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Zain Mobile Internet & 3G

Posted by Moverick on January 02, 2010  /   Posted in Tips

We all here at the office have all but given up on Zain mobile internet. We are not particularly excited about Zain’s policy of limiting 3G access to postpaid subscribers only.

We know that many mobile internet users feel the same way too. Anyway, we haven’t touched Zain mobile internet in months, but that shouldn’t stop us from revisiting this subject, and ask current Zain mobile internet users whether or not Zain has reviewed that policy.

We know that Zain has at least one pocket-friendly package that has helped them keep some customers on their mobile internet plans inspite of their restricted 3G policy. But some of us are suckers for speed. Our jobs demand some minimum level of speed. And there was no way on earth that we were going to sign a contract just for that when alternatives were available. So, we dumped Zain mobile internet months ago. But that’s us.

One of the attractions of Zain’s pocket-friendly plan (we are thinking Zain Lite now, which costs N1,000 monthly) is that it is just convenient if all you need is something to use for email and light browsing on your phone. At the moment, only one other operator, Etisalat, offers a matching plan.

The official Zain Mobile Internet page gives the general impression that the restriction on 3G does not exist.

If you are on Zain prepaid, do you have access to 3G yet or are you still restricted to GPRS and EDGE? You tell us.

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About Moverick

Webmaster and Content Creator. Owned over 120 mobiles. Founder of Mobility Arena, HouseOfMo.com, and MobiNaija.com. Follow him on Twitter @Moverick, on LinkedIn at YomiAdegboye, and circle him on Google+.

21 Comments

  1. EyeBeeKay January 2, 2010 8:26 am / Reply

    Yes, I think the restriction is still there. Never detected 3G (with Zain, that is) on my phone. Just EDGE.

    Now, I wonder what rational / logical analyses led them to taking that decision.

    I thought the essence of a contract package is primarily to make sure you never ‘run out’ of calling/smsing credit? It is my prerogative. My convenience. Why restrict a service on the basis of my exercising an option? STRANGE!

  2. Dayann January 2, 2010 9:14 am / Reply

    eyebeekay,

    as an aside, contrary to what is the norm in other parts of the world, subscribers actually run out of voice/sms airtime with Naija contract packages o!

    unbelievable? i was shocked too the first time a friend told me how her network cut her off on a contract package. she had to go sign a paper to stay on and be billed for the extra. hiss. contract in Naija? not me!

  3. computer January 2, 2010 9:25 am / Reply

    I actually get zain 3G in my crib here. I actually bought a special sim 4 dt. Note:just for browsing purpose. One can neither text with it nor call but i did the very day i bought it using video call.

    I will appreciate it if dey can make all sim be on 3G network

  4. admin January 2, 2010 9:39 am / Reply

    A Zain rep told us last year about those data-only SIMs, assuring us of 3G coverage if we got one. Well, we did buy one for use at the office but we never got 3G access with it.

    Hopefully, our case was an exception.

  5. toby January 2, 2010 7:49 pm / Reply

    @computer
    what does your zain connection peak at??

  6. archie January 2, 2010 7:52 pm / Reply

    whenever i do a network search around my home zain pops up as a 3G network. When i subscribe to a data package all i get is EDGE that is slower than the most mediocre network like Zoom (1x) et al.

  7. computer January 2, 2010 8:24 pm / Reply

    Wish i could post my zain 3.5G screenshot here.

    Sorry to say, have been using mtn on pc and mobile these days. I used zain on mobile and pc around november.

    Would try probably tomorrow to use it. Guess u talking about my download speed huh?@toby

  8. computer January 3, 2010 1:51 am / Reply

    @admin, i think your 3G has to do with area. Not all areas get 3G signal in nigeria here. Most are EDGE or GPRS and i believe you know this.

  9. admin January 3, 2010 2:03 am / Reply

    @computer: We figured as much after we failed to get a 3G signal on the data-only SIM. It was just bad taste that the zain guys assured us of 3G coverage at our location before we picked the SIM. Anyway, we chalked up the expenses as a minor donation to the cause of mobility in Nigeria :-)

  10. computer January 3, 2010 9:57 am / Reply

    Yeah, thats a donation!

  11. toby January 3, 2010 10:14 pm / Reply

    @computer
    I’m talking about download speeds.

  12. Computer January 9, 2010 3:35 pm / Reply

    I got 120KB/S early this morning.
    On mobile not pc

  13. kolinzo January 12, 2010 11:43 am / Reply

    Zain 3G mobile internet is just grand deception in my own experience, in my one month of using it, I can describe it as a waste of time and FUNDS. if you are thinking of buying it?? think Otherwise!!!

  14. Computer January 12, 2010 7:06 pm / Reply

    Pls don’t say that again. There is big difference between the edge/gprs line and the 3G line. I got different download speed from each.

    Since the day i know what is 3G, i’ve stopped browsing with edge lines and that more reason my network mode is always on UMTS and never DUAL MODE. guess you know the function of dualmode and umts?.

  15. MD UMANA January 22, 2010 3:25 pm / Reply

    zain mobile internet, sir we are under going problem. after loading, a zain five thousand naira card is giving me ERROR 619: A CONNECTION TO THE REMOTE COMPUTER COULD NOT BE ESTABLISHED, SO THE PORT USED FOR THIS CONNECTION WAS CLOSED. Sir, we do not kno2 what to do

  16. admin January 22, 2010 8:02 pm / Reply

    MD UMANA,

    It sounds like your Zain SIM has not been provisioned for internet access. You need to go to a Zain store to request activation.

  17. kay123 January 22, 2010 10:51 pm / Reply

    MD UMANA,
    You can also activate your line for zain internet by simply inserting your sim into a hand set, (preferbly an orginal nokia phone) then visit the address below, enter your number and follow the instructions for internet provision.

    dmc.ng.zain.com/

  18. eniga July 31, 2010 1:30 pm / Reply

    presently i think only people on zain lite are using their phones to browse, else it aint worth it cos there is no 3G for prepaid costumers, so wats the use of the network, they should just give their customers to other networks(etisalat for instance) and forget about existing in nigeria. Zain should grow up…

  19. abiola September 1, 2010 11:06 pm / Reply

    in fact i blam my self using zain to browse to slow even on my phone window mobile to much slow have never find my phone in 3g service only e

  20. Adetola Michael September 18, 2010 12:54 am / Reply

    Zain internet is the most useless and then most unreliable connection I have ever used in Nigeria….We are just being taken for a fool here…we pay high fee for their service and yet we have no value for our money.

  21. Dayann September 18, 2010 7:25 am / Reply

    Michael, i agree with you on Zain internet. Crappy.

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