Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Latest Airtel and Etisalat BIS Data Plans That Work For Your Android, iPhone Smartphones and Tablets

Update:
Effective 3rd of December 2013, Airtel BIS plans will stop working on non BlackBerry phones. 

You are advised not to subscribe such plans in your non BlackBerry phone(s) 
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It has being observed that as smartphones get better, offering outstanding screen resolution, better camera power and faster modems so also is the data consumed by these smartphones also rising. It may also be due to the what one can achieve with the smartphone when connected to the internet. For example, visiting Facebook and uploading an image that is huge in size, record videos and upload to YouTube, make purchases online, communicate constantly with emails.

 
The need for more data on our smartphones is surging dramatically but it seem as though Nigerian telecoms network don't want their consumers to have an affordable plan that will cater for their Internet data needs except for BlackBerry devices which enjoy such reasonable prices for data plan.

Anyway, user now use Airtel BlackBerry plans which are affordable and meet needs on their Android, iOS and Windows Phone smartphones.

As far as i know, only Airtel BlackBerry Internet data plan work on these other devices like Android, , iOS and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets without any significant modification to your phone internet settings. 
Consequently, if you want to use any of these Airtel BIS plans for your Android device, below is a list of Airtel BIS plans, how to subscribe to them and the duration it will last.

PLAN
Validity Period
Tariffs
USSD Activation
SMS Activation
Complete
Monthly
30 days
1,400
*440*1#
bcm
Weekly
1 week
400
*440*2#
bcw
Daily
24 hours
100
*440*3#
bcd
Social
Monthly
30 days
1,200
*440*4#
bsm
Weekly
1 week
400
*440*5#
bsw
Daily
24 hours
100
*440*6#
bsd
To check status
*440#
Send status to 440
A special package gives you 90days BIS plan for N3000 with 6.5GB of data. To subscribe to this, dial *440*016# or you send Bbum3 to 440
Also, there is the 1 month get 1 month free package that goes for N1500 and you get about 4.2GB for 60 days. You subscribe with *440*161#

Comparison of Airtel BlackBerry Complete Bundle Offer          
COMPLETE
SOCIAL
Standard BlackBerry Email option
BlackBerry Email address (user@airtelng.blackberry.com)
One 3rd party Email address (Yahoo; Gmail; Hotmail or any other 3rd party email)
BlackBerry-built Social Networking applications
Facebook, MySpace & Twitter
BlackBerry-built Instant Messaging applications
BlackBerry Messenger
BlackBerry AppWorld
Partner IM app providers: Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, etc.
Access to BlackBerry Maps & 3rd party applications
BIS Browser – Internet Browsing
Standard BlackBerry Email option
BlackBerry Email address (user@airtelng.blackberry.com)
BlackBerry-built Social Networking applications
Facebook, MySpace & Twitter
BlackBerry-built Instant Messaging applications
BlackBerry Messenger
BlackBerry AppWorld
Partner IM app providers: Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, etc.
Access to BlackBerry Maps & 3rd party applications
BIS Browser – Internet Browsing

As of these writing only Etisalat and Airtel allow you to hotspot your Internet data without removing from your calling credit. So if you are the type that has a Blackberry device with HotSpot capability you can also use your Etisalat and Airtel hotstpot on your phone and share to your devices like tablet, Android & iOS phone and your PC. Etisalat BIS codes are shown below.
While some have argued that they are able to use GLO, Etisalat and MTN BIS on their Android, , iOS and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets, it may require additional tweaking and settings of your phone and its not guaranteed to work.

However, if you are successful in making other telecoms BIS apart from Airtel work for you, we would appreciate if you share how you go it to work on your phone or tablet.

If you still want to subscribe to GLO, MTN and Etisalat BIS plans then the best thing is to visit their web sites to know the latest package codes as these networks tend to change their rates and codes at times. MTN BIS have been reported to work on Android of recent (Sept. 25th 2013)

As promised am constantly monitoring when BlackBerry will release BBM for Android and iOS as a BlackBerry developer and would let you guys know immediately so that you would be among the first to download.

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79 comments:

  1. I tried using my blackberry hotspot for my tablet with an etisalat bis plan but it didn't work

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    1. Its a known issue with Etisalat BIS but majority are still using the hotspot feature. I will give you a feedback if there's a fix

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  2. Hi i tried the 90 days Airtel BIS plan on my LG Android phone but its not working

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  3. Have used it 4 times in the past 3 months and its working for not just me but those that have done it via me too. I don't know if its your sim or something but its still operating

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  4. Are you serious about MTN BIS working for Android devices?

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    1. Yes if you use Droidvpn as shown in my post on Friday

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  5. I have been using Airtel BIS(2months) which has a cap of 6gb on my iphone5. Cost 3k. But I want to inquire if Etisalat 3gb, if it can work on my android tablet. Thank U!

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    1. Am not sure if Etisalat will work. Haven't test it directly, only on hotspot. For iOS users, airtel bis will work. Aside that I don't know of any other around it.

