How To Survive The Rain

They say it’s summer time but all we are experiencing in these parts is rain, rain, and more rain. The last thing anyone needs right now is for rain to ruin the season, so, here are seven tips on how to survive the rains

Don’t ever forget to close your windows. One of the worst things that can happen to anyone in this season is stepping out of the house, then when the rain begins, you remember that you didn’t close your windows. Many have slept in nature-made waterbeds just because they didn’t pay attention to this tip.

Plan your outfits in advance. This is the season in which your cloths can take up to one week before they get dried up because the rains can help you decide that you haven’t rinsed them enough. You would do well to do your laundry in advance this season.

Never go out without an umbrella. Even if the sun is shining bright and making you sweat, don’t make the mistake of stepping out without taking an umbrella along with you because in 2 secs, your story can be changed by sudden downpour.

Rubber shoes all the way. Now is not the time to wear shoes that are made of cotton or other materials that are very prone to water if you don’t want your footwear to turn into a sponge.

Dress for the cold. As much as possible, ensure you step out with a coat, jacket or sweater in hand. Now is the time to wear thicker fabrics and protect yourself from the cold.

Eat Healthy. You need to pay more attention to your diet during the rains. Avoid street food as much as possible and also keep away from raw vegetables. Maintain a nutritional diet that includes cooked vegetables, fruits, herbal tea. Now is not the time to fall ill.

Don’t go out if you don’t have to. This is the most important tip of all, and thanks to VTPASS, you can make all your payments from the comfort and warmth of your home. Simply log on to www.vtpass.com to buy airtime/data, subscribe GOtv, DStv, or Startimes, pay electricity bills, buy waec registration pin/result checker pin, or buy insurance… it’s as easy as Login, Select, and Pay!

Easy Ways To Contact VTPASS Support

When we say that we are committed to delivering seamless transactions, we are not joking, and that’s why VTPASS Support is here.

We understand that naturally, it’s quite hard to trust someone else with your hard-earned money, which is worse for us because as Nigerians, we naturally have trust issues, and rightly so, that’s why we are giving you four different channels through which you can contact us whenever you are experiencing any challenge with your transactions.

  • The Live Chat

The Live Chat feature gives you instant access to our 24/7 support centre just by clicking on “help” and “start live chat” from the VTPASS Mobile App or by logging on to www.vtpass.com and clicking on “online – chat with us” at the bottom right. That’s it, instant access in just a few clicks

  • Call Support

Just in case you’re the kind of customer who prefers to hear the voice on the other end of the screen, or you have an urgent need, our helpline is always available to give you 24-hour dedicated support. That’s right, getting that issue resolved is as simple as dialing 08138752358 now!

  • Social Media

We know that you probably spend a lot of your time on Social Media, and because we want to be like you when we grow up, we have decided to spend a lot of time on Social Media likewise. You can get your issues resolved by sending a DM to us via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook just like that. You should engage with us while you’re at it because we always love to hear from you, and that’s the truth!

  • Email

Yes, if you’d rather send us an official mail, we are here for you. You can send a mail to support@vtpass.com now and we’ll help you resolve any issue you have, even if it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with our platform because at VTPASS, we believe in going the extra mile for you.

Searching for seamless transactions? Simply download the app or log on to www.vtpass.com to buy airtime/data, subscribe GOtv, DStv, or Startimes, or pay electricity bills now!

Barka De Sallah to You!

Barka de sallah, people!

What?

Who says you can’t celebrate seasons like this with customers over a blog post? Certainly, not VTpass. We get in the mood when you are in the mood! Simple as that.

Talking about moods, even though rams, goats, and cow sellers recorded low sales this year as compared to other years’ seasons; Nigerians still have the merriment vibe in them to celebrate. It’s all for the best.

Moments like this are when we ought to forget certain difficulties of life and celebrate with friends and family. That’s where VTpass comes in.

With convenient payment solutions that we offer, catch the best TV entertainment when you can renew DStv, GOtv, or StarTimes subscription. Top-up airtime and data to communicate with those that matter. Pay electricity bills to keep the lights on.

Celebrations don’t get better than this!

Happy Eid-el Kabir from all of us at VTpass.

Barka de Sallah!

Why Your Transaction on VTpass Might Fail and What to do

While at VTpass we take every measure to ensure every transaction you carry out is successful; we are equally awake of failed transactions that can occur at times.

The majority of failed transactions are down to network issues or processing errors. In this article, we would explain why transactions on VTpass might fail and what you can do about it.

