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Orange UK Launches New EU Mobile Broadband Roaming Charges

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 (1:18 pm) by Mark Jackson (Score 2,022)
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Mobile operator Orange UK (Everything Everywhere) has introduced an enhanced range of cheaper Mobile Broadband data roaming bundles for customers whom intend to continue using the internet while travelling around Europe and the rest of the world.

Each of the new bundles give a set amount of usage (MegaBytes) for a period of 30 days, with prices starting at £3 for 30MB. Those who don’t pick a bundle will instead pay 59p per MegaByte on the operator’s pay-as-you-go (payg) packages or 69.6p for contract users. The new prices were actually “launched earlier this month” but some were not widely publicised until now.

As with other operators Orange UK’s new prices are designed to reflect Europe’s new cheaper mobile roaming regulation (details).

orange uk data roaming prices

Orange UK has also introduced a special 7-day bundle for £15 until 5th August 2012 (£20 thereafter), which gives customers travelling within the EU access to 50 minutes of voice calls, 30MB data and 100 texts.

By comparison O2’s new O2Travel bundle offers £1.99 for 25MB Per Day, while Three UK charges £5 Per Day (or £1.28 per MB if you’re a pay-as-you-go customer) for largely unrestricted Mobile Broadband roaming.

Country Coverage – Roaming Rates

* Rest of World 1 countries include: Armenia, Australia, Columbia, Croatia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, USA

* Rest of World 2 countries include: Botswana, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Montenegro, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, UAE, Uganda

* Rest of World 3 countries include: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Morocco, Netherland Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United States Virgin Islands

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4 Responses
  1. Kyle

    I was expecting better value than this.

  2. captain.cretin

    One HTML advert from a retailer will wipe out 10% of your allowance in a fraction of a second. £3 for 30MB a day?? they are taking the p1$$!!

    This just about usable if you have an old “internet capable” brick, but anything 1/2 way modern will wipe that out as soon as you try to browse a website.

  3. William

    Orange charge £150 for 500mb of data over 30 days??? Yet it costs £5 in the UK for the whole month? Yet Orange effectively charge £90 for 500mb doing it daily. Although you could never exceeed 30mb in one day. (less flexibility)

    This would cost nothing if you use free WIFI? Easy to get caught out I guess.

    If these were the prices before the price came down the mind boggles. I think further cuts are planned by the regulators but in my view not enough has been done. I have no doubt the mobile companies make millions from these charges as most have networks spanning across Europe and the world.

    I note Vodafone do a £3 a day to take your UK contract abroad when you use your phone. So you could effectively browse and use your mobile like you do at home.

    These charges should really be a fraction of these costs.

    yet swapping your sim for a US or EU sim is not easy as they lock the phones to certain networks. When you remove this hurdle the prices will fall quickly.

  4. William

    Yep Price are set to fall further on July 2013 and July 2014. Effectively reducing data roaming cost by 60-70%.

    http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/05/mobile-and-data-roaming-charges-to-fall-285806/

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