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Orange invoke mobile broadband price war
Wednesday 05 August 2009 11:43:29 by John Hunt

Orange have launched a mobile broadband package for under £5 and introduced a price cap so users can't get hit with huge bills if they overuse their mobile broadband package.

The new package at £4.89 a month on an 18 month contract allows users to download just 500 megabytes per month, but this will be sufficient for occasional use to read e-mail and browse websites. A second new product addition is an unlimited off-peak service that allows unlimited usage between midnight and 9am. This starts at just under £13 for 1GB of usage in the 'peak' period.

A very welcome introduction is a price cap of £40 for going over the data usage limit. This means if users leave their mobile broadband connected by accident or find that software updates have been automatically downloaded whilst you were connected, you won't get stung for a huge bill as a result. Recent research by showed that some providers can charge as much as £200 per gigabyte if you go over your usage, so a low limit will be appreciated by users who get caught out by this.

Next will be to see how the other providers respond to these product changes. This new cheaper product brings prices that are below the cost of traditional fixed line broadband, however fixed line broadband does have higher fixed costs.


Posted by TonyHoyle over 8 years ago
Why is this special? I've been getting 1GB/mo for £5 from '3' for ages, and this is a much worse deal due to the 18 month contract and miserly 500mb cap.
Posted by gsf600y over 8 years ago
I can't see that offer on the three website Tony.
I can see £10/1GB a month (18 month contract), even more for a monthly contract.
Posted by jonaskew over 8 years ago
i can't seem to find this offer on the orange website.
Posted by Rroff over 8 years ago
The difference is if you do make good use of your mobile broadband you won't get shafted...

On this occasion I have to say well done Orange.
Posted by TonyHoyle over 8 years ago
The '3' offer was £5/mo 12 month contract.. I got it ages ago. For £10/mo you could get 5GB.

Even the Tmobile deals are better than that - 3Gb for £15 is much better than 1Gb for £13.

Hardly a 'price war'. More like Orange playing catchup, and not quite doing it.
Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
T-Mobiles deals are better - even on prepay the max you'll pay is £1 a day (sure we can all work out what that is per month). Their postpay deals are better value than that.

I think you should edit this article as its misleading!
Posted by Rroff over 8 years ago
I think people are missing the point.
Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
Which is?

That Orange AREN'T leading the field?

Seems to be point if you ask me.
Posted by GERY over 8 years ago
I have to agree with Rroff. Price capping is a generous and thoughtful addition. Just think, a bill for hundreds of pounds is not funny. It's like paying for insurance. Well done Orange.
Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
Perhaps you and Rroff should write them a nice thank you letter for no longer ripping you off then?

Its no different from ignoring those who perform well in school and handing out awards for "most improved".

Posted by otester over 8 years ago

Get a 3G phone, stick a 3UK sim in, buy the £5 internet addon, use as modem (with correct settings). Done.
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 8 years ago
Or just stick to using wifi and don't pay out a shitload of cash.
Posted by richpb7 over 8 years ago
Virgin PAYG - 30p max charge a day, 25Mb daily limit. Best deal there is I reckon for the casual user.

Tried 3 a while back and the level of service, both customer and technical, was appalling for me.
Posted by GERY over 8 years ago
Hey Rroff. Give is a kiss. HA HA
Posted by willarch over 8 years ago
Orange should have launched a Pay as you go Scheme like the others,as there cover is better
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