I have been on the Orange network for at least 6 or 7 years - initially on PAYG. My first orange contract was an 18 month one and that was on the 'Dolphin' package. The cost was £35 a month and I found that once other 'extras' are added it was very expensive.
I am now on a 24month contract which costs just £15 a month and I get unlimited texts (to avoid abuse this is limited to 3000 p/m), 100 anytime/any network minutes, and internet access. I have a Blackberry Curve and it costs an extra £5 a month for the Blackberry features. I also get free unlimited weekend minutes. This is much more rewarding than the original package I signed up to, but Orange are very good for rewarding loyal customers and I doubt very much I would be able to get a better deal elsewhere. My contract usually comes up to £26 each month with insurance, and this is paid by direct debit.
Orange customer service is generally very good, although their website leaves a lot to be desired. Even the customer service operatives have an opinion that the website is outdated and I find it very slow and unreliable. Overall I find Orange to be a very good value network and I have had experience (albeit just PAYG) of most networks.
The Orange tariff I am reviewing is the "Dolphin Package" on Pay as You Go. With this package, you get free texts and free internet (for Facebook, Bebo and Myspace), as long as you top up £10 each month. As an Orange customer, you also get Orange Wednesdays (two-for-one cinema tickets on a Wednesday). For me, the Dolphin package on PAYG is cheaper and meets more of my needs than having a contract, or changing networks.
The amount of free texts (to any network in the UK) you get depends on the amount you top up. You get 300 free texts if you top up £10, 600 if you top up £20 and "unlimited" texts if you top up £30 or more. These are similar amounts of texts as you would get on other networks for topping up the same amount. Of course, like everything else, unlimited isn't actually unlimited: it's subject to a fair usage policy, and Orange are very sketchy on the actual limit of free texts you are allowed to send! I think for Orange, unlimited is 3000 (basically 100 texts a day), which the average person would have to try very hard to go over!
If you don't get the "unlimited" texts, but get the 300 or 600 instead, then run out of texts, the cost is 10p per text, which is average. However, then you can phone 450 and buy an "extra" - so that texts cost less (for example, 5p each).
The free access to Facebook, Bebo and Myspace is very handy, and is actually just free internet access. Other networks don't really offer free internet on PAYG, making Dolphin a good deal! However, the data usage on Dolphin is capped at 50 megabytes per month, after which it will get very expensive! So you need to be very careful not to go over it. Although, if you do go over it and it starts charging you, you can always buy an extra for internet access.
However, recently I have experienced problems with Orange, and the customer service I received was far from satisfactory! One problem was I didn't receive the rewards when I was supposed to (300 free texts and free internet), so I phoned customer services only to be told they would "phone me back", which of course they didn't - wasting 25p of my quickly decreasing credit. When it became clear I had been lied to, I phoned them up again, only to be hung up on - wasting another 25p! Even when I went into the Orange shop, they weren't much help and denied I had topped up, even though I definitely had, meaning I had to top up another £10!
Just a couple of days later, I had similar problems when I received one text saying "congratulations - you have Magic Numbers for one month", followed, the next day by "sorry - you have not got Magic Numbers this month", so I am now considering changing to a different network!
To conclude, the PAYG Dolphin package is good and suits my needs. Many networks offer free texts with their packages, but Dolphin also gives you free internet, meaning that Orange Dolphin is better value and works out cheaper. However, the network, Orange, consistently fails to provide satisfactory customer service (usually by hanging up on you). Plus, the signal on Orange is often very poor, and there is no point having rewards if you can't use them as you have no reception! Good package, poor network!
Some time ago, I wrote a review on the services offered to me by Wanadoo. They were reliable, and offered me such a good deal that I wanted English people that are looking for a good service provider to know about what they offered. Unfortunately, times changed, and I was told that my contract had been passed to Orange, who had taken over from Wanadoo. They told me that nothing had changed, that the fees were the same, and the services similar to those offered by Wanadoo.
It was a myth.
