Solo Aspire M

About a week or two weeks ago, Bankole of TechCabal mentioned something of an upcoming collaboration between telcos and smartphone makers in the country to allow subscribers purchase smartphones in monthly instalments, and now we’re seeing this come to life. SOLO Phones has partnered with Airtel Nigeria to give the latter’s subscribers an opportunity to purchase a mid-range smartphone, the Solo Aspire M for just N4,150.

Okay, not exactly four thousand one hundred and fifty naira, but you can get this smartphone now for that amount and balance up in monthly instalments over the next 12 months with the same amount.

However, there are few criteria which you must meet before you can use this offer. First, you have to be an existing Airtel subscriber, and note the word in italics…for those that are already planning to go and register an Airtel SIM.

Secondly, you have to be chosen by Airtel to be eligible to the offer. So how do I know if I’m chosen? You’ll receive an SMS from Airtel asking you to visit the Airtel store or partner outlet closest to you. If you have received this SMS, then you’re qualified and you can walk into any of the Airtel stores and partner outlets with this SMS.

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However, before heading to the nearest Airtel store, you have to get certain documents ready to prove your identity as a Nigerian citizen. These documents include:

  • International Passport.
  • Drivers’ License.
  • Permanent voters’ card.
  • National ID card.
  • Utility Bill with your home address.
  • BVN.

And do not forget the N4,150 you’re going to use to purchase the smartphone.

By paying N4,150 monthly for 12 months, you pay a total of N49,800 for the smartphone, which is N10,800 more than its MRP. What’s more, you get to pay the monthly fee via airtime and you get 1GB of data, 60 minutes worth of airtime to call any network and 60 free SMS valid for 30 days, all for free. That’s fair enough, in my opinion.

Solo Aspire M Specifications

Solo Aspire M

The Solo Aspire M has the same specifications, design and features as the recently-released Solo Aspire 4, so I’m guessing that the phone was rebranded for the purpose of this hire purchase.

Here are the key features of the Solo Aspire M:

  • 5-inch HD (960 * 540) display.
  • 1GB RAM / 8GB ROM.
  • MediaTek MT6580 processor.
  • 8MP rear (with LED flash) & front camera.
  • 4000mAh battery.
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

You can get the full specifications list and review of the Solo Aspire M (Aspire 4) here.

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Did you qualify for this offer? Are you going to get the smartphone? Let us know through the comment section below.

UPDATE 2/9/17

You no longer need to wait for an SMS from Airtel before you can get the SOLO Aspire M for N4,150. Simply follow the following steps if you’re an Airtel subscriber:

  1. Get the necessary documents listed above, including your N4,150.
  2. Walk into any Airtel retail store and purchase the Airtel special smartphone bundle for N4,150.
  3. Upon subscribing, you’ll receive 1GB of data, unlimited access to social media apps, 60 SMS and 60 minutes worth of airtime.
  4. Give the documents to an Airtel agent at the store in order to receive your  SOLO Aspire M.
  5. Keep renewing the special smartphone bundle monthly for 12 months after you receive the smartphone.


  1. Pls, this phone was stolen from my mum yesterday and she hasn’t completed the payment, pls, which number can I call to give the details?

  2. I have loaded airtime #4150.00 for my second subscription payment but my line still remain blocked. Kindly help me get at work my no is 08026990338. Thanks

    • Try subscribing to the plan first and wait some. If it’s still blocked, visit an Airtel store, preferably the place you registered and ask them to assist you. There’s nothing I can do to unblock it from here.

  3. I have 2 Airtel line, 1 to make cal since 2002,l second one to browse since 2015, and Airtel have not send messages to me, is only Renmoney that send message to me and they said I will pay 10,000 first and after I will be paying 4,150 monthly.
    I need this phone badly from Airtel, what can you do me ?

    • Hi Sulola, you don’t need to wait for an SMS from Airtel before you can purchase the phone again. Simply walk into an Airtel store with the requirements listed above and your N4,150 and tell whoever’s in charge to assist you with the process of registering for and collecting the smartphone.

  4. Comment: my name is Kelly this is my number 08074654412 ,i pot to airtel,I don’t know if I am qualify . kindly help check the system.

  5. I got the SMS but I’ve not had time within the week to go and collect the phone. I don’t know if it’s still available now.

  6. I need one but I’ve gotten no SMS. All attached terms and conditions are within my reach.. What should I do?
    Do contact me via 08080363637

    • You have to get the SMS before you can make use of this offer. Nothing can be done if you didn’t or haven’t received it.


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