Dear Steve and Ted: Canadians are Outraged

The Rogers iPhone 3G data/voice plan announcement internet blowback is still going strong. If you thought Canadians were indignant yesterday, well that anger is still chugging along. Internet forums are amuck with endless tirades and rants from large numbers of Canadians now strongly considering a boycott of the iPhone 3G.

Enter Stage Left: www.RuinediPhone.com

One particular website that caught my attention immediately was www.f***yourogers.com. The site has been changed to a more appropriate name for media coverage, www.ruinediphone.com. James Hallen is the creator of the website and his goal is to collect 10,000 signatures (8700 at the time of this writing this post–almost there!), which along with 1000’s of comments will be printed and delivered to Rogers HQ on July 11th.

It is astonishing that in roughly 48 hours the www.ruinediphone.com has made it onto the front page of Digg (multiple times actually), plus it’s been peppered into almost every single internet forum that’s iPhone related (including the iPhoneinCanada.ca Forums – stop lurking, and click here to register! Voice your opinion today!). Here is a snipped of James’ open letter to Steve Jobs:

To our great disappointment, Rogers Communications Inc. has announced VERY unfair rates in comparison to AT&T in the United States and to other authorized wireless service providers around the world. As a result, a consumer movement was born yesterday (June 27th) in protest against these rates.

Nearly 6,000 people have signed an online petition to help make a difference and the list is growing rapidly. In the last 48 hours, the website has had 40,000 unique visitors from around the world supporting Canadian consumers. There are a vast number of Canadians that would take the opportunity to buy an iPhone at $199CAD but these new plans have put it out of reach for many.

Want to express your feelings? Sign the petition here!

The Major Media Outlet Snowball is Starting…

So far, only a handful of major media outlets are picking up on the iPhone 3G outrage. The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business has the following quote in this article that sums up our wireless industry in a nutshell:

Rogers has decided to charge iPhone users a premium to use the coveted devices, said Info-Tech Research Group senior analyst Michelle Warren.

“These rates are just another indicator that Canadian cellphone rates are really high and that essentially the carriers feel like they can charge whatever they like,” she said. “Rates should be going down, they shouldn’t be going up, and these are expensive rates.”

But the single largest US media coverage so far has come from CNET’s assessment of the current Rogers iPhone 3G PR nightmare:

In its press release, Rogers does provide a convenient chart to gauge your data usage–apparently, 2G amounts to 16,000 Web pages (who knew?)–but we don’t approve of such an arrangement at all. The iPhone’s Web browser is one of its top attractions, particularly on a 3G network, and asking users to limit their data certainly isn’t putting the “Internet in your pocket.” Rogers is offering unlimited Wi-Fi access at all Rogers and Fido hotspots, but that in itself is limiting if you have to be in one place.

What’s more, the data restrictions aren’t the half of it. While AT&T’s cheapest iPhone 3G service plan ($69 per month) includes 450 anytime minutes, the cheapest Rogers plan (the one with 400MB of data) only gets 150 anytime minutes. Ouch. Similarly Rogers’ most expensive plan includes only 800 anytime minutes while AT&T’s priciest plan ($129 per month) includes unlimited anytime minutes. Double ouch.

Come on, Rogers, you have to give your customers a little more. Especially when your contracts run three years.

I can only see the negative press to continue as the days go on. However, Rogers owns a majority of news outlets in this country, so it would be hard pressed to hear negative publicity coming from within. The Globe and Mail is owned by Bell so expect a few more jabs coming our way.

You can take a stand against these outrageous iPhone 3G voice/data prices by speaking with not your mind–but your wallet. At the end of the day, money talks and it will be interesting to see what the quarterly financial reports will be like the next quarter. Shareholders definitely have a stronger voice than we do, ya know! 😉

I’ve never really asked this on the blog yet, but were you intending on buying the iPhone 3G, but changed your mind after hearing about the voice/data plans? Anyone out there still going to take the plunge regardless of price? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

*note: first time comments will be held in moderation, so please be patient. Thanks!**

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  • These rates aren’t that bad (compared to what was available before), they don’t compare to the US’, but they’re a step in the right direction…

  • These rates aren’t that bad (compared to what was available before), they don’t compare to the US’, but they’re a step in the right direction…

  • Derek

    These rates are not a step in the right direction, they force customers to sign into expensive plans that will lead to even more expensive overage charges. The iphone is the only data device that Rogers carries requiring you to purchase a rate plan that cannot be separated into a voice plan and a data plan, therefore they have developed these combined voice and data plans in which they charge a higher rate while giving you less.

