SIM card quantity recycling is a authorized observe in Nigeria. In line with the director of public affairs, Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, a SIM card or a line left dormant for up to a year can be recycled and offered to a brand new consumer. On October 30, 2022, the general public relations officer for Nigeria’s Lagos Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, made a publish that triggered the necessity to learn to retain your MTN, Glo, or 9Mobile SIM quantity if you depart them unused for lengthy, maybe since you are out of Nigeria.
Hundeyin posted a DM he acquired from somebody who was defrauded over a million naira. Apparently, the sufferer had travelled overseas for over a 12 months and his MTN line was left inactive. MTN thereby reissued the telephone quantity and the quantity sadly got here to be owned by a fraudster who was in a position to decode the particular person’s financial institution particulars by way of the telephone quantity and carried out the debits as much as a million naira.
You may see the content material of the DM under and click here to see the publish on Twitter.
Right here, you’ll learn to retain your SIM for MTN, 9Mobile, and Glo networks. Airtel, for now, doesn’t present the service.
retain your MTN SIM quantity
With MTN Hold My Quantity (KMN), now you can preserve your MTN telephone quantity even for those who depart the nation or go dormant for greater than 180 days. The MTN KMN service is out there to each MTN Pay as you go subscriber.
This characteristic not solely retains your MTN quantity from being cancelled or reissued, it additionally ensures your telephone quantity is energetic for you no matter how lengthy you’ll be overseas.
Steps to register your MTN SIM with the Hold My Quantity initiative:
- It prices ₦511, ₦819, and ₦1228 to subscribe to between 1-3 years respectively.
- So recharge your MTN Line primarily based on the variety of years you wish to subscribe.
- For a 1-year subscription, dial *365*1# or SMS “KMN1” to 36500.
- For a 2-year subscription, dial *365*2# or SMS “KMN2” to 36500.
- For a 3-year subscription, dial *365*3# or SMS “KMN3” to 36500.
As soon as MTN verifies your cost, your KMN quantity will likely be energetic for one, two, or three years, as per your subscription. And that’s the way to retain your MTN SIM quantity and keep away from deactivation or reissuance if you depart it docile for lengthy.
Retaining your Glo SIM quantity
Even for those who don’t make or obtain calls, textual content messages, or use the web for a whole 12 months, the Glo ALWAYS ON plan ensures you keep your SIM quantity.
When you realise you’ll be travelling and leaving your SIM inactive for greater than 90 days and received’t have entry to touchpoints, it’s best to subscribe for the ALWAYS ON.
Each Glo buyer utilizing a pay as you go technique can entry the Glo ALWAYS ON. All you might want to do is dial *777# and choose ALWAYS ON from the choices. Observe the immediate to finish the method.
The ALWAYS ON package deal prices a one-time cost of ₦500 that’ll be withdrawn out of your major account steadiness. Moreover, the plan length lasts for one year. After that, you may renew the subscription for those who’ll nonetheless be staying away for longer.
Retaining your 9Mobile quantity
If you happen to’re planning to journey overseas as a 9Mobile subscriber and don’t need your telephone quantity deactivated or reissued to another person, the 9Mobile Extended SIM Validity is out there for you.
For 9Mobile, this service is out there to each new and present pay as you go and postpaid subscribers.
The service prices ₦500 to retain your SIM card quantity for one 12 months. When you recharge as much as that quantity, SIMply dial *539*1# or textual content 1 to 539 to subscribe. Afterwards, dial *539# to see the success standing.
That’s all about the way to retain your MTN, Glo, or 9Mobile SIM card quantity if you’ll be travelling or leaving them dormant for lengthy. Make sure you get it carried out particularly in case you have delicate particulars like monetary ones connected to the quantity. Please be aware that linking your phone number with your NIN doesn’t cease the previous’s deactivation and re-issuance if it’s left dormant for too lengthy.