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Cyberspace Offers Free Internet Wi-Fi Facilities Across all Nigerian Universities

INDIGENOUS 4G operator, Cyberspace Network Limited, will be launching Free wi-fi network in all universities across the country beginning with University of Abuja today. The free Internet wifi will be launched first in the University of Abuja before going round to other universities.

According to the chief marketer of surfwella, the service will be on “no payment, no subscription, no data purchase, and no need for modems basis”. Every surfing will be absolutely free.

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The company is planning to build another free Internet infrastructure for Lagos State University (LASU) in the next few weeks, which will be followed by College of Agric, Lafiaji, and University of Lagos (Unilag).

This is a good move by the company to empower the students with free internet… their way of giving back to the society. How I wish other Telcos will emulate this company.

Zenith bank sometimes ago launched free WiFi services within their branches nationwide but speed of browsing has not being impressive. Surfwella must be ready to offer a speed that will be decent enough for download and upload.

All finger will be crossed as we await this life changing initiative that will enhance teaching, learning and research in Nigeria universities.

About Surfwella

Surfwella is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of indigenous 4G operator, Cyberspace Network Limited, and a veritable platform for social and cognitive computing.

GENERATE GTBANK TOKEN CODE VIA USSD | INTERNET BANKING

It is a great news that you can now generate GTBank Token Code via USSD to complete your online transactions. Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has launched USSD token as alternative to the hardware token for internet banking. What this simply means is that you can now generate token code whenever you want to complete third party transfers, by dialing *737*7# on the phone number linked to your GTBank account.
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Guaranty Trust Bank Plc is trying it best to make everything easy for their customers and that is one thing that is making them the bank of choice for many Nigerians. Now, they have launched USSD based token system as an alternative to the hardware token for internet banking.  This means you can get GTBank Token Code on mobile phone without internet.

Do you wish to get hardware token device but you are yet to make a formal application, I suggest you keep your N2, 000 in your pocket because you can now easily generate token code via USSD.  And to our brothers that have the hardware GTBank token device already, you don't need to carry your GTBank token device with you everywhere you go like necklace anymore. Just dial the GTBank USSD token code on your phone, enter your NUBAN, enter the last 6 digits of your GTBank Naira Mastercard and you are good to go.

How To Generate GTBank Token Code via USSD
1. Dial *737*7# on the phone number linked to your GTBank account
2. Enter your NUBAN account number.
3. Enter the last 6 digits of your GTBank debit card
The token code will be displayed and you can use it to complete your transaction.

Kindly note that the generated token code expires in 60 seconds.

Ooop! Sad New: Glo Nigeria Cut Down Their Data Volume

The Grandmaster of data (Glo) seems to have been unable to keep up with their promise on data bundle. Despite its epileptic network, people are still managing the Glo data due to their cheapest plan. The complaint of their customers didn't give them the courage to fix their slow network issue, but they went ahead to frustrate users the more. 
Last week, Etisalat reduced their weekly data bundle from 200MB to 150MB for N200 and now Glo NG has chosen to follow suite.

Old Glo data Plans
N500 = 1.6GB 7days
N1000 = 3.2GB 30days
N2000 = 7.5GB 30 days
N2500 = 10GB 30days
N3000 = 12GB 30days


New Glo Data Plans
N500 = 800MB
N1000 = 1.6GB
N2000 = 3.7GB
N2500 = 5GB
N3000 = 6GB


When looking at the old and new plans, you will notice that they just slashed everything by half. Is this not going to chase away their subscribers?

USB OTG Cable - 7 Important Things You Can Use it For On Android Devices

OTG is short for On The Go. USB OTG is a standard that enables devices to talk to one another. USB OTG Cable is an important tool to creates a link between your mobile phone and other computer peripherals such as USB flash drive, Mouse, Keyboard, Digital Camera, Game Pad, Card reader, External hard-drive etc.
OTG Cable can do some really clever things and many people have never heard of it. If you don't know your OTG from your OMG, let's discover what it is and why it's so great.
Below are the 7 important things which you can do with USB OTG Cable on your Android Devices

1. Share Battery Charge Between Two Android Devices

For sharing the battery charge, all you need is a regular data/charger cable that you use to connect your smartphone to your PC and a standard USB OTG Host cable. If you do not have an OTG host cable, then you can buy them very cheap from any mobile store or from online shopping sites.

