Airtel Nigeria in order to keep their data subscribers and in trying to get new subscribers have come out with a data bundle plan which goes for 2GB at #200 (two hundred naira) and 6GB for #500 (five hundred naira).
This data bundle plan from airtel is cheap quite alright but it comes with a condition that makes it not so juicy as such. The condition is that any subscriber to any of these data bundle plans must make use of 2G(GSM, Edge) network connection mode to browse.
According to network connection mode hierarchy as at the time of writing this report, we have 4G LTE, 3G/3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA/HSPA+/UMTS), 2G (EGDE/GSM), GPRS and WAP. 4G LTE is the best in terms of connection speed followed closely by 3G/3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA/HSPA+/UMTS), 2G(Edge/GSM) comes directly below 3G while GPRS and WAP follow respectively.
Airtel had to structure this data bundle plan in such a way that it cannot connect/browse with any other network connection mode higher on the connection mode hierarchy than 2G(Edge/GSM). That notwithstanding, airtel 2G data bundle plan structured in that manner should not deter you from subscribing to it as the speed is to an extent manageable depending on the airtel 2G signal strength in your location.
There is no way to determine the 2G signal strength in your area but to ask your neighbor, colleague or friend who is subscribed to the plan or who has at one point in time used the plan. If you cannot get any then you have to try it yourself to see if you can enjoy it.
Whatever the case, browsing with 2G could be relatively fair but downloading or streaming with could be very disappointing and frustrating.
Subscription Code For Airtel 2G Data Bundle Plan
The airtel 2G data bundle plan has two different bundles; the 2gb data bundle plan and the 6gb data bundle plan.
The 2gb data bundle plan comes with 2gb of data allowance for the price of #200 (two hundred naira) and has a validity period of 10days.
The 6gb data bundle plan comes with 6gb of data allowance for the price of #500 (five hundred naira) and has a validity period of 28days.
To subscribe to any of the bundle plans dial *482# and carefully follow the prompt using the rightful number option to subscribe.
Invariably, you can use this direct USSD code to subscribe.
Dial *482*1# to subscribe for the #200 2G Unlimited data bundle plan
Dial *482*2# to subscribe for the #500 2G Unlimited data bundle plan
Network Connection Settings For Airtel 2G Data Bundle Plan
The airtel 2G data bundle plan like I earlier told you is structured in a way that it cannot browse with any other network connection mode except 2G/EDGE/GSM. 2G,EDGE and GSM are the same, any of them could be used in your phone so when you see any of them in your phone know that they mean the same thing.
After you have successfully subscribed to the airtel 2G data bundle plan, go to your phone settings option. Go to CELLULAR NETWORKS, select the PREFERRED NETWORK TYPE option. From the options listed select 2G ONLY. On the 2G ONLY option you may see GSM ONLY or EDGE ONLY, choose any of them as they are the same and appear differently on different phones.
The network connection mode settings for all phones are not the same hence, the one I gave above may not work for you. In a situation where it the above does not work for you, just go to your phone settings and carefully look under the WIRELESS AND NETWORKS OPTION or MOBILE NETWORKS option. If you still cannot figure out how to go about it, use this LINK to contact me and I will help you with that.
Once the network connection mode has been set to 2G ONLY you can then begin to use the 2G data bundle plan to browse.
Data Usage Check
To check the allotted data on airtel 2G pack, what has been used off it, what is remaining and the expiry date of the plan dial *140#
Opt Out Code (Deactivation Code)
This plan renews itself automatically upon expiration once there is enough airtime on the line. To stop the auto-renew dial *482*3# or dial *482# and follow the prompt.
Few Important Points to Note About Airtel 2G Data Bundle Plan
Here are few important things I need you to know so you can have a smooth browsing moment with airtel 2G data bundle plan.
The airtel 2G data bundle plan deactivates any other existing data bundle plan and even subsequent data bundle plan except it is deactivated. Even if you have an existing data bundle plan or you subscribe to another data bundle plan when the 2G data pack is active you cannot make use of 3G network connection mode except the 2G data bundle plan expires or you deactivate it.
Airtel will always say that the 2G pack is unlimited. The reason why the say such is what I don’t know but when you check your allotted data with *140# you will see that the #200 plan comes with 2GB while the #500 plan comes with 6GB.
Airtel 2G data pack is cheap and affordable and may be the ideal data bundle plan for you. Just give it a try today to have a first hand experience so you can convince yourself if you truly can go with it.
If there is anything you do not understand or have any question about the airtel 2G data bundle plan, kindly use the comment box below to ask and I will get back to you with the answer in record time
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