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  • flick 7:55 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 400 minutes, , dolphin 25, Dolphin 25 Websave (18mth), , , , orange upgrade, royal mail, unlimited texts, wifi   

    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! 🙂

    • Thorsten 7:05 am on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A very nice deal you’ve got there Flick. You’ll love the Hero 🙂 Congrats!

      • flick 4:23 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Thorsten! 🙂 I was very pleased considering upgrades sometimes don’t offer the best deal. Will be writing up a few short posts about what I’ve learnt to do on the Hero.

  • flick 1:33 am on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , intomobile, iphone, itpro, maggie holland, microsd card, noah, orange maps, , phonedog, tg01, toshiba, toshiba tg01, will park   

    Toshiba TG01 exclusive to Orange UK out on July 10th 2009 

    I’ve always thought of Toshiba as a manufacturer of laptops, so when I first saw this news post about the Toshiba TG01 in the Orange News Room, my initial reaction was of complete surprise.

    Having watched the lovely Connor from Orange UK demonstrating the phone (below):

    it turns out that with a 4.1″ WVGA screen and a 1Ghz CPU, it makes it the fastest phone with the widest screen in the UK at present, yet surprisingly, it only weighs a featherlight 129g and is a mere (some say impossible) 9.9mm in depth. It has Windows Mobile 6.1 installed although this is upgradeable to 6.5, and before I forget – it even has a 3.2 MegaPixel AutoFocus camera.

    ITPro‘s Maggie Holland gave the phone a 4 page review and reckoned that if this was Toshiba’s first generation smart phone offering, then we should really look forward to in their 2nd generation. Will Park at IntoMobile did a video hands-on review on Youtube and the phone did look incredibly sleek next to his iPhone 3g, but the current User Interface menu (not Toshiba’s User Interface by the way in this review) seems to be more than complex, although Windows Mobile 6.5 seems to have simplified the interface in this review by Noah at PhoneDog.com.

    The Toshiba TG01 will be FREE for those happy to take out a 24 month contract at &pound 39.15 per month. This will give you

    • 1200 any network call minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Orange Maps
    • Inclusive anytime internet browsing
    • Free 8-GB MicroSD card

    Not unlike the contract offered for the HTC Hero and yet another LONG tie-in.

  • flick 1:12 pm on June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: coming soon, , htc hero in graphite,   

    HTC Hero in graphite – listed as ‘Coming Soon’ on Orange UK 

    Orange UK have finally listed the HTC Hero (in graphite) on their website!


    As noted in our previous post, the HTC Hero will be available for FREE on a 24-month contract at a cost of £39.15 per month.

  • flick 9:49 pm on June 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , graphite, , , , , techradar   

    HTC Hero to be launched by Orange in early July! 

    It’s official! The Orange newsroom made the announcement today that they are (finally) launching HTC Hero in July!

    The phone will be available for free on selected monthly price plans (they quoted £ 39.15 per month on a 24 month contract in the press release) and will be the first of several ‘Android’ smartphones to grace the Orange UK portfolio.

    For t £ 39.15 per month, your deal will include:

    • 1200 any network call minutes
    • unlimited texts
    • inclusive anytime internet browsing so users can make the most out of their mobile experience

    Aside from the rather long contract (and slightly high cost for me) I think it sounds pretty attractive!

    Orange UK will be offering ‘Graphite’ exclusively in the UK (T-mobile will be launching the same phone as G1 Touch and in black for the same sort of contract) and you can catch a first look at the HTC Hero by visiting TechRadar’s “Hands on: HTC Hero review“;  they’ve given it a glowing review so far (especially the UI – User Interface) but have asked us to look out for an upcoming ‘in-depth’ review where they will see if the camera is as good as the 5MP on the tin.

    Do you think you’ll be tempted? I’m starting to think this might be a great alternative to my preferred HTC Diamond 2, especially with the in-built 3.5 mm headphone jack. Still no news from Orange about the latter though, but if the camera is as powerful as the Diamond 2,  I’ll be joining you in checking out the HTC Hero in the Orange Shop in early July!

