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Orange tempts with Eee PC with embedded 3G modem
Friday 07 November 2008 16:31:37 by Andrew Ferguson

One of the problems with mobile broadband dongles is the fact that they 'dongle', and thus its easy to snag the little device and damage a USB port or break the dongle. To the rescue comes Orange with their Eee PC 901 with embedded 3G connectivity.

The Eee PC and a 3GB monthly data allowance is yours for £25 a month and should be available around mid-November in a choice of black or pink, and your allowance includes 100 text messages.

Earlier this week Orange published its third quarter results, which can be seen on the Orange press office site. The mobile side of the Orange UK business seems fairly upbeat with increasing use of mobile broadband, but its number of ADSL customers decreasing by 10% in the last 12 months to 1,023,000 customers. Across Europe Orange actually grew its ADSL broadband user base by 11.1% to 12.4 million customers. The continued focus is now on existing customers, and Orange are claiming that fault rates for their LLU network is now less than connections using BT Wholesale.


Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Should be noted the Eee PC 901 is the 16Gig drive model, not much good for serious and varied PC use and this so called deal as always is a 24 month contract.
Posted by geoff-ellis over 8 years ago
"One of the problems with mobile broadband dongles is the fact that they 'dongle', and thus its easy to snag the little device and damage a USB port or break the dongle."
Much betterer to put it on a lead, hang in the window or where the signal is best?
Posted by Rroff over 8 years ago
The Eee 901 is a pretty capable little beastie unless your into serious gaming or high end media work. Perfectly fine for internet, office, playing videos and even light gaming.

I'd be more concerned about the quality and availability of orange's mobile broadband and what happens if you exceed the bandwidth allocation.
Posted by Rroff over 8 years ago
Oh and the Eee is very expandable for extra storage with a high speed card reader port and a reasonable number of USB ports.
Posted by uniquename over 8 years ago
@Rroff re availability, not knowing much if anything about mobile broadband I assume it comes through the same masts as the phone. I have had Orange mobile phone since the early days travelling to many parts of the country, and apart from inside shielded buildings such as concert halls, before the antennae were improved and defeated the shielding, I cannot remember Orange signal failing for phone purposes at least.
Posted by PeteK over 8 years ago
@uniquename - Oh sir, you must be so lucky. We ahve 70 orange business mobiles and can quite happily demonstrate areas where gprs coverage is patchy, never mind 3g. A prime example in obviously a none prime business district (toungue in cheek) would be St. Katherines Dock, S. London oh and my house!
As a phone they are OK as a data provider they are RUBBISH.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 8 years ago
my friend wanted to download open office on his 3g connection via dongle to laptop. It said 47 hours. He got on a bus, watched the signal till he had a good connection approaching the nearby town (he lives in a village) got off the bus, downloaded open office, got back on the bus and came home. I thought that was very enterprising of him, and it cost him nothing cos he is a senior citizen with free bus pass.
Posted by peterradio over 8 years ago
Orange wants to look after the existing customers, Their service is RUBBISH and to phone them is almost impossible unless you have a couple of spare hours to wait in a que and then only get a fob off.
Their reliability is VERY POOR e-mails frequently take hours to be delivered (if they are delivered at all) I wonder where they store these delayed or not delivered messages
All Orange seem to want to do is to sell mobile 'phone packages
Come Back FREESERVE - I signed up with you and got good service from you but you sold out to Wannadoo and then Orange - SHAME
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 8 years ago
peterradio - Wait, you're using your ISP's email servers? Uhm...
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