Everything You Need to Know About Airtel SmartCONNECT

Airtel, no doubt has one of the best data bonuses in Nigeria. It is not enough to assume you’d get these bonuses on your SIM card without understanding what the bonus is all about, how to get it and most importantly, whether or not you are qualified to get it.

In this post, we shall be talking about everything you need to know about Airtel SmarcCONNECT and how to activate its bonus.

What is Airtel SmartCONNECT?

SmartCONNECT is Airtel’s default bonus plan for prepaid customers which offers 100% INSTANT bonus on every data bundle plus 8 times bonus on every recharge. Without having to dial any code, an Airtel customer would be on the SmartCONNECT plan.

How to Get Started on Airtel SmartCONNECT

  • Just buy a new Airtel SIM Card.
  • Register the SIM at any Airtel KYC registration point.
  • Insert the SIM in your phone.
  • Recharge to start enjoying SmartCONNECT bonuses.

Who is eligible for SmartCONNECT?

  • All new prepaid customers on the Airtel Network

Benefits of Airtel SmartCONNECT

  • You will enjoy Double Data on every Data bundle purchased and 8X the value of your Recharge amount of N100 and above.

How Does the Airtel SmartCONNECT Double Data Work?

  • You will enjoy Double Data Bonus for every Data Bundle of N100 and above purchased in addition to 8X the value of your recharge amount for 90 Days

  • E.g. Mr. A’s activates a new airtel line, recharges N100 and buys a Data Bundle of N100 Mr. A will get double the Data Vale and N800 Naira airtime split for both voice & Data

Airtel SmartCONNECT Double Data Offer Plans

Double Data Offer
Recharge (Naira)Date Bundle ValueBonus – DoubleTotal ValueValidity
10075MB75MB150MB1 Day
200200MB200MB400MB3 Days
300350MB350MB7000MB7 Days
500750MB750MB1.5GB14 Days
10001.5GB1.5GB3GB30 Days
15002.5GB+ 1GB Night2.5GB6GB(5GB + 1GB Night)30 Days
20003.5GB3.5GB7GB30 Days
25005.5GB(4.5GB + 1GB Night)4.5GB10GB(9GB + 1GB Night)30 Days
30006.5GB(5.5GB + 1GB Night)5.5GB12GB(11GB + 1GB Night)30 Days
40009.5GB(7.5GB +2GB Night)7.5GB17GB(15GB + 2GB Night)30 Days

How to Activate Airtel Data Bundle

  • To activate Airtel Data Bundle, dial *141# and send.

Do I keep enjoying my 8X bonus on SmartCONNECT?

  • Yes, 8X bonus continues to apply for 90 Days See table below for full details of your 8X bonuses
Bonus – Voice30060090015003000
Bonus – Data400800120020004000
Validity7 Days7 Days7 Days7 Days7 Days

Can I make International Calls with my Airtel 8X Bonus?

  • No. International calls will be charged from your main account balance

Can my Airtel bonus validity be accumulated?

  • No. Bonus validity cannot be accumulated.

What will happen to me after 90 Days?

  • After 90 Days the Double Data bonus will stop and you will get the actual value of the Data Bundles you purchase.

What if I migrate out of SmartCONNECT?

  • If you migrate out of SmartCONNECT, you will no longer enjoy these amazing benefits.

How do I get the most from my SmartCONNECT SIM?

The following tips tell you how to get the most from your SmartCONNECT SIM:

  • Insert your new Airtel SIM into a data enabled device.
  • Recharge your line to get 8X the value of your recharge to call ALL NETWORKS
  • Activate Data Bundle by dialing *141* and follow the steps to enjoy double Data offer

How do I recharge on Airtel SIM?

  • To recharge, dial *126*PIN#

How do I check My Balance on Airtel?

  • To check your airtime balance on Airtel, dial *123#
  • For Bonus Balance Dial *123*1#
  • For Voice Bundles Balance Dial *123*2#

How do I check My Data Balance on Airtel?

  • To check your data balance on Airtel, dial *140#

Tariffs and call rates charged on SmartCONNECT

Applicable SmartCONNECT tariffs as are follows:

Main Account:

  • Airtel to All Local Networks kobo/sec
  • SMS to all Local Networks: N4/SMS
  • International Calls & SMS at standard network rate
  • Data: N3/MB


  • Airtel to All Local Networks: 66.67 kobo/sec
  • Bonus Data: N16MB


Data Bundle (Naira)Old ValueNew ValueValidity
5020MB40MB1 Day
10075MB150MB1 Day
200200MB400MB3 Days
300350MB700MB7 Days
500750MB1.5GB14 Days
10001.5GB3GB30 Days
15003.5GB( 2.5GB Day + 1GB Night)6GB(5GB Day + 1GB Night)30 Days
20003.5GB7GB30 Days
25005.5GB(4.5GB Day + 1GB Night)10GB(9GB Day + 1GB Night)30 Days
30006.5GB(5.5GB Day + 1GB Night)12GB(11GB Day + 1GB Night)30 Days
40009.5GB(7.5GB Day + 2GB Night)17GB(15GB Day + 2GB Night)30 Days
  • Applicable for 90 days on all purchases of data bundles below N5000.

Airtel 8X Bonus Recharge

Main Account creditN100N200N300N500N1,000
Bonus Credit – VoiceN300N600N900N1,500N3,000
Bonus Credit – DataN400N800N1,200N2,000N4,000
Total CreditN800N1,600N2,400N4,000N8,000

NB: Bonus is valid for 7 days, Main Account Credit DOES NOT EXPIRE

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