  • Derek

    These rates are not a step in the right direction, they force customers to sign into expensive plans that will lead to even more expensive overage charges. The iphone is the only data device that Rogers carries requiring you to purchase a rate plan that cannot be separated into a voice plan and a data plan, therefore they have developed these combined voice and data plans in which they charge a higher rate while giving you less.

  • Transonic

    Fuck Rogers. Screwing us over with plans.

  • Transonic

    Fuck Rogers. Screwing us over with plans.

  • webterractive

    Here are the rates in the UK using O2:

    Monthly Charge £30 £35 £45 £75
    Cost of 8GB iPhone £99 £99 Free Free
    Cost of 16GB iPhone £159 £159 £59 Free
    Minutes 75 600 1200 3000
    Texts 125 500 500 500
    Data Unlimited Data & Wi-Fi
    Visual Voicemail Included on All
    Reduced Roaming Rates Included on All (EU law)
    Minimum contract length All 18 months

    We are definitely screwed, no wonder the same wireless companies are bidding for the open air spectrum cause its compition that keeps things affordable, but thats not always true cause the UK has just as many wireless providers as Canada. Maybe one or two more.

  • Michael Barriault

    I initially thought the plans disastrous, until I compared it to my existing plan (on my HTC Touch) at Telus. For $51 I have 150 minutes, 100 texts, caller ID, voicemail, and unlimited data, coming to grand total of $59. Despite the unnecessary value packs at Rogers, Caller ID is available separately for $7, so in comparison ($59 at Telus, $67 at Rogers), the two plans are quite similarly featured and priced.

    Except, of course, for the data. I use data services frequently, and the past month my total bandwidth usage was 102 megabytes. I’m certain to use more with an iPhone, but I doubt it’ll be on the order of four times. And most likely most of that data will be over WiFi, as I spend most of my time on campus, and iPhone 2.0 fully supports the wireless protocols used, while my current phone has no WiFi.

    Granted, just because the price gouging doesn’t really exist for me in particular, doesn’t mean that isn’t so for other people, and so I signed the petition as well.

  • Michael Barriault

    I initially thought the plans disastrous, until I compared it to my existing plan (on my HTC Touch) at Telus. For $51 I have 150 minutes, 100 texts, caller ID, voicemail, and unlimited data, coming to grand total of $59. Despite the unnecessary value packs at Rogers, Caller ID is available separately for $7, so in comparison ($59 at Telus, $67 at Rogers), the two plans are quite similarly featured and priced.

    Except, of course, for the data. I use data services frequently, and the past month my total bandwidth usage was 102 megabytes. I’m certain to use more with an iPhone, but I doubt it’ll be on the order of four times. And most likely most of that data will be over WiFi, as I spend most of my time on campus, and iPhone 2.0 fully supports the wireless protocols used, while my current phone has no WiFi.

    Granted, just because the price gouging doesn’t really exist for me in particular, doesn’t mean that isn’t so for other people, and so I signed the petition as well.

  • galaktobot@gmail.com

    “were you intending on buying the iPhone 3G, but changed your mind after hearing about the voice/data plans?”

    Yes. I was literally counting the days to July 11th. Rogers already has a terrible reputation among us, Canadians, and undoubtedly will come with a very aggressive and fair plan, I thought.

    It happens, however, that the only thing Rogers, in its greediness, is really good at is exploiting us. It certainly deserve the pejorative term for which is known by many of us: “Robbers”.

  • galaktobot@gmail.com

    “were you intending on buying the iPhone 3G, but changed your mind after hearing about the voice/data plans?”

    Yes. I was literally counting the days to July 11th. Rogers already has a terrible reputation among us, Canadians, and undoubtedly will come with a very aggressive and fair plan, I thought.

    It happens, however, that the only thing Rogers, in its greediness, is really good at is exploiting us. It certainly deserve the pejorative term for which is known by many of us: “Robbers”.

  • Justin

    “were you intending on buying the iPhone 3G, but changed your mind after hearing about the voice/data plans?”

