Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The new product allows subscribers to call five special numbers at only five kobo per second and offers a unique proposition to Nigerian youths by making the immensely popular social networking site Facebook FREE.
To register a friend, the subscriber is required to dial *101*1*friend’s number#. It also offers subscribers several other attractive benefits including free airtime and free night calls.
Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohammed Jameel, unveiled the product at a press conference in Lagos.
A major aspect of the programme is the G-BAM Scholar which empowers the student community in Nigeria by offering a scholarship of USD5 million for 1,000 students. Jameel explained that 250 students would be selected every quarter for USD 5,000 worth of scholarship. “This will help aspiring students to fulfill their academic ambitions, pursue their dreams and passion, and also take care of meritorious students and young people,” he added.
The GCOO said G-BAM Hi5ive is primarily a youth-centric package designed with the lifestyle of Nigerian youths in mind. “The package will enable them to connect with their passion points and help them strengthen relationships with their friends and loved ones,” he stated.
He explained that other benefits of the new product are categorized under G-BAM bonus for N500 free airtime once the SIM is activated and recharged, G-BAM social for FREE facebook browsing from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. everyday, G-BAM weekender for FREE weekend chatting, G-BAM Nites for FREE night calls. To enjoy the FREE chatting, the subscriber will simply text “chat” to 20805.
Another added freebie which makes G-BAM Hi5ive the most attractive package to the youths is free Subscription of Glo Radio which is Music on the Go. One can listen to songs of one’s choice on the G-BAM package by dialing 77025.
“With all the benefits of G-BAM Hi5ive offer, the youth on the Glo network is empowered to be on top of his social life, to keep in touch with his friends as much as possible,” Jameel added.
To join the G-BAM generation and enjoy all the freebies on the offer, existing Glo subscribers can simply migrate to the platform by dialing -*100*5*1# while new subscribers can buy a SIM pack from any Glo world or Glo zone or dealer outlets and migrate using the same code.
View the Faq about GLO G-BAM Hi5ive at http://www.gloworld.com/pdf/gbamfaq.pdf
Friday, December 9, 2011
Analyst told "Business Day" that MTN was keen on maintaining market leadership in the data segment of the country’s highly competitive telecoms market.
As at March this year, official subscriber statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) showed that MTN had 40.2 million subscribers, while Globacom had 19.9 million; Airtel had 16.1 million and Etisalat had 7.2 million, in the voice segment.
A senior executive at MTN told Business Day that the company ‘was unable to comment at this time’. Industry players are all agreed however, that market focus is shifting from voice to internet and data services, which are of high value for business, education, social and entertainment purposes.
Industry watchers also maintain that MTN’s purported bid for Multilink’s fibre transmission backbone is particularly an ardent struggle for the data and internet services market, as well as for the bulk (carriers-carrier) market.
According to "Business Day" source, Multilink’s ‘crown jewel’ is its robust terrestrial fibre optic network connecting 21 of Nigeria’s 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with an estimated construction cost of over $150 million.
On the other hand, MTN owns the largest transmission network in Nigeria and there are concerns amongst industry stakeholders that the acquisition of Multilinks backbone, will mean that the telecoms company will own substantially more than 50 percent of long distance transmission networks in Nigeria.Industry watchers say the limited availability and exorbitant price of long distance national transmission capacity needed to move available bandwidth capacity emanating from the underwater cables on the country’s coastline, is the fundamental drawback to access to efficient and reasonably priced broadband internet services.
It has been discovered that the price of moving internet capacity from Lagos to Abuja is much higher than the cost of moving capacity from Lagos to London, due to the dearth of transmission backbone network. According to analysts, the development of the broadband market in Nigeria and the availability of internet access to as wide a population as possible, at a lower cost was largely dependent on the reduction of transmission costs.
There is concern among telecoms officials about a concentration of market power and the negative impact this might have on competition and pricing.
Friday, November 25, 2011
These new BlackBerry package as said by the company is targeted at customers who desire flexibility in their BlackBerry usage.
BIS Complete Features:
1 email account ( e.g. Google, yahoo), 1 Blackberry email account, BBM, Internet access, Social Networking, BlackBerry App world.
WEEKLY: Send "BBCWEEK" to 21600 Costs N1500 Data Cap: 200MB
MONTHLY: Send "BBC" to 21600 Costs N500
Saturday, November 19, 2011
1 web-based email account (yahoo, gmail, MSN, etc).
Social Networking (facebook, twitter)
Instant Messaging on yahoo messenger, MSN messenger, google talk.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)
BlackBerry email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BlackBerry App World.
S/N PLAN ACTIVATING CODES PRICES
1 BlackBerry Complete Daily *499*3*2# N100
2 BlackBerry Complete weekly *499*3*1# N500
3 BlackBerry Complete monthly *499*3# N1,500
Blackberry® Social features:
Blackberry Messenger (BBM), Internet browsing, Blackberry email, Social Networking & Blackberry App world. Just dial *499*2# at the rate of N1,300/month
More details at http://www.etisalat.com.ng/blackberry/bb_complete_plan.php
DATA CAP | PRICE | USSD CODE
200MB N1,000 Dial *229*2*6#
500MB N2,000 Dial *229*2*2#
1.5GB N4,000 Dial *229*2*4#
Night & Weekend N4,000 Dial *229*3*3#
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The company’s chief operating officer George Andah has reportedly released a statement saying the Glo Mobile unit will be supported by GLO 1, the high capacity submarine cable network commissioned in Ghana in 2009.
‘The cable will guarantee access to ultra-fast and reliable internet connectivity and will be the driving force for the business community not only in Ghana, but also in West Africa,’ the statement read. It is understood Glo Mobile is looking to develop an extensive network, with Andah claiming the launch will act as a platform to boost Ghana’s economy.