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    2. Jay Barr, pls hw do you use air tel bis on ur android tablet? Do I have to do d subscription with d sim in d tablet? I did mine on a BB fone, removed d sim and inserted in d sim in d tablet but its not working. Pls help!

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    3. Gabby, there are little mishaps when you want to use the Airtel BIS on droids. But here is what you do.....load a 100 naira Airtel recharge and subscribe for 10MB data bundle, after doin so, it'll activate your Airtel BIS that you've already subscribed. Hope it works. Enjoy.

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  6. Hello, thanks for this extremely helpful blogpost.

    However, I am confused on how to go about the Airtel BIS data sharing on Andriod devices. Please can you give me a detailed step by step procedure on how to go about this? I currently use a blackberry 9780 which does not have the hotspot feature.


    Please help!

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    1. All you need to do is recharge your airtel line, next you subscribe to any BIS plan of your choice. Finally, transfer the SIM card into the Android device and you would start browsing. Still activated it yesterday for someone, so it's currently working.

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  7. Hello, pls I loaded my android phones with 1k glo BIS plan but not working. Hw do I go about it as I used samsung S2.

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    1. Glo bis don't work on Androi or iOS devices. You could try using droidvpn or troidvpn to see if it would force it to start browsing

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  8. Is the N3000 for 6.5G still working?

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    1. Still working for me and I believe for others too

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  9. Is there any additional settings after the subscription? Doesn't seems like it's working

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  10. С̲̅α̲̅n̶̲̅ i use this 3k subscription of 6.5g on my iphone too

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  11. Morning, downloaded my bbm for droid yest'day and finally registered ds morning. I have my mtn sim in it but was informed that there's no bbm plan for it unless I ues the normal mobile data which is exhausting. Will I have to sub on a Airtel sim on a blackberry before transfering the sim to the droid? Thanks

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    1. Normal Internet plan, WiFi will work for your bbm on Android. You can subscribe on any one, bb or Android. Just be sure your sim isn't one of those SIM that don't SUPPORT Internet when BBM is subscribed to on Android. Do a one day bis plan to be sure it works on your Airtel

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  12. How will ℓ̊ use etisalat bis plan for my android

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    1. I don't think it's possible yet. Maybe with the help of droidvpn or troidvpn, but no guarantees on that.

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  13. The etisalat BIS plan works on hotspot only when you do you daily subscription on top of your BIS. It stops when the day runs out. So you will have to do any 10MB the next day again.

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  14. Pls ow can I do an airtel bis subcription on my android,is airtel network on 3g too.cos d normal etisalat/mtn internet subcription is draining my money too much on my android fone.pls help

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  15. How about the 4.25g that goes for 1500, does it work on androids?

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  16. Hi, subscribed to 1 day BB plan on airtel and it didn't work till it got expired. Now I tried doing that of #1500 but I was told I wasn't eligible for the offer. Will any other offer work and do I have to insert the sim in a BB before subscribing?

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  17. Hi, subscribed to 1 day BB plan on airtel and it didn't work till it got expired. Now I tried doing that of #1500 but I was told I wasn't eligible for the offer. Will any other offer work and do I have to insert the sim in a BB before subscribing?

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    1. If it does not work, probability of it working even on any other plan is close to zero.
      Some airtel sim cards don't just walk with Android and iOS phones. No explanation why. But mine and some others I know still works

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  19. How do I let Airtel Bishop work on my Techno phamtom

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    1. Subscribe to airtel bis on your phone and it will start working. Internet Settings are automatic when you put the sim into yhe phone so you may not need to do any extra settings. If after subscribing it doesn't work, recharge 10mb daily data bundle to kick start the internet

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  21. I use a techno phantom tab..tried airtel complet plan.but its not working..loaded 1k worth of etisalat data,it finished in one week..what my best option..thinking of selling the tab off..cos its becoming expensive to mentain oo.

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  22. I use a techno phantom tab..tried airtel complet plan.but its not working..loaded 1k worth of etisalat data,it finished in one week..what my best option..thinking of selling the tab off..cos its becoming expensive to mentain oo.

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  23. I activated airtel daily and its working well..so can I activate d monthly now

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  24. Hmmmmm..its work but deducting money frm my account

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    1. That is not cool. They are not supposed to remove your credit. use *123*10# to check your data balance

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  25. Pls I did the sub for 2gb on airtel but couldn't browse. And after checking the data account balance I was told I've got 2gb but couldn't still browse. Pls what will I do?

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    1. Do the 10mb one day data bundle on the SIM to activate the bis bundle to start working on your Android phone. Not all sims work straight away with this airtel bis bundle for Android. So try the above trick and see if it's working for you.

      Also, APN is internet.zain.ng.com
      Username and password is Internet

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  26. How can I use the airtel bis on my tecno phantom tab

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    1. Subscribe to airtel bis plan check this link for updated codes and plans http://phonegist.blogspot.com/2013/11/airtel-glo-mtn-etisalat-data-and-bis.html?m=1

      Apn, username & password is as described in the comment above.

