It can be very frustrating after spending hours browsing the internet only to find out that you have been browsing with your airtime the entire time. In this post I will show you how to stop browsing with airtime.
Most individuals today have to deal with the problem of having their airtime deducted from their accounts as they browse. This can be painful because most times the affected airtime must have been planned to be used for a different purpose.
However, the main purpose of this Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) service was to allow subscribers with limited airtime to buy a data bundle to browse as they go for a small fee per MB used.
Meaning that as soon as the PAYG service is active on your line, you will be charged N3 per MB, with the exception of 9Mobile, which charges N15 for every five minutes of browsing.
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The PAYG service is beneficial in the short term, but over the long term, you will find that you are losing money.
How To Stop Browsing With Your Airtime Balance
All networks in Nigeria offer this service. Therefore, I’ll be pointing out numerous methods on how you can stop browsing with airtime on MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile and Glo.
How to Stop Browsing With Airtime on MTN
Simply dial the USSD code 131201# on your phone to stop MTN from using your airtime for data surfing or to opt out of PAYG browsing on the MTN network.
You will be informed when the PAYG service has been successfully deactivated after dialing the code.
You can also stop using the service by sending SUSPEND to 131 through SMS.
How to Stop Browsing With Airtime on Airtel
You can cancel the PAYU service on your Airtel anytime you want to buy any data bundle. A message will be sent to you asking you what should happen to your bundle plan.
Just ignore the first option, which says “Continue browsing from airtime or 160MB extra.” So all you have to do is to just choose the second option, which says “Stop my data.”
Alternatively, you can also dial the USSD code 4001# on your phone to successfully stop the Airtel PAYU service on your Airtel line. A notification stating that “You have been opted out from Airtel FREE SURF offer” will be sent to you.
Airtel will therefore stop draining your airtime whenever you browse.
How to Stop Browsing With Airtime on 9mobile
9Mobile users can surf for N15/5 minutes using the 9Mobile PAYG service. This means that every five minutes of browsing results in a 15 Naira fee.
To deactivate 9mobile PAYG service dial 2290# on your phone. You won’t charged with browsing with your airtime balance after you receive a successful deactivation message.
How to Stop Browsing With Airtime on Glo
Dial 1082# on your phone to cancel the Glo PAYU service. After a successful deactivation message your Glo airtime won’t be deducted whenever you surf the internet.
That’s all on how to stop browsing with airtime on MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile and Glo. If you are still facing issue with any of the above method kindly drop them below in the comment box.