Zain Joli: Bad News For Internet Bundle Subscribers

Zain Nigeria has been making a lot of noise about its new “Joli” packages in the last few days. Looking at the Joli tariffs, it is clear that voice subscribers get a better deal by migrating from the old packages to the new.

zainHowever, if you are currently subscribed to an internet bundle plan, you may want to stay away from those Joli migration codes for now. Migrating to Joli de-activates/cancels any existing internet bundle plans you may be subscribed to. Without notice. Yes; whatever you paid for the bundle package is gone. But that’s not all.

Because the bundle is now cancelled, if you have any available airtime, your line keeps connecting, eating up your airtime without your being aware of it.

Lastly, internet bundles cannot be activated on the Jolli platform. Joli subscribers can only enjoy pay-as-you-go internet at 15 kobo per kb. Well, at least till Zain sort out how to get it done.

Bad. Very bad.

A note of caution if you do choose to migrate to the Joli package: While it may be tempting to switch in order to enjoy lower call rates, also note that there is currently no way to switch back, if you are not satisfied. The migration is currently on a no-return basis.

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20 thoughts on “Zain Joli: Bad News For Internet Bundle Subscribers

  • August 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    For now that is true. I was told by Zain guys that the problem will be resolved in a few days. Although it is difficult to enjoy both worlds right now, Zain voice tariff is the best in the GSM market. If the company can take this into the data arena it will be good.

    The easy way out of the internet problem for now is to get a different SIM card for your datacard and wait till the problem is resolved.

    Thanks Yomi for keeping everyone informed

  • August 11, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Tobechukwu you said,

    ‘The easy way out of the internet problem for now is to get a different SIM card for your datacard and wait till the problem is resolved.’

    I completely disagree. In my opinion, the easy way out of the internet problem for now is to simply stay away from the Zain Joli package until Zain put their acts together.

  • August 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    am using data bundle even till now…subscribed 6th of this month…its browsing on my phone but wont connect with my sonyericsson c902 to my laptop says a ppp link dont connect. i decide to use a nokia inorder to use the access point cos the my c902 dont have access point. the system is connected but wont browse not untill i use the zain ip and port on the browsers. what am i not doing right.. or is this still joli package problem but i dont cos am not on joli package. ?????? or is that how the data bundle works..beside my internet settings wont browse on my phone. only the wap does… am on 100mb data bundle…


  • August 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Good observation. I have migrated to the joli package though, i have not subscribed for any internet bundle. I’ll just stick wit pay-as-you-go till they sort things out.

  • August 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    That’s not all, by the time you migrate to the ‘Joli@ package, there’re no more ‘free’ zain-zain sms, now it is pay as you send.

  • August 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I want to sign out on the Zain Joli
    I want to go back to Tru Talk

  • August 14, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Wow! Why didn’t I know this site 24 hours ago when I migrated to Joli? Real bad!

  • August 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

    7051N, I think you were provisioned for the apn which uses a proxy rather than You can call customer care to request for this and get the settings from

  • August 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

    It does appear that Zain has sorted out this problem. I received the following SMS yesterday:

    ‘Your line has been activated with the internet service. If you are using a data card visit any Zain shop for assistance on setting up your system.’

    It didn’t occur to me to check my usage balance then, but I noticed that though I used the internet connection extensively, my regular airtime remained untouched. Apparently, I got my unused bundle data back.

    Kudos, Zain.

  • August 24, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Yes, its true they ‘re now settled. Besides that I checked my data bundle balance, its amazing to meet 105 instead of 100. Is it a mistake or a bonus. Whichever it is, Zain has come on board.

  • September 4, 2009 at 6:24 am

    is there any site where one can push settings to his phone like Zain(
    Pls let me know,

  • September 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve been using Zain data card for d past month now but without any migration i got 105MB bundle so Zain is doing fine now with their joli stuff.

  • September 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    good day sir/ma,the last time you started advertising on zain joli i think its a good plan to migrate to,but now i discovered that you are just deceiving your customer in other to migrate to zain joli.zain joli is a nonsense plan,its better you do something about about it now.pls switch me back to true talk or true text or simlpy special

  • September 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Ibrahim Ahmed,

    I am wondering whether or not you saw the name of this site. This is Mobility Nigeria, not Zain Nigeria. Please direct your complaints to Zain.

    We did not advertise Zain Joli. We do not run a mobile network. We are not Zain Nigeria. We cannot switch you to or away from Zain Joli or any other network package for that matter.

    Please check again: this is Mobility Nigeria; not Zain Nigeria.


  • July 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Now they have something new, called mega talk. I never heard of this no turning plan of zain, and i think they are just playing planks, cuz no going back is not included in their terms and service

  • September 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    kudos zain,in my own agenda,i rate you numberone. specilly one internet rate.i love itbut the only problem you have is too slow to load pls kindly workon it to parfait your job. thank’s up zain.

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