February Voice and Data plans for iPhone 3G

Hey all!

Before the month is up, I thought to post something regarding voice and data plans for the iPhone 3G. I know one of the most burning questions regarding the iPhone 3G is what is the best plan for the phone, so I hope the following information can shed some light on that. Before we begin though, please note that these plans will be reflective of Rogers Wireless and the region of British Columbia. (See your local Rogers store for information on local 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 (Boy Genius Report showcased these a few weeks ago, and I am not sure what region they were for, but for BC they were incorrect).

$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 Incoming or Unlimited Network Calling or 5PM Evenings or My5 Canada Wide

Note: If you add $9 and make the plan $54 or $7 for 6PM evenings, you can start your evenings at 5PM or 6PM and not choose the 5PM promo option so that you may choose something better.

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until March 3, 2009, you can add your student ID to the account and get 6PM evenings for free.

$50 SmartPhone Plan

400 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), 500MB of Data, Unlimited Rogers to Rogers Local calling

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

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until March 3, 2009, you can add your student ID to the account and get 6PM evenings for free.

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

$75 SmartPhone Plan

650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9PM), 1GB of Data, Unlimited Rogers to Rogers Local calling

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

Note: If you are a student in High School or University, atleast until March 3, 2009, you can add your student ID to the account and get 6PM evenings for free.

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

Next, if you want to have Voicemail and all the extras, you may add the $15 iPhone 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) will be as follows:

$45 SmartPhone plan total: $58.74

$50 SmartPhone plan total: $64.34

$75 SmartPhone plan total: $92.34

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

$45 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $75.54

$50 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $81.14

$75 SmartPhone plan with iPhone VVM Pack total: $109.14

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. Wireless Carrier phone plans tend to bring out some arguing in people, so please keep it civil.

As always, if you have any specific questions that you want addressed personally, drop me a line at: x1zero [at] iphoneincanada.ca

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  • eason

    I’m already a Rogers customer, how can i get the Employee Purchase Plan? or this is only for new customer or for those the contract almost finish?

  • eason

    I’m already a Rogers customer, how can i get the Employee Purchase Plan? or this is only for new customer or for those the contract almost finish?

  • lots of great information and pricing examples, thanks for sharing!

  • lots of great information and pricing examples, thanks for sharing!

  • Francis

    You can change your plan once a month. You just have to call customer service. Be careful! If you go under a certain limit, maybe they’ll charge you 50$ that you saved when you first bought your iPhone (example: the iPhone is 250$ but if you take an iPhone plan including data you have 50$ dollars so the iPhone cost 200$. That’s a promotional 50$). So you can change your plan but ask the customer service if you have to pay the 50$ before doing the change!

    Have a good day

  • Francis

    You can change your plan once a month. You just have to call customer service. Be careful! If you go under a certain limit, maybe they’ll charge you 50$ that you saved when you first bought your iPhone (example: the iPhone is 250$ but if you take an iPhone plan including data you have 50$ dollars so the iPhone cost 200$. That’s a promotional 50$). So you can change your plan but ask the customer service if you have to pay the 50$ before doing the change!

    Have a good day

  • X1Zero

    All plans are available to all people; both current customers and not.
    Simply call Rogers Customer Care to change your account.

  • X1Zero

    All plans are available to all people; both current customers and not.
    Simply call Rogers Customer Care to change your account.

  • Guest

    Nice job X1Zero! Good information to know.

    Have a good one.

  • Dusty

    Nice job X1Zero! Good information to know.

    Have a good one.

  • beavisaur

    i use the following:
    $35 My5 canadawide
    $35 iphone data plan
    $10 unlimited incoming.

    never gone over in minutes or anything.

  • beavisaur

    i use the following:
    $35 My5 canadawide
    $35 iphone data plan
    $10 unlimited incoming.

    never gone over in minutes or anything.

  • Superbman

    or, if you’re a current rogers customer, you can call retentions and negotiate.
    My plan (got it in september):
    -250 mins daytime
    -free after 6/wknds
    -unlimited incoming
    -iphone value pack (2500 txt, vvm, caller id, whocalled)
    -free rogers to rogers
    -1000 min cdn long distance
    -6gb data
    all taxes, fees and everything = $75/month

    🙂

    retentions for the win

  • Superbman

    or, if you’re a current rogers customer, you can call retentions and negotiate.
    My plan (got it in september):
    -250 mins daytime
    -free after 6/wknds
    -unlimited incoming
    -iphone value pack (2500 txt, vvm, caller id, whocalled)
    -free rogers to rogers
    -1000 min cdn long distance
    -6gb data
    all taxes, fees and everything = $75/month

    🙂

    retentions for the win

  • krst

    But what about people who travel abroad? Does Rogers have any plans for international usage, or do we just have to get screwed with $0.75 text messages and $6/mb of data?

  • krst

    But what about people who travel abroad? Does Rogers have any plans for international usage, or do we just have to get screwed with $0.75 text messages and $6/mb of data?

