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Rogers iPhone D-Day Has Arrived–FINALLY!

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Holy toledo! Can you believe how fast the weeks have gone by? Tomorrow morning at 8am across Canada eager Canucks will be waiting in line for their iPhone 3G (including yours truly) at Rogers Plus locations. Don’t forget Fido stores, Rogers kiosks and other authorized dealers too.

It started off with Rogers just lambasting Canadians with their atrocious iPhone 3G voice/data plans. The media got involved and as well as major internet revolts, all protesting the high prices. Then Rogers decides to drop the 6GB for $30 data plan on us all. This plan is equivalent to an unlimited data plan, and I know it has convinced many people to go against their judgment and plunk down cash for an iPhone 3G (with a 3 year contract of course). Others have displayed strong will power–kudos to you!

As you may have noticed, iPhoneinCanada.ca has undergone a small blog redesign! Navigation should be a lot easier, but there are still a few tweaks to go. Big thanks to Nate and his team from Unique Blog Designs for their stellar work! You almost might have noticed our amazing header image! That was created by freelancer Pierre from ptabbiner design + illustration (he does some awesome work).


How to Buy your Rogers iPhone 3G while Being Informed…Read up!

Are you going to buy iPhone 3G? New customer ready to sign away for 3 long years? Let’s clarify a few things first. To qualify for promo pricing as a NEW customer:

1. Monthly Service Fee (MSF = data + voice plan) must be greater than $30.01.
EG: You select $35 Mega Time plan plus add on 6GB data for $30 = $65
2. With MSF > $30.01, you will qualify for promo pricing of $199 for 8GB and $299 for 16GB iPhone 3G.
a) If you opt for no data plan, and your VOICE plan is greater than $30.01, you still qualify.
EG: You only select the $35 Mega Time plan (price is greater than $30.01)–you qualify for promo pricing.
What about Existing Customers?
Existing customers whom are upgrading are based on how long you’ve been with Rogers and time since your last upgrade. If you’re currently an existing customer and you qualify for a HUP (hardware upgrade), then do it and get your iPhone 3G for discount. If you haven’t completed 12 months, you are in a tough pickle. Call Rogers CSR and see what they can do for you.
Rogers iPhone 3G Flyers – Sneak Preview
We’ve managed to get our grubby little hands on some Rogers iPhone 3G flyers. Check out these flyers that you will see soon in stores. Too lazy to visit? Check em out here…

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By the time you’ve finished reading this, iPhone Fan is either sleeping and waking up early to line up, or I already have my iPhone 3G. Stay tuned to hear my full account of iPhone 3G D-Day!!! 🙂

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  • Arturo

    Hey nice design! I’ve been a reader for some time. Just curious about the $30 promotion Rogers announced; I was wondering if the customer rep’s are very familiar with this? Because the times I’ve talked with them on the phone, they seemed very unaware of it…. Just makes me wonder if when I go today to pick up my iPhone; They will think I am crazy.

  • Arturo

    Hey nice design! I’ve been a reader for some time. Just curious about the $30 promotion Rogers announced; I was wondering if the customer rep’s are very familiar with this? Because the times I’ve talked with them on the phone, they seemed very unaware of it…. Just makes me wonder if when I go today to pick up my iPhone; They will think I am crazy.

  • gunfus

    come on people.. i want to see comments.. 🙂 I want to hear the updates.. I am here at home waiting to here about iPhone 3G and the different rogers plans.. but no news are comming through the wires… only the TV.. PLEASE UPDATES!!!

  • gunfus

    come on people.. i want to see comments.. 🙂 I want to hear the updates.. I am here at home waiting to here about iPhone 3G and the different rogers plans.. but no news are comming through the wires… only the TV.. PLEASE UPDATES!!!

  • ifokust

    are any fido stores participating in the early launch? i’m in vancouver but with Fido and would love to pick one up at 8am.
    any ideas people?

  • ifokust

    are any fido stores participating in the early launch? i’m in vancouver but with Fido and would love to pick one up at 8am.
    any ideas people?

  • Dave

    I thought you said you *weren’t* going to get the new 3G??? After all the rants and raves, and even commending people that are still holding out, you’re selling out? Rogers: 1, You: ??

