Rogers 6GB/$30 Data Plan Coming Back From the Dead?

Yesterday on Twitter, cellphone guru Michael Kwan sent me an interesting tweet. It was an article from BGR with a juicy rumor that Rogers is going to revive the 6GB/$30 data plan (that some would say we helped advocate for with all the media attention) when HTC Android phones are released on June 2nd.

If this is your first time hearing about the 6GB/$30 data plan, you should know that it is one of the best bangs for your buck out there. Currently, it costs $25 for 500MB, whereas the 6GB/$30 plan works out to $5 for 1GB! The only downside is that it required a 3 year contract to get the plan.

Why the 6GB/$30 Data Plan is Crucial for iPhone Users

The iPhone uses a lot of data to render web pages to look the way they are supposed to. With streaming video/radio (think SlingPlayer over 3G, Corus Radio), Skype calls over 3G, and other data-hungry apps via the App Store, one can easily go over their allotted data usage in one month.

With fresh rumors out there regarding the next iPhone, and the upcoming surprises we have yet to hear about in iPhone OS 3.0 (think video recording), having a sufficient data plan is critical to avoid any extra overage charges from Rogers.

Given that the 6GB/$30 data plan was only available for a limited time (then quietly extended) for iPhone users, I would welcome Rogers bringing back this plan for the late iPhone 3G adopters out there. It’s only fair that all iPhone users can rest easy that they won’t be exceeding their data plan limits.

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Would You Jump on the 6GB/$30 Data Plan?

I used 523MB of data last month, and the month before that just over 800MB. What was your data usage?

Are you on the 6GB/$30 data plan? If you aren’t on the plan, would you consider signing up if Rogers does bring it back for Android phones and more?

[BGR]

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  • Mark

    I’ve used about 4 gigs so far this month (5 days left in my cycle), but I tether for all my lap top based internet so its not from iphone surfing for the most part. In any regard, it makes me feel like I’m actually getting my money’s worth from fido.

  • Mark

    I’ve used about 4 gigs so far this month (5 days left in my cycle), but I tether for all my lap top based internet so its not from iphone surfing for the most part. In any regard, it makes me feel like I’m actually getting my money’s worth from fido.

  • _Shorty

    I don’t think I’ve ever gone over 200MB yet, but if it only means an extra $5 on the bill, what the hay.

  • _Shorty

    I don’t think I’ve ever gone over 200MB yet, but if it only means an extra $5 on the bill, what the hay.

  • Guest

    3 year contract still required 🙁 No thanks!
    It sure would be nice though to have a 6GB Data plan…

  • Dusty

    3 year contract still required 🙁 No thanks!
    It sure would be nice though to have a 6GB Data plan…

  • Invx

    if the data plan is available when I get my iphone3/4G/whatever I’ll get it. Otherwise I’m getting My5Canada and the $30 iphone value pack with 500mb and unlimited texting and stuff.

  • Invx

    if the data plan is available when I get my iphone3/4G/whatever I’ll get it. Otherwise I’m getting My5Canada and the $30 iphone value pack with 500mb and unlimited texting and stuff.

  • Bar

    I hate plans.
    But really, when I thought about it, where the he’ll are you gonna go? Bell? Uh no, telus? Or god that’s the worse service in Canada. So, looks like Rogers is the only realy choice anyway… So sign me up!

  • Bar

    I hate plans.
    But really, when I thought about it, where the he’ll are you gonna go? Bell? Uh no, telus? Or god that’s the worse service in Canada. So, looks like Rogers is the only realy choice anyway… So sign me up!

  • jlocicero

    I’ve got the 6 GB plan and have never come close to using it all. But I’m glad I have it now, and data usage will probably only go up in the future. But I have a few questions:

    Is the 6 GB plan tied to the 3G and EDGE networks? Or do you think it will apply to the upcoming 4G network?

    And all you guys tethering and using Skype over 3G – any grief from Rogers/Fido over this? Is the plan for 6 GB of data – any old data you can throw at it? Has anyone had any trouble using Skype over 3G?

    Thanks for your answers!

  • jlocicero

    I’ve got the 6 GB plan and have never come close to using it all. But I’m glad I have it now, and data usage will probably only go up in the future. But I have a few questions:

    Is the 6 GB plan tied to the 3G and EDGE networks? Or do you think it will apply to the upcoming 4G network?

    And all you guys tethering and using Skype over 3G – any grief from Rogers/Fido over this? Is the plan for 6 GB of data – any old data you can throw at it? Has anyone had any trouble using Skype over 3G?

    Thanks for your answers!

  • X1Zero

    Images may be fake.The system used there in the pictures is called “MMS”, an old retail system no longer in use by Rogers stores.

