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      How to Buy a SIM Card in Nigeria

      Nigeria is the world’s seventh most populous country in the planet with a population of more than 200 million people. There will forever be someone around to help you or keep you firm when exploring Nigeria. Here’s a guide on how to get a sim card in Nigeria:

      Lagos is a busy city that is famous for shopping and its nightlife. Although many thing Lagos is the capital of country, Abuja is the real capital of Nigeria. The president Complex can be found there.

      Mobile data rates are low in Nigeria, matched to the worlds average, which is why you should take benefit of it.

      How to get a sim card in Nigeria

      There are four prepaid sim card Nigeria providers:

      •    Airtel
      •    Glo Mobile
      •    MTN
      •    9Mobile

      Two 4G/LTE telecoms offer high-speed internet in the cities of Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. Ntel and smile sim card Nigeria. They are not the top choices if you are traveling around  lot but these are the just telecoms that offer unlimited data in Nigeria. Ntel data is quicker data match to Smile.

      Ntel provides you its sim cards for free but you have to buy a plan. Ntel data plans are as follows:

      •    NGN 3750 – seven days of unlimited data
      •    NGN 1500- unlimited data for two days.
      •    NGN 12500 – monthly unlimited data

      You have to be physically present when buying prepaid sim card Nigeria. They need to take your biometrics and passport number.

      Can I buy a SIM card at Lagos airport?

      These prepaid sim card Nigeria stalls at every exit in Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport, Port Harcourt, Abuja, and Kano international airport.
      Coverage is generally best but data networks tend to be congested. Most locals have two SIM cards. I highly advised this for foreign visitors as well, by having two international sim card Nigeria, you are assured of network coverage no issue the part of Nigeria you will be visiting.

      Which is the best mobile network in Nigeria?


      MTN is the market monster in Nigeria. It recently released its 4G/LTE network in 2016 in most cities in Nigeria. You have to buy a unique 4G enabled sim card to access 4G networks. This is also why you should not buy street sim cards, most of them are not on 4G.
      Prepaid sim card in Nigeria cost NGN 200-300 and all new subscribers get a fifty percent of bonus for top-ups of above NGN 100 for the first 6 months.

      For heavy data users these are MTN top plans:

      •    6GB for NGN 2,500
      •    40GB for NGN 10,000
      •    110GB for NGN 20,000

      MTN also has social media data plans for Twitter, WhatsApp, WeChat, Twitter, Eskimi, and 2go for NGN 150 per month.

      Glo Mobile

      •    Glo has the affordable data rates in Nigeria while still providing best network coverage. All new and existing customers with continue subscriptions get double data allowances.
      •    They also provide a fifteen percent bonus for all recharge above NGN 100 done electronically.

      9 mobile and airtel

      •    These 2 are the little mobile telecoms in Nigeria. Their coverage is best in big cities and their data networks are less congested, anyway, their 4G/LTE network is extremely restricted.
      •    Most areas outside big cities are only on 3G.
      •    Airtel sim cards cost NGN 300in their stores. Most airtel sim cards do not come with any extra airtime amount.

      How much is a SIM card in Nigeria?

      You should purchase  a SIM card in one of their SIM card Registration centers. It should not cost more than than ₦ 200-300. For LTE/4G you need a unique 4G-enabled SIM card.

      Which SIM card is best in Nigeria?

      If you want to buy a SIM card in Nigeria,  I would advise going with either Glo or MTN.

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