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Orange Introduces Unlimited iPhone Contract, No One Notices

When introducing the iPhone 3G to the British Public, Orange also dropped in the first unlimited texts/calls package ever with a mobile phone in the UK with a staggering price tag of £122.34 per month (to rise to £125 by the end of the year).

The 24-month contract is likely to cost around £3000 more than four times more than the entry level package which carries a price tag of £29.36 per month. There are apparently no strings attached to the unlimited minutes and texts. We skimmed through the T&C and found nothing.

However, the unlimited mobile internet browsing still carries a fair usage policy of 750MB per month with the tethering option by default - you get 3GB and don't have to pay any fee. There's also free WiFi thrown in for good measure.

Punters will also get 100 free European Roaming minutes which can be used in Ireland, Channel Islands and Europe 1 zone to make or receive calls. In addition, there's also a measly 20MB monthly European roaming mobile internet browsing that can be used across the aforementioned territories.

You can choose any of the iPhones; Orange has yet to confirm whether it will launch other mobile phones on this extra exclusive contract.

Our Comments

Back in July 2009, Tesco was offering a similar Unlimited mobile phone contract albeit a PAYG version which didn't come with the phone and not many of the goodies offered by Orange. But then it costs less than a quarter of Orange's uber expensive offer.

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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 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.