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.