Another disappointing piece of news: Orange have decided to follow ASDA Mobile in putting up their charges in June. The price hike isn’t on such a great scale but then Orange were far from being a budget network to begin with and the changes make them easily one of the most expensive options on PAYG now.
- Voice call charges have increased by a mighty 25% from 20p/minute to 25p/minute. This applies for all outgoing calls to UK mobiles and UK landlines. The minimum call charge has also risen from 20p to 25p. This means you’ll be charged 25p for all calls you make which are shorter than one minute.
- The voicemail charge has risen from 20p/minute to 25p/minute.
- Texts have gone up to 12p per message so the cost for every UK SMS is 20% greater.
To see how this affects the prices compared to other networks, feel free to check out our comprehensive comparison chart. After this price change, Orange are now tied with T-Mobile and O2 for the most expensive texts in the UK and only 3, Tru and Virgin Mobile charge more for calls.
In a vain attempt to make up for the price rises, Orange have allowed customers on the Dolphin and Monkey plans to use 400 free text messages instead of 300 free text messages when they top up by £10. Still, despite this, existing Orange customers will probably be very tempted to switch to a budget network like Giffgaff, ASDA Mobile or Tesco Mobile. You can read our guides to getting your PAC and porting your number if you want to quit Orange after this price rise.