When we set up the auto-wallet funding feature on VTpass, our aim was to make wallet funding super easy. And we did.
However, recent development has made virtual wallet funding difficult; starting with Providus bank discontinuing support for virtual accounts to subsequent deactivation of automatic wallet funding.
While we are currently working to restore auto-wallet funding by assigning new virtual accounts to our customers, we have reactivated manual wallet funding as an alternative to serve you within this period.
How to fund your VTpass wallet manually
To fund your VTpass wallet manually, simply make payment into any of the following bank accounts:
Stanbic IBTC Bank Broadshift Technologies Ltd 0034565819
Providus Bank Broadshift Technologies Ltd 5400381948
After you have made payment, use the payment notification page to alert us of your payment. Here’s how to do so:
Login to your VTpass account using your username and password
Navigate to and click on “Quick Tools”
Click on “Payment Notification”
Fill the simple payment notification form
Once sent, VTpass would be notified of your payment and upon confirmation, your payment would reflect on your wallet.
New virtual account numbers would be resigned to account holders upon restoration of the auto-wallet funding service.
For help or further inquiries, contact VTpass customer support via Live-Chat, emailing email@example.com, or calling 08138752358.
Not a fan of online transactions? Why not visit a VTpass agent near you to carry out transactions. These are basically moms, shop-owners, students, etc partnering with us to serve you locally.
Payment is truly at your convenience with VTpass, no need to rush or queue in banks. Just visit www.vtpass.com! Innovation never stops here. We remain committed to making payment for everyday services easy and stress-free!
The show we’ve all been waiting for is here! And with it, the men and women set to entertain us for the next 90 days. The new BBNaija season 5 housemates finally revealed!
In this year’s edition themed “Lockdown”, 20 contestants would be competing for a whooping N85 million. So sit back, relax, and meet the housemates of BBNaija season 5:
Emuobonuvie Akpofure is a 26-year-old ride-hailing app driver from Delta state. He describes himself as smart and fun bringing a lot of good vibes, cruise, and entertainment to the house. He claims his biggest achievement is winning N500,000 at a talent competition.
Ezekiel Bright Osemudiame, 29-year-old, is a sailor from Edo state. He speaks Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, and Edo languages fluently. He’s a lover of swimming, traveling, and adventure. His biggest achievement was when he got a scholarship to study abroad plus his third engineering license.
30-year-old Lucy Essien says she lights up every room she enters. She is an entrepreneur who believes in fairytales, loves good food, and likes her space.
Rebecca Hampson is a formal model turned entrepreneur. At 22-year-old, she is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt. Haven made it to top 5 in MBGN competition, she wants people to look past her beauty.
Praise Nelson 28-year-old is a dance instructor and a male erotic dancer. He was a winner at the 2015 K Pop World Festival in South Korea. He is also a fitness trainer and certified Latin ballroom expert.
Born and raised in London, Victoria Adeyele AKA Vee, is a 23-year old beauty who loves music. In an early discussion with a housemate, she revealed she decided not to study at a university because she wanted to focus on music.
Eric Akhigbe, a final year student at the University of Lagos is a fitness instructor. He loves competitive sports and derives pleasure from completing tasks.
Olamilekan Agbeleshe AKA Laycon is a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Lagos. The 26-year old is equally a rapper and singer currently signed to Fierce Nation record label. His greatest achievement is ‘Fierce’ that has been in MTV Base Top 10 charts for 10 months.
Kate Jones is a single mom of a beautiful daughter who claims her aim in the house is to promote her brand, not to look for love. She dreams to be famous and to own the biggest fashion brand in the world.
Timmy Sinclair is a 35-year-old creative artist from Bayelsa state. He considers himself a storyteller who uses the medium of film and music to express himself. He claims he will be causing a lot of trouble with his outspokenness.
This one is hot! 24-year-old Dorathy Bachor started trending on Twitter the moment she graced the screen. She is an entrepreneur whose greatest achievement is SHOPFORME, a big procurement company in Nigeria.
Ozoemena Chukwu is a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Imo state. The guy is handsome with his biceps, height, and light skin tone. His biggest achievement is working in UEFA Federation for Europe.
Tolani Shobajo AKA Tolanibaj is a media personality who is in the house for the money. A proud Marlian, the 27-year-old says she is the life of the party and she loves to cook.
Boluwatife Aderogba is a goal-driven lady who likes to be in charge. At 23 years old, she is a Lagos-based dietitian. She doesn’t like people been all up in her business. Her biggest achievement is starting her brand.
This guy whose full name is Terseer Kiddwaya, hates spiders. He says his confidence is often mistaken for arrogance. Hailing from Benue state, he is self-employed and hopes to bring a lot of fun into the house.
Her full name is Florence Wathoni Anyansi and she is half Kenyan, half Nigerian. She speaks and writes in Swahili perfectly. The 29-year-old single mom is a fashion entrepreneur who owns a parenting blog. She loves music and is in the house to gain fans and to find love.
