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Orange invoke mobile broadband price war

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 moneysupermarket.com 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.

Comments

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.

  • TonyHoyle
  • over 11 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.
http://threestore.three.co.uk/broadband/

  • gsf600y
  • over 11 years ago

i can't seem to find this offer on the orange website.

  • jonaskew
  • over 11 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.

  • Rroff
  • over 11 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.

  • TonyHoyle
  • over 11 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!

  • citizenx
  • over 11 years ago

I think people are missing the point.

  • Rroff
  • over 11 years ago

Which is?

That Orange AREN'T leading the field?

Seems to be point if you ask me.

  • citizenx
  • over 11 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.

  • GERY
  • over 11 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".

  • citizenx
  • over 11 years ago

@gsf600y

Get a 3G phone, stick a 3UK sim in, buy the £5 internet addon, use as modem (with correct settings). Done.

  • otester
  • over 11 years ago

Or just stick to using wifi and don't pay out a shitload of cash.

  • Dawn_Falcon
  • over 11 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.

  • richpb7
  • over 11 years ago

Hey Rroff. Give is a kiss. HA HA

  • GERY
  • over 11 years ago

Orange should have launched a Pay as you go Scheme like the others,as there cover is better

  • willarch
  • over 11 years ago

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