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Rogers to offer unlimited data, prep for iPhone?

updated 12:40 pm EST, Sat January 26, 2008

Rogers Unlimited Data Leak

Canadian cell provider Rogers Wireless is set to institute a series of changes to its cellular data plans that should pave the way for devices such as the iPhone, according to increasingly corroborated reports. A tip indicates that the carrier will begin offering a reworking of the company's $20 monthly Communicate Package that allows both unlimited Internet access from a given phone as well as up to 2500 SMS text messages, 1000 MMS picture or video messages, and calling extras such as voicemail and caller ID. A separate $7 plan will offer just the Internet use and 50 minutes of video calling with Rogers' VISION service, while a $5 plan will offer just the data alone.

The Rogers service is believed to mirror similar offerings from AT&T in the US, though offering far more messages than most AT&T plans. Like the American plan, the unlimited transfers would only apply to 'feature' phones rather than dedicated smartphones; BlackBerries and Windows Mobile devices would be exempt from the service and have their own separate rates. Rogers will track each phone's International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) to automatically determine whether a device is allowed to use an unlimited plan, though whether this will apply to unlocked handsets is unknown. Tethering those devices that qualify for the unlimited plan to a computer for modem use is expected to incur an extra cost.

The move is believed to partly be a direct reaction to Bell's $7 data plan, which offers unlimited Internet use for the HTC Touch, as well as to lowered data rates as a whole for competitors. However, the plan is also regarded by observers as a necessary prelude to the introduction of the iPhone to the country. Rogers is the only major provider in the country to operate a GSM phone network needed for the Apple device but has often maintained some of the highest fees for data use in North America, until recently charging as much as $295 per month for less features than AT&T's basic $60 iPhone plan. Rogers has claimed to be bringing the iPhone to Canada since shortly after its unveiling in January 2007, though negotiations are not believed to have begun until after the phone's US launch in late June.

Current reports would have the Rogers data rate change take effect on February 5th but are not believed to be timed with any future Apple or other handset introductions.



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  1. aristotles

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    They better do this

    If Rogers does not want a customer revolt on their hands, they better institute these changes or some of us will simply switch to Bell and just buy cheap pay as you go phone when travelling in Europe since Bell still uses CDMA.

  1. imagine engine

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    Incorrect information

    Rogers isn't releasing the $7.00 MSF Unlimited Mobile Browser plan or the new $20.00 MSF Communicate Value Pack until Feburary 5 and they are not for data devices such as the HTC Touch. Just as clearly shown on Bell's site their similar packages are not allowed for data devices. If added in error by a dealer the customer could have a $80000.00 data bill like one of their Bell customers recently received.

  1. Athens

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    Fido

    Since Rogers owns fido, I hope they bring it out for Rogers and Fido and allow a data plan seperate from Voice plans because I wont give up my cityfido even for the iPhone.

  1. themattyg

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    comwave & apple

    Before any iPhone goodness comes to Canada, Apple has to settle the issue of trademark infringement. The term iPhone was trademarked in Canada by Comwave 3 months before Apple did so in the US. I haven't heard a whole lot lately, so it *could* be dealt with, but the last I heard was that Apple and Comwave were still in talks (as of Nov/07). But Comwave is still are still showing their highly annoying commercials, so I doubt that they've settled yet. Unless we have another Apple/Cisco Deal, which is always a possibility.

  1. VHMP01

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    Copying again?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone#Trademark

    Under subtitle “Patents and copyrights”:

    “LG Electronics claimed the iPhone's design was copied from the LG Prada”.

    “On September 3, 1993, Infogear filed for the U.S. trademark ‘I PHONE’ and on March 20, 1996 applied for the trademark ‘IPhone’”. In this case even the copied idea: “Infogear's trademarks cover ‘communications terminals comprising computer hardware and software providing integrated telephone, data communications and personal computer functions’ 1993 filing”, “Infogear released a telephone with an integrated web browser under the name iPhone in 1998”.

    “In June 2000, Cisco Systems acquired Infogear, including the iPhone trademark. On December 18, 2006 they released a range of re-branded Voice over IP (VoIP) sets under the name iPhone”.

    “As of October 2006 only the Singapore and Australian applications had been granted” for copying innovation and names Apple.

    Comwave: “The Canadian application was opposed in August 2005 by a Canadian company called Comwave who themselves applied for the trademark three months later. Comwave have been selling VoIP devices called iPhone since 2004”.

    Compromise Mr. Jobs: “On February 2, 2007, Apple and Cisco announced that they had agreed to temporarily suspend litigation while they hold settlement talks,[99] and subsequently announced on February 20, 2007 that they had reached an agreement. Both companies will be allowed to use the "iPhone" name[100] in exchange for ‘exploring interoperability’ between their security, consumer, and business communications products”.

    “The iPhone's touch interface has been compared by some media to the HTC Touch,which also features a touchscreen designed for fingers, although it can also be used with a stylus and lacks multi-touch. Another product that has been compared to the iPhone is the MyOrigo MyDevice, which was released in 2003, and like the iPhone, featured a touchscreen and accelerometer”.

    How about Multi-Touch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch

    Not really ‘Original Tech’ from Apple either is it?

  1. BelugaShark

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    re: copying again?

    you're post is based on an assumed question that no one asked. No one here has assumed that the iPhone name was an Apple innovation, nor was a web-browser on a smart-phone, nor was touch screen on an Apple device, nor was a multiple-touch screen. Yeah none of these were Apple innovations, thanks, we're all aware of that. So thanx for wasting your time in Wikipedia for our entertainment, we already knew all that.

    Bye now. don't let the door smack yo a**!

  1. VHMP01

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    re: Copying again?

    Belugashark… Someone did mention “Comwave” if you can read, so before you came up with all the ‘glories’ I posted relevant themes to it from the begining, so all your ‘Nor Apple this and that’ make me rest my case. You can probably close your own doors, thank you.

  1. BelugaShark

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    re: copying again?

    vhmp01 what makes you assume that I didn't read the posts. The Comwave post only applies to the name iPhone, so what? No one is arguing that the iPhone is totally innovative or "Original Tech" as your post implies.

    watch that a** spank'n door.

  1. VHMP01

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    Case rested...

    Belug'a**'hark… “No one is arguing that the iPhone is totally innovative or “Original Tech” as your post implies”. Rest my case, thanks again.

    Don't worry about the doors!

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