How to activate MTN roaming in Nigeria when travelling abroad

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How to activate MTN roaming in Nigeria when travelling abroad

Activating roaming on your MTN line when traveling from Nigeria to abroad can enable you stay in touch with family, business partners and friends even though the country you travel to is very, very far away. The main of MTN Group is to make your travelling experiences a pleasant one. In this article, I will discussing with you how to activate MTN roaming in Nigeria and the list of countries where MTN roaming works step by step.

If you want to know how to activate MTN roaming when travelling from Nigeria to another country, please read this post to an end as everything has been discussed one by one in it. MTN network has a variety of roaming offers which can save you some discounts during your trip with over 500 roaming partners in more than 150 countries and islands across the world.

Tips for MTN international roaming in Nigeria

Before you start the steps to roaming your MTN line, here are a few tips;

#1. Tips before travelling

  1. Confirm that MTN has a roaming partner in the destination you are traveling to.
  2. Check that you have enough credit for subscribing for roaming. To check your credit balance, please dial *556#.
  3. If there is insufficient credit, you can load recharge card to your line using your bank’s mobile, myMTN App or vouchers.

Please note that in the event where you do not purchase a bundle, ‘pay as you go’ rates apply to voice calls, SMS, incoming calls and data services

#2. Tip when in abroad

  • To enjoy data roaming, go to settings and turn on your ‘data roaming’
  • Set phone on 3G or 4G where applicable.
  • To subscribe to any roaming bundle, dial *123*4# or open myMTN App on your device and set it up. However, before buying a bundle, check eligible countries while dialing *123*4#
  • If you are having any question or you feel to be helped, you can simply contact MTN customer care via myMTN App by selecting ”Contact us” son Menu), on Twitter @MTN180, on WhatsApp 09033000001 or visit their outlet nationwide.

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MTN roaming rate

Roaming rate is the rate at which the deduction of airtime and data in your SIM occurs in the process of using it to make call, sending an SMS message or browsing with it. It usually deducts as soon as immediately you start using it.

MTN roaming rate differs from region to region and country to country. The roaming rate of the customer in UK is not the same with the one in USA. To measure or determine the roaming of all countries where MTN roaming works, please click here to visit MTN website and select the country which you want to know its roaming.

Roaming bundles for MTN and how to activate

Roaming Bundles allow you enjoy discounted rates on outgoing calls, incoming calls, outgoing SMS, and Data while roaming in selected destinations and partner networks. You can also enjoy free incoming call from home while in abroad within the validity period.

MTN roaming bundle plan can be purchased in small quantity or large quantity mostly depending on the periodicity of your travel. If you are going to stay long, then buying the small quantity plan is ideal.

You can activate any of the MTN Roaming Bundles by dialing *131*5# or dial *123*4# and select the plan of your choice. Alternatively, if you have downloaded myMTN App on your mobile device, you can also subscribe through it.

Roaming bundles for MTN network and their price and validity period are shown below:

#1. Voice + Data Bundle

This bundle has small, medium and large bundle size which consists of outgoing/incoming minutes, Data and outgoing SMS depending on the bundle size.

Bundle TypeSmallMediumLarge
PriceN5,000N10,000N15,000
Incoming call minutes406075
Outgoing call minutes2545100
Outgoing SMS51025
Data (MB)NA100200
Validity7 days14 days30 days

#2. Data Only Bundle

This bundle gives you only data volume for browsing.

Bundle TypeSmallMediumLarge
PriceN1,500N3,000N5,000
Data Volume250MB750MB1.5GB
Validity14 days30 days30 days

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Countries where to use MTN Data Only roaming Bundle

The eligible countries where you can browse with MTN data roaming is the country where MTN operates only. The list of the countries where MTN operates in are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran, Liberia
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan,
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda and
  • Zambia.

MTN Nigeria data roaming bundle and how to activate

The types of MYTN data roaming bundles shown in the below give you access to browse internet in any country where there is MTN roaming service.

Bundle TypeSmallMediumLarge
PriceN5,000N10,000N12,000
Data Volume250MB750MB1GB
Validity14 days30 days30 days

The name of the countries where the service of MTN roaming is are: Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo DR, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Congo, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Tanzania, United States of America, Zambia.

To activate MTN data roaming bundle, dial *556# or *559*81# and follow the prompts.

How to check MTN roaming bundle balance

The code to check your MTN roaming bundle balance differs from the type of roaming bundle you purchased. If it is voice + data roaming bundle you purchased, to check your balance, just simply dial *556# or *559*81#.

