Last week news of tariff increases for pay monthly customers came from both Orange and T-Mobile.
Well, it seems that Orange are at it again as letters have been sent to customers that elect to cover their prized handsets with Orange Care informing them of another price hike to take effect from 29th March 2013.
The price of Orange Care is rising from £6 to £7.99 per month – a rise of just over 33%
Orange are blaming the rise on the cost of today’s phones and associated claims costs.
More information can be found at the Orange website where it clearly states that you can cancel your policy at any time.
The more cynical among us will see this as a drive to push people towards EE’s new Clone Phone service which for prices ranging between £2 and £14 per month (handset dependent) will offer varying levels of cover for your handset.
There are 3 tiers to Clone Phone, Fully Loaded, Loaded and Lite.
Lite starts at £2 p/m for Orange / T-Mobile customers and offers 500mb cloud storage within which to backup your device.
Going slightly up the scale the Loaded offering gives 16GB storage and offers the Find My Phone service.
The top package is Fully Loaded and gives 16GB storage, Find My Phone and Phone insurance. For this you can expect to pay anything between £6 (which EE state will cover a Samsung Tocco) to £14 (covering an iPhone).
Of course, all options above can be found elsewhere for cheaper or even for free.
I’ve included the letter from Orange below for your perusal and my thanks go to long time reader Just Me for the tip off.