AT&T Releases iPhone 3G Pricing: Rogers, Listen and Learn!

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Big news for USA customers of AT&T yesterday! They just released their iPhone 3G pricing…let’s take a quick look, shall we? Keep in mind the following plans INCLUDE unlimited data!

  • AT&T Nation Unlimited: Includes unlimited Anytime Minutes for $129.99 a month.
  • AT&T Nation 1350: Includes 1350 Anytime Minutes and unlimited Night & Weekend Minutes for $109.99 a month.
  • AT&T Nation 900: Includes 900 Anytime Minutes and unlimited Night & Weekend Minutes for $89.99 a month.
  • AT&T Nation 450: Includes 450 Anytime Minutes and 5,000 Night & Weekend Minutes for $69.99 a month.

This is the best part of the AT&T plans: All AT&T Nation and AT&T FamilyTalk® plans for iPhone 3G include nationwide long distance and roaming, Visual Voicemail, Rollover®, unlimited Mobile to Mobile calling, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling and Caller ID.

You got that right. Our neighbours down south get a better deal on their iPhone 3G plans, compared to our Rogers’ iPhone 3G pricing (they are actually paying an increase of $10 more than their previous first generation iPhone plan). Maybe Rogers could learn a thing or two from AT&T. Offer a decent plan that includes unlimited data and you will see tonnes of people flocking to your stores. Don’t forget that AT&T users only have to sign a 2 year contract, versus 3 years with Rogers.

This could mean the unlocking/jailbreaking game could be starting again if anyone can walk into an AT&T store to buy an iPhone 3G. Why would you want to spend extra time/gas to head down to the USA? The answer is simple: to prevent giving anymore money to Rogers! I would be more than happy to buy a unit from the USA, as I have done so quite easily in the past. Trust me, the iPhone 3G will be unlocked/jailbreaked/activated–it’s just a matter of time.

AT&T Will Offer No Contract iPhone 3G for $599 and $699

It gets even better folks, if you’re not into contracts. AT&T will be selling the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3G for $599 and $699 respectively. These prices are still expensive, but keep in mind early adopters of the 8GB first generation iPhone paid $599 (but ended up getting a $100 credit when Apple lowered the price by $200 a couple months later, LOL). I mentioned that Rogers is going to sell the 8GB iPhone for $730CDN without a contract–now that is just crazy.

CONFIRMED: Rogers has been working with PR Agency MS&L

Remember yesterday’s post about that email I received from PR agency MS&L? Well, when I checked my email this morning I found a response in my inbox. This is what the email read:

Thank you for your voice and e-mail responses to my message. Yes, my company, MS&L, has been Rogers’ agency of record for Public Relations for more than two years. The information sent to you is public information and we are communicating this to a number of bloggers, like yourself, who have shown in interest in the upcoming launch of the iPhone 3G in Canada.

Hmm…so it seems like Rogers has been outsourcing their PR work to another agency. Well, given the fact that Rogers like to release lame tidbits in press releases, I’m not surprised they would get another company to do their dirty work and email bloggers directly. A lot of people are tired of Elizabeth Hamilton (Rogers rep) trying to spin the data plans in the news.

Such examples include: “The [prices announced Friday] are only the plans that we think make the most sense for users,” said spokesperson Elizabeth Hamilton.”

How does Rogers know what we want? THEY DON’T! Anyways…we could go on and on…but you get the point. Rogers is a corporation, and they are responsible to shareholders. So they must increase profits any way they can–even if it means aggravating and alienating the entire Canadian population.

July 11th is just under nine days away…anybody here going to protest outside Rogers Wireless locations? I know most people will be protesting with their wallets!

PS – Apple has released a guided tour of the iPhone 3G. You can watch it here, drool, then get angry at Rogers. Enjoy.

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  • JC

    Let see, plan A: come out with reasonable pricing. Plan B: hire a PR firm to whitewash the underlying policy of ‘gouge your customers’.

    Nice move Rogers. People discount what comes out of a PR firm as distortion and half truth. This is because they understand that it’s not what you SAY, it’s what you DO.

    Rogers needs to stop with PR nonsense and fix their plans.

  • JC

    Let see, plan A: come out with reasonable pricing. Plan B: hire a PR firm to whitewash the underlying policy of ‘gouge your customers’.

    Nice move Rogers. People discount what comes out of a PR firm as distortion and half truth. This is because they understand that it’s not what you SAY, it’s what you DO.

