In the year of our Lord 2019, a wind blew across the land, bringing with it generous data allocations via weekly data plans from 9mobile, MTN, and Airtel. I detail what each of them offers and how to subscribe.

Weekly data plan for 9mobile, MTN, Glo, Airtel: Get great value for your money

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In the year of our Lord 2019, a wind blew across the land, bringing with it generous data allocations via weekly data plans from 9mobile, MTN, Glo, and Airtel.

If I recall well, the first network to introduce a weekly data plan was Airtel. This was soon followed by MTN, and then 9mobile. Finally, Glo has responded with its own special weekly data plan.

One common denominator of these plans is that you must be ready to spend ₦1,500 every week. Which amounts to ₦6,000 monthly. That is a lot of money for many Nigerians. But if you are a s.all business owner or entrepreneur and. We’d generous volumes of data, these new weekly plans provide some of the best value for money right now.

If you are unable to afford ₦6,000 a month on sat, these plans will not make sense to you. You will have to settle for one of the monthly data plans that go for ₦1,000, ₦1,200, or even up to ₦2,500.

Weekly Data Plan for 9mobile

weekly data plan for 9mobile

We kickstart this comparison with 9mobile, the network that was formerly called Etisalat. Mobile Internet (or data, as our people call it) on 9mobile has been the most expensive and least pocket friendly for as long as I can remember. But the green network has pulled a complete u-turn this time and introduced a weekly data plan that offers the best value right now.

For just ₦1,500, you get 7GB data allocation for a week on 9mobile. But it doesn’t end there: you also get free access to social networking sites and apps for the same validity period of 7 days. This means that your usage of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, for example, will not count against your 7GB data volume. 9mobile calls it 7GB + social.

9mobile has smartly included a fair usage clause on the free social media access. Good call, I daresay, or else subscribers will abuse it and degrade the network quality.

9mobile is, by a huge margin, the smallest GSM network by subscriber numbers (data subscriptions inclusive). Hopefully, this superb value package will help them add some more subscribers and regain lost ground.

To subscribe for 9mobile 7GB + Social, dial *229*2*2#.

Weekly Data Plan for MTN

weekly data plan for mtn

And now, we jump from the bottom of the pile to the very top, where the Y’hello network, MTN, sits majestically. For all of the complaining that people do about MTN and all the vitriol the network gets, one would think that they would be losing subscribers per second. But it is all noise. MTN remains the largest network by volume of subscribers and by revenue and profits.

Bt that is not why we are here; is it? MTN has introduced a weekly data plan gives subscribers 6GB of data for a week (7 days). It is exactly the same allocation that its arch-rival, Airtel, introduced earlier on. MTN calls it Weekly Jolly Data.

It has to be said though: this is the most generous we have seen of MTN at any point in time. Wonders do happen. 6GB for ₦1,500 from MTN! MTN subscribers must be pinching themselves right now. I can tell you that the data plan works. I have given it a try.

To subscribe, Text “143” to 131. Or dial *131# and follow the prompts.

Weekly Data Plan for Glo

weekly data plan for Glo 1500special

The self-styled grandmaster of data was the last mobile network to introduce a generous weekly data plan, and they did a solid. On Glo, ₦1,500 will get you 7GB of data for a validity period of 7 days. After 9mobile’s 7GB + social, Glo’s Special 1500 (that;s what they call it), is the next best deal of the four networks.

I tried out this plan and Glo did not give any bonus data on it, like they do their regular data bundles. 7GB is already a steal anyway, so no biggie.

To subscribe, visit on your Glo Internet connection, or dial *777#.

Weekly Data Plan for Airtel

weekly data plan for airtel

Airtel is the pioneer of the generous weekly data plan, introducing their Weekly Binge Data Plan as far back as October 2019. For a subscription of ₦1,500, Airtel subscribers get 6GB of data for 7-day validity. It was unprecedented when it was introduced, but now, as we have seen, all the other mobile networks have something to match it or better it.

To subscribe to Airtel Weekly Binge Data plan, go to Alternatively, you can dial *141# on your phone.

Summary and Wrap Up

In summary, here is what each of the big 4 mobile network offers:

  • Weekly data plan for 9mobile: 7GB data + free social media
  • Weekly data plan for MTN: 6GB data
  • Weekly data plan for Glo: 7GB data
  • Weekly data plan for Airtel: 6GB data

Each of them costs just ₦1,500 and the data has a validity of 7 days. I think these plans are superb value for money.


  1. These people are all useless, the reason why they copied each other by going the same direction is what I don’t understand, is that really necessary. Why can’t they just give subscribers whatever they want, instead of waiting for a particular network to introduce a package and the rest start doing the same thing. If a network provider introduced affordable weekly plan, why can’t another introduced affordable monthly plan, most they copied one another.

    They looked at us we subscribers as fools, that is what I think. They want us to keep spending N1500 every week, which is N6000 a month, maybe they forgot not everybody makes money on internet, not everyone uses internet for business. Funny thing about these network providers is, if any of them cancel the weekly plan now, the rest will follows and do the same. Is that how it should be done?

  2. These offers are quite generous, really. It’s just that they seems to have targeted a group of people this time around because, just as you have said, not every Nigerian can afford this price, weekly.

  3. I think due to regulations, there’s a limit to how much data they can dash us without looking like they are trying to put the competition out of business.

  4. That position is looking shaky by the day

    Which is why they have wisened up and are now trying to not be so stingy with data any more, I believe.

    But it will be nice to see another network take the top spot for a change, if only for the fresh energy it will stir up in the industry.

  5. I don’t blame them the competition is getting more destructive and everybody wants to be in the spotlight
    even at the expense of others. We don’t usually get this but if they give we collect the ones we can and leave the one we cannot.

  6. I wonder if the remaining allocation from the weekly plans, can be rolled over to the next subscription.

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