Stupidly cheap £5 deal from Orange? Of course there's a catch
There's a recession on, you know. Money's too tight to mention, except it's all everyone talks about. And plenty of folk are using these penny-pinching times to their advantage, to grab some headlines under the auspices of lending a helping hand.
So step forward Orange, who don't have a world-conquering smartphone to shout about, or a clever summer promotion along the lines of Vodafone's charge-free holiday roaming. Instead they've conjured up the cheapest monthly tariff on the market - a flimsy £5 a month. For that, you get 50 free minutes, 50 free texts and a Nokia 2630 handset.
Of course there's a catch, and it's delivered with the blunt force of a mallet to the eye socket - you need to sign up to a three year contract. There will be the option to upgrade the handset after 18 months, but for our money the cons far outweigh the pros. For starters, the Nokia 2630 is hardly the most dependable handset; forget the tiny memory and shonky camera, plenty of users report it crashing all the time.
Besides, a bundle that size feels pretty pointless; if you use a mobile less then 50 minutes a month and barely text once a day, you're far better off with pay-as-you-go than signing a contract lasting til 2012, even if it is just a fiver a month.