Update: March Voice and Data plans for iPhone 3G

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Below you find the updated Rogers Wireless plans for iPhone 3G for March 2009. The information below will not include the specifically labelled “iPhone 3G plans” from Rogers that run $60 and $75 per month because when compared to the other plans, they do not offer good enough value.

Please note that these plans will be reflective of Rogers Wireless and there are five sections below detailing individual regions (Prices vary between regions):

1.) BC/ALBERTA REGION

2.) MIDWEST REGION

3.) ONTARIO REGION

4.) QUEBEC REGION

5.) ATLANTIC REGION

BRITISH COLUMBIA/ALBERTA REGION OFFERS

People who want iPhone 3G without data

If you are one of the people that want an iPhone 3G without data and prefer to use the Wi-Fi feature, then really any voice plan is fine for you. Essentially you will want a plan that will give you enough minutes so you do not end up paying overage fees. Currently there is a very good plan called the “Employee Purchase Plan”. The plan is $17.50 per month and includes the following:

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends at 6PM.

In terms of minutes and value, this is the best plan however if you need more minutes, then obviously you should choose a higher voice plan.

In any case, the iPhone 3G from Rogers will run you $249 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) under this plan. (Rogers policy is in order to get the iPhone 3G for $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB), your VOICE plan must be $30.01 or higher before all add-ons, fees, and taxes).

People who want iPhone 3G with data

For the folks that want to utilize their iPhone 3G for all the glory that it is, you have a few more options. What it comes down to is you may choose a Voice and Data plan combo (where they come together) or separate the two and choose a Voice plan and add a Data plan option.

As mentioned previously, you can still pick up the $17.50 plan (remember the iPhone will run you $249 for the 8GB) and then for a data option, the best value is the iPhone Data Value Pack. This pack is $35 and gives you:

$35 iPhone Data Value Pack

500MB of Data, Caller Display, Visual Voicemail, Unlimited sent Text Messages, WhoCalled service.

So together with the EPP voice plan, your monthly total will run: $67.14 (BC Only). And of course, if you need more minutes or more data, you simply increase your plan, but that does mean increasing the amount you pay. (In other words, you do not have to choose what I just recommended. There are many VOICE plans to choose from but only ONE $35 iPhone Value Pack)

For Voice and Data combo plans, there are three very good choices.

$45 SmartPhone Plan

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), 500MB of Data

And then you may choose ONE (1) of the following free promos to add to the plan:

Unlimited Messaging or Unlimited Local Network Calling or My5 Canada Wide

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $54 or $7 and make the plan $52, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

$50 SmartPhone Plan

400 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 500MB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $59 or $7 and make the plan $57, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $50 Smartphone plan does not include the three listed promos as in the $45 Smartphone plan

$75 SmartPhone Plan

650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 1GB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $84 or $7 and make the plan $82, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $75 Smartphone plan does not include the three listed promos as in the $45 Smartphone plan

Next, if you want Voicemail and all the extras, you may add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack to any of the above three plans. That pack includes the following:

$15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack

Visual Voicemail, Caller Display, 2500 Sent Text Messages, WhoCalled Service

The Totals

If you get just the Smartphone plans alone, your monthly totals with all fees and taxes (in BC/ALBERTA) will be as follows:

$45 SmartPhone plan total: $58.74 ($55.07 in AB)

$50 SmartPhone plan total: $64.34 ($60.32 in AB)

$75 SmartPhone plan total: $92.34 ($86.57 in AB)

If you add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value pack, your totals become:

$45 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $75.54     ($70.82 in AB)

$50 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $81.14      ($76.07 in AB)

$75 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $109.14 ($102.32 in AB)

Note: The iPhone 3G will be $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB) with any of the SmartPhone plans, whether you add the $15 iPhone VVM Pack or not.

Note: Because the SmartPhone plans already include a Data option, you will not be able to “add” more data to these plans as you can if you get a SEPARATE voice and separate data option.

MIDWEST REGION OFFERS – Saskatchewan & Manitoba


People who want iPhone 3G without data

If you are one of the people that want an iPhone 3G without data and prefer to use the Wi-Fi feature, then really any voice plan is fine for you. Essentially you will want a plan that will give you enough minutes so you do not end up paying overage fees. Currently there is a very good plan called the “Employee Purchase Plan”. The plan is $17.50 per month and includes the following:

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends at 6PM.

In terms of minutes and value, this is the best plan however if you need more minutes, then obviously you should choose a higher voice plan.

In any case, the iPhone 3G from Rogers will run you $249 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) under this plan. (Rogers policy is in order to get the iPhone 3G for $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB), your VOICE plan must be $30.01 or higher before all add-ons, fees, and taxes).

People who want iPhone 3G with data

For the folks that want to utilize their iPhone 3G for all the glory that it is, you have a few more options. What it comes down to is you may choose a Voice and Data plan combo (where they come together) or separate the two and choose a Voice plan and add a Data plan option.

As mentioned previously, you can still pick up the $17.50 plan (remember the iPhone will run you $249 for the 8GB) and then for a data option, the best value is the iPhone Data Value Pack. This pack is $35 and gives you:

$35 iPhone Data Value Pack

500MB of Data, Caller Display, Visual Voicemail, Unlimited sent Text Messages, WhoCalled service.

