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Rogers Confirms: No Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone 3G

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Sometimes even our concerted efforts go to waste. I’m thinking of the recent negative press with Rogers iPhone 3G data plans (RuinediPhone.com is now past 50,000 signatures). Canadians want unlimited data–it’s already being offered by Bell and Telus. We don’t like having a “cap” on data, so we can get dinged excessive overages for using past our allotted amount.

Anyways, the following email response by the famous Rogers representative, Elizabeth Hamilton, to local celebrity, Buzz Bishop, reaffirms that we won’t be seeing an unlimited data plan for the iPhone 3G anytime soon.

Regarding Unlimited Data Plans:

“…You may have asked a question regarding unlimited data plans and while not all carriers of iPhone 3G are offering unlimited plans, I can’t speak to the business models or pricing strategies of other carriers or in other countries, but for Rogers, we believe that unlimited data plans could well charge our customers for more than they actually use.”

What about Existing Rogers Customers Wanting to Upgrade?

“If an existing customer, they can check their upgrade eligibility and keep their voice and smartphone data plan or sign up for another plan that suits their needs. We have flex rate data plans, a variety of voice plans and sms packs, as well as features that can be selected as a value pack or a la carte to suit our customers’ needs.”

Well there you have it. We can only hope that data prices will come down in the future, but until that actually happens, Canadians will continue to voice their opinions, but suck it up and deal with it…the countdown is on people!

You can read the rest of the email here–Thanks Buzz!

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  • Brian

    Suck it up and deal with it? We still need to let Rogers know we’re not happy with the amount of data. Fine, no unlimited data. Then give data that will be suitable for iPhone use.

    Their basis for their data rates are that of WAP websites, not full websites. They need to consider more, how many Gizmodo page views will I get per month? How many apps can I download? How many emails and attachments can I send and receive?

    As well, this whole notion of “Unlimited Data costs customers more” is complete BS. Rogers is trying to make themselves sound like the good guy. If you don’t want to offer the unlimited data, then remove that damn $0.50 /MB for the first 60MB over. That is just insane! And double the data provided for each plan.

    God, I cannot wait until the wireless auction is over and we see what sort of services become available. I’m still not buying an iPhone come July 11th. I was planning on shooting for first in line to get one at my local Rogers store. But not since the data plans have come out.

    Cheers,

  • Brian

    Suck it up and deal with it? We still need to let Rogers know we’re not happy with the amount of data. Fine, no unlimited data. Then give data that will be suitable for iPhone use.

    Their basis for their data rates are that of WAP websites, not full websites. They need to consider more, how many Gizmodo page views will I get per month? How many apps can I download? How many emails and attachments can I send and receive?

    As well, this whole notion of “Unlimited Data costs customers more” is complete BS. Rogers is trying to make themselves sound like the good guy. If you don’t want to offer the unlimited data, then remove that damn $0.50 /MB for the first 60MB over. That is just insane! And double the data provided for each plan.

    God, I cannot wait until the wireless auction is over and we see what sort of services become available. I’m still not buying an iPhone come July 11th. I was planning on shooting for first in line to get one at my local Rogers store. But not since the data plans have come out.

    Cheers,

  • Aaron Ryan

    “We believe that unlimited data plans could well charge our customers for more than they actually use.”

    Every time I read that line my blood starts to boil. Somebody needs to slap her upside the head. She’s starting to sound like a broken record.

  • Aaron Ryan

    “We believe that unlimited data plans could well charge our customers for more than they actually use.”

    Every time I read that line my blood starts to boil. Somebody needs to slap her upside the head. She’s starting to sound like a broken record.

  • Aaron Ryan

    “We believe that unlimited data plans could well charge our customers for more than they actually use.”

    Every time I read that line my blood starts to boil. Somebody needs to slap her upside the head. She’s starting to sound like a broken record.

  • “We believe that unlimited data plans could well charge our customers for more than they actually use.”