    The problem here is in that system, first, you can generate your own entries. So thats the first red flag.
    The second issue is with “MMS”, if you scan a UPC code (from the product) as seen above, a SKU is automatically generated. However I see no SKU.

  • Justin

    I don’t think I’ll get it given the second chance around this time. I still would prefer if Roger/Fido can give me like ten bucks for 250Meg ish since I’m not a heavy user and that I don’t need to lock into a 3 years contract.

  • Justin

    I don’t think I’ll get it given the second chance around this time. I still would prefer if Roger/Fido can give me like ten bucks for 250Meg ish since I’m not a heavy user and that I don’t need to lock into a 3 years contract.

  • Mirth

    I already have the 6GB/$30 plan with both the family iPhones, and use anywhere between 50MB and 600MB depending on what’s happening in the month.

    I find that it is all about peace of mind. IF I need to use data, I’m not worried that it is going to end up with a massive bill at the end of the month. For me, it means I can get directions while walking to a store, check out the price of that cool gadget at other stores before I buy where I currently am, or do various other data hungry things without concerns. That’s worth $30 to me. No doubt.

    For those who can get by with wireless access points, or without data… I’m impressed with your willpower. I just can’t help myself. Data is a cool feature of the phone, and I’m hooked. Mostly, my use is rising… (at some point, my battery will begin to limit me, I suppose… but then, I’ll just have to get one of those battery pack addons this site has reviewed). 😉

    Regards to all!

    –Mirth (Jon)

  • Mirth

    I already have the 6GB/$30 plan with both the family iPhones, and use anywhere between 50MB and 600MB depending on what’s happening in the month.

    I find that it is all about peace of mind. IF I need to use data, I’m not worried that it is going to end up with a massive bill at the end of the month. For me, it means I can get directions while walking to a store, check out the price of that cool gadget at other stores before I buy where I currently am, or do various other data hungry things without concerns. That’s worth $30 to me. No doubt.

    For those who can get by with wireless access points, or without data… I’m impressed with your willpower. I just can’t help myself. Data is a cool feature of the phone, and I’m hooked. Mostly, my use is rising… (at some point, my battery will begin to limit me, I suppose… but then, I’ll just have to get one of those battery pack addons this site has reviewed). 😉

    Regards to all!

    –Mirth (Jon)

  • Andrew

    So far, I do not have any problems using iPhone without data plans..

    There are wifi spots everywhere.. starbucks… UBC… Waves’….

    Depending on the price of the upcoming plan, I might try the data plans…

    So far… no need for it!!!

  • Andrew

    So far, I do not have any problems using iPhone without data plans..

    There are wifi spots everywhere.. starbucks… UBC… Waves’….

    Depending on the price of the upcoming plan, I might try the data plans…

    So far… no need for it!!!

  • Guest

    Same here, no data plan with my iPhone for about 2 years now lol
    I always can find a WIFI spot and if not, well I guess I need to wait till I can 😛
    If there was no 3 year contract, I would maybe think twice about it…

  • Dusty

    Same here, no data plan with my iPhone for about 2 years now lol
    I always can find a WIFI spot and if not, well I guess I need to wait till I can 😛
    If there was no 3 year contract, I would maybe think twice about it…

  • teddyx

    Haha yea i picked it up and the most ive used is around 1gig in a month but i average about 500MB/month sometimes going over..id rather just pay the extra 5$ than have to worry about going over … ever..

  • teddyx

    Haha yea i picked it up and the most ive used is around 1gig in a month but i average about 500MB/month sometimes going over..id rather just pay the extra 5$ than have to worry about going over … ever..

  • DaSandman

    I worried a lot about the data package when I first got my iPhone because the 6GB plan had gone by then (even the extension had gone – I got my phone late). Ended up going for the Smartphone package with 500mb data and was surprised to realize I barely use any of it!

    I work from home (working in pajamas FTW! and crawling out of bed 10mins before I start work even more win!) so the iPhone uses WiFi most of the time. Even when I’m out I tend to use it without worrying about data usage and still never go much past 20-30MB a month.

    I’m probably not your average iPhone user tho.

  • DaSandman

    I worried a lot about the data package when I first got my iPhone because the 6GB plan had gone by then (even the extension had gone – I got my phone late). Ended up going for the Smartphone package with 500mb data and was surprised to realize I barely use any of it!

    I work from home (working in pajamas FTW! and crawling out of bed 10mins before I start work even more win!) so the iPhone uses WiFi most of the time. Even when I’m out I tend to use it without worrying about data usage and still never go much past 20-30MB a month.

    I’m probably not your average iPhone user tho.

