October 2, 2022
How to transfer more than 1GB on MTN

How to transfer more than 1GB on MTN

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Would you like to learn how to transfer more than 1GB on MTN? This post will be focusing on how you can transfer more than 1GB of data limit on MTN sim.

As we all know, there is a limit of 1GB of data limit that can be shared on MTN daily, but is there a way to bypass this? The Answer is NO, but there is still a way for how to transfer more than 1GB on MTN.

However, if you want to transfer more than 1GB on MTN, you will have to use MTN SME Data Sharing Services. We mentioned it in our previous post on how to share data on MTN, but in this post, we will be focusing on how to transfer more than 1GB on MTN.

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How to transfer more than 1GB on MTN Using MTN SME Data Share

How do I purchase an MTN SME Data Share bundle?

A. To purchase an MTN SME Data Share bundle, all you need to do is

  • Send *460*1*1# to migrate to the BizPlus mobile plan
  • You must ensure your airtime balance (on the mobile phone doing the sharing) can cater for the cost of data bundle being purchased.
  • Pay for a data share bundle by sending the keyword or dialling the USSD string that corresponds to the plan you wish to purchase (as in table above).
Product NamePrice(N)ValidityShare LimitsSMS KeywordUSSD StringShare Denominations
25GB SME Data Plan10,00030 days50468*461*2*1*1#500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, 5GB & 10GB
35GB SME Data Plan13,50030 days70501*461*2*1*2#500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, 5GB & 10GB
165GB SME Data Plan50,00060 Days330502*461*2*1*3#500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, 5GB & 10GB
360GB SME Data Plan100,00090 Days720504*461*2*1*4#500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, 5GB & 10GB
1TB SME Data Plan250,00090 Days2500505*461*2*1*5#500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, 5GB & 10GB

How do I share data with a beneficiary?

You can share data with any beneficiary by sending SMS below to 131 or by dialling any of the USSD strings as shown in the table below:

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USSD FormatSMS Format to send to 131 to share dataComment
*461*NUMBER*250*PIN#SMEA <PhoneNumber> 250 <PIN> to 131SMS to transfer 250MB
*461*NUMBER*500*PIN#SMEB <PhoneNumber> 500 <PIN> to 131SMS to transfer 500MB
*461*NUMBER*1000*PIN#SMEC <PhoneNumber> 1000 <PIN> to 131SMS to transfer 1GB
*461*NUMBER*2000*PIN#SMED <PhoneNumber> 2000 <PIN> to 131SMS to transfer 2GB
*461*NUMBER*5000*PIN#SME <PhoneNumber> 5000 <PIN> to 131SMS to transfer 5GB

NOTE: You can only share data in multiples of 250MB, 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, or 5GB. Sharing data in multiples of any other data sizes is not allowed.

For example to share 500MB of data with beneficiary using phone number 08031234567 and MTN PIN ‘1234’, then the following is sent as SMS to 131 (or Dial *461# and follow the prompt)

How to transfer more than 1GB on MTN FAQ

Can I share data sizes multiple times with the same payee?

Yes, especially when the size of the data you want to share is more than 5 GB. For example, if you want to share data larger than 10 GB, you can share 5 GB twice, or 2 GB five times, or 1 GB ten times. For example, if you want to share 10 GB of data with the payee via phone number 08031234567 and MTN PIN ‘1234’, send SMEE 08031234567 5000 1234 twice to effectively share 10 GB.

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Is there a limit to the number of times I can share data?

Yes. See the table above for the maximum number of times data can be shared per package.

Can I share data in sizes larger than 1 GB?

Yes, the sponsor can share data in the following data sizes; 500 MB 1 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB, 5 GB, or 10 GB.

If the beneficiary receives multiple data from the same sponsor, will it pile up?

Yes. Data is collected and assumes the expiration date of the most recent data package. However, unused data will be transferred for 7 days after the shared data expires.

When does beneficiary data expire?

When a data-sharing sponsor successfully shares a portion of its data package with a data-sharing recipient, the data will expire in 30 days; regardless of the validity of the sponsor’s main package.

Does the payee phone number need to be an MTN phone number to use the service?

Yes, the beneficiary phone number must be an MTN phone number in any class of service.

How do I check my data balance?

You simply send DATABALANCE to 131 or dial *461*2*3#

How do beneficiaries check their data balance?

The payee verifies its balance by sending SHAREBALANCE to 131 or by dialing *461# and following the prompt.