Signing up with Orange is simple enough. A call to France Telecom offices in the town nearest to you does the trick. They give you the choice of connections and Orange tariffs are based on the strength of your connection. Mine is 1 Mega and that's easily sufficient for me. The 8 Mega is really for business users. You can chose other options as well, such as whether you want free calls to other phones in France (but not mobiles), and television services. Here, the television services are relatively new and in the countryside have not been set up yet, so it is a good idea to ask when you sign up what is available in your area. It is only in the past year or so that high speed internet has been available in many rural areas and there is a tester on the France Telecom site where you can see if high speed connection is possible from your telephone.
So what do you get for your money ?
You actually get a livebox, which is a box that connects between your computer and your telephone line, and here you get the options of either USB connection or WIFI (bluetooth). I have used both and they both work equally well. Setting up is simple, and explained in pictures, and I hope that I help someone here to get around the costly installation charges that some shops are charging. It really is a matter of following the pictures that appear on the screen, and although it is presented in French, you really do not need an understanding of the language to set yourself up. Simply insert the disc, and follow the instructions which appear on the screen and save yourself the 45 euro charges that many shops are asking to do something which is simple and does not need a great deal of technical skill.
24 Euros a month for my internet connection is reasonable, plus I pay 10 Euros for the privilege of being able to phone anywhere in France without additional charge. They have several promotional offers and at the moment are offering 18 Mega with television and telephone for 34 Euros a month which is the equivalent of what I pay now, although beware. The television services have hidden charges, and are not available in many rural areas.
What you don't get.
What you don't get from Orange is after sales service that is of any value. You don't get good technical help, and what you do get is a different answer to your queries dependent upon the person you speak to. Let me try and explain. Wanadoo offered me the first three months free. Within those first months, Orange took over, and although I sent in the forms to get my fees refunded, I never received the refund, even though France Telecom have called them numerous times.
You don't get consistently good access.
There have been many times that I have tried to log on and couldn't. There have been times when I could not access my own personal website, and the technical help that I got was useless. I was fobbed off with lame excuses. All I wanted was truth about what was happening but each time, the version got more and more complex until in the end, I gave up ringing them. The last time was after a storm that hit my livebox. I had to replace it with another, though no one told me that this also meant a change of telephone number, and it took weeks to sort out, calling the call centre, being passed from one member of staff to another, and ending up being spoken French to by someone of Indian origin who actually helped me more than the French lady that insisted that nothing was wrong with my connection.
Unlike AOL, they do not seem to keep a record of your calls, and one operator has no idea what you have said to another operator, which is infuriating. You have to explain the whole story every time, and not only that, you have to pay dearly for the call, since their helpline is on a phone number that does not count as a landline being of the pay per minute ilk.
What would I suggest as a good alternative.
I have been with orange for almost 7 months, during which time, I have lost my telephone use about a dozen times, lost my telephone number for 2 weeks, been cut off from my internet connection, and had no end of problems acccessing my email, since the stupidly designed Orange website takes so long to load that I lose interest. My email is important to me, and I really am not impressed. Another thing that worries me since having Orange as my service provider is that all of a sudden I seem to be a target for spam, much moreso than when I was with Wanadoo. The spam filters are inadequate, and I feel I have little control over my account, which I am stuck with for a period of a year, since I signed up for a minimum period of that time.
AOL are offering good things, though here, I would suggest waiting, because Free are coming up with even better things. AOL offer worldwide calls with their package which is interesting for ex pats living abroad, though, and I have reports that it works very well. Free however are fast in catching up with technology and in large towns, this really is the way to go. All inclusive packages of television, worldwide telephone and high speed connection are reasonably priced, though if you live in a rural area, then AOL are already established and offer the best deal at 30 Euros a month. Technical help is best on AOL and I have spoken to them when things have gone wrong with other people's machines, and the response I get, even though everyone loves to hate them, is professional, helpful, courteous and friendly, plus many operators do speak English. Free on the other hand offer a good package but very little backup, which is okay when the service is up and running as it should, and in Cities and built up areas, it works superbly, though in rural locations there are still hiccups.
My experience of Orange has put me off their services for life. Their technical staff seem to chase around in circles and are more intent on getting you off the phone, rather than helping you. I was even asked by one member of staff to download a program that turned out to have no bearing to the problem that I was encountering.