    Same here. I’m a Fido Customer and not impress with the plan too. So yes, I was planning to get it even if I had the 1st gen iPhone, just so I don’t have to constently hack it or upgrades and finally use an official iPhone, BUT now, I’m happy to keep what I have. Sorry Roger/Fido, I wouldn’t be getting the new iPhone unless the plan makes more sense like

    for 60 bucks. at least you get 200 anytime minutes, call display and unlimited data for 10 bucks more.

  • I’ve been waiting since the beginning because I didn’t want a jailbroken iPhone, so I was almost sure to get the iPhone 3G on launch day… until Rogers announced its plans.

    If it remains like this, I’m gonna wait until plans are more fair…

  • I’ve been waiting since the beginning because I didn’t want a jailbroken iPhone, so I was almost sure to get the iPhone 3G on launch day… until Rogers announced its plans.

    If it remains like this, I’m gonna wait until plans are more fair…

  • Iain McCorquodale

    To be honest, the cost isn’t going to affect me personally because I’m luck enough to have my cellular costs paid by my employer. What bugs me is the unplanned and haphazard way that Rogers is going about executing the iPhone introduction. In my case, what’s not clear is how roaming charges are going to apply. I have an 800 minute voice-only Canadian One-Rate plan at $100. I travel all over Canada and receive calls from all over Canada, too. So I need a fixed cost plan with no roaming costs. I know with the iPhone, I will need to add a data element. However, these plans don’t indicate if the voice element is for within Province or Canada-wide calling and Customer Service have no idea either. The response to my inquiry this morning was, “I’m sorry, we haven’t had any training on this yet”.

  • Iain McCorquodale

    To be honest, the cost isn’t going to affect me personally because I’m luck enough to have my cellular costs paid by my employer. What bugs me is the unplanned and haphazard way that Rogers is going about executing the iPhone introduction. In my case, what’s not clear is how roaming charges are going to apply. I have an 800 minute voice-only Canadian One-Rate plan at $100. I travel all over Canada and receive calls from all over Canada, too. So I need a fixed cost plan with no roaming costs. I know with the iPhone, I will need to add a data element. However, these plans don’t indicate if the voice element is for within Province or Canada-wide calling and Customer Service have no idea either. The response to my inquiry this morning was, “I’m sorry, we haven’t had any training on this yet”.

  • I really wonder who is stupid enough to pay those prices on a 3-year contract…

  • I really wonder who is stupid enough to pay those prices on a 3-year contract…

  • The early adopters of the iPhone 3G will be paying the price that’s for sure. As for prices dropping…heck, I thought cell phone rates would be getting cheaper, not more expensive!

  • iPhone Fan

    The early adopters of the iPhone 3G will be paying the price that’s for sure. As for prices dropping…heck, I thought cell phone rates would be getting cheaper, not more expensive!

  • Mark W

    I’m a huge iPhone fan. Been counting the days until July 11. Now I will stick to my iPod Touch until Rogers introduces more reasonable rates. Or at least untethers the voice plans from the data plans. Not to mention, does away with that insulting 9pm evening start time.

    I was already nervous about signing on to a three year plan given that I believe this is iphone 1.5 and that really exciting features will be added in the next iteration (more memory, video, better camera, video conferencing). So, these gouging rates just give me the strength to resist plunging into the iPhone space until the next generation comes out ;).

    I do hope Canadians boycott iPhone in sufficient numbers on launch day to teach Rogers a lesson in consumer power.

    Love the blog, thanks for all the work you put in!

  • Mark W

    I’m a huge iPhone fan. Been counting the days until July 11. Now I will stick to my iPod Touch until Rogers introduces more reasonable rates. Or at least untethers the voice plans from the data plans. Not to mention, does away with that insulting 9pm evening start time.

    I was already nervous about signing on to a three year plan given that I believe this is iphone 1.5 and that really exciting features will be added in the next iteration (more memory, video, better camera, video conferencing). So, these gouging rates just give me the strength to resist plunging into the iPhone space until the next generation comes out ;).

    I do hope Canadians boycott iPhone in sufficient numbers on launch day to teach Rogers a lesson in consumer power.

    Love the blog, thanks for all the work you put in!

  • Mikey Twit

    My contract with Bell Mobility, who I’ve been with for the last 12 years is up in September, and I was going to switch to Rogers just because of the iPhone since I live on Macs exclusively. After seeing what I would get for these prices, Rogers hasn’t got a hope in hell in snagging me as a customer, no matter how alluring and how desperately I want the iPhone. Hopefully their greed will bite them in the ass soon!

