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Orange Launches Sub £5pm Mobile Broadband Tariff

Gordon Kelly


Orange Launches Sub £5pm Mobile Broadband Tariff

We've all heard the talk of rising house prices by the end of the year and the growing theory that the economy has bottomed out. Well, I think that's a complete load of tosh and I'm glad Orange's latest tariffs show it does too...

The Ofcom praised telco has announced a pair of new mobile broadband deals which shouldn't scare even the most timid of shell shocked wallets.

Most interestingly is the network's new £4.89pm deal on Orange Internet Everywhere, the cheapest tariff on the market. For this meagre outlay customers will get a 500MB per month allowance and download speeds of up to 3.6Mbit. The caveats are that you'll need to be an existing Orange mobile or home broadband subscriber to take advantage and sign up to an 18 month deal. On the other hand you still get a free Huawei E160e dongle which can also double up as a memory stick.

Secondly comes the 'Early Bird Tariff', a trio of mobile broadband deals that begin from £13pm and provide unlimited (yes, we're checking the 'Fair Use Policy') surfing between midnight and 9am on top of their standard data allowance of 1GB, 3GB or 10GB per month. All run on 12 month contacts and could be particularly handy for those with early morning commutes or night shifts.

Lastly Orange is updating its mobile broadband software for all customers. The new version will alert users when they are approaching their usage threshold. Perhaps even better, is a new automatic bill cap of £40pm if customers accidentally go over their monthly data allowance whilst using their dongle in the UK.

Seems like someone has been taking their Sensible Tablets this month...

Update: That fair use policy is actually very generous allowing up to 5GB daily between midnight and 9am.


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August 10, 2009, 1:53 pm

I take it this isn't a mobile PHONE tariff? I.e I couldn't buy, say, a Sim Free Palm Pre and then make calls and surf the net using it all for under a £5 a month, right? Because that would be amazing...


August 10, 2009, 2:31 pm

No its just data and limited data at that.


August 10, 2009, 4:26 pm

How would I go about checking how much data i've used this month on my normal broadband? Even with out downloads I reckon I would thrash well over 500mb in a week just surfing.

Geoff Richards

August 10, 2009, 4:44 pm

@Thomas - there are various bits of (probably free) software that you can download to monitor your data usage. I don't use one myself but I'm sure a quick Google will turn up some examples to try.

Your assumption isn't totally wrong - many people's surfing-only fits inside a 3GB-per-month cap - but if you're using mobile broadband people often do things to limit their data consumption, such as turn off text-only browsing etc

The real question for anyone considering this tariff: what is the cost if you exceed the cap? This can often blow your cost-savings right out of the water!


August 10, 2009, 7:05 pm

@The Evil Genius - You can get 500MB as a data add on for standard contracts with Orange, so you can still benefit from the same bundle on a phone tariff

The Early Bird is great. 5GB fair usage between midnight and 9AM each day, and it's only a 12 month contract.


August 10, 2009, 7:06 pm

The dongle comes with software which tells you your daily, weekly and monthly usage, too


August 11, 2009, 1:16 am

Is it just me, or is "unlimited" but with a defined 5gb per month "fair use" just a 5gb cap?

I understand that this is to be used as modem, on a laptop, netbook or even desktop, and so we're talking proper web browsing, downloading the latest graphics card driver etc... 3.6Mbit is what I get on my landline broadband - i think I've got my Mbit and Mbytes right!

If so, then it'd be very easy it hit 5gb in a month. So easy, the "well it's just got a (very high) cap on it to stop people taking advantage" argument is pretty unrealistic in my view. I think Hox might be saying it's 5gb per day, and that's the sort of high limit I think reasonably counts as unlimited. Hitting 5gb each and every day really would be hitting it hard, but 5gb in a month??

Sorry to rant, but this stuff really annoys me. Must calm down. Maybe a complaint to the ASA and trading standards will do it....


August 11, 2009, 3:32 am

Fair usage policies can be annoying, but don't confuse them with caps. I know people who regularly go over their FUP amount and to no detrimental long term effect. One key point to remember is that as it is advertised as unlimited, you cannot be charged for going over.

I think products like Early Bird are the way forward. A reasonable limit for peak usage hours, and the ability to rinse it off-peak on a daily basis.

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