If you are resident in the city of Lagos, you know the hustle for internet is real. You know how you have had to jump and switch from one service provider to another depending on whether it is rainy or dry season. Sometimes, you have four (4) active data plans, so you have backup and backup backup. Well, something like that.
I have good news for the average user (I hope you noticed the text in bold): you need only two (2) internet data plans for ALL of your internet needs. Whatever your need, keeping a combination of these two means you are covered. Stay with me.
Visafone BlackBerry Internet Service costs just N1,000 monthly, but gives you 10 TB of data to use as you wish for 30 days. Honest. Browse. Stream media. Download. Update. Chat. Whatever. It is all yours. The beautiful thing is that you can share the connection via Wireless Hotspot or Bluetooth tethering.
The downside is that it isn’t exactly fast. But even YouTube works (sometimes with buffering). Get Visafone BIS for your non-critical internet tasks and forget about expensive internet. If you are a student or young worker on a budget, Visafone BIS is the answer.
I have two youngsters. They both have smartphones. You know how kids download everything. It is Visafone BIS that saved me from bankruptcy and shame. Now, they are free to download as many games, music tracks and videos as they want. Between them, Mrs Mo and my humble self, the 10TB Visafone BIS data has never been finished yet. They are happy (as a matter of fact, I have become the best father in the world). My pocket is happy. Everyone is happy.
Now, if you also sometimes have a need for much faster internet, the provider to embrace is Smile 4G. It is available in Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Port Harcourt for now, but Smile say they will have the country covered by end of December 2015. Now, Smile is fast. Blazing fast. It is the fastest wireless internet service in Nigeria that I have experienced. But it is also relatively expensive. So, reserve it for when you have to carry out heavy, work-related tasks. There is a trick to Smile 4G.
Subscribe to the 10GB plan (N9,000) initially, and after you have exhausted it, you can use it pay-as-you-use at the rate of 1GB for N900. That means, you can subsequently top up your line with smaller amounts of money as you need it and keep browsing at that low rate. So, as an example, you can budget N3,000 monthly for your Smile data. It is brilliant.
Now, my Smile 4G internet can be active and instantly deployed during those times that I need blazing fast internet. Should I need more data, it is just a top up away.
If you do not have any mission critical work and do not need super speed internet, and if you are on a budget, Visafone BIS is what you need. If you want to maintain two connections and have one capable of lifting the heavy stuff, add a Smile 4G subscription to it. But between these two, you are covered.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.