    Spoken like a true out-of-touch corporate schmuck. Rogers is clearly mortified that Apple has ‘change the game’ when it comes to wireless communications, especially in Canada.

    Another translation would be: Our rubbish GSM network can only handle a low amount of data, if we give you greedy Canadians ‘unlimited’, how will we protect our fat bottom lines? We’ll actually have to put money back into the company and innovate…well, I’ll be damned if Rogers spends any money on infrastructure!

    Best bet, wait for the auction fallout (even if it is a sham), wait for Google’s Android OS to arrive, see what else BlackBerry has up their sleeves…there’s all kinds of variables coming in the next year or so. Apple has picked up where Blackberry left off.

    I don’t even care about mobile browsing, but I can’t get an iPhone with just a voice plan, so forget it. Rogers has screwed this thing up royally, and their next few quarters’ profit reports will tell the tale. “Hmm, we only sold 10 iPhones…Liz, what the hell did you tell Canadians?!”

  • Justin

    Oh well. more reason to wait for the next iPhone upgrade like 32Gig of memory. I truly hope that everyone or majority of people will not get the iPhone so it hits Roger’s bottom line. Was thinking of getting a legit iPhone, so I don’t have to deal with the hacking and stuff on my 1st generation iPhone. Too bad for Apple and Fido/Roger. They could have my business.

  • Justin

    Oh well. more reason to wait for the next iPhone upgrade like 32Gig of memory. I truly hope that everyone or majority of people will not get the iPhone so it hits Roger’s bottom line. Was thinking of getting a legit iPhone, so I don’t have to deal with the hacking and stuff on my 1st generation iPhone. Too bad for Apple and Fido/Roger. They could have my business.

  • Mikey Twit

    I love it when business’ tell me what I want. Hey, Liz, I’m the customer, remember? I tell YOU what I want. If you don’t or won’t offer it to me, I go somewhere else.

    Signed
    One Less iPhone Sold

  • Mikey Twit

    I love it when business’ tell me what I want. Hey, Liz, I’m the customer, remember? I tell YOU what I want. If you don’t or won’t offer it to me, I go somewhere else.

    Signed
    One Less iPhone Sold

  • 11thIndian

    Her comment does make sense… in some crazy alternate world where we have decent data pricing in Canada to begin with.

    If Data were to be available at reasonable rates- for example let’s say that you could get an unlimited data option from Rogers for for something relative to what AT&T offers: $60. Well, depending on what kind of of user you are, some people have stated online that their monthly data total is only running them 200-300mb. So, in that case, if an alternate 500mb plan were available at $20, then it’s clear those lower volume data users would benefit from it.

    Would anyone bit if Rogers offered unlimited data at $200? Maybe a few, I suppose. Until overall data rates come down from Rogers, an unlimited option won’t be in the cards, and Rogers is going to spin it however they can. Personally, I’d love to live in that world where her statement applies, and unlimited plans are reasonable and capped plans for those who don’t need unlimited are considered [dare I say it]… cheap?

  • 11thIndian

    Her comment does make sense… in some crazy alternate world where we have decent data pricing in Canada to begin with.

    If Data were to be available at reasonable rates- for example let’s say that you could get an unlimited data option from Rogers for for something relative to what AT&T offers: $60. Well, depending on what kind of of user you are, some people have stated online that their monthly data total is only running them 200-300mb. So, in that case, if an alternate 500mb plan were available at $20, then it’s clear those lower volume data users would benefit from it.

    Would anyone bit if Rogers offered unlimited data at $200? Maybe a few, I suppose. Until overall data rates come down from Rogers, an unlimited option won’t be in the cards, and Rogers is going to spin it however they can. Personally, I’d love to live in that world where her statement applies, and unlimited plans are reasonable and capped plans for those who don’t need unlimited are considered [dare I say it]… cheap?

  • rye

    Bell has an unlimited data plan for $10/mo. Telus has one for $30. Rogers STILL has one for non-smartphones for $7. How the hell does providing any of those plans be “Charging me for more than I actually use”?

