I have been an active internet user in Nigeria for more than 9 years now spending at least 16 hours everyday. In the course of these years, I have experienced firsthand, the unreliability of the Internet service in Nigeria and because of this I had to subscribe to more than one GSM / CDMA Internet service providers. For now I use Glo, MTN, Etisalat, Visafone and Starcomms. I have all these because of the unreliability of each of their services, so when I notice any of them down I switch to other other.
Unfortunately, the GSM networks lock each of their modems to their particular network so you are compelled to purchase their modem if you want to use their data service, meaning that if one wants to use each service one has to purchase each of their modems. This is not cost effective so it’e either you purchase a universal 3G modem which is not locked or unlock any of the modems you have which is tied to a particular network. As for me I had to unlock my MTN fastlink modem and configured it so I could use it for the others.
Below is an article on how to unlock your MTN fastlink modem to use for Glo, MTN, Etisalat.
If you have a universal 3G modem, you would not need to unlock it but would need the information to configure it for the data services of any of the GSM networks in Nigeria.
Special thanks to OgbongeBlog for permission to use this article with some additions of my own.
It is no more News that you can unlock your 3G Faslink Modem, Unlock Glo Modem, Unlock Zain Modem, Unlock Etisalat Modem and turn them to Universal Modems with which you can use any SIM card of any network of your choice. This is been possible with the help of Unlocking Softwares which require mainly the IMEI number of your Modem for them to calculate the unlocking code for you within a click of a button.
Some smart guys have been making money for themselves offering this unlocking service in return for cash, while some are offering the service free of charge. I have been unlocking for some people free of charge while some also do send me recharge vouchers just to help them do it and text it to their phone. This way, I keep receiving a lot of recharge vouchers, enough for me to be paying for my internet subscription. Imagine, thats just the new way I now browse for free…….
What To Do After Receiving The Unlock Code
Once you have your unlock code handy, insert a SIM CARD different from the network that originally owns the modem i.e if you have MTN Fastlink modem, remove the MTN SIM and replace it with maybe Glo, Zain or Etisalat SIM. Thereafter, plug your modem back into your computer. After some seconds, you should then see a small window in which you can input the Unlock code. The picture below is what the small window normally looks like.
Type in the unlock code correctly inside the small window and click enter. If the unlocking is successfull, the small window will disappear meaning that your 3G modem has been successfully unlocked
NOTE: If any small window DID NOT pop up, then it simply means your modem is not locked. To confirm this, you should also see the name of the new network, lets say Glo, appearing next to the network bars at the lower left corner of the modem’s dashboard.
You ONLY have 10 attempts to unlock your modem. This simply means if you input the WRONG code 10 times, then your modem will be locked FOREVER. Hance, don’t think you can use “Try & Error” or Permutation to get the unlock code. This is not “Further Mathematics”…lol
The Unlocking software will always calculate the right Unlocking code for you. So, let people that have the software unlock for you.
How To Create Profiles For MTN, Glo, Zain and Etisalat
After unlocking your modem, you will need to create new profiles for other networks you want to connect to via the unlocked modem..
To do this, click on “Tools” then “Options” under which you will now select “Profile Management“.
Under Profile Management, click on New and fill in the following for each network you want to setup as shown in the picture below..
Profile Name: MTN
Username : web
Password : web
Profile Name: Glo
Username : :flat
Password : flat
Profile Name: Zain
Username : internet
Password : internet
Profile Name: Etisalat
Username :web (you can also leave it blank)
Password : web (you can also leave it blank)
Once you’re done creating the profile, click Save to save the settings, then New if you want to set up another network.
When you’re through setting up the networks, go back to the Connectionpage, select the network you want to browse with, from the drop down box, then click connect.
If everything was setup properly without any mistake, you should be able to get connected to the Internet unless the network is messing up at that point in time.
Note: As at the time of writing this, it has been observed that some MTN fastlink modems do not work with GLO SIM even after unlocking.
Presently, I am using a Glo Modem and I have used ALL the networks with it. The Glo Modem has interface for making calls, checking account balance and for loading vouchers. More so, the Glo Modem has a special support for Windows 7, hence, works perfectly with it.
That’s all for now.
I hope this helps…
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Samuel Oritsejimi Iyinbo has been making money online since 2003 as a website designer with over 60 clients and counting, an internet business consultant, serial entrepreneur and spiritual teacher where he disseminates spiritual messages The Roving Messenger. He founded Illumination Concepts’ E-learning Centre and Innovation Hub the Internet Business Academy Nigeria, to share his knowledge and to train people on how to make money online.