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What Time Will Rogers Sell the iPhone 3G on July 11th?

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There’s some debate right now over a tip received that AT&T stores in the USA will be selling the iPhone 3G starting at 8am. When the first generation iPhone launched, it was available from 6pm, which I think is a very odd hour. However, that was when users were able to activate online from the comfort of their own home. This time around, things have changed!

If you think about it, the 8am launch time would be a better idea given that EACH iPhone 3G will have to be activated in store. Just imagine the logistical nightmare when you have massive throngs of people standing in line to get their paws on the latest iPhone. Some will be turned away and left feeling disappointed, lonely, and frustrated. Such emotions might trigger responses among the likes of “OMG I DIDN’T GET MY IPHONE 3G I WANT TO CRY!”

If each Rogers Wireless location employed 5 employees on the day of the launch, and each activation took 30 minutes (processing payment, new 3 year contract paperwork, activating the iPhone plus answering questions), then we’re looking at 10 iPhones being sold in an hour. Let’s say over a period of 8-10 hours you might see close to 80-100 iPhones being activated in the span of a day. Who knows how many iPhone 3G units will arrive at each Rogers store!

Preparations to Line up for an iPhone 3G

Many users are already debating where they will be lining up (is anyone going to camp out overnight?) to buy their iPhone 3G on July 11th (Rogers prices vs the World compared here). Some have even placed pre-orders, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Are you getting the iPhone 3G from Rogers? If so, are you going to line up the day before to get it? How far will you go to get your hands on 3G goodness?

Here are a few tips to help those hardcore overnight campers. Don’t forget to bring: snacks, water, a fold up chair, blanket, gaming device, portable toilet, Steve Jobs/Apple tattoo, your lonely child, pants (Homer Simpson: Don’t you hate pants?), toothbrush, portable DVD player, and your wallet. Follow these tips and you’ll be lucky #1 in line in no time!

Protests again the 3 Year iPhone 3G Contract Requirement

Some people are strongly opposed to the 3 year contract requirement necessary to obtain an iPhone 3G from Rogers. I was contacted by Jude F. that he had created a Facebook group to spread the “anti-3 year contract” sentiment online. So if you’re in the same camp as Jude and oppose 3 year contracts, join his Facebook group titled: Canada iPhone Jail w/3 Year Rogers Contract and help spread the word.

Unnofficial Apple iPhone 3G Launch Countdown Timer

If you take a look at the right sidebar, you’ll notice that I’ve added an unofficial countdown timer to July 11th. Hopefully this will keep the iPhone 3G lovers over there in check when their excitement inhibits their brain’s ability to calculate time. Enjoy!

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  • Ben

    Seriously, I don’t understand the level of disgust people have with 3 year contracts. Looking at it, the term of the contract doesn’t change a thing. Yeah, your locked in, but who else are you going with. Fido and Rogers are the only GSM providers in the country, so who else you going to go with.

    No legitimate wireless provider will be able to purchase spectrum, setup infrastructure and offer a sound and stable service within 3 years, let alone offer service that provide service to the iPhone’s needs. Yes, they will be allowed (err … forced) to be able to use Roger towers when initially entering the market, but are the existing carriers going to make that easy for them. Heck no.

    I’m fine with the length … not really that worried about it at all. No intention of switching one I do get the iPhone b/c there is no one else to go with.

    Have a great day!!

    B

  • Ben

    Seriously, I don’t understand the level of disgust people have with 3 year contracts. Looking at it, the term of the contract doesn’t change a thing. Yeah, your locked in, but who else are you going with. Fido and Rogers are the only GSM providers in the country, so who else you going to go with.

    No legitimate wireless provider will be able to purchase spectrum, setup infrastructure and offer a sound and stable service within 3 years, let alone offer service that provide service to the iPhone’s needs. Yes, they will be allowed (err … forced) to be able to use Roger towers when initially entering the market, but are the existing carriers going to make that easy for them. Heck no.

    I’m fine with the length … not really that worried about it at all. No intention of switching one I do get the iPhone b/c there is no one else to go with.

    Have a great day!!

    B

  • Ben

    Seriously, I don’t understand the level of disgust people have with 3 year contracts. Looking at it, the term of the contract doesn’t change a thing. Yeah, your locked in, but who else are you going with. Fido and Rogers are the only GSM providers in the country, so who else you going to go with.

    No legitimate wireless provider will be able to purchase spectrum, setup infrastructure and offer a sound and stable service within 3 years, let alone offer service that provide service to the iPhone’s needs. Yes, they will be allowed (err … forced) to be able to use Roger towers when initially entering the market, but are the existing carriers going to make that easy for them. Heck no.

    I’m fine with the length … not really that worried about it at all. No intention of switching one I do get the iPhone b/c there is no one else to go with.

    Have a great day!!

