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Help with IPhone on Orange???? Arggghhh :-((

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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Please please can someone give me some pointers about how to get the best deal on an Iphone? I have been on orange contract since 20th December 2008. I had an 18 month contract so in effect it runs out on 20th June this year. I REALLY REALLY want an IPhone but have called Orange and they can offer me one for something like £289 and put my contract up to £35 a month on another 18 month deal.....does anyone know of any better deals or has anyone been offered a better deal from Orange than this?

Thank you so so much, any help/advice appreciated :-)
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Also due an upgrade. Was offered nothing after 3 years loyalty. I said to them, so you can only offer me the same you would offer a brand new customer? Is that what you saying?

They replied yes...
#2
Im interested in this as well.

Have you tried going through retentions? they offer the good deals there. (my contract isnt up for a few months so i havent tried)
#3
289 quid?? on a contract? seems crazy! buy an iphone and get a sim only deal.
#4
JohnBall
Also due an upgrade. Was offered nothing after 3 years loyalty. I said to them, so you can only offer me the same you would offer a brand new customer? Is that what you saying?

They replied yes...


Its shocking, I know what you mean about loyalty. Have been on Orange PAYG for eleven years and then onto contract and they cant even offer me a reasonable monthly bill. Looked into O2 but their prices were similar, I know some people are getting them cheaper and its soooo frustrating!!!
#5
Jetpac
Im interested in this as well.

Have you tried going through retentions? they offer the good deals there. (my contract isnt up for a few months so i havent tried)


Im sorry, Im trying not to be totally thick :whistling: what do you mean retentions? Im no good with all this stuff!!
#6
barky
289 quid?? on a contract? seems crazy! buy an iphone and get a sim only deal.


Had thought about that Barky but how would I get the unlimited internet access if I was sim only? :thinking: (sorry I know Im a bit thick!!)
#7
Casstia
Im sorry, Im trying not to be totally thick :whistling: what do you mean retentions? Im no good with all this stuff!!


Retentions is the department at a company that deal with retaining their customers, and have 'special' discounts they can give you to sweetin the deal.
#8
Casstia
Im sorry, Im trying not to be totally thick :whistling: what do you mean retentions? Im no good with all this stuff!!


retentions is when you select the "if you are thinking of leaving us" option, they send you to the special retentions department who usually do their best to try and keep you to stay with orange.

If they dont offer me a decent iphone deal when i go to upgrade, im leaving. i get poor signal where i leave as it is, if i didnt get such a good retentions deal last time i would have left.
#9
By the time your contract ends, the 4G iPhone may be out....wait til then...they may offer you better deal...
#10
moob
Retentions is the department at a company that deal with retaining their customers, and have 'special' discounts they can give you to sweetin the deal.


Ah right I see, thank u! I hadnt really got much further than the first basic call to orange asking what they could do for me and then getting in a bit of a huff when I realised I couldnt afford it!! :oops::oops:
#11
Thanks all for your replies. I knew I could count on HUKD for some help!! Think another phone call is in order tomorrow :thumbsup::thumbsup:
#12
birdyboyuk
By the time your contract ends, the 4G iPhone may be out....wait til then...they may offer you better deal...



Oooo 4g - didnt realise that would be so soon.....am even more excited now!!! :roll:
#13
Casstia
Oooo 4g - didnt realise that would be so soon.....am even more excited now!!! :roll:


My contract runs out August....I have the 3G at the mo, hoping that I can upgrade when the 4G is out...
#14
I'm sure that when it comes to the iPhone, no discounts can really be applied as all the priceplans and prices are set by Apple and goes towards their revenue thats why all tariffs with the iPhone are of a similar price/value.

Retentions will not be able to do much unless you choose another phone...
#15
There are no deals from any network for the iPhone. Apple set the price not the network.
#16
Casstia
Had thought about that Barky but how would I get the unlimited internet access if I was sim only? :thinking: (sorry I know Im a bit thick!!)


if you buy it on payg it comes with a sim giving one year unlimited data,then port your existing number onto it
#17
steve1221
There are no deals from any network for the iPhone. Apple set the price not the network.


that cant be STRICTLY true tho m8-apple set the price of the phone yes but any network is free to subsidise that price down to whatever they want once they have bought them.

now,by my very rough reckoning,if tesco can sell a 16gb 3gs for 440 quid they are probably making a 20 percent markup on it so apples price wholesale is probably about 350? then orange are offering loyal customers the phone for 289-a subsidy of 61 quid for years of loyalty and they still want 35 quid per month?
#18
Apple have a 'do not rock the boat' clause in the contracts and will not have their products devalued by price cutting.
Yes, a network could cut the price or subsides them but they then wouldn't get any more stock. . .
#19
my hubbie got an upgrade yesterday through the orange shop had a blackberry now has the iphone, the sales guy (who was for a change not a pushy one) said you could be with orange for a million years and they will not do a deal on the iphone, also confirmed a new version would be coming out julyish time but all it will do is be internationally and a smaller screen (if anyone interested), anyways hubbie got the iphone for free with a 24mth contract on a 45pound tarrif he could of gone for 18mth contract and of paid 89pound for the phone he gets something like 1200 minutes and 500 texs for that
#20
Here's a different way to look at it:

18 months on a £35 tariff = £630, plus the cost of the handset as an upgrade on your contract= £919

or, you could:

18 months on a SIM-only Dolphin 10 tariff with data bundle = £270, and buy the 16GB iPhone 3GS on pay-as-you-go = £720

The Dolphin 10 SIM-only tariff costs £10 per month and gives you 200 mins per month and unlimted texts. Add on a 500MB data budle (should be enough for most people) and that's £15 per month.

As long as you're not a really chatty person who'll use more than 200 mins per month, then doing this would save you £200 over that 18 months...
#21
Like others have said, there is no such thing as a "good deal" on an iPhone. Apple have set the prices and tarriffs and no network provider is going to risk reducing it through fear of upsetting Apple.

If you want an iPhone you are going to have to pay the going rate. If you wait for the 4G, the price of the 3GS will go down (albeit not by much). From the rumours I have heard, the 4G won't be much different from the 3GS.
#22
massmail666
my deal is £560 all in for a 12month contract, the 4g may be out in a few months but will obviously cost more (phone and contract)


It's also on a different network to what the OP was talking about...it might float her boat, but if she wants to stay with Orange (for reception reasons etc?) or doesn't have Clubcard points then I'm still the king I reckon ;)
#23
True.

All this said, I pay above the odds on my Orange contract, because having a £35pm contract means you get el cheapo broadband off them. I'm quids in when I look at it that way. If OP needs broadband too it may represent a substantial saving

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