BUNDLE TYPEUSSD CODE
Roaming Voice + Data Bundle*556# or *559*81#
Roaming Data Bundle*556# or *559*82#

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MTN international roaming countries

Eligible Voice + Data destinations:

Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo DR, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Congo, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Tanzania, United States of America, Zambia

Eligible destinations (MTN Countries ONLY):

CountryOperator
AfghanistanAreeba Afghanistan BICS Hub (AFGAR)
BeninSpacetel Benin BICS Hub (BENSP)
BotswanaMASCOM Wireless BICS Hub (BWAGA)
CameroonMTN CAMEROON BICS Hub (CMRMT)
Cote D’IvoireMTN CI BICS Hub (CIVTL)
GhanaScancom Limited (MTN) BICS Hub (GHASC)
GuineaAreeba-Guinee S.A BICS Hub (GINAG)
Guinea-BissauSpacetel Guinea Bissau SA (MTN Bissau) BICS Hub (GNBSB)
IranIrancell Telecommunications Services Company (MTN Irancell)
LiberiaLonestar Communications Corporation (Lonestarcell) BICS Hub (LBRLC)
Republic of the CongoMTN Congo BICS Hub (COGLB)
RwandaMTN RWANDACELL BICS Hub (RWAMN)
South AfricaMTN South Africa BICS Hub (ZAFMN)
South SudanMTN South Sudan BICS Hub (SSDMN)
SudanMTN Sudan BICS Hub (SDNBT)
SwazilandSwazi MTN Limited BICS Hub (SWZMN)
UgandaMTN Uganda Ltd BICS Hub (UGAMN)
ZambiaMTN ZAMBIA BICS Hub (ZMB02)

Eligible destinations (Rest of the World)

CountryOperator
AfghanistanAreeba Afghanistan BICS Hub (AFGAR)
BeninSpacetel Benin BICS Hub (BENSP)
BotswanaMASCOM Wireless BICS Hub (BWAGA)
CameroonMTN CAMEROON BICS Hub (CMRMT)
CanadaBell Mobility
Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
SaskTel
TELUS Communications
Cote D’IvoireMTN CI BICS Hub (CIVTL)
Democratic Republic of the CongoVodacom Congo RDC S.A. BICS Hub (CODVC)
GermanyTelefonica Germany GmbH AND Co. OHG
Telekom Deutschland GmbH Key2Roam Hub (DEUD1)
Vodafone D2 GmbH BICS Hub (DEUD2)
GhanaScancom Limited (MTN) BICS Hub (GHASC)
GreeceVodafone – Panafon S.A. BICS Hub (GRCPF)
GuineaAreeba-Guinee S.A BICS Hub (GINAG)
Guinea-BissauSpacetel Guinea Bissau SA (MTN Bissau) BICS Hub (GNBSB)
HungaryVodafone Hungary Ltd (VRAM) BICS Hub (HUNVR)
IranIrancell Telecommunications Services Company (MTN Irancell)
IrelandVodafone Ireland Plc BICS Hub (IRLEC)
ItalyVodafone Omnitel N.V. BICS Hub (ITAOM)
LesothoVodacom Lesotho (Pty) Ltd BICS Hub (LSOVL)
LiberiaLonestar Communications Corporation (Lonestarcell) BICS Hub (LBRLC)
MaltaVodafone Malta Limited BICS Hub (MLTTL)
MozambiqueVodacom Mozambique s.a.r.l BICS Hub (MOZVC)
NetherlandsLibertel-Vodafone BICS Hub (NLDLT)T-Mobile Netherlands B.V. (NLDPN)
New ZealandTwo Degrees Networks Ltd
BICS Hub (NZLNH)
PortugalVodafone Portugal – Telecomunicacoes Pessoais S.A. BICS Hub (PRTTL)
Republic of the CongoMTN Congo BICS Hub (COGLB)
RomaniaVodafone Romania S.A. BICS Hub (ROMMF)
RwandaMTN RWANDACELL BICS Hub (RWAMN)
Saudi ArabiaEtihad Etisalat Company
Saudi Telecom Company (STC)
Zain Saudi Arabia
South AfricaMTN South Africa BICS Hub (ZAFMN)
South SudanMTN South Sudan BICS Hub (SSDMN)
SpainTelefonica Moviles Espana S.A. (ESPTE)
Vodafone Espana BICS Hub (ESPAT)
SudanMTN Sudan BICS Hub (SDNBT)
SwazilandSwazi MTN Limited BICS Hub (SWZMN)
TurkeyVodafone Telekomunikasyon A.S. BICS Hub (TURTS)
UgandaMTN Uganda Ltd BICS Hub (UGAMN)
United KingdomTelefonica UK Limited
Vodafone Ltd BICS Hub (GBRVF)
United Republic of TanzaniaVodacom Tanzania Limited BICS Hub (TZAVC)
United States of AmericaAT&T (USACG)
ZambiaMTN ZAMBIA BICS Hub (ZMB02)

Conclusion

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