‘It will also provide the platform for robust application and customized conferencing, tel-medicine, distance learning and customized services such as data centres and wireless virtual network,’ he said. The new network will hopefully support extensive 3G coverage as well as providing a range of high quality and reliable voice and data services at very competitive rates.
Globacom’s entry to the Ghanaian market has been beset with delays. Indeed, in August this year the government issued a warning to the would-be start-up to launch commercial services in the country by 15 September, or face sanctions. The ultimatum was delivered by the Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, who was quoted as saying of the newcomer’s heel-dragging: ‘it is about time we take the company on because they have the Ghanaian market space waiting for too long.’
For its part, the Nigerian-owned operation has long argued that it has faced obstacles to its entry into the market. In May 2010 Globacom threatened to exit Ghana altogether in the face of what it termed ‘interests’ seemingly hell-bent on sabotaging its nationwide launch plans.
At the time an unnamed source claimed that since Glo Mobile was awarded its GSM frequencies by the National Communications Authority (NCA), it has faced obstacles in terms of seeking approval for the swift deployment of its base stations, an encroachment on the frequencies it was awarded by the NCA and the repeated vandalism of its advertising billboards.
In August the government moved to reassure Globacom that it was ‘free to do business in Ghana’, but the statement appears to have done little to resolve the stalemate.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
According to the newspaper,
“Airtel said some people claiming to be NLC members shut down 15 showrooms this week (last week) and attacked its switchboard in the capital, Abuja, cutting off 5 million customers from its network across the north of Africa’s most populous nation.”
You may recall that last week, Airtel Nigeria was accused of laying off thousands of its employees, which the company denied, saying the workers were employed by other companies it contracted.
In a statement issued by the company last Thursday, it said:
“Airtel did not sack any employee. The employees being referred to, work for Tech Mahindra and Spanco, who provide us Call Centre services. The employees in question were contracted through two employment agencies, namely HR Indexx and CCSNL, whose contracts with Tech Mahindra and Spanco expired on September 30, 2011.”
The company further noted that Spanco and Tech Mahindra were working on plans to recruit new employees, which would include some of the contracts that have recently expired.
. Buy and register any Etisalat number [0809, 0818 or 0817]
. Recharge as much as you can for the next 30 days
. Get rewarded with 30% of your recharges [up to N100,000] to call any network
. Get an extra 10% instantly when you recharge electronically with N200 or more with e-top up
. Registration is free
Open to new & existing customers who are yet to register their SIMs
register at any Etisalat experience centre, dealer's shop and select Oceanic Bank branches, or call 200 for more details.
For more details, visit http://www.etisalat.com.ng
Etisalat Nigeria on their Social network interface namely Facebook/Twitter posted that:
"We regret the service disruptions experienced with Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) last week. All subscriptions that were active during this period have been extended by 3days as compensation. Thank you for choosing Etisalat!"
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The compensation package is coming in spite of the fact that the outage was caused by a server failure from Research in Motion (RIM), the global provider of BlackBerry services.
According to Akinwale Goodluck, MTN’s Corporate Services Executive, the compensation package is for the inconveniences MTN customers experienced during the downtime.
“MTN is a customer focused organization and we are aware of the inconvenience our customers suffered during the down time. That is why, in spite of the fact that the three-day BlackBerry disruption was caused by an incident outside our control, we will extend by 4 days, the subscription of affected pre-paid and post-paid BlackBerry subscribers” he said.’
During the outage, messaging and web browsing on BlackBerry were halted across many parts of the world.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Build your own club of 10 and get fantastic discounts and freebies on calls, SMS and data within your club!
Get discounted rates on calls and SMS; also get free mid-night calls to your members! Simply make 1 minute of a local call between 8am and midnight to enjoy the free midnight call benefit.
Get free data valid for 1 week after a recharge of N200 or more within one week.
What’s in it for me?
· Add 9 Airtel lines to yourself to form a club of 10
· Make calls to your members at 10k/ sec*.
· SMS your club members at N1/SMS
· Make free midnight calls 12.30am and 4.30am daily to club members
· Call other Airtel numbers at 20k/sec*.
· SMS other Airtel numbers at N3/SMS
· Calls to other networks are only 30k/ sec*.
· SMS other Networks at N5/SMS
· Calls to US, Canada, UK*, India and China at 20k/sec after your 1st minute at 60k/sec
· Free 10MB data valid for 1 week after a recharge of N200 or more within one week.
*After first minute of the day at 60k/sec.
How to enjoy these benefits?
Simply dial the USSD below for the various requests;
· To opt-in-------------------------USSD: *101#
· For help--------------------------USSD: *101*1# OR SMS ‘1010’ to 1010
· For addition ---------------------USSD: *101*2*MSISDN#
· To remove club number ------USSD: *101*3*MSISDN#
· To view club number ---------USSD: *101*5#
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Plan Type Fee(N) Opt In Code
BIS Monthly 3000 *499*1#
Weekly 1000 *499*6#
Daily 250 *499*5#
Monthly 1800 *499*2#
Weekly 500 *499*2*1#
Daily 100 *499*2*2#
When you migrate from a current Blackberry plan to the Voice Plan in the middle of your cycle, you forfeit the remaining days on your current plan.
When you migrate or activate the voice plan, you lose all existing freebies on your line (Bonus on Incoming Calls, You & Me, Free Data, free Midnight Calls, Unlimited SMS,etc).
If you fail to renew your subscription on your anniversary date, your voice calls get charged at 50k/sec until you renew. Upon renewing, you immediately have your voice calls charged at 20k/sec.
In order to get the maximum benefit from this plan, you must carry a Blackberry device.
For More Details visit http://www.etisalat.com.ng/blackberry/bb_voice_plan.php
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
In other to make this come to reality, we at NigeriaTelecomNews are happy to tell you our audience that, NigeriaTelecomNews is now on Twitter...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
You can not only stay connected to your social circle on this new plan, but also get 1 integrated e-mail address with app world and internet browsing.