Network affecting bank payment

Payment might fail if network failure prevents your bank from confirming a transfer you initiated. Sever downtime at your bank might be responsible for this. In some cases, your bank might debit you without VTpass would receiving the payment.

The simple solution to this is to consult your bank in the event of a debit or contact VTpass support to know the status of your transaction. If your transaction hasn’t gone through, it’s best you wait a while, then try again when the network is stable.

Entering wrong card details

This is so common and perfectly understandable. Making mistakes while entering card details such as bank name, card number, CVV, etc. would prevent any transaction from going through.

Solution: simply enter your correct card details to ensure a successful transaction. Alternatively, you can activate VTpass instant wallet funding to save yourself the stress and errors of using the card every time.

Entering wrong dealer details

Similar to the reason above, entering the wrong meter number when paying electricity bills; wrong IUC or smartcard number when subscribing to your decoder, etc. would cause a transaction failure. The system would either reject the payment process, or it would stall.

In this case, the solution is to restart the payment process and enter the correct dealer details. If you have been debited upon entering a wrong dealer detail, kindly contact VTpass support to advice you on what to do.

However, we advise you to ensure the correct dealer details every time as certain payments (for example, payment made for a wrong meter number) CANNOT be refunded.

Service downtime with a service provider

No one can be blamed for this. When a service provider is experiencing downtime, payments for that particular service might fail. For example; if IKEDC is experiencing a service downtime, payments for IKEDC during the downtime would fail.

To resolve this, simply wait until the downtime passes before initiating payment for the service again.

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We are always there for you

Whatever might be the cause of a failed transaction, we are always there to resolve it for you. Simply contact VTpass support by chatting us live on the website or app, sending a mail to support@vtpass.com or calling 08138752358.

Data-Saving Settings on Popular Apps You Should Apply

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:

how to save mobile data

Facebook

Video autoplay consumes the most data on Facebook. You can turn-off autoplay by doing the following:

  1. Tap Menu (the three lines buttons) in the top right.
  2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts (for iPhones users, you would select Videos and Photos before you proceed)
  4. Tap Autoplay.
  5. Select Never Autoplay Videos.

You can control how fast Facebook pictures loads by adjusting how many photos you want to see. To do this:

  1. Tap Settings & Privacy at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Edit next to Data Usage.
  4. Choose Less or Normal or More
  5. Click Save.
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Instagram

By default, Instagram preloads videos so they start faster whenever possible. To use less data on Instagram:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the Menu button (the three-line icon)
  2. Tap Settings below the Menu page.
  3. Tap Account > Cellular Data Use.
  4. Next to Use Less Data (iPhone) or Data Saver (Android), toggle on.

WhatsApp

Videos sent to you on WhatsApp can download automatically even when you don’t want to play it? To disable video autoplay on WhatsApp:

  1. Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings.
  2. Now tap Chat settings > Media auto-download. (You’ll see three options: When using cellular data, When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming)
  3. Tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio, and Video.

For iPhone users:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the Settings button at the bottom-right, and tap on Data and Storage Usage.
  2. In this menu, you will see the Media Auto-Download option on the top.
  3. For Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents, select the Never option.

Twitter

Like Facebook, Twitter also has an autoplay feature embedded in the app. You can disable this by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Twitter profile icon
  2. Click on Settings and Privacy
  3. Select Data Usage
  4. Set video autoplay to Never
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YouTube

The video king app consumes a lot more data than most apps. To limit data usage on YouTube:

  1. Tap on your profile icon on the option right corner
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click on General
  4. Turn on Limit Mobile Data Usage

Google PlayStore

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:

  1. Open PlayStore
  2. Click on Menu > Settings
  3. Click on Auto-update Apps
  4. Select Auto-update Apps over Wi-Fi Only (or you can choose Do Not Auto-Update Apps)

iPhone AppStore

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:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone
  2. Click on iTunes and App Store
  3. Turn off the apps you do not want to update
  4. 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:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on Account Option
  3. Click on the App whose sync settings you want to adjust
  4. Turn off sync on apps you don’t need synchronizing

For iPhone users:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Connect your device to a computer
  3. Select your connected device from the Top device button
  4. Go to Options in Summary Sections
  5. Disable Automatic sync when this iPhone is connected
  6. Close iTunes for change to take effect
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Conclusion

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.

6 Ways to Save BIG on Your Mobile Data

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.

