At this critical time, many Nigerians are lamenting for the telecoms, demanding for the cut down of data plans price in the country as lockdown and stay at home directive are implemented, but it seems telecommunication providers in Nigeria are adamant and I don’t think they are ready to reduce the price of their data plans or offer free data.
Alternatively, Airtel and MTN have got us covered with the part where we need to connect with our loved one via SMS, this is not too great for some of us, but it’s still something for us to hang onto during this period. Airtel and MTN announce free SMS to all customers to connect with loved ones.
The free SMS Airtel and MTN are offering to their customers can’t be sent to all your friends and families across any network. For the MTN users, you get to enjoy 300 SMS for a month with which you can send only 10 SMS/day. You need to receive this message first before you can confirm that you’re eligible for this offer;
Stay CONNECTED with your loved ones WITHOUT using your CREDIT! Enjoy FREE 300 SMS for the next one month (10 SMS/day) to ALL NETWORKS
While the Airtel users have unlimited access to free SMS to any network. The only thing that you should take note of is that a Fair Usage policy applies to prevent network congestion at this time when network stability is paramount to keep everyone connected.
However, Nigerians have reacted to the offer; see it as an insult to the Nigerian people. In this present age where about 90% of subscribers make use of instant messaging to communicate with their loved ones which in return requires data; Airtel and MTN want to take subscribers back to the ancient times of SMS.
— MTN Nigeria (@MTNNG) March 31, 2020
Adesola Idowu: Thanks for the tip and thanks for the 10 free daily SMS. But please, can you do something as regards data? Something like charge reduction or free data. It’s needful. Thanks, Jerry Phil: Make una make cutdataprice una dey give one mumu tips, wetin concern me?
With this move, let’s hope the telco providers will give everyone free data during this period, and we hope that this virus gets eradicated very soon, stay safe!