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Rogers iPhone 3G Pricing to Be Similar to AT&T in the USA?

It’s a been a couple of feverish days in the iPhone blogosphere. Everybody and their grandma is talking about the new iPhone 3G, the second generation of Apple’s “Jesus-phone”. Aside from all the 2008 WWDC coverage, and all the pretty Apple keynotes, there is one thing on the minds of millions of Canadian iPhone 3G-hopefuls: what will the monthly pricing plans be like from Rogers?

Well, if I had a crystal ball of course I’d reveal all the juicy tidbits to you fine people out there, but unfortunately the next best thing I have is one of those creepy Magic 8 Balls (it keeps on saying “My Sources Say No”…what the heck does that mean?!) that you used to play with in elementary school (or last week).

AT&T Releases its iPhone 3G Plans with a Press Release

AT&T has released some iPhone 3G pricing plans to the public. Let’s take a quick look at what they will be offering:

**With a two-year contract, the price of an 8GB iPhone 3G will be $199; the 16GB model will be priced at $299.
**Unlimited iPhone 3G data plans for consumers will be available for $30 a month, in addition to voice plans starting at $39.99 a month.
**Unlimited 3G data plans for business users will be available for $45 a month, in addition to a voice plan.

So basically AT&T users will be able to buy a 8GB iPhone 3G for $199 or 16GB for $299 on a 2 year contract (Rogers is going to make you sign on for THREE years). With voice plans at $39.99, plus unlimited data for $30, you’re looking at $70/month to fully utilize the second generation iPhone 3G. Business users planning to take advantage of the new Enterprise features of iPhone 2.0 will pay $45/month.

Rogers vs AT&T Pricing: Could these Old timers Rekindle their Flame Through Pricing?

Now, to me personally both these voice/data plans are somewhat reasonable. $30 for all you can eat 3G data on the iPhone would just be amazing. Now, we know right now Rogers has some pretty “unique” data plans in Canada. We’re talking about $7 Unlimited Data plans–errr…only with on mobile browsing using Rogers-branded handsets! I know many of you have gotten around this on your unlocked iPhones, but expect that party to be crashed fairly soon (remember the $20,000 Fido bill?).

If Rogers comes out with a combined voice/data plan and matches the AT&T model, they could have an incredible amount of sales. But if everyday folks are forced to pay $100+ to utililize the full extent of the iPhone, I would be a bit worried for the company. Can you afford, or let me rephrase, are you willing to spend $100/month for an iPhone 3G?!

More AT&T iPhone 3G Protocol Leaked: For Your Eyes Only

Gizmodo posted a so called “leaked” AT&T memo to managers regarding their iPhone policy. I think the most important part is from the following passage:

The new 3G device will be activated in store in both AT&T and Apple stores. Customers must accept AT&T and Apple Ts & Cs, sign a 2-year agreement, and select the data plan for the iPhone 3G before leaving the store.

That’s right folks–you’re not getting your shiny new iPhone 3G from AT&T (and Apple stores) unless you activate your 2 year agreement in store. Knowing that AT&T has worked closely with Apple over the past year, we can assume it will be the same in Canada at all Rogers Wireless outlets. With the iPhone 3G launch in exactly one month, one can only guess what the plans will be like.

What iPhoneinCanada.ca Readers Have Decided…

According to my previous post, a majority of you commented that you will not be upgrading to the iPhone 3G, even though it will retail for only $199 (3 year contract price). Why? Well, for starters many agreed the new “features” are not significant enough to warrant an upgrade. Given the current wireless spectrum bidding that is taking place, it’s only a matter of time before a new GSM carrier enters the market. I would love to have some options available should new plans come available, and not be locked into Rogers.

Not only that, it has been confirmed by a Rogers insider that you WILL NOT be able to buy the iPhone 3G for a “non contract price”. Yes, that’s right…you can only buy it with a contract in store. If this is true, then that makes our first generation iPhones save a bit of face.

People were predicting Craigslist to be flooded with unlocked iPhones (I found one today selling for $100 from Craigslist Toronto which is just downright silly–within the ad stated that he/she was a reader of my blog, LOL!), but a quick gander at the Vancouver Craigslist shows prices have dropped a bit, but most 8GB iPhones remain at $400 or above.

