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Orange introduce new £5 per month broadband offering
Monday 05 September 2011 16:16:48 by John Hunt

Orange have revamped their broadband offerings to ensure they are offering the UK's lowest priced broadband deal, with a price reduction to just £5 a month (for Orange mobile customers) of their cheapest broadband product. The Orange 'Home Broadband & Calls' package offers up-to 20meg broadband with an unlimited usage allowance (although Orange perform traffic management) and a 12-month contract. You do need to take line rental from Orange however and this costs £12.75 a month. Before the price reduction, Orange used to charge £11.50 a month line rental, and £7.50 a month for the broadband and off-peak calls package, so this is a price drop of £1.25 once the line rental increase is taken into account.

With the Broadband & Anytime Calls package price staying the same, there is a price increase here of £1.25.

"Although financially times are tough, we believe that everyone should have access to the best value deals in the market, irrespective of where they live. That's why despite other providers raising the price of their overall packages, we're actually offering the best priced plans we can to our customers right across the nation."

Sylvain Thevenot, (Director of Marketing & Propositions, Home) Orange

It will remain subject to debate whether Orange are actually the cheapest provider. Plusnet currently have a half-price deal on their Value broadband product for the first 12-months where it will cost only £3.24 per month, although in the long run, the Orange product continuing at £5 per month rather than £6.49 for Plusnet would work out better.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
you get what you pay for. just sayin.
Posted by djfunkdup over 5 years ago
agreed cyber: i find it crazy that people expect to have something like broadband for a fiver a mnth.(plus line rental)..yes there is point in the fact that b/b should be accessible to all,the matter what rung of the Financial ladder they happen to stand on..investment is needed so that all can have..wont be much investment with b/b almost being given away..
Posted by c_j_ over 5 years ago
"you get what you pay for."

And in the case of both Orange and BT Sheffield, don't you get a service delivered over the same BTwholesale infrastructure that BT Retail charge **how much** more for?
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
@c_j_:Yes and that part of the service (the telephone line) will be just as good. However there's a lot more to a network than just the bit connecting the premises to the exchange and that's where money talks.

Most likely for that price Orange are allocating significantly less capacity for the link between their servers and BT's network. That means you'll sync at the same speed as someone paying a proper price but your actual speed will drop significantly lower during peak periods.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
It's a bit like the difference between travelling for free on the M6 around Birmingham and paying extra for the toll road. At 3am Sunday morning there's no difference but at 6pm during the week that extra £5 makes a huge difference :)
Posted by dannyboy60 over 5 years ago
i have been with orange now for quite a while, but recently for the last 3 weeks it seems like any time after 17.00 my bandwith drops of the clock, have never suffered this until now, BT eng came out , found nothing at fault my end, but mentioned they have put me on a 'packed full' server,so in peek hours it's krap, i still have the same speeds on average 17/18m
Posted by dannyboy60 over 5 years ago
d/l 1.1 u/l but no bandwith, and now i am waiting for a new router to see if that cures what they are holding back,try a 'glasnost' bandwith test like i have, it might surprise you...http://broadband.mpi-sws.org/transparency/bttest.php
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
@c_j_ So BT Sheffield give you totally unlimited broadband, a totally reliable mail service, free Nationwide Wi-Fi access, free caller display, free router, no cessation fee, no cock-up on switchover and NO £25 connection fee. Fortunately, paying the £25 connection fee allows me to get out quick. The best £25 I ever spent.
Posted by NetGuy over 5 years ago
Just wondering (a) if Orange will be offering FTTC service in the future (OK, will go off and check now!) and how much they will charge for it, and (b) whether they still 'grab' traffic on port 25 (I don't trust an ISP for my e-mail, in or out, and no, it isn't spam!).

As for Plusnet, I have been using them for years. Not perfect, but in my experience, better than a number of others (I have had broadband on two separate lines from different ISPs so despite years with PN, has allowed me to try at least 3 others too).
Posted by diger60 over 5 years ago
i signed with them for 18 months bitterly reget it i been with them for 6 yrs it went to £20.42 i conplained about the price they said if i took it for 18 months they drop it to £10 .now box keeps stopping i asked them if its orange box they said no its was an indian man iasked them to send another box but wont can any help please
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