Orange reveals how much 4G will cost in Spain

Business and consumer tariffs set to debut next month, along with packages aimed at tablets and laptop users.

Orange has revealed how much its 4G service will cost consumers when it goes live next month.

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Orange will offer customers a variety of LTE tariffs, with the cheapest starting at €23 per month. Called the Whale (or Ballena in Spanish), 4G plan, the package comes with 2GB of mobile data, as well as 200 minutes of talk time to mobiles and landlines, and 1,000 text messages.

The next Whale package costs €33 per month for 3GB of mobile internet, along 400 minutes of calls, and 1,000 text messages.

The Dolphin 35 tariff comes in at €35 per month. For that, users get just 1.5GB of data, served with unlimited calls to mobiles and landlines, and 1,000 text messages.

For those looking to pay a little less Orange is offering the Dolphin 16 tariff, which offers 1GB of data, 150 minutes of calls in Spain and to overseas landlines, and 1,000 text messages for €16 per month.

These tariffs are available for consumers and businesses. Businesses can also get Pro versions of the tariffs, which offer perks such as free business-to-business calls and reduced international roaming and call costs.

There is also a tariff exclusively aimed at business users: Dolphin 39 Pro 4G offers 3GB of data within Spain, and 100MB of data throughout the rest of Europe and the US. There's also unlimited calls to mobiles and landlines, and 100 minutes of calls in the EU and US. The tariff will cost €39 per month.

Orange has also released details of tariffs that are aimed at laptop and tablet users, who need data on the go but no voice calls. For €19 per month users can get 2GB of mobile data while those requiring a little more can get 10GB for €35 per month.

Customers will be able to sign up for the new packages from June 24.

As it revealed last month , Orange's 4G will go live on July 8 across six of Spain's largest cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, and Murcia. By the end of 2013 a further nine cities will get LTE connectivity: Zaragoza, Bilbao, La Coruña, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas, Alicante, Córdoba, Valladolid and Vigo. All cities in Spain will be covered by the end of 2014, Orange said.

Vodafone, which launched its own 4G network in Spain last month , is giving users on its 10GB mobile internet, RED3, RED3 Pro and RED4 Pro tariffs LTE access at no extra cost, while those with a data subscription will need to pay €9 a month extra if they want LTE connectivity. All customers can try 4G for free til the end of September, however.

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