  • Dave

    I thought you said you *weren’t* going to get the new 3G??? After all the rants and raves, and even commending people that are still holding out, you’re selling out? Rogers: 1, You: ??

  • Alain Vezina

    I went to my rogers local store. Wait Outside until the openning…. 4H inline… I was the first customer.

    The rep at 8H45 open the door and ask me if it was for an existing customer…. YES i anwser…

    Then he told me that they was’nt selling Iphone for exsiting customer until Monday.

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK I wait 4h INLINE….. I HATE YOU ROGERS …. You threating me like shit….

  • Alain Vezina

    I went to my rogers local store. Wait Outside until the openning…. 4H inline… I was the first customer.

    The rep at 8H45 open the door and ask me if it was for an existing customer…. YES i anwser…

    Then he told me that they was’nt selling Iphone for exsiting customer until Monday.

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK I wait 4h INLINE….. I HATE YOU ROGERS …. You threating me like shit….

  • Tim Aucoin

    You’re a class act iPhone Fan! Beautiful new look… and you launched it on such an appropriate day! Cheers to you!

    Funniest headline yet…
    “iPhone is Pornography for Gadget Whores”!!!!

  • Tim Aucoin

    You’re a class act iPhone Fan! Beautiful new look… and you launched it on such an appropriate day! Cheers to you!

    Funniest headline yet…
    “iPhone is Pornography for Gadget Whores”!!!!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Rogers has JUST posted update to their website listing the $30 for 6GB data!!!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Rogers has JUST posted update to their website listing the $30 for 6GB data!!!

  • Tim Aucoin

    iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack – $15 per month
    Visual Voicemail
    Call Display
    Who Called
    2500 Sent Text Messages

    Visual Voicemail solo = $8 per month

  • Tim Aucoin

    iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack – $15 per month
    Visual Voicemail
    Call Display
    Who Called
    2500 Sent Text Messages

    Visual Voicemail solo = $8 per month

  • Sherri

    What about those of us who already have our iPhones? Do we now get to take advantage of visual voicemail etc??? What about the firmware upgrade?

  • Sherri

    What about those of us who already have our iPhones? Do we now get to take advantage of visual voicemail etc??? What about the firmware upgrade?

  • Patrick

    Just like “Alain Vezina”, I went there and the sales rep told to his beloved existing customers that they won’t get the iPhone cause they’re not new customers. So please take the time to say to Rogers what you really think about them.

    From a guy who lost his iPhone Sunday and just wanted a new one on Friday… FUCK Rogers!!

  • Patrick

    Just like “Alain Vezina”, I went there and the sales rep told to his beloved existing customers that they won’t get the iPhone cause they’re not new customers. So please take the time to say to Rogers what you really think about them.

    From a guy who lost his iPhone Sunday and just wanted a new one on Friday… FUCK Rogers!!

  • Dustin

    just got my iphone! troubles unbricking into rogers because of 22 countries all trying to unlock there phones is what they told me. rogers store here let 5 of us in to get the iphone at 7:45 a.m. tim horton and timbits to boot! w00t!

  • just got my iphone! troubles unbricking into rogers because of 22 countries all trying to unlock there phones is what they told me. rogers store here let 5 of us in to get the iphone at 7:45 a.m. tim horton and timbits to boot! w00t!

  • Pat

    Okay… so I can buy the iPhone without a data plan? Correct?

  • Pat

    Okay… so I can buy the iPhone without a data plan? Correct?

  • Wes Denyer

    I just left the line at St. Clair and Yonge Rogers Store at 9:55 AM. The store opened at 9:00 AM and let in the first two customers. They were still waiting to get their iphones activated and get out of the store. This process is going to take many hours. I hope people are willing to be patient because the system is not working … at least where I was. I think I can wait a few more days to get one rather than stand in line for hours!

  • Wes Denyer

    I just left the line at St. Clair and Yonge Rogers Store at 9:55 AM. The store opened at 9:00 AM and let in the first two customers. They were still waiting to get their iphones activated and get out of the store. This process is going to take many hours. I hope people are willing to be patient because the system is not working … at least where I was. I think I can wait a few more days to get one rather than stand in line for hours!