When you have everything ready, connect the USB data cable to one of the phones. Connect the USB OTG host cable to the other phone. And finally attach the two cables together. You will notice that the phone with smaller charge level has started to charge. The charging will continue until the batteries of both the phones has almost the same level of charge.

2. Super-fast Files Transfer Between Two Device
When it comes to Android files transfer, lots will choose the commonly used way, Bluetooth, NFC, USB cable and PC for example. Nonetheless, when using these methods, connection issues always occur. And transmission is quite slow. So, in today's guide, a new solution – USB OTG will be introduced.
USB OTG, empowers USB devices like Android phones to act as a host and then allows other USB device to be attached to them. You can make direct connection between two Android phones/tablets and transfer files between Android via USB OTG. By using USB OTG, Android phones plugged-in can communicate with each other without the need to be connected to a computer.

When it's come to transferring heavy files like game data and HD movies, using an OTG cable is the best way to get it done with a fastest way.

3. Connection of 3G Modem with Android Device
People who have WiFi only tablets or without 3G support might find the need to use 3G Modem with their device to get something downloaded quickly when the broadband is too slow or down. This can be done using an Android app called PPP Widget. As the name suggests, it is a widget, not an app. It is available in the Play Store and it is free.
Download it to your device from here.

4. Using an External GamePad
Playing games on a touchscreen is not the same as holding a real Gamepad or a portable console like PSP. Many game developers have finally realized that in order for their games to be successful, they have to support Android. To really win Android users over, they should also accommodate us hardcore gamers who have OTG cables with the ability to hook up controllers to our devices.
Games like Dead Trigger and Asphalt already support Gamepads, but many others are still touch only. Some will only work well with touchscreen input, like Blek, but action games like FIFA 15, Modern Combat 4 and Shadow Gun can definitely benefit from an external Gamepad.If you have a tablet, you can try connecting your Gamepad with your device using your OTG cable.

5. Connect USB Flash Drive to Your Android Device
Flash drives spent a good amount of time as the number one way to take your files with you wherever you needed to go. As some of that has changed with Android devices and cloud storage, many of us still have those USB flash drives kicking around looking for a good use. USB Flash drive is not meant for your computer alone, you can use it with your Android device as long as you have your OTG cable with you. It’s plug and play with no settings needed. Think about the possibilities: watching movies from your flash drive, moving files around, reading documents stored on USB Flash etc.

6. Connection of a Mouse to Your Android Device
When a USB mouse is connected to your Android Device using a USB OTG cable, a mouse pointer appears on the screen. Click to select and open items on the screen.
The following applies when using a USB mouse on your Android Device:
  • The touch screen continues to function when a mouse is connected.
  • Right-clicking performs the same action as left-clicking.
  • To scroll up, down, left or right in a menu, use the mouse scroll wheel, or click and drag the screen in the direction you want to scroll.
  • To change the mouse pointer speed, go to the Settings menu, touch Language & input, and then touch Pointer speed. Move the slider left or right to achieve your desired pointer speed.

7. Connection of a USB Keyboard to Your Android Device

When a USB keyboard is connected to your Android Device using a USB OTG cable, touch inside a text input area to begin using the keyboard.
The following applies when using a USB keyboard on your Android Device:
The on-screen keyboard is hidden when a physical keyboard is connected.
Some of the key combinations that perform actions on Windows computers also work on a tablet, in most apps. For example, you can Cut (Ctrl + X), Copy (Ctrl + C), and Paste (Ctrl + V) using your keyboard.
To find settings options for the physical keyboard, go to the Settings menu, touch Language & input, and look in the Physical keyboard section.
USB OTG (On-The-Go) supported devices are Sony, Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, Z1 - Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note 1,  Note 2, Note 3 - Tecno F7/H7/R7/Phantom A+/Tablets - Motorola: Moto G Phone | Xoom Tablet - LG Optimus G, G2, G3 G Pad 8.3 7.0 8.0 10.1 – HTC X, One, One mini, One max, M7, M8 - Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet | Nokia 603 | Asha 300 | C6-01 | C7 E6 E7 | N8 - Google Nexus 5 / 6 / 7 / 9 / 10, all Q Mobiles and many more.
To Buy an OTG Cable
 OTG (On-The-Go) cable is available in the Mobile market. To use this cable with the phone, firstly you need to check whether there is support in the OTG or not. You can check this capability with ” USB OTG Checker” from Google Play Store.