There are better service providers out there, and in February, watch this space, as my contract with them ends, and my experience comes to an abrupt end.
Having changed back to ?pay as you go? from a contract phone I remembered reading about an offer on Ciao called Orange Out Here. After scanning the Orange website on several occasions without success I finally made a call to customer services who helped me out. Orange Out Here has now changed and is officially called Orange Text Saver. The original service offered Orange ?pay as you go? customers the option to pay a one off fee of £15 to get five free text messages a day for the rest of the time that they had the phone?too good to be true I hear you say, which is probably the reason that they changed the offer to the Text Saver option. The new Text Saver option is similar in that it offers Orange pay as you go customers five free texts messages a day but at the cost of £19.99 a year. They also throw in £5 worth of free call time which means that you are paying £15 for the equivalent of 1825 text messages a year. One downfall of this offer is that the text messages do not rollover. So if you text 1 person on one day and nine the next you will end up paying for the extra four messages you sent on the second day, at the original rate set when you bought the phone. Another downfall, and perhaps the most unfair, is that to use the free text messages you must have credit on your phone. This is bad because when I first saw this offer I thought it would be great to use when I haven?t topped up my balance, not so I?m afraid. The one thing I try to do is always save a couple of pence on my phone ? not enough to make a call but allows you to send the free messages every day! Overall to determine how good this offer is you really need to take into account how many text messages you send and on what time scale. To get this offer you need to be on Orange ?pay as you go? anyway so if you estimate how many text messages you send a day and multiply this by the cost per message you should get a good idea. Remember that minus the free £5 call time you get with this d
eal then you are only paying £15. This offer is actually justified to anyone who sends just one message every other day, of course so long as you have credit on a regular basis to use the service. As someone who sends a ridiculous amounts of text messages, this is an excellent deal for me. The fact that you need talk time is a bit annoying but a small price to pay for an offer that saves me over fifty pence a day, with the text messages working out at less than one pence! If you are interested in signing up you can do so by entering any of the Orange outlets in the UK, phoning the Orange Shop on 0500 178178 or visiting the online shop at www.shop.orange.co.uk/ Like me you will feel a bit gutted for missing out on the original deal that was just a one off payment but I?m pretty sure that if you do your sums you?ll find you?ll be quid?s in with this offer too and worth checking it out.
Orange OVP Virgin may be misleading and is certainly more expensive than real Virgin - Advantages: possibly larger network - Disadvantages: expensive text message, no valuable Big Bonus, terms and conditions change without notice
Having had a contract phone with BT Cellnet for three years prior to leaving the UK, I had a quick dalliance with a Genie pre-paid tariff before changing to Orange Just Talk for my infrequent visits to Britain. Admittedly pre-paid would drive me bonkers if I had to use it the whole time as topping up seems to become the bane of someone's life. The main reason for choosing the Orange Just Talk PAYG solution was the fact that the SIM card doesn't ever expire, whereas with Genie PAYG I had to keep topping up the card monthly in order to keep my card active. Whilst it had come with a large amount of free SMS messages each month, they were of course useless if I couldn't keep the card activated without topping up monthly (sounds a bit like a monthly subscription PAYG system to me). The other reason for doing so was that the SIM card and five pounds worth of call credit cost only £18.95, which meant I could just stick it in the back on one of my old handsets and was away. Or so I thought... Well I had to go and get the SIM card unlocked first of all and activated which required finding a payphone in Glasgow (relatively easy) and giving them my details. At the same time I decided to give them my swipe card (see below) and debit card details, meaning that I wasn't restricted to using top-up cards (available in denominations of £10, £15, £20 and £50 IIRC) and therefore having to find top-up cards for the phone. The swipe card can be loaded with a certain amount of money (minimum £5) which can then be loaded onto the phone as call credit, although not everywhere has a swipe machine. I tend to usually top up with my debit card, which requires you to key in the amount you want to top your phone up by and then to confirm using a numerical password you have assigned when registering your phone. I went for the Just Talk Plus tariff because of the fact that I estimate I use my phone for around 20 minutes a day when in Britain, usually to c
