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Rogers/Fido iPhone Plans Now Include Data Cancellation Fee

Just a quick note to potential Rogers/Fido iPhone customers.

If you are looking to get one of the “officially” labeled “iPhone Plans” from Rogers/Fido, you will now have both the Early Cancellation Fee and Data Early Cancellation Fee attached to the plan. In other words, the official iPhone Plans now include both the ECF and DECF which are maximum $400 and $100 respectively for Rogers and maximum $300 and $200 respectively for Fido.

Previously, Rogers/Fido customers who subscribed to one of the officially labeled iPhone Plans (seen below) were only liable for the ECF. Customers who subscribe to any other Voice/Data plan will continue to be liable for both the ECF and DECF (nothing changed there).

This change is effective January 6, 2010 and applies to any new customer that activates on an officially labeled iPhone Plan or any existing customers that switch to an officially labeled iPhone Plan. Customers wanting to switch from an officially labeled iPhone Plan to a regular voice plan (no data plan included) either on or after January 6 2010 must choose a data option (starting at $25/month) or pay the DECF.

Note that this change is not necessarily a bad thing, considering that all of the other Voice and Data Combo plans from Rogers/Fido (and Telus/Bell) include voice cancellation fees and data cancellation fees, but it is good to be aware nonetheless.

To refresh your memory on ECF/DECF prices, see below:

Rogers Early Cancellation Fee (ECF)

  • Maximum $400
  • Greater of $100
  • Calculated at $20 by the remaining months left in the term

Rogers Data Early Cancellation Fee (DECF)

  • Maximum $100
  • Greater of $25
  • Calculated at $5 by the remaining months left in the term

Fido Early Cancellation Fee (ECF)

  • Maximum $300
  • Greater of $100
  • Calculated at $10 by the remaining months left in the term

Fido Data Early Cancellation Fee (DECF)

  • Maximum $200
  • Greater of $100
  • Calculated at $10 by the remaining months left in the term

To refresh your memory on the specific iPhone Plans that are affected, see below:

Rogers

$65.00/month

  • 250 Daytime Minutes
  • Unlimited Evenings/Weekends (9PM)
  • 1GB Data
  • 75 included text messages
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Unlimited access to Rogers/Fido WiFi Hotspots
  • My5 Local

$80.00/month

  • 400 Daytime Minutes
  • Unlimited Evenings/Weekends (9PM)
  • 2GB Data
  • 100 included text messages
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Unlimited access to Rogers/Fido WiFi Hotspots
  • My5 Canada-Wide

Fido

$65.00/month

  • 250 Daytime Minutes
  • Unlimited Evenings/Weekends (7PM)
  • 500MB Data
  • Unlimited Text Messages
  • Unlimited Picture/Video Messages
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Unlimited access to Rogers/Fido WiFi Hotspots

$80.00/month

  • 500 Daytime Minutes
  • Unlimited Evenings/Weekends (7PM)
  • 1GB Data
  • Unlimited Text Messages
  • Unlimited Picture/Video Messages
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Unlimited access to Rogers/Fido WiFi Hotspots

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  • rorypiper

    I'm surprised this wasn't introduced before the iPhone launched on Bell and Telus.

  • Dusty

    Ya, you'd think this would have been issued a long time ago.

  • George

    If your gonna get the iPhone you should get a data plan regardless and the dcef is so easy to break out of a rep actually suggested it to me cus I use up my data plan on average I use 5.6 gb a month using skype and other stuff but using skype over 3g saves you a ton of money the only bad thing is they don't have the 6gb/30. Maybe they don't want me draining their networks and they offered me to cancel the dcef for free

  • Brent

    Just prior to getting my iphone, I had a Palm Pre. When neither Palm nor Bell could tell me when they would have a fix for my issues with the phone ie. app limits, no PAID apps available to purchase in the Canadian app store, itunes sync issues, etc, I decided I'd had enough of waiting for something to change, and wanted to get out of my contract. Bell wanted $400 + $200 (data) + taxes to get out of my contract. I posted an ad on cellclients.com and found someone to take over my contract and phone within 3 days. Otherwise I'd still be stuck with my Pre. I highly recommend the site to avoid ECF fees if you need out of a contract or want to upgrade your phone early, etc.

  • iPhoneman

    What? This is new to you? I thought they have had that for a long time.

    If there's only $400/$300 ECF, people would have sign up a contract on iPhone then cancel it. They can then sell the iPhone for $500-700. That's a couple hundred dollars profit. LOL!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/category/x1zeros-corner/ X1Zero

    That's correct. People could have canceled.

    The DECF did not apply to the iPhone specific plans until January 6
    2010.

  • iPhoneman

    What? This is new to you? I thought they have had that for a long time.

    If there's only $400/$300 ECF, people would have sign up a contract on iPhone then cancel it. They can then sell the iPhone for $500-700. That's a couple hundred dollars profit. LOL!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    That's correct. People could have canceled.

    The DECF did not apply to the iPhone specific plans until January 6
    2010.