  • Teebs

    Superbman… I hate you. Just kidding, but I’m damn jealous because ours sound the same, yet you’re saving like 10-13$ a month more than me!

    My Rogers Student plan:
    My 5+5 (Local) – $25
    1000 Evenings/Weekends @ 6PM
    500 Incoming
    150+50extra Daytime
    1000 – Canada-Wide – $5
    iPhone VP (10000text/VVM/ De-activated Who-Called – WhoCares!?) – $10
    6GB Data -$30

    – $70 before taxes/fees . . . Something like $84 after fees. You’d think our cell phone companies would get rid of their fees with the tough times we are all in these days… Typical. I hope our government does something about it.

  • Teebs

    Superbman… I hate you. Just kidding, but I’m damn jealous because ours sound the same, yet you’re saving like 10-13$ a month more than me!

    My Rogers Student plan:
    My 5+5 (Local) – $25
    1000 Evenings/Weekends @ 6PM
    500 Incoming
    150+50extra Daytime
    1000 – Canada-Wide – $5
    iPhone VP (10000text/VVM/ De-activated Who-Called – WhoCares!?) – $10
    6GB Data -$30

    – $70 before taxes/fees . . . Something like $84 after fees. You’d think our cell phone companies would get rid of their fees with the tough times we are all in these days… Typical. I hope our government does something about it.

  • yash k

    The only thing the government can and should do in my opinion is place less restrictions on competition… The spectrum auction was a nice step but flawed because it still required a large portion of Canadian ownership, making the whole process more expensive and thus less likely to result in companies actually going ahead with plans. Of course the government does this out of protectionism but really, it is evident the industry does not need protection… Man some of you guys have awesome plans though… I am paying a little over $100 a month, and frequently go up to $200 as a result of long distance charges when I call my parents in Ottawa… (I’m in toronto)

    I get on Fido:
    250 daytime
    2500 txt + visual voicemail + evenings at 5 and unlimited incoming
    6gb data
    100 long distance

    I also use a lot of data and so when the new iPhone comes out, well 1gb of data is not enough, so I definitely want to keep my data but I should be paying a lot less, $75 seems about right 🙂

  • yash k

    The only thing the government can and should do in my opinion is place less restrictions on competition… The spectrum auction was a nice step but flawed because it still required a large portion of Canadian ownership, making the whole process more expensive and thus less likely to result in companies actually going ahead with plans. Of course the government does this out of protectionism but really, it is evident the industry does not need protection… Man some of you guys have awesome plans though… I am paying a little over $100 a month, and frequently go up to $200 as a result of long distance charges when I call my parents in Ottawa… (I’m in toronto)

    I get on Fido:
    250 daytime
    2500 txt + visual voicemail + evenings at 5 and unlimited incoming
    6gb data
    100 long distance

    I also use a lot of data and so when the new iPhone comes out, well 1gb of data is not enough, so I definitely want to keep my data but I should be paying a lot less, $75 seems about right 🙂

  • Tony

    Does the same apply for Fido plans? Are prices and what’s included the same?

  • Tony

    Does the same apply for Fido plans? Are prices and what’s included the same?

  • boostinside

    Just got off the phone with rogers. Here’s what I went with and I’m located in Alberta.

    250 daytime minutes,
    Unlimited Incoming calls,
    Unlimited Evenings and Weekends starting at 6pm,= $20 per month

    1000 long distance minutes, = $5 per month

    Unlimited text, picture or video messages.
    Visual Voicemail, Caller ID, Who Called,
    500mb of data as I have wifi at work and home. = $35

    Damage was $70 per month including all taxes and fees.

  • boostinside

    Just got off the phone with rogers. Here’s what I went with and I’m located in Alberta.

    250 daytime minutes,
    Unlimited Incoming calls,
    Unlimited Evenings and Weekends starting at 6pm,= $20 per month

    1000 long distance minutes, = $5 per month

    Unlimited text, picture or video messages.
    Visual Voicemail, Caller ID, Who Called,
    500mb of data as I have wifi at work and home. = $35

    Damage was $70 per month including all taxes and fees.

  • boostinside

    Just got off the phone with rogers here’s what I went with.

    250 daytime minutes
    Unlimited Incoming calls
    Unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 6pm = $ 20

    1000 Long distance minutes = $ 5

    Unlimited text, video and picture messaging
    Visual voicemail, Caller ID, Who called
    500mb of data as I have wifi at home and work. = $ 35

    Damage comes to $70 after all taxes and fees.

  • boostinside

    Just got off the phone with rogers here’s what I went with.

    250 daytime minutes
    Unlimited Incoming calls
    Unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 6pm = $ 20

    1000 Long distance minutes = $ 5

    Unlimited text, video and picture messaging
    Visual voicemail, Caller ID, Who called
    500mb of data as I have wifi at home and work. = $ 35

    Damage comes to $70 after all taxes and fees.

