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New Film To Go service from UK Orange
Aug 9th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Orange Film To Go service

Movie freaks in the UK will be elated to know that the UK network operator Orange has come up with a new Film to Go service using which Orange users can rent a movie for free from iTunes every Thursday.

Orange has joined hands with Apple to offer such a service for the first time so as to offer free movie downloads to its customers which includes a mixture of recent iTunes releases and cinema classics, thereby offering a variety of genre.

Orange users willing to download a movie need to send message “filmtogo” to 85060 from their devices who will then receive a code on Thursday. On submitting this code to the Orange Film to Go website or the Orange Film Club Facebook page, users will be redirected to iTunes for the movie download. The text message will be charged 35p.

It should be noted by the Orange users that the movie will be valid only for 30 days and also that once started to watch it, the movie should be finished within 48 hours. Then, it gets automatically deleted.

Unfortunately, Orange will be selecting the movie by itself thereby not allowing its customers to go with the movie of their choice. The first movie to be offered by Orange this week is ‘My Blueberry Nights’ starring Norah Jones and Jude Law.

Orange and Vodafone go it alone with PAYG price hikes
Jul 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Citing new Ofcom regulations which make calls from landlines to mobiles cheaper, Vodafone and Orange announce price rise for their PAYG services.

Orange will hike the call rate from 20p to 25p per minute while texts will be charged 12p instead of the earlier 10p starting this Friday. Vodafone hikes will take effect from 14th July and the call price will be up from 21p to 25p per minute while the text pricing will be 12p per text.

O2, T Mobile, and 3 do not seem to have any plans to hike their PAYG prices, however. Despite that, the price hike by Orange and Vodafone would still keep all of them in the same range instead of being any higher.

Vodafone made a mention of cut in mobile termination rates as the reason for the price hike. Since April 2011, there has been a cut in MTRs and that reduces the price of landline to mobile calls. TalkTalk and BT started offering cheaper LL to mobile calls.

Orange to sell ZTE Skate as Monte Carlo soon
Jun 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange confirmed the news that it will sell ZTE Skate rechristened as Monte Carlo on its network and this offering will apparently be exclusive. Orange has put the handset on its “coming soon” page.

Orange has informed The INQUIRER that the dates and pricing are not yet decided. Orange had earlier sold ZTE Blade as ZTE San Francisco phone in a similar fashion. Monte Carlo can aim to be a better handset compared to the San Francisco as it is powered by an 800MHz processor plus the Android 2.3 platform.

The 4.3 inch touchscreen with 480 x 800 resolution is a lot better than San Francisco’s 3 inch screen. A 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and G-sensors are some other features of Monte Carlo. The handset is 10,mm thick and weighs 120g.

San Francisco is a budget Android handset and Orange sold it for as cheap as £79. Over 2 million San Francisco ( ZTE Blade ) handsets have reportedly been sold. We expect the pricing of the Monte Carlo handset to be competitive enough to appeal to all of us.

Samsung Galaxy SII contract for just £10 from Orange
Jun 18th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Here comes some interesting news for all those who are looking ahead to place their hands on brand new handsets by sticking to their existing SIM-only deal and not willing to pay full price for the device. Network operator Orange has brought the perfect contract for such users.

You can grab the smartphone via Dialaphone by shelling an initial cost of £209 along with a tenner every month which will offer you 30 minutes and unlimited texts along with the phone. That is, overall cost is £449 which is cheaper than the suggested retail price of £499.

Also coupled with the device is a free Samsung Galaxy S2 SIM unlock code finder on Android market. Using this, you can use your phone with ANY SIM card once the device is rooted.

The Galaxy S II is the latest addition to the ultra-popular Galaxy S family. Slimmer, lighter and faster, Galaxy S II is mere 8.49mm thick, weighs only 116g and has a huge 4.27-inch Super AMOLED WVGA capacitive touchscreen.

The device comes pre-loaded with the latest Google operating system – Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The smartphone also packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, micro USB, Wi-Fi as well as 1GB of RAM. And of course adding value is an 8MP camera with LED flash capable of recording HD 1080p video.