Of course, if you need more minutes or more data, you simply increase your plan, but that does mean increasing the amount you pay. (In other words, you do not have to choose what I just recommended. There are many VOICE plans to choose from but only ONE $35 iPhone Value Pack)

For Voice and Data combo plans, there are three very good choices.

$35 SmartPhone Plan

350 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (6PM), 500MB of Data

And then you may choose ONE (1) of the following free promos to add to the plan:

Talkspot with 5PM evenings or Unlimited Messaging or Unlimited Local Network Calling or My5 Canada Wide

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $44, you can start your evenings at 5PM.

$50 SmartPhone Plan

400 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (6PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 500MB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $59, you can start your evenings at 5PM.

Note: The $50 Smartphone plan does not include the four listed promos as in the $35 Smartphone plan

$75 SmartPhone Plan

650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (6PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 1GB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $84, you can start your evenings at 5PM.

Note: The $75 Smartphone plan does not include the four listed promos as in the $35 Smartphone plan

Next, if you want Voicemail and all the extras, you may add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack to any of the above three plans. That pack includes the following:

$15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack

Visual Voicemail, Caller Display, 2500 Sent Text Messages, WhoCalled Service

The Totals

If you get just the Smartphone plans alone, your monthly totals with all fees and taxes (in the MIDWEST REGION) will be as follows:

$35 SmartPhone plan total: $47.54 ($47.11 in SASK)

$50 SmartPhone plan total: $64.34 ($63.61 in SASK)

$75 SmartPhone plan total: $92.34 ($91.11 in SASK)

If you add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value pack, your totals become:

$35 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $64.34      ($63.61 in SASK)

$50 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $81.14      ($80.11 in SASK)

$75 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $109.14 ($107.61 in SASK)

Note: The iPhone 3G will be $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB) with any of the SmartPhone plans, whether you add the $15 iPhone VVM Pack or not.

Note: Because the SmartPhone plans already include a Data option, you will not be able to “add” more data to these plans as you can if you get a SEPARATE voice and separate data option.

ONTARIO REGION OFFERS


People who want iPhone 3G without data

If you are one of the people that want an iPhone 3G without data and prefer to use the Wi-Fi feature, then really any voice plan is fine for you. Essentially you will want a plan that will give you enough minutes so you do not end up paying overage fees. Currently there is a very good plan called the “Employee Purchase Plan”. The plan is $17.50 per month and includes the following:

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends at 6PM.

In terms of minutes and value, this is the best plan however if you need more minutes, then obviously you should choose a higher voice plan.

In any case, the iPhone 3G from Rogers will run you $249 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) under this plan. (Rogers policy is in order to get the iPhone 3G for $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB), your VOICE plan must be $30.01 or higher before all add-ons, fees, and taxes).

People who want iPhone 3G with data

For the folks that want to utilize their iPhone 3G for all the glory that it is, you have a few more options. What it comes down to is you may choose a Voice and Data plan combo (where they come together) or separate the two and choose a Voice plan and add a Data plan option.

As mentioned previously, you can still pick up the $17.50 plan (remember the iPhone will run you $249 for the 8GB) and then for a data option, the best value is the iPhone Data Value Pack. This pack is $35 and gives you:

$35 iPhone Data Value Pack

500MB of Data, Caller Display, Visual Voicemail, Unlimited sent Text Messages, WhoCalled service.

Of course, if you need more minutes or more data, you simply increase your plan, but that does mean increasing the amount you pay. (In other words, you do not have to choose what I just recommended. There are many VOICE plans to choose from but only ONE $35 iPhone Value Pack)

For Voice and Data combo plans, there are three very good choices.

$45 SmartPhone Plan

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), 500MB of Data

And then you may choose ONE (1) of the following free promos to add to the plan:

Unlimited Messaging or Unlimited Local Network Calling or My5 Canada Wide

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $54 or $7 and make the plan $52, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

$50 SmartPhone Plan

400 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 500MB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $59 or $7 and make the plan $57, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $50 Smartphone plan does not include the three listed promos as in the $45 Smartphone plan

$75 SmartPhone Plan

650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 1GB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $84 or $7 and make the plan $82, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $75 Smartphone plan does not include the three listed promos as in the $45 Smartphone plan

Next, if you want Voicemail and all the extras, you may add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack to any of the above three plans. That pack includes the following:

$15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack

Visual Voicemail, Caller Display, 2500 Sent Text Messages, WhoCalled Service

The Totals

If you get just the Smartphone plans alone, your monthly totals with all fees and taxes (in Ontario) will be as follows:

$45 SmartPhone plan total: $59.27

$50 SmartPhone plan total: $64.92

$75 SmartPhone plan total: $93.17

If you add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value pack, your totals become:

$45 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $76.22

$50 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $81.87

$75 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $110.12

Note: The iPhone 3G will be $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB) with any of the SmartPhone plans, whether you add the $15 iPhone VVM Pack or not.

Note: Because the SmartPhone plans already include a Data option, you will not be able to “add” more data to these plans as you can if you get a SEPARATE voice and separate data option.

QUEBEC REGION OFFERS


People who want iPhone 3G without data

If you are one of the people that want an iPhone 3G without data and prefer to use the Wi-Fi feature, then really any voice plan is fine for you. Essentially you will want a plan that will give you enough minutes so you do not end up paying overage fees. Currently there is a very good plan called the “Employee Purchase Plan”. The plan is $17.50 per month and includes the following:

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends at 6PM.

