Orange presented a few weeks ago its Livebox 6, the latest generation of its famous internet box. UFC-Que Choisir looked at this new product to find out if it was really worth it, and the finding is not a half measure.
“Few novelties at a high price”. UFC-Que Choisir is not convinced by the value for money of the new Livebox 6 from Orange.
Orange more expensive than Free and SFR
The consumer association regrets that the Livebox 6 is only offered to Orange customers through a new high-end offer, the Livebox Max Fiber. This costs 34.99 euros per month for 12 months and then increases to 54.99 euros monthly. It is more expensive than the most premium formulas found with other operators such as SFR and Free. In addition, a commitment period must be respected.
In addition, Orange charges activation fees for each equipment provided: 40 euros for the main decoder, 10 euros for the second decoder, 10 euros for the Airbox which offers a fixed 4G connection, and 10 € per Wi-Fi repeater. The budget allocated to the switch to the Livebox Max Fiber subscription and to the Livebox 6 is therefore far from negligible.
Livebox 6 limited to 2.5 Gbps
What bothers UFC-Que Choisir is that this pricing policy is not accompanied by major innovations. The Livebox 6 is capable of supporting speeds of 2.5 Gbps, compared to 2 Gbps for the Livebox 5. The ISP has decided not to follow its competitors in the speed race they have entered, the Freebox Delta and the SFR Box 8X supporting speeds of up to 8 Gbps.
One of the most notable improvements is Livebox 6’s compatibility with the Wi-Fi 6E standard, which adds a 6 GHz frequency band to avoid traffic congestion. But in fact, very few users are concerned because terminals accepting Wi-Fi 6E are still rare.
Orange also highlights its two-level sleep mode, but this remains a timid change. Finally, the biggest revolution of the Livebox 6 is aesthetic, and it’s not really where we expected it.
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Source : UFC-What to choose