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Orange poised to offer Quad Play

France Telecom's subsidiaries Orange and Wanadoo have been combined together with Equant and Etrali into a single superbrand - Orange.

As from the 1st of June 2006, Orange has also offered its own free version of broadband to their customers. However, there are a number of catches.

Firstly, you will have to pay £30 or more for a mobile contract which meaning that those on Pay as You Go will be left out. Next the broadband line comes with a measly 2GB transfer allowance, compared to Carphone's Warehouse 40GB. Finally, you will have to pay at least an extra £10 per month for using broadband on the landline.

Added bonuses include a wireless modem with VoIP phone connection, free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines and for an extra £6 per month, free VoIP calls to UK landlines at anytime.

Orange is trying to catch up on Carphone's Warehouse attempt to attract a significant proportion of customers to its Talktalk ‘free’ broadband offer.

While the offer is attractive, it is nonetheless not enough to take over Talktalk's place as the best Tri/Quad play in the market.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.