all friends whilst they are at the office to arrange that evening's entertainment, and with a lot of them being on Orange too it made sense to get an Orange phone - all my family are now on Orange too. The great thing with Just Talk Plus is that there is no peak and off peak time, so you don't have to think about what time of day to call if you want to save money. The calling plan is very simple, With the first three minutes to landlines and other Orange phones being charged at 25p a minute (admittedly this is a lot more than my contract phone in Austria - I pay 8p a minute around the clock to fixed lines and all mobile networks...) but after the third minute the rate sinks to 5p per minute. This means for example that a 6 minute phonecall to a landline will cost between 90p and 30p (depending on whether you have called for three minutes or not). Text messages are also pretty reasonable at 10p a minute, with it costing 10p per minute to listen to your voicemail, which after having free voicemail in Austria was a bit annoying, although for the minimal amount of use it gets each year I can't really begrudge it. There is a standard rate of 40p per minute to other mobiles, which is a lot better than it was with Genie, where I was paying close to 75p a minute (definite rip off!) and in which instance I used to roam using my Austrian mobile onto the same network as the person I was calling, and it worked out considerably cheaper that way. Network coverage is standard, although occasionally I found that the signal went from four bars to no bars without moving the phone and the repeat polling was slow which often meant I had to turn the phone off and then back on again in order to get a signal, although I haven't experienced any dropped calls which can be a problem sometimes. There is also a Just Talk package with WAP although I generally tend to not bother with WAP, other than for checking the Test Match Score on Cricinfo. Roami
ng is also included although you have to have supplied your bank details for this to be activated. I don't ever turn my phone on in Austria as I have an Austrian mobile, and don't want to incur charges for roaming on my PAYG phone. Obviously if you buy a PAYG deal other than the SIM only deal that I went for, then you'll get a handset, with prices being competitive although more expensive than if you have got the handset with a contract phone. All in all I would recommend Just Talk (in particular Just Talk Plus) as a good plan for light-medium users of mobile phones, especially for people who want to keep a mobile phone number yet who are not in Britain very often.
I have been using Orange Just Talk for 2 years now and have experienced almost no problems during that time. Their call charges are pretty competitive and, like others, I have bought their £50 voucher as a means of reducing costs even further. Also, their pay as you go tariff has no hidden small print (such as requiring the user to top by £10 per month!). If you don't believe me look at the small print for Genie mobile. Orange also offer several ways to top up your credit. You can buy a voucher from a shop, use a swipe card in a shop, or register a credit/debit card. I find the last option my favourite because I can top up wherever and whenever I like. I am an avid SMS sender so I love the fact that it only costs 5p to send one (based on purchase of £50 voucher). In fact, there is a trick to extend the life of your £50 voucher indefinitely. As long as you don?t let your credits reach zero you can top up as little as £5 or £10 and CONTINUE to benefit from the lower rates for calls and texts! This information was actually given to by someone in the Orange call centre so it is perfectly legitimate. Needless to say I have only purchased the £50 voucher ONCE! A few months ago Orange launched a product called Out Here. This costs a ONE OFF fee of £15 and entitles you to £10 worth of credit and ability to send the first 5 texts per day for free. This comes in very handy indeed. They claim that only texts sent to UK networks are free but I?ve found that even international ones go for free. Also, should you let your credit run down to zero you are able to make a 30-60 second ?emergency? call. For reason given in last paragraph I have never used this feature. Out Here should last for as you continue to use that handset. By my calculation, after just 100 texts sent free (in as little as 20 days) you continue to benefit at no extra cost. I do have one complaint however. In February this year a friend I was sending SMS to complain
ed that my texts were arriving multiple times- as many as 5 or 6 times. My friend is in India so I think the problem arose because of faulty communication between Orange?s network and the Indian network. The problem eventually cleared up but I had to make two lengthy calls to their customer service centre. These calls are charged at standard mobile call rate (instead of a normal landline rate) so I ended up paying a hefty charge. Overall, I would highly recommend Orange Just Talk if you are a light mobile user. But keep calls to their customer service dept as brief as possible! UPDATED OPINION 24/7/02!!! PLEASE READ Since writing this opinion I checked the Orange website. I must apologise to people for not having done this *before* submmiting my opinion. Orange have changed their Out Here service from something that was FANTASTIC to something that is merely a SAVER. The cost of setting up is now 19.99 and only a £5 call credit is included. In other words it is now effectively 3 times more expensive! As if that wasn't bad enough there are some restrictions- it only allows you to send 3 free texts per day, not 5 as previously. The worst change of all? Your Out Here purchase is no longer indefinite, just a 12 month subscription. I'm very dissapointed at the way Orange has downgraded their free text service. Out Here still makes financial sense if you send over 300 texts per year (would cost £15) because potentially you could send 1095 free texts in 365 days but I can no longer offer a glowing recommendation.
