How to purchase MTN SME Data Share bundle

To purchase MTN SME Data Share bundle, you first need to Migrate to SME Plus Plan and these are the steps to follow.

Send 460 to 131 or dial *460# to migrate to the SME Plus Service Class.
If Sim is eligible, you will receive a message telling you, you’ve successful register.

Ensure your airtime balance you just successfully registered with can cater for the cost of data bundle you want to purchase.

SME bundle for 30days
10GB @ N5,500 for 30 days
20GB @ N11,000 for 30 days
50GB @ N25,000 for 60 days

Therefore to purchase any of the desired value
Simple dial *461*1#
The above list will be displayed

Pay for a data share bundle by sending the keyword that corresponds to the plan you wish to purchase.

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How can I recharge large sums of airtime to pay for the MTN SME Data Share Service?

Like earlier said, the registered sim must have sufficient airtime balance of desire purchase. In order to pay or get hug amount of airtime on our SIM you can recharge using the following means.

You can use Quickteller by visiting

Quickteller enables you to recharge your mobile airtime using your ATM card. To recharge large sums of money online at Quickteller, please follow the steps below first:

Go to the nearest ATM, and insert your ATM card
Select the ‘Quickteller’ option from the ATM menu screen
Select ‘Pay Bills’
Select ‘Others’
Enter ‘322222” as the Payment Code
Enter your phone number as the Customer Reference Number
Follow the prompts to complete the transaction
Service costs N1.

Once your number is registered you shall be able to recharge large sums using one-time passwords that will be sent to your phone to securely complete each transaction.

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How can I top-up my MTN SME DATA when I still have data?

Yes, you can purchase any additional data share bundle plan multiple times within the month of existing subscription whether or not the data is exhausted. Data will be accumulated and expiry date will assume latest date of purchase.

What is the least size of data that I can share?

Sponsor can share data in the following data sizes; 250MB, 500MB 1GB, 2GB and 5GB.

Can I share data to another set of beneficiaries when I renew a bundle during the subscription period?

When sponsor renews or purchases a new plan during the subscription period, whether or not the current data bundle is exhausted, the sponsor shall have the ability to share data a maximum of 10 times specific to this new plan.


Can a beneficiary receive MTN data from another sharer or dealer?

No. A beneficiary shall receive data from one sponsor at a time. Beneficiaries can however receive data from another sponsor when they exhaust the initial data.

How many number of times can I share SME data?

Each sponsor shall have the ability to share data a maximum of 10 times per bundle plan purchased.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can share data with a beneficiary?

No. One beneficiary shall be able to receive data multiple times from a sponsor, irrespective of the bundle plan the data is being shared from, as long as the sponsor has not reached his/ her maximum of 10 shares per bundle. Data shared to the beneficiary shall be accumulated and expiry date will reflect latest data share.

If the beneficiary receives multiple data from the same sponsor, will it accumulate?

Yes. the data will accumulate and assume the expiry date of the latest data bundle. However, unused data shall be forfeited once the bundle expires.

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When will the data of the beneficiary expire?

When a Data Share Sponsor successfully shares a portion of his data bundle to a Data Share Beneficiary, the data shall expire on the same date as the originating data bundle. For example if the Sponsor’s originating bundle is a 30-day plan expiring 1st APRIL 2017, then the  Data Share  created for the Beneficiary will also expire on 1st APRIL 2017.

How do I share data with a beneficiary?

You can share data with any beneficiary by sending SMS format below to 131 as shown in the list below (or dial *461# and follow the prompt):

SMS Format to send to 131 to share data


SMEA <PhoneNumber> 250 <PIN> to 131

SMS to transfer 250MB

SMEB <PhoneNumber> 500 <PIN> to 131

SMS to transfer 500MB

SMEC <PhoneNumber> 1000 <PIN> to 131

SMS to transfer 1GB

SMED <PhoneNumber> 2000 <PIN> to 131

SMS to transfer 2GB

SMEE <PhoneNumber> 5000 <PIN> to 131

SMS to transfer 5GB

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NOTE: You can only share data in multiples of250MB, 500MB, 1GB, 2GB or 5GB. Sharing data in multiples of any other data sizes is not allowed.

For example to share 250MB of data with beneficiary using phone number 07065463512 and MTN PIN ‘3456’, then the following is sent as SMS to 131 (or Dial *461# and follow the prompt);


SMEA 07065463512 250 3456 = Correct Format!

