Signing A Mobile Contract With Orange – What You Need To Know

The process of choosing and signing a mobile contract can be a complicated one. Every operator offers you different options. Today we’re talking about Orange, and what you need to know to sign a contract with them. If you’re looking to get a new contract with an operator, then here’s all you need to sign a contract with Orange.

Coverage with Orange…

Orange has some of the best network coverage in the UK, and has the best 3G network coverage. Coverage is important, since it determines how good your phone reception will be. If you sign up with a network that has poor coverage in your area, then you’ll find that you have poor mobile reception. This means that you’ll get slow mobile internet, poor call quality, or maybe even that your phone won’t work at all. Orange does have great coverage, but you should always check your local area first, just to make sure you’re going to get good service. Head to Orange’s web site and take a look at their coverage map to be certain.

Incentive or SIM Only Contract…

Like most operators, Orange offers both incentive and SIM only contracts. A SIM only contract gets you a SIM card and a calling plan, whilst an incentive contract gets you a SIM card, calling plan and a free or cheap mobile phone. The monthly prices on an incentive contract are higher than on a SIM only contract, even when both contracts have the same calling plan, since this is how Orange will cover the cost of the phone that you receive. You will also end up paying a little more than the actual retail price of your phone. This is normal, since you’re basically buying a phone on an instalment plan and like all instalment plans you pay a little extra for the convenience of putting little or no money down. However, should you need a phone and not have the cash to buy one, then an incentive contract will let you walk out of the shop with a phone. In the long term though, a SIM only contract will save you more money.

Orange Deals for Contract Customers…

There are a wide range of Orange deals for customers who sign a contract. You do get the Best Plan guarantee, meaning that Orange will check your calling plan every six months to make sure that you’re on the right plan, and inform you if you should change your plan. You also get access to Roaming Angel, a free app that tracks your mobile usage while you’re abroad and tells you how much you’re spending, so you don’t get an unpleasant phone bill when you get home. One of the nicest Orange Deals is Early Upgrade. Unlike with most operators, Orange does not require that you wait until your contract is finished before you can upgrade your mobile. After you’ve been on an Orange contract for six months, you can upgrade your mobile and Orange will discount the remaining months in your contract by twenty five per cent to help you pay for your new mobile. You can also get Orange Magic Minutes. This is one Orange number that you choose at the beginning of your contract that you get free, unlimited calling to. Every six months that you’re a customer you can add another Orange number to the plan. Finally, there are Orange Wednesdays. With Orange Wednesdays you get two for the price of one cinema tickets with cinemas in the Orange programme, and two for the price of one pizza with Pizza Express. Being an Orange customer has plenty of advantages…

Orange Calling Plans…

Again, like all major networks, Orange offers a wide variety of calling plans. Choosing the right calling plan is obviously important, since it will save you money. If your calling plan is too big, and the monthly limits for calling, texting and data too high, you’re going to pay for services that you’re not using, which is a waste of money. On the other hand, plans that are too small are not a great idea either. When you go over the monthly limit of calling, texts or data, you will have to pay extra charges for using extra services, and these extra charges are much higher than the costs under your contract. If you’re constantly going over your limits, you’re going to rack up a lot of expensive extra fees. Choose you calling plan wisely, looking at some older mobile bills to get an idea of your average usage is a pretty good idea. Or, you could monitor your phone use for a month to see how big a calling plan you need. However, choosing the right calling plan isn’t quite such a big deal as it is with other networks, since Orange will check your plan for you every six months and recommend a new plan if your current one isn’t working for you.

Contract Length…

Orange offers a range of different contract lengths, from one year to twenty four months. If you sign up for a SIM only contract, you can also choose a rolling thirty day contract period. This means that you pay for service for thirty days and the service will automatically roll over month to month until you tell Orange that you no longer want service. This can be a good way to avoid being locked into a longer contract. Generally, the longer the contract that you sign, the lower your monthly payments will be. Even with the same calling plan, and the same mobile phone if you sign an incentive contract, a longer term contract will still have cheaper monthly payments than a shorter term contract. However, remember that once you’ve signed a contract you will have to stay with the Orange network until that contract is finished, or risk paying hefty fees to cancel the contract mid term. So it’s worth seriously considering the length of contract that you want.

Sam Jones considered Orange deals amongst others when he wanted upgrade his handset. He got a great deal by shopping online using sites like uSwitch.com

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