For some time now, Airtel Nigeria has included 1GB generic data along with their BlackBerry Complete plan. Of recent, Glo has also began to bundle

Nigerian Networks Bundle Generic Data With BlackBerry Subscriptions

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For some time now, Airtel Nigeria has included 1GB generic data along with their BlackBerry Complete plan. Of recent, Glo has also began to bundle 3GB with their BlackBerry Complete monthly plan. These developments should allow BlackBerry users on both networks to stream audio and video without having their prepaid accounts debited. This is because by default, the networks’ BIS services do not support streaming.

Basically, what we have now is greater value for BlackBerry subscribers in Nigeria. First, they get the now mostly unlimited BIS data, and second, these generic largesse.

I found it interesting, though, when in defense of Android’s data guzzling, someone used this development as an argument that the networks were now providing cheaper data plans for non-BlackBerry users. Here is an excerpt from the comment:

Android is getting popular and network providers are shifting ground to accommodate it. For months, Airtel 1GB BB complete and social plans have been open to other smartphones and as you said Glo has followed suit with its 3GB plan. I expect the other two to do same in the coming months. Doesn’t this prove that the data consumption issue is over exaggerated?

This is odd. BlackBerry users get more value and that is interpreted as the networks accomodating Android? I don’t get that. That non-BlackBerry users are able to exploit the BlackBerry largesse does not in any way mean what the above comment has tabled. Network exploits have existed since forever. They are there and taking advantage of by users despite the intentions of the operators.

If the networks really want to push cheaper data for Android users, why not just adjust their generic data bundles and offer 1GB or 3GB for N1,500 per month? That is what I would do. Having said that, generic data plans are getting more and more affordable, and like anyone else, the greater affordability is welcome.

If you are a BlackBerry user on either Airtel or Glo, now you know that you should be able to stream media, as your operator has provided you with some generic bundle to do that. You should also be able to share this generic data via Mobile Hotspot on your BlackBerry 7 smartphones.

Frankly, I’m a bit jealous, as I do not currently use a BlackBerry smartphone. Well, BB10 isn’t far off any longer.


  1. you can use these BB plans on other devices. i’ve been using airtels blackberry social on my nokia 701 for a while now. 1gb of data. Ridiculously small but worth 1,200.

  2. I still wonder why our gsm operators re not listening to us. Imagine paying N3500 to subscribe for mere 1g for my Android(galaxy s2) while a BB subscriber ll pay just N1500 for 3g or unlimited as d case may be. Pls it’s time to let our service providers realise that smart phone re smart phone,there should not be different packages. Mr Mo,u should lead the campaign,these operators re exploring us.

  3. Please do o, lolz!

    Well, I think its a welcome development anyway. Its only our networks trying to protect their market share with juicy service offerings. It’s a known fact that BB users are constantly looking for the cheapest, most reliable BIS network to latch on to. Same goes for bundle data.

  4. I think what Mister Mo is trying to say is, why must we use these network expliots to enjoy reasonable data on our smartphones esp android phones,these networks did not officially announce that other non BIS users can use the BIS data plans on their smartphones,not everybody knows about this exploits,the glos 3gig bis plan that people started using recently was just like use it while stock lasts ,we dont really know if it ll be left open for we the non BIS for as long as they continue offering BIS services on their network.i think the best they(mtn,airtel,glo etc) can do at least is to make 1gig data available for all smartphone users at the same 1500 naira view

  5. If BBs cheaper plan is as a result of low data consumption, can someone explain to me why features phone do not have cheaper plans too?

  6. Sincerely I’m a bit jealous but not bothered I gave out my BB couple of months ago. A friend told me about Airtel BB service working on his Nokia I neglected it I don’t want to risk my money cos the blackberry is gone. But today I use the glo blackberry service on my Android phone and is working fine. 3gb for 1400 I think this is a welcome idea for android user.

  7. I hope we can get an insider in GLO who can explain GLO unofficial allowance of all phones, modems to access BB data that was not possible in the past. This action of GLO is also a killer for Airtel in the market. While airtel offer 1Gig for 1200 GLO offers 3Gig for 1400. Also for how long will the loop be kept open before it is sealed. Cause MTN left the loop open only to zip it up sometimes ago.

  8. Sir, the Glo plan is an exploit it uses the blackberry apn which isn’t really legal,and can be blocked at any time just like MTN did last year when the exploit worked on their SIMs.

  9. very correct, we can’t say that data service is now cheap because the exploit can stop working any time.
    Operators love to give BB users more data because they no most of them use little data

  10. correction benzion72, Glo also offers 3gig for the same price of N1,200.

    dial *777*12#
    or send “SoMonth” to “777”

    I have 2 android phones, i now use the Glo and Airtel BIS on each one of them and tether to my laptop too. Cheapest scenario ever!

  11. All these offers would have interest me if only those networks are functional at my location. They have since lost it. That’s why I won’t mind paying premium for swift4g at home these days. When their(glo, airtel, e.t.c) networks get better, I can then give it a try. No one likes spending more when you can spend less to get same value.