  • RyanG

    My Plan: $70.74 a month after tax
    Includes:
    650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (6PM), 6GB of Data, Unlimited Rogers to Rogers Local calling, 100 Long Distance Minutes, Visual Voicemail, Caller ID, Who Called, Call Waiting, 2500 texts per month.

    Rogers Ontario, two words Retention Officer 😉 enjoy.

  • RyanG

    My Plan: $70.74 a month after tax
    Includes:
    650 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (6PM), 6GB of Data, Unlimited Rogers to Rogers Local calling, 100 Long Distance Minutes, Visual Voicemail, Caller ID, Who Called, Call Waiting, 2500 texts per month.

    Rogers Ontario, two words Retention Officer 😉 enjoy.

  • Will

    I second the Fido question. I want the iPhone device (for the MP3, wifi, e-mail, calendar, camera, etc.) but I only want to pay for ordinary cellphone usage (I do minimal talk and text every month). Here’s what I want to do:

    (iPhone) – (any Data plan and even any access to Data transfer so I don’t accidentally incur charges) + ($15/month voice plan) + Caller ID + Voicemail
    AND transfer my current cell phone number and plan to this one in the process.

    Can this be done and how do I make sure it’s done? I’m apprehensive about trying to pose this question to a salesperson because I know I’m going to get conflicting answers. That’s the way all these big cell phone companies are. I want proof from a non-biased party so I can just walk in and demand that it get done.

    Talking to others I know and reading online, it seems like I should be able to do this, however, I need to sign up for the data plan and then immediately cancel it. Is this true? That means I’d have to pay for the first month of the data plan and an early cancellation fee, but I would just group that in as a necessary cost for my iPhone device.

    Also, is it possible to put a prepaid plan on the iPhone instead of a monthly one?

  • Will

    I second the Fido question. I want the iPhone device (for the MP3, wifi, e-mail, calendar, camera, etc.) but I only want to pay for ordinary cellphone usage (I do minimal talk and text every month). Here’s what I want to do:

    (iPhone) – (any Data plan and even any access to Data transfer so I don’t accidentally incur charges) + ($15/month voice plan) + Caller ID + Voicemail
    AND transfer my current cell phone number and plan to this one in the process.

    Can this be done and how do I make sure it’s done? I’m apprehensive about trying to pose this question to a salesperson because I know I’m going to get conflicting answers. That’s the way all these big cell phone companies are. I want proof from a non-biased party so I can just walk in and demand that it get done.

    Talking to others I know and reading online, it seems like I should be able to do this, however, I need to sign up for the data plan and then immediately cancel it. Is this true? That means I’d have to pay for the first month of the data plan and an early cancellation fee, but I would just group that in as a necessary cost for my iPhone device.

    Also, is it possible to put a prepaid plan on the iPhone instead of a monthly one?

  • John Piercy

    damn RyanG thats a nice plan … I could use some more Daytime mins … I have all the rest of that plan ,,, Im on a rentention plan ,, currently

  • John Piercy

    damn RyanG thats a nice plan … I could use some more Daytime mins … I have all the rest of that plan ,,, Im on a rentention plan ,, currently

  • C Huddy

    How does one contact the elusive “retention officer” ?
    Sounds like this is a call worth making…

  • C Huddy

    How does one contact the elusive “retention officer” ?
    Sounds like this is a call worth making…

  • C Huddy

    How does one contact the elusive “retention officer”?
    Sounds like a call worth making…

  • C Huddy

    How does one contact the elusive “retention officer”?
    Sounds like a call worth making…

  • C Huddy

    How does one find info on these retention plans? Sounds too good to be true..

  • C Huddy

    How does one find info on these retention plans? Sounds too good to be true..

  • RyanG

    Nice!

    Ya me and 2 other buddies have the same plan. In fact my buddies pay less than I do for the same thing.

  • RyanG

    Nice!

    Ya me and 2 other buddies have the same plan. In fact my buddies pay less than I do for the same thing.

  • RyanG

    There are places around the net that have guides essentially. But mainly just outline what you want and call.

  • RyanG

    There are places around the net that have guides essentially. But mainly just outline what you want and call.

  • Dave D

    That employee one interests me – I’m currently on a My5 prepaid. I own my iPhone outright and I’d like to be able to get one of the BlackBerry plans but it doesn’t look like they’ll give it to me. All I’d really like is about 200 mins or so a month but unlimited emails for my needs.

  • Dave D

    That employee one interests me – I’m currently on a My5 prepaid. I own my iPhone outright and I’d like to be able to get one of the BlackBerry plans but it doesn’t look like they’ll give it to me. All I’d really like is about 200 mins or so a month but unlimited emails for my needs.

  • DeniG

    Just got off the phone with Fido and rep. said they had the plan but it’s no longer available (empl. purchase plan). 🙁 Anyone manage to get this plan with Fido?

  • DeniG

    Just got off the phone with Fido and rep. said they had the plan but it’s no longer available (empl. purchase plan). 🙁 Anyone manage to get this plan with Fido?