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  27. its works, just do the BIS stuff, then resubscribe with Airtel 10mb to power your data cap! thats it!!!!

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  28. Thank you for this article, you have been very helpful! but pls do you have any updates on using etisalat bis on androids. And if I must use Droidvpn must the phone be rooted?

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    1. For now no updates on using Etisalat bis on Android phones. Droidvpn work on both rooted and unrooted Android phones.

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  29. Pls my I've bin using mobile hotspot on my bb wit ETISALAT bis to share data with my android device and after sometime it stopped working, I evn tried it wit a another fine using etisalat bis bt it wldnt work. Is it dat etisalat has blocked it or is d problem frm my device?

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  30. What if I top up my glo bis with a daily data plan, will I be able to share my bis via mobile hotspot?

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    1. It's possible, haven't tried that before. Give it a trial

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  31. can airtel bis work for my nokia lumia(windows phone)?

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  32. Subscribd for the 3months airtel special package for 6.5GB on my samsung note, buh recently recievd a msg frm airtel that it wud be blockd, nd eventually was blockd today, hav hav used it only for 2wks..pls wat happens to my 2mnths left nd how can I get connectd again cus ryt now, I can't access the internet anymore on my samsung

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  33. Now dat airtel bb plans will stop working on android and iphone devices what is d next tin online.

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  34. Now dat airtel bb plans will stop working on android and iphone devices what is d next tin online.

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  36. BSNL 3G/2G Data plans are cheapest and Works for any device ,Try Once .......... http://teleindia.info/BSNL/BSNL.2G3G.Dataplans/bsnl.3G.prepaid.dataplans.html

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    1. Hey there, this stuff you talked about has nothing to do with Nigeria but India. If only it does, it would have been nice.

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  37. Have you visited this site today? hurry and earn your cool cash why browsing and charting http://dollar4referral.com/?refcode=110

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  38. bros,i did d bis 1500,nd they gave 2gb buh i can't use it bcos it's not workin on my HTC one v,[android].wot shud i do?

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  39. Hey dear sori to bug u wit mine, buh d tin is am aving a change of mine concerning ma phantom pad N9, was using my mtn sim 4my bb buh decided to use it 4my phantom,despite d fact my bis hasn't xpired, I stil keep loading every seconds nd min of d dai, jez really need a code 4 d monthly or weekly tin bcos its jez kinda xpensive 4me to bear. 10ks

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    1. Hello Peace, dial *109# for a monthly mtn plan with 325mb of data for N1300 or dial *106# for 260mb for N1000. Depending on what you like. If you need Information about other mtn plans visit the link below
      http://phonegist.blogspot.com/2013/11/airtel-glo-mtn-etisalat-data-and-bis.html?m=1

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    2. good day mr Akin Akinsanya... i see ya so active here...please i want to knw if the Airtel BIS for android still works...despite they said they will stop it...I also stumbled on a post that says etisalat works with android...

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    3. Good day,
      The Etisalat bis android isn't working anymore. It has been stopped since 18th of december I think.

      Some Airtel BIS packages still work on some selected SIMs for Android and iPhone.

      I really don't know how these SIMs, mine included and some others I know still work, but it does. Most especially old Airtel sim cards.

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  40. pls i can't browse with my etisalat, since i sub on it.. and that was *449*3# it enable to browse on it...

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    1. Are you using the plan for BlackBerry phone or for Android?

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  41. pls i want to know if bbm works on lg optimus l3 ii dual phone (E435)

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  43. pls i want to know if bbm works on lg optimus l3 ii dual phone (E435)

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  44. Yes you can. BBM works on LG Optimus L3 E435. You can download from play Store or from one of the links on this website.

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  45. i subscribe one day data plan airtel on my iphone4 but is not working for me, anytime i try to access the internet it always say i should subscribe to a cellular network, please i don't understnd

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  46. how do i subscribe to any of the Airtel plan, cos am about to go and buy the Airtelt
    line and after that what and what do i have to do...? my PHONE is LUMIA 520.

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    1. follow this link to do any subscription you need http://phonegist.blogspot.com/2013/11/airtel-glo-mtn-etisalat-data-and-bis.html

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  47. mr akin weldone ohh ure really tryin kudos

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  48. Please Mr Akin can Airtel BIS plan work for my HTC Windows Phone?Tmozart7

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    1. Airtel already disabled BIS working on non-blackberry phones. The only way it will work is if you have one of those special airtel lines like mine that is 10yrs old and works with bis on phone regardless then it would work. Only a handful of those sims still exist. But on a majority scale, airtel bis won't work on non bb phones

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  49. Please I would like to know which network is best for smartphone Internet browsing? The mtn im using is just useless

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    1. Glo & Etisalat are one of the fastest. Airtel is good too depending on how strong the network is in your area.

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