Motorola DEXT: Free On Orange UK

The price of the Motorola DEXT for Orange UK has been announced… and their is none. As in it is FREE if you do two little things: (1) Sign a 2-year contract, and (2) Contract is £34.26+/month. This pricing is a cold hard fact as the pricing was announced by Orange themselves. Actually forget cold – it makes us feel kind of warm and fuzzy:

Orange is offering the DEXT free to customers who take out a £34.26 per month, 24 month contract. The package includes 900 any network call minutes, unlimited texts, Orange Maps as well as inclusive anytime internet browsing so users can make the most from their mobile experience.

FYI the Motorola DEXT and the Motorola CLIQ are the same phone – just different names for different countries. We did a Motorola CLIQ Review last week when the phone was first announced – check it out for details on what you’re getting or missing depending on what you decide. But with the phone being FREE you can hardly go wrong.

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  • John

    While not definitive proof by any means, this does make the prospect of the CLIQ being free with a t-mobile contract far more plausible.

  • Jerry

    Wasn’t the Hero Free as well?

  • Nate

    Of course its going to be free on T-Mobile if they get it in the UK, but I doubt it will be in the US. You can get any and every phone in the UK for free, it all depends the price of the tariff (monthly charge). I’m sure you can get this phone on a cheaper contract, but it will then cost you some money up front, just like the US.
    On another note, I’d still rather have my Hero I think over this phone. Still not sold on Motorola’s interface, but I’m excited to learn more.

  • http://www.gauntface.co.uk Matthew Gaunt

    That is a steep price tag IMO.

    First off, I haven’t owned a phone that can last longer than a year and half apart from my old nokia 3210, so a 2 year contract for a phone is asking alot of the device to start off with, but £35 on a “Budget” phone is really expensive.

    I’m hoping that Orange will release the phone to buy as just the handset, but this is wishful thinking and doubt it’ll ever happen.

    p.s. On Oranges contracts for the Hero, they neglect to mention anything in the way of internet on most of their tariffs, which is pretty important for any smartphone

  • Wilko

    “But with the phone being FREE you can hardly go wrong”, errm you can if you sign on to a contract of £34.26/month. Bit of perspective I picked up my hero for £25/mouth with unlimited data shortly after release.

  • http://munkismusings.wordpress.com Matt Jones

    24 month contract? Not a chance Orange. I’ll stay out of contract and pick up my phones sim free thanks.

  • http://www.gauntface.co.uk Matthew Gaunt

    Wilko – That is the sorta thing I am comfortable with, £25 a month for 18 months, with enough minutes and texts and unlimited internet.

    But it seems like this is asking for too much :-(

  • BackInAction

    @Wilko — Nice to see that is an option elsewhere, but that isn’t an option in the US. The price of the phone does not affect the monthly rate plan.

    I could buy a stupid flip-phone for “free” and an android phone for $200 (both with 2 year contact) and my monthly plan cost would be identical (assuming I purchased a data plan for the flip-phone).

  • Crypto

    @Nate, Motorola DOES NOT HAVE A NEW INTERFACE.

    On the CLIQ they use the standard Android UI.

    MotoBlur is a service on its servers that you sign up for with an account and tell them what social media and internet accounts you use. It will then push only the changes to this data to you.

    On the CLIQ you see four new Android Application Widgets for Blur. These take the Blur data feed and present it to you in various categories.

    In this way you can update your status on all social media services. It only contacts the Blur server.

    A great feature of all this is that the battery drain on devices using BLUR is much less.

  • Wilko

    @BackInAction – Yeah I see that a phone being free in the US is a big factor, I was just pointing out the price plan above is not good value and the word Free should not insinuate other.

  • Ken

    Asking Orange for unlimited Internet on any plan in the UK is asking too much – 500MB is the max they offer, which given that Android is all web based would worry me, so T-Mobile is likely to keep my business, unless of course someone else offers something similar.

  • Secret Orange Man

    Time to put you ALL straight:
    # The Dext wont be on T-mobile until (if) the merger goes ahead with Orange…
    #Ken: Orange do offer totally unlimited mobile browsing, its about £7 a month. for all the time i’ve been dealing with Orange, I’ve not seen anyone use more than the 500mb…
    # Matthew What about £30? 200 mins, unlimited texts, and free internet? on 18 months. But the trade off is you pay towards the handset. You’ll even get free pizza’s and cinema tickets.

  • Kirsty

    I have thiss new phone and on purchase was told that the internet was free as part of the phone package. however i hve since contacted orange and they tell me internet is not free?! back into shop and they gave me link to set this up however account already set up so how do a get free internet?

  • Adrian

    I have the same problem Kirsty, I bought two of these phones on saturday only to discover that it is permantly connected to the internet, and the tarrif phones 4 u have stuck me on has no free internet even though phones 4 u insist you get free internet……

    Orange insist there is no free internet plan and you have to buy a bolt on.

  • Nicole

    I had this phone bought for me on a contract in december. Since about March it’s given me nothing but grief, it takes ages to load messages and if the battery gets too hot it turns itself off, the only way I’ve managed to get it to work again is by keeping it in the fridge. Tking it outside on hot days? Forget it. The heat from the sun means it turns itself off. To charge it I have to turn it off as it can’t seem to function as a phone while it’s charging and will turn itself off, get stuck on a sign-in screen and refuse to charge. I don’t see this phone lasting 10 months let alone 2 years!