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Although a mobile phone may be internet ready, it will require activation with 3G or GPRS settings before it can be used to browse the internet. In this page, you will find information on activating your mobile phone for internet browsing on MTN, Glo mobile, Airtel, 9Mobile, and so on. For a mobile phone to access internet services, you need to load the appropriate internet, 3G, or GPRS settings.

To access internet with mobile phones or modem, you need to activate it by loading the mobile network’s GPRS or 3G internet settings to your mobile phone. 3G or GPRS settings can be obtained in two ways, the automatic and manual methods.

The automatic method of obtaining your 3G or GPRS settings involves sending an SMS command to the mobile network. On reception of your SMS, the network will send you your 3G or GPRS settings.

You will then have to save the GPRS internet settings to your mobile phone. Modems and some mobile phones (usually newly launched mobile phones) may not accept automatic internet settings, in such a situation you will have to load your GPRS internet settings manually.

In Nigeria, you do not worry about activating your mobile phone for internet access if you are using CDMA. This is because CDMA networks usually carry exclusive mobile phones, which are often preloaded with internet settings. When buying a mobile phone from network exclusive outlets, ask whether the mobile phone has been activated with the required internet settings and if not request for internet configuration on the spot.

Most often, you worry about internet configuration and settings if you are using GSM or WCDMA/HSDPA. Here are internet, 3G or GPRS settings of MTN, Glo mobile, 9Mobile, and Airtel:

Activating MTN mobile internet

To get your 3G/3.5G/GPRS internet settings, text SETTINGS to 3888 on an MTN Nigeria mobile phone. Save the internet settings when received.

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You can also use manual internet or GPRS settings. Use manual 3G/GPRS settings only if automatic MTN settings request fails.

MTN manual 3G/3.5G/GPRS settings for full internet

This manual settings can be used for Mobile phones and modems:

IP Address: (May not be required)
Port: 8080 (May not be required)
Username: web
Password: web
Access point name (APN): web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net

MTN manual 3G/3.5G/GPRS settings for WAP mobile internet

Account name: MTN GPRS
IP Address:
Port: 9201
Username: web
Password: web
Access point name (APN): web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net

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Activating Glo Internet Settings

To load automatic Glo settings, SMS Flat [space] name & model of the phone to 1234. For example, to configure your Nokia 5230 simply SMS Flat Nokia 5230 to 1234. You will receive the settings over the air. Save the settings on your mobile phone.

If automatic 3G settings request fails, use manual 3G settings

Glo manual 3.5G/3G GPRS internet settings

Access point name (APN): gloflat
Service name: Glo 3G
Username: flat
Password: flat

Activating Airtel Internet Settings

To get your Airtel GPRS settings SMS Internet [space] [phone make] [space] [model number] to 232. For example, to activate Nokia 5230, SMS Internet Nokia 5230 to 232. Save the Airtel Settings on your mobile phone when received.

If automatic GPRS settings request fails, use manual GPRS settings

Airtel Manual GPRS/3G Settings

Port: 8080 (May not be required)
Username: leave blank
Password: leave blank
Access point name (APN): internet.ng.Airtel.com
Authentication: Normal (May not be required)

Activating 9Mobile Internet Settings

To load automatic settings to your Etisalat mobile device, SMS SETTINGS to 790. The Etisalat Settings will be pushed to your device over the air. Save the settings to your mobile phone.

9Mobile Manual 3G, EDGE, GPRS settings

Here are the settings required for modems and most mobile phones and tablets.

Access point name (APN): etisalat
Username: leave blank
Password: leave blank

9Mobile manual GPRS settings for WAP

Access point name (APN): etisalat
Account name: Etisalat WAP
IP Address:
Port: 8080
Home page: http://mobile.etisalat.com.ng

Activating CDMA mobile internet for Visafone, Starcomms, Zoom Mobile

CDMA networks carry specific phones preloaded with network settings like internet settings. Hence, if you bought your CDMA phone with internet capability from an authorised outlet of CDMA networks like Starcomms, Visafone, Reltel, Zoom mobile, or Multi-Links it is likely to be preloaded with internet settings. However, inquire just to be sure.

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Paschal Okafor is the founder of NaijaTechGuide. A Graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Paschal is passionate about Technology and since 2006 has written over 4000 articles covering Mobile Devices, Consumer Electronics, Digital Marketing, Mobile Apps, and Online Services. Over the past 16 years, he has managed to turn a blog that started life on a Google Blogger subdomain into the Largest Technology Blog in Nigeria and quite possibly the largest in Africa. Paschal has been Building, Analyzing, and Maintaining Websites for over 17 years and also shares his wealth of knowledge and experience about building and managing websites on NaijaTechGuide.

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