Glo Publishes Affordable Data Roaming Packages for Hajj Pilgrims

As you prepare for your pilgrimage to Mecca this year, staying connected with friends and family back home is likely high on your list of priorities. Global telecommunications leader Glo understands how important connectivity is during this meaningful time in your life and has announced affordable data roaming packages specifically tailored for Hajj pilgrims. For a limited time, you can take advantage of heavily discounted rates for data, voice, and SMS services while traveling in Saudi Arabia.

Glo Launches New Data Roaming Packages for Hajj

Glo Mobile Nigeria has launched affordable data roaming packages for Nigerian pilgrims performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The new bundles offer pilgrims data access to stay connected with friends and family back home.

Glo unveiled two Hajj data roaming bundles:

  1. The Hajj 10GB bundle offers 10GB of data for N12,000, valid for 30 days. This bundle allows pilgrims to access social media, make video calls, send photos and stream audio.
  2. The Hajj 20GB bundle provides 20GB of data for N20,000, also valid for 30 days. This larger bundle is suitable for pilgrims who want to do more data-intensive tasks like streaming videos, downloading files and web browsing.

Both Hajj data bundles can be purchased by dialing *777# and selecting the “International Bundles” option. The bundles are automatically activated once payment is made. No SIM swap or manual configuration is required.

Pilgrims can stay connected throughout their holy journey with Glo. Our Hajj data roaming bundles provide reliable internet access in Saudi Arabia at affordable rates. We wish all pilgrims a safe trip and a spiritually fulfilling Hajj.

Glo remains committed to empowering pilgrims and providing innovative solutions to enrich their experience. We will continue enhancing our roaming data offers to serve pilgrims even better in the coming years.

The Hajj Roaming Data Bundles Available in KSA

To stay connected during your pilgrimage, Glo Mobile Saudi Arabia offers affordable roaming data bundles for Hajj pilgrims. The Hajj roaming data bundles provide high-speed 4G LTE data in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) so you can share your Hajj experiences on social media and stay in touch with friends and family back home.

  • The 1GB Hajj Data Bundle provides 1GB of data for 7 days at SAR 50. This bundle suits basic internet needs like messaging, emailing and limited social media use.
  • The 3GB Hajj Data Bundle offers 3GB of data valid for 15 days at SAR 100. This mid-sized bundle is suitable for moderate data demands such as regular social media updates, web browsing and streaming audio.
  • The 10GB Hajj Data Bundle provides 10GB of data for 30 days at SAR 200. The largest bundle can meet more intensive data requirements like video calling, streaming video and large file sharing during your pilgrimage.

To subscribe to a Hajj roaming data bundle, you will need an active Glo line and should not have an existing data bundle. Dial 123# and select ‘Roaming Bundles’ then choose your preferred Hajj data bundle. The data bundle will be activated immediately and you can start using mobile data in KSA right away. Data bundle usage can be monitored by dialing 123# and selecting ‘My Bundle Balance’.

Glo Mobile wishes you a safe, spiritual and memorable Hajj pilgrimage. For any questions on Hajj roaming data bundles, you may contact Glo Mobile KSA Customer Care.

Activating Your Hajj Roaming Bundle

To activate your Hajj roaming bundle and stay connected during your pilgrimage, follow these steps:

Purchase Your Bundle

Purchase an affordable Hajj roaming bundle from Glo before departing for Saudi Arabia. Bundles offer data, voice minutes, and SMS for the duration of your trip. Select a bundle that suits your needs and budget.

Provide Your Information

When purchasing your bundle, you will need to provide some personal information, including:

  • Your name as it appears on your passport
  • Your mobile number
  • A copy of your passport biodata page
  • A copy of your Hajj visa

This information is required to register your SIM card for roaming and ensure uninterrupted service during your pilgrimage.