So here are 6 overall ways you can save big on monthly mobile data. Be sure to see detailed data-saving settings on popular apps you should apply:

how to save mobile data

1. Delete Data-hungry Apps you don’t Need

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.

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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.

Hopefully, this changes someone’s data story. You shouldn’t miss data-saving settings on popular apps you should apply now.

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.

SMILE Data: All subscription plans & where to subscribe.

So we are checking out Smile data today to see what data plans you might enjoy. Smile communication prides itself as one of Africa’s biggest 4G LTE mobile broadband network.

Launched in 2013 in the Tanzanian headquarters Dar es Salam, the company has since then extended its operation to over 7 regions establishing itself as West Africa’s premier 4G LTE broadband network with over 8 cities covered in Nigeria.

Smile has the objective of providing millions of Africans with access to high-quality internet at affordable prices. Smile Nigeria broadly divides its customers into corporate and personal plans.

Before we delve into the different plans, let’s see the cities that Smile covers in Nigeria. You don’t want to buy a data plan you can’t use, right? To fully enjoy Smile data service, you would need to live in any of these cities;

  1. Lagos
  2. Abuja
  3. Port Harcourt
  4. Benin City
  5. Ibadan
  6. Kaduna
  7. Onitsha
  8. Asaba

Different Smile Data Plans

Smile FlexiDaily: 1GB for N350 valid for 24 hours

If you use a lot of data daily or looking to upload/download heavy data files in one day, the FlexiDaily says hi.

Smile FlexiWeekly: 2GB for N1020 valid for 7 days

Ok, so you need up to 2GB of data but 1-3 days are not enough to use it all? Use of FlexiWeekly instead.

Smile Midnite: 3GB at N1,530 for 7 days

This plan allows you to use data from midnight until 6AM in the morning within a period of seven days.

Smile Weekend Only: 3GB at N1530 from 9PM Friday night to Sunday Midnight

If you’re online only on weekends, this data plan is designed for you. Note that it expires by Sunday midnight.

Smile VaulePlus:

This category of Smile data plan allows you to make use of 50% of your data during the day and 50% at night. Great plan if you shuffle your data between night and day. You make your choice depending on the volume of data you need at a period. The ValuePlus plans include:

Smile VaulePlus 1.5GB at N1,020 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 5GB at N3,070 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus7GB at N4,090 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 11GB at N5,110 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 15GB at N6,140 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 21GB at N8,190 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 31GB at N11,260 valid for 30 days

Smile BumpaValue:

BumpaValue data group is designed for heavy data users over a medium period of time. If you want plans that go over the 30 days benchmark, try out the BumpaValue plans. The Smile BumpaValue includes:

BumpaValue 30GB at N15,350 valid for 60 days

BumpaValue 60GB at N30,700 valid for 90 days

BumpaValue 80GB at N40,950 valid for 120 days

Smile Anytime:

Another group of data plans. Smile Anytime is specifically designed for users who use fewer data over a lengthy period or as the case may be. We are talking about 12 whole months’ validity! Check out the plans:

Anytime 10GB at N8,190 valid for 12 months

Anytime 20GB for N16,380 valid for 12 months

Anytime 50GB at N36,850 valid for 12 months

Anytime 100GB at N71,650 valid for 12 months

Anytime 200GB at N138,200 valid for 12 months

There you have it! All Smile data plans in their updated year 2020 prices. All the information is verified by Smile. However, if you want to go Unlimited and wondering what Smile Unlimited plans look like, click right here.

With all these data plans and options, you can see that Smile is a fantastic service provider. Now you don’t need any hassle or stress to subscribe for any of Smile data plans. Simply visit www.vtpass.com/smile to buy right from your mobile phone.

Catch you on the fun side of life!

Renew Your Smile Data On VTpass

With a list of numerous services like airtime recharge, internet data purchase, TV subscription, electricity bills payment, and lots more, VTpass has just launched the Smile 4G LTE network on its platform.

You can now renew your Smile data on VTpass with its superfast internet to meet both your personal and business needs.

What more are you waiting for?

Get on the fast wave, and join the Smile community to get high-quality internet access for business, social media, music, movies and video streaming, online gaming, downloads, and mobile internet browsing.

Follow the simple steps below to renew your Smile data on VTpass.

Steps to renew Smile data:

  1. Visit www.vtpass.com
  2. Click on the Smile Icon
  3. Select data plan
  4. Enter phone & payment details
  5. Confirm payment and get instant service delivery.

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