Orange: Unlimited texts, 500 minutes, £35


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I’ve seen this ad around quite a lot recently on the underground. Whatever you think about some of the absolutely ridiculous Orange price plan policies (e.g. “unlimited” data, off peak????? ), I’m pretty sure this ad is bring the punters flying into the shops.

It’s a good deal if you’re into your texts. It’s phenomenal if you’ve a price plan from a year or so ago — 200 mins, 200 texts, something like that. The ‘unlimited’ must surely be a very attractive feature. Yes it’s subject to a fair use policy, but I think we can all live with that.

£35 a month? Not bad. Plus free Broadband if you spend enough?

I think it’s pretty smart.

Whoever came up with their dolphin/panther rubbish price plan names… great concept, doesn’t work for the consumer though.

  • ellie

    I’ve got it!! My dad spotted it and my bills were always ridiculious so he was over the moon! We’re just waiting for the catch ;)

  • Paul

    Hey I’m really interested in this deal with the free texts but do you have any oinformation on the “fair use policy”?

  • tasha

    fair usage is up to 3000 texts :]
    ive got it and its really good.
    i used to be on some crappy o2 deal where my phone bill ended up being around £70 a month but dolphin fits the texts and the minutes all in.
    although now i have the minutes i tend to want to use them more and have started to go over.

  • http://www.orange.co.uk Adam

    Orange were the first network to do unlimted texts and at a huge fair usage policy (3000 text) I admit that orange do take time to come back with offers to rival other networks (I should know as i have worked for them for over a year now ) but when they do its good i mean they even now do unlimted text for £30 a month with 100 minutes and you still get a large number off phones free also i Like the Buy back prodecure no messing around with handing in bills down the line you hand your old phone in and it is put striaght on to your bill we also took advantage of the free broadband offer and its never let us down all in all i do think orange are a good network and far better than some of the others out there

  • Beth

    This Is Such A Good Deal!!Im On 3 At The Mmoment 1000 Texts 100 Minutes For 20 Pounds A Month But I Always Go Over By At Least 20 Pounds And Its And 18 Months Contrat So Itz Soo Guttin!!Deffinantly Going To Change To Orange Thu!!

  • Ryan

    does unlimited texts actually mean unlimited txts?? or is it 3000 txts?

  • richmundio

    Basically its unlimited within ‘fair usage’, which is 3000 texts. which too be honest is pretty much unlimited! (:

  • zoe

    oops
    3000*

  • emily

    what it the unlimited text fair use policy on pay montly orange? how many texts can you sent

  • sarah

    3000 texts is unlimited for orange.

  • http://www.marysia.com/ Marysia

    And yet texts to twitter, which is a UK mobile number, are not included and are in fact charged at 20p per go, although how your supposed to know that in advance I don't know. What other numbers am I going to be randomly charged for texting? Why is all this stuff so hard to find out?

  • http://www.marysia.com/ Marysia

    And yet texts to twitter, which is a UK mobile number, are not included and are in fact charged at 20p per go, although how your supposed to know that in advance I don't know. What other numbers am I going to be randomly charged for texting? Why is all this stuff so hard to find out?

  • http://www.marysia.com/ Marysia

    And yet texts to twitter, which is a UK mobile number, are not included and are in fact charged at 20p per go, although how your supposed to know that in advance I don't know. What other numbers am I going to be randomly charged for texting? Why is all this stuff so hard to find out?

Orange unlimited data bundle is off peak!

I got another mail from Dan Lane of BlackFin this morning on the Orange Unlimited service plan.  If you recall, I did a piece on it last week.  I got his mail just as I was perusing a related thread on MoDaCo about the potential of Orange introducing an £8 unlimited add-on.

Dan writes:

So further to what I mentioned the other day… I’m looking into Orange’s Unlimited tariff… I’m not sure I’d ever contemplate upgrading to a 75/month tariff but I wanted to know more.

In the terms and conditions I found:

———

The Offer provides Eligible Customers with one of the following "Unlimited Bundles" dependent on their talkplan:

    * Dolphin £35 – Unlimited Text Messages Bundle
    * Racoon £35 – Unlimited Fixed Line Calls Bundle
    * Canary £40 – Unlimited Orange Off Peak Calls Bundle
    * Panther £75 – Unlimited Text Messages and Off Peak Data Bundle

———

OFF PEAK DATA BUNDLE!

Yeah, no wonder they put "Unlimited Bundles" in quote marks!.

I can’t even comprehend the meeting in which someone thought 75 quid for unlimited data was competitive before some other marketing chump stood up and said "we can restrict it to off peak!".

As for the target market for this tariff… the high cost puts it firmly in ‘businessman’ territory but that kind of user is far more likely to be attracted to peak-time data bundles.

Orange haven’t so much dropped the ball on this one, they fumbled around a bit before kicking it into a ditch. I look forward to seeing them attempt to recover the ball by poking it with sticks.

No wonder Dan is positively vomitting with annoyance.  Off-peak?   An OFF PEAK data package?  Like I’m going to wait until 6pm to use the data on my handset?  What planet are they on?

There might be a special £8 add-on data plan.  There might not.  The MoDaCo thread on the subject has a ton of conflicting views.  You have to seriously wonder what’s going on there at Orange Towers.  Can’t they just make it simple a la T-Mobile’s £7.50 a month proper unlimited deal?

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  • zoe

    i unfortunately APPARENTLY sent 300 texts in two days.
    even for me this is impossible.
    i think there’s something gone wrong with my unlimited text plan…

  • emily

    what it the unlimited text fair use policy on pay montly orange? how many texts can you sent

  • sarah

    3000 texts is unlimited for orange.

  • http://www.marysia.com/ Marysia

    And yet texts to twitter, which is a UK mobile number, are not included and are in fact charged at 20p per go, although how your supposed to know that in advance I don't know. What other numbers am I going to be randomly charged for texting? Why is all this stuff so hard to find out?

  • http://www.marysia.com/ Marysia

    And yet texts to twitter, which is a UK mobile number, are not included and are in fact charged at 20p per go, although how your supposed to know that in advance I don't know. What other numbers am I going to be randomly charged for texting? Why is all this stuff so hard to find out?

  • http://www.marysia.com/ Marysia

    And yet texts to twitter, which is a UK mobile number, are not included and are in fact charged at 20p per go, although how your supposed to know that in advance I don't know. What other numbers am I going to be randomly charged for texting? Why is all this stuff so hard to find out?

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