Converting unused MTN airtime to data is a convenient way to get more value from your airtime credit. As a long-time business professional in Nigeria with over 15 years of experience, I have helped many clients understand and utilize this useful feature offered by MTN. In this comprehensive guide, I will provide an in-depth overview of the process to exchange airtime for data, outline the benefits, and answer common FAQs.
An Introduction to MTN Airtime to Data Service
MTN first introduced the airtime to data service in Nigeria back in 2017. It allows all prepaid subscribers on the MTN network to exchange their unused airtime for mobile internet data. This provides more flexibility in how you can utilize airtime credit on your line.
Rather than letting airtime expire unused in your account, you can now convert it directly to data bundles. The converted data bundles function just like regular MTN data plans and can be used to access the internet, social media, streaming services and more on your device. The service is available to all customers regardless of your current active data plan.
Step-by-Step Guide to Convert MTN Airtime to Data
The process to exchange airtime for data on MTN is straightforward but does require completing a few steps carefully to avoid errors:
Check Airtime Balance
First, check your current available airtime balance by dialing *556# on your MTN phone and selecting option 1. This shows your airtime credit available for conversion. You will need at least 100 Naira airtime balance to exchange for data.
Initiate Airtime to Data Service
Next, to begin the conversion process, dial 1314#. Select your preferred data bundle size from the options listed. The available data bundle sizes you can opt for are:
- 100MB for 100 Naira
- 250MB for 200 Naira
- 500MB for 300 Naira
- 1GB for 500 Naira
Take note that there is a maximum airtime to data conversion limit of 5,000 Naira airtime per month per SIM.
Confirm Conversion Details
Carefully review the details of the data bundle you will receive in exchange for the airtime deduction. If correct, enter your PIN number to authorize and complete the transaction.
Check Data Balance
You will receive an SMS notification confirming successful conversion of the airtime to your selected data bundle. You can also confirm by dialing 1314# and selecting option 1 to view data usage and balance. The purchased data bundle is now active and ready for use!
Key Benefits of Converting Airtime to Data
There are several excellent reasons to take advantage of MTN’s airtime to data service, including:
Avoid Airtime Expiry
Rather than having unused airtime expire and disappear from your account if not used within the validity period, you can convert to data bundles which have longer 30-day validity periods. This prevents losing the airtime completely due to expiry.
Since you utilize airtime you have already paid for, converting it to data helps you save money. You avoid having to buy separate regular data plans after already purchasing airtime.
Access Internet & Social Media
The data bundles received from airtime conversion allow you access apps, websites, social media, emails and more. You can browse freely based on the data volume.
Supplement Existing Data Plans
You can use the data bundles from airtime to supplement current active plans if those expire before renewal period. This ensures connectivity.
Support Multiple Devices
The converted data bundles can be utilized across smartphones, laptops, tablets and MIFIs linked to your MTN number. This allows flexibility.
Final Recommendations on Converting Airtime to Data
Based on many years of experience assisting clients, I always recommend using MTN’s airtime to data service before airtime balances expire. The process is very quick and convenient for getting more from your airtime recharges.
Remember, you can exchange airtime multiple times during the month up to the 5,000 Naira conversion limit to have supplementary data on your device. I advise checking airtime balances at least weekly and any amounts above 100 Naira should be exchanged for data bundles.
Common FAQs on MTN Airtime to Data Service
Here I outline answers to some frequently asked questions about converting airtime to data bundles on the MTN network:
Can I convert airtime to data for any MTN number?
Yes, the airtime to data service works for all MTN prepaid subscribers across Nigeria. As long as the line has an airtime balance above 100 Naira, the number is eligible.
Does converting airtime affect my main data plans/bundles?
No, it does not affect your separate regular data plan or bundles active on your MTN line. The airtime data bundles are independent and supplementary.
Can I purchase data bundles multiple times from one airtime amount?
No, you can only convert one airtime amount to a single data bundle option at a time. But over a period, you can repeat the conversion multiple times until your monthly conversion limit is exhausted.
Is there any transfer fee or charges for the airtime/data exchange?
MTN does not currently charge any fee or impose taxes for the airtime to data bundles conversion. You get the full data plan value matching your airtime deduction.
Do the data bundles have any validity period?
Yes, the data received from airtime has a 30-day validity just like regular MTN data plans. You have 30 days to exhaust the data before expiry.
Can I exchange airtime to data for someone else’s MTN number?
Unfortunately, no. You can only convert airtime to data from the same MTN number’s airtime balance. External airtime transfer is not allowed for conversions.