Android 2.2 powered Orange Barcelona soon in UK
Jun 14th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Barcelona is Orange’s own Froyo (Android 2.2) powered mobile phone and the service provider confirmed that it will be available in the UK soon.

The handset design resembles a BlackBerry phone given the fact that it has a 2.6 inch touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad. Termed as sleek and ergonomic by Orange, the handset has quick access keys just above the keypad so that you can navigate through the home screen easily.

It has a 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, video calling, and HD Voice. Orange Maps come as an icing on the cake on the handset.

This handset will either come free on certain monthly plans or can be taken up on PayG. Similar to Orange SanFrancisco which is amongst the cheapest Android phones at less than £100, Barcelona is expected to be affordable.

Orange Atlanta is another budget phone announced by Orange which will be available for just £40 on PayG. Vodafone is another network which is set to launch a branded phone in Vodafone Smart soon. With a 2.8 inch display and a 2 megapixel camera, it will run on Android 2.2.

As soon as the UK release date and pricing details come out, we shall keep you posted.

Combined plan for iPad 2 and iPhone from Orange
Jun 2nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange has launched its first combined tariff for both iPad 2 and iPhone. The iPad 2 3G and iPhone 4 users can now enjoy a single price plan for both of their devices. Orange has also come up with new tariffs for the Blackberry users.

This all inclusive combined plan costs £65 a month over a 24-month period. This plan offers data allowance up to 2GB along with unlimited BT Openzone Wi-Fi which is accessible by both the gadgets. Added to this, the iPhone is also bundled with 600 minutes and unlimited texts.

However, all these available plans demand an upfront cost. The combined plan of 16GB iPad 2 3G and iPhone 4 costs £99, which is the cheapest one. The plan combining 64GB iPad 2 3G and 32GB iPhone 4 costs £299, which is the most expensive plan.

Two new BlackBerry price plans have also been introduced by Orange. The plan, ‘Orange 10’ costing £10 a month offers the customers BlackBerry 8520 bundled with 50 minutes and 50 texts.

‘Orange 15’ on the other hand is a SIM only package wherein you get 500 texts, 100 minutes, and 100MB data usage per month for £15. The plan can be used with an array of handsets including 9800, 9780, 9300, and 9105.

Orange, VoucherCloud join hands to offer Exclusive Discounts
May 24th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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After the launch of NFC-based payments services, UK wireless carrier Orange is now making an entry into the vouchers market. Orange has joined hands with Vouchercloud so as to come up with exclusive discount offers for its contract and pay-as-you-go customers.

As per this deal, the discount voucher website will offer a minimum of eight deals to the Orange customers every month. These discount deals can be accessed either from the Vouchercloud web site or the Vouchercloud iPhone app.

Coming to the May offers, exclusive discounts can be enjoyed by Orange users on various products from Malmaison, Habitat, Headmasters and Fitness First.

More than 5,000 retail chains and other business setups across the UK use Vouchercloud service, which is an online discount voucher service. Location-based discount apps on the iOS as well Android platform are already available from the company. A Windows Phone 7 app is also expected to be released in the days ahead.

Managing director of Vouchercloud, Greg Le Tocq says that vouchers are being redeemed by more and more people so as to experience the latest shopping benefits at discount prices. As such, Vouchercloud is offering these deals to make them they reach directly to the hands of the users. Greg further says that they are pleased to offer exclusive deals to Orange users.

Fall in the price of Nokia N8 Smartphone to £240
May 22nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia fans can now grab the Nokia N8 smartphone for as low as £240 from Orange, which is almost half of £400, the original cost of the device at the time of its launch.

Dialaphone serves this deal and is on the barebone Dolphin 10 package. That is, users will enter into a two-year contract by shelling out £10 per month which gives you 30 minutes and unlimited texts. This is more suitable for any Orange user looking ahead to grab the N8 and is ready to change their SIM cards.

Users can unlock their N8 very easily at a price and then go with the SIM of their choice. The smartphone’s price has already come down by £80 in the last two weeks.

Nokia N8 is equipped with one of the best cameras fitted in Smartphones. It not only has best and superior 12 megapixel still camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash but also allows shooting full HD video.

