With the rapid advancement of mobile technology and infrastructure in Nigeria, many subscribers are looking to upgrade their SIM cards to access faster 4G and 5G networks. MTN Nigeria has been at the forefront of rolling out these next-generation networks across the country.
Upgrading your existing MTN SIM card to 4G or 5G allows you to enjoy significantly faster internet speeds, lower latency, increased bandwidth, and an overall enhanced browsing and streaming experience on your smartphone and other connected devices. This article provides a comprehensive guide on how to upgrade your MTN SIM card to 4G and 5G connectivity.
Prerequisites for Upgrading to 4G and 5G
Before upgrading your MTN SIM, ensure:
- Your phone supports 4G/LTE and/or 5G bands operated by MTN in Nigeria: Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 28 for 4G; Bands n1, n3, n28, n78 for 5G
- You have an active MTN SIM card registered under your name
- There is MTN 4G/5G coverage wherever you intend to use high-speed services. MTN’s next-gen networks are currently concentrated in major urban areas, with wider rollout ongoing.
If your device fulfills these criteria, you can upgrade your MTN SIM via the MyMTN app or by dialing a USSD code.
Using MyMTN App to Upgrade
The MyMTN app provides the simplest way to upgrade your SIM card to 4G/5G. Follow these steps:
- Install and open the latest version of the MyMTN app, available for iOS and Android devices.
- Login with your registered MTN phone number and account password.
- Go to “More” menu and select “SIM Upgrade”.
- Choose your preferred upgrade option: • MTN 4G/LTE SIM Upgrade • MTN 5G SIM Upgrade
- Select your payment method and make payment online.
- You will receive an SMS notification within 5 minutes confirming upgrade completion.
- Restart your phone and enable mobile data to connect to MTN’s upgraded 4G or 5G network per your purchased plan.
The app provides real-time order tracking and notifications for seamless SIM upgrade experience.
Using USSD Code to Upgrade
To upgrade via USSD menus, dial either *559# to upgrade to 4G or *405# to upgrade to 5G. Follow the prompt to select your preferred plan and complete payment. You will receive a confirmation SMS once upgraded successfully.
MTN 4G and 5G Data Plans and Pricing
MTN offers prepaid and postpaid 4G/5G data bundles to suit different needs and budgets:
- N50 for 20MB valid 1 day
- N100 for 60MB valid 3 days
- N200 for 200MB valid 7 days
- N500 for 1.1GB valid 30 days
- N1000 for 3.6GB valid 30 days
- N2000 for 9GB valid 30 days
- N3000 for 20GB valid 30 days
Bigger bundled data plans are also available for heavier usage starting from N5000 monthly.
For the best rates on 4G/5G data, opt for monthly postpaid plans or longer validity packs.
Speed Comparison: 3G vs 4G vs 5G
Upgrading from a 3G SIM provides exponential improvements in internet speeds:
- MTN 3G – Up to 21Mbps download / 5Mbps upload
- MTN 4G – Up to 100Mbps download / 32Mbps upload
- MTN 5G – Over 1Gbps download / 100Mbps upload
4G delivers up to 5 times faster speeds compared to 3G, while 5G is up to 20 times faster than the 3G network when accessing rich web content or streaming HD video.
Upgrading to an MTN 4G or 5G SIM unlocked transformational speeds on your smartphone or tablet. For an optimal and reliable next-generation connectivity experience across Nigeria, follow our guide above on successfully transitioning your existing account. Reach out to MTN customer support if any issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why upgrade my MTN SIM from 3G to 4G or 5G?
Upgrading to 4G or 5G gives you blazing fast internet speeds, anywhere from 5 to 20 times faster than what you get with a 3G SIM card. This allows you to browse the web, stream videos, and download files without buffering or lag.
How much data will I get on 4G/5G plans?
MTN offers a variety of 4G and 5G data bundles, with options ranging from hourly to monthly validity periods. The minimum starts from just 20MB to limitless data plans going into hundreds of GBs if needed. Choose based on your usage requirements.
Is 4G or 5G safer/more secure to use?
Yes, MTN’s 4G and 5G networks utilize the latest security protocols and encryption standards to protect your data and privacy. All network traffic is fully encrypted between the tower and your device.
Can I move back to a 3G SIM if I don’t like the 4G/5G experience?
Yes, you can switch back to your older 3G SIM or any other SIM from MTN if you are not satisfied. However, once you experience the massive speed boost, there is really no going back to slower mobile data.
Which 4G or 5G capable phones can I use in Nigeria?
Popular options include iPhone 12 series or newer models, recent mid-range to flagship Samsung Galaxy, Infinix, Tecno or Xiaomi phones. Always confirm 4G/5G network compatibility before purchasing any device.