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Airtel Unlimited Data Plan

Airtel Nigeria has finally broken the deadlock by launching a ‘truly’ Airtel unlimited data plan which comes in different packages.

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We all have craved for unlimited data plans over the years and it seems its all before us as first we got Ntel unlimited Data plans from the LTE broadband service provider then Spectranet now has an unlimited data plan for Lagos and Ibadan customers at about N18,000 naira and Airtel has come up with its own Airtel Unlimited plans.

Different Airtel unlimited data Plans Packages

Airtel Unlimited data plan comes in three (3) different packages:

Packages Duration Amount (₦)
Unlimited 10  30 days 10,000
Unlimited 15  30 days 15,000
Unlimited 20  30 days 20,000


Now you see why the airtel unlimited plan is a bit confusing? Having an unlimited data plans with same validity periods at different prices shows there is definitely something we dont know about the plan, what is/are the advantages the packages have over each other?

How to Subscribe to Airtel Unlimited Data Plans

Below are the subscription codes to active airtel unlimited plan on your airtel SIM Card:

  • For Airtel Unlimited 10 at ₦10,000 dial *471#
  • For Airtel Unlimited 15 at ₦15,000 dial *463#
  • For Airtel Unlimited 20 at ₦20,000 dial *351#

Is Airtel Unlimited Data Plan Truly Unlimited?

Obviously its not unlimited going by the fact that it comes in three different packages at different prices having same validity, there is surely a fair usage policy which means the airtel unlimited is definitely not totally unlimited as we might think.

Even the Ntel Unlimited data plan and Spectranet Unlimited data plans comes with fair usage policies which means it is not totally unlimited or there are some conditions attached, like spectranet you get about 100GB data at a high speed of 8Mps but the speed reduces to 512Kbs after using up the 100GB.


Update: Data Cap for Airtel Unlimited Data Plan

Packages Duration Amount (₦) Data Cap
Unlimited 10  30 days 10,000 40GB
Unlimited 15  30 days 15,000 65GB
Unlimited 20  30 days 20,000 100GB

so, Airtel Unlimited is not truly unlimited as claimed! 🙁

  1. Reply
    Mike August 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM


    My apologies for being so lengthy, tried to compress as much as I could, however it is worth the read. Dont fall victim.

    I think Nigerians need to be more vigilant, I’m not going to say smarter because I believe we have smart Nigerians. It now seems like everything in Nigeria is a scam so people get comfortable with it and treat it as norm. Before I continue let me just make my point clear… AIRTEL IS A SCAM…and I plan to continue to write about this and other experiences I’ve had since I got into Nigeria. This is in no way trying to belittle the country but rather make Nigerians aware that more could be done to make the country safer. When things like this happen in civilized settings, you should be able to get a full refund from the network provider and if unsuccessful (on rare occasions) you could proceed to successfully sue and the network provider would end up paying you even more for inconvenience. Think about this for a moment, if this is practised in Nigeria wouldn’t it make it not worth scamming a customer? I even heard from a senator on TV that one of the greatest investors in the world, Richard Branson, was scammed by top officials of the Nigerian government which led to him withdrawing his investment (I wouldn’t say the Nigerian government, again just in hopes that the Nigerian government as a whole was not responsible for this, although this is no excuse).

    I could go on and on but I’m going to end with AIRTEL. So I went into the AIRTEL shop to buy one of the unlimited plans. They claim to have unlimited 10 (10.000 naira), unlimited 15 (15,000) and unlimited 20 (20.000) at least on the TV advert. I asked the guy about the details (very poor customer service by the way. Acted like I was coming to sell him something rather than buy from him. At the end of the day, tried to make him smile and just reminded him how important his job is as customer service. They fail to understand that they can make or break a contract just by their attitude), he said I’d only get the mifi device if I purchased the unlimited 20. That is just wrong, however, i decided I’d go for it but first I wanted to test the network as I have never used it before so I got a sim registered for my phone and went back home. I tested the network on my phone and via hotspot to my laptop and it was okay. Went back immediately and got the unlimited 20. We tested it at the shop but the network was a bit slow. I told him and he said I should hang on, went on the computer, did something and the network was a bit faster. So I asked, are you able to slow my network down whenever you want? (You being AIRTEL) He said no that it is of no benefit to them. Sounded a bit fishy. By the way the device I was given was a lot different from the one advertised on TV. The one advertised on TV looks like the one you get from (NTEL). This one looked very tacky. Anyway so I left the shop and went back home, connected the device via wifi to my laptop, it seemed a slower compared with the hotspot from my phone (remember I got an AIRTEL SIM for my phone too). I decided I’d manage the so called unlimited 20 (mifi device) I had just purchased. The device worked that day and the next. On the third day however, it stopped working. I was cut off the network no knowing when I’d be reconnected. I just thought okay I’m going to give AIRTEL the benefit of the doubt and assumed this is not done deliberately, maybe their entire network is down temporarily. Waited for many hours and still nothing. So I remembered I could try the airtel sim I initially got for my phone to test the network and to my surprised it was working just fine. I realised there we go, another scam! I turned the mifi device on and off many times and nothing worked.