BBM + BBMail + BB-Built Social Networking & IM Apps + Internet Browsing + App World + Option for 1 integrated email address
Monthly BIS Complete
The Data Volume cap is set at 3.0 Gb.
The subscription duration is 1 month
This plan can be automatically renewed
Plan Fee 1400.0 ￼
Weekly BIS Complete
The Data Volume cap is set at 700.0 Mb.
The subscription duration is 7 days
This plan can be automatically renewed
Plan Fee 400.0 ￼
Daily BIS Complete
The Data Volume cap is set at 100.0 Mb.
The subscription duration is 1 day
This plan can be automatically renewed
Plan Fee 100.0
If you are an existing Glo subscriber and having BB Smartphone handset,
Text ‘CoMonth’ to 777 for Monthly BIS Complete plan.
Text ‘CoWeek’ to 777 for Weekly BIS Complete plan
Text ‘CoDay’ to 777 for Daily BIS Complete plan.
Auto Renewal means you will be automatically subscribed to same plan after it expires, if you have the required amount in your account.
You can always cancel auto renewal from the GLO BB self help portal in your BlackBerry MENU.
Please note that your Data Cap is not UNLIMITED, as at the moment we are giving this information, NigeriaTelecomNews confirms that the Data Cap on each bundle is as stated above, thank you.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Glo Flexi , the new tariff plan offers up to 99 per cent discount on calls made, depending on the time of day and geographical location of the subscriber.
Speaking at a media briefing to unveil the new package in Lagos, recently, Globacom’s group chief operating officer, Mohamed Jameel said the new Glo Flexi plan was a fantastic package that offered the biggest discounts ever offered by any telecommunication network in the country as subscribers could talk for as low as 1kobo /sec.
"The new Glo Flexi is available to all prepaid subscribers across Nigeria and it offers the biggest discount ever offered by any telecom operator in the country.
With up to 99 per cent discounts offered to subscribers on calls, there is no doubt that Glo Flexi is the next big thing since we pioneered the Per Second Billing ( PSB platform so many years ago,"he said.
He said that the introduction of Glo Flexi was in line with Globacom’s value driven approach to introducing new products and services which enables the company to give back to its subscribers. Such initiatives, Jameel said, included the introduction of special tariffs such as the Glo 1derful , Glo Infinito and Glo Talk More tariffs which still remained popular amongst subscribers.
Also speaking at the occasion, Globacom’s general manager, Prepaid Marketing, Ashutosh Tiwary stated that Glo Flexi was a dynamic package that was dependent on the density of traffic on the network at any point in time.
"The system looks at the network usage behaviour and gives generous discounts making it possible for subscribers to enjoy discounts ranging from 0 per cent to 99 per cent depending on the time of day and their geographical location. In other words, subscribers are guaranteed the best network quality in Nigeria on the Glo network as the massive discount offers ensure proper utilisation of network resources," Tiwary said.
To Activate this new Tariff, Dial *135*1# from your GLO Line, and also Switch ON your Cell Broadcast Function on your Mobile Phone...
Check http://www.gloworld.com for more details...
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Straight to the information;
MULTI-LINKS TELKOM Nigeria, has announced a promo that allows its subscribers to make unlimited free On-Net calls till August 31, 2011.
According to their facebook update yesterday, Multilinks Telkom stated and we quote;
" Enjoy unlimited FREE calls to ALL Multi-Links numbers from NOW till 31 st August. Hurry! pick up your phone and keep talking."
More details at http://www.facebook.com/MultilinksTelkom
Monday, August 8, 2011
" As we mark ten years of GSM mobile services this week, it is heartening that Nigeria has grown from less than a million lines to over 90 million lines with 70% of Nigerians having access to phones.
It cost 150,000 Naira to get connected before 2001. Today it takes 100 Naira.
This result came about from the liberalization of the communication sector which is what this administration plans to replicate in the power sector with the Roadmap to Power Sector Reforms. GEJ"
For details visit http://www.facebook.com/jonathangoodluck
MTN NIGERIA UNVEILs 3 NEW TARIFF PLANs- NAMELY MTN FAMILY & FRIENDs XPANDED / MTN SUPER SAVE / MTN FUNLINK RELOADED
1. MTN FAMILY AND FRIENDs XPANDED
2. MTN SUPER SAVER
3. MTN FUNLINK RELOADED
(1.) MTN Family & Friends Xpanded:
MTN Family & Friends Xpanded allows you to register: Eight (8) MTN numbers,
One (1) other GSM network number,
One (1) US or Canadian number
MTN Family and Friends Xpanded is a NEW prepaid plan that allows you register up to 10 Family and Friends numbers and enjoy rates as low as 17 kobo per second on calls to your MTN registered numbers and 20 kobo per second on calls to other networks that you register as your Family and Friends. How do I register my MTN Family & Friends(FAF) numbers?
You can register any of your MTN Family & Friends number by dialing *560 *1*Family and Friends number#
international number (US and Canada ONLY) or other GSM network number.
*560 *1* 08031234567 #
*560 *1* 08028901234#
*560 *1* 00917045678901#
To check your FAF list, dial *560#
To migrate to this new plan, dial *407# or Send a the keyword "407" to 131
More details at http://www.mtnonline.com
(2.) MTN SUPER SAVER
MTN Super Saver plan is a new tariff plan that offers:
MTN2MTN calls will be charged at 58 kobo per second for the first 1 minute.
Calls extending beyond 1 minute to 4 minutes will be charged at 20 kobo per second,
while calls from 5 minutes and above will be charged at 17 kobo per second.
On the other hand, your MTN2Other calls will be charged at 58 kobo per second for the first 1 minute.
Calls extending beyond 1 minute to 4 minutes will be charged at 30 kobo per second,
while calls from 5 minutes and above will be charged at 25 kobo per second.