Aisha Umaru Kaisha is the only northerner in the house. She hails from Sokoto state and owns a skincare business. At 25 years old, she describes herself as a hardworking lady who gets along with people. She loves to sing and dance.
Tochukwu Okechukwu is 28 rapper and a real estate agent from Imo state. He is a lover of entertainment and promises to bring a lot of fun and drama to the house. His biggest achievement is his independency.
A graduate of MET film school, London, Ngozi Nlewedim Erica is an actress and a commercial model. She also says she is bringing a lot of good vibes to the house. What more do we expect from the model who loves to dance in front of the mirror alone?
Nelson Enwerem by name, the 24-year-old Prince is a native of Abia state. He is into interior decoration, fashion designing, and modeling. He has promised to show us some dance moves at Friday night parties; we can’t wait to see that!
There you have it. Now you know all bbnaija season 5 housemates.
Subscribe your GOtv or DStv to watch these housemates flex their muscles. And nope, you can’t see the action in the dark! Pay electricity bills conveniently from your home! Keep your favorite housemate in the house by voting for them; top-up airtime now!
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It’s been all hot. Real hot; since MultiChoice announced in June that the 5th season of the Big Brother Naija (bbnaija) reality TV show premieres on July 19th, 2020.
Pulses have risen, eyes raised, hands robbing together as millions of fans wonder what to expect from this year’s edition.
If you’re like us standing at the door trying to peck inside? Don’t flex a muscle! We’ve got you covered. Here are 5 things to expect from this year’s BBNaija reality TV show, Season 5:
1. Bigger Prize Money
When the show organizers claimed that this year’s prize money was going to be bigger, they weren’t joking. A whopping N85 million awaits the King or Queen who conquers the house. N85 million!
The breakdown of the grand prize for BBNaija season five includes an N30m cash prize; a two-bedroom apartment courtesy Revolution Plus; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors; a trip to Dublin courtesy Guinness; home appliances courtesy Scanfrost; a trip to Dubai packaged by Travelbeta; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it and Colgate toothpaste; a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller and a trip to watch the UEFA Champions League finale; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.
By far, this is the biggest prize for a TV reality show in Africa. Imagine what you could do with all those goodies!
2. COVID-19 safety measures
The organizers mentioned earlier that they would be taking precautions to keep the housemates safe and coronavirus-free in season five of the show.
We shouldn’t be surprised to see health workers in the house performing health screenings or frequently disinfecting the house in the course of the show. This should be fun.
However, we wouldn’t see any live audience at the Sunday eviction show or external visitors like celebrities or BBNaija Ninjas in the house this year. Ouch.
Carefully tested measures have been put in place to ensure minimal contact with outsiders once the housemates enter the house.
Oh-my-godrelationships, wowfriendships, hahahafights; these are the little things that keep us glued to the show.
We have seen several relationships in previous seasons and some definitely led to marriage. Teddy A and BamBam got married last year and gave us our Big Brother Naija baby.
Yeah, we know some relationships didn’t end so well, but it’s always exciting witnessing the build-up process. Season 5 wouldn’t be any different!
4. More fun games, unpredictable twists
BBNaija without the mind twists is definitely not BBNaija. Last year, just when the housemates thought that they have seen more than enough, Big Brother brought in five more housemates in just one week. The introduction of Venita, Elozonam, Enkay, Joe, and Cindy definitely spiced things up.
What about the Ultimate Veto Power given to housemates to nominate other housemates for possible eviction?
When it comes to games, BBNaija sure got it. Perhaps Betway or Guinness Nigeria would put together one of those games that always leads to drama and exciting conversations thereafter.
It’s never down to the basics, Biggie always seems to have more tricks under his sleeves.
5. Nerve-pulling Diary sessions
Big Brother is never complete without the fun of the diary room where housemates go to pour out their hearts to Big Brother. Yikes! A lot of things are revealed in that room.
Every season, there are always housemates we refer to them as the Kings and Queens of the Diary room. We always look forward to their sessions.
Omoshola in 2019 (PepperDem) was definitely a King of the Diary room. His sessions were hilarious, exciting, and interesting to watch. He didn’t care if he was using pidgin English and English at the same time or how funny what he said could sound, he just had to say his mind.
Surely, contestants coming into the house this season understands what the diary room means and would be hoping to make the most of it. More entertainment for us! The rule is simple: “say your mind”.
Bonus – A Possible Crossdresser?
This one almost broke the internet, so we decided to make it a bonus. A Nigerian crossdresser known as Jay Boogie took to his Instagram account to ask for a social media account manager as he was going into the house.
For real? Some people affirmed this information was true, others claimed they were lies. Well, we would leave it at that and see what the house brings.
Catch the drama with VTpass
There is just so much fun to expect that you can’t afford to miss.
Subscribe your GOtv or DStv to catch all the drama and intrigue live. Don’t forget to top-up mobile data! Hot stuff and highlights would trend online like ki-lo-de. Trust Twitter and Instagram. Keep the lights on by paying electricity bills.
Whatever payment you need to make, pay conveniently from the comfort of your home with VTpass.
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?