One interesting note is that the $199 price for the 8GB will be a locked, Rogers branded iPhone. That means if you want to travel overseas, good luck using your iPhone. I do believe that the Dev Team will eventually figure out an unlock, but this time around Jobs and his friends are determined to shut down the unlocked iPhone market. Case in point: there are reports that if AT&T sells iPhones without in-store activation, and you fail to activate in 30 days you will get penalized. That outta get rid of those pesky unlockers!!

I know a lot of you aren’t very pleased about 3 year contracts…what do you think of paying possibly $70-100/month for the latest, greatest, shiniest, fastest, thinnest, prettiest, iPhone ever?

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Read: Gizmodo

“Take a good look at me baby…because we’re going to get to know each other very well for at least 3 years with Rogers!” – iPhone 3G in Black

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  • http://mikeyur.com/ Michael Yurechko

    I’m a sad sad person, and I will be cancelling my current Rogers contract and buying the iPhone with a new contract. The things I do for that shiny shiny Apple gear and unlimited data…

    $100/month is quite a bit… but I don’t really have another choice at the moment. There is no other way to get the unlimited data, and the iPhone isn’t really worth having unless you have data. If you are stuck with Wifi, you may as well get a touch.

  • http://mikeyur.com Michael Yurechko

    I’m a sad sad person, and I will be cancelling my current Rogers contract and buying the iPhone with a new contract. The things I do for that shiny shiny Apple gear and unlimited data…

    $100/month is quite a bit… but I don’t really have another choice at the moment. There is no other way to get the unlimited data, and the iPhone isn’t really worth having unless you have data. If you are stuck with Wifi, you may as well get a touch.

  • http://www.360Sync.com DjDATZ

    “Not only that, it has been confirmed by a Rogers insider that you WILL NOT be able to buy the iPhone 3G for a “non contract price”. Yes, that’s right…you can only buy it with a contract in store.”

    HA! Fuck Rogers then. I JUST got a 2 year contract, and was expecting to be allowed to pick up the iPhone for about $500 (from Rogers of course) and just throw it on my existing Rogers plan along with about a $30-$40 unlimited data plan. If that’s not the case and Rogers WON’T let me get the iPhone WITHOUT a 3 year contract, then Rogers can go fuck themselves. Maybe I will end up buying an iPhone from the US, if AT&T isn’t as retarded as Rogers…

  • http://oddyoh.blogspot.com/ OddyOh

    $100 a month is too rich for my blood, just not worth it for my limited needs. I’ll probably wait for another carrier to launch after the auction, and then hopefully we’ll see some healthy competition in this country.

  • http://oddyoh.blogspot.com/ OddyOh

    $100 a month is too rich for my blood, just not worth it for my limited needs. I’ll probably wait for another carrier to launch after the auction, and then hopefully we’ll see some healthy competition in this country.

  • http://oddyoh.blogspot.com OddyOh

    $100 a month is too rich for my blood, just not worth it for my limited needs. I’ll probably wait for another carrier to launch after the auction, and then hopefully we’ll see some healthy competition in this country.

  • Jesse David Hollington

    Keep in mind that if the iPhone is sold by Rogers in the same way that they traditionally sell their other contract-subsidized phones, then the “3-year-contract” just means that you have to essentially resign for three years from the date of purchase, not add an additional three years.

    So if you’re already on a two-year contract, you’re only extending that by one more year, so it’s not really a big deal. The key, of course, is that to get the subsidized price, you have to do a “hardware upgrade” on your current contract, which means you have to be eligible for that. Rogers generally won’t let you buy another new phone at the subsidized price if you’ve just signed up or just bought another one. They could of course make an exception in the case of the iPhone, but we won’t know for sure until we have more information.

    All accounts are that the new iPhone units will require in-store contract signup. Remember that there’s a difference between signing the contract and actually activating the iPhone. My guess is that the ‘activate within 30 days’ penalty is just a clause that indicates that if you buy the iPhone, sign up for a contract, and then never actually “activate” it (ie, connect it to iTunes to start using it), then they essentially cancel your contract and charge you the early termination fee. This is what AT&T is doing, at any rate. What Rogers will do remains to be seen, but all evidence is that the iPhone 3G is now being sold in the same way as any other higher-end cell phone.

