Rogers Increases Price For iPhone 3G/3GS Data Value Pack

Oh ya! Rogers came through! We made it to NUMBER TEN in our on-going Rogers blunder series (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). (Read: Sarcasm).

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Rogers iPhone Data Value Pack

Let’s take a trip back to June 2009.

In June, Rogers added MMS to their Value Packs and the changes went like this:

$20 Smartphone Value Pack (was $15)

  • Caller Display with Name Display
  • Enhanced Voicemail
  • WhoCalled Service
  • Unlimited sent/received Text Messages (was 2500)
  • Unlimited sent/received Picture and Video Messages (was 1000)

—–

$20 iPhone Visual Voicemail Value Pack (was $15)

  • Caller Display
  • Visual Voicemail
  • WhoCalled Service
  • Unlimited sent/received Text Messages (was 2500)
  • Unlimited sent/received Picture and Video Messages (Did not have an MMS feature before)

—–

$35 iPhone Data Value Pack (Price stayed the same)

  • Caller Display
  • Visual Voicemail
  • 500MB of Data
  • WhoCalled Service
  • Unlimited sent/received Text Messages
  • Unlimited sent/received Picture and Video Messages (Did not have an MMS feature before)

So that was alright, I guess. The $15 packs increased to $20 by the inclusion of MMS. Kind of makes sense, but not really. But at least the $35 pack stayed the same right? WRONG!

Effective August 5, 2009, the iPhone Data Value Pack will be increased in price from $35 to $40. $40!!! That is the highest monthly tier for Rogers’ consumer VOICE plans, let alone add-ons! As a little trip down memory lane, when this Data Value Pack first came out, it was $25. Then increased to $30, then $35, and now $40. Yep.

Steal(My savings left, Rogers right)

So why the change? Well you could say because the Data Value Pack received unlimited MMS, but it did so in June and had no price increase then. So why the change? I’ll let you guys decide in the comments below 😉

Here is the new change in summary:

$40 iPhone Data Value Pack (was $35)

  • Caller Display
  • Visual Voicemail
  • 500MB of Data
  • WhoCalled Service
  • Unlimited sent/received Text Messages
  • Unlimited sent/received Picture and Video Messages

There are only two ways things will change. First, those new carriers hurry up and are actually half decent or second, a massive decrease in Rogers activated wireless services occurs.

If you ask me, I hardly see the value in these “Value” Packs anymore.

Note: If you are an existing Rogers customer and already have the previous $35 iPhone Data Value Pack, the price does not change for you. However, if you have the $35 iPhone Data Value Pack that does not include MMS and you want MMS, you better get in gear and change your Data Value Pack to the MMS-included $35 iPhone Data Value Pack before August 5 2009 (when it increases to $40).

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  • I swear they're setting up customer to want to switch to one of the new carriers in the fall or next year (whenever they start). Maybe it's because they don't want a congested network? 🙂

  • Dusty

    Haha Rogers is at it again. Trying to steal as much profit as possible from there customers before them other carriers come in Canada. Lets hope! I have a feel well see lvl 15 on the scale before any major changes happen in Canada.

  • Peter

    They're probably trying to make back the $15 mil they lost letting BJ Ryan go.

  • When the iPhone was first announced the prices were so bad that most people planned to skip the iPhone altogether, the backlash was so big it was even covered in the U.S tech press. Rogers reduced the prices significantly on launch day, and then continued to lower the prices leading up to that Christmas. I really thought that was the start of a change. It looked like Canadians were about to put their foot down for a change and that a corporation would actually respond. Now this year has been a total disaster for iPhone users, as prices rise and service seems to be getting worse.

    Rogers just doesn't get it, I know a handful of people with iPhones and everyone else says they want one but the plans are way too high.

    I wouldn't pay the current prices, I'm locked in at a much lower rate, that took a lot of negotiating and time to put in place.

  • DaSandman

    I've made sure I've stuck with my original price/terms that I got when I signed up with Robbers on the iPhone 3G.

    Every time they change the terms (eg the charging for incoming SMS) I called up and said I signed the contract saying XYZ, you can leave me on those terms or terminate my contract (they'd be the ones terminating, not me, so no cancellation charges on my end).

    They've always agreed to keep my original terms so far 😀

  • I swear they're setting up customer to want to switch to one of the new carriers in the fall or next year (whenever they start). Maybe it's because they don't want a congested network? 🙂

  • Guest

    Haha Rogers is at it again. Trying to steal as much profit as possible from there customers before them other carriers come in Canada. Lets hope! I have a feel well see lvl 15 on the scale before any major changes happen in Canada.

  • Peter

    They're probably trying to make back the $15 mil they lost letting BJ Ryan go.

  • When the iPhone was first announced the prices were so bad that most people planned to skip the iPhone altogether, the backlash was so big it was even covered in the U.S tech press. Rogers reduced the prices significantly on launch day, and then continued to lower the prices leading up to that Christmas. I really thought that was the start of a change. It looked like Canadians were about to put their foot down for a change and that a corporation would actually respond. Now this year has been a total disaster for iPhone users, as prices rise and service seems to be getting worse.

    Rogers just doesn't get it, I know a handful of people with iPhones and everyone else says they want one but the plans are way too high.

    I wouldn't pay the current prices, I'm locked in at a much lower rate, that took a lot of negotiating and time to put in place.

  • DaSandman

    I've made sure I've stuck with my original price/terms that I got when I signed up with Robbers on the iPhone 3G.

    Every time they change the terms (eg the charging for incoming SMS) I called up and said I signed the contract saying XYZ, you can leave me on those terms or terminate my contract (they'd be the ones terminating, not me, so no cancellation charges on my end).

    They've always agreed to keep my original terms so far 😀

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