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Bell & Telus Announce their “iPhone Killers”: Rogers Beware?

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Looks like some iPhone 3G competition is coming through another touchscreen mobile device. Bell announced some major news to trump over and Rogers. They have introduced the Samsung Instinct (coming August 8th), a touchscreen “iPhone killer” along with unlimited data, starting at $40/month!

Samsung Instinct: Bell Welcomes you to Canada

The Samsung Instinct will be on sale for $149.95 on a 3 year contract, or contract free for $449.95. The basic plan for $20 will include 100 daytime minutes and 1000 minutes of evenings and weekends (9pm-7am; WTF is up with these late “evenings?!”). The dreaded system access fee is $8.95 and the 911 fee is 75 cents. Add on the $10 unlimited internet plan and the total will come to just under $40 (before taxes) for what the Globe and Mail is deeming “the poor man’s iPhone“.

Samsung Instinct

Check out this informative video review of the Instinct versus the first gen iPhone:

Samsung Instinct

It seems as though the mobile market is starting to heat up with the latest array of touchscreen enabled cellphones. We can thanks Steve Jobs and his iPhone for raising the bar. Bell is ready to undercut Rogers with their Samsung Instinct launch later this summer. What will Telus do? Let’s find out…

HTC Touch Diamond: Telus Welcomes you to Canada

Telus–the future is friendly. Okay, so maybe their advertising has gotten to my head. But make no mistake folks, Telus is introducing a much anticipated phone to their CDMA network, the HTC Touch Diamond. This will make Telus the first carrier in North America to sell this phone. *edit* Looks like the Instinct will be available from Telus too!

As for prices, the HTC Touch Diamond will start at $149 for a 3 year contract. As for data plans, Telus offers a $15 unlimited data plan for smartphones. Telus will be announcing further details in the near future.

Thanks: MobileMag

With Bell and Telus aggressively marketing these two new “iPhone killers”, it looks like it will be an interesting race for the “Big 3” to grab your hard earned dollars. I must say these new phones may like direct competitors to the iPhone, but they have a lot of work left if they are to truly compete with the Jesus Phone.

For all you peeved readers out there that are fed up with Rogers, do any of these new phones interest you? Will you be buying either the Instinct or the Diamond?

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  • tom

    times like this i wish rogers was cdma and bell gsm πŸ™

  • tom

    times like this i wish rogers was cdma and bell gsm πŸ™

  • rox

    Even if I totally hate Bell, I like them today… what a pressure that will be on Rogers. Imagine the iphone at the same price with the same plan… that will kill Bell. But I guess Rogers (Ted) might have Bell shares because it doesn’t look like his pla to kill them.

  • rox

    Even if I totally hate Bell, I like them today… what a pressure that will be on Rogers. Imagine the iphone at the same price with the same plan… that will kill Bell. But I guess Rogers (Ted) might have Bell shares because it doesn’t look like his pla to kill them.

  • rox

    Even if I totally hate Bell, I like them today… what a pressure that will be on Rogers. Imagine the iphone at the same price with the same plan… that will kill Bell. But I guess Rogers (Ted) might have Bell shares because it doesn’t look like his pla to kill them.

  • JeffC

    Still want the iPhone 3G (Not these wannabes) – BUT until Rogers smartens up, or somebody else enters the market, I will stick with my Gen 1 hacked iPhone on pay-as-you-go with voice only (WiFi will have to suffice).

  • JeffC

    Still want the iPhone 3G (Not these wannabes) – BUT until Rogers smartens up, or somebody else enters the market, I will stick with my Gen 1 hacked iPhone on pay-as-you-go with voice only (WiFi will have to suffice).

  • Mikey twit

    Just renewed with Bell again with a Krzr K1m. The only phone I really want is the iPhone, not a clone, so for the next 3 years, here’s hoping the next gens get better and better and Rogers smarten up, or better yet a new GSM carrier enters the Canadian market. Then will I get the iPhone. this Krzr will just be tiding me over until then

  • Mikey twit

    Just renewed with Bell again with a Krzr K1m. The only phone I really want is the iPhone, not a clone, so for the next 3 years, here’s hoping the next gens get better and better and Rogers smarten up, or better yet a new GSM carrier enters the Canadian market. Then will I get the iPhone. this Krzr will just be tiding me over until then

  • Manny

    I think I’m am just going to wait until Xmas, if I have to, and hope other competition comes out with the iPhone. Rogers doesn’t have an exclusive deal, and the auction for more competition should be done soon.

  • Manny

    I think I’m am just going to wait until Xmas, if I have to, and hope other competition comes out with the iPhone. Rogers doesn’t have an exclusive deal, and the auction for more competition should be done soon.

  • Mikey twit

    Manny

    The auction will be done soon but we’re still a long way from them setting up shop. that’s why I renewed for another 3 years. By then they should be up and running.

  • Mikey twit

    Manny

    The auction will be done soon but we’re still a long way from them setting up shop. that’s why I renewed for another 3 years. By then they should be up and running.

  • Aslam Nathoo

    I really hope this stiff gets Rogers in gear!! In the US AT&T had a long lead time to capitalize on the iPhone while such devices didn’t exist and so they were able to convert many of their competitors subscribers over to AT&T. And that’s while they already had reasonable pricing plans. Rogers doesn’t have the luxury of the lead time and nor do they have the luxury of no competitive devices. They will really have to sharpen their pencil on the pricing plans or they will lose out.

