I will approach this my own way. In this article, i shall be discussing 4g LTE Network recently launched by two of the biggest Popular GSM Network service providers in Nigeria. Note: I am not talking about non-fully Gsm providers like spectranet, swift, smile, and so on. And for those in Lagos, Abuja and port Harcourt, you can try out ntel services. Ntel offers 30 days unlimited data usage for #10,000(this is only reasonable for heavy data users anyways and it is ridiculously cheap at that price) Now back to the subject matter. MTN and Glo announced their 4g lte services a few weeks ago and am here to chip in one or two things on what you are to expect.
WHAT IS 4G LTE?
Before i proceed with the definition of 4g LTE, let me play around some teasers; Have you ever wished to be able to fully backup your phone’s or pc data in a cloud storage in Nigeria? For example, for those using middle range to high end phones like iPhone, Samsung, sony, htc and co, you always discover you realise that you have like 50gb to 100gb free storage on your phone icloud storage, Microsoft one drive and about 15gb free on your google drive. But as far as you are concerned, all of these are useless to you because of slow and inconsistent internet connection in Nigeria. Personally, i cannot even backup my WhatsApp chats to my googledrive because it takes like eternity to complete except am doing so overnight.
Have you ever wished to play online multiplayer games on your PlayStation / xbox console, mobile phone or computer? Well, if you are on the same page with me, you will know that even the fastest 3g network will lag when playing online games on console or pc.
If you have also wished to simply upgrade your computer’s or phone’s software anytime any day without having to abandon every other internet dependent activities on your phone, then nothing does it better than a 4G LTE..
Is your own situation that of a person who craved to perform multiple internet-hungry activities simultaneously, then you need a good 4g solution. For example, with basic 3g network, if you are downloading a file with download accelerator on your computer, you dare not attempt to stream quality videos or watch iptv at the same time. otherwise, you will end up slowing down your download speed.
LTE (Long Term Evolution) stands for the 4th generation of telecommunications technology that delivers very high data speeds. With LTE, you can enjoy HD Video Streaming, Video and voice calls, superfast downloads, online gaming and so much more. LTE offers faster download and upload speeds that will considerably improve your internet experience. With LTE you can stream music and video, upload and download faster. You can essentially use your mobile or tablet like a fixed line internet connection.
WHICH ONE IS BETTER BETWEEN MTN 4G & GLO 4G
To be honest, I will advise you to stick to whichever network between the two that has offered you better 3g Services. In my own experiences, glo mobile would have been the ultimate if not for the fact that Glo is not so reliable in most areas when it comes to internet services. At its best, glo 3g is even faster than the overrated Etisalat but it disappoints at will, and at random. As for MTN, you can’t call them the fastest unless you are using them in the midnight. How now the two network server, MTN is the singular most reliable and the most consistent data network in Nigeria. As if that is not enough, the have the widest data coverage in Nigeria. By and large, I love to hate MTN while I hate to love Glo. For now, both mtn covers only major cities in Nigeria,and they both promise fully nationwide coverage in the future.
WHICH DEVICE / SMARTPHONE IS BEST FOR 4G LTE
From my vast experience with mobile devices I want to sound a strict warning thus; please ensure that your device supports 4g LTE before you buy it. the best way to know is to read the user manual or contact your phone’s supplier for advice before you buy the device. Most late 2016 phones by all these Chinese companies now come with 4g lte capability. A 4g sim card has been tested on phones like tecno camon c9, tecno phantom 6 plus, infinix hot.. Most brand name smartphones providers like Apple, Samsung htc has 4g Lte. e.g from iphone 5s to the current one, you can use 4g lte. For other, do your research especially when using some older models of Samsung phones. In A nutshell, please ask before you pay for any phone you are buying for 4G LTE
MORE DETAILS ABOUT MTN 4G LTE PACKAGES
WHY DO I NEED TO GET LTE?
LTE offers faster download and upload speeds that will considerably improve your internet experience. With LTE you can stream music and video, upload and download faster. You can essentially use your mobile or tablet like a fixed line Internet connection.
HOW AM I CHARGED FOR 4GLTE?