  • Last month I used 782mb, but I with tethering coming, it will be nice to have Internet everywhere. I will upgrade right away.

  • Last month I used 782mb, but I with tethering coming, it will be nice to have Internet everywhere. I will upgrade right away.

  • jr

    i use about 2gb per month. Recently sold my iphone and using my n95. Waiting for new iphone ;-). Tethering, downloading torrents, podcasts, web, apps, etc. Very useful. Think of it, when data goes 4g, 30-60mb/sec who will need home based internet?

  • jr

    i use about 2gb per month. Recently sold my iphone and using my n95. Waiting for new iphone ;-). Tethering, downloading torrents, podcasts, web, apps, etc. Very useful. Think of it, when data goes 4g, 30-60mb/sec who will need home based internet?

  • Guest

    How do u like the N95? I was thinking of buying one a while back. Im also looking at the newer version of the N series, there quite nice.

  • Dusty

    How do u like the N95? I was thinking of buying one a while back. Im also looking at the newer version of the N series, there quite nice.

  • PhayZer

    So will this if it happens available to new customers too? cause im planning on getting one soon

  • PhayZer

    So will this if it happens available to new customers too? cause im planning on getting one soon

  • I has the iphone / 6gb data plan ,,,, I never worry about blowing over …
    wish we had better daytime mins .. on Robbers ,,
    Sure wish the Competition would arrive .,,, sooner than later

  • I has the iphone / 6gb data plan ,,,, I never worry about blowing over …
    wish we had better daytime mins .. on Robbers ,,
    Sure wish the Competition would arrive .,,, sooner than later

  • Dude

    I have the 6GB plan. Since skype my voice minutes have not been a concern 😉

    I use around 700 MB a month & will keep my data plan.

  • Dude

    I have the 6GB plan. Since skype my voice minutes have not been a concern 😉

    I use around 700 MB a month & will keep my data plan.

  • aJ

    I’ll be honest. I have tried to use a lot of data just to see and I dont think I have ever used even a gig yet. Well I use the wifi a lot too. 6 gig plan rocks though!

  • aJ

    I’ll be honest. I have tried to use a lot of data just to see and I dont think I have ever used even a gig yet. Well I use the wifi a lot too. 6 gig plan rocks though!

  • Teen Wolf

    I’m with Mirth on this one. I have never reach a gig of usage yet but I love the peace of mind I have knowing I will never go over. I love using my iPhone for everything. It’s great for those quirky facts you that just pick @ your brain and you just have to find now. Not when you can find a wifi connection but now. And for those that complain about a 3yr term, ask yourself when do you plan on not having a cell phone. We will be paying some company our money to use there network for as long as we have mobile phones. So why the big deal in locking into one for a 3yr term.

  • Teen Wolf

    I’m with Mirth on this one. I have never reach a gig of usage yet but I love the peace of mind I have knowing I will never go over. I love using my iPhone for everything. It’s great for those quirky facts you that just pick @ your brain and you just have to find now. Not when you can find a wifi connection but now. And for those that complain about a 3yr term, ask yourself when do you plan on not having a cell phone. We will be paying some company our money to use there network for as long as we have mobile phones. So why the big deal in locking into one for a 3yr term.

  • Nice! I would like to hit up 6GB one day, just to “get my money’s worth” from Rogers. I really need to start tethering more!!

  • Nice! I would like to hit up 6GB one day, just to “get my money’s worth” from Rogers. I really need to start tethering more!!

  • Exactly. An extra $5 can save you a whole lot once more data hungry applications come in the future.

  • Exactly. An extra $5 can save you a whole lot once more data hungry applications come in the future.

  • I remember the days of using WiFi on my first gen iPhone. I was pretty content with it…but now that I have a data plan, I don’t think I can live without it anymore!

  • I remember the days of using WiFi on my first gen iPhone. I was pretty content with it…but now that I have a data plan, I don’t think I can live without it anymore!

  • I think the data plans are not tied to the 3G/EDGE networks…it would be ridiculous if it was. Skype over 3G has worked flawlessly for me, no grief from Rogers. Data is data, you can do whatever you want with your 6GB! Follow the link in the post above for Skype tips on setting up 3G calling. 🙂

  • I think the data plans are not tied to the 3G/EDGE networks…it would be ridiculous if it was. Skype over 3G has worked flawlessly for me, no grief from Rogers. Data is data, you can do whatever you want with your 6GB! Follow the link in the post above for Skype tips on setting up 3G calling. 🙂

  • Yeah, that $25 value pack with 500MB and caller ID/VVM/SMS was a great deal! I was very close to jumping on that to lower my monthly bill, but in the end I decided to stick it out and keep the limited time 6GB plan. Nice to see you’re working from home, lucky! 😉

  • If it does become available, it will be offered to everyone, even new customers.

