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Orange Offers Cut-Price Roaming

David Gilbert


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If you are planning on travelling abroad for your holidays this summer, one of the things you will undoubtedly be wary of is using your smartphone or tablets, due to exorbitant data roaming costs.

Orange however is trying to ease the pain a little with its new EU Daily Mobile Internet Browsing Bundle. While the European Commission are attempting to introduce lower data roaming costs by 2015, that won’t really help those of us travelling on holidays in the coming weeks. Orange’s offer allows Pay Monthly, dongle and small business customers to pay £3-a-day for 30MB of data. If a customers doesn’t use any data on a particular day, they won’t pay, so Orange believe this bundle is “ideal for purchasing before going on holiday and using as and when it is needed.”

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Orange also state that 30MB of data per day is enough for 99.5 percent of its customers. A word of warning however, if you do breach the 30MB limit you’ll be back paying £3.07 per MB - so you may want to keep away from streaming movies while on holiday. Orange also recently refreshed its monthy and 30 day bundles with Pay Monthly customers given the option of £15/30MB, £50/150MB or £150/500MB monthly bundles for EU visits. These can also be purchased as 30-day bundles, which you can use as and when you need.

Vodafone offers similar deals with 25MB for £2-a-day in Europe or £5-a-day globally however other operators like Three and O2 don’t give customers much choice when travelling.

To take advantage of the offer from Orange, Pay Monthly customers should call customer services by dialling 150 at home or abroad.


July 15, 2011, 9:13 pm

Easy to offer when your coverage is pants. Went on holiday with friends who were on Orange, they could not even get a signal so had to borrow ours to make phone calls. Even here in UK they often don't get a signal, Orange has got to have one of the worst coverage of any supplier.


July 16, 2011, 5:34 am

And while they're at it they could maybe take a look at their local data tariffs too. If it wasn't for the free home broadband I snagged of them I'd have dumped them for 3's network years ago.


July 16, 2011, 6:00 pm

I've been with Orange for 10 years now and experienced great customer service on many occasions, have a superb local tariff and was waiting for something like this, which arrived just in time for my holiday next week. Great deal, don't get all the winging. REALLY YOU PREFER 3's network?????? Really?


July 17, 2011, 1:11 am

I prefer their prices. The last time I looked they were charging £5 for a measly 500MB monthly allowance.


July 17, 2011, 5:34 am

Keith, if you were abroad with your friends & the phone is roaming, then the handset would normally pick the strongest prevailing network signal at the time you were making your voice or data call. The data roam tariff is not "on-net" to Orange whilst abroad.
Maybe your handset could do with a check if you had to borrow another one whilst roaming to make successful calls. Data reception in UK on all the UK networks is hit & miss outside the main towns. Good idea to test specific mobile operator coverage in your frequented areas before signing up, if you can find a helpful dealer.
I'm not an apologist for Orange - I use GiffGaff who ride on the O2 network. Check out their "goodybags" for super data tariffs.


July 17, 2011, 1:32 pm

Well that makes for the cheapest roaming of all! :-)

Seriously, though, Orange's coverage used to be fine, but ever since the Everything Everywhere merger with T-Mobile the signal in my area has been appalling. Dropped calls, texts not sending or taking forever to send, awful! I've had several credits from Orange as "compensation" but to be honest what I really want is to switch networks and Orange won't let me break contract without penalty, despite the fact they've acknowledged a long term (over 6 months) problem with signal in my area, which used to be solid.

Vodafone or O2 for me next time round.


July 18, 2011, 3:39 am

My handset was fine, that's why my friends who were on Orange had to borrow mine. :) I'm O2 btw. Also checking local coverage is fine if you don't plan using your phone outside this area, my friends phone on Orange is fine were they live, but unfortunately every time we go somewhere with them there reception is terrible.

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