    These people claim they’ll never cut you off even if you exhaust your data allowance. Lets assume we allow that lie to slide, remember for the unlimited 20 you are meant to get 100GB. How in the world would you consume 100GB in one and half days? It then became clear to me it was a way to control my usage. Going at this rate with this tick of theirs there was no way I was going to use even 10GB in a month of the ‘100GB’ allocated to me. Also remember there’s no way to check your data balance for the mifi devices. When I got in Nigeria I did a research on network providers and although every network seemed to have their bad points, one about AIRTEL was really striking and left a lasting impression. There was this review on some sites that with AIRTEL, your 10GB could actually be 5GB and your 5GB could actually be 2.5GB. The review claims your data finishes much faster on AIRTEL compared with any other network provider. This might be the reason they started doing the unlimited plans because there’s ‘no way’ to check you data balance (I’d see if I could find links to similar reviews and paste it at the bottom of this write up). So they may claim they are allocating you 100GB but may only allocate 10 or 15GB after all you can never find out. That infact is another trick they could be using based on fair usage policy. They claim they’ll only slow you down after you exhaust your 100GB but end up slowing you dramatically down just after 5GB or 10GB. The trick here is you can never find out. But of course you can if you install a program that monitors your usage. This then boils down again to being able to get a full refund or successfully sue.

    Please don’t fall victim to these guys. 20,000 naira may not be a lot of money to lose but I have looked into the minimum wage in Nigeria and oh no, its not pretty at all. I have taken my time to write this so that people don’t make the same mistake and of course to stop them making free money off unsuspecting customers. It is totally unfair and unacceptable.

    ADVICE: If you like AIRTEL, then stick to their normal mobile data plans, but dont waste your money on the ‘Unlimited plans’, they are so limited and you are better off on the normal mobile data plans because it is faster and atleast you dont get cut off temporarily. Cheers!

    AIRTEL Customer reviews (TAKE SOME TIME TO READ)

  2. Reply
    olatunde July 28, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    My frnd Akindele, U r so right, I though buying this bundle nd was thinking how all plan r UNLIMITED . nd with 256 speed its torture to do nything online nd not to forget dey CHOP data crroks like Empty hen 😉
    ….I sure know its a scam.

  3. Reply
    Akindele July 28, 2017 at 11:43 PM

    Airtel is blood sucking crook. der data plans r 419. Dey just fool ,If you take airtel serious, na you sabi. All their data plans have ‘unlimited’ attached to them; even the N100 data plan.this one no difrrent,. The sppeed after 40GB slows sa bad u cant evn watch a video. forgt playing game or HD video. ITS A SCAM…..

  4. Reply
    Anonymous July 25, 2017 at 5:08 AM

    Well of course, there is a fair usage policy on it. For #10,000 you get 40gb, for #15,000 60gb and for 20,000 100gb.

  5. Reply
    flamingo July 23, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    blogger na wa for you!

    E be like say you nor know watin u dey do. Mr learner

  6. Reply
    GANAKS July 21, 2017 at 9:17 AM


  7. Reply
    Emmanuel July 19, 2017 at 10:51 PM

    @Stephen: I believe this guy has done a good job to show u the risk u will be taking if u subscribe for these new airtel services… “This is d wrongest to say thank you for the info you just got. At least be thankful first.” And pls don’t complain when u fall a victim.

  8. Reply
    Dara Oladosu July 18, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    I believe it’s your job as a blogger to find out the difference between the plans and tell us, don’t you think?

    • Reply
      stephen July 19, 2017 at 1:17 AM

      This is the wrongest way to say thank you for the info you just got. At least be thankful first….

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