Last week, MTN Nigeria announced a collaboration with Apple Music that allows its users to subscribe to the streaming platform with airtime instead of virtual cards.
In 2022, due to "market realities on foreign exchange", several Nigerian banks suspended international transactions on their Naira cards; this was after most of them had reduced the monthly spending limit on the cards. A few months later, most Nigerian fintechs also suspended their virtual card services for users indefinitely.
Although a few other banks and fintechs still offered the service, several users experienced difficulties in making international payments, this includes subscriptions to streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify and Netflix.
With this collaboration, both Android and iPhone users will be able to use their MTN lines to subscribe to Apple Music for ₦1000 airtime monthly through SMS, USSD or the myMTN App. "You do not require a debit card at all. You will be charged directly from your airtime balance," MTN Nigeria said in a statement.
Via SMS: Send “Music” for a monthly subscription to 8000
Via web on; MTN Play portal, mtn.ng, MyMTN App
After the SMS, you will receive a double confirmation page for you to consent. After you have consented by selecting ‘Accept Renewal’, you will receive an SMS from 8000 to access the service.
The first six months of the subscription is free. Meanwhile, you can unsubscribe by sending; stop music, no music or end music to 8000.