The grandmaster of data is back with another one: the Glo 4x bonus recharge promo! We are excited as you are because this promo allows Glo customers to enjoy up to 4 times the value of any recharge they make. This bonus offer is available on all prepaid tariff platforms and all subscribers can enjoy this.
Glo 4x bonus airtime plan offers customers four times the value of their electronic recharge of any of the following amounts: N150, N250, N550, N1,050, 3,050, N5,050 and N10,050. If you do an e-Top up of an amount that is not mentioned above, you will not receive the bonus.
The 4x bonus recharge can be used to call and send SMS to all networks in Nigeria, browse, and make international calls up to 23 countries including; Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, China, Denmark, French Guiana, Guam, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Luxembourg, Malta, Mongolia, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the US.
Note that the airtime bonus cannot be used to buy data. Well, Glo knows Nigerians are better awoof lovers, lol!
How to get Glo 4x airtime bonus
To receive the Glo 4x bonus, simply dial *323*PIN# on your phone or top-up electronically through ATM, POS terminals, or online right away with VTpass. Remember that your recharge must be within these amounts: N150, N250, N550, N1,050, 3,050, N5,050, and N10,050.
For top-up of N150, you get N600 (that’s extra N450 on your recharge) and for N1,050, o boy! You get N4,200, an extra N3,150 on your recharge.
Here are details of the Glo 4x recharge call rates, SMS rate, and data:
Calls to the 23 international counties – 60kobo per second
Local call rate – 45kobo per second
SMS to local Networks – N4 per SMS
Data rate – N3 per MB
With Glo 4x bonus recharge, you would receive another 4 times bonus amount on a new recharge even if your previous recharge bonus has not been exhausted. However, the bonus value is valid for 14 days or 30 days depending on your recharge. N150 top-up recharge has a validity period of 14 days, while recharges of N550 and above have a validity period of 30 days.
Don’t be left out of this overflowing awoof. Top-up Glo airtime now! To check your 4x bonus, simply dial *122*30#.
We love data, don’t we? The invisible glue that connects us to the internet while draining the life out of our wallets as well. Love or hate it, data has become as important as the food we eat. That is why we must learn to manage it efficiently. Many apps we use on our devices contain data-saving settings to help you manage data. The problem is, we just don’t know where to look.
In a previous article, we covered smart ways to save big on mobile data; in this article, we have detailed out data-saving settings on popular apps that you should apply right away if you are looking to browse more data efficiently:
Video autoplay consumes the most data on Facebook. You can turn-off autoplay by doing the following:
Tap Menu (the three lines buttons) in the top right.
Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.
Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts (for iPhones users, you would select Videos and Photos before you proceed)
Select Never Autoplay Videos.
You can control how fast Facebook pictures loads by adjusting how many photos you want to see. To do this:
Tap Settings & Privacy at the bottom of the screen.
Tap Edit next to Data Usage.
Choose Less or Normal or More
By default, Instagram preloads videos so they start faster whenever possible. To use less data on Instagram:
Go to your profile and tap the Menu button (the three-line icon)
Tap Settings below the Menu page.
Tap Account > Cellular Data Use.
Next to Use Less Data (iPhone) or Data Saver (Android), toggle on.
Videos sent to you on WhatsApp can download automatically even when you don’t want to play it? To disable video autoplay on WhatsApp:
Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings.
Now tap Chat settings > Media auto-download. (You’ll see three options: When using cellular data, When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming)
Tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio, and Video.
For iPhone users:
Open WhatsApp and tap the Settings button at the bottom-right, and tap on Data and Storage Usage.
In this menu, you will see the Media Auto-Download option on the top.
For Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents, select the Never option.
Like Facebook, Twitter also has an autoplay feature embedded in the app. You can disable this by following these steps:
Go to your Twitter profile icon
Click on Settings and Privacy
Select Data Usage
Set video autoplay to Never
The video king app consumes a lot more data than most apps. To limit data usage on YouTube:
Tap on your profile icon on the option right corner
Click on General
Turn on Limit Mobile Data Usage
Apps auto-updates over mobile data are the main data drainer when it comes to PlayStore. You can choose to auto-update only over Wi-Fi or never auto-update. To disable mobile data auto-updates, do the following:
Click on Menu > Settings
Click on Auto-update Apps
Select Auto-update Apps over Wi-Fi Only (or you can choose Do Not Auto-Update Apps)
Similar to PlayStore, apps on iPhone would auto-update by default unless you disable this feature or set it to Wi-Fi only. To do this:
Go to Settings on your iPhone
Click on iTunes and App Store
Turn off the apps you do not want to update
Turn off auto-update over mobile data below the menu
Manage your Sync Settings
While this is not an app, it is important to know that Google on Andriod and Apple on iPhone regularly sync with your phone data such as videos and pictures automatically. This is to provide backing and retrieval of data in case you lost your device, but it equally consumes a lot of data.