    B

  • Trent

    I agree with Ben. I’m not too worried about the 3-year contract. If I could stay with my current provider (Sasktel) I would, since they have better coverage in Saskatchewan. But I mostly use my cell in the city, so that’s less of an issue. If we need better coverage outside the city, we can use my wife’s (Sasktel) phone.
    Likewise, I’m not that concerned with having to deal with Rogers. I find that cell companies are a bit like the Chevy/Ford argument. Someone has a horror story for brand X, and they’ll tell you that they’ll NEVER deal with that company again. I had a bad experience with Fido. My buddy had a bad experience with Telus. My brother-in-law had issues with Sasktel. It’s all Chevy/Ford in the end (i.e. none of them are perfect).
    I’ve held off getting an (unlocked) iPhone so far because of the cost of data and lack of 3rd party developer support. It looks like both issues are solved now, so I plan to switch as soon as I can get my hands on one. It’ll cost me a bit of money to end my current contract early, but I’m pretty jazzed about finally getting an iPhone, so I’m biting the bullet.
    Will I line up? You bet. Will I camp out? Of course not. I’m willing to wait a few hours, but if I have to bring a portable toilet, then I’m fine with waiting for the next shipment πŸ™‚

  • Trent

    I agree with Ben. I’m not too worried about the 3-year contract. If I could stay with my current provider (Sasktel) I would, since they have better coverage in Saskatchewan. But I mostly use my cell in the city, so that’s less of an issue. If we need better coverage outside the city, we can use my wife’s (Sasktel) phone.
    Likewise, I’m not that concerned with having to deal with Rogers. I find that cell companies are a bit like the Chevy/Ford argument. Someone has a horror story for brand X, and they’ll tell you that they’ll NEVER deal with that company again. I had a bad experience with Fido. My buddy had a bad experience with Telus. My brother-in-law had issues with Sasktel. It’s all Chevy/Ford in the end (i.e. none of them are perfect).
    I’ve held off getting an (unlocked) iPhone so far because of the cost of data and lack of 3rd party developer support. It looks like both issues are solved now, so I plan to switch as soon as I can get my hands on one. It’ll cost me a bit of money to end my current contract early, but I’m pretty jazzed about finally getting an iPhone, so I’m biting the bullet.
    Will I line up? You bet. Will I camp out? Of course not. I’m willing to wait a few hours, but if I have to bring a portable toilet, then I’m fine with waiting for the next shipment πŸ™‚

  • Trent

    I agree with Ben. I’m not too worried about the 3-year contract. If I could stay with my current provider (Sasktel) I would, since they have better coverage in Saskatchewan. But I mostly use my cell in the city, so that’s less of an issue. If we need better coverage outside the city, we can use my wife’s (Sasktel) phone.
    Likewise, I’m not that concerned with having to deal with Rogers. I find that cell companies are a bit like the Chevy/Ford argument. Someone has a horror story for brand X, and they’ll tell you that they’ll NEVER deal with that company again. I had a bad experience with Fido. My buddy had a bad experience with Telus. My brother-in-law had issues with Sasktel. It’s all Chevy/Ford in the end (i.e. none of them are perfect).
    I’ve held off getting an (unlocked) iPhone so far because of the cost of data and lack of 3rd party developer support. It looks like both issues are solved now, so I plan to switch as soon as I can get my hands on one. It’ll cost me a bit of money to end my current contract early, but I’m pretty jazzed about finally getting an iPhone, so I’m biting the bullet.
    Will I line up? You bet. Will I camp out? Of course not. I’m willing to wait a few hours, but if I have to bring a portable toilet, then I’m fine with waiting for the next shipment πŸ™‚

  • Skh

    Can you please chill with the articles until you have some actual information to give out.

  • Skh

    Can you please chill with the articles until you have some actual information to give out.

  • Skh

    Can you please chill with the articles until you have some actual information to give out.

  • Ben: That’s the whole point…why should we NEED to be tied down to contracts? If there was another GSM provider, some friendly competition never hurt anyone.

    In this case, Rogers can do whatever it wants and we have no choice. Well, we do have a choice–you can forgo a 3 year contract, which most people will do.

    Trent: If Rogers comes out with some reasonable data/voice plans, signing a 3 year contract won’t be a problem. Except nowadays we have the $6.95 system access fee still in place, and to get voicemail and caller ID will cost you over $10? That’s almost half of my voice plan. Something just doesn’t add up.

    Skh: This site will cover the “hot button” issues, and that includes speculation and rumors as well. Get used to it. πŸ™‚

  • Ben: That’s the whole point…why should we NEED to be tied down to contracts? If there was another GSM provider, some friendly competition never hurt anyone.

    In this case, Rogers can do whatever it wants and we have no choice. Well, we do have a choice–you can forgo a 3 year contract, which most people will do.

    Trent: If Rogers comes out with some reasonable data/voice plans, signing a 3 year contract won’t be a problem. Except nowadays we have the $6.95 system access fee still in place, and to get voicemail and caller ID will cost you over $10? That’s almost half of my voice plan. Something just doesn’t add up.