N8 is the first phone with new Symbian 3 operating system and is the first phone with a breaking technology, which allows N8 to come with a non – removable battery. To brief out about N8, it is bundled with a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a mini HDMI slot, Ovi Maps, Dolby Digital Plus technology along with 16GB memory.

Orange and Barclaycard launch Quick Tap service in UK
May 21st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange and Barclaycard have entered into an NFC based mobile payments joint venture by launching Quick Tap service in UK yesterday. With this technology, users will be allowed to make their payments via their mobile phones.

Using this NFC technology which is focussed at revolutionizing the mobile payments market, the Smartphones will turn into virtual wallets. This service will allow users to make purchases up to £15 as well as have purchase records and the amount that can be spent further.

However, only Smartphone users can enjoy this service for the time being. Samsung’s new Tocco is the first to use Barclaycard and Orange’s ‘Quick Tap’ service. Using this service Barclay’s, Orange customers and Barclaycard cardholders can transfer up to £100 to their mobile account.

The Quick Tap service runs on a SIM based approach and also assures security of payment done by the users. Users can also protect their money in case of theft of their handset by contacting Orange which will shut down the service for the device.

Near field communication technology is used for communication on Quick Tap that allows data exchange over the distance of up to 4 cm. As such, using the Quick Tap technology users can pay for day to day items by just tapping their Smartphone at any contactless payment symbol.

Orange offering Black Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Apr 25th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Sony Ericsson would never leave things in the open for their own course! Sony Ericsson is on a mission to prove to the world that it still has what it takes to succeed with their Android phones offerings. After being announced at CES 2011, the Xperia Arc has since made several appearances. With each of these appearances, the interest in the market has only increased.

Until today, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc appeared in two standard colours viz. silver and midnight blue. However, Orange has just come up with an exclusive black version of the device.

You can grab the handset having glossy piano black finish for free on a two year contract by shelling out £40 per month and get 1200 minutes along with unlimited texts.

For those looking for budget oriented deal, you can go with £30 per month deal which will provide you with 500 minutes and unlimited texts. You will however have to pay an up-front cost of £100.

If you want to go with more budget oriented deal, then opt the £20 per month deal offering 200 minutes and unlimited texts. Even this demands the handset cost of £200.

The much hyped Xperia Arc smartphone which sports a Bravia-powered 4.2 inch touchscreen runs Android Gingerbread OS. The slim handset is also powered by a 1GHz processor, has an 8MP camera and gives support to Orange’s HD Voice service.

Orange has Motorola ATRIX on pre-order
Apr 18th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Today, Orange announced that the new Motorola device can be pre ordered while also pricing the handset. Motorola Atrix can now be pre-ordered either through telesales or through Motorola’s retail outlets. In the UK, Orange is the exclusive partner for the handset.

Available for grabs at £35 per month, the 24 month contract for Atrix gets 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 50 MMS, 750 MB data usage and unlimited Wi-Fi ( fair usage ) every month. As part of the Solo 55 package, Orange business users can get the handset for free too.

The Work and play kit with a mouse, HD Multimedia dock and keypad, and remote control has been made available for £49.99 compared to the earlier retail price of £129.99; the same kit is given for free if anyone upgrades to ATRIX this may.

Atrix has been released by Motorola with lots of technology hype around it and pinned lot of hopes that it will revamp its lost glory. Built on Android 2.2 version Mobile Operating system, this Smartphone supports Adobe’s flash, which allows its users to enjoy flash enabled software. It boasts of its 4-inch qHD (950X540) touch screen and its dual core processor, makes it to be one of the fastest of its generation.

It comes with a docking system, which allows it to connect to Laptop and to Television Set. This docking system allows users to dock it as Desk Dock or Laptop Dock or Multimedia Dock, with all these advanced options, Atrix functions like a computer.

Do Some Good iOS app from Orange
Apr 2nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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A free iOS app has been launched by the UK wireless carrier Orange which is aimed to serve the purpose of its users who would like to spend a bit of their spare time for charitable cause.

With this Do Some Good app, the users who want to do something good but don’t have much time can donate a fraction of their time in helping out various charitable causes.