In terms of minutes and value, this is the best plan however if you need more minutes, then obviously you should choose a higher voice plan.

In any case, the iPhone 3G from Rogers will run you $249 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) under this plan. (Rogers policy is in order to get the iPhone 3G for $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB), your VOICE plan must be $30.01 or higher before all add-ons, fees, and taxes).

People who want iPhone 3G with data

For the folks that want to utilize their iPhone 3G for all the glory that it is, you have a few more options. What it comes down to is you may choose a Voice and Data plan combo (where they come together) or separate the two and choose a Voice plan and add a Data plan option.

As mentioned previously, you can still pick up the $17.50 plan (remember the iPhone will run you $249 for the 8GB) and then for a data option, the best value is the iPhone Data Value Pack. This pack is $35 and gives you:

$35 iPhone Data Value Pack

500MB of Data, Caller Display, Visual Voicemail, Unlimited sent Text Messages, WhoCalled service.

Of course, if you need more minutes or more data, you simply increase your plan, but that does mean increasing the amount you pay. (In other words, you do not have to choose what I just recommended. There are many VOICE plans to choose from but only ONE $35 iPhone Value Pack)

For Voice and Data combo plans, there are three very good choices.

$45 SmartPhone Plan

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), 500MB of Data

And then you may choose ONE (1) of the following free promos to add to the plan:

Unlimited Messaging or Unlimited Local Network Calling or My5 Canada Wide

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $54 or $7 and make the plan $52, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

$50 SmartPhone Plan

400 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 500MB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $59 or $7 and make the plan $57, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $50 Smartphone plan does not include the three listed promos as in the $45 Smartphone plan

$75 SmartPhone Plan

650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 1GB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $84 or $7 and make the plan $82, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $75 Smartphone plan does not include the three listed promos as in the $45 Smartphone plan

Next, if you want Voicemail and all the extras, you may add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack to any of the above three plans. That pack includes the following:

$15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack

Visual Voicemail, Caller Display, 2500 Sent Text Messages, WhoCalled Service

The Totals

If you get just the Smartphone plans alone, your monthly totals with all fees and taxes (in QUEBEC) will be as follows:

$45 SmartPhone plan total: $59.20

$50 SmartPhone plan total: $64.85

$75 SmartPhone plan total: $93.07

If you add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value pack, your totals become:

$45 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $76.13

$50 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $81.78

$75 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $110.00

Note: The iPhone 3G will be $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB) with any of the SmartPhone plans, whether you add the $15 iPhone VVM Pack or not.

Note: Because the SmartPhone plans already include a Data option, you will not be able to “add” more data to these plans as you can if you get a SEPARATE voice and separate data option.

ATLANTIC REGION OFFERS – PEI, NS, NB, NF


People who want iPhone 3G without data

If you are one of the people that want an iPhone 3G without data and prefer to use the Wi-Fi feature, then really any voice plan is fine for you. Essentially you will want a plan that will give you enough minutes so you do not end up paying overage fees. Currently there is a very good plan called the “Employee Purchase Plan”. The plan is $17.50 per month and includes the following:

200 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends at 6PM.

In terms of minutes and value, this is the best plan however if you need more minutes, then obviously you should choose a higher voice plan.

In any case, the iPhone 3G from Rogers will run you $249 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) under this plan. (Rogers policy is in order to get the iPhone 3G for $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB), your VOICE plan must be $30.01 or higher before all add-ons, fees, and taxes).

People who want iPhone 3G with data

For the folks that want to utilize their iPhone 3G for all the glory that it is, you have a few more options. What it comes down to is you may choose a Voice and Data plan combo (where they come together) or separate the two and choose a Voice plan and add a Data plan option.

As mentioned previously, you can still pick up the $17.50 plan (remember the iPhone will run you $249 for the 8GB) and then for a data option, the best value is the iPhone Data Value Pack. This pack is $35 and gives you:

$35 iPhone Data Value Pack

500MB of Data, Caller Display, Visual Voicemail, Unlimited sent Text Messages, WhoCalled service.

Of course, if you need more minutes or more data, you simply increase your plan, but that does mean increasing the amount you pay. (In other words, you do not have to choose what I just recommended. There are many VOICE plans to choose from but only ONE $35 iPhone Value Pack)

For Voice and Data combo plans, there are three very good choices.

$35 SmartPhone Plan

350 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), 500MB of Data

And then you may choose ONE (1) of the following free promos to add to the plan:

Talkspot with 5PM evenings or Unlimited Messaging or Unlimited Local Network Calling or My5 Canada Wide

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $44 or $7 and make the plan $42, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

$50 SmartPhone Plan

400 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (6PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 500MB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $59 or $7 and make the plan $57, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $50 Smartphone plan does not include the four listed promos as in the $35 Smartphone plan

$75 SmartPhone Plan

650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (6PM), Unlimited Local Network Calling, 1GB of Data

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $84 or $7 and make the plan $82, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM respectively.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until April 7, 2009, you can add your student ID to your account and get 6PM evenings for free.

