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Rogers data limit an iPhone barrier?

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Mon April 9, 2007

Rogers Limits on iPhone

While the likelihood of Apple's iPhone arriving in Canada has lately been cast into doubt, an increasing number of prospective buyers in the country are up in arms over restrictive data limits that threaten to cripple the iPhone's usefulness. Starting a petition, a group of potential owners have decried a 25MB limit on its typical Internet access as arbitrary, pointing out that Rogers has the most expensive data rates of any carrier in North America -- even compared to its own Palm Treo plan and its Fido sub-division.

"Users have paid several hundred, and in some cases more than $1000, during one month for data usage," read the complaint. They "would have not been charged extra on any other North American carrier on their best data plan."

Customers pointed out that Rogers' plan discourages any use of some of the iPhone's best features when outside of Wi-Fi hotspots, such as e-mail access, web browsing, or widgets. The original 25MB plan was designed before phones were capable of many of the Internet features of today's devices. Immediate rivals Bell and Telus have recently expanded or eliminated their restrictions, and a change may be essential to help compete, the customers said.

Rogers is one of the only cellphone providers in North America to go without a true uncapped Internet plan. Although the company claims to have an unlimited plan at $100 per month, the carrier notes that it reserves the right to throttle or otherwise limit use past 100MB. Customers also have no means of viewing Internet use until the pay period expires and frequently incur extra fees without their earlier knowledge.

In contrast, the US-based provider AT&T is the only currently announced provider of the iPhone and offers a true unlimited smartphone data plan for $20 US ($23 CDN) per month. AT&T has been a partner of Rogers in the past.

Rogers hasn't yet responded to these criticisms and has yet to confirm a definitive release window for the iPhone in the region. [via iPhone World]



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  1. Tofino

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    any word from apple?

    correct me if i'm wrong, but as far as i know, there hasn't been ANY announcement on apple's part to confirm that rogers actually will be getting the iphone. i think there's a lot of wishful thinking on rogers' part, and until i hear the word from our 'dear leader' mr jobs, i wouldn't put ANY faith into their leaks/semi-announcements or any third party reports. for all we know there might be NO carrier for Canada, at least not for the first model of the iphone.

  1. trevc

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    collateral damage

    It seems that even if you don't want to buy an iPhone that people might benefit from it if Rogers is forced to change it's data limitations, etc.

    Thank you Apple.

  1. hybrid

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    Rogers data plans

    Rogers' data plans are absolutely disgraceful. I have a Blackberry Pearl, and had Blackberry email service for a month, at which point i promptly cancelled it. Only using email, with only a handful of sent messages, no Web surfing or other wireless services, the basic plan plus overage cost me over $100 a month ON TOP OF my voice plan.

    If Rogers thinks people are going to want the iPhone with data plans like that, they're completely deluding themselves.

  1. Sprocket

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    Rogers-iPhone: yes

    http://www.powerpage.org/2007/04/rogers_wireless_confirms_iphone_for_canada.html

    Personally, Rogers comes across like a Microsoft in the form of a cellphone/media dealer. Evil. Hopefully Fido will carry it too.

  1. t6hawk

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    Rogers is expensive

    I have a smart phone and use Rogers and I won't touch their data plans because it is absolutely rediculous. Roger's Portable Internet is a fraction of the cost. If Rogers wanted a lot of new customers they'd allow cellular users access for the same cost as the Portable broadband.

  1. bleee

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    CRTC's Fault

    It is totally the CRTC's fault for letting Roger purchase FIDO, we have 1 less carrier. Their GPRS/EDGE service charges are outragous and Canadian's who want GSM phones don't have any options but to use Rogers. I serously hope some of the American providers come up here and put Rogers/Bell/Telus in their place.

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