Are you using an OTG cable before? What else have you done with OTG not listed above?

Is There a Right Time to Buy a New Mac, iPhone, or iPad?

Like many tech companies, Apple is known for sticking to some fairly rigid release schedules. We get new versions of iOS once a year, with OS X following shortly after — and most hardware sees yearly refreshes too.

With this in mind, many people who sip from the brushed aluminium cup believe there are good and bad times to spend their money. In some ways, they’re right.

There’s Always a Right Time
Release schedules and “bang for your buck” logic aside, the right time to buy any tech product is when you genuinely need one. If the Mac you rely on suddenly dies, are you really going to worry about release schedules and soldier on, computer-less, for six months before the next hardware refresh arrives?

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If your productivity or ability to get stuff done is suffering on account of your unwillingness to upgrade because a company that’s notoriously secretive about upcoming products has yet to announce the next generation, you might be doing it wrong. The next big thing doesn’t render the current big thing utterly useless.
Of course, things get a little more flexible when it comes to iPhones, iPads, and Apple’s other gadgets like iPods. Most of us have an old phone in a drawer which can serve us perfectly well in a pinch — I have an iPhone 5 which requires a bit of a jiggle in order to charge properly, but it still works like a champ and even runs the latest version of iOS.
If you drop your iPad in the bath (really, what were you thinking?) then you may have to come to the realization that most of us don’t need a tablet in our lives. In all but a few cases, the iPad represents “want” over “need” as a non-essential entertainment device for browsing Facebook on the sofa. Unless you use your iPad as a work or study tool instead of a laptop, you can probably survive without one for a few months if you already have a decent smartphone.

But Why Wait?
When Apple releases a new iPhone, it usually enters the market at the same price as the last iPhone. You may have to wait a short while, but your money will ultimately buy you a faster device, with new features that weren’t available a few months earlier.
This means that $650 spent on an iPhone in August would yield an inferior product to $650 spent on an iPhone in late September or early October. You could apply the same logic to many Apple (and rival) products, which maintain rigid premium price-points, while their predecessors see a price reduction once the new models arrive.
This might not matter a whole lot to you if you don’t care about the fastest hardware and latest features. It’s important to recognise that a new product doesn’t somehow make an existing one worse or less functional.

The Buyer’s Guide Method
One of the best resources when deciding to buy your next piece of Apple hardware is the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide. This provides you with a traffic light system that uses the average time between refreshes, and the time since the last refresh to deliver a verdict on whether or not now is a good time to buy.
The buyer’s guide is at its most reliable when it comes to iOS devices, for which consumers expect a yearly refresh. But for other Apple products, it can be a little more hit and miss. As an example, at the time of writing MacRumors recommends users avoid buying a Mac Pro, as the time between refreshes is on average 449 days.

The guide warns users against buying when the average refresh period is up, and by that logic users have been warned against buying a Mac Pro for well over a year now (it’s been over 800 days since a refresh).

While it’s true the Mac Pro may indeed be due for a refresh, you could be waiting a very long time to take the plunge if you treat this guide like the gospel. This is just a side-effect of making your buying decisions by the numbers, rather than analysing whether you really need to make the purchase and coming to a decision based on personal circumstance.
You’ll also find rumors listed for each product, which should probably factor into your decision. Ultimately though, nobody can know exactly what Apple is planning.

Hardware goes through cycles, products shift in terms of popularity, Apple has a tendency to let some things stagnate — particularly if it’s not the latest in consumer gadgetry. The guide is arguably at its most useful when it tells you to go ahead and buy something, which would indicate a fairly recent update has taken place.

Buying a New Mac
Apple’s computers generally see mid-year updates to the most popular lines. If you’re thinking of buying a MacBook or iMac, April to October is your window. Whether or not you should wait largely depends on what you’re buying it for. The most often-updated lines are the most popular ones — and those are mostly bought by casual users.