When I first met my girlfriend, I used to own a cheap pay as you go mobile on BT Cellnet. She lives away at university some 160 miles away so we spend most of our time chatting on the phone, as I see her only at weekends. Phoning national rates every night often for an hour soon left the house phone bill very high much to the annoyance of my mother! Looking around the national press for a phone with plenty of free minutes, I discovered Orange Everyday 50. Everyday 50 offers 50 minutes of free calls to UK land lines or other Orange mobile users, and seeing as she is on Orange also, it seemed ideal. The basic cost of this is 50p per day. Calls charges outside your talk plan vary. Calls to standard UK fixed lines Peak 35p Off peak 1p Weekend 1p Calls to Orange phones Peak 35p Off peak 5p Weekend 5p Calls to other mobile networks Peak 40p Off peak 25p Weekend 25p Answer Phone Peak Peak 10p Off peak 10p Weekend 10p Text messages are charged at 10p per message. Calls after the inclusive minutes have been used are charged at off peak cost. I never really have any problems with Orange as a network operator. I can always get good reception be it at home, or on the road, on my Nokia 8210 which came free with free connection from clubmobile.com . I occasionally suffer from a lost call where it just suddenly disconnects. When that happens I get one minutes worth of extra time next month. Connection was quick and easy by simply calling Orange as described in the instructions with the phone and setting up a direct debit (optional) for payment of bills was easy also with a choice of dates when it's withdrawn from the bank. A free full itemised breakdown of calls comes in the post with your bill each month. Orange Extra Care (insurance) is optional and costs £5 per month. I've never had to use it yet but I know others who have. One guy phon
ed at 9pm on a Saturday night to say his phone was broke. After a quick diagnosis they agreed. By 3pm Sunday a courier came to his door and exchanged the phone free. Good service or what? Orange customer services are friendly and knowledgeable. You do spend your time going through a lot of 'press 5 if you have a billing enquiry' etc but you do get through to the right person and they have always sorted out any queries I've had. I would recommend Everyday 50 to anyone who spends a lot of off peak time chatting to other Orange users or to land lines. My only problem for me personally is that 50 minutes is sometimes not enough. I did get Everyday 50 thinking I would just spend the 50p per day and the odd text message, making a bill of around £25 with Extra Care included. My bills regularly come to around £35 as I send more messages than I anticipated and do use more than the free minutes sometimes. It would be a bit more attractive if texts were 5p each. All in all, a good tariff for the off peak user.
After experiencing the delight of two other phone networks (Vodafone and Virgin) I was so releived when I brought my orange phone about a year ago. My main reason for changing from Virgin to orange was that as I was getting a new phone I thought I would be a good idea to get one on the network most of my friends were on. So orange it was. The registering process was easy and quick unlike vodafone which took numerous calls just to resgister! And £5 credit for free (so to speak) which I didnt recieve on the other networks. I was also very pleased I could choose my off-peak as the standard 7pm - 7am wasnt much good to me at the time, but now it has turned of that this is a good time so I just ring up and change it. Simple! I also like the ability to top up with £50 and recieve reduced rates on calls and 5p text messages. Great! And if you top up even with £5 before that £50 runs out you still get the 5p messages etc! I was also pleased that I could register my solo card and top up straight out of my bank account, unlike Virgin where the only place to by credit in my whole town was the our price store. Which has now closed down. Overall I'am very pleased with Orange and havent encountered any problems with them and always recieved excellent service from there customer info lines. Their brilliant!
