Orange launches sub-£5 per month mobile broadbandPlus free dongle and 'Early Bird' off-peak pricing

06 August 2009

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Orange has unveiled new additions to its mobile broadband services, including a price plan for £4.89 per month, called Orange Internet Everywhere, available to existing Orange mobile or home broadband customers.

Orange Internet Everywhere is available on an 18-month contract with a download allowance of 500Mb per month, and claimed download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. The low-cost mobile broadband tariff is likely to only be suitable for customers with low usage needs, who don't want to stream or download large quantities of data, or watch TV online with services such as BBC iPlayer.

'Early Bird' unlimited off-peak mobile broadband

Orange has also unveiled three new 'Early Bird' 12-month contract broadband tariffs, costing from £13 per month, that give customers unlimited mobile broadband between midnight and 9am, in addition to their standard data download allowance of either 1GB, 3GB or 10GB. As with all 'unlimited' download deals, the Early Bird tariff is subject to Orange's fair use policy. 

Orange also claims to be introducing new ways for consumers to avoid big bills, when they exceed their monthly download limits and fall victim to additional data charges. New Orange software should automatically alert mobile broadband customers before they reach their download limit, and can be downloaded free from the Orange software update site.

In addition, Orange is introducing an automatic monthly bill cap which means that no Orange mobile broadband customer will be billed more than an extra £40 a month if they accidentally go over their monthly data allowance while using their dongle in the UK. 

Mobile broadband limits

Which? broadband expert Ceri Stanaway said: 'Mobile broadband has taken off in popularity since it was first introduced, thanks partly to its flexible pricing options and the fact you can use it on the go wherever there's a 3G signal. Orange's new deals offer yet more choice for light users or for night owls who are happy to save their heavy mobile broadband use for the early hours.

'It's good news that Orange plans to cap its charges for exceeding your usage limit though as at more than £14 for each extra GB of usage over your cap (1.43p per MB), people who exceed their limit significantly could be in for a shock.

'Mobile broadband limits aren't yet anything like as high as for many fixed line broadband deals and Which? members have raised question marks about its connection reliability, so despite mobile broadband's flexibility, heavy broadband users might still be best off sticking with one of the Best Buy fixed line broadband providers we reveal in the Which? broadband review.'

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