  • Mikey Twit

    My contract with Bell Mobility, who I’ve been with for the last 12 years is up in September, and I was going to switch to Rogers just because of the iPhone since I live on Macs exclusively. After seeing what I would get for these prices, Rogers hasn’t got a hope in hell in snagging me as a customer, no matter how alluring and how desperately I want the iPhone. Hopefully their greed will bite them in the ass soon!

  • Was going to get one, even with a bad plan.

    Not going to get one now, until something changes.

    As a Machead, this makes me very sad.

  • Was going to get one, even with a bad plan.

    Not going to get one now, until something changes.

    As a Machead, this makes me very sad.

  • Renato Pagnani

    Why can’t I just buy the iPhone and use it with my current $20 plan (+ $10 text messaging plan) and NOT have to buy a data plan? I’m not going to use the internet or e-mail, and if I do, it will be at FREE wi-fi hotspots, like my UNIVERSITY, or at HOME, or at Starbucks, etc… fuck Rogers.

  • Renato Pagnani

    Why can’t I just buy the iPhone and use it with my current $20 plan (+ $10 text messaging plan) and NOT have to buy a data plan? I’m not going to use the internet or e-mail, and if I do, it will be at FREE wi-fi hotspots, like my UNIVERSITY, or at HOME, or at Starbucks, etc… fuck Rogers.

  • webterractive

    I sort of wanted an iPhone but then again I don’t want to be like everyone else either. When I went to Honduras for vacation I was offered one for $400 but decided to wait for the Blackberry Bold. I really like the Blackberry interface. I have an iTouch so its almost like an iPhone sans the phone of course. I think the Bold is the way to go.

  • webterractive

    I sort of wanted an iPhone but then again I don’t want to be like everyone else either. When I went to Honduras for vacation I was offered one for $400 but decided to wait for the Blackberry Bold. I really like the Blackberry interface. I have an iTouch so its almost like an iPhone sans the phone of course. I think the Bold is the way to go.

  • webterractive

    There are no early adopters for a subsidized phone. It will always be $199/$299 unless they start the 48month deal where you get the phone for free or agree to the $115 plan for a free phone.

  • webterractive

    There are no early adopters for a subsidized phone. It will always be $199/$299 unless they start the 48month deal where you get the phone for free or agree to the $115 plan for a free phone.

  • Yes. In fact I had planned to consolidate all our employee phones (currently individual) into one corporate package (only 5 employees, but still that’s 5 iPhones) as this years special bonus.

    We are exclusively Mac and we have all been counting the days until July 11th. I’ve been with Mobility for 8 years and until the plans were released, I was positive my next bill was going to be on red and white. But seriously, 400MBs + 150 minutes for $60 + sys fee + OVERAGES … is a fucking joke.

    Does anyone else think that Ted Rogers and his team have set these prices on the iPhone in an effort to prop up RIM here in Canada? Something stinks about this and it is not just the stench of greedy, monopolistic practices.

  • Yes. In fact I had planned to consolidate all our employee phones (currently individual) into one corporate package (only 5 employees, but still that’s 5 iPhones) as this years special bonus.

    We are exclusively Mac and we have all been counting the days until July 11th. I’ve been with Mobility for 8 years and until the plans were released, I was positive my next bill was going to be on red and white. But seriously, 400MBs + 150 minutes for $60 + sys fee + OVERAGES … is a fucking joke.

    Does anyone else think that Ted Rogers and his team have set these prices on the iPhone in an effort to prop up RIM here in Canada? Something stinks about this and it is not just the stench of greedy, monopolistic practices.

  • Sadmir
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  • Trent

    I too was counting the days until release. I was so excited. Here’s my situation:
    I was willing to pay to get out of my current contract with Sasktel (costing me over $150) to switch to a network that is notoriously unreliable in my province, just for the chance to finally have an iPhone. But Rogers has managed to talk me out of it. 150 minutes? 9PM evenings?!? Are they SERIOUS? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Rogers has managed to underwhelm me at every turn. Now it looks like I’ll be waiting until my current cell contract is up. With luck maybe a new GSM provider will enter the market by then.

