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If you’ve been following this blog you probably read about my post regarding changes coming to data plans from Rogers. Anyways, our best friends at Rogers have indeed come out with some changes. The one that has caught the eye of many mobile users in Canada, is their new $7 Unlimited On-Device Mobile Browsing.

Wow! $7 For Unlimited Browsing–Cool…err…is it?

Just when you iPhone owners thought this would be amazing, THINK AGAIN! Rogers has made this seem like it’s for all cellphones out there, but there are some very restrictive limitations–in fine print. Here is what is in fine print (conveniently placed at the BOTTOM of the website of course):

    • Important: This plan includes unlimited on-device mobile browsing only. Plan is available on select phones only (PDAs such as Blackberry or Windows Mobile devices, PC cards and non-Rogers certified devices are not eligible). Data usage incurred on ineligible devices, incurred while tethering (using device as wireless modem for laptop) or incurred using non-Rogers (3rd party) applications downloaded to your device will be subject to pay-per-use charges of 5 cents/KB.

      Just what the heck does this mean? In a nutshell, this so called “$7 unlimited browsing plan” is limited to:

      • WAP sites that are on your phone’s browser (those boring news, sports, and entertainment pages)
      • Blackberry devices, Windows Mobile devices, and non-Rogers phones are NOT eligible.
        • That means if you have an “unlocked” GSM phone with Rogers, it will not work for you. Rogers will be tracking data usage through IMEI tracking (your phone’s digital signature). So if you try to plug someone’s SIM into your unlocked phone, you will be charged at the rate of $0.05/kb, in other words, $50/megabyte!!! In essence, Rogers is limiting what phones can use data plans on their network.

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      I have to say, this is quite disappointing for Rogers customers, as Telus users are benefiting from $15 unlimited data plans, whereas we have to suffer. Some people also say this could be Rogers prepping the announcement of the iPhone in Canada by revamping their data plans. Could more changes be coming in the future?

      Want to be a guinea pig? Shawnie53 from HowardForums has posted a method to get the $7 unlimited plan on your iPhone. This has not been tested, but it would be interesting to see if it would work!

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      • Dusty

        Well this is stupid of Rogers… I don’t think this its worth purchasing, plus if ur bill is expensive already, u got to add $7 more 😛 lol I know it’s not really expensive, but if ur like me and go over ur airtimes minutes, well it can add up lol It could be a cool for the real Roger’s phone user’s. Having a quick browse through that Shawnie53 idea… It sounds good but I would not wanna mess around with anything as if it doesn’t work and then next thing u know ur bill is just ridiculous from using data all the time lol
        I don’t see the iPhone coming to Canada for a long time yet… Srry guys 🙁

        Thanks iPhone Fan 🙂

      • Dusty

        Well this is stupid of Rogers… I don’t think this its worth purchasing, plus if ur bill is expensive already, u got to add $7 more 😛 lol I know it’s not really expensive, but if ur like me and go over ur airtimes minutes, well it can add up lol It could be a cool for the real Roger’s phone user’s. Having a quick browse through that Shawnie53 idea… It sounds good but I would not wanna mess around with anything as if it doesn’t work and then next thing u know ur bill is just ridiculous from using data all the time lol
        I don’t see the iPhone coming to Canada for a long time yet… Srry guys 🙁

        Thanks iPhone Fan 🙂

      • Dusty

        Well this is stupid of Rogers… I don’t think this its worth purchasing, plus if ur bill is expensive already, u got to add $7 more 😛 lol I know it’s not really expensive, but if ur like me and go over ur airtimes minutes, well it can add up lol It could be a cool for the real Roger’s phone user’s. Having a quick browse through that Shawnie53 idea… It sounds good but I would not wanna mess around with anything as if it doesn’t work and then next thing u know ur bill is just ridiculous from using data all the time lol
        I don’t see the iPhone coming to Canada for a long time yet… Srry guys 🙁

        Thanks iPhone Fan 🙂

      • Sambo

        nothing UNlimited about this.

      • Sambo

        nothing UNlimited about this.

      • Sambo

        nothing UNlimited about this.

      • Sambo

        nothing UNlimited about this.