    Rogers needs to stop with PR nonsense and fix their plans.

  • Jeff C

    The only way to get changes to Rogers plans/pricing is to NOT buy an iPhone from Rogers, until they adjust pricing. If sales are far BELOW Rogers expectations and we continue the organized complaint campaigns (like http://www.ruinediphone.com), then Rogers will take note. It’s all about revenue!

  • Jeff C

    The only way to get changes to Rogers plans/pricing is to NOT buy an iPhone from Rogers, until they adjust pricing. If sales are far BELOW Rogers expectations and we continue the organized complaint campaigns (like http://www.ruinediphone.com), then Rogers will take note. It’s all about revenue!

  • Andrew da Silva

    Gizmodo has a piece on the whole “buy an unlocked iPhone”.

    They say if you sign up for the contract and cancel, it will be cheaper than buying an unlocked iPhone from AT&T. (bringing the 16gb cheaper than a 8gb unlocked)

    Now y’all go check if Rogers will be the same thing!

  • Andrew da Silva

    Gizmodo has a piece on the whole “buy an unlocked iPhone”.

    They say if you sign up for the contract and cancel, it will be cheaper than buying an unlocked iPhone from AT&T. (bringing the 16gb cheaper than a 8gb unlocked)

    Now y’all go check if Rogers will be the same thing!

  • http://macscreencastnetwork.com/ Matt

    We say that it is confirmed that Rogers has hired this PR company, but all he have are emails to bloggers? If this is true shouldn’t we wait until Rogers actually says this. Any advanced user can spoof header and info to make it look like this is legitimate. Just sayin’.

  • http://macscreencastnetwork.com Matt

    We say that it is confirmed that Rogers has hired this PR company, but all he have are emails to bloggers? If this is true shouldn’t we wait until Rogers actually says this. Any advanced user can spoof header and info to make it look like this is legitimate. Just sayin’.

  • Andrew da Silva

    So if I calculated this right, I’ld save 30$ from the unlocked 8gb if I cancel a basic 60$ plan.

    72$ for the plan (after taxes, quebec tax included, grrr)
    400$ for the early termination fees
    225$ for the 8gb (after taxes, quebec tax included)

    Round it up to 700$ to be safe….

    This is insane, AT&T charges 175$ early termination fees…

    http://gizmodo.com/5021186/dont-buy-an-unlocked-iphone-from-att-just-cancel-a-new-contract

  • Andrew da Silva

    So if I calculated this right, I’ld save 30$ from the unlocked 8gb if I cancel a basic 60$ plan.

    72$ for the plan (after taxes, quebec tax included, grrr)
    400$ for the early termination fees
    225$ for the 8gb (after taxes, quebec tax included)

    Round it up to 700$ to be safe….

    This is insane, AT&T charges 175$ early termination fees…

    http://gizmodo.com/5021186/dont-buy-an-unlocked-iphone-from-att-just-cancel-a-new-contract

  • Andrew da Silva

    Another good comment on Gizmodo talks about France forcing mobile devices to be sold unlocked. If that is true, then the world will fall into the hands of communists alas!

  • Andrew da Silva

    Another good comment on Gizmodo talks about France forcing mobile devices to be sold unlocked. If that is true, then the world will fall into the hands of communists alas!

  • luke

    Got an email back form rogers customer service.

    under the normal PR blather (“it’s good for you trust us”) was an interesting statement: they said “their studies showed” that iPhone users only use 100MB of data a month. Maybe they had a study that showed that. WHEN iphone was;

    -EDGE vs. 3G (remeber how much you surfed with dialup?)
    -Before youtube viewing (100MB is like 15 min per month of video)
    -before app store
    -before GPS enabled maps

    Rogers is just crazy. not greedy just off their Roger Rocker.

  • luke

    Got an email back form rogers customer service.

    under the normal PR blather (“it’s good for you trust us”) was an interesting statement: they said “their studies showed” that iPhone users only use 100MB of data a month. Maybe they had a study that showed that. WHEN iphone was;

    -EDGE vs. 3G (remeber how much you surfed with dialup?)
    -Before youtube viewing (100MB is like 15 min per month of video)
    -before app store
    -before GPS enabled maps

    Rogers is just crazy. not greedy just off their Roger Rocker.

