As you probably know by now, Orange has announced a price cut on its ADSL packages, and a speed-doubling measure on its MyT packages. The discussions have been raging on for the past few days on various fronts, including Twitter and CarrotMadman6’s Article on the price cuts.
MyT users are probably rejoicing by now. ADSL users too maybe, but probably in a lesser measure. I’m an ADSL user. I’m definitely not rejoicing. I believe Orange has successfully performed corporate tricks on its users, and has come out with a profit, all while announcing the price cuts / speed boosts.
Let me begin with the more obvious of the ripoffs:
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Orange (and Mauritius Telecom), have just announced our Christmas gift for the year 2010: ADSL users can expect a reduction in prices and MyT users will see their current speed doubled. The changes will start taking effect as from 1st December 2010.
Update 0: I put this as Update Zero because it’s most important: MyT Users with NO TV option will get neither speed boost NOR price cut, as confirmed on TheMediaGuru’s comment section. You will have to pay Rs. 999 (Rs. 151 extra!) if you want more speed.
Update 1: According to the user “Sab” on TheMediaGuru’s article (see link below), there won’t be any speed boosts for ADSL users, only the Rs. 100 reduction in prices.
Update 2: The price decrease / speed boosting is not pleasing everybody. There are some complaints coming from Jeyen Chellum and ACIM that Orange has done something weird or how it was ICTA’s role to announce the price cuts. I’ll admit, I didn’t understand what the problem was myself. Moreover, commenters on the L’Express article would prefer a price-cut over a speed boost. I personally prefer a speed boost over a price cut. I am opening a poll for you to answer this question.
Update 3: FUP no longer applies to MyT. Not that it was ever applied…
Update 4: You may be interested in this article too…
Here is a summary of the changes for ADSL (All prices are Vat Inclusive):
- ADSL Home 256 Kbps(3GB Cap Limit): Rs. 499 → Rs. 399
- ADSL Home 512 Kbps: Rs. 848 → Rs. 759
- ADSL 128 Kbps for Rodrigues: Rs. 499 → Rs. 399
- ADSL Business package prices fall by 10%. New prices will probably be:
- ADSL Business 256 Kbps: Rs. 1840 → Rs. 1656
- ADSL Business 512 Kbps: Rs. 2875 → Rs. 2587.50
- ADSL Business 1 Mbps: Rs. 5750 → Rs. 5175
- ADSL Business 2 Mbps: Rs. 10235 → Rs. 9211
- Dedicated Lines fall by 24%
MyT prices remain unchanged, but the speed doubles:
- MyT 512 Kbps → MyT 1 Mbps
- MyT 1 Mbps → MyT 2Mbps
- MyT 2Mbps → MyT 4Mbps (!!)
MyT will also offer 3 new channels – Boing, MCM Top and Motor TV and add more titles to its Video on Demand service.
There is no word yet on whether the speed doubling will be applied to existing ADSL users (like me). I hope the Christmas gift comes to us ADSL users too. I’ll update this article as more details surface.
If you have any more information, please do share!
Hat-tip to TheMediaGuru for sharing the initial news.
I dunno how that Orange
propaganda brochure (as if there wasn’t enough Orange advertising already) landed at my place, but I thought I’d look through it. And guess what? It lands on GeekScribes! I ain’t got a scanner, so bear with the cam-pic quality! Here’s the cover:
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