  • Benny

    I called on of the smaller retailer store, and they said they don’t offer Iphone without data plan yet

  • Benny

    I called on of the smaller retailer store, and they said they don’t offer Iphone without data plan yet

  • Jason Thomson

    Looks like Rogers went WAY low on the release of 16 gig models. I was 5th in line. They had 16 phones — and only FOUR 16 gig versions. So much for lining up for three hours…

  • Jason Thomson

    Looks like Rogers went WAY low on the release of 16 gig models. I was 5th in line. They had 16 phones — and only FOUR 16 gig versions. So much for lining up for three hours…

  • Guest

    @Alain Vezina
    Ouch, Rogers is so GAY! lol That sux though. 🙁

    @iPhoneFan
    Dude, im loving the new layout. It is alot easier to follow and very informational, let us know how the waiting in line goes lol

    Cheers bud!

  • Dusty

    @Alain Vezina
    Ouch, Rogers is so GAY! lol That sux though. 🙁

    @iPhoneFan
    Dude, im loving the new layout. It is alot easier to follow and very informational, let us know how the waiting in line goes lol

    Cheers bud!

  • Andrew Clarke

    I just got back from the store with my shiny 16GB iPhone. However, the systems were so overloaded that they couldn’t activate it. Hopefully I’ll be able to activate it through iTunes later on today. The $30/6GB plan made it worth switching from Bell for me.

  • Andrew Clarke

    I just got back from the store with my shiny 16GB iPhone. However, the systems were so overloaded that they couldn’t activate it. Hopefully I’ll be able to activate it through iTunes later on today. The $30/6GB plan made it worth switching from Bell for me.

  • yyyy

    I have also heard from my 2 local stores that they are only selling to new customers – they didn’t know when they would start selling to existing customers. This is poor, especially considering there is no mention of it on the website. Luckily I found this out yesterday so I didn’t wait in line. I’m sure plenty of people will be caught out by this today after waiting for hours!!

  • yyyy

    I have also heard from my 2 local stores that they are only selling to new customers – they didn’t know when they would start selling to existing customers. This is poor, especially considering there is no mention of it on the website. Luckily I found this out yesterday so I didn’t wait in line. I’m sure plenty of people will be caught out by this today after waiting for hours!!

  • Iain

    Looks like Apple is having problems unbricking phones with iTunes. The first one worked in-store, and then we tried mine and BAM the iTunes Music Store connection says:

    “We could not complete your iTunes Store request. The network connection timed out.”

    I would not want to be a sys admin at Apple today. That said, I would have expected to see this kind of error earlier in Europe and fixed by now.

  • Iain

    Looks like Apple is having problems unbricking phones with iTunes. The first one worked in-store, and then we tried mine and BAM the iTunes Music Store connection says:

    “We could not complete your iTunes Store request. The network connection timed out.”

    I would not want to be a sys admin at Apple today. That said, I would have expected to see this kind of error earlier in Europe and fixed by now.

  • I just spent the last 2 hours waiting at my local Rogers store for a 16GB iPhone. They had 2 in stock (+7 8GB phones), but couldn’t actually sell them because their system was down city-wide. I couldn’t wait any longer, had to leave.

    You’d think one of the biggest telecoms in the country would have anticipated a spike in network activity today.

    BTW, I was told that if you take the $30/6GB data plan, it is absolutely impossible to also get Visual Voicemail. Visual Voicemail is for the original data/voice packages.

  • I just spent the last 2 hours waiting at my local Rogers store for a 16GB iPhone. They had 2 in stock (+7 8GB phones), but couldn’t actually sell them because their system was down city-wide. I couldn’t wait any longer, had to leave.

    You’d think one of the biggest telecoms in the country would have anticipated a spike in network activity today.

    BTW, I was told that if you take the $30/6GB data plan, it is absolutely impossible to also get Visual Voicemail. Visual Voicemail is for the original data/voice packages.