      • wrinkly

        I’m with you on this one Dusty. Rogers already has pretty much a monopoly on the communications business here in Canada and as long as there isn’t some kind of competition, this is just going to continue. I have also been following this on hackint0sh and although there have been some workarounds proposed, but like you said Dusty, I don’t want to try something and have it not work then incur a huge charge on my next bill. Interestingly, there have been some people on the hackint0sh site that have said that they are using the fido unlimited on device browsing on their iphones and have downloaded close to 200mb and have not been charged. Others are saying that they called fido customer service and the agents repeatedly assured them that the iphone would work with these data plans. I remember the OP even saying that he got the agents name and what not so that if anything happened, he could refer back to the conversation. Anyways, I feel that this is just Rogers trying to appease the masses with a solution that at first seems great, but in reality just another way to rip us off and make money. lol…ok end of my little rant here.
        Again thanks to iPhone fan for one the best sites for Canadian iPhone content

      • wrinkly

        I’m with you on this one Dusty. Rogers already has pretty much a monopoly on the communications business here in Canada and as long as there isn’t some kind of competition, this is just going to continue. I have also been following this on hackint0sh and although there have been some workarounds proposed, but like you said Dusty, I don’t want to try something and have it not work then incur a huge charge on my next bill. Interestingly, there have been some people on the hackint0sh site that have said that they are using the fido unlimited on device browsing on their iphones and have downloaded close to 200mb and have not been charged. Others are saying that they called fido customer service and the agents repeatedly assured them that the iphone would work with these data plans. I remember the OP even saying that he got the agents name and what not so that if anything happened, he could refer back to the conversation. Anyways, I feel that this is just Rogers trying to appease the masses with a solution that at first seems great, but in reality just another way to rip us off and make money. lol…ok end of my little rant here.
        Again thanks to iPhone fan for one the best sites for Canadian iPhone content

      • wrinkly

        I’m with you on this one Dusty. Rogers already has pretty much a monopoly on the communications business here in Canada and as long as there isn’t some kind of competition, this is just going to continue. I have also been following this on hackint0sh and although there have been some workarounds proposed, but like you said Dusty, I don’t want to try something and have it not work then incur a huge charge on my next bill. Interestingly, there have been some people on the hackint0sh site that have said that they are using the fido unlimited on device browsing on their iphones and have downloaded close to 200mb and have not been charged. Others are saying that they called fido customer service and the agents repeatedly assured them that the iphone would work with these data plans. I remember the OP even saying that he got the agents name and what not so that if anything happened, he could refer back to the conversation. Anyways, I feel that this is just Rogers trying to appease the masses with a solution that at first seems great, but in reality just another way to rip us off and make money. lol…ok end of my little rant here.
        Again thanks to iPhone fan for one the best sites for Canadian iPhone content

      • wrinkly

        I’m with you on this one Dusty. Rogers already has pretty much a monopoly on the communications business here in Canada and as long as there isn’t some kind of competition, this is just going to continue. I have also been following this on hackint0sh and although there have been some workarounds proposed, but like you said Dusty, I don’t want to try something and have it not work then incur a huge charge on my next bill. Interestingly, there have been some people on the hackint0sh site that have said that they are using the fido unlimited on device browsing on their iphones and have downloaded close to 200mb and have not been charged. Others are saying that they called fido customer service and the agents repeatedly assured them that the iphone would work with these data plans. I remember the OP even saying that he got the agents name and what not so that if anything happened, he could refer back to the conversation. Anyways, I feel that this is just Rogers trying to appease the masses with a solution that at first seems great, but in reality just another way to rip us off and make money. lol…ok end of my little rant here.
        Again thanks to iPhone fan for one the best sites for Canadian iPhone content

      • It’s scary when CSR’s are telling customers they won’t be charged for using data…those users are in for a surprise!

      • It’s scary when CSR’s are telling customers they won’t be charged for using data…those users are in for a surprise!

      • iPhone Fan

        It’s scary when CSR’s are telling customers they won’t be charged for using data…those users are in for a surprise!

      • iggle

        yea, a huge suprise at way overpriced 5/kb. I know a few who have swapped over and apprently havent incured any charges yet, however, thomas said it isnt automated (the imei check). So, if you calling over and ove rot check they will flag your account and check you imei and when ti doesnt match… bam, billed for usage 🙁

        Waiting till end of month myself to see what happ ens with people who switched adn then i’ll decide if i change my commpackage or not

      • iggle

        yea, a huge suprise at way overpriced 5/kb. I know a few who have swapped over and apprently havent incured any charges yet, however, thomas said it isnt automated (the imei check). So, if you calling over and ove rot check they will flag your account and check you imei and when ti doesnt match… bam, billed for usage 🙁

        Waiting till end of month myself to see what happ ens with people who switched adn then i’ll decide if i change my commpackage or not

      • iggle

        yea, a huge suprise at way overpriced 5/kb. I know a few who have swapped over and apprently havent incured any charges yet, however, thomas said it isnt automated (the imei check). So, if you calling over and ove rot check they will flag your account and check you imei and when ti doesnt match… bam, billed for usage 🙁

        Waiting till end of month myself to see what happ ens with people who switched adn then i’ll decide if i change my commpackage or not

