Cheeky rate hikes on Orange PAYG

Cheeky rate hikes on Orange PAYGOrange has announced a few changes to its PAYG tariffs, and the upshot is that both calls and texts will be more expensive. Boo.

The network recently sought to soften users up with a message declaring that £10 top-ups on its Dolphin and Monkey plans would qualify for an additional 100 free texts. However a subsequent alert added that call rates would jump up by 5p.

Calls to landlines, mobiles and Orange voicemail are all 20p/min at the moment, however from July 1 they’ll creep up to 25p/min. As if that wasn’t enough of a kick in the teeth, text messages will also go up from 10p to 12p.

How do the rates compare? Check it out:

  • Three: 26p/min
  • O2 and Tesco Mobile: 25p/min
  • Vodafone: 21p/min
  • Orange and T-Mobile: 20p/min
  • giffgaff, Virgin Mobile and Asda: 8p/min

Of course, there are all sorts of bolt-ons and offers muddying the PAYG waters, but it’s still fairly crappy news if you’re on Orange PAYG.

For your convenience, Orange has set up a special page, titled: “we’re making some changes to pay as you go”.

(Thanks to duckmagicuk2 at HUKD)

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blizzard7  May. 23, 2011 at 19:02

"...second to only giffgaff..."

Aren't you forgetting Asda mobile which has had the same tariff for years now... Tesco and Virgin are also cheaper than Orange and better known MVNOs.

shshs  May. 23, 2011 at 19:38

o2 is 25p per minute for other mobiles....

lcurdie / MOD  May. 23, 2011 at 19:39

Good call. I was focusing primarily on the Big Five, but appear to have created a Big Six in my head including giffgaff.

lcurdie / MOD  May. 23, 2011 at 20:00

Tesco Mobile appears to be 25p/min on PAYG, but I could be mistaken. Trying to find rates is a ****' nightmare.

Also, O2 is 25p/min on PAYG, but 35p/min on Simplicity PAYG. Obviously.

Right, time for a spot of editing...

blizzard7  May. 23, 2011 at 20:53

Yes you seem to be on the money about Tesco. I was thinking about this tariff which seems to be for existing customers only now.

timstongiffgaff  May. 24, 2011 at 13:18

This just shows how good value giffgaff is. At 8/min & 4p/text any network and free calls and texts to other giffgaff numbers.

There is a good comparison with other sim only deals found at



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