  12. As for me I have been using mtn bis..tethering to pc through usb or wifi hotspot…
    with 2500k I get unlimited download

  13. I’ve been streaming on blackberry before this bundle allowance,i only noticed that it’s when i stream on youtube website that it zaps my credit.As for this present offer that is available,i don’t think we need any official statement from airtel or glo,just enjoy it while it lasts.It’s an unofficial happy hour to other platform users.

  14. I have been streaming videos and audios on blackberry for years,it’s only on youtube’s website it uses my credit.Let’s just enjoy this unofficial happy hour while it lasts.

  15. Can anyone tell me how to use airtel bis on my android phone ? Pls help a brotha out cuz I dnt knw if there’s a special code I have to use or special apps I hav to download. Cheers mates & keep up the good work Mr Mo

  16. @talktimi: It’s all about having the right APN and subscribing. See below.

    Either you send ‘bsm’ to 440 or dial *440*4#.

    Cost N1,200 and gives you 1gb for 30 days

    Dial *141*712*0# to check your data balance

    if you exhaust your data before expiry send ‘DEACTIVATE’ to ‘440’ and then subscribe again.

    username: internet
    password: internet

  17. For Glo:

    Blackberry Social Week Plan
    send “SoWeek” to “777”
    7 Days
    Blackberry Social Month Plan
    send “SoMonth” to “777”
    30 Days

    Access number: *99#
    Username: leave blank
    Password: leave blank

    Send STATUS to 777 to check the data balance of your Glo BIS or dial *777*0#

    To Cancel Glo BlackBerry Service Auto-Renewal: SMS cancel to 777 (BIS)

    Once you exhaust your data allocation, it expires automatically for you to renew If you wish

  18. @trae_z, from what you listed, is access number the same as proxy on android phones? Because I don’t know where to input the *99#.

  19. I used the glo tweak instead it was really frustrating, I had to run back to airtel which is very much reliable..I left airtel cos of the low data plan, but seriously glo almost made me ran 5, my iphone 5 kept switching and even when there is 3G sometimes it won’t even process at all while I can leave my airtel on 3G for one week steady…Glo is a hopeless network

  20. Slo_88 wrong; you’re a hopeless novice! Many factors combine to determine network strength. Great in some places, bad in others, that’s the way it is. No one blanket statement fits all. Just choose the network with the best performance in your area of domicile. In my area it’s Glo but when I travel down East to my village Airtel gives the best performance.

  21. How exactly do i get dis generic data plan from glo..cos ma bis is active,yet i cnt get d data plan.

  22. @trae_z I use the samsung note but the glo somonth doesn’t work even after changing the apn settings an all please reply.

  23. @philkb: The Glo BIS hack stopped working on Sunday night 17.02.13. The airtel “BIS hack” still works though as it’s official.

  24. The airtel 1g(BSM to 440) stuff on smartphones no longer works… Does anyone know about the glo service

  25. Who says airtel 1gb is not working? I learnt the data allowance is now 3gb from nairaland forum.
    I connected a friend today on a pc and the airtel somonth plan is blazing.

  26. This Glo thing just has to come back. I mean, imagine 3gig on a network that was faster thn airtel and more reliable thn MTN. Damn!

  27. I subscribed for the glo 3gb since two days now, but it did not reflect. They said I should remove and put back the battery, which I did, yet nothing. What will I do? somebody please advice me.

  28. i hav been usin my mtn bb plan on my android for d past 2 n half weeks, d bb plan stop workin. pls, i want to knw, whether d bb data plan use on android or any oda phone can use all within 2 weeks . is d glo bb data plan still workin on odas phone

  29. Pls! Which one is still working now. Glo or airtel and what plan. I’m really desperate as i ve not been able to enjoy my phone apps for a while now. Pls reply ASAP

  30. The Airtel BIS 1GB data bundle is still very much functional . If you are having problems subscribing by sending BSM to 440, try dialing *440*4#. If you have an active subscription but you have exhausted the data bundle, deactivate it by dialling *440*10#, as you will not be able to resubscribe to a new one without deactivating the previous subscription.
    I hope this helps.

  31. pls i accidentally subsribed for d airtel complete social bb daily plan…sent stopautorenew to 440 but dy still kip deductin my moni every day..any1 wit info on how to stop…customer care are jux useless!!!! tanz

  32. Can I subscribe for airtel’s BCM plan rather than BSM, and still enjoy the 1G data? Had anyone tried this? Is there a 1G data on airtel’s BCM (complete plan.

  33. I think this article has been hijacked by “nairalanders” LOL! Desperate my toe-nail!

  34. Dear Valued Customer, Due to a BlackBerry Africa service downtime you might experience service disruption on your blackberry service. Please bear with us

    Oh! That’s from Airtel. Somehow their service been cut off. I know not how my default browser remains functioning. 1st MTN, now this?

    Mr Mo’shizzle, permit me to rant here.

  35. Which one shall I suppors to Subscribe My pc Modem,BSM or BCM? Is BB Mbs work on Modem

  36. For Airtel BB Data plan on android phone if reloading with *440*4# (@N1200), is not possible, just check the new *141*1#
    menu (2 for BB send) and comment

  37. Common, u guys, u have to tell me glo bis on android is still working. pls. And if its not tell me the best and cheapest network for that hack

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