Orange offers free mobile music streaming

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Orange has announced its new Monkey deal for Pay As You Go customers, giving users streamed music for free.

Those of you unwilling to part with cash each month for a monthly contract can now get free music from Universal Music as part of the new offer, in a deal in association with 4Music.

Users can access their account at (remember the animal theme Orange are plugging away with?) and choose from the Universal back catalogue to create a playlist.

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They can then share that playlist with other Orange buddies or post it to Facebook in order to show off just how impressive their taste is in music.

Orange says: "The free music element of the package fulfils an untapped market that is looking for a low cost, easy access music service without users having to worry about download costs or the functionality of their handset."

However, Orange has also put together eight pre-defined playlists that allow users to listen to different genres without the annoyance of having to turn on a PC.

In addition to the deal, a £10 top up gives you 300 free texts and free music. £20 gives you 600 texts and £30 gives you 1,000 texts on PAYG.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.