Sunday 18 January 2015

How to Share Your Mobile Data Bundle - MTN, GLO and AIRTEL

Few days ago, I released a post on the ongoing Glo Overload promo which guarantees you 3 times the normal data allowance per data package.

Since then, I have received several feedbacks from fans who truly would have loved to take advantage of the promo but complained that the data allowance is too much for a single device; hence they need a way to share the data allowance with other devices and other people.

Although this function (sharing data) can be achieved via the use of Hotspot, but in such case, the two devices should be in a close range. Today I will enlighten you on how you can share your mobile data with any device/user provided that both devices/users are in the same telecommunication network.
Please Note that this is different from data gifting. Data Gifting service simply allows you to send a data bundle to your friends and loved ones, by simply paying for the data bundle on behalf of the person; hence the person receives the data while you don’t receive any.

How to Share Data on MTN Network

  • Subscribe to any MTN data plan of 250MB and above.
  • Register for MTN data share, by dialing *131*2*1# then send. ...Alternately, text REG to 131. 
A security PIN should be send to you.
  • Change the PIN that was sent to you to a new PIN by dialing *131*2*5#. ...Alternately, text Change[space]OLD PIN[space]NEW PIN[space]NEW PIN to 131.
For instance, if the PIN that was sent to you is 4321 and you want to change it to 3601, then text Change 4321 3601 3601 to 131.
  • After changing the PIN, add the MTN numbers you want to share your data with by dialing *131*2*3# and following the instructions in the menu.
  • Alternately, text Add[space]number you want to share with[space]PIN to 131. You can share your MTN data with up to 5 numbers at a time.
  • Once you have added the beneficiaries, you (the sponsor) will be able to share your available data bundle with the MTN numbers you have added by dialing *131*2*4# and following the instructions in the menu. ...Alternately, send Share[space]PIN to 131 and follow the instructions in the menu.

How to Share Data on GLO Network

There are 2 major ways of sharing data on the GLO network which are:
  • Sharing data via SMS and USSD
  • Sharing data using Glo's self care portal available at

Sharing data via SMS and USSD:

  • You can add beneficiary by dialing *127*01*friend’s number#... Alternatively, Send "Share[space]friend’s number" to 127.
  • To remove a beneficiary, dial  *127*01*friend’s number# ... Alternatively Send "Remove[space] friend's number" to 127.
  • To check the list of people sharing your subscription, dial  *127*00# or Send "List" to 127

Sharing data using Glo's self care portal available at

On Glo HSI only the following data plans can be shared at the moment: 
Always Max (8GB currently 24GB), 
Always Min (4GB currently 12GB), 
Silver (13GB currently 33GB), 
Gold (20GB currently 51GB) and 
Platinum (30GB currently 90GB) 
(Click here for all the current Glo data plan, price and activation code). To share these data;
  • Visit the Glo HSI page using your Glo line/modem
  • Select the ‘Share it’ icon
  • Input the Glo number you want to share with in the ‘Add Mobile Number’ box and select the + icon
  • A confirmation message should pop-up, Confirm the process by selecting the ‘Yes’ icon
If successful, you and the recipient will receive an sms notification stating that the sharing is successful.
  • To delete one of your sharing recipients from the list, simply select the ‘X’ icon next to number you want to delete, and it’s done.

How to Share Data on the Airtel Network

Sharing data on the Airtel network is quite different other telecom companies. On Airtel network, you are only permitted to transfer 10MB, 25MB or 60MB and a charge of 100 will be deducted from your airtime balance for each transfer!.
  • To transfer 10mb to another Airtel line, dial *141*712*11*recipient’s number#
  • To transfer 25mb to another Airtel line, dial *141*712*9*recipient’s number#
  • To transfer 60mb to another Airtel line, dial *141*712*4*recipient’s number#
Have you tried it?, Did it work for you?, Do you have any suggestion or question?, Do you have any other easier method of sharing mobile data? ..... Please let us know about it via the comment box.
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