    The key information that’s still missing will be the pricing on the data plans. It matters not to me since I’ve been a long-time smart phone user even before the iPhone, so I’m already paying the outrageous data plan prices. If a better plan comes along, then that’s great, but the worst-case scenario for me is that nothing changes and I still pay the same price as I am with my first-gen iPhone (and as I was with my Blackberry). At least for me it’s a business expense. :)

  • Jesse David Hollington

    Keep in mind that if the iPhone is sold by Rogers in the same way that they traditionally sell their other contract-subsidized phones, then the “3-year-contract” just means that you have to essentially resign for three years from the date of purchase, not add an additional three years.

    So if you’re already on a two-year contract, you’re only extending that by one more year, so it’s not really a big deal. The key, of course, is that to get the subsidized price, you have to do a “hardware upgrade” on your current contract, which means you have to be eligible for that. Rogers generally won’t let you buy another new phone at the subsidized price if you’ve just signed up or just bought another one. They could of course make an exception in the case of the iPhone, but we won’t know for sure until we have more information.

    All accounts are that the new iPhone units will require in-store contract signup. Remember that there’s a difference between signing the contract and actually activating the iPhone. My guess is that the ‘activate within 30 days’ penalty is just a clause that indicates that if you buy the iPhone, sign up for a contract, and then never actually “activate” it (ie, connect it to iTunes to start using it), then they essentially cancel your contract and charge you the early termination fee. This is what AT&T is doing, at any rate. What Rogers will do remains to be seen, but all evidence is that the iPhone 3G is now being sold in the same way as any other higher-end cell phone.

    The key information that’s still missing will be the pricing on the data plans. It matters not to me since I’ve been a long-time smart phone user even before the iPhone, so I’m already paying the outrageous data plan prices. If a better plan comes along, then that’s great, but the worst-case scenario for me is that nothing changes and I still pay the same price as I am with my first-gen iPhone (and as I was with my Blackberry). At least for me it’s a business expense. :)

  • Mark C

    $100/month…Hmmm!!

    For a business user this is a no-brainer. For the average Joe like me, its a though decision. $100×36 months = over $4000 (that’s FOUR THOUSAND $ folks) including tax…WOW! Last time I committed to spending anything close to that kind of money, I was buying a car. Even the 16’x25′ deck I just built cost less than that!

    At $100/month I would have to start a web site: Things cheaper than a Rogers iPhone contract…

    For me the 3 year contract is one pill that’s going to require some surgical procedure to get in me, that’s for sure. I would easily pay more money for the iPhone itself if I could get it without a contract.

    $70/month will probably forgo the surgery for me and I’ll still pout once a month as I pay my bill, but at least the other 30 days will be shiny & happy. And at $70/month, I’ll probably find myself walking into Rogers just like a few thousand other zombies saying “As you wish my lord” (said in a Darth Vader voice).

  • Mark C

    $100/month…Hmmm!!

    For a business user this is a no-brainer. For the average Joe like me, its a though decision. $100×36 months = over $4000 (that’s FOUR THOUSAND $ folks) including tax…WOW! Last time I committed to spending anything close to that kind of money, I was buying a car. Even the 16’x25′ deck I just built cost less than that!

    At $100/month I would have to start a web site: Things cheaper than a Rogers iPhone contract…

    For me the 3 year contract is one pill that’s going to require some surgical procedure to get in me, that’s for sure. I would easily pay more money for the iPhone itself if I could get it without a contract.

    $70/month will probably forgo the surgery for me and I’ll still pout once a month as I pay my bill, but at least the other 30 days will be shiny & happy. And at $70/month, I’ll probably find myself walking into Rogers just like a few thousand other zombies saying “As you wish my lord” (said in a Darth Vader voice).

