HTC Hero out now on Orange UK

by Hero on July 22, 2009

in News

HTC Hero out now on Orange UKThe HTC Hero smartphone is now available on the Orange UK mobile network, as promised yesterday by the company. Orange (and T-Mobile) have exclusive rights on the graphite-coloured HTC Hero, hence why the only UK sim-free units on sale are white. Orange has also bundled in a 2GB microSD card with the handset.

The phone is available on a number of different price plans. The cheapest contract appears to be the Dolphin 40, which includes 1200 minutes, unlimited texts and a free handset for £34.25 per month over two years. Data will cost up to £1.47 per day extra on Orange, or you can add a 500MB data package for £4.89 extra per month.

One thing I don’t understand though is that the Hero is designed to be used in an always-connected environment. However, Orange doesn’t offer unlimited data plans, which seems a bit silly in my view. Orange has exclusive rights on the Symbian-based Samsung i8910 Omnia HD too and the operator was criticised for the same reason. I just hope Orange doesn’t ‘cripple’ the firmware on the HTC Hero like it did on the i8910 HD.

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