Another Identity Change: Zain Nigeria now Airtel Nigeria

Well, finally, the transition is complete. Zain Nigeria is now Airtel Nigeria. This is the 6th mask that the 0802-0808 network will be putting on since 2001 when it arrived Nigeria as ECONET Wireless. New brand. New logo. New website. Same numbers. Hopefully, better services.

According to a news report by The Vanguard, the name change was announced at a colourful celebration in Abuja on Thursday.

The Road From ECONET Wireless To Airtel Nigeria

Here’s the evolution chain: ECONET Wireless Nigeria >> Vodacom Nigeria >> Vmobile Nigeria >> Celtel Nigeria >> Zain Nigeria >> Airtel Nigeria.

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31 thoughts on “Another Identity Change: Zain Nigeria now Airtel Nigeria

  • November 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm


    going through to see if there are new deals!

  • November 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    They’ve always been something about this network that has kept me away from it since they opened shop.
    I wish the staff well,another lay off in the offing?

  • November 21, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Same old same old. The website aint new. Just the url and homepage graphics have been changed. And all reference to zain has been changed to airtel. Stil waitin for them to come out wit promos and innovations to set them apart from the rest.

  • November 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Well, BIS subscription has been reduced to 3,000 from 4,750…
    Let the RUMBLE begin.

    There is no saying if its a promo, looks like a perm stuff.

  • November 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I have been updating my Guide to Mobile Internet in Nigeria of recent towards a revised edition. Good thing I had not completed the revision before this development.

    Expect the update soon. Prepaid Blackberry info included this time.

  • November 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I hope they spice up the tariff war here in Nigeria. Zain or Airtel in Nigeria represents an opportunity not taken they should have been where MTN is at now.

  • November 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Saw thier oba Akran service centre yesterday with the new brand name.
    I heard they are doing some nice stuffs in India, lets see what they have in stock for us

  • November 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    from authoritative sources, the slashed rate of 3,000 for BIS is going to be a permanent change. More Info will available shortly.

  • November 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Looks like my BIS is going the Airtel way after this present one expires then my MTN will be free for my samsung wave.

    @Yomi, I wouldn’t publish that Guide as of now if I were you. Things are just gathering momentum and any Guide you put out now will become redundant within two weeks. The war has just begun.

    You said: Here’s the evolution chain: ECONET Wireless Nigeria >> Vodacom Nigeria >> Vmobile Nigeria >> Celtel Nigeria >> Zain Nigeria >> Airtel Nigeria.

    I have this feeling that there is a missing link in the chain above but I may be wrong.

  • November 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Only time will tell which direction they will head, but i really hope they take a closer look at their rivals so as to come up with stuffs which will distinguish them from others, Apparently the major thing this network provider have been lacking is “Innovation”. Welcome again Airtel. (Ironically i’ve been using this network since it was Vodacom Nigeria)

  • November 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    BREAKING NEWS!!! Airtel + Nokia Collabo Handset bundle: Nokia N8 + Airtel SIM (StepUp Platinum Plan for high value users)=79,999. Bundle xtras; 100 complementary free sms for 1st month, 500MB data access for 1st 3 month etc
    More info coming soon…

  • December 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Airtel sure impressed me with the 3000naira for BB and now they have a 20kobo per second to any network in Nigeria or America plus 20 free SMS.

    These rates apply all day after one minute at 60kb per second.

    20 free sms only available once you top up with 100naira (i presume per month)

    This offer is valid for prepaid subscribers only.

    The advert says to subscribe sms *446# now
    To unsubscribe sms *446*1#.

    I dont have Airtel line to try but *446# looks like something to be dialed and not sms.

  • December 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    what code do i send bis month to,to have my bis connected for the month on airtel

  • December 31, 2010 at 4:44 am

    This Organization is teaching African Businessmen that Companies and Businesses can be sold like any other commodity to make money from the thin AIR. PLS RIDE ON. CONGRAT OOOOOO!!!!!!

  • January 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    i think this the best network in Nigeria. it gives the best form of services in the Nigerian telecommunications industries.thumbs up to you guys.

  • January 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t understand what airtel are doing i will change my line they introduce too good offer,..and i migrated to the parckage now they don’t take it easy with they way the cut my money each time i call out

  • January 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I’ve been a subscriber since 2001 as econet. What compensation do people like us get for all these years of loyalty? I was called sometime ago in july 2010 to have won a SILVER card, but up till now i’ve not gotten anything. My number is 08023454144. Another question, i subscribed to this N1000 gprs monthly internet data plan but i dont know how to check my balance. It is good to know you have the cheapest and non-discriminative tariff. Please i await your reply urgently.

  • January 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

    pls unsubscribe me from BISDAY. I’ve stopped using blackberry since 22nd but u charge me daily. I’m also being charged for calls not made. Pls go thru my records and refund excess charges. I dislike your customer services as it is not customer focussed.

  • January 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm


    You really need to visit thier office to iron all these issues out.

  • February 28, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Airtel re no different from its rivals, if only they re nt better than airtel. Pls for Godsake help tel dem to stop cutting my money. Y should airtel cut a customers money illegaly jst bcos u cant reach them tru customer care line. I wish i never joined this ntwork.

  • February 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Pls airtel should go tru my record and pay me back those money it deducts from my line. Its anoying when u re been cheated by a company dat promised to treate their customer better. In other country i must be compatiated even when they refund that money. Or if posible help me to knw where i can chanel my greviancs wit airtel nig. Tanx.

  • March 15, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I bought an airtel line since a week and??? half,i registered it immediately and??? i v not been able to call out from that sim
    My number is 08026013070

  • March 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    The best is to go back there and ensure it is done before you leave.

  • March 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    please i bought a sim card and registered it immediately.but i cant make calls or send out request with the sim.d no. is 08127018300

  • March 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I bought a ZAIN sim card since on the 12th of February,2011, registered it at zain registration centre at No 1 Okim Asabor Ikom, and loaded N1,000 air time in it. But skince then I cannot receive nor send any message with it, rather the answer on the screen is always CALL REJECT)WHAT DO I DO

  • March 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Why is all these happening.

    Is this something with Airtel.

    I will advice you guys to take out time to visit their service center.

  • March 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I bought the Etisalat dual SIM phone yesterday and it came with a free SIM which I registered at the service centre and it was activated in 20minutes.

    I also got a Glo SIM yesterday and I was told it will be activated in 48hrs.

    SO, what is the problem with Airtel?, I suggest you guys visit their service centre ASAP.

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