If for some time now you have been thinking of how to borrow airtime from the various network providers in Nigeria, i.e. Airtel, Etisalat, Globacom, and MTN, then look no further because in this post you will find all the necessary information you will need concerning borrowing of airtime.
Most of us that often make long minutes call, especially for business transactional purposes, you will discover that you often find yourself in a situation whereby you ran short of airtime. This is situation is worse when you got disconnected by your service provider deep in the middle of a transactional bargain on phone. To lessen the stress of running to an airtime vendor to recharge your line, the various telecommunication companies in Nigeria rolled out the opportunity of borrowing airtime by just dialing a simple USSD code.
NOTE: The amount you borrowed will be deducted from your next recharge.
Each of the network service providers in Nigeria has their specific USSD code and criteria you must meet as a subscriber before you will be eligible for this offer. The following are guidelines on how to borrow airtime from Airtel, Etisalat, Glo, and MTN.
How to borrow airtime from Airtel
If you want to borrow airtime from Airtel, their criteria that make you eligible as a subscriber for that offer is that you must be consistent on their network for at least 3 months and you must be recharging your line with a minimum of N250 on a monthly basis.
The USSD code you will use if you want to borrow airtime from Airtel is *500*amount# .
For example, if you want to borrow N500, simply dial *500*500#, and your line will be credited with 90% of the amount dialled. Meaning you will be getting N450 when you request N500.
How to borrow airtime from Etisalat
As a subscriber, before you can be eligible to borrow airtime from Etisalat, you must have been recharging your Etisalat line with at least N900 a month.
The USSD code to dial is *665*amount# . For example if you intend to borrow N200, simply dial *665*200#.
You should also be aware that the service will attract a 10% fee, which means you will be getting N180 instead of N200.
How to borrow airtime from Glo
If you have been an old subscriber on the Glo network, you are of great advantage because you can borrow as much amount as you need, it can be as large the amount of airtime you had purchased on the network ever you start using the line.
For new subscribers, before you can be eligible to borrow airtime on the Glo network, you need to be on the network for at least 4 months.
To borrow airtime from Glo, simply dial *321*PIN*amount#. For example, if you want to borrow N300, simply *321*4535*300#. Also, you will be charged 10% from the original amount you intend to borrow, for example, you will be getting N270 when you request N300.
How to borrow airtime from MTN
The feature of borrowing airtime from MTN is only available to prepaid customers who recharge their MTN line with at least N500 monthly. So if you are not spending up to that amount in a month, you may not be qualified to borrow airtime from MTN.
To key into this feature, simply dial *606#, then follow the menu prompt to choose your desired amount. The minimum amount you can borrow at a time is N50. just like the rest network providers, this MTN service attracts a 10% charge from the original amount you wish to borrow. For example, your line will be credited with N45 when you choose to borrow N50.