The new MTN Always-On plans or data bundles offer high-volume data at pocket-friendly rates, and they are available for everyone.

MTN Nigeria has some of the best mobile data plans in the market today. Personally, I use one of the network’s Data4Me plans, which gives me 40GB monthly for ₦5,000 only. Not half bad a deal. But the issue is that not everybody is eligible for the Data4Me mega deals. I do not know the exact criteria, but it definitely has to do with how much is spent by the subscriber monthly (whether on data alone, or on both airtime and data).

As such, ineligible subscribers have been crying out for a while. Some have even accused us of publishing falsehood about it. The good news is that the new MTN Always-On plans and data bundles are available to all and sundry, and they pack almost as much value as the Data4Me plans. For example, the monthly Always-On plan offers 45 GB data for N6,000 only for a month. That is even more data than the Data4Me mega plan I am on.

But there are clauses. There are always clauses. Let’s have a look at them.

MTN Always-On Plans and Data bundles

How does MTN Always-On Plan work

Here are the key features of the Always-On bundles. First, the data is not allocated to you in one lump sum. So, if you go for the 45 GB monthly plan, you do not get 45 GB allocated to your line in one go. What MTN does is allocate 1.5 GB data to you each day. This happens at 12 midnight every day.

The implication is that you cannot decide to do a binge downloading or streaming of heavy files one day. You are limited to just 1.5 GB per day, and once it is exhausted before the day is up, you will need to subscribe to some other plan, or use another source for Internet till midnight when the next 1.5 GB is automatically allocated to you.

This principle applies to the other plans as well: you get allocated a small, prorated part of the total data volume on a daily basis. Note also that while you can use the allocated data at any time for normal MTN Always-On plans, you can also subscribe for the night data element can only be used from 11pm to 6am daily.

Note that there are four (4) different Always-On plans, with varying tariffs and data volumes. Let’s have a look at them.

Pick An MTN Always-On Plan

  • 200 MB Daily & Night Plan: This gives you 50 MB Day-time data and 150 MB Night-time data. The plan has a 24-hour validity and costs N60 only.
  • 450 MB Weekly & Night Plan: This gives you 120 MB Day-time data and 330 MB Night-time data daily for 7 days. The price is N120.
  • 15 GB Always-On Monthly Plan: This gives you a daily data allocation of 500 MB for 30 days. The data can be used at any time – day or night. Cost is N3,000.
  • 45 GB Always-On Monthly Plan: This gives you a daily data allocation of 1.5 GB for 30 days. The data can be used at any time – day or night. Cost is N6,000.

How To Activate an MTN Always-On Plan

You can subscribe to MTN Always-On data bundle in the following ways:

  • USSD: Dial *131*1# or *904# and selecting your preferred data plan
  • SMS: Sending the bundle plan keyword to 131. (See table below for keywords).
  • myMTN App: download the app and login to subscribe
  • myMTN Web: by logging on to
  • MTN Bot (Zigi)
  • MTN Top-It/VTU

How To check MTN Always-On data bundle balance

You will be able to check your data balance via the following channels:

  • SMS: Text 2 to 131
  • USSD Code: Dial *131*4# (for main data bundle and bonus), or *556#
  • myMTNApp
  • myMTNweb
  • MTN Bot (Zigi)

Lastly, you can share from your daily allocated data to friends and family. You can gift an MTN Always-on data bundle to others. You can also subscribe to multiple Always-on plans and to other MTN data plans, so if you run out of a daily allocation, you have data to fall back on. One important clause, though, is that if you are subscribed to a bonus plan like I am (e.g. an Data4Me plan), if you sign up for an Always-on data plan, you will no longer be eligible for the bonus plan. Yes; we cannot eat our cake and have it.

Personally, I love the new MTN Always-on plans and data bundles. However, I think that the Data4Me bonus plan that I have been using serves me better, so I am sticking with that. If you have been trying to get the Data4Me plan and have not been successful, you should consider the monthly Always-on data bundle. It is great value. Just remember that your data is given to you in small, daily bits.

2024 update: The MTN Data4Me offers have been withdrawn. For huge volume bundles, look at MTN XtraSpecial.

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Tech blogging since 2003, I have owned and reviewed hundreds of smartphones running EPOC, Symbian, Palm, PocketPC, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.

20 thought on “MTN Always-On Plans Give You Big Data Volumes At Affordable Prices”
  1. I have been on the data4me plan for close to years now but since late last year, I stopped seeing the 3,500 for 24gb option and now, I can’t even access any of the data4me plans anymore. Keeps saying wrong code. I don’t know if I have been completely cut off or wait a while to see if it will appear again.

    In the meantime, I no longer know how to use normal data and from your article, if I go with the always on plan, I won’t get the other bonus again. I don’t know what to do

    1. Nicole,

      Have you tried using the MyMTN app? That’s what I use for the Data4Me offers.

      Like you, I don’t get the 24GB offer anymore. Only the 50GB and 75GB offers. MTN is clearly trying to generate more revenue by making only big offers. I subscribe to the 50GB offer now using the app.

  2. Does the data allocation for each day rollover? Or does it disappear at midnight if you don’t use it fast enough?

  3. Pls, I subscribed for an Always-on data bundle (15GB for N3000). This gives me 500MB/day. I realized it wasn’t enough for me, so I got another normal monthly bundle. The problem is i thought each day i will exhaust Always-on bundle first before it switches to my normal bundle. I’ve wasted like 3 days straight without using it again or knowing how to switch in between my bundles

  4. this always on plan, is good oh, but can’t be used to make much downloads. I am currently on the always on plan, and I have not exhausted my mb for the day, yet I can’t download with it.
    It is so annoying, because my daily balance is still above 240mb

  5. Is there no way I can change from this bundle to my normal one and get my 15gb to my normal monthly data pls help me

  6. Your always on data keeps popin up when i tried to access a trading it stops me from trading.. Cos the site won’t open for me to close a trade… Please how do i deactivate it and do ur normal data… Its cost me lots of loss..

  7. How do i deactivate it.. You don’t impose a plan on ur susbscribers just because u feel its best for them.. You can’t try this overseas this is extortion and stealing for crying out loud.. Please i need it deactivated from my line.. Its causing me losses.

  8. What will happen if I don’t finish my daily data
    For example, you get daily 500MB for 15GB monthly data

    What if my phone got down, and I don’t finish today’s 500MB
    Can i use it with tomorrow’s data?

  9. 15GB DATA, 500MB DAILY

    What if my phone got down, and I don’t finish today’s 500MB
    Can i use it with tomorrow’s data?

  10. Mtn always on go is the most fraudulent plan of all time. The plan does not rollover when you don’t use it, and they restrict you from using more than the daily allocation.

    Why would they do such a thing if not to steal your money. Who said i need mtn to manage my data for me. The plan should be called “mtn manage your data” instead. Cause this is a big scam.

    I’ll never use MTN again. I’d rather settle for any other service provider than these thieves for a network.

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