Opinion : Orange iPhone Offer Promises Lots But Watch Out For T&Cs

Orange's iPhone offers have been scrutinised by the wider army of bloggers and UK-based journalists for the last few hours and already, the France-Telecom owned mobile phone network has come under fire for a number of reasons.

The operator uses the word unlimited to describe its "mobile internet browsing" option while actually providing a mere 750MB worth of data (that's upload and download, something that should be remembered).

Ditto for the unlimited WiFi which is limited to 750MB per month on BT Openzone (ed: and to make things worse, there's nothing in the small prints that point to that). BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones said on his Twitter that Orange may reconsider the wording of its mobile data services in a near future.

Other data-hungry smartphones like the HTC Hero carry an even smaller data allocation - a mere 500MB in most cases - with some calling it an outright bias towards the iPhone.

Technically, Orange T&C forbids all non-Orange streaming services which includes Instant messaging, Youtube, Skype, BBC iPlayer, Spotify and the list goes on. Orange also claims that it has the best 3G coverage in the UK although it seems that they might be nearer to their maximum capacity than O2.

O2 doesn't have any strict limit in place and still adheres to a fairly lax fair usage policy. Let's hope that Vodafone manages to undercut both rivals or else some might accuse the big three of price fixing.

Our Comments

Kudos to Rory Cellan-Jones for coming up with the story and exposing Orange's crystal clear attempt to reign in associated bandwidth costs due to the iPhone.

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