    Liz Hamilton is an idiot.

    I do enjoy, however, that all of her E-mail responses read “Sent from my Blackberry” at the bottom. Looks like SHE’S getting a decent data plan :

    “I love it when businessÂ’ tell me what I want.” – Best. Quote. Ever.

  • rye

    Bell has an unlimited data plan for $10/mo. Telus has one for $30. Rogers STILL has one for non-smartphones for $7. How the hell does providing any of those plans be “Charging me for more than I actually use”?

    Liz Hamilton is an idiot.

    I do enjoy, however, that all of her E-mail responses read “Sent from my Blackberry” at the bottom. Looks like SHE’S getting a decent data plan :\

    “I love it when business’ tell me what I want.” – Best. Quote. Ever.

  • David Duchesne

    Ok, I’ll tell you what we’ll do. I will give myself to experimental science! Everyone boycott the new Iphone on friday and if you truly truly want it anyway wait until the next monday so that Rogers notice this!

    I will buy the new Iphone comes friday. So rogers will see a total sale of 1 IPhone. I beleive that the number 1 is mightier than 0 when it comes to show how much you have failed in life. TRULY EVIL PLAN IS’NT IT…

    MUHAHAHA!!!

  • David Duchesne

    Ok, I’ll tell you what we’ll do. I will give myself to experimental science! Everyone boycott the new Iphone on friday and if you truly truly want it anyway wait until the next monday so that Rogers notice this!

    I will buy the new Iphone comes friday. So rogers will see a total sale of 1 IPhone. I beleive that the number 1 is mightier than 0 when it comes to show how much you have failed in life. TRULY EVIL PLAN IS’NT IT…

    MUHAHAHA!!!

  • visco

    “we believe that unlimited data plans could well charge our customers for more than they actually use.”

    as opposed to overcharging for too little data? the reasoning doesn’t make any sense. everywhere else has $30 data, how crappy is it to have to think twice about how much data you’re using.

    1 less iphone sold also

  • Tim Aucoin

    Quick poll here folks…
    How much data (for those of you currently using iPhones) are you ACTUALLY using per month right now? Not how much COULD you use, but how much are you actually using? I am very surprised at my data usage considering I have been purposely using Edge as much as possible (even at times when I could get wifi). This month, with the pending release of 3G and all the hype over Rogers plans, I did even more. My cut-off is the 10th of the month and so far I’ve only managed to squeeze in 93MB of data, and that is (for me) using my phone to do everything on the Edge. Update sources, download apps, google maps, internet shopping, e-mail’s galore, etc… I was surprised. 400MB will be tough to hit, especially since I can now use any Rogers/Fido hotspot along with many of the free wifi spots available to me.

    Yes, I can see the issue here with Rogers and their plans. They have always had expensive plans… all of our carriers have expensive plans… welcome to Canada!! At least we (for the most part) have FREE health care! Put things in perspective here and look at all the other reasons that we are so very fortunate to be Canadian. Just the very fact that we can even have the opportunity to own the iPhone 3G is a privilege, not a right!! Telus & Bell are now pissing off their customers with the introduction of 15 cent text messages if you don’t have a plan. We are a spoiled nation. We need to spend more time looking at the positives of being Canadian vs. the negatives. One big positive of being Canadian is that we have the freedom of choice! If you don’t like the plan for the iPhone 3G, then don’t buy it! Wait and see, and perhaps (hopefully) another carrier will come along offering a better deal, then you can make the choice to go with them!!!

    It’s been an interesting week. Personally, I don’t think this issue will hurt Rogers sales one bit. If anything, they have had some tremendous FREE advertising for the iPhone 3G. I have a neighbor who actually had never heard of the iPhone. He has been seeing the stories all over the news and (knowing about my love for Apple products) asked me about it. I pointed him to the Apple website and he is now very interested in buying the 3G phone. Negative press (if that’s what all this has been) can sometimes be the best thing for a company; especially if they are selling one of the world’s hottest products (regardless of the cost to own it).

    Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to summarize my feelings prior to release. For those of you who are going to bite the bullet and buy the 3G… good on you. It’s the product, not the price 🙂 For the rest of you, I respect your decision and good luck with whatever you go with 😀 My comments are sincere!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Quick poll here folks…
    How much data (for those of you currently using iPhones) are you ACTUALLY using per month right now? Not how much COULD you use, but how much are you actually using? I am very surprised at my data usage considering I have been purposely using Edge as much as possible (even at times when I could get wifi). This month, with the pending release of 3G and all the hype over Rogers plans, I did even more. My cut-off is the 10th of the month and so far I’ve only managed to squeeze in 93MB of data, and that is (for me) using my phone to do everything on the Edge. Update sources, download apps, google maps, internet shopping, e-mail’s galore, etc… I was surprised. 400MB will be tough to hit, especially since I can now use any Rogers/Fido hotspot along with many of the free wifi spots available to me.

    Yes, I can see the issue here with Rogers and their plans. They have always had expensive plans… all of our carriers have expensive plans… welcome to Canada!! At least we (for the most part) have FREE health care! Put things in perspective here and look at all the other reasons that we are so very fortunate to be Canadian. Just the very fact that we can even have the opportunity to own the iPhone 3G is a privilege, not a right!! Telus & Bell are now pissing off their customers with the introduction of 15 cent text messages if you don’t have a plan. We are a spoiled nation. We need to spend more time looking at the positives of being Canadian vs. the negatives. One big positive of being Canadian is that we have the freedom of choice! If you don’t like the plan for the iPhone 3G, then don’t buy it! Wait and see, and perhaps (hopefully) another carrier will come along offering a better deal, then you can make the choice to go with them!!!

    It’s been an interesting week. Personally, I don’t think this issue will hurt Rogers sales one bit. If anything, they have had some tremendous FREE advertising for the iPhone 3G. I have a neighbor who actually had never heard of the iPhone. He has been seeing the stories all over the news and (knowing about my love for Apple products) asked me about it. I pointed him to the Apple website and he is now very interested in buying the 3G phone. Negative press (if that’s what all this has been) can sometimes be the best thing for a company; especially if they are selling one of the world’s hottest products (regardless of the cost to own it).

    Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to summarize my feelings prior to release. For those of you who are going to bite the bullet and buy the 3G… good on you. It’s the product, not the price 🙂 For the rest of you, I respect your decision and good luck with whatever you go with 😀 My comments are sincere!

  • Iain McCorquodale

    “We believe that unlimited data plans could well charge our customers for more than they actually use.”

    Of course it will. That’s because it would be an unlimited amount. Rogers really don’t understand this business, do they?

  • @ Tim Aucoin

    Well said, and my thoughts exactly. I currently have unlimited data with Rogers on my iPhone (I had a customer service issues a couple months back and they gave me 6 months of unlimited data to keep me happy) and 20 days into my billing month, I’ve only used 41MB combined upload/download (35.5MB down/5.6MB up). So if I extrapolate that, I’m probably at around 60MB/month. I think even at the height of my usage (the first month I had unlimited data), I used maybe 200MB. I have WiFi at home, but that’s pretty much the only place I get WiFi access.

    I drive to work, so I don’t use it every day while I ride a train or bus. I will say I’m a light user, but I do use it. 400MB can go a long way unless you’re watching YouTube videos every day. As for AppStore downloads, I can handle waiting until I have access to WiFi or my computer to download those.

    At the end of the day, Canadians have to wake up and realize that Rogers has to support a national GSM network in a country that is bigger than the US, but with only 1/10th the population of the US. Thinking that Rogers can in any way shape or form afford to match AT&T’s plans is silly when you consider these simple economic facts.