  • Yeah, that $25 value pack with 500MB and caller ID/VVM/SMS was a great deal! I was very close to jumping on that to lower my monthly bill, but in the end I decided to stick it out and keep the limited time 6GB plan. Nice to see you’re working from home, lucky! 😉

  • If it does become available, it will be offered to everyone, even new customers.

  • 3 year terms are fine as long as you get what you want. I just think many people have animosity towards Rogers due to negative customer service/product experiences. Would be curious to know if new cell competitors will actually even dent Rogers/Telus/Bell. Most likely they’ll be bought out a couple years later!

  • 3 year terms are fine as long as you get what you want. I just think many people have animosity towards Rogers due to negative customer service/product experiences. Would be curious to know if new cell competitors will actually even dent Rogers/Telus/Bell. Most likely they’ll be bought out a couple years later!

  • Colin Nowra

    I’ve had mine for a month, I got the basic iPhone plan and was surprised i got 1 gig limit a month instead of the advertised 500 Megabytes plan.
    First week, i was sorta worried because I’m a heavy data user on my cable internet. The first month is now over and i’ve only managed to use up 250 Megabytes.
    I don’t bother to turn on the Wifi anymore.
    I’ll try to get as close as i can to the 1 gig for this month.

  • Colin Nowra

    I’ve had mine for a month, I got the basic iPhone plan and was surprised i got 1 gig limit a month instead of the advertised 500 Megabytes plan.
    First week, i was sorta worried because I’m a heavy data user on my cable internet. The first month is now over and i’ve only managed to use up 250 Megabytes.
    I don’t bother to turn on the Wifi anymore.
    I’ll try to get as close as i can to the 1 gig for this month.

  • Brian

    Third. ^^

  • Brian

    Third. ^^

  • h2

    6GB for $30 on a 3 year plan is still a MEGA ripoff. In the US, for $15 a month you get unlimited. T

  • h2

    6GB for $30 on a 3 year plan is still a MEGA ripoff. In the US, for $15 a month you get unlimited. T

  • Raven

    If all you do is check email and browse web pages, then 1GB a month is more then enough. That all changes though if you view streaming video’s daily or download movies. You can easily eat up that measly 6GB in a couple of weeks.

  • Raven

    If all you do is check email and browse web pages, then 1GB a month is more then enough. That all changes though if you view streaming video’s daily or download movies. You can easily eat up that measly 6GB in a couple of weeks.

  • potential customer

    Tired of being ripped off by Rogers, Fido and the likes, I will only get an iphone if they offer the 6GB plan again. Maybe I’ll take a look at the android, just in case, as I hate this mafia (rogers-apple).

  • potential customer

    Tired of being ripped off by Rogers, Fido and the likes, I will only get an iphone if they offer the 6GB plan again. Maybe I’ll take a look at the android, just in case, as I hate this mafia (rogers-apple).

  • matt

    My friend told me about a phone, the Nokia N96, it is a top class phone, really cool. So I called rogers to ask if they have this phone and they said yes, they gave me a price and everything. They made me sign a contract for three years with a new plan. They told me that I would have my phone through mail in a couple of days. When i finally got my phone it was a wrong phone, they gave me a Nokia 6086 some peice of shit!!!! But thats not the problem, the problem is that This mafia company does not even have this Nokia N96 phone, They just wanted me to renew my 3 year contract on my old phone. Now I’m stuck with anouther 3 years of this mafia company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! f**k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • matt

    My friend told me about a phone, the Nokia N96, it is a top class phone, really cool. So I called rogers to ask if they have this phone and they said yes, they gave me a price and everything. They made me sign a contract for three years with a new plan. They told me that I would have my phone through mail in a couple of days. When i finally got my phone it was a wrong phone, they gave me a Nokia 6086 some peice of shit!!!! But thats not the problem, the problem is that This mafia company does not even have this Nokia N96 phone, They just wanted me to renew my 3 year contract on my old phone. Now I’m stuck with anouther 3 years of this mafia company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! f**k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • matt

    mafia

  • matt

    mafia

  • Richard

    thats why you never order a phone on the phone. go there in person and deal with them while you can see all the detail infront of you and make them print a copy for you before anything? they fucked up my bills so many times its just crazy they do whatever they want to people and people can’t do nothing much about it really, we have no protection from the government either so you should watch for yourself.

  • Richard

    thats why you never order a phone on the phone. go there in person and deal with them while you can see all the detail infront of you and make them print a copy for you before anything? they fucked up my bills so many times its just crazy they do whatever they want to people and people can’t do nothing much about it really, we have no protection from the government either so you should watch for yourself.