To migrate dial *408# or send the keyword "408" to 131
More Information at http://www.mtnonline.com/products-services/mtn-packages/super-saver/tariff-plan
(3.) MTN FUNLINK RELOADED
MTN FunLink Reloaded is a NEW prepaid plan that allows you make calls to MTN numbers for as low as 17 kobo per second while you enjoy freebies such as free SMS to MTN numbers and 3 MB of data every day.
To join the MTN FunLink Reloaded plan, simply send a text with 406 to 131 or dial *406 # from your phone.
A daily access fee charge of N25 is charged on this plan.
Your daily access fee will be deducted from your account balance at midnight of each new day or whenever you recharge your account during the day.
For new customers to the MTN FunLink Reloaded plan, access fee for that day will be charged immediately they join this plan.
More details at http://www.mtnonline.com/products-services/mtn-packages/funlink-reloaded
For more services dial *123# from your MTN phone.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Saying "Our vision for the soon-to-be-launched MTN app store is to have content that is relevant to the lives of our subscribers, and informed by the conditions in our communities."
Your creations can deal with any facet of life in Africa and the Middle-East – from solving some of the regions' pressing challenges, to lifestyle and entertainment, or even social networking.
However, all apps must be built for the Android operating system, and be in English.
The competition runs for six months – from July to December 2011 – and will have six monthly winners and an overall winner.
The first prize for monthly winners is a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the second prize a Samsung Galaxy S2.
The prize for the overall winner is a trip to the Mobile World Congress 2012 !
For more information, Visit http://www.mtnplay.com/appcomp/DeveloperMain.aspx
Whereby a question arises on how other Telecom Companies would react to the new MTN's Mobile Shift.
Not quite long, this question was answered when ETISALAT Launches its App Store in July http://bit.ly/p2S4Ds
And Today MTN has moved ever closer to the launch of its much anticipated 'MTN App Store' through the launch of an apps competition this week.
The group said it was challenging the developer community from around the world to come forward with innovative apps which were inspired by the realities of Africa and the Middle East.
By launching the apps competition, MTN said it was opening its innovative scope to the wider developer community in a bid to speed up the adoption of data-enabled technologies - especially those that featured digital content developed with the African and Middle Eastern user in mind.
The more user-friendly and relevant the app, the more differentiated it will be, thus increasing the likelihood of its adoption on a wide scale in two vast markets that are hungry for local solutions - not least of which is digital content with an African and Middle Eastern flair, said Christian de Faria, MTN Group chief commercial officer.
MTN said its App Store was currently in the works. The group said that the launch date would be " much sooner" than the next six months, with an initial focus on South Africa, Nigeria and other markets where the group already had a strong presence.
MTN said it wanted to take advantage of an expected explosion in the applications market by opening an applications store "in the near future", offering a "wide range of apps in multiple territories".
"Our vision for the MTN App Store is to have an apps platform whose vast majority of applications is, by and large, created by the developer community.
This way, we hope to offer MTN App Store subscribers unmatched user experience, with exciting and varied content that cuts across all facets of life," said De Faria.
He explained that there is a huge apps developer community out there, but many of their inventions did not get wide adoption.
The MTN apps competition will therefore serve to strengthen the apps ecosystem as well as provide a much-needed distribution channel to 150 million MTN subscribers for the regions' developer community, De Faria said.
The apps competition would run for five months, and would focus initially on the Android OS. All apps should be built in English and should be relevant for the African and Middle East markets, MTN said.
The service centre, based on a partnership between MTN and Oando Marketing PLC tagged "MTN Connect Point" is the first of 200 service outlets that the two partners is aiming to jointly use in improving customers experience through the provision of "Walk In Service Everywhere" (W.I.S.E) kiosks at selected Oando service stations nationwide.
At the W.I.S.E kiosks, Oando customers who are MTN subscribers can now enjoy a complete customer care service like sim swaps, bill payments, sim registration, query resolutions, sale of airtime and other bouquet services.
In the first phase of the project, MTN will deploy 100 W.I.S.E kiosks to select service stations in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt while further pan Nigeria spread will be covered in phase 2.
The MTN Connect Point concept is a service outlet which forms a strategic part of MTN comprehensive customer outreach programme, known as 'Walk-In Service Everywhere" W.I.S.E, with the primary aim of improving its customer experience by bringing service literally to their door.
Unveiling the package, Customer Relations Executive, MTN, Mr Akin Braithwaite, said that the service centre is a new concept in customer support and satisfaction in the telecommunication industry and another demonstration of MTN's commitment to bring services closer to its numerous customers.
The Connect Point consists of a branded kiosk operated by a Connect Partner, while the cost of the kiosk is borne by MTN. Each Connect Point is fully equipped with modern technology and is manned by two personnel who will carry out a bouquet of services, including SIM swaps, bill payment, query resolution, SIM registration, assistance to customers with product or service activation or set up, and customer enlightenment, among other services.
On the choice of Oando as partner, MTN Customer Relation Executive; Mr. Akin Braithwaite said that the national spread and the quality of its premises informed its choice by MTN. In addition to the utilization of OANDO premises, the MTN CRE disclosed that the Connect points will also spring up in many other open spaces including university communities nationwide.
"In the next few months, we will roll out MTN Connect Points in 200 strategic locations across the country. Under an agreement with OANDO, we will deploy 100 of these service outlets on the premises of OANDO filling stations spread across the country. Ten of these are already up and running, and the Connect Point we are unveiling today is one of them," he stated.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
In a statement in Abuja, NCC's head, Media and Public Relations, Reuben Muoka, said the act of selling pre-registered new SIM cards to the members of the public, by vendors or retailers, and use of such cards by anybody whatsoever, contravenes the regulation on registration of phone subscribers.
He said such person or persons shall be liable on conviction to a fine, or imprisonment, or both, in line with the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 .
He said the commission will also hold network service providers liable when such cards are found to be in use as they are expected to ensure that new SIM cards are not pre-registered before they are sold to members of the public through their various channels.
