Get an iPhone and iPad 2 for £99 on Orange UK

Get an iPhone and iPad 2 for £99 on Orange UK

For further proof that Americans are getting screwed by lack of competition in the mobile devices market, look no further than British carrier Orange Mobile. The wireless phone provider is now offering both an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 for £99 ($162) at £65 ($106) per month.

There are a few caveats: you must be an existing Orange UK customer and sign a 2 year agreement with direct debit and non-itemized billing. The Connected plan offers 600 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited BT Openzone WiFi access and a 2GB shared data allowance across both devices on one convenient bill.

The UK has 5 major carriers – T-Mobile, Orange, O2, Vodafone and 3 – to keep competition healthy. Meanwhile, Ireland has Vodafone, O2, 3 and Meteor, where 3 is currently offering the iPhone 4 for free with a €40 ($57) monthly plan. On the other hand, the state of US carriers is decidedly anti-competitive.

AT&T and Verizon, the American duopoly, offer the iPhone for $199 with $65 and $75 monthly plans (respectively) for comparable data/minutes. Also, did I mention in Europe the receiver does not use allotted minutes when answering a call? It’s just the opposite in the States. Want unlimited text messaging in the US? Tack on another $20 monthly for that privilege. Here’s hoping the rumored Twitter integration in iOS 5 is true so we can all dump the grossly-overpriced SMS scam.

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via TiPb

  1. Thedarknightbrazil says:

    I’m not even gonna mention about here in Brazil! We have the most expensive iPhones and iPads in the world, just look it up on google! No deal is good enough! We suffer!

  2. PHILLHETH says:

    you’re still locked into a 2 year deal at £65 per month minimum.

    i’m supposed to be on a £35 per month deal, but my bill is NEVER less than £50.

    this is’nt that good a deal.

    on top of all that is the fact that Orange are totally fucking ruthless and will extract extra cash from you every chance they get, whilst wriggling their way out of any obligations to their customers.

    i know from bitter experience, that their insurance policies arent worth the paper they are written on.

    not that i’m suggesting any of the other companies are any better.
    WE’RE STILL GETTING THE SHAFT PEOPLE, IT SHOULDNT COST HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF £ OR $ FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS EVERY YEAR.

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