    That being said, I do think they are charging more than they could, and that we need another national GSM provider to help instill some competition to the wireless market in Canada. So while I’m no Rogers lover (I’ve cancelled all my Rogers services except cell phone), I am at least a realist, and an iPhone lover, so I’ll be waiting in line on Friday to get mine!

  • @ Tim Aucoin

    Well said, and my thoughts exactly. I currently have unlimited data with Rogers on my iPhone (I had a customer service issues a couple months back and they gave me 6 months of unlimited data to keep me happy) and 20 days into my billing month, I’ve only used 41MB combined upload/download (35.5MB down/5.6MB up). So if I extrapolate that, I’m probably at around 60MB/month. I think even at the height of my usage (the first month I had unlimited data), I used maybe 200MB. I have WiFi at home, but that’s pretty much the only place I get WiFi access.

    I drive to work, so I don’t use it every day while I ride a train or bus. I will say I’m a light user, but I do use it. 400MB can go a long way unless you’re watching YouTube videos every day. As for AppStore downloads, I can handle waiting until I have access to WiFi or my computer to download those.

    At the end of the day, Canadians have to wake up and realize that Rogers has to support a national GSM network in a country that is bigger than the US, but with only 1/10th the population of the US. Thinking that Rogers can in any way shape or form afford to match AT&T’s plans is silly when you consider these simple economic facts.

    That being said, I do think they are charging more than they could, and that we need another national GSM provider to help instill some competition to the wireless market in Canada. So while I’m no Rogers lover (I’ve cancelled all my Rogers services except cell phone), I am at least a realist, and an iPhone lover, so I’ll be waiting in line on Friday to get mine!

  • @ Tim Aucoin

    Well said, and my thoughts exactly. I currently have unlimited data with Rogers on my iPhone (I had a customer service issues a couple months back and they gave me 6 months of unlimited data to keep me happy) and 20 days into my billing month, I’ve only used 41MB combined upload/download (35.5MB down/5.6MB up). So if I extrapolate that, I’m probably at around 60MB/month. I think even at the height of my usage (the first month I had unlimited data), I used maybe 200MB. I have WiFi at home, but that’s pretty much the only place I get WiFi access.

    I drive to work, so I don’t use it every day while I ride a train or bus. I will say I’m a light user, but I do use it. 400MB can go a long way unless you’re watching YouTube videos every day. As for AppStore downloads, I can handle waiting until I have access to WiFi or my computer to download those.

    At the end of the day, Canadians have to wake up and realize that Rogers has to support a national GSM network in a country that is bigger than the US, but with only 1/10th the population of the US. Thinking that Rogers can in any way shape or form afford to match AT&T’s plans is silly when you consider these simple economic facts.

    That being said, I do think they are charging more than they could, and that we need another national GSM provider to help instill some competition to the wireless market in Canada. So while I’m no Rogers lover (I’ve cancelled all my Rogers services except cell phone), I am at least a realist, and an iPhone lover, so I’ll be waiting in line on Friday to get mine!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Rogers is now offering a $30 6GB data plan. See http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/07/09/rogers.6gb.iphone.3g/

    Rogers to offer $30 6GB iPhone 3G plan [U]
    (Updated with extra plan info) Rogers and its sub-brand Fido today made concessions to potential subscribers worried about low bandwidth by offering a limited-run promotional plan for the iPhone 3G. Customers who sign up for the Apple device before the end of August will have access to a $30 monthly plan that offers 6GB of data per month while purchased with any existing voice plan Rogers or Fido already offers. The pricing effectively gives an iPhone user enough bandwidth to watch nearly 105 hours of YouTube videos per month on the cellular connection, Rogers claims.
    Users will also be able to upgrade to the iPhone 3G, according to the company, and should be purchasable online. However, Visual Voicemail is considered separate from the data plan and will cost an additional $8 per month, as will text messages. Subscribers can still order these individually or as part of value packs.