The MacBook and MacBook Air range generally see iterative, gradual updates. As an example, the new MacBook line was updated in April 2016, but the changes are nothing to write home about: improved CPU and GPU, with around 20% increases in speed on last year’s model; a faster SSD; the same amount but speedier RAM; and marginally improved battery life.
In this instance, one good reason to wait for a refresh would be to save some money. While the price of the new MacBook has held strong at $1,299, you can get last year’s model (which was selling for the same price) for $929 on Apple’s refurbished store. While Apple’s refurbished program already offers a way to save some money on a new Mac, hardware refreshes further push the prices down. If you’d like to minimize the “Apple Tax”, then you’d be wise to pay attention to the new releases for this reason.

Form factors aside, the Mac doesn’t regularly see major changes or new technologies. Over the last few years, the introduction of the Retina display and Force Touch trackpads (3D Touch for the Mac) have been the only major changes to grace the MacBook range. The MacBook Air has been going since 2008 and, guts aside, remains largely unchanged.
When you’re buying a new Mac, hardware should be at the forefront of your decision, and this is mostly driven by what the hardware manufacturers are doing. If you really want to know whether or not waiting is worth it for you, check out what Intel and AMD are working on, as well as roll-out schedules to see if you can wait that long.

Buying a New iPhone
Predicting a new iPhone is far easier than any other Apple product. Not only is it Apple’s best-seller, consumers have become accustomed to yearly release cycles for flagship devices from all smartphone manufacturers. New iPhones are usually announced at the end of September, before being in the hands of impatient consumers by early October.

For those in the US who must have the latest and greatest device, Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program guarantees the latest flagship device every year for around $33 per month (based on a 16GB iPhone 6s). You’ll get AppleCare+ with that deal, which means you’re covered for two instances of accidental damage.
At current prices, that works out to around $390 per year for the base model; whereas, buying the phone yourself would cost $649 (minus AppleCare+). Of course, if you buy an iPhone outright you can sell it and upgrade to the next model — and the “Apple Tax” doesn’t just apply to Macs in terms of secondhand value.

Buying a New iPad
When it comes to Apple’s tablet, things are a little harder to predict. The iPad Air 2 was released in October 2014, and though many expected a new entry-level tablet in late 2015 or early 2016, Apple instead released two models of iPad Pro.
This has lead to much speculation over whether or not the iPad Air 2 is the last tablet to carry the “Air” moniker, particularly over at MacRumors where the 9.7″ iPad Pro is already being hailed as its successor. Personally I’m not so sure — I think there’s still room in Apple’s lineup for an entry-level tablet.
Really, Apple’s tablet game is all over the place, but that’s not a huge issue. The RAM boost seen with the last iPad Air update and the already-speedy A8X means it’s already as capable as the latest iPad Pro models in terms of a fluid OS experience and multi-tasking performance.

You might not need the improvements Apple has introduced with the iPad Pro, and you can save $200 and still get one of the best iPads ever by opting for an Air.

A Good Argument for AppleCare
If you can’t live without your iPhone or iPad, then both of these devices can be enrolled in Apple’s AppleCare+ after-market extended warranty program. Most of the time we’d tell you to avoid extended warranties like the plague, but AppleCare is a bit different. It affords you two instances of accidental damage, with a premium of around $50 for each repair. Whether you drop your phone in the toilet or smash the screen by falling over, Apple will repair or replace it like-for-like.

The same accidental damage cover doesn’t apply to Mac computers covered by AppleCare, so you’ll need to be a little more careful and consider adding accidental damage cover for your regular contents insurance if you’re particularly accident-prone.

So the best answer to whether or not there’s a “right time” to buy new Apple gear is: can you afford to wait?

Do you play the Apple release schedule game? Maybe you prefer to wait for refurbished models and pick up last year’s big thing? Add your comments below.





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How to Set a Video as Your Facebook Profile Picture


Your profile picture is your representation online and the first image of you a lot of people might see; thus, it makes sense that you’d want to follow advice on making your profile picture perfect. However, if you want to make yourself stand out even more, why not try changing your Facebook profile picture into a video?

Right now, you can only make your profile picture a video from the Android or iPhone Facebook apps, so you won’t be able to do this from the web.
To set a profile video from your phone, open the Facebook app and head to your profile page. Tap your current profile picture, then Take a New Profile Video to grab some video right from your phone, or Upload Video or Photo if you already have a video in mind.

