New contract on Orange UK – HTC Hero £25 per month on an 18 month contract, including 500MB internet!

After all the hoo-ha of waiting for my Dolphin 20 SIM ONLY package to ‘end’ (You have to wait for 3 months to upgrade from a SIM only with Orange, apparently) I finally got round to ordering a new HTC Hero!

Bryan (or Brian) was a lovely gentleman who had, as he put it, only started working for Orange for 6 weeks – strangely knowledgable about the Orange UK upgrade system though.

Anyway, this was the final deal that he was able to offer:

  • HTC Hero handset at £20 (one off payment)
  • 18 month contract at £25 per month (Dolphin 25 Websave (18mth))
  • 400 minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • 500MB data/internet

The actual contract for talk time and texts is only £20 per month, so the extra £5 is for the so called ‘unlimited’ internet data package from Orange UK (which does pale in comparison to T-Mobile’s typical 3gb offer)

This works out to be £26.40 per month over 18 months.  Apparently my ‘loyalty’ to Orange meant that the phone, which would normally have cost £100, was only £20.  Still don’t know what to make of that, but hopefully this information will come in useful for others.

In hindsight, I would have loved to get this on a 12 month contract (which meant paying £35-40 online) and really should have asked how much discount my loyalty would get. Ah well.

Looking forward to the delivery next week (not through Royal Mail!) although the actual contract will only start next month. Looks as though I’ll have to start learning to use the phone using the inbuilt WIFI instead!

This is probably the smoothest upgrade I’ve had since I’ve been with Orange, and it would be great to find out the experience of others.  So if you are upgrading/buying a new HTC Hero on Orange, please let me know how it goes! 🙂

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