  • Tim Aucoin

    Rogers is now offering a $30 6GB data plan. See http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/07/09/rogers.6gb.iphone.3g/

    Rogers to offer $30 6GB iPhone 3G plan [U]
    (Updated with extra plan info) Rogers and its sub-brand Fido today made concessions to potential subscribers worried about low bandwidth by offering a limited-run promotional plan for the iPhone 3G. Customers who sign up for the Apple device before the end of August will have access to a $30 monthly plan that offers 6GB of data per month while purchased with any existing voice plan Rogers or Fido already offers. The pricing effectively gives an iPhone user enough bandwidth to watch nearly 105 hours of YouTube videos per month on the cellular connection, Rogers claims.
    Users will also be able to upgrade to the iPhone 3G, according to the company, and should be purchasable online. However, Visual Voicemail is considered separate from the data plan and will cost an additional $8 per month, as will text messages. Subscribers can still order these individually or as part of value packs.

  • Tim Aucoin

    Rogers is now offering a $30 6GB data plan. See http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/07/09/rogers.6gb.iphone.3g/

    Rogers to offer $30 6GB iPhone 3G plan [U]
    (Updated with extra plan info) Rogers and its sub-brand Fido today made concessions to potential subscribers worried about low bandwidth by offering a limited-run promotional plan for the iPhone 3G. Customers who sign up for the Apple device before the end of August will have access to a $30 monthly plan that offers 6GB of data per month while purchased with any existing voice plan Rogers or Fido already offers. The pricing effectively gives an iPhone user enough bandwidth to watch nearly 105 hours of YouTube videos per month on the cellular connection, Rogers claims.
    Users will also be able to upgrade to the iPhone 3G, according to the company, and should be purchasable online. However, Visual Voicemail is considered separate from the data plan and will cost an additional $8 per month, as will text messages. Subscribers can still order these individually or as part of value packs.

  • Tim Aucoin

    Thanks Andy C.
    I think once everybody puts everything into perspective, they will be lining up with us (actually, I don’t have to line up ;-)… connections). This is a device that is not designed to REPLACE a computer, but rather compliment it while you are on the road!

    Cheers 😀

  • Tim Aucoin

    Thanks Andy C.
    I think once everybody puts everything into perspective, they will be lining up with us (actually, I don’t have to line up ;-)… connections). This is a device that is not designed to REPLACE a computer, but rather compliment it while you are on the road!

    Cheers 😀

  • Tim Aucoin

    Thanks Andy C.
    I think once everybody puts everything into perspective, they will be lining up with us (actually, I don’t have to line up ;-)… connections). This is a device that is not designed to REPLACE a computer, but rather compliment it while you are on the road!

    Cheers 😀

  • OrangeMonkey

    suck it up and deal with it?!? The countdown is on?!

    You’re getting an iphone!? Why would you give in to this madness!!?? I’m disappointed. I can’t stand Rogers right now. All I want is an Iphone an they want to over charge me, for nothing! And they’ll over charge anyone who gets the phone day 1.

    What’s wrong with people? Can’t we stand up for anything anymore?

  • OrangeMonkey

    suck it up and deal with it?!? The countdown is on?!

    You’re getting an iphone!? Why would you give in to this madness!!?? I’m disappointed. I can’t stand Rogers right now. All I want is an Iphone an they want to over charge me, for nothing! And they’ll over charge anyone who gets the phone day 1.

    What’s wrong with people? Can’t we stand up for anything anymore?

  • OrangeMonkey

    suck it up and deal with it?!? The countdown is on?!

    You’re getting an iphone!? Why would you give in to this madness!!?? I’m disappointed. I can’t stand Rogers right now. All I want is an Iphone an they want to over charge me, for nothing! And they’ll over charge anyone who gets the phone day 1.

    What’s wrong with people? Can’t we stand up for anything anymore?

  • Jay

    that simply shows how rogers is stupid and I’m not going to buy iphone from them.

