My Glo Bolt Experience, by WorldFamous Lammy

I misplaced my Glo NETPRO modem sometime in October, and had been looking forward to getting a replacement modem. My intention was to have the new modem unlocked, so as to be able to use SIM cards from other networks on it.

Glo Bolt Modem pack

Last week Thursday, Globacom used their social media handles on Facebook and Twitter to launch their new Glo Bolt internet service and modem. So much was said about it and the Globacom handle on Twitter took time out to hype and answer questions from intending buyers like me. Excitedly, I hurried to the GloWorld outlet at Idi-Oro to get the new modem for myself. Unfortunately, they were out of stock. At the Surulere store, they were also out of stock as well.

Eventually, this Monday, I got the on modem for N3,999, and registered the SIM card that came with it for N3,999. As announced, the package had free N50 airtime and 500 MB data bundled. On connecting the modem for the first time, I was able to browse using the N50 promo airtime that came with the SIM card. On exhausting this, I reconnected and WALA – the 500 MB free data kicked in automatically. This was contrary to what the official Glo Twitter handle told me that I needed to subscribe to a data plan to activate the 500 MB free data.

I have been using Glo Bolt for two days now and I think that the internet speed is actually over rated for the following reasons:

1. I have not been able to get full network bars since yesterday evening;

2. I downloaded 60 MB data in 10 minutes. I think that’s not impressive for a product that shares a name with the fastest man in the world (Usain Bolt); and

3. The connection usually disconnects every 5 minutes.

Looking away from those 3 points, I think that Glo actually has a very wonderful and juicy package. Apart from my first free 500 MB data, there are other benefits attached:

1. 200 MB free data after every internet data subscription for 6 months i.e if I subscribe for 200 MB data (for N1,000), I get another 200 MB free;

2. 30% bonus data on every data plan I subscribe to. Here is how this works: apart from the fact that I will get free 200 MB of data for the next 6 months, I will also get 30% on my data plan. That means, if I subscribe for the 200 MB package, I will get 260 MB plus my free 200MB monthly bonus, which totals 460 MB data. That’s very reasonable to me.

3. Another striking advantage of the Bolt service is the ability to share your data with other GLO users. For example, if I am a subscriber with the GLO number 0805555xxxxx, I can share my 200 MB data with user 0805766xyxy. I have no control over how much data he uses, but I can monitor the usage (I haven’t tried this anyway).

In the meantime, there have been some service issues. For example, I haven’t been able to connect to the internet since 3pm of Tuesday November 27th. I hope that Glo resolves this quickly so I can enjoy my 278 MB data without any more hassles. I also hope to unlock the modem so that I can use it with other networks’ SIMs.

I will be sure to keep you guys posted!!

About The Author: lammyng

(World Famous Lammy) Mobilista and Girl Geek.. I blog at Hexal Place Follow Olamide Egbayelo on Twitter at @lammyng. I am also on Google Plus lammyng

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26 comments for “My Glo Bolt Experience, by WorldFamous Lammy

  1. November 29, 2012 at 02:26

    I have been browsing all day here with my Glo and it has been rocking fine. Guess the problem is with your location.

    The “sharing” and “gifting” features are so cool. I now use the same bundle on my PC and iPad without wifi and cables. The “data roll over” makes alot of sense too.

    Can’t wait to get mine because of the freebies oo.

  2. Belushi
    November 29, 2012 at 05:00

    Glo used to be my favourite Internet service provider back in the days. But since their downfall like two years back, I am yet to see them back on their feet. Every now and then I subscribe to their data plan just to check if they have improved, but sadly its still the same terrible data speed in my location, Aguda Surulere.
    Same with all the other networks. This is why I got swift last weekend and been having fun using it. I wonder why glo with all their glo1 cable claims can’t provide far reaching high speed Internet service.

  3. Austine Ezemelue
    November 29, 2012 at 05:53

    To ensure you get 3G speed set your network option to WLAN only.
    The 200MB data package is not shareable
    Your inability to browse might be because you do not have any credit available in your account.

    I’ve been using the service now for close to a month and the experience has been good from Ojota to Ketu to Ikorodu. I’m sharing a 7.5GB package with 3 other glo lines.

  4. Harry Echemco
    November 29, 2012 at 06:19

    60MB in 10 minutes is not entirely bad, but the bolt tag is probably used to drive sales, not that it is bringing anything new in terms of speed to the Glo network.

    On the 5th of this month, I downloaded a file worth 753.2MB on Airtel’s network in 41 minutes and 12 seconds and I believe I would have downloaded same file in about half that time using Etisalat’s network, that’s going by my lasts experience with the network some 4 months ago.

  5. November 29, 2012 at 08:36

    I too used to use Glo for data religiously about two years ago until their quality of service dipped beyond measure at my location. Still Lammy i won’t mind if you share your data with me oh. Nice post explaining your experience too

  6. November 29, 2012 at 09:54

    @lammy,

    Network stability is a big issue with our carriers in nigeria. Nothing you can do about that other than just complain and grumble. NCC is not helping the matter.

