Saturday, June 28, 2008

Canadian iPhone - RIP

Well, that's that.  Yes, the iPhone is coming to Canada July 11.  Of course we all wondered what Rogers would make their customers pay, but we held our breath and hoped for something decent.  Instead, Rogers (called Robbers on the 'net) basically told their potential iPhone customers to 'bend over' with their rate plans and the online forums posters collectively lost their minds.

I'm not going through all the numbers - that's available on the web.  However, the lowest entry plan is a 3 year contract at $60 a month.  But wait - add $15 for caller display and some texts, plus $6.95 bogus System Access Fee, plus tax.  So in reality, the base level is about 100 bucks a month for roughly 150 minutes and 400MB data.  That's a horrendous data plan and even worse cell phone plan.  You'd blow through that data in 3 days on an iPhone.  And you'd get better cell phone mileage on a pay as you go plan.  It's about twice as much cost as Stateside with about half the coverage.  Nice.

So the bottom line is that Rogers has foisted the World's Worst iPhone plan on Canadians.  Once again the government condoned monopoly rears its ugly head.  On the upside, it'll save me some money as I kiss my hoped for iPhone plans goodbye and wait for next year's inevitable 3rd generation iPhone update and hopefully a new cell carrier player in Canada.  Maybe I'll look at an ITouch.

Wouldn't it be great if on July 11 there was nothing but crickets to be heard in Rogers stores instead of a mad rush for the new phone? One can only hope...

Comments on "Canadian iPhone - RIP"

 

Blogger The Texican said ... (June 28, 2008 10:37 AM) : 

When you only have one of anything, especially if it is shored up by a government chit, you will pay through the nose for no service and high prices with no recourse. Sorry you don't have a choice.

 

Blogger Lavinia Ladyslipper said ... (June 28, 2008 9:42 PM) : 

Eaglewing, I know someone near 'the man' himself....let me know if there is any message I can pass along....(not that it might do any good!)

 

Blogger Eaglewing said ... (June 29, 2008 3:05 AM) : 

Texican: Indeed, choice is what we seem to be lacking here. Maybe someday...

 

Blogger Eaglewing said ... (June 29, 2008 3:15 AM) : 

Lavinia: Thanks, but if 'the man' is who I think you're referring to, he's probably too busy with the Buffalo Bills to care about the iPhone ;-)

If there was a message, it would be to at the very least compare to what is being offered Stateside. Even that's expensive, but at leasts it's workable, and only fair. I could go on forever on this, but Rogers just lost a sure fire customer while I let it go and stick with my Virgin pay as you go flip phone that doesn't break the bank for nothing in return.

 

Blogger Lavinia Ladyslipper said ... (June 29, 2008 5:43 PM) : 

Noted!

 

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