Rogers has an in-store promotion right now offering a free pair of Apple AirPods (worth $220), for those willing to sign a contract for an iPhone XS or XS Max on their Upfront Edge program:
Tune into spring with AirPods ($220 value) on us when you get iPhone XS or XS Max with Upfront Edge. Plus, get 10 GB of data on a 2-year Ultra tab Share Everything plan for only $115/month.
The required monthly plan would be an Ultra Tab plan at $115 per month with 10GB of data.
The Upfront Edge program provides a $300 upfront discount on your 64GB iPhone XS, making your upfront payment $159.
After two years, if you decide to keep the iPhone XS, you pay back the $300. If you don’t want to keep your iPhone XS, you return the phone. The program essentially smartphone leasing, with rivals Telus and Bell offering similar setups.
A 64GB iPhone XS Max would cost $209 upfront with Upfront Edge, after $380 in savings. Again, at the end of two years, you keep your iPhone and pay back the $380, or return the phone.
Paying $115 per month for 24 months works out to $2,760. Add in the $459 for the iPhone XS, and that takes it to $3,219 after two years if you decide to keep the phone.
A 64GB iPhone XS costs $1379 from Apple.ca. Subtract the difference and you’re paying $1,840 for your wireless service, or $76.67 per month for 10GB of data—with free AirPods. You could consider the free AirPods as a $220 discount on your iPhone.
A comparable 10GB BYOD plan with Fido would be their current promotional $70/9GB or $80/12GB plans. Koodo currently offers an $85/10GB BYOD plan.
Looking at the Rogers promo, it’s not horrible if compared to your own BYOD iPhone XS setup, aside from being locked in for 24 months, which means you can’t jump on any holiday deals, unless you cancel and repay your hardware subsidies. You’ll need to decide if this is worth it for you.
Rogers says, “A Setup Service Fee of $35 per line applies to set up your device and related services. The Setup Service Fee is waived through self-serve on rogers.com (but not through Live Chat and Customer Service).”