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How to activate your SIM for 4G LTE service: The fastest data connection


The formula for a 4G LTE connection is pretty simple!

Why do I need 4G LTE

With the rise in content and more, mobile apps are demanding larger and larger install files. Smartphone users are utilizing their devices for bigger tasks. Tasks that require more data, faster processing, etc.

4G LTE is currently the fastest wireless data connection technology that exists. Why it's different from 2G, 3G connections is just that, speed. Larger files that could take a long time downloading with 2G,or 3G can be downloaded with 4G in minutes. For example, with 4G LTE you could download a 1.4GB movie in just 5 minutes 28 seconds.

How can I get 4G LTE?

The first step is to make sure your phone and SIM is 4G compliant. To know if your phone has 4G LTE, visit gsmarena and search for your phone model. Check under the "Technology" tab and look out for "LTE" like in the screenshot below

Now that you've confirmed that your phone is 4G LTE compatible, follow these steps to make the switch.

MTN subscribers

  • Swap your current SIM for a USIM
  • Text 4G to 131, and
  • You'd receive an SMS confirming that your device is 4G/LTE ready

Glo subscribers

  • Swap your current SIM for a USIM
  • Text 4G to 400, and
  • You'd receive an SMS to check your if phone or device supports LTE for Glo

Etisalat subscribers

  • Are exempted from having to do a SIM swap.
  • The etisalat LTE service comes up automatically provided your device is LTE capable and once it is on automatic setting network mode.and be in an area covered by 4G.

Airtel subscribers

  • The Airtel network hasn't moved to 4G LTE yet, so users might have to wait a while to have this enabled on their device. To check at any point if this service is available, tweet @airtelcare for a status update.

Take these three major steps and you should be 4G LTE ready.

If you've already made the switch to 4G LTE, we'd love to hear what your experience has been like so far.

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