How do I check if my SIM card is 4G?

This is a  fast and easy method to check if your SIM Card 4G status is by putting in your SIM card in a smartphone that is 4G powered.

Go to settings, select the mobile network and then tap on LTE network. At the settings, you will find networks of different types.

Check the network, if you can identify 2G and 3G networks, but 4G is not there. It signifies that your SIM card is not 4G enabled and it might mean purchasing a new SIM card.

How do I check if my SIM card is 4G?

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How to get 4G LTE

The first step is to make sure your phone and SIM are 4G compliant.

To find out if your phone has 4G LTE, visit gsmarena and search for your phone model. Check under the “Technology” tab and look out for “LTE” like in the screenshot below Now that you’ve confirmed that your phone is 4G LTE compatible, follow these steps to make the switch.

MTN Subscribers 

MTN subscribers Swap your current SIM for a USIM Text 4G to 131, and You’d receive an SMS confirming that your device is 4G/LTE ready

Glo Subscribers 

Glo subscribers Swap your current SIM for a USIM Text 4G to 400, and You’d receive an SMS to check if your phone or device supports LTE for Glo Etisalat subscribers Are exempted from having to do a SIM swap.

Etisalat LTE service comes up automatically provided that your device is LTE capable and once it is on automatic setting network mode and is in an area covered by 4G.

Airtel Subscribers

Step 1: Get a 4G SIM or Upgrade your Airtel SIM: Simply visit an Airtel Store near you to get a new 4G SIM or Upgrade your SIM to 4G.

Step 2: Get a 4G enabled device if your phone, MiFi or Dongle is not 4G enabled; please visit an Airtel Store or the nearest phone store to upgrade to a 4G phone. To check if your phone is 4G enabled; simply dial *121# and select 4G services.

Step 3: Be within Airtel 4G Coverage Airtel 4G Network spreads across the FCT (Abuja) and 36 states in Nigeria. For more information about your locality, kindly visit the nearest Airtel shop.


Does 5G exist and is it currently in Nigeria?

Yes. 5G currently exists but there is presently no 5G network or technology available in Nigeria as of the time of this article publication. As of writing, no 5G bandwidth has been licensed to mobile operators in Nigeria.

MTN was given approval by the NCC in 2019 to evaluate the functionality of 5G networks in the main cities: Abuja, Lagos, & Calabar. The three-month demo test was restricted to their facilities in all those places and has since been concluded.

This was, nevertheless, just a prototype or feasibility study, and Nigeria, and by implication, Africa, lacks a fully operational 5G network. The National Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that 5G spectrums (radio wavelengths) will be ready for transmission when the time comes.

Allocating bulk spectrum for different networks is the responsibility of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), which is headed by the Hon Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.


Why do I need 4G LTE service?

Mobile applications are necessitating ever-larger install files in order to accommodate the growing amount of content and other factors.

Users of smartphones are increasingly turning to their devices for more involved tasks. responsibilities that call for more data, a more rapid processing rate, etc. At the moment, the technology known as 4G LTE offers the quickest wireless data connection available. The only difference between it and 2G or 3G connections is the increased speed.

Larger files may be downloaded in a matter of minutes using 4G, however, downloading them using 2G or 3G could take hours or even days. For instance, if you have 4G LTE, it will only take you 5 minutes and 28 seconds to download a movie that is 1.4 gigabytes in size.

The 4G network is available on both micro and nano sim cards. It is true that some SIM cards in Nigeria are not 4G enabled.  A step in checking your 4G SIM card is to get a 4G SIM of any size at a network store near you.

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