  • Jay

    that simply shows how rogers is stupid and I’m not going to buy iphone from them.

  • Tim Aucoin

    I wonder if any of you guys who are “boycotting” Rogers drive a car? Do you pay these outrageous gas prices? Why? What’s the reason behind the gas prices being so high? Why don’t we have this much passion for that cause as well and boycott gas companies? Because we choose not to. We “suck it up and deal with it” and fill our tanks as we need. They are gouging us more than Rogers ever will!!! 😀 It’s all around us, we just fail to open our eyes and see it!!!

  • Tim Aucoin

    I wonder if any of you guys who are “boycotting” Rogers drive a car? Do you pay these outrageous gas prices? Why? What’s the reason behind the gas prices being so high? Why don’t we have this much passion for that cause as well and boycott gas companies? Because we choose not to. We “suck it up and deal with it” and fill our tanks as we need. They are gouging us more than Rogers ever will!!! 😀 It’s all around us, we just fail to open our eyes and see it!!!

  • Tim Aucoin

    I wonder if any of you guys who are “boycotting” Rogers drive a car? Do you pay these outrageous gas prices? Why? What’s the reason behind the gas prices being so high? Why don’t we have this much passion for that cause as well and boycott gas companies? Because we choose not to. We “suck it up and deal with it” and fill our tanks as we need. They are gouging us more than Rogers ever will!!! 😀 It’s all around us, we just fail to open our eyes and see it!!!

  • Hans

    @Tim Aucoin
    I actually chose to sell my car and use a bike during the summer, and take the bus/subway during the winter. I save a LOT of money that way. I’m probably get an iPhone now with the 30$ for 6gb offer. I’m considering it more seriously, but I didn’t before.

    Why? You’re missing the point by that fallacious analogy. If Rogers were the only cell phone provider, and they were fixing price like the gaz companies do, you’d be right. Bell and Telus are offering Blackberries and Instincts with unlimited data for 15$ (half of 30$, btw), people who are just looking for price don’t have incentive to go Rogers. They are losing those customers.

    We (people on this site) want the iPhone. Problem is, we don’t want half an iPhone. We don’t use the baby internet. We want to look at direction using Maps while we travel around the country. We want to download our tunes from the iTMS. Rogers don’t permit us to do that (see different comparison of what 400mb per month means in _real world_ usage).

    It’s not a matter of luxury. You said it wouldn’t replace a computer, but I disagree. It got emails, web, maps, music. Everything you need from a computer while on the road. I use my iPhone for a lot of things, even when I’m not on wifi. If I had internet everytime, everywhere, this thing could have saved me a lot of time in the last 6 month I had it.

  • Hans

    @Tim Aucoin
    I actually chose to sell my car and use a bike during the summer, and take the bus/subway during the winter. I save a LOT of money that way. I’m probably get an iPhone now with the 30$ for 6gb offer. I’m considering it more seriously, but I didn’t before.

    Why? You’re missing the point by that fallacious analogy. If Rogers were the only cell phone provider, and they were fixing price like the gaz companies do, you’d be right. Bell and Telus are offering Blackberries and Instincts with unlimited data for 15$ (half of 30$, btw), people who are just looking for price don’t have incentive to go Rogers. They are losing those customers.

    We (people on this site) want the iPhone. Problem is, we don’t want half an iPhone. We don’t use the baby internet. We want to look at direction using Maps while we travel around the country. We want to download our tunes from the iTMS. Rogers don’t permit us to do that (see different comparison of what 400mb per month means in _real world_ usage).

    It’s not a matter of luxury. You said it wouldn’t replace a computer, but I disagree. It got emails, web, maps, music. Everything you need from a computer while on the road. I use my iPhone for a lot of things, even when I’m not on wifi. If I had internet everytime, everywhere, this thing could have saved me a lot of time in the last 6 month I had it.