SMEA 07065463512 200 3456 = Wrong Format

SMEB 07065463512 200 3456 = Wrong Format

SMESHARE 07065463512 200 3456 = Wrong Format

Can I share data sizes multiple times to the same beneficiary?

Yes, especially when the data size which you wish to share is larger than 5GB. To share data of larger sizes than 10GB for instance, you may share 5GB twice or 2GB five times or 1GB ten times. For example, to share 10GB of data with beneficiary using phone number 07065463512 and MTN PIN ‘3456’,

simply send SMEE 07065463512 5000 3456 twice to effectively share 10GB.

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Does beneficiary’s phone number have to be an MTN phone number to enjoy the service?

Yes, the beneficiary’s phone number must be an MTN phone number on any service class.

How do I check my MTN SME data balance?

You simply send DATABALANCE to 131 or dial *461#and follow the prompt or *461*2#

How do beneficiaries check their data balance?

The beneficiary checks own balance by sending SHAREBALANCE to 131 or dialing *461# and following the prompt or *461*2#

Can I use my existing MTN PIN for the MTN SME Data Share service? 

No, you have to generate a separate pin for data share, though the pin may be similar to the one you are using for share and sell to send airtime.

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How to generate a PIN for MTN SME data share
Send an sms in this format to 131


E.g if the desired pin is 3456 then send the message in this format
1111 3456 to 131


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19 Responses

  1. Adaeze says:
    Can I buy my own sme data when I still have data from a sponsor?
  2. Gruyk says:
    Hello, please is it possible for a beneficiary to also share data? Assuming he’s on Mtn biz plus too?
    • admin says:
      no sir, any data received by beneficiary cannot be shared out but if the beneficiary is on biz plan will need to purchase data bundle and share only from the bundle purchased
  3. Amb. Nonso Iheanyi says:
    Hi, am so much interested in this SME share business, does it mean that once I migrate to MTN biz plus and reset the pin, it automatically gets me started?
  4. Adedeji toyin says:
    Hi, I will like to start this SME data business, have been doing it before but I do buy from pole that have register from mtn directly but I want to register directly too but what I don’t understand is the issue of expire in 30days of purchase because the ones have been buying expires in 3month of purchasing. Can you explain better pls
  5. Emmanue says:
    Thanks for this post. Pls this maximum of 10 shares, how is it possible for someone that has resubscribed up to 50gig to still have a max of 10 shares to sell to his customers?, is the 10 shares max per day or throughout d validity period of ur data?, and wat if u purchase 20gig plan and av customers that buys only 1gig plan then u sold 10gig with 10shares, wat happened to the remaining 10gig?
    • admin says:
      You will have to purchase another
      Therefore, if you purchase another 20gb…. that will be 30gb for new 10 shares
      Then If you have people to share 5gb or 2GB with. .. it can clear everything.
      5gb x 10 people is 50gb and you have 30gb left. .. virtually, it will clear all gb at hand
      When you keep purchasing…and the date keep extending.

      Your last purchase determines the number of shares.

      Be careful, the number of shares Is not for a day… but the whole period
      Don’t be caught unaware!.

      That’s why it’s advisable to start with 10gb own
      Till you get enough customers that purchases 5gb and 2GBP or 4GB +++

      Leave a reply if this satisfy your questions. Thanks

  6. Festus says:
    Please I’m unable to share data after generating a new pin. Not even an error message. What could be the problem
    • admin says:
      Dear *Valued Customer*

      Please be informed that *MTN data share service is currently down* which is an issue directly from the service provider.

      All pending data request will be processed once service has been normalized. And it has been restored. Kindly try sending again.

      Thanks for choosing to partner with us.
      *Your success is our joy!*

  7. Shoyemi Ayoola says:
    Hello, am interested in doing this MTn SME data share service business. How do I go about it. Thanks
  8. temmie says:
    If I should share 500mb to a number and 1g to d same number;wat number of count is that to d maximum 10 per my bundle
    • admin says:
      : that will be counted as 2shares. Therefore, mind the way you share most especially the little sizes. Thanks for dropping your message. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
  9. Ibrahim Olalekan Bello says:
    Thanks for your information.
    Please, is it possible to sell this SME data share on my proposed website? If yes, how do I integrate the
    selling Code into the website. Or do you provide for data/airtime modules and API for the sellers with websites?
    Because, automating it will make the selling easier even when there is expansion in the customer base.
    • admin says:
      yes, its possible! however, its not what we can discuss here. you can hand it over to a developer to help you. i will introduce you to a developer that can help you out with this after showing you a sample. contact
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