Mr Muoka said the commission's prescription in the process of the current on-going SIM card registration exercise in the country, presupposes that all newly purchased SIM cards can only receive calls while the buyers are expected to go to their particular network provider of that SIM to register his or her own SIM Card before such numbers can be used to make calls.
He said those found to be involved in this illegality will face arrest, detention, investigation, prosecution and sanction in line with the provisions of the Communications Act.
He also warned the public to desist from buying pre-registered SIM cards as they will also be liable if such line is in any way connected to any crime or misuse.
"Members of the public are advised to go to their operators to register their new SIM cards. Do not be tempted to buy pre-registered new SIM cards when the registration is free", he said.
Monday, August 1, 2011
According to MTN, mobile money will harness and document the identities, resources and financial transactions of hoarders and unbanked Nigerians and bring them into the formal economy.
The goal of mobile money is to help create a cashless society and reduce the cost and dangers associated with traditional transactions in the country.
Most Nigerian telecom analysts are positive about the latest mobile money developments in the country. Currently less than one in five Nigerians have bank accounts and the country’s 24 commercial banks have a network of less than 4000 branches nationwide.
Currently 90 million of Nigeria’s 140 million citizens have active mobile phones. “Mobile money is a facility that enables people to use their cell phones and other hand-held devices as electronic purses from which to effect financial transactions, including receiving and making payments,” MTN Nigeria stated.
Currently, Kenya has the most effective mobile money service in Africa.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Today, Etisalat announced the commercial launch of first application store in Nigeria.
The service was introduced in partnership between Etisalat and Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS). The new offering provides Etisalat Nigeria BlackBerry smartphone users the access to a wide array of locally relevant contents.
Users can now discover, download and enjoy a wide array of mobile applications for their BlackBerry smartphone in a variety of categories including entertainment, games, social networking, news, weather and productivity.
Among "Etisalat Nigeria" many first historic services in Nigeria and Africa, this new service offering aims also to encourage Young Nigerian apps developers to design stellar and innovative apps that enhance users experience and at the same time nourishes local talent and creating commercial opportunities for them.
Mr. Essa Al Haddad, Etisalat Group Chief Marketing Officer, said, "We are delighted to introduce first in Sub-Saharan Africa operator branded apps store. This is another milestone for Etisalat Group. "Zantel" was our first station " Nigeria" the second in raw and more on the pipeline.
Al Haddad added, "The elevated demand for BlackBerry apps in Africa is behind this move besides, our continuous commitment to Nigeria and the Nigeria's applications developer's to bring the latest in technology and applications to the market. We look forward to seeing rich catalog of personal and business oriented apps produced in Nigeria."
Al Haddad stated, "Partnering with a company such as EMS will enable transformational of end-user experiences in Nigeria and Africa and deliver on our promise to change the communications experience of our customers and the way people communicate."
Mr. Babar Khan, CEO, EMS, said, "Our partnership with Etisalat is substantial. We are very excited to venture the new app store platform with Etisalat in Nigeria. This will be a rich content experience for all BlackBerry users. Fully branded Etisalat portal allows customers to browse for the particular apps, ringtones, download Nigeria specific content or receive latest relevant news from trusted African publisher. Device personalization section of the portal will allow customers to turns BlackBerry device into a cool, customized and truly different device."
In order to access the service and enjoy a pool of application, information and entertainment services, customers just need to click on the link:
http://www.etisalat.com.ng/appstore directly from their Blackberry device.
Etisalat apps store application will be automatically installed on the smartphone.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The customer pays for one minute and gets the next minute of that call free, irrespective of the call being onnet or offnet.
Pay for one minute, Glo pays for the next minute of the call Effective rate as low as:
N7.50 /min for onnet calls and N12.50 / min for offnet calls
20 FREE Glo-to-Glo SMS per month
10 % to 20 % FREE Glo-to-Glo Bonus Talktime on every recharge of N 1000 & above 35 Hours FREE Glo-to-Glo Talktime per week, from 12 midnight to 5 am, upon usage of N 500 in previous week.
Rates and Charges:
Call Rates Glo to Glo N15 / min
Glo to Any Network N25 / min
The Glo 1derful offer portfolio is available to all Glo prepaid customers throughout Nigeria.
How to Subscribe / Migrate:
New and existing customers need only follow the instructions below to enjoy the wonderful package:
Dial *100 *11 *1# Send or Reply 1 to confirm
Life Cycle for Glo 1derful ACTIVE PERIOD:
In this period, complete access to the prepaid service is available. You can make calls, receive calls, and recharge your account, To remain in this period, call, send SMS, or recharge at least once within 90 days.
INACTIVE/ GRACE PERIOD (30 DAYS):
If a customer does not recharge at least once within 90 days, the customer will enter Inactive / Grace period.
ACCOUNT EXPIRY: If you do not recharge during the inactive period, your line will be disconnected and cannot be used anymore.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Quote From Facebook:
"At Facebook, we work to ensure people around the world have a great Facebook experience no matter where they are or how they access our site. Today, we're launching the new Facebook for Every Phone app, which offers a fast and comprehensive Facebook experience on over 2 ,500 different phones.
This app not only includes Facebook’s most popular features, such as News Feed, Inbox, and Photos, but also enables you to upload photos and find friends from your phone’s contacts.
People all over the world can download the app by visiting m.facebook.com and scrolling down to the download link, or by entering d.facebook.com/install directly into their mobile browser.
You can also find it in leading app stores, including GetJar, Appia, and Mobile Weaver.
We also want to make sure the Facebook for Every Phone app is affordable to try and use, which is why we’ve collaborated with many carriers worldwide (see list below) to offer you free data access to this app for 90 days. This experience is optimized to use less data than other Java apps or mobile sites, making it much more affordable for people to use when the 90- day period ends. The Facebook for Every Phone app will be available globally on Java- enabled phones starting today, and we are working on making the app compatible with even more handsets in the future. With one easy download of this app, get all of what Facebook has to offer on your mobile device so you can stay connected with your family and friends wherever you are.