With 4GLTE, you simply use your current data plan and you are charged according to your current plan rates.
HOW DO I CHECK FOR COVERAGE INFORMATION?
Coverage information is available online at www.mtnonline.com/4G.
DO 3G DATA PLANS WORK ON 4G?
Yes your regular data plans works on 2G, 3G and 4G.
WHAT DO I NEED TO CONNECT TO 4G/LTE?
You simply need a USIM, an LTE compatible device and be in an area covered by 4G.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A USIM?
Simply text 4G to 131 from your mobile device. You will receive an SMS telling you if your SIM or device is 4G/LTE ready.
WHERE CAN I GET A 4G DEVICE
Visit the nearest MTN store or any phone store near you. be sure the device supports Band 7 (2600MHz).
I HAVE A 4G DEVICE AND USIM BUT I STILL CAN’T CONNECT.
- First, check that your 4G device supports Band 7 (2600MHz). You can check the device specification on the internet before purchasing it.
- Next ensure you have turned on 4G under the phone network settings.
- If you still can’t connect, visit an MTN store for support or check out the 4G videos on the MTN website.
HOW WILL I KNOW THAT I AM CONNECTED TO 4G NETWORK ON MY MOBILE?
The 4G signal will be reflected on your 4G smartphone signal bar.
DO I NEED SPECIAL DATA PLANS FOR 4G?
No you don’t need any special data plan for 4G. All 2G and 3G voice and Data plans will work on 4G. To subscribe, dial *131# on your mtn phone and follow the prompt
ABOUT GLO 4G LTE PLANS
3. What is the difference between 3G and LTE?
GLO LTE is multiple times faster than 3G network. LTE is the fastest wireless data technology available today in the World.
4. How do I get to use Glo LTE service?
–You can become a Glo LTE subscribers with the following three simple steps:
—- Get a LTE SIM from a Gloworld or swap your existing SIM.
—- Get a LTE enabled Smartphone
—- Dial *777# & buy a plan of your choice.
Enjoy this world class experience, once in LTE coverage area.
5. Where is LTE coverage available?
Service live in Lagos: Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Isla, Ajah and Akoka, Abuja: Maitama, Wuse, Asokoro, Garki/Central Business District and Airport Road, Port Harcourt: Aba Road, Trans Amadi, Diobu, Old GRA and UNIPORT, Benin, Warri, Eket, Jos, Zaria: ABU, Yola: ABTI. Other major cities coming soon nationwide.
6. Where do I get the LTE SIM?
You can get LTE SIM from any Gloworld, Glozone or Glo dealer outlets closest to you.
7. How can I subscribe to an LTE data plan?
Just dial *777# and select your choice of 4G LTE plans
8. Are the LTE data plans on auto renewal?
Yes they are all on auto renewal
9. How do I check if my current phone is LTE supported?
To check your phone support LTE for Glo, text 4G to 400.
10. Which handsets/devices are supported by GLO LTE service?
|iPhone 7||BlackBerry DTEK 50||Samsung Galaxy S7|
|iPhone 7s||BlackBerry Priv STV100-4||Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S LTE|
|iPad Air 2||HTC One M9 LTE-A||Alcatel One Touch Idol 4S LTE|
|iPad Mini 4||HTC One M9+||Alcatel One Touch Pop 4 Plus|
|iPhone 6||Huawei P9 Plus VIE-L29||Alcatel One Touch Pop 4 LTE|
|iPhone 6 Plus||Microsoft Lumia 950|
|iPhone 6s||Microsoft Lumia 950 TD-LTE|
|iPhone 6s Plus||Microsoft Lumia 950 XL|
|iPhone SE||Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge|
|iPad Pro||Samsung Galaxy S7 Duos|
11. Do I need to configure LTE settings on my smartphone?
Existing settings on your phone/ device will support LTE service
12. How will I know where LTE coverage is?
We are constantly working to improve LTE availability and coverage. More cities will also be launched soon.
13. What free contents are available to LTE plan subscribers?
Glo Music, Video and Movie Portals are available FREE for LTE customers depending on the value of data plan. Visit http://www.gloworld.com/ng/personal/data/4g/ for more details