Any action takes just five minutes for completion. One user can adopt 12 charitable causes like participating in a survey of a charity organisation, giving contribution by taking photos or mapping areas, sharing ideas with needy people and so on.

New app came out as a result of the survey of 1,311 Britons which proved that most users are interested in contributing some charitable deeds in their spare time. UK Prime Minister David Cameron who backed the app opines that it is a good way of bringing the volunteering energy in the UK.

It is also said that this is a fabulous opportunity in this world where everyone has little time and as such they can use the mobile technology for a good purpose. Any major change takes place gradually. As such, this volunteering activity is said to mobilise people so as to give the previously untapped time in order to change the volunteering face in the UK.

Orange and T-Mobile to offer Apple iPad 2; O2 to provide data tariffs only
Mar 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange and T-Mobile (together called as “Everything Everywhere” after their merger) will sell the latest sensation in the tablet space, the Apple iPad 2 once it gets released in the UK towards the end of this month through their stores.

Almost an year after the iPad’s launch the iPad 2 is set for a launch powered by the all new iOS 4.3, dual cameras, sizzling fast dual core processor, and HDMI output.

The iPad 2 will also show up in three memory sizes just like its predecessor – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and that would automatically result in product pricing differences. For the end users though, there would not be any price difference between the iPad and iPad 2 as per Steve Jobs quote yesterday.

Faced by stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple iPad is considered an expensive device in the current tablet market. The 3G enabled iPad currently is offered for £429 in Apple stores while UK mobile operators offer the device for £200 on a 24-month data contract.

O2 meanwhile announced that it would stay away from selling the iPad 2 though it would offer MicroSIM data plans for the new gadget.

iPads to be cheaper, thanks to Orange and T-Mobile
Nov 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Cheaper iPad deals are on the cards, now that Orange and T-Mobile confirmed that they are planning to rope in users into longer contract terms in the process.

T-Mobile was the first one to make the announcement which however revealed not too many details except a coming soon UK release with the new iPad plans. T-Mobile confirmed that the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G will get cheaper when it is purchased with data service plans.

And Orange opted not to be left behind in the race and hence came up with a very similar statement to the press except that it replaced ‘T-Mobile’ with ‘Orange’.

As of today, people who buy Apple iPad for usage independent of the service provider get the iPad 3G by paying a huge sum and then they are forced to pay more monthly bills for the data usage on their favourite network.

The statements thus do not reveal too much; however if we take a leaf out from Phone 4 pricing, there is a possibility that the tablet could be available for £150 – £200 on a 24-month deal for a monthly contract of £30 – £35. And the price could be slashed further given the fact that there are no free minutes or texts involved in these plans.

Samsung Galaxy Tab slated for early November by Orange
Oct 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange confirmed to TechRadar that Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available from early November. There was widespread anticipation that the service provider would offer the Tablet PC from Samsung when it gets launched on November 1st and Orange has confirmed the same.

Orange noted that the details about the availability and price of the Galaxy Tab will be made available as and when the date gets nearer. The 7-inch Android powered Tablet has been touted as Samsung’s reply to Apple iPad.

The tablet was expected to arrive in October earlier though Amazon believed that the tablet should be out on November 1st 2010 and it has got it bang on. If Amazon is going to hit the bull’s eye with the price as well, the tablet should burn a hole of £599 though there is a dilemma about that.

O2, Vodafone and CarPhone Warehouse are the other stockists that would offer the tablet and it would be interesting to see the pricing at which they would offer it. Powered by Android 2.2, the Galaxy Tab weighs 380g and thus turns out to be easy on the pocket.

HD Voice with Samsung Omnia 7 from Orange
Oct 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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HD Voice technology will be available to customers who opt to purchase the Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Omnia 7 Smartphone on its network, announced Orange.

SlashGear, a website related to technology news made this announcement from Orange public and it means that users on Orange will be able to experience high-quality voice for both incoming and outgoing calls.

HD Voice was so far limited to some high-end Nokia handsets and Samsung Omnia Pro. The calls between HD Voice compatible handsets will have lower background noise, crackle and hiss.

Orange has been the pioneer in developing the technology and has ever since been trying to convince other service providers to adopt the same as an industry standard.