To manage your sync settings on Andriod:
Go to Settings
Click on Account Option
Click on the App whose sync settings you want to adjust
Turn off sync on apps you don’t need synchronizing
For iPhone users:
Connect your device to a computer
Select your connected device from the Top device button
Go to Options in Summary Sections
Disable Automatic sync when this iPhone is connected
Close iTunes for change to take effect
Hopefully, these details save you more data for efficient browsing. Don’t forget that these settings apply to all mobile networks: MTN, Airtel, 9mobile, and Glo. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection such as Smile, you might need to go through the Wi-Fi settings to see how to manage data or reach out to Smile support.
You know that odd feeling you get when you’re two weeks into your one-month mobile data plan and your network provider sends you that heart-breaking message; “Dear Customer…”? Ahhh!
That thing dey pain eh! You start wondering how the data finished so fast, what you did with it and why it just can’t last for 30 days as provided by your network. I know how that feels, we’ve all been there.
In this age of increased internet activities, video streaming, social networking, pop-up ads, music streaming, and tons of data-hungry apps fighting for attention on our mobile phones, data has become a vital commodity and should be managed like scare goods. If not, you might find your data bills punching huge holes in your pocket every month.
When you go through some people’s phones, you would start wondering whether they are selling apps. Most apps update themselves or run in the background using data. Others are notification-enabled and would send you notifications every now and then. Learn to keep only apps that you NEED. If you don’t use an app for months, what is it doing on your phone?
2. Monitor your data usage
Most smartphones are contain data usage monitor and settings so that you can monitor and limit the amount of data you use over a period of time. Been aware of the activities or applications that drain your mobile data is the first step to learning how to save mobile data. Once you know your enemy apps, easily set up data limits and alerts to tell when you exceed data limits in Settings menu.
3. Restrict Apps from running in background
You see all those apps you use daily but consumes data even when you are not using them, their medicine is to simply disable them from running in the background through Settings. However, these background feature allows apps to update themselves and complete tasks even when you move to another app. So be sure to know if you need an app to run in the background before you disable this feature. Stopping apps from running in the background helps reduce data consumption and also preserves your device’s battery life.
4. Curtail online video streaming
Perhaps this one should have come first. We simply love those funny videos, highlights and other video content that consume most of your mobile data. Excessive streaming of videos, music, high quality images or GIF files, are data pits. You need to entertain yourself responsibly to save data. If you can’t avoid the entertainment your smartphone brings, you can set the image quality or resolutions at lower rates in your Settings menu.
5. Use Wi-Fi Only for Updates or Downloading Heavy Files
A big way to save mobile data is by setting your smartphone to auto-updates only when on Wi-Fi connection. We know we haven’t gotten to the stage of unlimited Wi-Fi connection in Nigeria yet, still there are certain locations you can count on for free Wi-Fi. This way, you get to save some significant volume of the data that goes into oblivion from auto-updates. Furthermore, you can set downloads of heavy contents such as videos, high-resolution images and music files on Wi-Fi Only too.
6. Caching and preload data
Caching enables you enjoy preloaded content at any time, without using further mobile data. A cache is a hardware or software component that stores data so future requests for that data can be served faster. The data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation or the duplicate of data stored elsewhere. Certain apps allow you to store data temporarily so you can cache as much content as possible. You don’t need further data to access cached data while they are available.
To buy data instantly from your mobile phone at no extra cost, simply visit www.vtpass.com, select your network provider, and buy data you. No matter your network provider: MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile or Smile data, VTpass got you covered.
In a previous article where we covered everything about Smile 4G data, we promised we would do the same for SmileVoice calls and airtime. The thing is, Smile is known for data services, but not everyone knows you can equally use Smile for voice calls just like you do with local airtime networks in Nigeria.
You can use your Smile 4G data bundle for voice calls and SMS to anyone, anywhere in the world from your mobile phone using SmileVoice App or a Smile SIM inserted into a compatible voLTE phone.