  • Guy

    I called rogers business support and they informed me that the Iphone is not available yet for business customers. The funny thing is that Apple wants to target the business customer to take away market share from Blackberry…. Making us coporate customers wait for the iphone longer that the rest isn’t a good start

  • Guy

    I called rogers business support and they informed me that the Iphone is not available yet for business customers. The funny thing is that Apple wants to target the business customer to take away market share from Blackberry…. Making us coporate customers wait for the iphone longer that the rest isn’t a good start

  • Dean

    just got back from my line (was 3rd in line at 5:30). since i have an existing data plan for my unlocked iphone, a glitch in the rogers system will not allow them to let me have an iphone hardware upgrade until the problem was solved. NOT a happy camper, what the hell? i’ve paid them for a totally over-inflated data plan for the last 7 months, and now they won’t let me upgrade because of it? i am eligible, however the software must not have been updated since they last changed thier minds on rates and rules. fun day so far!!!!

  • Dean

    just got back from my line (was 3rd in line at 5:30). since i have an existing data plan for my unlocked iphone, a glitch in the rogers system will not allow them to let me have an iphone hardware upgrade until the problem was solved. NOT a happy camper, what the hell? i’ve paid them for a totally over-inflated data plan for the last 7 months, and now they won’t let me upgrade because of it? i am eligible, however the software must not have been updated since they last changed thier minds on rates and rules. fun day so far!!!!

  • Jon

    I still don’t know if I will get one. I’m sure I will, but just not quite yet. In the mean time I will just brag about my aluminum to all those with the 3G.

  • Jon

    I still don’t know if I will get one. I’m sure I will, but just not quite yet. In the mean time I will just brag about my aluminum to all those with the 3G.

  • MikeM

    WOW! 4 hours in line for Alain, only to be told you gotta wait til Monday?! That’s just poor customer service….oh wait, this is Rogers…right…should have guessed.

    I was gonna pick up the new phone for my wife today, but seeing as she’s an existing customer, I guess I’ll have to wait.

  • MikeM

    WOW! 4 hours in line for Alain, only to be told you gotta wait til Monday?! That’s just poor customer service….oh wait, this is Rogers…right…should have guessed.

    I was gonna pick up the new phone for my wife today, but seeing as she’s an existing customer, I guess I’ll have to wait.

  • Stephen F

    Writing this post with 16GB white iPhone in hand.

    iTunes activation server went down…so the iPhone is currently a brick.

    But a pretty brick it is!

    I lined up last night at 11PM, and had iPhone in hand 9:50 this morning. 3rd in line, 1st phone served!

  • Stephen F

    Writing this post with 16GB white iPhone in hand.

    iTunes activation server went down…so the iPhone is currently a brick.

    But a pretty brick it is!

    I lined up last night at 11PM, and had iPhone in hand 9:50 this morning. 3rd in line, 1st phone served!

  • Manduh

    nice layout, dang it’s hot! very web 2.0 feel. I guess you wanted to “dress up” for today’s special event lol.

  • Amanda/MANDUH

    nice layout, dang it’s hot! very web 2.0 feel. I guess you wanted to “dress up” for today’s special event lol.

  • gunfus

    Nicely done Stephen F. Enjoy the phone is a awesome.. which plan did you ended up with?

  • gunfus

    Nicely done Stephen F. Enjoy the phone is a awesome.. which plan did you ended up with?

  • Guillaume C

    Is somebody able to unbrick their iPhone? Itunes server is down and Rogers staff told us to activate from home, but nothing is working!

  • Guillaume C

    Is somebody able to unbrick their iPhone? Itunes server is down and Rogers staff told us to activate from home, but nothing is working!

  • Anyone know an official (or at least tested & proven) status on updating unlocked (old) iPhones to the 2.0 software in Canada? will they just work now? or will it be bricked?

  • Anyone know an official (or at least tested & proven) status on updating unlocked (old) iPhones to the 2.0 software in Canada? will they just work now? or will it be bricked?

