CUGs are a form of mobile phone service that allows subscribers to use their phone number to make and receive calls to and from other lines, provided by the same mobile network. Mobile network operators provide CUGs to their subscribers in order to offer an alternative to a mobile line subscription. This service can be used to make and receive calls to and from other lines and networks outside the CUG group, however, these calls will be charged at the normal rate.

Airtel Closed User Group (CUG)

The Airtel closed user group offers four package plans. These are:

  • Basic plan
  • Intermediate Package (2nd Edition)
  • Advance payment
  • Family Prepaid

Airtel offers two types of packages, the Family and Friends package and the Family and Business package. For the Family and Friends package, you can make free calls to other Airtel subscribers on the network, within the CUG, based on a minimum fair usage policy of 150 minutes. Calls made outside the CUG will be charged at normal though competitive rates. There is also a flat rate for calls on the network and calls off the network. The Family and Friends package also gives you the opportunity to have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 9 people with an access fee of N1,500 only. However, calls made to other networks, or numbers outside the CUG will be charged at normal though competitive rates.


You can make free calls with anyone in your closed user group for as long as you wish. The first month is free and the rest is just 500 naira every month. The free calls are between members of your CUG. If you want to call someone who is not part of your CUG, you need to pay 20kobo/sec.

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MTN UG Service – The Facts

The MTN CUG service is designed to meet the needs of communities such as family, friends and organizations. There are a variety of plans you can choose from as fits your needs and budget. MNT has a flat subscription fee which ensures your month on month spending is fully controlled even when you have exceeded your CUG recharge. Lastly, it is easy to migrate to the MTN CUG or to add new numbers to a Closed User Group. To subscribe to the MTN Closed User Group Service, visit any MTN branch near you.

9MOBILE C.U.G Service

Etisalat or 9Mobile is a phone network provider based in the UK. Their services include voice calls, mobile data and text messages. You can access their service by purchasing a SIM card or by purchasing a phone and signing up to their network. They offer three different packages, depending on your budget and needs. This is a cheap way to make cheap calls.

These Are:

Easy Business: This plan offers 500 free minutes per month. These minutes can be used at any time of the day. You can access the 9mobile (Etisalat) Easybusiness plan at a price of 1000 naira. This will provide you with 500 minutes of call time and 50 free text messages.

Easy Business Premium plan: If you are on this plan, you can make unlimited calls for a month for N1000, but there is a fair usage limit. If you make too many calls, the plan will run out.

If you would like to receive a guide on how to join a 9 Mobile Closed User Group plan, please send the help command to 303

9 Mobile calls are charged at a low rate. For example, you can make a call to Nigeria at $1.25/minute. Mobile calls are perfect for the student who wants to make cheap calls to friends.

The CUG plans are a great option for individuals who do not want to spend too much money on their mobile phone plans. The plans are easy to migrate to and offer competitive charges on calls.


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