  • Trent

    I too was counting the days until release. I was so excited. Here’s my situation:
    I was willing to pay to get out of my current contract with Sasktel (costing me over $150) to switch to a network that is notoriously unreliable in my province, just for the chance to finally have an iPhone. But Rogers has managed to talk me out of it. 150 minutes? 9PM evenings?!? Are they SERIOUS? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Rogers has managed to underwhelm me at every turn. Now it looks like I’ll be waiting until my current cell contract is up. With luck maybe a new GSM provider will enter the market by then.

  • Evan

    I too like many was counting down to July 11. I even managed to get on the coveted “iphone list” at a Rogers store. I am currently a Telus customer and I WAS ready to pay $100 to jump ship, but now it ain’t happening…well actually, its up to the employee at the Rogers store. My plan is to still show to get my iphone, but I am going to DEMAND a lower cost plan. If they don’t answer my needs I will literally tell the poor Rogers employee behind the desk to take the iphone and stick it where the sun don’t shine. There is NO way in hell I would pay the current rates no matter how much of an apple whore I am.

    Sidenote: I think the biggest problem with these rates are a “one size fits all” mentality. If they simply had an “iphone data rate” to add on to any exsisting phone plan, MAYBE they’d get my business.

  • Evan

    I too like many was counting down to July 11. I even managed to get on the coveted “iphone list” at a Rogers store. I am currently a Telus customer and I WAS ready to pay $100 to jump ship, but now it ain’t happening…well actually, its up to the employee at the Rogers store. My plan is to still show to get my iphone, but I am going to DEMAND a lower cost plan. If they don’t answer my needs I will literally tell the poor Rogers employee behind the desk to take the iphone and stick it where the sun don’t shine. There is NO way in hell I would pay the current rates no matter how much of an apple whore I am.

    Sidenote: I think the biggest problem with these rates are a “one size fits all” mentality. If they simply had an “iphone data rate” to add on to any exsisting phone plan, MAYBE they’d get my business.

  • Matt

    I had definite plans for an iPhone but these voice plans are just crazy. No option for unlimited incoming calls? Or 5 PM evenings? I would blow through 150 minutes in a few days.

  • Matt

    I had definite plans for an iPhone but these voice plans are just crazy. No option for unlimited incoming calls? Or 5 PM evenings? I would blow through 150 minutes in a few days.

  • Dusty

    @Ed Lau
    I agree with ya! U have to be really stupid to sign up on a 3 year contract, those are terrible! 1 year is long enough for me haha Plus the monlthy costs, ouch!
    NO 3G iPhone for me 😛

  • Dusty

    @Ed Lau
    I agree with ya! U have to be really stupid to sign up on a 3 year contract, those are terrible! 1 year is long enough for me haha Plus the monlthy costs, ouch!
    NO 3G iPhone for me 😛

  • I am currently a Rogers wireless customer under a 3 year contract, and I am coming up on my 18 month anniversary which allows me a “Hardware Upgrade”. Excited that the iPhone 3G was coming out, I called Rogers to ask about upgrading to an iPhone. The response was not what i Expected… First of all, they aren’t offering the iPhone as an upgrade yet. I would have to wait for a few months after it’s release. I asked about pricing and i was told that it was $199 on a three year contract for a new customer… as an existing customer, however, with my “upgrade discount” it would be $279!!!! MORE i thought!!!??? The joke is that when you take advantage of their “Hardware upgrade discount”, you still have to re-sign for 3 more years!!! So i asked about just canceling my current contract so i can just sign up again as a new customer (to get the phone for cheaper), but of course i was told that would cost me a $400 early termination fee! Since me and my girlfriend are on a couples plan and we both wanted to upgrade to iphones that would cost us $800 to cancel and re-sign. It really doesn’t make sense, and now that these price plans are so ludacris, we certainly won’t be upgrading, and WILL NOT BE RESIGNING WITH ROGERS ONCE OUR CURRENT CONTRACTS ARE UP!!!!!