Note: The $75 Smartphone plan does not include the four listed promos as in the $35 Smartphone plan

Next, if you want Voicemail and all the extras, you may add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack to any of the above three plans. That pack includes the following:

$15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack

Visual Voicemail, Caller Display, 2500 Sent Text Messages, WhoCalled Service

The Totals

If you get just the Smartphone plans alone, your monthly totals with all fees and taxes (in the ATLANTIC REGION) will be as follows:

$35 SmartPhone plan total: $47.97 ($49.03 in PEI)

$50 SmartPhone plan total: $64.92 ($66.35 in PEI)

$75 SmartPhone plan total: $93.17 ($95.23 in PEI)

If you add the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value pack, your totals become:

$35 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $64.92      ($66.35 in PEI)

$50 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $81.87      ($83.68 in PEI)

$75 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $110.12  ($112.55 in PEI)

Note: The iPhone 3G will be $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB) with any of the SmartPhone plans, whether you add the $15 iPhone VVM Pack or not.

Note: Because the SmartPhone plans already include a Data option, you will not be able to “add” more data to these plans as you can if you get a SEPARATE voice and separate data option.

And that’s it folks! I will update this as plans change.

If you have any questions or comments, drop them in the comments below, however Keep It Clean and Civil.

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  • Hubert

    Would I be able to switch over to any of these plans if i already signed a contract with a data plan?

  • Hubert

    Would I be able to switch over to any of these plans if i already signed a contract with a data plan?

  • Hubert

    Would I be able to switch over to any of these plans if i already signed a contract with a data plan?

  • Guest

    Yes you can.

  • Guest

    Yes you can.

  • Michael B

    Yes you can.

  • Guest

    Awesome job dude! Thanks for the info 😉

  • Guest

    Awesome job dude! Thanks for the info 😉

  • Dusty

    Awesome job dude! Thanks for the info 😉

  • steve

    Thanks for all the hard work, any word on Fido? Or is it just not worth it?

  • steve

    Thanks for all the hard work, any word on Fido? Or is it just not worth it?

  • steve

    Thanks for all the hard work, any word on Fido? Or is it just not worth it?

  • visco

    really appreciate the info! I didnt have data just used wifi, but just goot the 35$ iphone value pack to my voice plan, fyi they will give you 5$ off a month.

  • visco

    really appreciate the info! I didnt have data just used wifi, but just goot the 35$ iphone value pack to my voice plan, fyi they will give you 5$ off a month.

  • visco

    really appreciate the info! I didnt have data just used wifi, but just goot the 35$ iphone value pack to my voice plan, fyi they will give you 5$ off a month.

  • Jenn

    That’s great. You wouldn’t happen to have this kind of breakdown for Fido, would you? I have an existing iPhone plan with the 6gigs of data that I never use enough of to make it seem like a good deal. I would like some options form someone in the know. Thanks!

  • Jenn

    That’s great. You wouldn’t happen to have this kind of breakdown for Fido, would you? I have an existing iPhone plan with the 6gigs of data that I never use enough of to make it seem like a good deal. I would like some options form someone in the know. Thanks!

  • X1Zero

    Because Fido is a discount carrier now, they currently do not carry very many Data Phones and thus the variety of data options that Fido has is extremely limited (as compared to Rogers). For this reason, I have not posted a Fido breakdown, simply because there is not much to “breakdown”.

    A quick browse over at the Fido website will show the 2 or 3 data options they have.

  • X1Zero

    Because Fido is a discount carrier now, they currently do not carry very many Data Phones and thus the variety of data options that Fido has is extremely limited (as compared to Rogers). For this reason, I have not posted a Fido breakdown, simply because there is not much to “breakdown”.

    A quick browse over at the Fido website will show the 2 or 3 data options they have.

  • Stef

    Excellent job once again X1Zero! Thanks for everyone!

  • Stef

    Excellent job once again X1Zero! Thanks for everyone!

  • Jenn

    Thanks.

  • Jenn

    Thanks.

  • Jenn

    Thanks.

  • X1Zero

    Not worth it.
    They dont have the number of data phones (as Rogers does) and thus have poor and limited data options.

  • X1Zero

    Not worth it.
    They dont have the number of data phones (as Rogers does) and thus have poor and limited data options.

  • X1Zero

    Not worth it.
    They dont have the number of data phones (as Rogers does) and thus have poor and limited data options.

  • jeremy

    I just tried to change to the smartphone plan and the lady told me I couldn’t it “wasn’t compatible with the iPhone” so I asked her to ask her supervisor, same deal.
    So I wanted the $75 iPhone plan but it doesn’t include caller id!! which is an extra 8 bucks.

    so no I think I have a $25 visual voicemail/500mb plan and the $45 my5 plan

    oh she also told me that students can only get early evenings on student plans

    so pretty much everything in this post was wrong according to my lady and her supervisor.
    as it is now I’m paying $70 instead of $100 and I only have 500mb data instead of 6gb

    I’m from BC

  • jeremy

    I just tried to change to the smartphone plan and the lady told me I couldn’t it “wasn’t compatible with the iPhone” so I asked her to ask her supervisor, same deal.
    So I wanted the $75 iPhone plan but it doesn’t include caller id!! which is an extra 8 bucks.