Previously i was on the Genie / O2 tariff, and was happy.. well.. till I got my first bill! My fiancee is on Orange's "Just Talk" package, and i had no idea how much cross network calls were! So i opted for an Orange sim card which I bought for £15 from a local market trader, this gave me calls of 25p for the first 3 minutes of each day, and then 5p a minute for the rest of the day, including peak rates! I manage to get through a £10 top up card each day, but this is a great deal less then i would have paid with my O2 tarrif. As soon as my contract with O2 expires, I'll be moving onto the Orange Everyday 50 contract, but until then, I'm very happy with the Orange Just Talk tariff. There is another option on the tariff which gives calls at a flat rate of 10p, but unless your a real emergency only user, i wouldn't advice choosing this option, you can change tariff's once every 30 days. Obviously cross network calls are more expensive, but the only way you can stop this is by having a sim card for each network.. now that isn't a bad idea!
I have had 3 mobile phones over the past 3 years. My first phone, a Philips Savvy on BT Cellnet. Second, a Nokia 3210 on One2One and my latest is a Nokia 3310 on Orange Just Talk. I'll try and mention the things I have noticed about Orange, as the facts seem to have been covered pretty well in other opinions. The Good. Signal/Reception As has been mentioned before Orange coverage is very good. In the town I live all the other networks don't give you coverage when you're in a cafe or pub. Orange gives me 4 out of 4 signal bars on my Nokia, occasionally dropping down to 3. It hardly ever breaks up and when it does it's usually the person on the other end. It's not just the coverage but the signal quality that I find outstanding Announcements Orange have never sent me SMS Text messages offering me different services nor have they ever phoned me. I know for certain that BT Cellnet do. Network Down Time During the 16 months I have been with Orange there has not been one single problem with down time. Orange must spend a great deal of time checking and servicing their transmitters. Price I mostly use my phone for SMS Text messages and Orange is without a doubt the best Pay as You go service for this. A £15 one off payment gives you 5 free messages a month, although this is only for as long as Orange wants to run this feature. Compare this to other networks that will give you free messages (and possibly more) but require you to pay a fee every month. Even when/if you use up your 5 messages a day limit you can reduce the standard message cost down to 5p each if you spend £50 on a top up voucher or on an Orange swipe card. Picture Messages Orange have always allowed me to send and receive Nokia compatible picture messages without hitch. On One2One this feature was disabled (although may have changed now) The Bad. Registration Unlike One2
One and BTCellnet (at the time) I had to phone Orange and register before I could use my phone. A hassle, yes, but no problem as the staff were very friendly. Reachability On a couple of days this year many customers haven't been able to receive incoming calls and or send/receive Text messages. Orange did not offer me a reason why, but at least they set up a pre-recorded warning and explanation on the help line. Network Busy Earlier last year I had some problems making and receiving calls due to an overloaded network but this has not happened for a while now. It wouldn't surprise me if this has or does occur on other networks however. SIM Card. I am not sure on the specifics, but depending on your network you can store different numbers of contacts in the phone book on your sim card. One2One and BT Cellnet used to allow me to store 99 Names and numbers but with Orange the limit appears to be 90. Again a very minor gripe. You can store upto 10 Text Messages in total (spread out between inbox/outbox) even though SIM cards exist that allow you to store more none of the UK Phone Networks allow this on Pay as you go. Some phones allow you to store Numbers/Text Messages using their own built in memory, but this has nothing to do with the Network Provider. Handsets. Many of the handsets on this tariff are slightly more expensive than on other Networks. Overall I have never experienced any recurring problems with Orange - With the other two networks I did. They seem true to their word and first to offer new services and promotions. I believe other networks also have occasional network trouble and compared to them I think Orange is very reliable.