HD Voice: Tall claims from Orange fall flat
Sep 2nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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A new call-enhancing feature, the HD Voice is on the cards from the mobile phone provider Orange. However, a few handsets will be supporting this feature for the time being.

The feature has already been tested in September 2009 across Europe and UK trials have been started in June 2010 with an assurance of virtually eliminating the gap between callers.

Orange made the announcement in December 2009 itself that it will be offering HD voice to its users by working closely with major mobile phone makers.

However, Orange has listed only three devices so far viz., Nokia X6, Nokia E5 and Nokia 5230 which are said to support HD Voice as well as minimise the background noise. Unfortunately, it could not even keep its promise of delivering eight handsets featuring HD Voice in H1 of 2010.

There is a catch to this albeit. The HD experience is possible between two persons only if both the mobile phones are HD Voice compatible handsets over Orange. 3G will be a pre-requisite for the service to work and it can be turned on by a simple update at the base station.

Grab the iPhone 4 for free from Orange
Aug 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Here comes an exciting offer from Orange to own the iPhone 4. Now, Orange is offering the 16GB iPhone 4 for free by charging £50 per month on a two year contract.

As such, Orange will cut off the onetime payment of £75 from the prospective customers looking to buy the device. Users will have to shell out a total cost of £1200 during the whole period to own the handset.

The deal will also be coming with 50 picture messages along with a free Orange Sat-nav from Orange. Not simply this, Orange is also offering 1200 call minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data allowance with the deal.

Orange has also adjusted its rest of the tariff structure. Now, you can swap some of your existing call minutes to get more mobile data as well as get access to Orange maps & photo messages. Orange further said that a cap of 750MB per month will be introduced for its unlimited Wi-Fi on BT Openzone.

3 UK is however offering the best value for money offer for the iPhone 4. It is offering a 32GB iPhone 4 for £189 on a £35 per month contract along with 5000 3-to-3 minutes, 900 anytime minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB of data allowance.

Orange did not reveal if £75 will be reimbursed to those who have placed preorder for the phone and are yet to receive it.

HTC Hero to be Blessed with Android 2.1 update
Jul 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Having done the integration of the HTC Desire and Nexus One with SLCD displays, HTC is found to be in high spirits. HTC is now concentrating on its smartphone, the HTC Hero. The HTC Hero is all set to be upgraded with the Android 2.1 version also known as Eclair for Orange customers.

It has been confirmed by Orange that HTC Hero handsets will get the first part of its two-stage update to Android 2.1 in the first week of August. HTC apologises for making the Orange Hero customers wait for a long time to receive the Eclair update.

The company opines that the delay took place as testing the update across European markets took more time than assumed. The company is hopeful to receive final approval by this weekend and assures that the 2.1 update will be rolled out in the coming week.

The Eclair update is expected to bring an array of new features and applications to the HTC Hero on Orange network such as additional home screens, live wallpaper, support to multiple email accounts and HTC Sense user interface. Users can experience faster connection to other devices as well.

However, delays in the update had no adverse effect on the Android’s growing popularity in the UK. Availability and downloading details are yet to be unveiled.

New range of Android Smartphones from Orange
May 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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The mobile phone operator Orange is planning to launch a new range of Android-based smartphones in the UK and throughout Europe. Orange is all set to launch handsets and tariffs on Android platform currently so as to double its revenues but later it will release on other platforms too over 2010.

The budget Orange-branded phone that would be the first Android smartphone is expected to be available for £15 a month or £100 without any contract.

Moreover, a set of Android devices on other platforms would also be released this summer across Europe though their pricing and availability details would be decided at the time of their deployment by the individual countries. It was also reported to V3.co.uk that Orange would deliver handsets with few other manufactures, which includes Huawei, Gigabyte, ZTE and LG.

Around 4 Android smartphones are expected to be launched in the UK by 2010. It is also reported that the Orange-branded Boston, an Android smartphone would not be launched in the UK which has been released recently in Spain.

Orange was however not willing to unveil information as to which models it will release in the UK. The call is left to individual countries as to which hardware and tariff plan they are going to support. The strategy carved by Orange is to offer smartphones at affordable prices and tariffs to provide flexible access to mobile data.

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