    As regards the tarrif, seems like Glo is operating two different tarrifs and closing to reveal any of the two as it seems convenient for them. You quote 200mb/N1000 and a 30% bonus bringing it to 260mb. That is a lie by Glo because their new *127*53# gives you 260mb for N1000. They should base their 30% bonus on the new tarrif.

  7. ebunma
    November 29, 2012 at 11:05

    I kept on telling friends, if you are tired of MTN internet leave internet alone cos others will dissapoint you, I have tested all includind the CDMA’s the only one that is better is MTN…the one that call it Easyblaze started well is now Easysnail. Where is the Bolt? Is it not the same former network? A beg…

  8. Ayodele
    November 29, 2012 at 11:59

    Personally, all there is to these names is strictly marketing of products. Whether it is called bolt, ashafa powell, eazyblaze, or whatever, all na packaging just to deceive the unsuspecting public. After all, isn’t it the same network structures the new names will work on. Like Ebunma opined, ‘abeg’ make we hear word.

  9. November 29, 2012 at 14:33

    Can’t stop LOL with all these comments, I actually intend to unlock the modem to make it flexible for me to use with other networks, GLO has actually been fair to me on the blackberry side sha…MY modem is now connecting after calling 444

  10. emmaedeh
    November 29, 2012 at 19:30

    Great information. thanks. i called customer care and it was confirmed to me i could only share a data plan worth NGN5000 and above. i think its fair.

    the networks of all gsm providers are strong and poor depending on location. Airtel works for me at ijaiye, once i return to home i have no network at all in agungi and have to resort to Glo or etisalat which is very strong. i left MTN a long while ago, lets just say i was overly abused, i committed a lot to the relationship but they broke my heart into smithereens. i aint going that route no more.

    looking forward to MNP.

  11. Obus.boss
    November 29, 2012 at 22:43

    I live in Warri, Glo internet speed here is the bomb,and also very efficient.I am enjoying this Bolt,so sad it’s a different story for the writer.

  12. firsty
    December 2, 2012 at 22:27

    Your write up is direct and honest. I like it

  13. December 3, 2012 at 13:52

    This GLO BOLT is really USELESS here in OGBA LAGOS. My GLO BOLT do disconnect almost every 2 minutes, i don tire ooooo. i uninstalled all the other modems on my system and its still the same problem.

  14. December 4, 2012 at 09:48

    These mobile networks need to revamp their data charges, not just the name and speed.
    Look at what airtel is doing – Giving 1GB for 1200 Only.
    Glo and others are still offering 250MB for 100.

    Most users have all the sim cards and will go where the grass is greener. Not buying this package till its better than Airtel.

    • December 4, 2012 at 10:45

      Briggs,

      The question of greener grass isn’t only about cost. Airtel 3G is non-existent at my end. What is mostly available is GPRS/EDGE. My wife complains of their crappy BIS service every day. I tried out their EDGE service recently, and you can guess how frustrating it is.

      It doesn’t matter how cheap Airtel makes their data service, it is the worst that I have experienced among all the four GSM networks since 2002. The Airtel grass isn’t green for me at all. I will rather pay much for a service that I can actually use.

  15. December 4, 2012 at 10:51

    In Other News, GLO is not ‘bolting’ anything this morning…not even a simple google page….mscheeew!!!

    • December 4, 2012 at 11:10

      Lammy,

      And in the odd twist of how location is a factor, I am experiencing awesome speed and stability on Glo right now.

  16. jimoh pet
    December 5, 2012 at 15:45

    None of them is preferred to the other. Its about location where you are, the whether, ipad/system/phone and what have you. We will keep managing till NCC comes to the matter.

  17. December 6, 2012 at 07:13

    Okay, as far as I’ve read, It depends on location for now. Glo has been impressive down here lately.

  18. Nasiru
    December 8, 2012 at 20:48

    you downloaded 60mb in 10 mins, I downloaded 141mb [Merlin] in less than 10 mins with speed over 400kb/s. Best network ever used

  19. @herr_brightside
    December 9, 2012 at 08:57

    I got this glo bolt , been having issues , it won’t work on my new windows 7 laptop (even my neighbours windows 7) , but it works fine on my old IBM (with windows XP)

  20. Ade
    December 10, 2012 at 17:56

    If we consider availability of service, glo is very good. Bt cost wise, airtel is better. And also considering maximum flexibility, airtel is stil ok cos its data service cn b used on any phone(BB inclusive), ipad, etcs, as well as modems. So its left 2 u 2decide which will benefit u more. But as we all knw, ‘availability of service’ always wins the vote.

  21. December 23, 2012 at 09:26

    Glo bolt is rocking here for me. I think your location matters

  22. thomas
    December 23, 2012 at 22:59

    I don’t use glo anymore. i have unlocked my sim and migrated.After tasting Airtel’s service , that NEVER disconnects I cant go back to glo . I dont think they are a serious company.

  23. Isaac_o
    March 1, 2013 at 21:12

    Sirh!! i am speechless!! i reserve my comment till i try other network providers data plans….but i’ve tried glo, mtn & etisalat….

  24. Oluyide Motopeda
    December 9, 2013 at 14:16

    As far as am concerned it depends on ur location…Airtel was the fastest i usually use use before but as from the time and day hav relocated airtel as been the worst,and now Glo is now the best for me and its rockin jst like bolt.

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