  • Hans

    @Tim Aucoin
    I actually chose to sell my car and use a bike during the summer, and take the bus/subway during the winter. I save a LOT of money that way. I’m probably get an iPhone now with the 30$ for 6gb offer. I’m considering it more seriously, but I didn’t before.

    Why? You’re missing the point by that fallacious analogy. If Rogers were the only cell phone provider, and they were fixing price like the gaz companies do, you’d be right. Bell and Telus are offering Blackberries and Instincts with unlimited data for 15$ (half of 30$, btw), people who are just looking for price don’t have incentive to go Rogers. They are losing those customers.

    We (people on this site) want the iPhone. Problem is, we don’t want half an iPhone. We don’t use the baby internet. We want to look at direction using Maps while we travel around the country. We want to download our tunes from the iTMS. Rogers don’t permit us to do that (see different comparison of what 400mb per month means in _real world_ usage).

    It’s not a matter of luxury. You said it wouldn’t replace a computer, but I disagree. It got emails, web, maps, music. Everything you need from a computer while on the road. I use my iPhone for a lot of things, even when I’m not on wifi. If I had internet everytime, everywhere, this thing could have saved me a lot of time in the last 6 month I had it.

  • Mikey Twit

    ” Comment by Tim Aucoin
    2008-07-09 09:15:57

    I wonder if any of you guys who are “boycotting” Rogers drive a car? Do you pay these outrageous gas prices? Why? What’s the reason behind the gas prices being so high? Why don’t we have this much passion for that cause as well and boycott gas companies? Because we choose not to. We “suck it up and deal with it” and fill our tanks as we need. They are gouging us more than Rogers ever will!!! 😀 It’s all around us, we just fail to open our eyes and see it!!!”

    Hate to break it to you, but these gas prices are not outrageous. Ask anyone who lives in Europe what they have been paying for gas…for decades!! We are finally paying close to what it’s worth. When it comes to the iPhone, it’s about greed, not supporting the infrastructure. Rogers could cut most their rates in half and still realize a profit. Bits are infinite, fossil fuels are not, so lets talk apples to apples(pun) not apples to oranges.

  • OK I get the iPhone and they tell me because of my credit I have to put down a $200 deposit??? OK sure (bell never did that with my Blackberry) so I got the $30 data and $45 voice and $20 extras thing. 7 days later after the phone comes out they cut it off. WTF!!! so I wait on hold for 30min and the Rogers rep says you have reached your $200 limit and they canceled my service… Why? Because the first bill is Pro-rated and that comes to $209. I have had the figgen phone for 9 days!!!! I gave them such shit and the turned it back on and they asked me for $9… 9 fucking dollars!!! My clients can’t get a hold of me for $9?
    Roger’s policy’s stink and I want to go back to bell.

  • OK I get the iPhone and they tell me because of my credit I have to put down a $200 deposit??? OK sure (bell never did that with my Blackberry) so I got the $30 data and $45 voice and $20 extras thing. 7 days later after the phone comes out they cut it off. WTF!!! so I wait on hold for 30min and the Rogers rep says you have reached your $200 limit and they canceled my service… Why? Because the first bill is Pro-rated and that comes to $209. I have had the figgen phone for 9 days!!!! I gave them such shit and the turned it back on and they asked me for $9… 9 fucking dollars!!! My clients can’t get a hold of me for $9?
    Roger’s policy’s stink and I want to go back to bell.

  • OK I get the iPhone and they tell me because of my credit I have to put down a $200 deposit??? OK sure (bell never did that with my Blackberry) so I got the $30 data and $45 voice and $20 extras thing. 7 days later after the phone comes out they cut it off. WTF!!! so I wait on hold for 30min and the Rogers rep says you have reached your $200 limit and they canceled my service… Why? Because the first bill is Pro-rated and that comes to $209. I have had the figgen phone for 9 days!!!! I gave them such shit and the turned it back on and they asked me for $9… 9 fucking dollars!!! My clients can’t get a hold of me for $9?
    Roger’s policy’s stink and I want to go back to bell.

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