Carriers offering free data access for a limited time:
• Aircel (India)
• Airtel (India)
• Banglalink (Bangladesh)
• Beeline (Russia)
• Celcom (Malaysia)
• Etisalat (Egypt, Nigeria)
• Globe (Philippines)
• Idea (India)
• Indosat (Indonesia)
• O2 Telefonica (Germany)
• Reliance (India)
• Smart (Philippines)
• Smartfren (Indonesia)
• Telkomsel (Indonesia)
• Three (Indonesia, United Kingdom)
• TIM (Brazil)
• TMN (Portugal)
• Ufone (Pakistan)
• Vodafone (Turkey)
• XL (Indonesia)
Ran, a mobile growth manager at Facebook, loves using T9 again to update his Facebook status.
Facebook for Every Phone By Facebook Mobile"
NOTE: The above statement was said by Facebook and not by NigeriaTelecomNews,thanks.
Guaranteed 30 minutes free airtime (10) minutes per month for 3 months.
All expense-paid trip to Manchester OR Dubai to 60 registered customers (20 per month for 3 months).
N20 ,000 airtime to 300 lucky winners(100 per month for 3 months).
All the above are up for grabs on a recharge of N500 and above.
Text "reg" to "3456 " to confirm if your SIM is registered or not.
Register your Glo Sim today at GloWorld, GloZone or with any Glo Dealer or Agent near you. Promo ends September 28 , 2011.
Note: According to NCC regulation, all SIM cards must be registered on or before 28 th of September 2011
The Glo Mega Deal- Premium Plan offers to Every Nokia N8 , E7 and E6 6 GB @ N7500 with a 180 days validity Free Calls Everyday from 12 AM – 5AM Up to 20 % extra bonus on recharge
The Glo Mega Deal- Lite Plan offers to Every Nokia E5 and C3 200 MB @ N1000 with a 30 day validity Free Calls Everyday from 12 AM – 5AM Up to 20 % extra bonus on recharge
The Glo Mega Deal- Classic Plan Offers to Every Nokia 1616 and 1800 Recharge N300 or more monthly and get N200 glo to glo airtime every month for 12 months. Free Calls Everyday from 12 AM – 5AM Up to 20 % extra bonus on recharge
The Glo Mega Deal can be activated by sending a single keyword to a short code 411 ; To enjoy the Nokia Classic Plan : Text “ Classic ” to 411 To enjoy the Nokia Lite Plan : Text “ Lite ” to 411 To enjoy the Nokia Premium Plan : Text “ Premium ” to 411
Note: **The Glo Mega Deal is only available for new Glo customers who have been active from 1 st January 2011 **
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Please Bear with us, regards to all our fans out there..
BlackBerry® Packages from MTN
|SERVICE PLAN|| |
BlackBerry® Internet Service ( BIS)
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Text BBWEEK to 21600
Text BIS to 21600
QUARTERLY ( 90 days)
Text BBQ to 21600
BlackBerry® Messaging Bundle
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Text BBMWEEK to 21600
Text BBM to 21600
BlackBerry® Social Bundle
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Text BBSWEEK to 21600
Text BBS to 21600
Thursday, June 9, 2011
|Plan Name||Service Rental||Data Cap||Validity Period||Code||SMS to 127||Target Device|
|Instant Surf||N100||10MB||24 hours||*127*51# ||‘51’||Handset|
|One Week||N400||50MB||7 days||*127*52#||‘52’||Handset|
|Always Micro||N1,000||200MB||30 days||*127*53#||‘53’||Handset|
|Always Macro||N3,000||1,024MB (1GB)||30 days||*127*54#||‘54’||Handset/Tablet|
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the introduction of an innovative two identical Subscriber Identity Module cards.
The Airtel 2SIM offer comes with two matching numbers in one single starter pack and gives Airtel customers on the package access to several benefits including one kobo per second midnight call rate to a SIM partner, 10 Kobo per second call rate to SIM partner and 120 free monthly SMS.
The new offering is currently available to pre-paid customers, according to a statement made available to The Punch correspondent on Thursday by the Public Relations Manager of the telecoms firm, Mr. Emmanuel Otokhine.
Other benefits of the offer to customers would include one month subscription-free Caller Ring Back Tone and free delivery of Breaking News and ringtone from Airtel live to owners’ phone, the statement said.
Furthermore, the customers would have free access to Facebook and push email (gmail, hotmail, Yahoo, etc). These offers would be available on a 30-day promotional basis, Otokhine added.
Existing Airtel customers on Airtel 2Good Xtra and Airtel Big Family packages can also enjoy the benefits of Airtel 2SIM offerings by registering their Airtel SIM partner numbers.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Rajan Swaroop, expressed delight at the new offer.
He said, “We are very pleased to announce that this new offer is currently available for our prepaid customers. At Airtel Nigeria, we always strive for leadership in everything we do, delivering world-class and innovative services.
“The double-SIM pack is a truly innovative and very relevant offer that is ideal for family, friends and associates as well as gives our customers access to a number of additional services.”
According to the statement, in line with the terms of the Airtel 2SIM card offering, Airtel customer who subscribes to the package will get free SMS and discounted call rates between the two numbers for life as long as the customer uses his line.
Additionally, each SIM card holder would benefit from free breaking news and free ringtones from Airtel Live portal for one month, the Airtel boss added.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
• DotMe opens up the concept of instant publishing to all mobile phone subscribers – it is internet and smart phone independent
• It acts like an SMS bulletin board that enables their subscribers to instantly publish information from their mobile phone and enables contacts to pull information posted on demand.
More can be seen on their website at http://www.etisalat.com.ng
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This was tweeted on their Official Twitter page some days ago, as they started dropping recharge card pins on their Facebook wall post,with a game called "Fastest Fingers".