After the video is done, tap Next, then you’ll need to select a thumbnail — the video only plays when people are visiting your timeline, so as not to be distracting to those browsing the News Feed. The thumbnail represents you outside of your profile page. Once you’ve selected it, tap Use and you’re all set up!

The iPhone app has a bit more functionality in editing these videos than the Android app at this point. The iOS app lets you trim videos longer than seven seconds (the maximum) down; the Android app forces it to be less than seven.
The Android app also doesn’t let you mute the video, so you may want to look into a free video editor to mute it on your computer before uploading it via your phone.

Do you like having a profile video, or do you prefer a picture? Let us know if you’ve uploaded a video in the comments!

WhatsApp end-to-end Data encryption: How It Works and What It Means For Users

WhatsApp end-to-end encryption is now live. Here’s what the feature means and how you can use it.

WhatsApp is now end-to-end encrypted at all times. This will ensure that users’ messages, videos, photos sent over WhatsApp can’t be read by anyone else — not WhatsApp, not cyber-criminals, not law-enforcement agencies. Even calls and group chats will be encrypted.
WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced the update on his Facebook page, stating that the company has been working on the feature for the last two years.

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Koum wrote, “We’ve been working for the past two years to give people better security over their conversations on WhatsApp… People deserve security. It makes it possible for us to connect with our loved ones. It gives us the confidence to speak our minds. It allows us to communicate sensitive information with colleagues, friends, and others. We’re glad to do our part in keeping people’s information out of the hands of hackers and cyber-criminals.”

So what is end-to-end encryption and how exactly does it work in WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is using “The Signal Protocol”, designed by Open Whisper Systems, for its encryption.

In its White Paper, explaining the technical details of the end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp says that “once the session is established, clients do not need to rebuild a new session with each other until the existing session state is lost through an external event such as an app reinstall or device change.”
The paper explains how messages are encrypted as well.

It reads, “clients exchange messages that are protected with a Message Key using AES256 in CBC mode for encryption and HMAC-SHA256 for authentication. The Message Key changes for each message transmitted, and is ephemeral, such that the Message Key used to encrypt a message cannot be reconstructed from the session.” It also says that calls, large file attachments are end-to-end encrypted as well.
Note that the ever-changing message key can mean a delay in some messages getting delivered, according to the paper.

It should be noted that feature is enabled by default in WhatsApp, which means that if you and your friends are on the latest version of the app, all chats will be end-to-end encrypted. Unlike say Telegram where users have to start a secret chat to enable the feature, WhatsApp has the feature on at all times. Users don’t have the option of switching off end-to-end encryption.

Users need to be on the same versions of WhatsApp to ensure that their chats get end-to-end encrypted. If you’ve recently updated the app, and you start a chat with someone else (also on the new version) you are likely to see a message saying, “Messages you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Tap for more info.
Once you tap on the message, WhatsApp has a pop-up menu explaining what end-to-end encryption means. Users can verify if the encryption is working as well. If a user taps on verify, they will be taken to a page with a QR code, followed by a string of 60 numbers.

If your friend is nearby, take their phone scan the code from your phone (the option is there at the bottom of the same page) and if the QR code matches, then the chat is encrypted. When the codes match, a green tick appears; when it doesn’t there’s an exclamation mark in red alerting a user that the chat is not secure.

So does the end-to-end encryption work all the time?

We tried verifying some chats that had the message saying encryption was enabled. In some cases, the verification failed for us. In the first case, we tried to verify a chat between an Android and iPhone 6s device (running iOS 9.3.1), and the QR codes didn’t match. We also tried matching QR codes on an two Android phones, and once again we got the red alert indicating no end-to-end encryption. Both Android phones are on the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store.

However, a verification between a chat on two iOS devices, (iPhone 6s, iPhone 5s) worked for us and showed the green tick.

We’re not sure why the verification failed, even though the chat says it is end-to-end encrypted. We might have to wait for another app update that could fix this issue.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve managed to get the end-to-end encryption verified on some of your chats.

6 New WhatsApp Features You Should Know About

When you’re using an app day in and day out, it’s easy to miss out on new features that get added. You get a notification for an update, you update, and you continue using it as you always did. But what did you get in all those updates? With WhatsApp, quite a bit.