SmileVoice service assigns you a +234-70- mobile number which you can call and receive calls with. When traveling abroad, you don’t need to roam the line as it can be used over any local WiFi but international charges would apply. However, Smile-to-Smile calls are absolutely free no matter where you are. That’s way cool!
How SmileVoice calls are charged.
SmileVoice is charged in MBs to Anytime and SmileLite data plans. For example, if you are using a 10GB Anytime (12-month) plan and you make a one-minute local call, you will be charged 10.76MBs from your data plan, which equates to ₦8.22. That in effect is a call rate of 13.7k/sec. For SmileVoice ONLY plan offers the cheapest rate of 13.3k/sec.
The table below shows MBs per minute that is deducted from your active data plan which equates to a k/sec rate:
If you have any phone that supports LTE band 20 (800MHz) such as Tecno phantom 5, Samsung S5/S6/Note 4/Note 5/A3/A5/A7/J5/J7, LG G3/G4, etc., you can simply buy a Smile SIM and insert in the phone then buy a Smile data/voice plan.
Alternatively, you can download the SmileVoice App on your smartphone via GooglePlay or AppStore and follow these steps:
Install and open the SmileVoice App on your phone, select country.
Use your Smile-registered email to request an activation code.
Once your code is sent to you via mail, enter your registered phone number and activation code on the App
The App would be successfully activated for you to use.
Easy way to buy SmileVoice calls and airtime
Now that you have gotten a Smile SIM or installed the App, what is left is to buy airtime for your calls. To do this, simply
Log on to www.vtpass.com
Click on ‘Airtime Recharge’
Select ‘Smile’ banner and fill in the type of plan you want to buy, account ID, Smile phone number and your email address
Smile Telecoms remains one of the largest sub-1 GHz 4G LTE commercial networks in Africa, operating in the “future proof’ low band, 800 MHz band, and mid-band. The company is physical in five major African countries but operating in over 50 countries.
lot of people know the usual Smile data packages that we have covered in a different
article, but they have never experienced Smile Unlimited data plans. In this
article, we would explore Smile Unlimited data packages in terms of speed, data
plans and data sizes.
What does it mean to be Unlimited?
confuse the term “Unlimited data” a lot. While certain advanced networks offer
truly unlimited data, others do not. Unlimited means there is no cap on your
data usage i.e. you are not buying 2GB or 200GB worth of data. You are buying
uncapped internet access.
internet speed or Mbps (megabits per second) is what defines unlimited plans.
Logically, the more you use data, the slower it would get. This is a measure to
stop heavy downloaders from clogging the network. Imagine downloading 2GB worth
of data per day?
Smile Unlimited Platinum, subscribers get to enjoy speed up to 6Mbps and no
throttling of data speeds. Depending on what you do with data, this package is
truly unlimited. Now let’s look at the plans.
Smile Unlimited data plans
UnlimitedLite: This plan goes for N10,230 and is
valid for 30 days. Now available in Asaba, Abuja, Benin, Ibadan, Lagos, Port
Harcourt, Onitsha and Kaduna, this is the least of the unlimited plans.
UnlimitedLite has a data speed of up to 8Mbps. That will reduce once 25GB data
has been used. A customer may recharge with another unlimited plan to
bring data speeds back to 8Mbps.
Unlimited Essential: With N15,350 you can get this data plan for a 30 days validity period. The plan allows you to use 50% data during the day and 50% at night. Great if you keep late-night online periods. Night usage commences from midnight to 6AM. Data speed of up to 8Mbps will reduce once 30GB data has been used, either during the day or night.
Unlimited Premium: Premium cost N20,270 for a period of 30 days. This plan has no data limits up to 3Mpbs. With the premium version, you have 4 Mbit/s until you reach 80GB of usage.
UnlimitedPlatinum: The Platinum plan was recently
launched. This plan goes for N24,000 for a period of 30 days. The Unlimited
Platinum ensures that customers enjoy super-fast, super reliable internet for
as long as they want by offering data speed of up to 6Mbps, with no data, with
no throttling of data speed.
Smile Unlimited plans are remarkable given their top speeds and coverage. To buy any of these Unlimited plans simply top-up here or log on to www.vtpass.com, a fast, convenient, and secure way to make payments online.
Now that you know everything about Smile 4G Data packages and Unlimited plans, would you like to learn about Smile Voice Calls?