The game named "Fastest Fingers" means; the fastest person to load the recharge card pin number dropped,wins it....
According to the comments from Glo World Fans, it has been said that the recharge cards denomination are N100 each....
All Globacom Nigeria Subscribers on Facebook can visit Glo World Official Facebook Page by clicking Here and who knows, you might just be lucky....
Saturday, May 14, 2011
AGAIN, National Telecommunications Operator, Globacom, has rewarded another segment of its trade partners whose role are strategic to the business success of the company.
In the last few months, Globacom had hosted various segments of its trade partners. These events were held to recognize the roles of the business partners in positioning Globacom as a telecommunications company of choice in the Nigerian environment.
Outstanding trade partners of Glo 3G High Speed Internet modem and prepaid Blackberry services were recently rewarded with prizes ranging from power generating sets to brand new cars by the leading telecoms company.
From among the crop of these business partners nationwide, a total of twelve, comprising six for each of the two product categories, received the prizes at a Loyalty Reward Night held at Best Western Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
For the Glo 3G Modem Business Associates Category, Osuneye Olasunkami of Suky Marketing Communication, who was the best performer, received the top prize of a brand new BMW 5 series car. Pathfinder Touch, another Glo Business Associate, won the second prize of 10 KVA generator.
Other winners in the Glo 3G Modem category included Genie Infotech Limited which received a 5KVA generator, MCTEE Investments which got a 42-inch plasma television set, Samikuri Detail Ltd won a motorcycle and the sixth prize winner, BMG Communications went home with a set of computer, printer and scanner.
In the other category, prepaid Blackberry partners also smiled home. The six winners in this category were Olusegun Jekami of MCTEE Investment Limited, who won the first prize of a brand new Kia Picanto, Suky Marketing Communication who received a 6.5 KVA generator and GoldBiz Resources who won a 42-inch plasma TV set.
The rest are Stratford Communication, with a motorcycle, the fifth prize winner, Amistad Phones, who received a set of computer, printer and scanner and the sixth prize winner of a 1.5 KVA generator, Badox Ventures.
Globacom’s Head of 3G and Blackberry Team, Wunmi Jewesimi, said the loyalty reward scheme was instituted to appreciate the business associates for their contribution in making the two flagship products huge successes in the market.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
AIRTEL NIGERIA LAUNCHES BIG FAMILY PACKAGE FOR SUBSCRIBERS,A TARRIF PLAN WHICH OFFERS 15K PER SECOND
Airtel Nigeria has introduced a new tariff plan, which allows customers to make on-net calls at 15k per second and off-net calls at 30k a second.
The company said in a statement on Friday that it found it imperative to bring the new tariff package into the market, five months after it inaugurated its 2Good plan.
According to the statement, the new tariff plan offers very affordable call rates and sets a new benchmark for value offering in the industry.
The Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Rajan Swaroop, said the new tariff offer, named the Airtel Big Family package, allowed existing and new customers to make on-net calls at 15k per second and off-net calls at 30k per second, after the first minute call of the day at 60k per second, upon migration to the plan.
He said the new tariff had additional benefits, including 20 bonus Short Message Service monthly after the first recharge of the month of more than N100.
The free SMS applied to numbers within the Airtel network, he added.
Another added value of the new tariff offer, according to him, is attractive SMS rates.
He said “The wallet-friendly SMS tariff plan includes N5 for Airtel to Airtel SMS, N10 for SMS to other networks and N15 for SMS to international locations.
“With the Airtel Big Family package, we have given our customers the benefits of communicating freely with all their families, relations and friends, who are on Airtel, at affordable rates.”
Customers on the plan, according to the Airtel boss, will enjoy the benefit of calling international destinations such as the United Kingdom (landlines), United States of America, Canada, China and India at 20k a second.
The 20k a second call rate applied after paying 60k a second for the first minute of the day for calls to the international destinations, he explained.
Calls to all other international destinations are billed at the applicable tariff rate.
Since the launch of the Airtel brand five months ago, the company has introduced into the Nigerian market tariff packages such as 2Good and 2Good Xtra.
Each of these plans has enabled Airtel’s customers to enjoy the freedom to talk and express themselves freely.
These have been complemented by the introduction of Airtel’s N50 Wazobia recharge, a lower denomination recharge voucher, which has in no small way, facilitated the inclusion of all members of the society in telecoms offering in the country.
Swaroop added that there was no restriction to the number of Airtel lines that a customer on the plan could call at the prevailing rate of 15k a second.
Also, customers could call any Airtel line as many as times as possible at the stated rates any day, he noted.
The offer is also valid for customers who have dormant Airtel lines and want to reactivate their lines and return to the network.
Friday, May 6, 2011
With MTN Who Called and Notify Me, MTN keeps you up to speed with calls you missed while your phone was switched off or unreachable while also sending you an SMS message when a number you could not reach becomes available.
The SMS message with information about calls you missed or numbers you could not reach will be sent to your mobile phone as soon as your mobile number becomes available or as soon as the number you attempted to call becomes available.
What are the benefits?
You can keep track of your missed calls.
You are always informed when a number you could not reach becomes available on the network.
It works even while you’re abroad.
Please note that:
- You will not receive missed call alerts from callers who have withheld their caller identity.
- You are not required to activate Voice Mail to use MTN Who Called and Notify Me services.
What is MTN Who Called?
This is a FREE missed call alert service that provides you with details of calls you missed while your number was switched off or out of network coverage. You will receive free SMS message containing the caller’s phone number, the number of missed calls from that number and date and time of the last call.
Y’ello! You have 1 missed call from +2348031234567 received at: 03:05:2011 12:21:13.
What is MTN Notify Me?
With MTN Notify Me, you will get to know through SMS message when a phone number you could not reach becomes available on the network. You can then call the number being sure that it is now available.
Y’ello! +2348031234567 is now available. You may now dial the number.
How do I get the service?