  • I am currently a Rogers wireless customer under a 3 year contract, and I am coming up on my 18 month anniversary which allows me a “Hardware Upgrade”. Excited that the iPhone 3G was coming out, I called Rogers to ask about upgrading to an iPhone. The response was not what i Expected… First of all, they aren’t offering the iPhone as an upgrade yet. I would have to wait for a few months after it’s release. I asked about pricing and i was told that it was $199 on a three year contract for a new customer… as an existing customer, however, with my “upgrade discount” it would be $279!!!! MORE i thought!!!??? The joke is that when you take advantage of their “Hardware upgrade discount”, you still have to re-sign for 3 more years!!! So i asked about just canceling my current contract so i can just sign up again as a new customer (to get the phone for cheaper), but of course i was told that would cost me a $400 early termination fee! Since me and my girlfriend are on a couples plan and we both wanted to upgrade to iphones that would cost us $800 to cancel and re-sign. It really doesn’t make sense, and now that these price plans are so ludacris, we certainly won’t be upgrading, and WILL NOT BE RESIGNING WITH ROGERS ONCE OUR CURRENT CONTRACTS ARE UP!!!!!

  • Justin

    This is a joke!im sticking with my first gen iphone! not paying for that crap! CTRC needs to open up the borders to bring more competition trust if u get AT&T, verizon, T mobile game over for rogers

  • Justin

    This is a joke!im sticking with my first gen iphone! not paying for that crap! CTRC needs to open up the borders to bring more competition trust if u get AT&T, verizon, T mobile game over for rogers

  • Alex

    Yeah, I’ll be getting one … a jailbroken one, because I want to play my own damn music on it. Um, and my own apps. So it’ll be good for playing with as an iTouch. Until the realistic plans come out, that’s all this sucker’s worth, and the iTouch alone is still too pricey to be bothered with. As long as I can shove my current SIM in there, it’ll be fine, my current plan is great.

    I sure won’t be getting this sucker July 11th, though.

  • Alex

    Yeah, I’ll be getting one … a jailbroken one, because I want to play my own damn music on it. Um, and my own apps. So it’ll be good for playing with as an iTouch. Until the realistic plans come out, that’s all this sucker’s worth, and the iTouch alone is still too pricey to be bothered with. As long as I can shove my current SIM in there, it’ll be fine, my current plan is great.

    I sure won’t be getting this sucker July 11th, though.

  • Cosmo

    My Bell contract has expired like 3 months ago. I’m a free agent. I was anxiously waiting for the iPhone and, thus, was going to switch to Rogers for the iPhone (as were many I’m sure). But it’s obscene what Rogers is asking us to pay and they are barking up the wrong tree if they think I am enticed. If Rogers has a change of heart because Canadians don’t like it up the ___ and decide to offer a reasonable unlimited plan, I am in.

  • Cosmo

    My Bell contract has expired like 3 months ago. I’m a free agent. I was anxiously waiting for the iPhone and, thus, was going to switch to Rogers for the iPhone (as were many I’m sure). But it’s obscene what Rogers is asking us to pay and they are barking up the wrong tree if they think I am enticed. If Rogers has a change of heart because Canadians don’t like it up the ___ and decide to offer a reasonable unlimited plan, I am in.

  • Philip

    Same here. I was planning to switch from Telus to Rogers just to use Iphone. However, with the rogers’ stupid data plan, I will NEVER switch to this fucking ripoff company. Are they out of mind? What the fuck made them think people will switch to Rogers and buy the iphone with the fucking idiot price? Rogers is a fucking stupid company and I hate them so much. I will fucking spread out how terrible this company is to all over the world. They better change their pricing. Match it with AT&T morons!!!

  • Philip

    Same here. I was planning to switch from Telus to Rogers just to use Iphone. However, with the rogers’ stupid data plan, I will NEVER switch to this fucking ripoff company. Are they out of mind? What the fuck made them think people will switch to Rogers and buy the iphone with the fucking idiot price? Rogers is a fucking stupid company and I hate them so much. I will fucking spread out how terrible this company is to all over the world. They better change their pricing. Match it with AT&T morons!!!

  • So here is my take. I am a blackberry user and would have at one point LOVED to get an iPhone. However, I am currently getting molested by Rogers monthly so as soon as I heard that Rogers had won the rights to the iPhone, I gave up all hope. There is no way I am giving those greedy ba$stard$ any more of my money than I am today. I am in a contract with them today because Bell would not step far enough up to win my business. I am looking to get out of that contract without getting into a new one with them. They have been taking advantage of Canadians all along and it just seems to get worse. I need to get out but will not sacrafice myself further to do it. I wish I could get what I want from Telus or Fido…much more reasonable companies from what I have seen.

    This is just my 2 cents.