  • Tim Aucoin

    Wow… such language in a public forum!!!
    I think we all need to relax, stop and think logically. Here we have a brand new technology coming to Canada for the first time. I’m sure Rogers and Apple have come up with a fair way of introducing the 3G iPhone into the Canadian market so that as many people as possible can take full advantage of it. I would almost bet that Rogers will be offering hardware upgrades to those on current contracts (you’ll likely have to sign a new contract), and I am quite confident that their voice/data plans will be reasonable. Think about it. Why would they price themselves out of sales. Also, I’m sure Apple (in their contract with Rogers) has made it clear that this is to be an affordable technology. Apple can do that. It’s in their best interest to see that as many people as possible get this technology. Why sell a phone with all this functionality and then price it so high that no one can afford it?

    Just my two cents worth. Sorry if I offend anyone!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Wow… such language in a public forum!!!
    I think we all need to relax, stop and think logically. Here we have a brand new technology coming to Canada for the first time. I’m sure Rogers and Apple have come up with a fair way of introducing the 3G iPhone into the Canadian market so that as many people as possible can take full advantage of it. I would almost bet that Rogers will be offering hardware upgrades to those on current contracts (you’ll likely have to sign a new contract), and I am quite confident that their voice/data plans will be reasonable. Think about it. Why would they price themselves out of sales. Also, I’m sure Apple (in their contract with Rogers) has made it clear that this is to be an affordable technology. Apple can do that. It’s in their best interest to see that as many people as possible get this technology. Why sell a phone with all this functionality and then price it so high that no one can afford it?

    Just my two cents worth. Sorry if I offend anyone!

  • Mr, Speedy

    Yeah, ok, maybe…

    And then you hear of O2 in the UK GIVING AWAY the phone for FREEEEEE with an 18 months contract… Why does it always have to be 1000% more expensive in Canada?

    Check it out:

    iPhone is now free on selected Pay Monthly tariffs*

    There’s only one thing better than an iPhone. The new 3G iPhone.

    *Best of all, the new 8GB iPhone won’t cost you a penny on our £45 and £75 tariffs. And it’s just £99 on our £35 tariff and new £30 tariff.

    All tariffs include unlimited browsing on your iPhone, unlimited Wi-Fi access, visual voicemail and reduced roaming rates with our International Traveller Service and are subject to a minimum term contract of 18 months.

    http://www.o2.co.uk/iphone/paymonthly#

  • http://www.robertandstacey.com/ rayray14

    “IÂ’m sure Rogers and Apple have come up with a fair way of introducing the 3G iPhone ”

    Are you serious? Rogers has had years and years to introduce “fair” data rates & plans. What have they done? They’ve spent that whole time milking Canadian consumers with rates that are higher than developing nations. See here:

    http://www.thomaspurves.com/2007/04/09/canada-worse-than-3rd-world-countries-when-it-comes-to-mobile-data-access/

    I think Rogers has a chance to steal the thunder from other carriers for the next little while, but only if they do it with the right combination of voice / data.

    As a side note, I do plan on paying the cancellation fee from Telus and porting to Rogers on July 12th; 07/11 will be too busy for my liking :)

  • http://www.robertandstacey.com rayray14

    “I’m sure Rogers and Apple have come up with a fair way of introducing the 3G iPhone ”

    Are you serious? Rogers has had years and years to introduce “fair” data rates & plans. What have they done? They’ve spent that whole time milking Canadian consumers with rates that are higher than developing nations. See here:

    http://www.thomaspurves.com/2007/04/09/canada-worse-than-3rd-world-countries-when-it-comes-to-mobile-data-access/

    I think Rogers has a chance to steal the thunder from other carriers for the next little while, but only if they do it with the right combination of voice / data.

    As a side note, I do plan on paying the cancellation fee from Telus and porting to Rogers on July 12th; 07/11 will be too busy for my liking :)

  • Canuck

    “One interesting note is that the $199 price for the 8GB will be a locked, Rogers branded iPhone. That means if you want to travel overseas, good luck using your iPhone.”

    the above is a bit misleading – Rogers has roaming agreements around the world, so a locked Rogers iPhone should work just fine while overseas travelling. although I know what you’re getting at, you’ll of course still have to pay Rogers’ very high overseas rates instead of popping in a local SIM card.

    but actually, overseas travel might even be better with the iPhone, at least for me. here’s why: I have a quad-band Treo 650 which I use for business travel overseas – but I can’t use it in Japan (no GSM there). but the iPhone 3G will be supported in Japan and Rogers already has roaming agreements with Softbank there, using a UMTS/3G phone.

