Airtel is one of the major four ISPs in Nigeria, and it provides various data packages, which ranges from daily plans to weekly plans to monthly plans to megaplans – and to social media plans. Whichever of the plan you want to subscribe to, this post will show you how to buy data on Airtel.
You will be presented with the cost, the total allocated data, and the validity of each of the available Airtel data plans – as well as how to buy data on Airtel network for each of plan using USSD code.
To make it easy for you to navigate, I have split this post into the different categories of the Airtel data plans. So, move through the plans one after the other.
How to Buy Data On Airtel: Daily & Weekly Data Plans
The most affordable plans on Airtel are the daily and weekly data plans. The plans award data between 20MB to 750MB, and the validity of the data plans are between the range of 1 – 14 days. Here is how to buy data on Airtel for the daily and weekly package.
- The 20MB Daily Plan
This plan is called the entry plan, and with it, you get 20MB of data, which is usable within 1 day (24 hours). The subscription fee for this plan is ₦50, and its activation code is *141*11*9#.
- The 75MB Daily Plan
This plan awards 75MB of data and costs ₦100 only. It is valid for 1 day (24 hours), and as for how to buy data on Airtel regarding this 75MB daily plan, dial *410# on your phone.
- The 200MB 3-Day Plan
As its name suggests, this plan is valid for 3 days and gives you 200MB of data, which you can use to browse and download. To subscribe to the plan, dial *412# — it would cost you ₦200.
- The 350MB Weekly Plan
Because this plan is weekly, its validity period is 7 days, in which 350MB of data is awarded. Regarding how to buy data on Airtel for this plan, dial *417#. This plan costs ₦300.
- The 750MB Bi-Weekly Plan
When you subscribe to this plan, you are awarded 750MB of data, which is valid for 14 days. Its cost is ₦500 only, and its activation code is *418#.
How to Buy Data On Airtel: Android Monthly Data Plans
Since Android phones are now the most widely used phones in Nigeria, the Airtel monthly data plans are named after Android and designed to work on them effectively. The starting data allocation for the Android monthly data plan is 1.5GB, which is the cheapest of the monthly plan – the highest allocation goes for 9.5GB.
Before I show you how to buy data on Airtel for the Android monthly data plan, it is worth letting you know that the majority of the plans in this category have their data split into daytime and nighttime allocation. This means when you subscribe to some plans under this category, you can only use some percentage of the data during the day. To use the remaining percentage, you would have to wait till the night.
The Android monthly data plans that have their data allocated split make 75% of the total allocated data usage during the day and the remaining 25% usable at night between 1 AM – 7 AM. Now let’s proceed to how to buy data On Airtel for the Android monthly data plans.
- Android 1.0 Plan
This plan gives you 1.5GB of data for ₦1000, and the validity period is 30 days (a month). Its subscription code is *496#. The Android 1.0 data plan is one of the plans in the monthly category that doesn’t have its data split into daytime and nighttime usage. This means you can use the total 1.5GB allocated data 24hours without restriction.
- Android 1.5 Plan
This Airtel data plan cost ₦1500 and gives a total of 3.5GB of which 2.5GB is usable during the day and 1GB is usable at night between 1 AM – 7 AM. The plan is also valid for 30 days, and as for how to buy data on Airtel for this data plan, dial *440*16#.
- Android 2.0 Plan
Like the Android 1.0 plan, this plan allows you to use the total allocated data (which is 3.5GB as in Android 1.5 plan) 24 hours a day for 30 days without any day and night splitting of data. The plan costs ₦2000, and its activation code is *437#.
- Android 2.5 Plan
The Android 2.5 plan gives a total data of 5.5GB. 4.5GB of the data is usable during the day and 1GB at night. The plan costs ₦2,500, and it is valid for 30 days. Dial *437*1# to activate the plan.
- Android 3.0 Plan
When you subscribe to this plan, you will be given 6.5GB of data in total; out the 6.5GB, you would be able to use 5.5GB at daytime, and 1GB at night. The plan cost ₦3,000, and regarding how to buy data on Airtel for this data plan, dial *438#. This plan’s validity is 30 days.
- Android 4.0 Plan
Subscribing to this plan give you 9.5GB of data of which 7.5GB is usable during the day and the remaining 2GB usable at night. The plan costs ₦4,000, and its activation code is *438*1#. Its validity is 30 days.
How to Buy Data On Airtel: 2G Data Plans
These plans are specifically made for phones with 2G network as their high network band. They reward the users with large data allocation at a very affordable price. The Airtel 2G plans allow such phone to browse and download without spending much money.
Note, however, that if you subscribe for the plan and try to use it to browse on 3G or 4G network, the data wouldn’t work. You must either insert the SIM on a 2G phone or change the connection of your advanced smartphone to 2G before you can use it.
Here is how to buy data on Airtel for the 2G data plans
- 2G Weekly Plan
This plan gives you 1GB of data for ₦100 only. Once you have subscribed to the plan, you would be able to use it for 10 days; its activation code is *482*1#.
- 2G Monthly Plan
This is the monthly offer of the 2G plan. It gives you 3GB for ₦500 only; however, it is only valid for 25 days. To subscribe to the plan, dial *482*2#.
How to Buy Data On Airtel: Social Plans
The Airtel social data plans are designed for phone only interserted in buying data for social apps. It is perfect for you if you are a social media junky that hardly browser non-social media websites. The majority of the plans in this category allow you to use social apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, WeChat etc at very small data charges.
- WhatsApp Daily Plan
With this plan, you can use WhatsApp for the whole day for just ₦25. You would be allocated 25MB of data to do that. As for how to buy data on Airtel for the WhatsApp daily plan, dial *948*4#.
- All Social Daily Plan
This plan allows you to use all social media apps on your phone in a day. It costs ₦50, and you get 20MB of data. The activation code is *991*4#.
- All Social Weekly
All social weekly plan gives you the room to browse your social apps for 5 days, by paying ₦100. The total allocated data is 50MB, and to subscribe, dial *688*3#.
- All Social Monthly
This plan is valid for 25 days and rewards you with 600MB for usage on your social media apps. It costs ₦300 only, and as for how to buy data on Airtel for the plan, dial *688*1#.
How to Buy Data On Airtel: Mega Packs
The Airtel Mega Packs data plans are restricted for the heavy internet users – the people that download and upload a lot. It is perfect for YouTubers – businesses can use the plans, too. This section would give you the details of the Mega Packs, including how to buy data on Airtel for Mega Packs plans.
- MEGA 5
This plan rewards you with 12GB (10GB usable during the day and 2GB at night between 1 AM and 7 AM). The subscription fee is ₦5,000 and the data is valid for 30 days. *452# is the activation code.
- MEGA 10
This plan gives 25GB of data that is usable without day and night splitting. It costs ₦10,000, and it is valid for 30 days. Activation code *462*10#. The plan is valid for 30 days.
- MEGA 15
The MEGA 15 data plan costs ₦15,000 and gives 40GB of data. As for how to buy data on Airtel for this plan, dial *462*15#. The plan is valid for 30 days.
- MEGA 20
This plan is the most expensive, known Airtel data plan; it costs ₦20,000 and gives a total of 60GB – which is valid for 30 days. Its activation code is *462*20#.
The above are all the active Airtel data plans. Based on how you consume data and the kind of apps you use most of the time, you should be able to know the plan that is right for you.