The best social network or instant messenger app is the one which all of your friends and family use. WhatsApp has an incredible user base now, and after becoming one of the fastest growing social networks, it’s now adding features to make it a solid, robust app.
Whether you know it or not, recent updates have brought some cool new features, from starring messages to backing up your chat logs to Google Drive. Most of these changes are reflected in the new WhatsApp for Android, but they should be available on iPhone soon enough. If you use WhatsApp, you need to know this.

‘Star’ Messages to Find Them Later

When someone sends an important message on WhatsApp, you can’t save it. Finding it later can be a pain, despite the robust search engine in WhatsApp. One of our workarounds was to use hashtags to mark important messages. But now, there’s a cool new tool.

WhatsApp now lets you ‘star’ messages. Long-press any message, choose the Star in the top menu bar, and move on. It’s exactly like a bookmark or a favorite.

Later, when you want to look up any bookmarked message, go to Menu > Starred Messages and you’ll see them all, listed chronologically.

The starred messages can also be searched, so you can find all the important stuff you marked by some person. You can also ‘unstar’ a message later, so that the Starred Messages can be cleaned up easily.

Back Up Chats to Google Drive
If you accidentally delete your WhatsApp chat history, you can restore it in a few steps. But what if you lost your phone, or got a new one, or had to reset your existing storage? While WhatsApp backs up chat history regularly, there’s now an easier (and better) way: Google Drive.

The new version of WhatsApp for Android lets you automatically backup your chat logs to Google Drive. Go to Menu > Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup > Google Drive Settings and set it up. I’d recommend backing up daily (you can choose weekly, monthly, or manual), over Wi-Fi only (thus saving data costs), and including videos.

Easier Way to Clear Chats

If you’re already backing up those chats, there’s no reason for you to keep really old messages, is there? It’s time to clear things up, and WhatsApp has made it simpler than ever.

Go to Menu > Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat History > Clear All Chats and you’ll see three options: all messages, messages older than 30 days, or messages older than 6 months. Choose what you want and WhatsApp will do the rest.

You can do this same action with specific chats too, whether with individuals or groups. In any chat, tap Menu > More > Clear Chat and you’ll see the same three options. Simple, eh?

Mark Messages as Read or Unread

You can now hide your WhatsApp status or when you were last seen, which is great. But for your own personal usage, sometimes, you might want to mark a message as unread.

Think about it in email. The ability to right-click and mark as unread is a great way to remind yourself that you haven’t fully registered an email, that you need to reply to it, or that it’s important in some way.

You can now do that in WhatsApp too. Choose a chat with any contact or group, long-press on it, and tap “Mark as Unread”—yup, as simple as that. You can do the opposite too—long-press a chat you haven’t read and you’ll see an option to “Mark as Read”, so it seems like you’ve read the message without ever opening the chat.

Do note that this doesn’t mean change the message’s status for your recipient. The recipient still sees that you have read the message. It only reflects as unread in your own phone.

Use Custom Notifications for People and Groups

Some contacts and chat groups are more important than others, right? Well, then set a different type of notification alert for them. WhatsApp has rolled out custom notifications.

One of the cornerstones of blocking mobile distractions is to allow the right people through and cut off everyone else, and that’s what this feature does. Open any chat, tap the title bar, and you’ll find an option for Custom Notifications.

In it, you can set the notification tone, vibration effect, popup notification, and the color of the LED light for new messages. For Whatsapp voice calls, you’ll only get custom ringtones and vibrations.

What WhatsApp Feature Do You Want?

WhatsApp has come a long way from being a simple instant messaging app, but they can always do better. So if you could request the WhatsApp developers to add a new feature, what would it be?

MTN IP Connect

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What is MTN IP Connect?
Based on IP Technology, MTN Nigeria’s IP Connect service enables organisations of all sizes to securely and cost effectively connect employees, contractors, business partners and customers.

MTN Nigeria is introducing the IP Connect service based on Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks (IP-VPNs), which allows companies with locations spread out in Nigeria to connect and transfer data on a private and secure way over reliable robust MPLS infrastructure.
An Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) is a routed link between two or more points across a shared network infrastructure with various degrees of security that ensure privacy for all parties.
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Who is it for?
IP Connect is ideal for large organisations that require intelligent connectivity between branches.

