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How to recharge Airtel card and activate special data plans in Nigeria

Are you using Airtel and would like to know how to recharge airtime card or subscribe to special data plans offered by the telecommunication service provider? You are in the right place. NewsWireNGR team will be taking you through the process of how and some more.

Background Story

Airtel is one of the telecommunications providers in Nigeria with lots of name changing. The company started as Econet Wireless Nigeria in 2001. It soon changed to V-Mobile Nigeria, the same year. In 2004, it changed to Vodacom. The journey of name changing continued in 2006 when it changed to Celtel Nigeria. In 2008, the name letters changed to Zain Nigeria. Airtel came on board as the new management in 2010 after concluding a $10.7 billion acquisition.

Number of Users of Airtel in Nigeria

Airtel is the third most used telecommunication network by GSM users. At the time of publishing this article, the operator according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has 50,860,024 just about a million lesser than Globaccom (Check our article on How to load Glo recharge card and activate special data plans in Nigeria).

How To Recharge Airtel Airtime Card

Using USSD

To recharge Airtel card, simply dial *126*16-Digit PIN# from your phone. Example: *123*1234567890192782#. You can check your account balance using *123#.

To subscribe for data, dial *141# and follow the prompt to choose your preferred data plan. You can check your Airtel data balance using *140#.

Through Your Bank

You can also recharge your Airtel line through your bank applications, USSD or website. Find and select the Airtime (or Buy Airtime) option, depending on the available.

Using Airtel Website/App

You can also recharge airtime or buy data plan from the Airtel website.

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