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iPhone On Orange Goes Monkey With Free Music

Orange has highlighted the new "Monkey" option for its PAYG iPhone. Intriguingly, it says that you will get free Music and texts on this package. The iPhone 3G 8GB will costs £343 with unlimited WiFi and 250MB monthly internet data allowance.

You can also get a £10 off your iPhone if you top up £50 in your first month. The 16GB 3GS retails for £440 while the 32GB model goes up to £539, which matches the pricing structure of O2.

Users on the Monkey option (opens in new tab) get free access to hundreds of thousands of tracks, albums and playlists including those of celebrities. You also get free pre-release tracks, up to 1000 free texts, all from as little as £10 top up every month. Oddly, Monkey is not available on pay monthly for now.

The question is, whether this is Orange's version of Spotify; the only thing known is that they have teamed up with 4Music to offer this option. Obviously, it will be interesting to see how Orange positions it versus its own Musicstore.

The iPhone is also available on Dolphin, Canary, Racoon and Camel. The first one offers free unlimited texts as long as you top up every month, the second free evening and weekend calls, the third option, 15p calls and 10p texts and the fourth, calls abroad from 5p.

Our Comments

Vodafone will be joining Orange and O2 early next year to sell the iPhone and it remains to be seen how the third network provider will differentiate itself from the competition.

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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 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.