    Skh: This site will cover the “hot button” issues, and that includes speculation and rumors as well. Get used to it. πŸ™‚

  • iPhone Fan

    Ben: That’s the whole point…why should we NEED to be tied down to contracts? If there was another GSM provider, some friendly competition never hurt anyone.

    In this case, Rogers can do whatever it wants and we have no choice. Well, we do have a choice–you can forgo a 3 year contract, which most people will do.

    Trent: If Rogers comes out with some reasonable data/voice plans, signing a 3 year contract won’t be a problem. Except nowadays we have the $6.95 system access fee still in place, and to get voicemail and caller ID will cost you over $10? That’s almost half of my voice plan. Something just doesn’t add up.

    Skh: This site will cover the “hot button” issues, and that includes speculation and rumors as well. Get used to it. πŸ™‚

  • Rox

    Isn’t that funny. People are already talking about line up… even without any “official” data/voice plans for the iphone. iphone is surely great, but I’m not sure that the majority of all the people excited about that super phone can afford to spend more than 3K$ over 3 years on that “deal”. What if you do the line up for several hours to discover that you can’t afford the monthly fees ? Hope to see the “deal” before doing the line up… if not, I won’t show up.

  • Rox

    Isn’t that funny. People are already talking about line up… even without any “official” data/voice plans for the iphone. iphone is surely great, but I’m not sure that the majority of all the people excited about that super phone can afford to spend more than 3K$ over 3 years on that “deal”. What if you do the line up for several hours to discover that you can’t afford the monthly fees ? Hope to see the “deal” before doing the line up… if not, I won’t show up.

  • Rox

    Isn’t that funny. People are already talking about line up… even without any “official” data/voice plans for the iphone. iphone is surely great, but I’m not sure that the majority of all the people excited about that super phone can afford to spend more than 3K$ over 3 years on that “deal”. What if you do the line up for several hours to discover that you can’t afford the monthly fees ? Hope to see the “deal” before doing the line up… if not, I won’t show up.

  • Aaron

    Taken with a grain of salt: last night a rep at local Rogers store indicated plan $$ details may be announced 2-3 days ahead of July 11 and mentioned *possibility* of starting sales late on July 10 (after midnight July 11?)

    No info on how many they’re getting in that location.

  • Aaron

    Taken with a grain of salt: last night a rep at local Rogers store indicated plan $$ details may be announced 2-3 days ahead of July 11 and mentioned *possibility* of starting sales late on July 10 (after midnight July 11?)

    No info on how many they’re getting in that location.

  • Aaron

    Taken with a grain of salt: last night a rep at local Rogers store indicated plan $$ details may be announced 2-3 days ahead of July 11 and mentioned *possibility* of starting sales late on July 10 (after midnight July 11?)

    No info on how many they’re getting in that location.

  • Aaron R

    I spoke to a friend who works at a rogers cell phone store and he said he was going to be getting trained on the iphone on july 2nd. Hopefully this means some info will be released around that date.

  • Aaron R

    I spoke to a friend who works at a rogers cell phone store and he said he was going to be getting trained on the iphone on july 2nd. Hopefully this means some info will be released around that date.

  • Aaron R

    I spoke to a friend who works at a rogers cell phone store and he said he was going to be getting trained on the iphone on july 2nd. Hopefully this means some info will be released around that date.

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  • Keith Moore

    Question, my iphone went into restore mode, i restored using itunes which upgraded firmware to 1.1.4 from 1.1.3 and all info deleted including contacts. Anyway to recover contacts & calender info?

  • Keith Moore

    Question, my iphone went into restore mode, i restored using itunes which upgraded firmware to 1.1.4 from 1.1.3 and all info deleted including contacts. Anyway to recover contacts & calender info?

  • Keith Moore

    Question, my iphone went into restore mode, i restored using itunes which upgraded firmware to 1.1.4 from 1.1.3 and all info deleted including contacts. Anyway to recover contacts & calender info?

  • GR81

    Vodafone New Zealand announced they will have 3 stores open from midnight selling the phone. got ques?
    3 days out from the release and they havent released their plans yet. something to hide no doubt!

  • GR81

    Vodafone New Zealand announced they will have 3 stores open from midnight selling the phone. got ques?
    3 days out from the release and they havent released their plans yet. something to hide no doubt!

  • GR81

    Vodafone New Zealand announced they will have 3 stores open from midnight selling the phone. got ques?
    3 days out from the release and they havent released their plans yet. something to hide no doubt!

  • arlene

    I am sitting here at rogers at 1am outside the local mall on july 11 and there is no one else here

  • arlene

    I am sitting here at rogers at 1am outside the local mall on july 11 and there is no one else here

  • arlene

    I am sitting here at rogers at 1am outside the local mall on july 11 and there is no one else here

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