    so no I think I have a $25 visual voicemail/500mb plan and the $45 my5 plan

    oh she also told me that students can only get early evenings on student plans

    so pretty much everything in this post was wrong according to my lady and her supervisor.
    as it is now I’m paying $70 instead of $100 and I only have 500mb data instead of 6gb

    I’m from BC

  • jeremy

    I just tried to change to the smartphone plan and the lady told me I couldn’t it “wasn’t compatible with the iPhone” so I asked her to ask her supervisor, same deal.
    So I wanted the $75 iPhone plan but it doesn’t include caller id!! which is an extra 8 bucks.

    so no I think I have a $25 visual voicemail/500mb plan and the $45 my5 plan

    oh she also told me that students can only get early evenings on student plans

    so pretty much everything in this post was wrong according to my lady and her supervisor.
    as it is now I’m paying $70 instead of $100 and I only have 500mb data instead of 6gb

    I’m from BC

  • X1Zero

    I listed that only students can have 6pm evenings. However, technically you don’t have to be a “student”.

    The plans are compatible with the iPhone. You need to call back and make sure you’re quoting the right plan from the right region.

  • X1Zero

    I listed that only students can have 6pm evenings. However, technically you don’t have to be a “student”.

    The plans are compatible with the iPhone. You need to call back and make sure you’re quoting the right plan from the right region.

  • X1Zero

    I listed that only students can have 6pm evenings. However, technically you don’t have to be a “student”.

    The plans are compatible with the iPhone. You need to call back and make sure you’re quoting the right plan from the right region.

  • Whoa, epic post, X1! 😀

  • Whoa, epic post, X1! 😀

  • Whoa, epic post, X1! 😀

  • jeremy

    No, I am a student and she wouldn’t let me add the early evenings
    and that was the exact same plan with the same bonus options and everything
    I don’t know what to say, I was just on the phone for 45 minutes and I made her go ask her supervisor about a couple things.

  • jeremy

    No, I am a student and she wouldn’t let me add the early evenings
    and that was the exact same plan with the same bonus options and everything
    I don’t know what to say, I was just on the phone for 45 minutes and I made her go ask her supervisor about a couple things.

  • jeremy

    No, I am a student and she wouldn’t let me add the early evenings
    and that was the exact same plan with the same bonus options and everything
    I don’t know what to say, I was just on the phone for 45 minutes and I made her go ask her supervisor about a couple things.

  • steve

    Just keep calling back until you get the right answer. I always act nice and pretend I’m in complete agreement with them, so as to try and prevent them from making notes on my file. In my entire iPhone/Fido history I’ve found customer service to be horribly inconsistent in what they tell you. It’s gotten to the point where I can tell after about 2 minutes if the person I’m talking to has any idea what in God’s name they’re doing. If I get the sense that they don’t, I create a false alert, telling them I have to go, and then just call back till I get someone competent.

  • steve

    Just keep calling back until you get the right answer. I always act nice and pretend I’m in complete agreement with them, so as to try and prevent them from making notes on my file. In my entire iPhone/Fido history I’ve found customer service to be horribly inconsistent in what they tell you. It’s gotten to the point where I can tell after about 2 minutes if the person I’m talking to has any idea what in God’s name they’re doing. If I get the sense that they don’t, I create a false alert, telling them I have to go, and then just call back till I get someone competent.

  • steve

    Just keep calling back until you get the right answer. I always act nice and pretend I’m in complete agreement with them, so as to try and prevent them from making notes on my file. In my entire iPhone/Fido history I’ve found customer service to be horribly inconsistent in what they tell you. It’s gotten to the point where I can tell after about 2 minutes if the person I’m talking to has any idea what in God’s name they’re doing. If I get the sense that they don’t, I create a false alert, telling them I have to go, and then just call back till I get someone competent.

  • Andrew

    Hi guys,

    I was just wondering if I have renew my contract with rogers in order to get one of the above plans.

    I am using 2G model and my contract with rogers was only for 1 yr and it’s over.

    Any ideas?

    Thx in advance.

  • Andrew

    Hi guys,

    I was just wondering if I have renew my contract with rogers in order to get one of the above plans.

    I am using 2G model and my contract with rogers was only for 1 yr and it’s over.

    Any ideas?

    Thx in advance.

  • Andrew

    Hi guys,

    I was just wondering if I have renew my contract with rogers in order to get one of the above plans.

    I am using 2G model and my contract with rogers was only for 1 yr and it’s over.

    Any ideas?

    Thx in advance.

  • X1Zero

    Yes, you will have to renew for a 36-month term.

    Also, you will need the IMEI (a phone serial number of sorts) that is a rogers data device. The imei off the 2G or any other non-rogers data phone will not be compatible with these plans.

  • X1Zero

    Yes, you will have to renew for a 36-month term.

    Also, you will need the IMEI (a phone serial number of sorts) that is a rogers data device. The imei off the 2G or any other non-rogers data phone will not be compatible with these plans.

  • Dave D

    I was wondering about that – on Rogers’ site it says that your phone needs to be running Windows Mobile or something (can’t find it again right now). Does anyone have any experience with the Smartphone plans? Can you confirm that it will work with the iPhone?

  • Dave D

    I was wondering about that – on Rogers’ site it says that your phone needs to be running Windows Mobile or something (can’t find it again right now). Does anyone have any experience with the Smartphone plans? Can you confirm that it will work with the iPhone?