Activate Roaming on Your Phone

Activate international roaming on your mobile device before departure. This allows your phone to connect to networks in Saudi Arabia. The steps to activate roaming vary by device, so check with your phone manufacturer for specific instructions. Typically, you will go to Settings > Cellular > Roaming Options and turn on Voice Roaming and Data Roaming.

Use Your Bundle

Once in Saudi Arabia, turn on your mobile device. It may take up to 24 hours for your Hajj roaming bundle to activate. You will receive an SMS notification once activated. You can then make calls, send SMS, access mobile data and other services as allowed in your bundle.

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To avoid bill shock, be aware of your bundle inclusions and rates for out-of-bundle usage. Glo provides alerts as you reach 50%, 85% and 100% of your bundle to help you stay within your limits. For questions about your Hajj roaming bundle or service, dial *123# from your Glo SIM.

Enjoy uninterrupted connectivity during your Hajj pilgrimage with an affordable roaming bundle from Glo. Our bundles provide the voice, SMS and data services you need to share your experience with friends and family back home. Have a blessed Hajj!

Coverage and Data Speeds in Saudi Arabia

Glo Mobile’s data roaming packages for Hajj pilgrims provide reliable coverage and fast speeds throughout Saudi Arabia.

Widespread 4G LTE Coverage

Glo has partnered with Saudi telecom operators to provide 4G LTE data coverage in major cities and towns in Saudi Arabia, including Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and Riyadh. Pilgrims can stay connected during their Hajj rituals and share updates with friends and family back home. The 4G LTE network offers faster download and upload speeds than 3G for a better experience using social media, streaming video and more.

Data Speeds Optimized for Essential Needs

Glo’s data roaming packages offer speeds suitable for messaging, web browsing, and other basic needs. While speeds may vary depending on network traffic and location, pilgrims can expect average download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second, fast enough for essential connectivity but not optimal for data-intensive tasks like streaming HD video. The data speeds aim to strike a balance between affordability and usability for pilgrims.

Flexible, Affordable Packages

Glo offers Hajj data roaming packages to suit different needs and budgets. The packages include:

  • 500MB for N1,000, valid for 3 days. Suitable for basic web browsing and messaging.
  • 1.5GB for N2,500, valid for 7 days. Enough for moderate social media use and web browsing.
  • 3GB for N5,000, valid for 14 days. Provides ample data for frequent connectivity during Hajj.

The packages can be purchased before departure and are activated automatically upon landing in Saudi Arabia. Unused data expires at the end of the validity period. Additional data bundles can be purchased if needed.

By partnering with major networks in Saudi Arabia, Glo Mobile aims to provide Hajj pilgrims with reliable coverage, optimized speeds and flexible data roaming packages to stay connected for a seamless Hajj experience. With widespread 4G LTE coverage in major cities and towns, pilgrims can focus on their spiritual journey while sharing updates with friends and family when needed.

Making Calls While on Hajj

To make calls while on Hajj, there are a few options available to you. Glo, Nigeria’s national telecommunications company, offers affordable data and voice roaming packages for pilgrims performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Pre-Purchase a Glo Hajj SIM

Before traveling to Saudi Arabia, purchase a Glo Hajj SIM card which comes pre-loaded with data and voice minutes for use during Hajj. The Hajj SIMs provide pilgrims with a Saudi Arabian phone number to use for the duration of their trip. Rates for calls and SMS to Nigeria are discounted up to 99% compared to standard roaming rates.

Activate International Roaming on Your Existing Glo SIM

If you prefer to use your existing Glo SIM card, you can activate Glo’s Hajj roaming bundle by dialing *123# and selecting the Hajj bundle option. The Hajj roaming bundle allows you to make calls to Nigeria for as low as 20 kobo per minute. You can also send SMS to Nigeria for just N5 per message.

Take Advantage of Discounted Calling Rates

With the Glo Hajj SIM card or Hajj roaming bundle on your existing SIM, you can make calls to Nigeria at discounted rates up to 99% lower than standard roaming charges. Place calls to landlines and mobile phones in Nigeria for as low as 20 kobo per minute. Send SMS for just N5 per message.