      • iggle

        yea, a huge suprise at way overpriced 5/kb. I know a few who have swapped over and apprently havent incured any charges yet, however, thomas said it isnt automated (the imei check). So, if you calling over and ove rot check they will flag your account and check you imei and when ti doesnt match… bam, billed for usage 🙁

        Waiting till end of month myself to see what happ ens with people who switched adn then i’ll decide if i change my commpackage or not

      • My guess is that they are testing to see if their network could handle the iPhone. Unlimited WAP could be the first test to see if their network can handle it. IMEI tracking could be testing to see if its possible to have the future Rogers iPhone plan only work with the future Rogers iPhone. Your guess is as good as mine, but a 3G iPhone on Rogers this summer (when I’m not broke) would be great…

      • My guess is that they are testing to see if their network could handle the iPhone. Unlimited WAP could be the first test to see if their network can handle it. IMEI tracking could be testing to see if its possible to have the future Rogers iPhone plan only work with the future Rogers iPhone. Your guess is as good as mine, but a 3G iPhone on Rogers this summer (when I’m not broke) would be great…

      • My guess is that they are testing to see if their network could handle the iPhone. Unlimited WAP could be the first test to see if their network can handle it. IMEI tracking could be testing to see if its possible to have the future Rogers iPhone plan only work with the future Rogers iPhone. Your guess is as good as mine, but a 3G iPhone on Rogers this summer (when I’m not broke) would be great…

      • My guess is that they are testing to see if their network could handle the iPhone. Unlimited WAP could be the first test to see if their network can handle it. IMEI tracking could be testing to see if its possible to have the future Rogers iPhone plan only work with the future Rogers iPhone. Your guess is as good as mine, but a 3G iPhone on Rogers this summer (when I’m not broke) would be great…

      • blairmacdonald

        What are the options though in Canada for running the iPhone? I know it is only through Rogers / Fido, but what plans are people actually using? And any ideas or examples of costs?

        BM

      • blairmacdonald

        What are the options though in Canada for running the iPhone? I know it is only through Rogers / Fido, but what plans are people actually using? And any ideas or examples of costs?

        BM

      • blairmacdonald

        What are the options though in Canada for running the iPhone? I know it is only through Rogers / Fido, but what plans are people actually using? And any ideas or examples of costs?

        BM

      • wrinkly

        ahhhhh software unlock for ALL 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 OTB iPhone’s has been released!!!! That means all of us with 4.6 bootloaders can finally use the phone portion of the iPhone without having to use a *sim.
        Find the tutorial here : http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=649

        thanks to geohot from the dev team. more information can be found on hackint0sh.org

      • wrinkly

        ahhhhh software unlock for ALL 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 OTB iPhone’s has been released!!!! That means all of us with 4.6 bootloaders can finally use the phone portion of the iPhone without having to use a *sim.
        Find the tutorial here : http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=649

        thanks to geohot from the dev team. more information can be found on hackint0sh.org

      • wrinkly

        ahhhhh software unlock for ALL 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 OTB iPhone’s has been released!!!! That means all of us with 4.6 bootloaders can finally use the phone portion of the iPhone without having to use a *sim.
        Find the tutorial here : http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=649

        thanks to geohot from the dev team. more information can be found on hackint0sh.org

      • wrinkly

        additional info regarding the 1.1.2/1.1.3 soft unlock

        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28530
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28588
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28535

        read up and proceed at own risk. from what i can tell, there have been mostly positive/successful outcomes.

      • wrinkly

        additional info regarding the 1.1.2/1.1.3 soft unlock

        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28530
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28588
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28535

        read up and proceed at own risk. from what i can tell, there have been mostly positive/successful outcomes.

      • wrinkly

        additional info regarding the 1.1.2/1.1.3 soft unlock

        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28530
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28588
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28535

        read up and proceed at own risk. from what i can tell, there have been mostly positive/successful outcomes.

      • wrinkly

        additional info regarding the 1.1.2/1.1.3 soft unlock

        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28530
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28588
        http://hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=28535

        read up and proceed at own risk. from what i can tell, there have been mostly positive/successful outcomes.

      • Cory Haas

        Can I send SMS using my phone plan. Or do you need a data plan?
        Thanks

      • Cory Haas

        Can I send SMS using my phone plan. Or do you need a data plan?
        Thanks

      • Cory Haas

        Can I send SMS using my phone plan. Or do you need a data plan?
        Thanks

      • Cory Haas

        Can I send SMS using my phone plan. Or do you need a data plan?
        Thanks

      • Fun Bobby

        CBC has picked up this story:
        http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/02/11/tech-rogers.html

        But you heard it hear first! Nice work iPhone Fan!

      • Fun Bobby

        CBC has picked up this story:
        http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/02/11/tech-rogers.html

        But you heard it hear first! Nice work iPhone Fan!

