updated 09:55 am EST, Tue November 3, 2009
Low data caps, blocked services source of concern
Orange UK is already being criticized for its data policies in regards to the iPhone, the BBC reports. The carrier yesterday announced its intentions to launch the iPhone on November 10th. Mentioned in subscription plans however is a 750MB "fair usage" limit on data, despite other marketing claims that data is unlimited, as at rival iPhone carrier O2.
While Orange clarifies that it has two separate 750MB caps -- one for cellular data, and another for BT Openzone Wi-Fi -- the policy has already drawn intense online criticism, arguing it is deceptive to promote such a low amount of data as unlimited. As a result the company now says it is reviewing its policy, which could result in larger data allowances. It may not have to offer genuinely unlimited service however, as the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ruled earlier this year that a plan must not be genuinely unlimited to be marketed as such.
Orange is also under attack for its terms and conditions, which nominally ban "using your handset as a modem, non-Orange Internet based streaming services, voice or video over the Internet, instant messaging, peer to peer file sharing, [and] non-Orange Internet based video." Such words could theoretically prevent people from running iPhone apps such as AIM, Spotify, Ustream or Facebook, which are normally taken for granted. It is not certain whether the company may enforce its rules, as the terms leave room to treat cases individually.