  • Dave D

    I was wondering about that – on Rogers’ site it says that your phone needs to be running Windows Mobile or something (can’t find it again right now). Does anyone have any experience with the Smartphone plans? Can you confirm that it will work with the iPhone?

  • resonance

    Thank you X1Zero,

    Very informative, and even more thoughtful of you to share…

    Regarding your comment: “The information…will not include the specifically labelled “iPhone 3G plans” from Rogers that run $60 and $75 per month because when compared to the other plans, they do not offer good enough value.

    I disagree:

    The $60 iPhone Data and Voice Plan ends up costing $75.54* after fees and taxes**, which is exactly the same as the $45 Smartphone Plan (with Data and MY5 Canada-Wide, Unlimited Local and Long Distance Talk, Text, Picture and Video Messaging to 5 friends) and $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack add-on would cost, with very similar features.

    *Do you agree?
    **You obviously already know this, but for everyone else’s benefit: Add $6.95/mo. system access access fee, add $0.50/mo. 911 fee, and (in BC) multiply the total by 1.12 (5% GST plus 7% PST).

    Main differences ($60 iPhone Plan v. $45/$15 Smartphone/iPhone Value Pack plan):
    250 v. 200 minutes
    1GB v. 500MB
    MY5 Local v. MY5 Canada-wide
    75 v. 2,500 sent messages

    Personally, I don’t care about the WhoCalled service or Rogers/Fido Hotspot access because a) I never turn my phone off -or- I can silence my phone, and b) of the very, very few (2 in Vancouver, 0 in Burnaby) near me, I do not seek Rogers/Fido Hotspots.

    But here’s something I think we all can agree on: Based on their audience and customer-base (i.e. Monopoly), Rogers Wireless needs to…no, must overhaul their website and provide a cleaner, more organized way of displaying their products/services! It took me two days of phone calls and websurfing to settle on a plan, and I’m still not 100% sure! Knowing how crappy their website it to use, I just phoned them directly to ask for help in choosing a plan; and we all know how fun it is to speak to a Rogers rep – like Forest Gump’s mother said, “…you never know what you’re going to get!

    After at least an hour, navigating the plethora of options hidden amongst an insane number of webpages and two lengthy phone calls with Rogers reps, I decided on the $60 iPhone Plan.

    Anyways, thanks for reading this and thanks again for writing the original article.

    Sincerely,
    resonance

  • X1Zero

    The reason I say they offer little value is because if you want unlimited network calling or unlimited messaging for example, using the $60 or $75 iPhone plans will end up costing you more per month with the additional add ons.

    You have alot more options and choice with the Smartphone plans.

  • X1Zero

    The reason I say they offer little value is because if you want unlimited network calling or unlimited messaging for example, using the $60 or $75 iPhone plans will end up costing you more per month with the additional add ons.

    You have alot more options and choice with the Smartphone plans.

  • resonance

    X1Xero,

    Yes, I considered all of that, too, but I assumed the $60 Plan included everything I needed. But it turns out, I thought wrong…

    Since signing up for the $60 plan, I soon realized that it did not include Call Display and I just couldn’t justify adding on any more value packs to what I thought was a comprehensive package. So I now understand this lack of value you were talking about.

    Also, Call Forwarding and Call Waiting were not working*.

    *Attempting to change my Call Forwarding or Call Waiting features under Settings > Phone resulted in three pop-ups in succession, telling me the respective feature was not able to be changed.

    Another two phone calls to Rogers and I have now switched to the $45 Smartphone Plan (with Data and MY5 Canada-Wide, Unlimited Local and Long Distance Talk, Text, Picture and Video Messaging to 5 friends) and $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack, had them to remove the annoying WhoCalled™ feature, got them to fix my Call Waiting by asking them to remove and then re-add the value pack, and got them to fix my Call Forwarding by asking them to a) remove the $3 Call Forwarding feature and add their $0 pay-per-use Call Forwarding feature**.

    **According to the tech. support rep. I spoke to, he knew exactly how to fix (or work-around) the Call Forwarding problem only because he had already invested 6 hours on a call, troubleshooting and solving the same problem with someone else. In other words, the $0 pay-per-use Call Forwarding feature which is added as part of the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack conflicts with the $3 Call Forwarding feature, if present.

    When switching from the $60 iPhone Plan to the $45 Smartphone Plan, my MY5 changed from Local to Canada-wide. but my minutes (after 3 months) went from 250 to 200.

    Also to note, the $15 iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack appears to include 2,500 Call Forwarding minutes, even though their website shows it as not being included. The main difference is, Call Display is included so I don’t have to add it separately for $8.

    I would have never had considered getting a Smartphone plan for my iPhone, so thanks again for your post!

    Sincerely,
    resonance

  • X1Zero

    Welcome to the X1Zero side
    🙂

  • X1Zero

    Welcome to the X1Zero side
    🙂

  • AD

    Wow, good info. Would have never thought to use a smartphone plan instead of the packaged iPhone plans – because Rogers will never tell you about a cheaper plan that better suits your needs. Rogers. Arg. Since I’m loathe to ask a Rogers ‘customer service’ person anything, do you mind if I pose a few questions here? sorry if they are poorly worded or obvious, it’s hard to make heads or tails of the Rogers website, and I’m not all that up to date on the terminology in the first place…

    i’m in Ontario and interested in the $45 plan

    – do local calls count against the 200 minutes? what about local calls not in your home region? do received calls count against the 200 minutes? received long distance calls?

