1gb data at 1000k, but all i get is a 100mb, Y

  • May 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm


    The info is not true. Airtel mistakenly sent wrong message by text. They sent me an email retracting the text message and giving apology. Whether it was a deliberate or genuine mistake is left for anyone to guess.

  • May 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Why not try 3gb for N2500/per moth with *141*712*7# i’ve being on this secrete plan for the second month now.

  • May 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I have also bundle for my ofice modem again today. Go for it if you want it, at i am not asking for anything from anyone and only just sharing what i know which is what tech forums are known formost of them xda-developers, modaco, and gsm-hosting, all of which i an a humble member.

  • May 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    According to http://ng.airtel.com/Extras/AirtelMobileInternet.aspx , the 3Gb for #2500 is real but its a night plan (off- peak). So if it fits your schedule, you can go for it.

    I also heard from a friend that their BIS works on normal phones – Jesse Oguntimeyin confirmed this on his E71 some times ago via his twitter feed.

  • May 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    @biola 129
    this bundle works 24/7 for me and a couple of my friends who have tried it. its even the bundle on my galaxyS phone. i.e its same bundle i used for my 1:53pm post above.

  • May 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    That leaves me to wonder how Airtel’s billing system is effectively implemented… Mo jeri Glo. *giggles*

  • May 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    i dont think its their billing system error because it’s states “welcome to 3072mb all-day for 30days, will expire on —–” or something similar.
    I also think it may be the bundle being used by sim reg operatives to enable them sync with airtel framework at all times be it day or night at a cheaper cost.

  • May 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    @adisa, @biola129,

    I should have gently gone for my 1Gb/N3000 again but the 3gb/N2500 you mentioned was really tempting so I went for it. Guess what happened, I was able to use the plan on phone for only about 3 to 4 hours only. Now I have 3063Mb till 13th June, and it would not work night or day. I also have N2230 on my Acct. 1 which I can use only to call Airtel lines. And worse still I can’t use any other plan till this non browsing data expires on 13th June. The data just sitting on my Airtel account not usable. I think I’ve been had.

    “eni n’wa fa n’wofo” That’s what I’d say here.

    • May 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      I think the 3063mb stuff was free as i got 8724mb which i couldnt finish before it expires, i also got N14992 credit to call Airtel numbers only which still remains N5856.05 now. check your settings or go here dmc.ng.airtel.com

  • May 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Please check your settings, make sure your user name and pw is set as “internet”(and not left blank).
    Zain’s network is also not as good as mtn/glo.
    for you to verify if its your bundle or network that’s the problem, take another zain line and try to use it as PAYU or do a N100 bundle (i ‘ve had to do this before), you will most likely find out that its the airtel data network that has the problem.

  • May 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    @adisa @biola129

    Sorry, just realised my last post was a comment on a different article. The problem is solved and am enjoying the data day and night since two days now. I called the costumer care and was really impressed by their service. In addition to the data, I also have the N2500 credited to my Acct 1 for use to call Airtel lines.

    Airtel really rocks. I think am going to find a way of getting out of MTN’s clutches.

    I am loving these Airtel guys.

  • May 25, 2011 at 6:45 am

    pls is it realy true dat u can use the 3GB N2500 nite anytime? I notice that d vilidity time can be xtend wt u just subscribing 2 any data bundle as my wil now xpire 13 juli

    • May 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      i can confirm that it works at all times.though i didnt get the 2500 airtime to my account 1 to call airtel lines.anyways i am enjoying my 3GB data! my Android is finally happy!

  • June 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    GLO now offers the following;

    1gb – N3000,
    3gb – N5000, and many other bundles typical to zain full bundle types except for the 3gb @ N5000 bundle.

  • June 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    To get free 1024mb on airtel send ‘socialmonth’ to 440. Beware the service is slow.

  • June 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

    1 GigaByte for N1,000?

    Yet another billing gaffe by AirTel currently allows 1 Gigabyte for FREE for a month!

    Some tech guys over at AirTel need to be FIRED for NEGLIGENCE / INCOMPETENCE! Seriously!

    • June 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      its actually for free and its what am using to post this on a system!!!

  • June 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    what plan is free ‘cus im reall beginning to consider switching from etisalat to airtel../ please confirm what you guys are saying about free 1 gig. is it for bb or other smartphones?

  • June 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Its free for one month but snail slow speed. You can use it on any phone.

  • June 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I guess it should work for bb messenger but not bb browser…we are actually test running d socialmonth service free on airtel…am not 100percent sure though…send *socialmonth* to 440 to enjoy

  • July 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    well I just want to try, the 10mb is not interesting the speed is too low so I am thinking is this one will not finish before two weeks. let’s try.

  • July 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Airtel you are not trust worthy. you promise 1gbp for #1000, when typing *141*1*712*4#, but when I typed you load me with only 200mb, this is robbery. I will opt out but refund my money.

  • March 12, 2014 at 4:09 am

    lm very sufferise for you air tel about what say it is not true

  • March 22, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Hey guys, d airtel data slash 4 1GB is true and its working perfectly.. Airtel’s 1GB/#3000 per month has been slashed to 1GB/#1,200 per month and its working nice and fast.. Just send BSM to 440.. I wuld refer u to subscribe for 2GB for #1,500, dis subscription work on BB, Android, Iphone, HTC and PC.. Whatsapp @08104309369 for more info.

  • May 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Dis is trash so pain full my 1000 for 200mb wot a waste of 800 mb

    • August 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Pls can u help me on how 2 subscribe #1000 for android phones? Pls

  • July 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

    stop thinking otherwise, it’s real I applied it … really works. I always trust

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