do my free minutes cover Northern Ireland?

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I'm on an orange phone contract with 250 free 'any time any network minutes'. I want to call my friend in Northern Ireland, and I figure if I can do so with my minutes I might as well, but I don't want to rack up a huge bill! Will I be charged for calling Northern Ireland because it's overseas, or is it okay because it's part of the U.K....? Thanks!
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For goodness sake...
NORTHERN IRELAND IS PART OF THE UK!!!!!!!!!!!
of course it's included in your free minutes, it's not overseas.
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Also, I am 100% sure about this because I live here. Our mobiles are on UK networks, it's the exact same as calling England from Scotland etc, the little bit of sea in the middle makes no difference.
I'm sorry, but it REALLY annoys mewhen people don't understand the difference between Northern Ireland and the Republic!!
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(Original post by spikeymike)
Download this price guide PDF
http://www1.orange.co.uk/service_pla...ce_guides.html

Go to page 23

Ireland is in Europe 2, if you look below
http://193.35.136.49/servlet/Satelli...=Service&tab=2

So you'll be charged 50p per minute, and no it's no included in your free minutes
This is poor advice and incredibly ignorant.

YES it's in your bloody minutes. Is calling Wales included in your minutes? Yes. Scotland? Yes. So why the hell wouldn't NI be included as well?

Ireland \neq Northern Ireland.
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but surely they don't distinguish between ireland and northern ireland because northern ireland is part of the U.K.?
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By Ireland they mean the Republic, why would they bother to specify Northern Ireland within the UK, I'm sure they don't give different prices for Scotland, England, Wales...
You can use your free minutes, because it's within the UK. When you buy an Orange contract here, it's no different from the mainland. When you walk over the border, the network switches and then you'd be charged. Northern Ireland really is the same as calling someone down the street.
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you answered your own question there! NI is part of the UK so when you look at the guide the UK price includes NI! believe me! Ireland means southern Ireland not the whole of Ireland as Northern Ireland is called Northern Ireland not Ireland.

I am from NI and when I go to the south of ireland I change networks. it is a different country. when I go to England, Scotland or Wales nothing happens. I pay the same amount as I do at home.

*sparkles* it annoys me too!!!
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(Original post by coffeym)
This is poor advice and incredibly ignorant.

YES it's in your bloody minutes. Is calling Wales included in your minutes? Yes. Scotland? Yes. So why the hell wouldn't NI be included as well?

Ireland \neq Northern Ireland.
I agree completely! I love that we both get extremely pis*ed off and determined to correct this asap!lol
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Thanks Sparkles and Emmerald. So sorry to have wound you up!
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Nobody cares about your *****ing table!!! NORTHERN IRELAND IS NOT THE SAME AS IRELAND, IT IS WITHIN THE UK SO FALLS UNDER THE UK PRICE!!! when like 3 people from Northern Ireland have posted, can you not just accept you were wrong?

ps. don't worry dreamqueen, the problem is not with you!!
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do you see UK?
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Just be careful not to get too close to the border, because it's all to do with the nearest phone mast thingy.
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The UK isn't in that table because the table is for calling abroad? Since the UK is not abroad, it's obviously not in that section...
Also, about the border thing, where in NI does your friend live? It is highly unlikely they live where they are going to be picking up Irish reception.
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What I meant was does SpikeyMike see the word UK?? UK includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, so therefore since it's considered part of the UK no extra charges would occur. As highlight by others throughout this thread..
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(Original post by *sparkles*)
The UK isn't in that table because the table is for calling abroad? Since the UK is not abroad, it's obviously not in that section...
Also, about the border thing, where in NI does your friend live? It is highly unlikely they live where they are going to be picking up Irish reception.
this clearly means that northern ireland isn't abroad then
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(Original post by AnythingButChardonnay)
Just be careful not to get too close to the border, because it's all to do with the nearest phone mast thingy.
There's no handovers accross the border so you would know before you made the call. The roaming network would send you a message.

The mobile will always give preference to it's own network not the nearest mast.
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haha! this is hilarious! if you lived in northern ireland you'd realise how annoying this sort of thing is!!
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lol that's ok then... if i were spikeymike i would be seriously regretting ever bothering to open this thread and post...!!
I don't normally get so wound up by things... but sometimes people should just accept that they're wrong. To all other posters, I'm not usually so aggressive!!
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On the subject of annoying things... Does anyone else find it annoying that on like, newsround etc, every time they cover anything about Northern Ireland they have to spend about 10minutes first explaining the political history and the fact it's actually part of the UK, before they even get to the story?!
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(Original post by Youngs)
There's no handovers accross the border so you would know before you made the call. The roaming network would send you a message.

The mobile will always give preference to it's own network not the nearest mast.
I should hope so! But I wouldn't put it past Orange based on my experiences with the *******s.

I've never been to Northern Ireland, but I read this a few months ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republi...oaming_charges
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