Cheap contract? High five: Orange phone for £5 a month

Orange has introduced the cheapest monthly tariff we've ever seen, charging £5 for a new phone and an upgrade later. Sound good? Wait until you see the length of the contract

The bluey is turning orange, as Orange is offering a contract costing you a scant £5 per month. It's aimed at anyone who wants the security of a contract while keeping the low cost associated with pay as you go. But you'd better be darn sure, because the contract is a whopping three years long.

Your fiver entitles you to 50 free minutes, 50 free texts and a Nokia 2630 handset. After 18 months you'll get a new handset to keep for the remaining year and a half.

It's not the only new deal debuting today. Paying £10 or £15 will get you 100 or 200 free minutes, 300 or unlimited free texts and a Nokia 3600 or Nokia 6500 Slide . Orange has also announced four 18-month SIM-only deals, ranging from 100 minutes and 500 texts for a tenner, to 1,600 minutes, 500MB of data and unlimited texts for £30.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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