Cheapest International Call Rates in Nigeria

Here is the cheapest international call rates in Nigeria. The advent of GSM in Nigeria in year 2000 was one of the best things that happened to the telecommunication sector in Nigeria and by extension Nigerian economy.

This is because it made communication a lot cheaper and created thousands of jobs in Nigeria. Nigerians can now send messages, make calls and browse the web that very affordable rates.

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The competition among the network service providers like MTN, glo, Airtel and Etisalat made GSM services even more affordable as it is even strange to see a Nigerian who has no GSM phone unlike when we had NITEL landlines and mobile phones exclusively meant for the rich.

Hopefully, you have been following my articles on this blog and have been enjoying it. In this article, I am going to review cheapest international call rates in Nigeria to enable you make informed decisions.

Cheapest International Call Rates

MTN Nigeria

MTN TruTalk Plus:
This is one of the best plans used for subscribers who have friends, family members, and business interests or associates abroad.

Invariably, they can make calls from their MTN phones at the rate of 11 kobo per second for all calls across all local networks but this is with access fee of N5. SMS is N4 per local SMS sent and N15 for international SMS.

Also, you get 50% discount on all international calls to China, India, UK, USA and Canada. To migrate and enjoy this tariff plan from MTN, dial *123*20# Migration is free for first timers but it attracts N100 when you switch within the same month.

This is the cheapest international call rate from MTN Nigeria.

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Airtel Nigeria

Airtel SmartTALK
This is the cheapest tariff plan on Airtel Network with call rates of 11k/sec to all networks in Nigeria with a daily access fee of N5 and this is charged during the first call.

This means they start charging you 11 kobo per second after the first call. For international calls, you can call China, India, Canada, USA and UK landlines at 20 kobo per second. To migrate to this tariff plan, dial *315# or send YES to 315.

If you are a greater lover of Airtel who often makes international calls, I advise you migrate to this plan because it is the cheapest international call rate from Airtel.

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Glo Gbam Plus: This is arguably the best tariff plan for making international calls because it is the cheapest international call rate in Nigeria from glo.

Glo charges 11 kobo per second or N6.60 per minute to all networks. It attracts an access fee of N5 daily from the first call.

To migrate to this tariff plan just dial *100*6# from your glo phone. First time registration is free but subsequent ones attract N100.

Also, international calls to 5 countries (US, UK, India, China and Canada) are charged at flat rate of 20 kobo per second. Glo also gives 5MB of free Internet data here. Is this not really amazing?! Yes, it is.

This is why you should join the globacom family so as to enjoy this cheapest international call rates from glo.

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Etisalat Nigeria

Etisalat Easylife 4.0 limited edition is the best tariff plans for making international calls.

It is a prepaid plan that charges calls at 11 kobo per second with a daily access fee of N5 which is charged on the first call daily. SMS rate is N4 per SMS and access fee is valid till 11.59pm every day.

Furthermore, international calls made to US, UK, China and India landlines are made at 20 kobo per second.

Dial *420*1# to migrate to Easylife 4.0 limited edition and migration is free for first timers. If you often make international calls from your Etisalat phone, I advise you migrate to this platform.
There are many factors that determine the network of choice of many Nigerians. Some of the factors include network coverage, bonuses, cheaper call and SMS rates, promotions, freebies, customer appreciation in form of shows and business sponsorship.

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These days we see our network service providers compete for increased customer base by sponsoring customers businesses, sponsoring disease treatment and even building them houses.

All the juicy freebies of MTN for example, will be useless and irrelevant to an old man who doesn’t have MTN service in his locality, therefore, coverage is key.

A critical analysis of the international call rates of most network shows that they offer almost the same rates – 20 kobo per second and access fee, but what determines network of choice is basically other benefits attached to the tariff plan in question – like SMS charge, freebies, bonuses, promotions, etc.

Therefore, I cannot tell you that there is the cheapest international call rates in Nigeria is offered by a particular network because you have to critically weigh your options before choosing a particular network.

So, after critically looking at the factors I mentioned earlier, you should make an informed decision.

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