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See Which Gsm Network Offers The Best Data Plan

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As a frequent blogger and someone who subscribes to a few premium financial and news websites, its not uncommon to want to be online 24/7 and at anywhere in the world. To do achieve that can be quite costly especially if you use sophisticated smart phones, like an iPhone or an Android and also reside in a WiFi zone. I am currently very wired, with a WiFi at home and at work, both locations that take nearly 18 hours of my time daily.The remaining six hours however still necessitate that I remain online via a 3G network that is “faster” and can download larger content. This has however proven to be a very very expensive lifestyle. Here is my experience;

At home

I use a WiFi internet subscription service provided by IPNX. I use a plan that enables me browse unlimited between 3pm to 9am on Mon to Friday and 24hrs weekends and on public holidays. It cost about N9,000 every month. Service on a scale of 10 is about 5 and works pretty fine when the network is up and running. Unfortunately, it is down 40% of the time.

At Work

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I have access to a free WiFi Internet service whenever I am at work. It works pretty fine and downloads very fast. I understand it is a service that relies on an underground fibre optic cable. I use this service for 9-12 hours every working day for free.

On the Go/?Comparisons

This is where it gets crunchy. I use MTN’s 3G Data Plan on my iPhone and it cost me about N8,000 a month for a 5GB Data Plan. For N3k you can get a 1GB data plan. So for 37.5% of the price of a 5GB data plan you get 20% of the plan (1GB). As expected the 1GB hardly last beyond 10 days and that is with strict data usage. That in my opinion is a clear rip off by MTN and a demonstration of price being insensitive. The irony here is, for almost two years, since I started using this data plan, I have never used above 3.5GB regardless of how many Youtube Videos I stream (and I am a heavy user). To make matters worse, there is no other plan between the 1GB and 5GB plan. Not even 3GB!!!

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Other Networks

The likes of Glo, Etisalat and Airtel also offer their own version of data plans which I can’t confidently explain how it works. But I do have an idea of how much it costs. Here they are;

DATA PLANS

It is pretty obvious from above to know which network offers the cheapest data plan for you. For the plan I currently use (1GB) Airtel is cheaper by N500. However, Etisalat seems to give me better options for my money. Since I use an average data usage of 2.5GB to 3GB monthly, parting with N6,500 doesn’t seems reasonable rather then parting with N8,000 for an extra 2GB that I never get to use. Etisalat also gives you a 6GB option for a N8,000, same price MTN and Airtel gives for a 5GB option. Glo only offers 1.5GB from amongst the plans I referenced. For someone who may wish to use a cellphone as a modem for ipads or even computers it makes all the sense to go for the 6GB Etisalat option.

 

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Ugo Obi-chukwu "Ugodre" is a chartered accountant with over 16 years experience in financial management, corporate finance and financial analysis. He is also a retail investor and a personal finance advocate with over a decade experience investing in the Nigerian stock market. Ugo is the founder/Publisher of Nairametrics and blogs regularly on the website.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. 1458810398

    January 8, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Then I take it Sir that you haven’t heard the fact that Airtel’s N1,200 BIS plan which gives 1gb data allowance can be used on PC/Non BB devices. And also Glo’s N1,200 BIS plan which gives 3gb data allowance. It’s a straight forward process, no hacks what so ever. Buzz me on facebook and I’ll give you the full details.

  2. trae_z

    January 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Then i take it Sir that you haven’t heard the fact that Airtel’s N1,200 BIS plan which gives 1gb data allowance can be used on PC/Non BB devices. And also Glo’s N1,200 BIS plan which gives 3gb data allowance. It’s a straight forward process, no hacks what so ever. Send me a mail and i’ll give you the full details.

  3. 100003328785003

    January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Hello Ugo, we I must commend your patience and dedicationin tackling most of these ssensitive but important issues that affects us, most financiallyand professionally. I totally don’t think we measure some of these packages offered by the Telco coys here based on the price tag, and but we should also have in depth analysis narrowed down towards service delivery as a measured bandwidth consistency. For you to have a better value for your money, and try using http://www.pcpitstop.com Internet speed measure to ascertain more about speed and quality consistency. For some of us that use Speed Test Android app, but it’s a lot easier. You You might also try http://www.m.highspeedinternetdeals.com. Airtel has been top on my list for consistency of good data throughput. The new face of data is the 4G LTE which promises faster Internet speed and cheaper rate, and except for the fact this is limited to a few user equipments.

  4. 100003328785003

    January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Hello Ugo, we I must commend your patience and dedicationin tackling most of these ssensitive but important issues that affects us, most financiallyand professionally. I totally don’t think we measure some of these packages offered by the Telco coys here based on the price tag, and but we should also have in depth analysis narrowed down towards service delivery as a measured bandwidth consistency. For you to have a better value for your money, and try using http://www.pcpitstop.com Internet speed measure to ascertain more about speed and quality consistency. For some of us that use Speed Test Android app, but it’s a lot easier. You You might also try http://www.m.highspeedinternetdeals.com. Airtel has been top on my list for consistency of good data throughput. The new face of data is the 4G LTE which promises faster Internet speed and cheaper rate, and except for the fact this is limited to a few user equipments.

