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Orange Offers Joint iPad 2 & iPhone 4 Contract

Mobile phone operator Orange has come up with the smart concept of selling the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 on a two year contract with one major advantage, the fact that you have a pooled data allowance and a single monthly contract.

At £65 per month though with upfront costs, it is not cheap and users shopping around will find much better deals. Orange's offer - which is called Connected - includes 2GB monthly data transfer, BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots, 600 minutes of calls and unlimited texts for phone users.

In comparison, Orange charges £35 per month on a two year contract with £120 outlay for the iPhone 4 and £25 per month on the same contract duration for the iPad with an upfront cost of £199.

What's more, existing Orange customers will be able to reduce that outlay considerably. Sadly, it seems that Orange has yet to put the offer on its own website.

As it stands, we would advise against taking that contract because of the impending launch of the new iPhone handset which will make the iPhone 4 obsolete.

There's also the fact that you'd probably be better off getting more iPhone data or a deal for tethering your iPad altogether. It is very likely that other mobile phone operators will also jump on that bandwagon during the summer to entice customers.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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.