    anyhow, like everyone else I’m waiting to see what Rogers will do with data plans, my current plan really sucks and as a result I basically avoid using data on my Treo (well, that, plus the Treo just sucks at internet browsing and email, too :)

  • Canuck

    “One interesting note is that the $199 price for the 8GB will be a locked, Rogers branded iPhone. That means if you want to travel overseas, good luck using your iPhone.”

    the above is a bit misleading – Rogers has roaming agreements around the world, so a locked Rogers iPhone should work just fine while overseas travelling. although I know what you’re getting at, you’ll of course still have to pay Rogers’ very high overseas rates instead of popping in a local SIM card.

    but actually, overseas travel might even be better with the iPhone, at least for me. here’s why: I have a quad-band Treo 650 which I use for business travel overseas – but I can’t use it in Japan (no GSM there). but the iPhone 3G will be supported in Japan and Rogers already has roaming agreements with Softbank there, using a UMTS/3G phone.

    anyhow, like everyone else I’m waiting to see what Rogers will do with data plans, my current plan really sucks and as a result I basically avoid using data on my Treo (well, that, plus the Treo just sucks at internet browsing and email, too :)

  • http://mikeyur.com/ Michael Yurechko

    Sorry to take this off topic a bit, but does anyone know if Rogers will be letting you upgrade. If not, the price it normally costs to kill one of their current contracts?

  • http://mikeyur.com Michael Yurechko

    Sorry to take this off topic a bit, but does anyone know if Rogers will be letting you upgrade. If not, the price it normally costs to kill one of their current contracts?

  • Horonto

    I’m a current Rogers mobile client in a position to upgrade my phone, I spoke with Rogers customer service this morning.

    Looks like current customers who want to upgrade cannot do it through Rogers Customer service.

    The CSR, customer service representative, I spoke with said that the iphone will be available with a ‘new” three year contract.

    They have no information when the iphone will be available as an upgrade to current clients or how much the plans would be. Typically new phones aren’t offered as an upgrade when they are released according to the CSR

    I’m guessing the CSR is just in the dark as we are concerning what Rogers is planning to do.

    Any idea when the forum section will be back up?

  • Horonto

    I’m a current Rogers mobile client in a position to upgrade my phone, I spoke with Rogers customer service this morning.

    Looks like current customers who want to upgrade cannot do it through Rogers Customer service.

    The CSR, customer service representative, I spoke with said that the iphone will be available with a ‘new” three year contract.

    They have no information when the iphone will be available as an upgrade to current clients or how much the plans would be. Typically new phones aren’t offered as an upgrade when they are released according to the CSR

    I’m guessing the CSR is just in the dark as we are concerning what Rogers is planning to do.

    Any idea when the forum section will be back up?

  • David Duchesne

    So let me recap correctly …

    Iphone 299.99
    Voice plan 39.99 per month * 12 month * 3 years = 1439.64
    Data Plan 30.00 per month * 12 month * 3 years = 1080.00

    Total: 2819.63

    So if rogers does like AT&T and capture 20% of the market shares. Canada represents 7.5 Millions users high speed cell market.
    At 1.5 Mil iphone (20%) * contract 2819.63 = 4 229M

    Those number make me thinks they might think about lowering their rates to gain even more market….NAH! They’ll charge us and get those last bits of pennies and cents that we have…

    Thank you all …

  • David Duchesne

    So let me recap correctly …

    Iphone 299.99
    Voice plan 39.99 per month * 12 month * 3 years = 1439.64
    Data Plan 30.00 per month * 12 month * 3 years = 1080.00

    Total: 2819.63

    So if rogers does like AT&T and capture 20% of the market shares. Canada represents 7.5 Millions users high speed cell market.
    At 1.5 Mil iphone (20%) * contract 2819.63 = 4 229M

    Those number make me thinks they might think about lowering their rates to gain even more market….NAH! They’ll charge us and get those last bits of pennies and cents that we have…

    Thank you all …

  • David Duchesne

    So let me recap correctly …

    Iphone 299.99
    Voice plan 39.99 per month * 12 month * 3 years = 1439.64
    Data Plan 30.00 per month * 12 month * 3 years = 1080.00

