Orange iPhone terms & conditions
6 November, 2009
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Am been considering upgrading to the new iPhone 3GS. However, having read their Terms and Conditions I am left wondering if it is worth it. They state:
Inclusive Mobile Internet. Mobile internet browsing is for use within the UK only. Any use outside the UK will be charged at the relevant international rates. Mobile Internet browsing does not include event charges such as for ringtones or games (transport costs for these events are included). Fair Usage policy of 750MB applies. Usage above this amount will constitute abuse and Orange may monitor usage, apply Network protection controls which may result in reduced speed of transmission and/or withdraw the Offer from your account if the fair usage policy is abused. Not to be used for other activities (e.g. using your handset as a modem, non-Orange internet based streaming services, voice or video over the internet, instant messaging, peer to peer file sharing, non-Orange internet based video). Should such use be detected notice may be given and Network protection controls applied to all services which Orange does not believe constitutes mobile browsing. This may result in reduced speed of transmission, suspension of data browsing services and/or suspension of your account.
Some of this makes sense, but the bit about instant messaging not being allowed, nor non-Orange internet based streaming services, voice or video over the internet, non-Orange internet based video. Does this mean you can’t use Google Talk, iPlayer, YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook, etc. on an Orange iPhone? I have been using these services on my current Blackberry, so with no restrictions. Have I misunderstood? As far as I understand O2 place no such restrictions?
Sent an email to Orange Customer Service this morning for clarification. Wonder how soon they will reply and what they will say.