Orange will join Vodaphone and One2One in raising the price of its cheapest pre-paid mobile phone deal to £69.99 from next month.
The operator claims the price hike will enable it to provide customers with better value for money as it will no longer have to subsidise newcomers to the service.
The move leaves BT Cellnet as the only operator to offer a £49.99 deal. While the firm denies that it plans to follow suit and up the cost of its cheapest deal to £69.99, pundits believe it is only a matter of time before it copies its rivals.
Prices have risen from £39.99 a month ago as operators look to turn pre-paid customers into contract subscribers. But it is only just over a year ago that pre-paid mobile packages dropped in price - to £69.99.
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