HTC Hero goes on sale with Orange

Ever since we first got our hands on the HTC Hero last month it's been a big favourite at Stuff Towers, and now Orange is finally offering the handset

As we could've guessed, if you're looking to bag the Hero for free, you're going to have to sign up for a two-year contract at £34.25 per month for 1,200 minutes and unlimited texts.

However, you might be shocked to hear that you're going to have to pay extra for your data – meaning you opt to pay as you go, up to a maximum of £1.47 per day, or go for the 500MB browsing bolt-on for £4.89.

Add this cost to the monthly contract price and it doesn't make it much cheaper than the iPhone 3G S contract that so many kicked up a fuss about.

We've been in contact to ask T-Mobile when it would be stocking its re-badged Hero, now called the G2 Touch, but it said it still had no firm dates as yet.

We'll be sure to keep you up to date on when anything changes at T-Mobile, but if Orange's prices are ok for you, get down to a store or hop online now to bag yourself a Hero. Before you do of course, be sure to watch our hands-on video and full review.