Benefits
*     Reduced networking costs - You can review current network architectures, find relevant opportunities to reduce costs and migrate at your own pace.
*     Security - Enabled by establishing VPN connectivity over MTN Nigeria’s Dedicated MPLS network
*     Availability & Reliability - Supported by redundancy in MTN Nigeria’s MPLS network
*     Connectivity across Nigeria - access to the MTN Nigeria IPConnect service is available from 12 Points of Presence (PoP) across Nigeria and supported by MTN Nigeria’s extensive fibre network.

Features
*     Private and secure connectivity that supports multiple types of applications such as Data, Voice & Multimedia.
*     Scalable to provide for future growth changes in size and volume of the customer business.
*     24 x 7 service and support is provided alongside a single point of contact for provisioning and troubleshooting.
To have an Account Partner discuss your needs call 216
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SHARE SIMPLE SERVER N PSIPHON CONNECTION VIA HOTSPOT | FREE MTN DATA

SHARE SIMPLE SERVER N PSIPHON CONNECTION VIA HOTSPOT | FREE MTN DATA
Sharing your free internet vpn connection is really cool if you’re successfully running any of the tweaks on your android phone.  Any of the Simple Server, OpenVPN, Psiphon, DroidVPN cheats and free browsing can be shared or tethered via WiFi Hotspot or USB with another android phone or pc.  In my recent post I talk about How to configure Psiphon Handler and enjoy unlimited download with MTN network.   Today I’m going to show you how to create a Wi-Fi Hotpot and share your tweaked free data with other devices.
Normally, the Android tethering and hotspot most times refuses to allow other devices to access and share your free internet data connection, therefore the 3 most reliable ways of creating, sharing or tethering your internet connection will be outlined here from the easiest (use of an app on Wi-Fi) to the hardest (Manually configuring your hotspot) mind you very simple if you follow along.
METHOD ONE

How to share or tether your internet connection via hotspot with the use of an App Called [ISWAT TETHER UNLOCK]

Note: **Rooting Required

1.       Make sure your hotspot is switched off to start with
2.       Click here to download and install ISWAT Tether Unlock for android
          From Google Playstore
3.       Run the installed ISWAT app and grant it root permissions.
Unlock-Tether

4.       On the main screen, tap on the “Unlock Tethering and sit back while it does its works
5.       When the unlocking operation is done, it brings out the pop up “Tethering Unlocked Have Fun, just enable your already created hotspot and connect the other device or PC.
6.       Start browsing on every connected devices

METHOD TWO

HOW TO SHARE OR TETHER YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION TO PC VIA USB CABLE OR HOTSPOT WITH THE USE OF AN APP [PDANet+]


Note:  Rooting NOT Required    recommended!!!

1.       Make sure your hotspot is switched off to start with
2.       Click here to download and install PDANet+ for android
          Direct Download Click Here
3.       Run the installed PDANet+ app.  Note that to share the connection with a PC, you have to download the pdanet.exe file for PC installation.
4.       On the PDANet Android app main screen, there are three options:
          -      USB Tether
          -      Bluetooth Server
          -      Wifi Hotspot
PDANet+ Screenshot

5.       Enable USB debugging on your Android (from the “Developer Options”).
6.       Activate the “USB Tether option for best reliability and connect your USB cable to the PC
7.       Install the PDANet for PC (if not already installed) and confirm that it is connected to the phone.
8.       Open the PDANet+ menu from the notification bar of your Windows and click on “Connect Internet (USB)”.
9.       It will verify and authenticate your connection automatically and you will be connected via USB.
After successful connection via USB, you can install Connectify on your PC and share the internet with other devices.

METHOD THREE

HOW TO SHARE/TETHER YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION WITH ANOTHER PHONE OR PC VIA WI-FI HOTSPOT WITH MANUAL CONFIGURATION

1.   Create a Wi-Fi hotspot on the main (primary) phone (running the Simple Server).  Use default (no security hotspot or click to see how to create a secured Wi-Fi hotspot connection).
2.   Now go to the other phone/device (secondary) and switch on the Wi-Fi to start searching for available network (if you have used the secured connection, click to show how to connect).
3.    When connected, long press on the connected network name and then tap on “Modify Network”.
4.    On the next screen, tap on the Show Advanced Options checkbox to open full settings.

