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Mobile phone carrier Orange has announced changes to the way it charges customers for using their mobiles to go online and download content when overseas.

The new flat daily rate could represent significant savings for many Orange users. The plan is to set a base rate of just over £1.70 (2 Euros) for 2Mb of usage per day.

If customers do not opt into the deal, they will be charged £3 for every Mb of data that you download if you surf within an EU country.

Larger daily bundles are also going to be offered, with the most expensive offering 50 megabytes of usage for £8.50 per day.

Orange is hoping to prevent customers from coming back home and finding that they have spent an exorbitant amount on data charges without realising that they were doing so.

Orange's Yves Maitre said last week that the 2Mb allowance would provide enough wiggle room for "approximately thousands of Twitter messages, 80 to 100 emails (not attachments), 80 to 100 web pages (text) or approximately 15 to 20 images".

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