    – are the 200 minutes good for any time of the day? are there long distance minutes included? do minutes used checking voicemail count against the 200?

    – is Rogers-to-Rogers calling included? is the MY5 Canada-wide good anytime of day? the unlimited evenings and weekends, is that just local calls, and i’m assuming they don’t count against the 200 minutes?

    – are hardware upgrades included?

    – is there a way to monitor data usage?

    – what is the benefit of the Visual Voicemail package? is that the only way to get call display? if i don’t choose this option, how many sent text messages are included? (assuming I don’t pick that promo – I think the MY5 Canada-wide would be my best option for value…)

    thanks so much. hope these questions aren’t too much or out of line…

  • AD

    Wow, good info. Would have never thought to use a smartphone plan instead of the packaged iPhone plans – because Rogers will never tell you about a cheaper plan that better suits your needs. Rogers. Arg. Since I’m loathe to ask a Rogers ‘customer service’ person anything, do you mind if I pose a few questions here? sorry if they are poorly worded or obvious, it’s hard to make heads or tails of the Rogers website, and I’m not all that up to date on the terminology in the first place…

    i’m in Ontario and interested in the $45 plan

    – do local calls count against the 200 minutes? what about local calls not in your home region? do received calls count against the 200 minutes? received long distance calls?

    – are the 200 minutes good for any time of the day? are there long distance minutes included? do minutes used checking voicemail count against the 200?

    – is Rogers-to-Rogers calling included? is the MY5 Canada-wide good anytime of day? the unlimited evenings and weekends, is that just local calls, and i’m assuming they don’t count against the 200 minutes?

    – are hardware upgrades included?

    – is there a way to monitor data usage?

    – what is the benefit of the Visual Voicemail package? is that the only way to get call display? if i don’t choose this option, how many sent text messages are included? (assuming I don’t pick that promo – I think the MY5 Canada-wide would be my best option for value…)

    thanks so much. hope these questions aren’t too much or out of line…

  • X1Zero

    Okay, lets take it from the top.

    1.) Yes, local calls count against the 200 minutes included with the plan

    2.) When you are in your home region, any calls you make outside that region will be considered long distance and charged accordingly.

    3.) Yes, received calls count against the 200 minutes unless its the evenings/weekend or part of a chosen promo

    4.) If you are in your local calling area, incoming long distance only takes away from your 200 minutes or free if its called in the evenings/weekend. However, if you are called long distance and you are NOT in the local calling area, you will pay long distance fees PLUS take away from the 200 minutes unless again, the call is in the evening/weekend. But, the long distance fees will still apply.

    5.) Yes, good for any time of the day up until your evening time and weekend when calls are free

    6.) No long distance minutes included unless you chose the my5 canada wide option from the 3 choices you have

    7.) Checking your voicemail will take from your 200 minutes unless its the evening/weekend

    8.) Rogers to rogers calling is not included.

    9.) My5 canada wide is good for any time of the day

    10.) unlimited evenings and weekends are only good for local calls and do not count against the 200 minutes but be mindful of when the evenings start

    11.) Hardware upgrades are always included no matter what plan. Every 12 months you are eligible for a hardware upgrade.

    12.) You can use the data monitor on your phone but it isnt always accurate. So the short answer is no.

    13.) Visual voicemail package gives you a better way to manage your voicemails than the traditional method. Thats about it.

    14.) No, you can add call display separately for $7.

    15.) There are no text messages included unless you add a package

    If you have further questions, email me personally.

    Enjoy

  • X1Zero

    Okay, lets take it from the top.

    1.) Yes, local calls count against the 200 minutes included with the plan

    2.) When you are in your home region, any calls you make outside that region will be considered long distance and charged accordingly.

    3.) Yes, received calls count against the 200 minutes unless its the evenings/weekend or part of a chosen promo

    4.) If you are in your local calling area, incoming long distance only takes away from your 200 minutes or free if its called in the evenings/weekend. However, if you are called long distance and you are NOT in the local calling area, you will pay long distance fees PLUS take away from the 200 minutes unless again, the call is in the evening/weekend. But, the long distance fees will still apply.

    5.) Yes, good for any time of the day up until your evening time and weekend when calls are free

    6.) No long distance minutes included unless you chose the my5 canada wide option from the 3 choices you have

    7.) Checking your voicemail will take from your 200 minutes unless its the evening/weekend

    8.) Rogers to rogers calling is not included.

    9.) My5 canada wide is good for any time of the day

    10.) unlimited evenings and weekends are only good for local calls and do not count against the 200 minutes but be mindful of when the evenings start

    11.) Hardware upgrades are always included no matter what plan. Every 12 months you are eligible for a hardware upgrade.

    12.) You can use the data monitor on your phone but it isnt always accurate. So the short answer is no.

    13.) Visual voicemail package gives you a better way to manage your voicemails than the traditional method. Thats about it.

    14.) No, you can add call display separately for $7.

    15.) There are no text messages included unless you add a package

    If you have further questions, email me personally.

    Enjoy

  • X1Zero

    Okay, lets take it from the top.