  • flick 7:12 pm on June 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dolphin 15, , , magic numbers, orange sim only, racoon, , Web 250textforlife   

    Orange UK’s Dolphin 20 SIM only package 

    Seeing as it’s quite unlikely that Orange UK will have either the HTC Diamond 2 or any new Android phones out anytime soon, I have decided to take the plunge and do one of the things I set out to do in the first place:

    reduce my monthly contract phone bill from £ 30 to £ 25 or less

    I had never really considered SIM only packages prior to this, and a colleague of mine mentioned that they have some hefty charges if you go over the limits of the package.

    Taking any SIM only Dolphin package as an example: it costs a whopping 24.5p per minute Orange-to-Orange/Landlines, but surprisingly only 19.6p per minute to other mobile networks; compared to 19.6p per minute for Orange-to-Orange on a standard monthly contract) – a difference of 5p, but percentage wise, that’s a 25% difference!

    In addition to this, although going on a SIM only package does not ‘break’ your length of service with Orange (in my case 7 years plus), you cannot have Magic Numbers and you also lose out on any ‘extras’ that you might have accrued from the ‘old’ contract. Out of my current ‘bundles’ displayed below, the only item of significance:

    • 3G USIM provisioned
    • Web 250textforlife promo
    • OW Daily Capped Usage

    is the Web 250textforlife. My understanding was that it meant 250 texts for life whilst I was with Orange; Chris, the helpful Scottish man from the Orange SIM only department (I think) who I spoke to today said it was only for the ‘old’ contracts.

    An extra downside that he mentioned was that that you cannot upgrade within the first 3 months of a SIM only package; apparently – you ‘can’ sign a new contract but you can’t retain your number!  Terribly poo, but in the end, lured by the promise of the Dolphin 20 package recommended by Chris as suited by my usage, I decided to leap into the SIM only world.

    So going back to the title of this post, Dolphin 20 offers:

    • 600 minutes Anytime, Any network (and Landlines)
    • Unlimited texts

    all for £ 20 inclusive of VAT on a rolling one month contract; I should add that I actually phoned up to ask about the Racoon packages for the Unlimited Landline offer, but this was a much better option, as according to Orange, I send in excess of 200 texts per month on average, and Racoon only offers 100 texts per standard package (would have cost an extra  £ 14.70 per extra 100 texts)

    So the upside is that you get a LOT of minutes for your money and Unlimited texts without being tied down to a long term contract. The downside is that you lose the ‘privileges’ earned through a continuous monthly contract, including a lack of Magic Numbers and any extras. Plus, you can’t upgrade without changing numbers in the first 3 months either.

    Will the SIM only be suitable for you? I think it will do for me, but we shall see.

  • flick 11:48 pm on June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 40, , , monthly contract   

    Carphone Warehouse… what’s the catch for today? 

    If you’re looking for an HTC Diamond 2 through Orange, one of the third party sites recommended is Carphone Warehouse by Orange Customer Service.

    Having perused the deals today, the current ‘Best Deal’ advertised is a £40, 18 month Racoon deal with the following inclusive:

    • Free Phone
    • 900 minutes Anytime Any network
    • Unlimited Anytime Landline minutes
    • 500 Anytime Any network texts

    Sounds pretty ideal for someone willing to fork out £40 a month. Unfortunately I’m on a mission to reduce my standard bill from the current £30 to £25, whilst still retaining the same minutes.

  • flick 4:24 pm on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , htc, htc diamond, , , orange shop, touch 3g, touch hd   

    Lack of new HTC models through Orange Shop direct 

    So I rang up Orange UK today via the usual 150 customer service hotline, all geared up and ready to ask them: what contract can thou offer me if I so desireth the HTC Diamond 2?

    A lovely Scottish lady by the name of Fiona took the call and she advised me that unfortunately Orange were not able to offer this phone directly. “Ooh,” I said, but “some of those 3rd party people seem to be able to offer the phone with Orange?”

    She very patiently explained that whilst Orange would still be the service provider, the 3rd party companies could provide the ‘equipment’ and Orange would still treat the customers the same.

    Fiona added that ‘the only HTC phones we have at the moment is the HTC Touch 3G and the HTC Diamond Original‘; I mentioned that the Touch HD seemed to have been discontinued, and she replied that the Upgrade Team had no idea why either.

    Apparently their online training manual – which is updated weekly – also has no mention of any new HTC phones coming up either.

    So the only way to get the HTC Diamond 2 with an Orange UK contract at the moment is via a 3rd party site like Carphone Warehouse, which Fiona recommended I should look at.

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