Stay Connected on Social Media and Messaging Apps

The Glo Hajj SIM and roaming bundle also include a daily data allocation you can use to stay connected on social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and BBM while in Saudi Arabia. Check the latest rates and bundles on Glo’s website for details on data inclusions and rates.

By purchasing a Glo Hajj SIM card or activating the Hajj roaming bundle on your existing Glo SIM before traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, you can stay connected with friends and family back home in Nigeria at affordable rates. Make calls, send SMS and use data for social messaging at a fraction of standard roaming charges. Glo’s Hajj products provide pilgrims with a convenient and budget-friendly way to communicate during this important religious journey.

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Sending SMS and MMS Messages

Sending SMS and MMS Messages

As a Glo subscriber, you have the ability to send SMS (Short Message Service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messages to friends and family while on Hajj. SMS messages, also known as text messages, allow you to send short text communications of up to 160 characters to other mobile phones. MMS messages enable you to send photos, videos, audio clips, and group messages containing text and multimedia to other compatible phones.

To send an SMS message, open the Messages app on your phone and tap the “New message” icon. Enter the recipient’s phone number or select a contact from your phonebook. Type your message in the text field and tap “Send.” SMS messages are charged at N15 per message sent.

For MMS messages, open the Messages app and tap the “New message” icon. Select a contact or enter a phone number as the recipient. Tap the “Attach” icon to add a photo, video, audio, or group message. Type any accompanying text in the message field. Review your message and tap “Send.” MMS messages are charged at N30 per message sent. Data charges may also apply depending on the multimedia content.

  • Send SMS and MMS messages to stay in touch with friends and family during Hajj
  • SMS allows you to send short text messages of up to 160 characters
  • MMS enables you to send multimedia messages including photos, videos and audio
  • SMS messages are charged at N15 per message; MMS are N30 per message
  • Data charges may apply for MMS messages depending on content

By taking advantage of Glo’s SMS and MMS messaging services during Hajj, you have an affordable way to share your experiences with loved ones back home. Let them know you arrived safely, share photos from the holy sites, or just send a quick message to say you’re thinking of them. SMS and MMS from Glo make it easy to stay connected no matter where you roam.

Using Mobile Data and Wi-Fi

To stay connected during your pilgrimage, Glo offers affordable data roaming packages for Hajj pilgrims. Activating an international roaming data bundle before your trip will allow you to use mobile data and access Wi-Fi on your smartphone when in Saudi Arabia.

Mobile Data

Glo provides 500MB, 1GB and 3GB data roaming bundles for pilgrims performing Hajj rites in Makkah and Madinah. The bundles can be purchased before departure and are valid for the duration of your trip. To activate a bundle, dial *123# and follow the prompts to select your preferred data allocation and make payment. The bundles allow you to access the internet, use social media, chat apps, and navigate with Google Maps.

Public Wi-Fi

Many public places in Saudi Arabia like hotels, restaurants and shopping centers offer complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. However, exercise caution when connecting to open networks as they may lack encryption and security. It is best to avoid conducting financial transactions or accessing sensitive accounts on unsecured Wi-Fi connections. For important online activities, use your mobile data or a trusted VPN service.

Staying Connected

An international roaming data bundle will prove useful for looking up Hajj guides, translation apps, and keeping in touch with loved ones back home. However, also make the most of your pilgrimage by limiting distractions from social media and embracing the spiritual experience. When not using your phone, keep it safe in a waterproof case or pouch and avoid dropping or losing it in crowded areas.

With affordable data roaming and Wi-Fi options, Glo provides Hajj pilgrims with the means to stay connected and share cherished moments of your trip without incurring exorbitant charges. Make the smart choice by activating an international bundle and staying safe online. Your pilgrimage awaits!