5.    On the proxy settings, select “Manual” (Tap on the “none” for the dropdown options to appear.
6.       Configure as follows:

          -        Proxy Hostname: 127.0.0.1
          -       Proxy Port: 8080
        Leave the rest and tap on “Save”

All this method stated above doesn't work for me, What should i do?

See Alternative Method:
Just Click Here: How to make VPN shareable via hotspot tethering the coolest method

     You don’t have to doubt if this is real or not….Just get the software and try it out.  If it doesn’t works as stated above and more….or if you don’t absolutely love it and have more fun using to Browse…just let us know through the comment section below.  But if it works great, why not share with others.

MTN DATA | MTN GoodyBag Social FAQ

MTN GoodyBag Social Bundle is an event based data bundle that allows customers to Share more and follow friends on social media at unbeatable data rates. It grants customers the flexibility of subscribing to a social event data plan that is dedicated strictly to their preferred social media site like facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Eskimi, 2GO, Nimbuzz, WhatsApp etc.
See also:  Hot!!! 2go 3gb MTN Data With Simple Server | Get Free 60mb+3gb MTN Data 2015

Question:  How do I access MTN GoodyBag Social Bundle?

Answer:  Dialing USSD Code *662# displays all available GoodyBag options.

Question:  Can I subscribe to GoodyBag Social Bundle through SMS?

Answer:  Yes, you can send the applicable SMS keyword to 131 to subscribe to the Social Plan.

Question:  What are subscription charges for GoodyBag Social Bundle?

Answer:  Monthly Subscription costs N60 while the weekly subscriptions cost N25.

Question:  Can I subscribe to two or more GoodyBag Social Plans?

Answer:  Yes, you can subscribe to any combination of plans.  E.g you can subscribe to all the plans or select any preferable combination.

Question:  Do I have unlimited data access after subscription to any of the GoodyBag option?

Answer:  No, Fair usage policy of 5MB applies to the weekly social plans while a fair usage policy of 25MB applies to the Monthly plans.

Question:  Will I be able to browse all internet sites or Apps when I subscribe to a GoodyBag social plan?

Answer:  No.  GoodyBag social bundles will only grant internet access to the social network or instant messaging service that you subscribe to.  e.g. Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp will only allow access to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp respectively.

Question:  When my social plan subscription expires, will I have to re-subscribe?

Answer:  Yes.  Our subscription will be auto-renewed if you have available funds in your account, otherwise your subscription will not be auto renewed and you have to manually re-subscribe when you recharge your account.

Question:  How can I unsubscribe from any of the Plans?

Answer:  You can unsubscribe by sending No applicable Keyword to SMS               shortcode – 131. e.g:  No WCM to 131 for WeChat monthly plan or NO WAW       to 131 for WhatsApp weekly bundle.
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MTN CUSTOMER CARE CHANNELS | HOW TO MAKE MTN CUSTOMER CARE PICK YOUR CALL

MTN CUSTOMER CARE CHANNELS | HOW TO MAKE MTN CUSTOMER CARE PICK YOUR CALL

MTN Customer Care is Really Frustrating especially when you get something important to discuss with them!.  Having difficulty reaching MTN Customer Care via 180? This is a Complete Alternative Ways to get in touch with MTN Customer Service Centre and Easy way to make MTN Customer Care Pick your call in time.
MTN Customer Care Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MTN180  or https://twitter.com/mtnng
MTN DATA | MTN Official Twitter Account of MTN Nigeria….Tweet handle @MTN180
MTN Customer Care Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MTNLoaded
The team is available 24/7, to assist basis to attend to all your enquiries, complaints and basic service needs and resolve issues in good response time.

You can contact us in a number of ways:
*     Dial 180 from an MTN line, 23480310180 from other networks and +23480310180
*          Dial their self-help service 181 from an MTN line, 23480310181 from other networks and +23480310181 from outside the country.

How to Make MTN Customer Care Pick Your Call
As we early on said MTN Customer Care is Really Frustrating especially when you get something important to discuss with them!.

FOLLOW THIS SHORT, SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE STEPS

*          Dial 180 on your MTN Line
*          Listen Attentively to What the Automatic Answering Machine is saying
*          It will ask you to change your preferred Language option
*          Change your preferred language to Pidgin by Pressing 6 on your keypad
*          Press 0 to go to Customer Care Agent
*          It begins to Advertise MTN Sim Registration, wait a little and it will be picked by the available representative!.

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