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Review Testing the Orange network and dongle didn't get off to a great start because the connection software refused to launch. A quick visit to the Orange website got me an updates connection manager, but that solution presupposes you have internet access by another means.

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Orange's mobile broadband offerings are called Racoon, Dolphin and Panther, which will, respectively, set you back £10, £15 or £25 a month over 18 months for 1GB, 3GB or an 'unlimited' amount of data. Dolphin also comes with a "Happy Hour" which lets users have 60 minutes' unlimited access during a chosen time: 8-9am, 12-1pm, 4-5pm or 10-11pm.

That 'unlimited' data allowance is still prescribed by a 'fair use' policy, so if Orange sees you downloading hundreds of gigabytes of data expect a phone call and a polite request to cut it out.

Existing Orange customers can get the Racoon package for half price, or £5 a month, but only with an 18-month tie-in.

Orange also does 30-day contracts under each of the 'animal' brands for £10, £15 and £25, with 1GB, 2GB and 10GB data allowances, respectively. The tested E1752 modem costs £29 in these cases.

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Go over your limit and you will be charged 2p per megabyte. Overseas use will cost you £3 per megabyte in the EU, and £6.46 per megabyte everywhere else.

RH Recommended Medal

Orange is currently also offering a Option 515m modem "while stocks last" with a free 8GB Micro SD card. The tariffs match those listed above, though there's no 30-day option and the dongle will cost you £20. Orange claims the 515m provides "optimsed signal performance", but without one to test, I wouldn't like to say what the real-world benefits actually are.

Orange's coverage checker promised a 3G service at Site A, a borderline 3G/HSDPA service at site B and good HSDPA at site C. As it turned out, I got HSDPA at A and B, but 3G at C. Go figure. ®

Next: T-Mobile

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Mobile Broadband - Orange

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A good performance only slightly let down by a mismatch between real-world and predicted HSDPA coverage. But the Panther data package is attractive for heavy users.
Price: See Review RRP

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