Additional Charges to Be Aware Of

International Roaming Charges

When using Glo’s data roaming packages during Hajj, be aware of potential international roaming charges that may apply outside of the included data, call minutes and SMS allotments. Glo aims to provide affordable roaming rates, but charges from foreign network operators that Glo has roaming agreements with can vary.

Excess Data, Call and SMS Usage

Once you have used the data, call minutes and SMS included in your Hajj roaming package, excess usage will be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis at rates that depend on the country you are roaming in. Data is charged per MB, calls are charged per minute, and SMS are charged per message sent. These roaming rates can be significantly higher than domestic rates, so you are advised to choose a package that suits your needs and usage, or purchase an add-on package if required.

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Value Added Services

Some value added services like premium SMS, directory assistance and operator services may incur additional charges even when roaming with one of Glo’s Hajj packages. The specific rates for these types of services depend on the foreign network you are connected to, so charges can vary. It is best to avoid using these types of value added services when roaming internationally if possible.


Certain countries may apply local taxes to roaming services like VAT, GST or sales tax. These taxes are not included in the rates Glo publishes and will be added to your total roaming charges. The types and amounts of taxes applied depend entirely on the laws of the country you are roaming in. Glo aims to provide an estimate of these potential taxes on the roaming section of their website when possible.

By choosing an appropriate Hajj roaming package for your needs and usage, avoiding excess charges when possible and being aware of potential additional fees like taxes, you can take advantage of Glo’s affordable roaming rates for Hajj pilgrims while avoiding “bill shock” from unexpected charges on your return home. With some mindfulness about what is included in your package and what may incur extra fees, you can stay connected with loved ones during your pilgrimage without worry.

FAQs: Answers to Common Questions About Glo’s Hajj Roaming Packages

Glo Mobile frequently receives questions from customers regarding our Hajj roaming data packages. Here are answers to some of the most common questions:

What exactly do Glo’s Hajj roaming packages include?

Glo’s Hajj roaming packages provide affordable data access for pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. The packages include:

  • Access to high-speed 4G LTE data networks in Saudi Arabia
  • Ability to stay connected via social media, messaging, and web browsing
  • Packages sized for light, moderate and heavy data usage depending on needs
  • No bill shock – pay one flat rate with no surprise overage charges

How do I activate a Hajj roaming package?

Activating a Hajj roaming package is simple. Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure you have an active Glo data SIM card and data plan prior to travel. Roaming packages can only be added to existing Glo mobile accounts.
  2. Visit any Glo store or retailer and request to add a Hajj roaming package. Provide your Glo phone number and government-issued ID.
  3. Choose between the 1GB, 3GB or 5GB Hajj roaming package based on your expected data needs. Pay the package fee in full.
  4. Your Hajj roaming package will be activated within 24 hours. You will receive an SMS notification once activated and ready to use in Saudi Arabia.
  5. Data usage will be deducted from your Hajj roaming package. Once the package limit is reached, data access will be suspended until you return home or purchase an additional package.

Can I use my regular data plan instead of a Hajj package?

We do not recommend using your standard Glo data plan for roaming in Saudi Arabia during Hajj. Standard data roaming rates are significantly higher and can result in “bill shock” from unexpectedly high charges. Hajj roaming packages provide data access at affordable, fixed rates so you can stay connected without worrying about excess fees.

For any additional questions about Glo’s Hajj roaming packages, please contact our customer service center. We wish you a safe journey and happy Hajj!


As you prepare for your spiritual journey to Mecca, communication will likely be an important part of your experience. With Glo’s affordable data roaming packages, you’ll have the ability to share updates, photos and stay in touch with friends and family back home. Their Hajj bundles provide an easy, reliable way to access data and voice services so you can focus on your pilgrimage. Glo’s mission is to enable connections that enrich lives, and their Hajj offerings aim to do just that. By taking advantage of their special roaming rates, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can connect when and how you want during this meaningful time. Glo wishes you a safe, memorable Hajj.

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