There are two options available to you when subscribing for these services. These are:
- MTN Who Called.
- MTN Who Called with Notify Me.
You can activate the Who Called Service free of charge by simply sending the key word of your desired option by SMS to 100. For Example:
- To activate MTN Who Called, text SET 01 to 100.Once this is done, you will receive the message: Y’ello! 803xxxxxxx request to activate Who Called Service was successful. Thank you.
- To activate MTN Who Called with Notify Me, text SET 02 to 100. Once done you will receive the message: Y’ello! 803xxxxxxx request to activate Who Called with Notify Me service was successful. Thank you.
How do I check if I already have the service on my phone?
- To check your status, text the word STATUS to 100. You will receive the following message: Y’ello! 803xxxxxxx has an active Who Called service. Thank you.
How do I cancel the service?
- To cancel the service, text the word DELETE to 100. You will receive the following message: Y’ello! 803xxxxxxx request to deactivate Who Called service was successful. Thank you.
To activate Who Called
Send an SMS with SET 01 to 100
To activate Who Called and Notify Me
Send an SMS with SET 02 to 100
To check the status of your account
Send an SMS with STATUS to 100
To delete your call alert services
Send an SMS with DELETE to 100
How much does it cost to use MTN Who Called and Notify Me?
The service is FREE to all MTN customers.
Under what condition will I receive MTN Call alert?
If you have activated MTN Who Called service on your mobile number, you will receive an SMS message in the following conditions:
- When your phone is switched off or out of coverage area.
- When there are network issues leading to your number being unreachable.
- When a number you attempted to call becomes available on the MTN network.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Leading digital mobile operator, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, has urged industry regulatory and development agencies to take steps that will lead to greater penetration of broadband services, especially in the rural parts of the country.
The Corporate Services Executive at MTN, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck, who spoke at a capacity building workshop in Abuja on Thursday, said the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Information Technology Development Agency needed to do more to promote broadband penetration.
According to him, NCC and NITDA need to subsidise the roll-out of broadband services in the rural areas from the funds operators contributed for the development of underserved parts of the country domiciled in the government agencies.
He listed other areas, which needed government’s intervention for the penetration of broadband services to include liberal policy on spectrum management as well as a clear road map for serving underserved communities.
The MTN topnotch said the two government agencies as well as the National Broadcasting Commission needed to collaborate more in solving the problems of the industry rather than work in isolation.
Goodluck said, “It is critical to develop a National Broadband Policy, which articulates a road map and strategy for broadband penetration and service delivery. Lack of broadband policy means there is no clear road map for spectrum planning, particularly with the harvesting of the digital dividend spectrums.
“Broadband penetration is meaningless without appropriate regulatory environment which enables the delivery of converged services. It is time to pursue institutional and regulatory convergence. Government also needs to articulate policies and strategies for driving broadband usage through eGovernance, eCommerce and eEconomy services.”
He added, “Well-known challenge with power and security means that operators also have to build and manage power, diesel distribution and security networks, in addition to core telecoms networks. This dissipates energy and resources.
“There is urgent need to address imposition of unstructured fees and charges by the various labels of government and service interruptions arising from collection attempts.”
Goodluck listed the benefits of broadband penetration in rural areas as offering a remote interaction with specialists, an instant and cheaper access to efficient health information as well as a platform for delivering primary healthcare.
Farmers could use broadband Internet access for market information, purchase of equipment, seedlings and other inputs and also to gain access to weather forecasts and other important information, he added.
He said achieving the potential required a comprehensive policy framework, effective private public participation for infrastructure development and service delivery as well as a concerted effort to address service dependencies militating against the achievement of broadband objectives.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Leading Telecommunications Services Provider, Airtel has put smile on the faces of its customers across Nigeria with the introduction of a special Easter Offer which allows them to make calls to Airtel numbers at only 16k/sec during this Easter period.
Starting from Thursday, April 22nd 2011 till Monday, April 25, 2011, existing and new 2Good Xtra prepaid customers of Airtel will be able to make calls for as low as 16 kobo per seconds in a new offer designed to empower customers during the Easter season.
Airtel says the special Easter offer is specially designed to delight customers during the duration of the Easter period and will also afford telecoms consumers across the country a rare opportunity to stay in touch with family, friends and loved ones as they celebrate an outstanding religious figure.
According to the Chief Operating Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Deepak Srivastava, the Airtel Easter offer is one of the ways the company is joining its numerous customers in celebrate the season just as it opens an opportunity for customers to connect with their circle of friends, loved ones and others at an amazingly discounted rate.
“Airtel Nigeria is committed to creating a brand that will be the most loved in Nigeria. We will always go out of our way to seek opportunities to delight, empower and reward our esteemed customers. The Easter season provides such an opportunity and we will never hold back in creating fun, joy and happiness for all of our customers in Nigeria,” Said Srivastava.
The Airtel Chief further disclosed that the Easter promo, which applies to all 2Good and Valumax subscribers on the network, will run from April 22nd to 25th, 2011, also noting that customers can begin to activate the offer from April 20th by dialing *400*1#.
Subscription to the Airtel Easter Offer attracts an access fee of N100 only.
The Easter season, a federal public holiday period in Nigeria, marks the end of forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Airtel has been one of the major drivers of affordable telecommunication tariff across Nigeria, a development that has brought smiles to the faces of Nigerians.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This plan comes with a 1GB Data bundle and a 30 days validity period, and this goes for N3000.
To migrate to this newly released plan through USSD, all you need to do is dial *141*712*10#
To migrate to this newly released plan through SMS, all you need to do is send the keyword "SMARTPHONE" to 141...
Monday, April 18, 2011
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Airtel Nigeria has just released a list of newly reformed data plans,that makes every Airtel Nigeria customers choose from the one that best fits their needs.
Here are the list of the data plans,bundle,migration codes and fees...:
Pls note that SMS CODEs SHOULD BE SENT TO 141…..
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