Awesome: Glo Nigeria Increases Data Allowance on BlackBerry 10 Data Plans

logob2The major evil in migrating from legacy blackberry devices to the new BlackBerry 10 devices is the outrageous data allowances offered by the networks. In the beginning they allowed we the wise ones to continue rocking the old blackberry data plans on the BB10 platform but lately they've shut it down now except on the Airtel network. Unfortunately Airtel's internet service is so annoyingly dependent on location i.e. on the roof of your building, under your bed, in the toilet, at the left hand side of your refrigerator etc that I got tired of it recently and decided to suck it up and just go for a dedicated blackberry 10 plan.

Imagine my surprise when I checked out Globacom's site and discovered that they had silently increased their data allowances per plan as shown below. Even their retail office over here, are still sharing out the old BB10 data plans on fliers.

BlackBerry 10 Data Plans from Globacom Nigeria

CategoryPackageMSR (N)DataKeyword




3 GB




700 MB





2 GB




500 MB





200 MB




50 MB


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BlackBerry 10 Data Plans For MTN, Glo, Etisalat & Airtel Nigeria

BlackBerry’s flagship device, the Z10, has been on the market for over a month now but due to the asking price (N100,000 - N130,000), lack of data compression and the *funny* data caps being offered by the major networks, I’m yet to get one. Besides I hear before the year runs out, 3 more devices will be launched (Q10 included) and for all I know, they will feature the same 4.2 inch screen and cost less than the Z10.

Thus I’ve decided to hold off on getting one for now.

In the mean time, for those who are out to get theirs now, here’s a run through of the data plans created by the networks specially for the new BlackBerry 10 devices. For BlackBerry 7 devices and below, the old data plans/subscription codes still apply. Only time will tell, if we all will be forced to make use of the BlackBerry 10 Plans on all devices.

Before we proceed, here are links to the existing blackberry plans for OS 7 devices and below

Etisalat Nigeria BlackBerry Complete, Voice & Social Plans

MTN BlackBerry Complete Plans Subscription Codes

Airtel Nigeria BlackBerry Complete Plans

Glo BlackBerry Social and Complete Plans

NOTE: Once you exhaust your data cap on BlackBerry 10, all functions that need internet access will stop working minus BlackBerry Messenger which has unlimited access for the duration of your plan. The new BlackBerry 10 internet plans follows:

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Airtel Nigeria Now Offers The Cheapest and Most Cost Effective Mobile Data Plan


Everyone who owns a feature phone with internet access in Nigeria now knows that the cheapest data plan you can get goes for N1,000 with a minimum data cap of 200MB depending on the network. Same applies to those who own non-blackberry smartphones.

For those of us with BlackBerry phones, N1,400 can fetch us unlimited pinging, emails, browsing and downloads all month long without data restrictions if you're on the Etisalat Nigeria network (Globacom has a data cap of 3GB per month while MTN has one of 200MB which they haven't really enforced)

Airtel Nigeria recently deployed 3G across all states of the nation and after a few positive reviews from colleagues of mine, I was quick to sign up for the night browsing plan which I really enjoyed.

With Etisalat Nigeria and Globacom Nigeria experiencing BlackBerry internet connectivity issues for weeks here in Sokoto, I decided to give Airtel a try only to discover that they only offered what I felt then was a measly 1GB per month with the option of PC tethering which isn't available on blackberry data plans offered by other networks in the country unless you use some form of hack.

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Etisalat Nigeria BlackBerry Complete, Voice & Social Plans

Etisalat Nigeria BlackBerry Internet Services and Plans

Rumors have it that BlackBerry subscribers in Nigeria are set to pass the 1 million mark and Etisalat Nigeria has awoken from its slumber and further widened its range of BlackBerry services with the launch of the BlackBerry Complete Plan and BlackBerry Voice Plan.

Following the recent erratic nature of the Glo BlackBerry Service here in Sokoto, I switched to the Etisalat Network on their N3,000 BlackBerry Internet Service bundle plan in hopes of better service but the opposite has been the same.

Opera Mini simply doesn't work on their network and going on a week now, the BlackBerry default browser as well Facebook application ain't working at all and they've only apologized once for this. The service tends to fluctuate during the day time but past midnight, the speed and service is ABSOLUTELY amazing leaving me wondering if they might already be experiencing congestion issues on the network.

I hope they get their sh*t together soon before my subscription expires and I'm tempted to switch back to the Glo network.

Here are a few details about their BlackBerry services and where you can get more info on them.

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Glo BlackBerry Social and Complete Internet Plan For N1,400

UPDATE 1st May 2015: Globacom Nigeria's Blackberry data plans have undergone changes which I wasn't aware of as I've been stuck on their Complete Month plan which offers 3GB of data for just N1,000 and lasts 30 days as shown in the screenshot below.

If you're using a BlackBerry 10 phone, be rest assured that the CoMonth plan will work on you device. If you have issues getting it to work, do leave a comment. Also note that the download and browsing speed of Glo blackberry plans is now limited to 124KB/s so don't expect fast downloads

Glo BlackBerry Internet Sevice Plans



Globacom Nigeria has just shot down the price of BlackBerry Internet Service in Nigeria by releasing a new package which reduces the monthly BIS access fee to an affordable N1,400 ONLY.

Yep! You heard it right. Glo BlackBerry Internet Service is now N1,400 and for this price you get the following :

  1. BlackBerry Messenger
  2. BlackBerry Mail example
  3. BB-Built Social Networking & IM Apps: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Windows Messenger, GTalk, Yahoo Messenger etc.
  4. 24/7 Internet Browsing
  5. BlackBerry App World Access
  6. 1 integrated personal email address of your choice like Yahoo, Gmail, AOL etc.
  7. 3GB of monthly data allowance.


As you may have noticed, unlike the previous Glo BlackBerry Internet Service plan, you can only have access to ONE personal email account so for those of you, who own businesses and manage different email accounts, you are better off sticking with the old BISMONTH plans which by the way have also been increased to 3GB Winking smile.

NOTE: The rest of this article is best viewed via a computer or mobile device with large screen 'cause it contains relevant images with subscription codes.

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