    1.) Yes, local calls count against the 200 minutes included with the plan

    2.) When you are in your home region, any calls you make outside that region will be considered long distance and charged accordingly.

    3.) Yes, received calls count against the 200 minutes unless its the evenings/weekend or part of a chosen promo

    4.) If you are in your local calling area, incoming long distance only takes away from your 200 minutes or free if its called in the evenings/weekend. However, if you are called long distance and you are NOT in the local calling area, you will pay long distance fees PLUS take away from the 200 minutes unless again, the call is in the evening/weekend. But, the long distance fees will still apply.

    5.) Yes, good for any time of the day up until your evening time and weekend when calls are free

    6.) No long distance minutes included unless you chose the my5 canada wide option from the 3 choices you have

    7.) Checking your voicemail will take from your 200 minutes unless its the evening/weekend

    8.) Rogers to rogers calling is not included.

    9.) My5 canada wide is good for any time of the day

    10.) unlimited evenings and weekends are only good for local calls and do not count against the 200 minutes but be mindful of when the evenings start

    11.) Hardware upgrades are always included no matter what plan. Every 12 months you are eligible for a hardware upgrade.

    12.) You can use the data monitor on your phone but it isnt always accurate. So the short answer is no.

    13.) Visual voicemail package gives you a better way to manage your voicemails than the traditional method. Thats about it.

    14.) No, you can add call display separately for $7.

    15.) There are no text messages included unless you add a package

    If you have further questions, email me personally.

    Enjoy

  • BonesSK

    Has anyone added the talkspot option? How is it working for you?

  • BonesSK

    Has anyone added the talkspot option? How is it working for you?

  • BonesSK

    Has anyone added the talkspot option? How is it working for you?

  • Ken

    Thanks for the great post. I was browsing and reading up on this allnight in hopes of picking up an iPhone sometime soon. I think I’m going to settle with the $35 smartphone option:
    *350 Weekday Minutes
    *Unlimited Evening and Weekends (6pm to 7am)
    *500MB
    *Unlimited Sent Messages(Text/Picture/Video)
    as well as the iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack ($15.00/month):
    *Call Display
    * Visual Voicemail
    * WhoCalledTM
    * 2,500 Sent Text Messages , Unlimited Received Text Messages.

    I know the Text messaging overlaps, but the Smartphone messaging plan includes picture and video messaging (as well as being unlimited). This comes to a solid $50 before tax, which isn’t that hard to maintain as a poor University Student.

    If anyone is interested, it’s also feasible to chose the MY5 smartphone plan (exactly the same as the one i listed above, except instead of unlimited messaging it has the MY5 Canada-Wide, Unlimited Local and Long Distance Talk, Text, Picture and Video Messaging to 5 friends. This is great for people who only text, not picture/video message (unless you only picture/video message the same 5 people). The reason I am not choosing this is because I like to send pictures now and then. If I did choose it, I at first had issues with going over the 2500 message limit of the iphone plan, but that’s a nonfactor when I realized that the 5 people I would pick for MY5 are the people I would text in excess of 2500 messages.

    Also, incase you’re wondering, I’m located in Saskatchewan.

    Thanks again for the great ardicle, it definitely helped me save some money. Also, the bit about the free from 9pm to 6pm weekday option is new to me. If i were setting my plan up another way and didn’t have the 6pm already included, I would definitely jump on this. I may even see if they can apply it anyway to save 5 bucks.

    PS: All of the numbers and plans I have in this post were taken directly from the Rogers website today, as of April 8th.

  • Ken

    Thanks for the great post. I was browsing and reading up on this allnight in hopes of picking up an iPhone sometime soon. I think I’m going to settle with the $35 smartphone option:
    *350 Weekday Minutes
    *Unlimited Evening and Weekends (6pm to 7am)
    *500MB
    *Unlimited Sent Messages(Text/Picture/Video)
    as well as the iPhone 3G Visual Voicemail Value Pack ($15.00/month):
    *Call Display
    * Visual Voicemail
    * WhoCalledTM
    * 2,500 Sent Text Messages , Unlimited Received Text Messages.

    I know the Text messaging overlaps, but the Smartphone messaging plan includes picture and video messaging (as well as being unlimited). This comes to a solid $50 before tax, which isn’t that hard to maintain as a poor University Student.

    If anyone is interested, it’s also feasible to chose the MY5 smartphone plan (exactly the same as the one i listed above, except instead of unlimited messaging it has the MY5 Canada-Wide, Unlimited Local and Long Distance Talk, Text, Picture and Video Messaging to 5 friends. This is great for people who only text, not picture/video message (unless you only picture/video message the same 5 people). The reason I am not choosing this is because I like to send pictures now and then. If I did choose it, I at first had issues with going over the 2500 message limit of the iphone plan, but that’s a nonfactor when I realized that the 5 people I would pick for MY5 are the people I would text in excess of 2500 messages.

    Also, incase you’re wondering, I’m located in Saskatchewan.

    Thanks again for the great ardicle, it definitely helped me save some money. Also, the bit about the free from 9pm to 6pm weekday option is new to me. If i were setting my plan up another way and didn’t have the 6pm already included, I would definitely jump on this. I may even see if they can apply it anyway to save 5 bucks.

    PS: All of the numbers and plans I have in this post were taken directly from the Rogers website today, as of April 8th.