    Total: 2819.63

    So if rogers does like AT&T and capture 20% of the market shares. Canada represents 7.5 Millions users high speed cell market.
    At 1.5 Mil iphone (20%) * contract 2819.63 = 4 229M

    Those number make me thinks they might think about lowering their rates to gain even more market….NAH! They’ll charge us and get those last bits of pennies and cents that we have…

    Thank you all …

  • http://www.iphoneuser.ca/ Tyler

    I don’t know why everyone is saying they wont get the iPhone 3G. It’s going to be the best phone in the world. I don’t mind paying $100 a month for the priviledge of using it.

  • http://www.iphoneuser.ca/ Tyler

    I don’t know why everyone is saying they wont get the iPhone 3G. It’s going to be the best phone in the world. I don’t mind paying $100 a month for the priviledge of using it.

  • http://www.iphoneuser.ca Tyler

    I don’t know why everyone is saying they wont get the iPhone 3G. It’s going to be the best phone in the world. I don’t mind paying $100 a month for the priviledge of using it.

  • William

    Comment by Michael Yurechko
    2008-06-11 08:12:12
    Sorry to take this off topic a bit, but does anyone know if Rogers will be letting you upgrade. If not, the price it normally costs to kill one of their current contracts?

    YEah I wanna know that too, im currently in a 3 years contract with fido and im about halfway through it and I wanna buy the iphone so do I just switch contracts or have to kill my current one and sign a new one?

  • William

    Comment by Michael Yurechko
    2008-06-11 08:12:12
    Sorry to take this off topic a bit, but does anyone know if Rogers will be letting you upgrade. If not, the price it normally costs to kill one of their current contracts?

    YEah I wanna know that too, im currently in a 3 years contract with fido and im about halfway through it and I wanna buy the iphone so do I just switch contracts or have to kill my current one and sign a new one?

  • http://mikeyur.com/ Michael Yurechko

    I’ve heard a contract termination is like $400 or so depending on phone/contract. I don’t know if I can afford that, plus $200 phone, plus $100/month.. But I will probably have to if I want the iPhone.

    I signed a new 3 year contract last August, I’m hoping Rogers allows me to upgrade, because I got a pretty shitty phone ($80 sony ericcson).

  • http://mikeyur.com/ Michael Yurechko

    I’ve heard a contract termination is like $400 or so depending on phone/contract. I don’t know if I can afford that, plus $200 phone, plus $100/month.. But I will probably have to if I want the iPhone.

    I signed a new 3 year contract last August, I’m hoping Rogers allows me to upgrade, because I got a pretty shitty phone ($80 sony ericcson).

  • http://mikeyur.com Michael Yurechko

    I’ve heard a contract termination is like $400 or so depending on phone/contract. I don’t know if I can afford that, plus $200 phone, plus $100/month.. But I will probably have to if I want the iPhone.

    I signed a new 3 year contract last August, I’m hoping Rogers allows me to upgrade, because I got a pretty shitty phone ($80 sony ericcson).

  • Gray McCarty

    Check out the current press releases for Rogers / Fido – today Fido confirmed that they will be carrying the iPhone too.

  • Gray McCarty

    Check out the current press releases for Rogers / Fido – today Fido confirmed that they will be carrying the iPhone too.

  • Gray McCarty

    Check out the current press releases for Rogers / Fido – today Fido confirmed that they will be carrying the iPhone too.

  • http://mikeyur.com/ Michael Yurechko

    Of course Fido would be carrying it as well, Rogers bought Fido awhile back. It’s the same company, using the same network.

  • http://mikeyur.com/ Michael Yurechko

    Of course Fido would be carrying it as well, Rogers bought Fido awhile back. It’s the same company, using the same network.

  • http://mikeyur.com Michael Yurechko

    Of course Fido would be carrying it as well, Rogers bought Fido awhile back. It’s the same company, using the same network.

  • Jesse David Hollington

    True, but that doesn’t make it a given that both carriers would carry the iPhone. They generally still operate independently of each other in terms of the phones they carry and their other related services.

