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Orange Confirms Touch HD Exclusive UK Launch

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Orange Confirms Touch HD Exclusive UK Launch

You desperately wanted it, now here is when you can get it...

HTC's Touch HD has formally been announced today as an Orange UK exclusive from "early November" (the release date we had expected). Vitally however, for those punters not overly thrilled with the Orange network, other telcos won't get a look in until 2009.

On the upside, with subsidies the Touch HD will cost just £79.99 on an 18 month £40pm contract which will include data surfing - though just to 250MB per month as Orange continues to lack on its mobile broadband offerings compared to the likes of Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and 3.

"We are very pleased to launch this state of the art mobile internet device exclusively on the Orange network," said Francois Mahieu, Orange UK's Director of Devices. "It is a great phone but also a wonderful multimedia handset which paves the way to even more innovations from Orange next year in the mobile internet space. The HTC Touch HD on Orange will be the must have device this Christmas for the person that wants it all."

I can hear that gnashing of teeth from rivals as we speak.

That said, with 3 Comes With Music, the Vodafone BlackBerry Storm and of course O2's iPhone 3G all available for the Christmas period this is looking like one very merry handset season.

Recession, economic crisis, job uncertainty, stock market collapse, etc, etc notwithstanding...


Press Release

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October 27, 2008, 6:13 pm

As an Orange customer with an upgrade on the horizon, this is great news, but they REALLY need to sort out their data tariffs. What is the point of a super ninja smartphone with only 250MB of monthly data allowance? I know it's plenty for most regular surfing etc., but you won't get much video streaming etc. for that. The person who is considering this phone is likely to be a relatively heavy user of mobile data, and the knowledge that there is a cap is going to make a serious difference to whether that person plumps for this (on Orange), an iPhone (on O2) or one of the new Vodafone exclusive BlackBerrys. With O2 offering unlimited mobile data and WiFi on tariffs from &#16330pm with the iPhone at &#16399, or a free iPhone + crazy amounts of minutes for &#16345, the others really need to step up.


October 27, 2008, 8:43 pm

I had the same dilemma with Vodafone offering a pathetic amount of data for a high price so i switched to T-Mobile and haven't looked back. I would suggest voting with your wallet is the best solution.


October 27, 2008, 10:27 pm

How's T-Mobiles network treating you Simon?


October 27, 2008, 11:12 pm

I'm getting sick and tired of this only-launching-with-one-operator bulls**t - all it results in is a distinct lack of choice for consumers, and as highlighted in this case, rubbish package options. 40 per month for 18 months AND 80 quid as the lowest option is rediculous - especially as 40 only gets you 250mb a month. Pathetic. I'm not sure if this 800 quid total cost of ownership compares favourably or not to circa 500 SIM free...

Besides, O2 won't ever get this phone as it'd eat into iPhone sales (which is a shame as the data + Cloud/Openzone wifi is a good offer) and T-Mobile (Web and Walk) won't get it cos it'd eat into G1 sales...


October 28, 2008, 1:03 am

Not sure what you guys are talking about; I am on a 500 Mb/month data plan with Orange... guess somebody didn't do his homework!


October 28, 2008, 4:36 am

@Singularity - guess someone didn't read the press release...

Tony Young

October 28, 2008, 10:40 am

How many more times, Gordon? It's "formally" not "formerly"!

Nice phone, though.



October 28, 2008, 1:48 pm

@ Gordon - not about this press release; you compare Orange internet offering based on this press release with the competition's offer for different handsets. It's the good old "comparing apples with bananas"...


October 28, 2008, 4:26 pm

@Singularity - we're NOT comparing Internet based offerings, but WHAT THE PHONE COMES WITH and that is poor when set against rival telcos.

Funnily enough, if we were comparing mobile broadband offerings - Orange would still SUCK. 3-5GB per month is now the standard Orange must learn it has to live up to.

@TonyYoung - formally, formerly... potato, potatoe (not really, but I have no defence!)


October 30, 2008, 2:42 pm

Seems a bit silly releasing a press release with contact details for their sales department and pricing. Their sales team don't even have the pricing info that's on the press release. Apparently left and right hand not communicating so well?

Francis Phillips

October 31, 2008, 1:27 am

Expansys are offering this phone SIM Free and subsidised from &#16399 on T-Mobile and mobiles.co.uk are offering it on Orange AND O2 from free.

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