How to share data on Airtel

by Johnson Daniel

Airtel has a data share service called Data Me2U that allows you as an existing Airtel subscriber to transfer data from your existing data allowance to another Airtel customer across phones, tablets and laptops.

There are practically two ways in which you can share data from one Airtel SIM card to another, using the Data Me2U service is one way, while Data Gifting is another means through which you can achieve the means of sharing data with your friend using Airtel.

What I’m trying to say in essence is that Data Me2U differs from Data Gifting. Using Data Me2U, you can “share” or “transfer” from the data allowance of an already purchased data bundle to another customer. For example, if you have purchased a 1.5GB Monthly, you can transfer 100MB to another customer. To share/transfer data, simply dial *141# and select the option for Gifting or Me2U.How to share data on Airtel

As for Data Gifting, you are given the privilege to buy a data bundle plan for another customer by paying with your own airtime. For example, if your friend/family runs out of data, you can just buy another data plan for the person. To gift data, simply dial *141# and select the option for Gifting or Me2U.

I’ve already shown you how to share data from one Airtel SIM card to another, but there is still more information you need to know about Airtel data share services. So, here are answers to some questions that might be going through your mind right now.


What is the validity of the shared data bundle?


The shared data will have the same validity as the original data. E.g If you have a bundle with the validity end date of 1st Jan 2020, and you share some of that data; the recipient’s data will also expire on 1st Jan 2020.



The regular data bundle plans – Weekly/Daily Bundles, Monthly Bundles and MegaPacks.



No. You are not auto-renewed on shared data.



You can share a maximum of 200MB data to one person.



You can share data with a maximum of 2 recipients daily using Data Me2U. This means that you can share a maximum of 200MB each with 2 recipients daily. while you can gift data to as many people, as many times as you wish using the Data Gifting service. There are no restrictions.



Yes, Data Sharing is for both Prepaid and Postpaid customers.



The table below will guide:

SN

CRITERIA

DATA ME2U

DATA GIFTING

1

Default PIN, accessibly via *141#; Note that this PIN must be changed before sharing can occur

1234

1234

2

Subscription via USSD

Dial *141#. Select the Gift or Share Data option. Thereafter select Data Me2U.

Dial *141#. Select the Gift or Share Data option. Thereafter select Data Gifting.

3

Data Allowance shareable

Data size maximum of 200MB per day.

Restricted to regular data bundle plans.

4

Number of sharing instances possible

  • Twice in a day to a maximum of two
    different people.
  • You can share data to the same person again only after that person finishes the first shared data. First rule above still applies.

As many times as possible.

5

Validity of bundle

Residual validity of Sender’s bundle

The validity of the gifted bundle plan

6

Auto-Renewal

No

No

7

Data Balance Check

*140#

*140#

8

PIN Management

  • PIN reset option is available on *141# USSD menu.
  • One PIN is applicable for Data Gifting & Data Me2U.
  • At the fifth pin attempt, the customer will be barred from using any of the services above.
  • This barring will be for 1 hour at a time.
  • Where 3 barring(s) happen to one MSISDN in a 24-hour period, the customer has to call into the Call Center for a reset.

*140#

  • In order to prevent an unauthorized person from doing Data Sharing/Gifting from a customer’s phone, a Pin is required before you can share or gift data.
  • When you access Data Sharing/Gifting for the first time, you will be required to change your Pin from the default Pin to any Pin you desire to use.

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