  • June Le

    with those data plans i cant see myself using wifi more often, i love wifi! i couldnt find anything on separate voice or data contract plans…and it totally sucks there arent any cheaper plans…lol $30 dollars still seems alot to me!!! and whats up with the ‘unlimited’ rogers hotspot access crap…gahh so much confusion = gotta wait a teeny bit more. the csr’s are a lil vague i say

    sorry for rant,
    juuuuuuuunnneeeee lelelelelelele

  • June Le

    with those data plans i cant see myself using wifi more often, i love wifi! i couldnt find anything on separate voice or data contract plans…and it totally sucks there arent any cheaper plans…lol $30 dollars still seems alot to me!!! and whats up with the ‘unlimited’ rogers hotspot access crap…gahh so much confusion = gotta wait a teeny bit more. the csr’s are a lil vague i say

    sorry for rant,
    juuuuuuuunnneeeee lelelelelelele

  • Andrew

    I like the new layout, but the frickin’ ad you have embedded at the top of EVERY post makes it hard to figure out what each post is about! How about ditching the in-post ad and putting it elsewhere??

    Still disappointed in Rogers… guess I’ll save my pennies and look at an Instinct instead.

  • Andrew

    I like the new layout, but the frickin’ ad you have embedded at the top of EVERY post makes it hard to figure out what each post is about! How about ditching the in-post ad and putting it elsewhere??

    Still disappointed in Rogers… guess I’ll save my pennies and look at an Instinct instead.

  • Andrew Clarke

    About 45 minutes or an hour after leaving the WirelessWave kiosk where I bought my iPhone, it automagically started working. I still can’t access iTunes and sync up my phone, but I can make/receive calls (actually haven’t tried yet) but have downloaded AIM, used that, used the GPS, etc.

    Also, I looked at the paperwork that they had at the kiosk where I bought my phone. It clearly showed the $15 iPhone value-pack (or whatever it’s called) listed beside the $30/6GB plan as an iPhone add-on that included callerID, VVM, and the text messages. I actually had to point this out to the guy selling me the phone as he thought VVM came with the $30 data package.

  • Andrew Clarke

    About 45 minutes or an hour after leaving the WirelessWave kiosk where I bought my iPhone, it automagically started working. I still can’t access iTunes and sync up my phone, but I can make/receive calls (actually haven’t tried yet) but have downloaded AIM, used that, used the GPS, etc.

    Also, I looked at the paperwork that they had at the kiosk where I bought my phone. It clearly showed the $15 iPhone value-pack (or whatever it’s called) listed beside the $30/6GB plan as an iPhone add-on that included callerID, VVM, and the text messages. I actually had to point this out to the guy selling me the phone as he thought VVM came with the $30 data package.

  • eric

    i was first in line…got in…i have a white 16GB iphone reserved for me….just have to wait for the system to go up again…hopefully that’ll be sometime today

  • eric

    i was first in line…got in…i have a white 16GB iphone reserved for me….just have to wait for the system to go up again…hopefully that’ll be sometime today

  • Darryl

    I have a black 16GB iPhone reserved for me too, stupid activation servers, someone post when they’re back up!

  • Darryl

    I have a black 16GB iPhone reserved for me too, stupid activation servers, someone post when they’re back up!

  • lady

    Any updates on the early upgrade possibility? The iphone CS line at rogers has a 2 hour hold time.

  • lady

    Any updates on the early upgrade possibility? The iphone CS line at rogers has a 2 hour hold time.

  • hockeymom

    Minimum voice plan for new customers to buy iPhone @ $199 or $299 is $35!!!! Not $30.01 as stated last night. This is before data and add-ons. They WON’T sell to business, you can’t have a shared plan etc. etc. So much wrong information last night – wish I’d gone to bed instead. Rogers still sucks.

  • hockeymom

    Minimum voice plan for new customers to buy iPhone @ $199 or $299 is $35!!!! Not $30.01 as stated last night. This is before data and add-ons. They WON’T sell to business, you can’t have a shared plan etc. etc. So much wrong information last night – wish I’d gone to bed instead. Rogers still sucks.

  • msq

    Well I was able to order an iphone keeping my old plan which is only 20$ plus ofcourse system fee….I only added the 30$DATA plan definitely to use the Iphone features…Though I have to pay 249 instead of 199, doesnt matter I have my fido dollars so to get some $$ off the price. I cant wait to have my Iphone and seeeeee!

  • msq

    Well I was able to order an iphone keeping my old plan which is only 20$ plus ofcourse system fee….I only added the 30$DATA plan definitely to use the Iphone features…Though I have to pay 249 instead of 199, doesnt matter I have my fido dollars so to get some $$ off the price. I cant wait to have my Iphone and seeeeee!

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