    Apple did have them both listed on their “Where to Buy” page on Monday, however, so the late press release by Fido is a little bit odd, actually. I noticed that it’s bilingual, however, so perhaps they just had to wait for translation services…. :)

  • Jesse David Hollington

    True, but that doesn’t make it a given that both carriers would carry the iPhone. They generally still operate independently of each other in terms of the phones they carry and their other related services.

    Apple did have them both listed on their “Where to Buy” page on Monday, however, so the late press release by Fido is a little bit odd, actually. I noticed that it’s bilingual, however, so perhaps they just had to wait for translation services…. :)

  • Jesse David Hollington

    True, but that doesn’t make it a given that both carriers would carry the iPhone. They generally still operate independently of each other in terms of the phones they carry and their other related services.

    Apple did have them both listed on their “Where to Buy” page on Monday, however, so the late press release by Fido is a little bit odd, actually. I noticed that it’s bilingual, however, so perhaps they just had to wait for translation services…. :)

  • Jennifer

    In response to the above, no, it isn’t just adding another year to a 2 year contract. I’ve been a good little loyal drone customer of Rogers for a year now since moving to Canada from the US. What is my reward? No iPhone. I’m on a 3 year contract, and I’ll have to wait another 2 years (or as the sad sad person above did, cancel my plan for a big ol’ $400 penalty and get a new 3 year contract) in order to get the coveted Apple bling. The iPhone will only really be any kind of decent deal for new customers. But here in Atlantic Canada, isn’t everyone already with Rogers? We’re all pretty disgusted with them really. See, it costs Apple X to make the phone, they sell the contract to Rogers for X Million, Rogers sells the phone for a little less than X, but really makes its money on all the bloody fees and contracts that come along with it. Canada, meet hardcore capitalism. The only problem with it here is that Rogers doesn’t have a competitor to bring down the price. Yes… Rogers can go f*&k themselves.

  • Jennifer

    In response to the above, no, it isn’t just adding another year to a 2 year contract. I’ve been a good little loyal drone customer of Rogers for a year now since moving to Canada from the US. What is my reward? No iPhone. I’m on a 3 year contract, and I’ll have to wait another 2 years (or as the sad sad person above did, cancel my plan for a big ol’ $400 penalty and get a new 3 year contract) in order to get the coveted Apple bling. The iPhone will only really be any kind of decent deal for new customers. But here in Atlantic Canada, isn’t everyone already with Rogers? We’re all pretty disgusted with them really. See, it costs Apple X to make the phone, they sell the contract to Rogers for X Million, Rogers sells the phone for a little less than X, but really makes its money on all the bloody fees and contracts that come along with it. Canada, meet hardcore capitalism. The only problem with it here is that Rogers doesn’t have a competitor to bring down the price. Yes… Rogers can go f*&k themselves.

  • Jennifer

    In response to the above, no, it isn’t just adding another year to a 2 year contract. I’ve been a good little loyal drone customer of Rogers for a year now since moving to Canada from the US. What is my reward? No iPhone. I’m on a 3 year contract, and I’ll have to wait another 2 years (or as the sad sad person above did, cancel my plan for a big ol’ $400 penalty and get a new 3 year contract) in order to get the coveted Apple bling. The iPhone will only really be any kind of decent deal for new customers. But here in Atlantic Canada, isn’t everyone already with Rogers? We’re all pretty disgusted with them really. See, it costs Apple X to make the phone, they sell the contract to Rogers for X Million, Rogers sells the phone for a little less than X, but really makes its money on all the bloody fees and contracts that come along with it. Canada, meet hardcore capitalism. The only problem with it here is that Rogers doesn’t have a competitor to bring down the price. Yes… Rogers can go f*&k themselves.

  • John Corvo

    What was the final verdict?
    I bought an iphone 3g in Japan. The salespeople assured me that when my contract is finished in Japan, and it’s paid off or paid out, I will be able to sign up with the same iphone in Canada or the uSA.
    IS this the case?? A nyone?

  • John Corvo

    What was the final verdict?
    I bought an iphone 3g in Japan. The salespeople assured me that when my contract is finished in Japan, and it’s paid off or paid out, I will be able to sign up with the same iphone in Canada or the uSA.
    IS this the case?? A nyone?