  5. 100003328785003

    January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Hello Ugo, we I must commend your patience and dedicationin tackling most of these ssensitive but important issues that affects us, most financiallyand professionally. I totally don’t think we measure some of these packages offered by the Telco coys here based on the price tag, and but we should also have in depth analysis narrowed down towards service delivery as a measured bandwidth consistency. For you to have a better value for your money, and try using http://www.pcpitstop.com Internet speed measure to ascertain more about speed and quality consistency. For some of us that use Speed Test Android app, but it’s a lot easier. You You might also try http://www.m.highspeedinternetdeals.com. Airtel has been top on my list for consistency of good data throughput. The new face of data is the 4G LTE which promises faster Internet speed and cheaper rate, and except for the fact this is limited to a few user equipments.

  6. 100003328785003

    January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Hello Ugo, we I must commend your patience and dedicationin tackling most of these ssensitive but important issues that affects us, most financiallyand professionally. I totally don’t think we measure some of these packages offered by the Telco coys here based on the price tag, and but we should also have in depth analysis narrowed down towards service delivery as a measured bandwidth consistency. For you to have a better value for your money, and try using http://www.pcpitstop.com Internet speed measure to ascertain more about speed and quality consistency. For some of us that use Speed Test Android app, but it’s a lot easier. You You might also try http://www.m.highspeedinternetdeals.com. Airtel has been top on my list for consistency of good data throughput. The new face of data is the 4G LTE which promises faster Internet speed and cheaper rate, and except for the fact this is limited to a few user equipments.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 29th of October 2020, 150 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 62,521 confirmed cases.

On the 29th of October 2020, 150 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,008 samples across the country.

To date, 62,521 cases have been confirmed, 58,249 cases have been discharged and 1,141 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 620,758 tests have been carried out as of October 29th, 2020 compared to 617,750 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 29th October 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 62,571
  • Total Number Discharged – 58,249
  • Total Deaths – 1,1141
  • Total Tests Carried out – 620,758

According to the NCDC, the 150 new cases are reported from 9 states- Lagos (89), Rivers (19), Ogun (11), Bayelsa (9), Kaduna (8), Plateau (8), Taraba (3), Osun (2), Delta (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 21,106, followed by Abuja (6,028), Plateau (3,630), Oyo (3,433), Rivers (2,809), Edo (2,657), Kaduna (2,641), Ogun (2,027), Delta (1,814), Kano (1,746), Ondo (1,666), Enugu (1,314),  Kwara (1,069), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (952), Osun (925), Abia (898), Gombe (883).  Borno (745), and Bauchi (711).

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Imo State has recorded 616 cases, Benue (491), Nasarawa (482), Bayelsa (412),  Ekiti (332), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (165), Taraba (146), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

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The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous

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Nigeria now generates 13,000mw of power – Minister of Power

Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has increased from 8,000mw to 13,000mw under President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Minister of Power, Engineer Sale Mamman, disclosed that Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has increased from 8,000mw to 13,000mw under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was stated by the Minister during the 2021 budget defence, before the House of Representatives Committee on Power in Abuja, as reported on the Twitter handle of  the Office of the Minister of Power today.

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However, members of the committee raised concerns about power supply to their various constituencies, urging the minister to ensure adequate supply.

The Minister explained that the distribution system had the capacity to evacuate 5,500mw of power, which is a significant improvement from 4,500mw in 2015, and that better performance should be expected in the near term.

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Engr. Aliyu Magaji (APC-Jigawa), the Chairman of the committee, asked the Minister to mete out stiffer sanctions to the Distribution Companies (DisCos), to make them to sit up and provide the desired services to Nigerian people.

Magaji said that if the minister ensured the sanction of the DisCos, he would become the darling of lawmakers and the entire Nigerians.

READ: FG to inject over N198 billion on capital projects in power sector in 2021

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On the performance of the Ministry since 2015, Engineer Mamman said:

During the period between 2015 to date, the sector has recorded successes and has faced challenges. In order to deliver this administration’s promise of providing stable and affordable power to Nigerians, a way forward was defined and supported by Mr. President’s political will.

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Desmond Elliot apologises for addressing the youths as “Children”

Elliot apologised and allegedly broke down in tears on Live TV for addressing #EndSARS protesters as children.

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Desmond Elliot, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, apologised and allegedly broke down in tears on live TV for addressing #EndSARS protesters as “Children.”

The lawmaker disclosed this in a statement he issued via his Twitter handle and on a live TV interview on Thursday.

Elliot explained that he was carried away by his emotions, which was the reason he used such a word to describe the protesters on the floor of the house.

He tweeted, “I have read your honest feedback& suggestions& [sic] I sincerely apologize for addressing the youths as ‘Children.’

“I did not mean to be insensitive with this, it was borne out of the magnitude of destruction&looting [sic] of businesses I witnessed when I went on a tour of my constituency.

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“I saw women crying and my constituent members distraught as a result of the damages inflicted on their source of livelihood. I was moved by this while giving my submission on the floor of the House.

“I allowed my emotions get the better of me and for this I apologize to everyone my earlier statements may have hurt.”

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The lawmaker, who is also a film maker, in his submission at the House on Thursday, allegedly pushed for the passing of a social media regulation bill.

His controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths attacked him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.

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