  • http://tiinacious.blogspot.com/ Tina

    that’s it, moving to the states! ugh i hate you rogers!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://tiinacious.blogspot.com/ Tina

    that’s it, moving to the states! ugh i hate you rogers!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://tiinacious.blogspot.com/ Tina

    so wait, it “includes roaming”…. does that mean i can sign up down in the states and just roam forever since i live up here? do i need a US zip code (cuz that can be arranged).

  • http://tiinacious.blogspot.com/ Tina

    so wait, it “includes roaming”…. does that mean i can sign up down in the states and just roam forever since i live up here? do i need a US zip code (cuz that can be arranged).

  • http://www.netchick.ca/ Tanya (aka NetChick)

    Nationwide… We’re not a part of their nation, so no, it doesn’t include us, unfortunately.

    If Rogers doesn’t make a fast turn-around, they’re losing me as a customer. That means, July 12th.

  • http://www.netchick.ca Tanya (aka NetChick)

    Nationwide… We’re not a part of their nation, so no, it doesn’t include us, unfortunately.

    If Rogers doesn’t make a fast turn-around, they’re losing me as a customer. That means, July 12th.

  • Trent

    What I want to know is can I get an iPhone without a data plan? Yeah, I know that it’s better with a data plan, but 90% of my time is spent within wi-fi access (at least for the next 6 months or so), so I want to know if I can get an iPhone and sign up for the data plan later.
    There’s a bit on the Rogers web site about “If you subscribe to a plan with no data included…” but I don’t know if this applies to new customers or to customers who are upgrading. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Trent

    What I want to know is can I get an iPhone without a data plan? Yeah, I know that it’s better with a data plan, but 90% of my time is spent within wi-fi access (at least for the next 6 months or so), so I want to know if I can get an iPhone and sign up for the data plan later.
    There’s a bit on the Rogers web site about “If you subscribe to a plan with no data included…” but I don’t know if this applies to new customers or to customers who are upgrading. Anyone have any ideas?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Matt: The email is indeed true. If you want I can forward you the original email and you can see for yourself. Plus, I called the contact number and left a voicemail–the company is legit. ;)

  • iPhone Fan

    Matt: The email is indeed true. If you want I can forward you the original email and you can see for yourself. Plus, I called the contact number and left a voicemail–the company is legit. ;)

  • Mikey twit

    Hope someone from Rogers reads this-You just lost your chance to take me away from Bell. With 2 months left on my incredibly low monthly-yet-feature packed plan, today I renewed for another 3 years after looking at your iPhone rates. I was ready to pay the $80/mth if the plan was like AT&T’s plan, which is more than double my current rate plan(Aprox $30/mth, no data but Call ID, Voicemail, 200 daytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends). Instead I’ve decided to stick with my current plan for another 3 years, by which time I will likely see a much better 4th or 5th gen iPhone, more carrier competition in the GSM market(ergo a another Canadian GSM carrier with the iPhone), and a real plan that makes sense. Your loss Rogers.

  • Mikey twit

    Hope someone from Rogers reads this-You just lost your chance to take me away from Bell. With 2 months left on my incredibly low monthly-yet-feature packed plan, today I renewed for another 3 years after looking at your iPhone rates. I was ready to pay the $80/mth if the plan was like AT&T’s plan, which is more than double my current rate plan(Aprox $30/mth, no data but Call ID, Voicemail, 200 daytime minutes, unlimited evenings and weekends). Instead I’ve decided to stick with my current plan for another 3 years, by which time I will likely see a much better 4th or 5th gen iPhone, more carrier competition in the GSM market(ergo a another Canadian GSM carrier with the iPhone), and a real plan that makes sense. Your loss Rogers.

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  • Jim

    BEWARE ROGERS RIPOFF ROAMING RATES

    I have a non-jailbreaked 1st gen iPhone. When I go to Canada, I get charged $0.79/min voice roaming, $0.50/SMS AND $0.015 / KB for web access. It’s very easy to run up huge charges. Not clear how much of this is AT&T and how much is Rogers, but it’s my guess that ol’ Ted thinks he needs to buy more cars, houses, pools, planes, etc.

  • Jim

    BEWARE ROGERS RIPOFF ROAMING RATES

    I have a non-jailbreaked 1st gen iPhone. When I go to Canada, I get charged $0.79/min voice roaming, $0.50/SMS AND $0.015 / KB for web access. It’s very easy to run up huge charges. Not clear how much of this is AT&T and how much is Rogers, but it’s my guess that ol’ Ted thinks he needs to buy more cars, houses, pools, planes, etc.