  • So here is my take. I am a blackberry user and would have at one point LOVED to get an iPhone. However, I am currently getting molested by Rogers monthly so as soon as I heard that Rogers had won the rights to the iPhone, I gave up all hope. There is no way I am giving those greedy ba$stard$ any more of my money than I am today. I am in a contract with them today because Bell would not step far enough up to win my business. I am looking to get out of that contract without getting into a new one with them. They have been taking advantage of Canadians all along and it just seems to get worse. I need to get out but will not sacrafice myself further to do it. I wish I could get what I want from Telus or Fido…much more reasonable companies from what I have seen.

    This is just my 2 cents.

  • paskos

    “were you intending on buying the iPhone 3G, but changed your mind after hearing about the voice/data plans?”
    Definitively yes !!!

    plan : 60 $
    caller ID + extras : 15 $
    connection fees : 7 $

    plus taxes and all little fees fido/rogers always charge you makes at least 90$/month.
    GFY fido !!!

  • Michael Barriault

    Rogers iPhone:
    Plan: $60
    Caller ID: $7
    Access fee: $6.95
    Total: $73.95

    Telus HTC Touch:
    Voice: $25 (w/150 minutes; minimum rate for data plan)
    SMS: $5 (100 outgoing messages, incoming+outgoing after August)
    Caller ID: $7
    Voicemail: $8
    Data: $15 (unlimited but I only used 100 megs last month with frequent use)
    Access fee: $6.95
    Total: $65.95

    I’m beginning to think that most of the people complaining about the data rates have never had a data device in Canada before. If I can get my current phone sold in time, I’ll be getting an iPhone on July 11th.

    For those heavy-use users who need unlimited data, I’m selling my Telus HTC Touch with 2-year (remaining) contract for $240 (with the plan I mentioned). You can find information and contact details on Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace, just search the St. John’s network for it, but I’ll also be in Toronto next week.

  • Michael Barriault

    Rogers iPhone:
    Plan: $60
    Caller ID: $7
    Access fee: $6.95
    Total: $73.95

    Telus HTC Touch:
    Voice: $25 (w/150 minutes; minimum rate for data plan)
    SMS: $5 (100 outgoing messages, incoming+outgoing after August)
    Caller ID: $7
    Voicemail: $8
    Data: $15 (unlimited but I only used 100 megs last month with frequent use)
    Access fee: $6.95
    Total: $65.95

    I’m beginning to think that most of the people complaining about the data rates have never had a data device in Canada before. If I can get my current phone sold in time, I’ll be getting an iPhone on July 11th.

    For those heavy-use users who need unlimited data, I’m selling my Telus HTC Touch with 2-year (remaining) contract for $240 (with the plan I mentioned). You can find information and contact details on Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace, just search the St. John’s network for it, but I’ll also be in Toronto next week.

  • Michael Barriault

    Oh, forgot to mention, I don’t actually have Voicemail on my account, I just included it in the price listing as the iPhone plan includes it.

  • Michael Barriault

    Oh, forgot to mention, I don’t actually have Voicemail on my account, I just included it in the price listing as the iPhone plan includes it.

  • Chris

    Well, so far the only canadien provider I have seen that seems fair is yak, and I supose that you could maybe jailbrake the iPhone and use it with an other provider, but you would not be getting the full experience if you do that, and a data plan is ok, but only when it is enough, not 1 GB like rogers is giving. 30 may be reasonable, after all it is a mobile device, and a cool one if anything. And when you think, it is actualy worse than it sounds, cuz with the monthly accse charge that rogers has and more, you will easly be paying 200 a month, lilly more, but atleast there is one good thing that rogers did set up, and that is that they have a data cape of $ 100, or so I heard. But rogers should just realize that the more people that use the iPhone, the more money they will get, but not enough people will use it at what there charging.

  • Chris

    Well, so far the only canadien provider I have seen that seems fair is yak, and I supose that you could maybe jailbrake the iPhone and use it with an other provider, but you would not be getting the full experience if you do that, and a data plan is ok, but only when it is enough, not 1 GB like rogers is giving. 30 may be reasonable, after all it is a mobile device, and a cool one if anything. And when you think, it is actualy worse than it sounds, cuz with the monthly accse charge that rogers has and more, you will easly be paying 200 a month, lilly more, but atleast there is one good thing that rogers did set up, and that is that they have a data cape of $ 100, or so I heard. But rogers should just realize that the more people that use the iPhone, the more money they will get, but not enough people will use it at what there charging.

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