My new phone or should I say tariff lets me 'Just Talk' or as the circumstances may be like myself, 'Just text' It's so great, I can top up whenever I need to and talk whenever I like.... or text!!! I've waited a long while since I got my new phone to put this opinion onto here, this is my first ever personal mobile phone and I'm going to convince you all that Orange really is the best... well depending on the circumstances! WHOSE IT FOR THEN... 1. First time phone buyers 2. Young teenagers or children 3. Anyone that only wants to use their phone for emergencies 4. Anyone that will rarely use there phone or not that often Looing for a new phone? Are you a first time phone buyer? ~ With all the latest, modern technology around us you can ask most people for help, especially on buying a phone! This phone may not be for you but if you fit some of the listed people below maybe this is a phone for you... Well firstly I'll let you all know that I am a young teenager and like myself many people that I know and friends my age have this great tariff. It is so easy to use, you have no monthly payments and your vouchers never invalidate and there is no date to use your credit up by, you basically top up when and as you need it. You can top up however much wenever you want. This is why I think 'Just Talk' is so good and appropriate for first time phone buyers or young teenagers or kids, there is no pressue on them to do anything. ~ Money isn't an issue. Anyone who is looking to buy a phone as an emergency phone ONLY, I also recommend this tariff, then you can put on maybe £5 credit and never top up ever again! Quite simply then you have a phone that works with money to spend on it, ever come across a problem, you can simply whip it out and dial away!!! People like me that use there phone sometimes will suit this tariff very well, if you talk and text on a regul
ar basis however you will never see a HUGE monthly bill at the end of the month, VERY nice!!! However you will find yourself, like me topping up more often than needed!! If you want to be able to be contacted at all times but generally don't want to use your phone that much money wise, this is a great tariff. WHAT DOES THE TARIFF OFFER... There is a new edition to the never ending 'Orange' features! Well relatively new anyway! It is called the 'No-Eak In Our Off-Peak!' service which basically means you can casually choose your own off and on peak time bands AS WELL as the fixed off peak time the tariff originally gives you! You have 3 choices which are 'morning' 'afternoon' and 'evening' I mostly suit the 'evening' timeband so have that ~ You can only choose 1 timeband though! ~ You can also change your choice every 30 days if necessary! Then on top of this you have your fixed timeband which is from 11pm to 7am. There is also another service plan available to buy from orange, (you have to buy this seperately from the phone and SIM card.) It is called 'Orange Out Here' and is only available to 'Just Talk' customers. This pack is available to buy for £15 and includes FREE £5 credit, 5 FREE text messages a day (Never ending~ but only on the SIM card you put it on!) and you also get 60 seconds FREE when your top up voucher runs out which could be very handy! (You can buy this from Argos or the Orange shop) There are many more Orange deals around that you can hunt down and look for ~ All sound great! PRICE PLANS You used to be able to buy the minimum of a £5 top-up voucher however they DID stop doing this which was pretty bad for me because I only ever had the odd fiver spare!!! But now you can purchase £5 top-up again, but only via 1 way which I will explain soon. (Electronic-top-up.) The price plans for 'Just Talk' £5, £
10,£15 and £25 top-up vouchers are as follows: PM ~ PER MINUTE Standard Calls (Peak Rate) PM ~ 35p Standard Calls (Off-Peak Rate) PM ~ 10p Orange To Orange (Peak Rate) PM ~ 20p Orange To Orange (Off-Peak Rate) PM ~ 10p Orange WAP Services (Standard Rate) PM ~ 10p Answer Phone PM ~ 10p Directory Enquiry PM ~ 50p Text Messaging ~ 10p Alternatively, like myself I top-up with a £50 voucher. This means half price calls and text messages at 5p each!!! This offer is great and suits many people down to the ground! PM ~ PER MINUTE Standard Calls (Peak Rate) PM ~ 25p Standard Calls (Off-Peak Rate) PM ~ 5p Orange To Orange (Peak Rate) PM ~ 15p Orange To Orange (Off-Peak Rate) PM ~ 5p Orange WAP Services (Standard Rate) PM ~ 10p Answer Phone PM ~ 10p Directory Enquiry PM ~ 50p Text Messaging ~ 5p WAYS OF TOPPING UP... 1. You can use a debit or a credit card to top-up, simply use your card once and then your details are registered and you can use your card again and again without buying ANY vouchers! You can do this on up to two of your cards. 