      • Fun Bobby

        CBC has picked up this story:
        http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/02/11/tech-rogers.html

        But you heard it hear first! Nice work iPhone Fan!

      • Fun Bobby

        CBC has picked up this story:
        http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/02/11/tech-rogers.html

        But you heard it hear first! Nice work iPhone Fan!

      • Ron Burgandy

        i would also like to know, thanks.

      • Ron Burgandy

        i would also like to know, thanks.

      • Ron Burgandy

        i would also like to know, thanks.

      • Mike

        Any updates on how this is working? If I try will I get a One Million Dollar Bill from Rogers??

      • Mike

        Any updates on how this is working? If I try will I get a One Million Dollar Bill from Rogers??

      • Mike

        Any updates on how this is working? If I try will I get a One Million Dollar Bill from Rogers??

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      • Jim

        Has anyone tried changing their IMEI using ZiPhone to the IMEI of your old ‘real’ Rogers phone? would that fix this problem?

      • Jim

        Has anyone tried changing their IMEI using ZiPhone to the IMEI of your old ‘real’ Rogers phone? would that fix this problem?

      • screw rogers

        Anyone living within spitting distance of the border – get yourself a plan on the US side of the border with a good roaming rate, and you’re set – its cheaper than Rogers – fuck this monopoly ‘we got you by the balls’ shit. When the hell are we Canadians going to get ourselves some guns and take over this asylum!? Why the hell should anyone have to pay such exorbitant fees for some exec to get a million dollar annual salary? Charge a fair price – charge what it costs you to setup and maintain your services, add-in a fair profit – 10% to 20% is more than reasonable – and I’ll be glad to pay that.

        What a bunch of greedy leaches those bastards are.

      • screw rogers

        Anyone living within spitting distance of the border – get yourself a plan on the US side of the border with a good roaming rate, and you’re set – its cheaper than Rogers – fuck this monopoly ‘we got you by the balls’ shit. When the hell are we Canadians going to get ourselves some guns and take over this asylum!? Why the hell should anyone have to pay such exorbitant fees for some exec to get a million dollar annual salary? Charge a fair price – charge what it costs you to setup and maintain your services, add-in a fair profit – 10% to 20% is more than reasonable – and I’ll be glad to pay that.

        What a bunch of greedy leaches those bastards are.

      • screw rogers

        Anyone living within spitting distance of the border – get yourself a plan on the US side of the border with a good roaming rate, and you’re set – its cheaper than Rogers – fuck this monopoly ‘we got you by the balls’ shit. When the hell are we Canadians going to get ourselves some guns and take over this asylum!? Why the hell should anyone have to pay such exorbitant fees for some exec to get a million dollar annual salary? Charge a fair price – charge what it costs you to setup and maintain your services, add-in a fair profit – 10% to 20% is more than reasonable – and I’ll be glad to pay that.

        What a bunch of greedy leaches those bastards are.

      • ipop07

        I got this plan, and I made sure I asked the agent on the phone if it is unlimited browsing (Thats what they call it) to any site, and he said yes. And of course I went on youtube and watched videos, downloaded apps and probably by now i have about 100mb used (after 4 days from activating it). I do know they are going to charge me extras and thats where I start arguing with everyone I can and get something free (last time it was extra 50 min per month and caller id)

        oh and yes of course i used google maps…

        will report later what the bill looks like

      • greg

        i was living in the us for the past ten years and i have to say, canadian companies are way more predatory than the us ones. wanna know why? because there are checks and balances that actually work and because there is a more competitive market. i cant believe how money grubby rogers is! they charge for everything from voice mail to caller id, to “wireless usage”…i am currently in a debacle with them and have dragged in the canadian better business bureau because they are charging me again for the “one time activation fee”, charging me for wireless usage (but have yet to tell me what this is), charging me twice for one game download, and charging me for a service that was supposed to be included in my plan!!!!! in the us, caller id, voicemail, and “who called” are courtesy services included in your overall plan. i though the us cellular companies were bad, i didnt know how good i had it till i came back here!

      • greg

        i was living in the us for the past ten years and i have to say, canadian companies are way more predatory than the us ones. wanna know why? because there are checks and balances that actually work and because there is a more competitive market. i cant believe how money grubby rogers is! they charge for everything from voice mail to caller id, to “wireless usage”…i am currently in a debacle with them and have dragged in the canadian better business bureau because they are charging me again for the “one time activation fee”, charging me for wireless usage (but have yet to tell me what this is), charging me twice for one game download, and charging me for a service that was supposed to be included in my plan!!!!! in the us, caller id, voicemail, and “who called” are courtesy services included in your overall plan. i though the us cellular companies were bad, i didnt know how good i had it till i came back here!

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