Orange Launch Swapables – Except For iPhone Users

Orange have launched their new Swapables service, which gives Orange customers on the Panther tariff the ability to pick two multimedia benefits for free from a range of services.

Swapables features a number of services, of varying attractiveness, with the best being access to Deezer the free music service, Sky Sports streaming TV services (Sky Sports 1 through 4 and ESPN), Sky Mobile TV for terrestrial channels and Navigon mobile Sat Nav (on device rather than the traditional streaming Orange Navigation service). There are also some less attractive options like 2 free games per month from the Orange World, Russell Grant Astrology and the Go Commute travel planning service. You can fortunately change your two selections every month, so if you do accidentally give Russell a go, you’ll only have to suffer for the 4 weeks before opting back out.

As an Orange iPhone customer I was pretty interested in this, however Orange CS have informed me that its not available to iPhone customers – despite services like Deezer and Sky Sports already being available and working perfectly well on the iPhone. Perhaps we’re not paying enough – although my £45/month iPhone tariff is easily toward the top end of the Panther range of tariffs which start at £25/month, so I’m not sure why iPhone customers – people who would probably take the most advantage of the service are excluded. Ahhh, perhaps that’s the very reason…

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  1. Darren Ellis says:

    I’ve been given 2 ‘swapables’ with my Panther contract – however, I’ve got a Windows 7.5 Titan phone and the only one that is on offer to me is ‘Mobile TV’ – but when I try to download it, it says it is not compatible with my phone) and Russell Grant – which I am not interested in at all! I’m pretty dissapointed in this – Orange offer nothing in the way of compensation! ): – but I must admit I am pretty impressed with Windows 7.5 on my Mango (:

    1. Anonymous says:

      The Titan looks a great phone, we’re hoping to get one in to test soon! Swapables seems to be limited to feature phones (Java) and Android ones at the moment. iPhone and Windows Phone not yet available but we’re chasing to find out when they will be fully supported.

      1. Darren Ellis says:

        Yes it really is a brilliant phone – I certainly recommend it. I wanted a keyboard phone, but the HTC 7 Pro just simply isn’t available any more in the UK. The large screen of the Titan however, facilitates such apps such as Word. I’m very impressed with Office and the Sky Drive is compatible with Office 2007 which you can also load PDFs up from. People may be concerned about the size of it, but you will get used to it really quickly. 

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  3. Paul Gubb says:

    I have a Samsung Galaxy SII and selected the Sky mobile and ordinary mobile tv packages and i get the message that its not compatible (even though it worked the first time!) orange are supposed to be looking into it. Not impressed at the mo.