    On another point, I feel that this site needs to refine it’s tactics if it really wishes get action from Rogers. The adopted mantra of this site that encourages readers to send a message to Rogers by voting with their pocket books and not buying the new iPhone until Rogers comes out with reasonable pricing plans needs to be modified. Rogers won’t really feel any motivation from that.

    Think of it from their perspective. They will see sales of X units. But they won’t see that they could have had sales of Y units if only they would sharpen their pencils on the pricing plans. I think we need to come up with a new tactic that will really show them the potential number of customers and then take that away from them.

    I am a technology Sales Manager and I know that seeing the potential but not being able to reach it is the best and really the only way to motivate people like me to change.

    Aslam

  • Aslam

    I really hope this stiff gets Rogers in gear!! In the US AT&T had a long lead time to capitalize on the iPhone while such devices didn’t exist and so they were able to convert many of their competitors subscribers over to AT&T. And that’s while they already had reasonable pricing plans. Rogers doesn’t have the luxury of the lead time and nor do they have the luxury of no competitive devices. They will really have to sharpen their pencil on the pricing plans or they will lose out.

    On another point, I feel that this site needs to refine it’s tactics if it really wishes get action from Rogers. The adopted mantra of this site that encourages readers to send a message to Rogers by voting with their pocket books and not buying the new iPhone until Rogers comes out with reasonable pricing plans needs to be modified. Rogers won’t really feel any motivation from that.

    Think of it from their perspective. They will see sales of X units. But they won’t see that they could have had sales of Y units if only they would sharpen their pencils on the pricing plans. I think we need to come up with a new tactic that will really show them the potential number of customers and then take that away from them.

    I am a technology Sales Manager and I know that seeing the potential but not being able to reach it is the best and really the only way to motivate people like me to change.

    Aslam

  • Stplmstr

    I am glad to see this pricing hit and the reviews for the samsung go so well, this and Canadians (hopefully) having brains bigger than their stomachs will help bring the iphone plans into a decent price range πŸ˜€

  • Stplmstr

    I am glad to see this pricing hit and the reviews for the samsung go so well, this and Canadians (hopefully) having brains bigger than their stomachs will help bring the iphone plans into a decent price range πŸ˜€

  • Dale

    Do these ‘unlimited’ data plans allow you to use your phone as a modem with your own laptop? A bit off-topic I guess, but I’m new to Canada and haven’t done much digging into the fine print.

    Using a relatively miniature browser/app on your phone is torture.

  • Dale

    Do these ‘unlimited’ data plans allow you to use your phone as a modem with your own laptop? A bit off-topic I guess, but I’m new to Canada and haven’t done much digging into the fine print.

    Using a relatively miniature browser/app on your phone is torture.

  • This is great news for us, because it turns the heat on Rogers to try to compete with the CDMA boys. I have a feeling we might hear some news from Rogers on July 11th when the iPhones hit stores. πŸ˜‰

  • This is great news for us, because it turns the heat on Rogers to try to compete with the CDMA boys. I have a feeling we might hear some news from Rogers on July 11th when the iPhones hit stores. πŸ˜‰

  • abe

    I don’t think Rogers will make any changes to their pricing/plan structure for six months. First they will get enough people who haven’t actually figured out that they will run over the data limit of their plan (no matter which one they get), and what those overages will cost them. I personally think most users will see $100 monthly bills if not more.
    Also they will wait six months to see how well these cdma phones sell and how many potential customers they have lost (as they will all be locked in to two/three years away from rogers).
    So I don’t think we will see anything until the christmas rush. Then they may change their tune. As we know their not the fastest company to make changes in response to changing markets.

  • abe

    I don’t think Rogers will make any changes to their pricing/plan structure for six months. First they will get enough people who haven’t actually figured out that they will run over the data limit of their plan (no matter which one they get), and what those overages will cost them. I personally think most users will see $100 monthly bills if not more.
    Also they will wait six months to see how well these cdma phones sell and how many potential customers they have lost (as they will all be locked in to two/three years away from rogers).
    So I don’t think we will see anything until the christmas rush. Then they may change their tune. As we know their not the fastest company to make changes in response to changing markets.

  • Shifty203

    Yah, I called Rogers today for my buyout value. I told them if they didn’t come out with an unlimited plan for the iphone by the time the instinct comes out, I would be switching.

  • Shifty203

    Yah, I called Rogers today for my buyout value. I told them if they didn’t come out with an unlimited plan for the iphone by the time the instinct comes out, I would be switching.

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  • Brayden

    I know this is kind of old news by now , but I thought Id buy the Diamond to see how much I like it , Its pretty nice ! If there were more apps like my iPhones app store (yes I have an iPhone but i got a HTC anyways …) I would seriously considering switching mainly because I HATE rogers and Bell I have always had luck with ! I’ve used it for awhile its taking some getting used to as Im so used to my iPhone 3G but its actually a VERY nice phone expecially compared to what I expected from it !

  • Brayden

    I know this is kind of old news by now , but I thought Id buy the Diamond to see how much I like it , Its pretty nice ! If there were more apps like my iPhones app store (yes I have an iPhone but i got a HTC anyways …) I would seriously considering switching mainly because I HATE rogers and Bell I have always had luck with ! I’ve used it for awhile its taking some getting used to as Im so used to my iPhone 3G but its actually a VERY nice phone expecially compared to what I expected from it !

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