2. You can also use the original route of buying top-up-vouchers from high street stores (Although most places sell top-up vouchers nowadays!) This way may be harder and takes a longer time but still a way to top-up. 3. The last option is to get an 'electronic' top-up card from Orange which is what I have done. (I mentioned this earlier for £5 top-up) You can simply go into any Orange shop and ask for this card and they will give you it and an application form FREE. They are called 'Top up swipe cards' and I think Orange were the first mobile company to use them although I know many other mobile companies use them too now! After filling in your application form you simply ring '450' FREE from your orange mobile and follow the simple step-by-step instructions. This l
inks your card to your phone and from then on you can go into Orange shops and places that accept 'electronic swip cards' and top up ON your card, by the time you walk out of the shop, your phone is topped up!!! CALLING ABROAD... From any Just Talk phone you can call abroad, calls are rated at: (INCLUDING VAT) PM ~ PER MINUTE 15p PM from UK to Republic Of Ireland and Channel Islands 20p PM from UK to Europe 15p PM from UK to North America 30p PM from UK to Austrailia and New Zealand 80p PM from UK to REST OF WORLD OVERALL ORANGE... I believe that Orange is great with low prices and great value, when you recieve your Just Talk phone you also get £5 FREE credit to get you started. For more information on Orange Just Talk please ring: 07973 100 452 (Charged at a mobile rate) OR visit their website at www.orange.co.uk Remember as Orange say themselves: 'THERES NO OUCH IN OUR VOUCHER' 'FOR WHATEVERPACE YOU LEAD YOUR LIFE' AND SO ON...! Thanks for reading everyone, hope I've helped ~M~ :0)
In my opinion i think Orange Just talk is the best network around all 6 times my handsets have been bought originally for use on the Orange network and i have never been dissapointed with there service.There standards have allways been high and there call costs work out one of the lowest for me around.Reception quality is miles better than anyother network inc Bt Cellnet there closest rival.I will try to expalin the best i can all areas of the Orange network. ~~~~~~~~~~~Call costs~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can top up your just talk account by purcahsing £10 £15 £25 or £50 vouchers which can be bought from any good newsagen petrol station or the Orange shop.Orange Just talks call costs are low, but not much reduction for off peak hours. If toping up with £10 £15 or £25 vouchers your call costs will be as followed. .Standard call cost of £0.35p (off peak) .Standard call cost of £0.10p (peak) .Orange to Orange cost of £0.20p (peak) .Orange to Orange cost of £0.10p (off peak) .SMS to any network(£0.10p per sms(Flat rate) IF TOPING UP WITH A £50 VOUCHER. .Standard call cost of £0.25p (Peak) .Standard call cost of £0.05p (off peak) .Orange to Orange call cost of £0.15 (Peak) .Orange to Orange call cost of £0.05p (Off peak). .SMS to any network coast of £0.05p per message(Flat rate). Theres no eak in our~off~peak~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What makes Orange Just talk unique is that you can choose your off peak time band.You can chosse between between the following 3 time bands .Morning 7am - 11am .Lunchtime 11am-3pm .Afternoon 3pm-7pm. Theres lots of diffrent handsets to choose from on the Orange network.Here are a few of the most popular models from just £29.99. .Nokia 402 .Nokia 3210 .Nokia 3310 .Nokia 3330 .Sony J5E .Motorola M3788E .Motorola V2288E .Siemens C35i .Ericsson T10. All handset on the Just talk service come with £5 calling credit in the box. ~~~~~~~~~£5~Rumour~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well it is true, £5 cards have been phased out but the new swipe card has come to take its place.Now you receive a little Orange And White card in your box which looks like a credit card.You register your Swipe card by following the step by step instruction which are on the leaflet which you Swipe card is inside.You can register up to about 9 diffrent cards to one sim card and then you are no longer to top up in £5's.
Orange Out Here is great for those people who spend most their time on the phone texting rather than talking. For a one off payment of £15, you get 5 free text messages a day, whenever you have any credit on your phone. With text messages normally costing 10p, you can save your initial £15 in just a month. Also, since you get two 30 second ‘reserve calls’ when you don’t have any credit, it’s ideal for parents to buy for younger teenagers, as they can be sure they won’t get stranded and be unable to phone home if they’ve used all of their vouchers gossiping.