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iPhone, N95 in Canada by summer?

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Sat April 26, 2008

iPhone and N95 Rogers Leak

Two top smartphones may finally be available on an official basis in Canada before the summer, according to separate reports. The Toronto Star cites industry contacts who tell the newspaper that the country's lone major GSM cell provider, Rogers, aims to launch the iPhone in time for it to be included in a campaign promoting touchscreen phones at the company, which will include the upcoming LG Vu and likely earlier devices such as the HTC Touch. The marketing effort will begin sometime between May and July and is allegedly supported by evidence that Apple and Rogers were nearing a finalized deal earlier this year for the latter to carry the iPhone.

For practical purposes, Rogers' campaign would likely need to start no sooner than June. Apple plans to hold its Worldwide Developer Conference in the middle of that month and is believed by analysts to be readying the introduction of an iPhone at that time that will be capable of supporting 3G cellular Internet access on some networks, including Rogers' service.

Although Rogers has been frequently criticized for having some of the highest-priced mobile data of any cellular provider in Canada, the provider has taken steps that appear to prepare the company's network for devices such as Apple's. Rogers earlier this year launched an unlimited data bundle similar to AT&T's for the iPhone that gives users both unfettered browsing on most of its devices as well as a set amount of MMS/SMS messages and voicemail. The company is also ahead of AT&T in offering more advanced 3G features on its network, which include both two-way video calling on supporting devices as well as 7.2-megabit HSDPA downloads on portions of its network. The 3G iPhone is understood to use a newer Infineon chipset that would support both normal HSDPA service as well as its faster variety on Rogers.

However, the Star report doesn't explain whether Apple has cleared an ongoing trademark conflict between itself and Ontario-based service provider Comwave that many see as a crucial obstacle to the iPhone's sale in the country. Apple is known to have filed for an iPhone trademark before Comwave but has been challenged for doing so three months after Comwave launched an iPhone-branded VoIP calling service, preventing ready adoption of the iPhone name by Apple. First findings by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office aren't anticipated until late June barring an agreement or settlement before that timeframe.

A successful iPhone launch in June or July would be potentially damaging to Canadian cellphone designer Research in Motion, whose first HSDPA BlackBerry is rumored to be delayed until August for technical reasons.

Meanwhile, another often-touted rival to the iPhone is expected in Canada ahead of either of its competitors, says a separate rumor. The Nokia N95 is purportedly due on Rogers' network by May 2nd and should include all the features of the reference N95 North America Model, including true GPS, Wi-Fi, and Rogers-compatible 3G data. If the report is proven true, the device will be available for $699 without a contract (likely less when subsidized) and would both come bundled with a video output cable for viewing on a TV as well as support Rogers' video calling feature.

Rogers has never officially mentioned the N95, but has listed the device as supporting game downloads from its online store alongside carrier-sanctioned handsets.



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  1. imagine engine

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    Misleading information.

    The unlimited data bundle the article suggests does not exist with Rogers. I believe the author is attempting to refer to the $20.00 MSF Communicate Value Pack which includes unlimited mobile WAP browser (doesn't cover email or data downloads), call display, voicemail, name display, who called, 2500 National sms and 1000 picture/video messages. It is not allowed on data devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry, HTC Touch or Palm Treo. The same is true for the $7.00 and $25.00 MSF Vision plans which are only eligible on Vision phones sold by Rogers (ie: LG TU720 Shine, Sony Ericsson K850i).

    If Apple ever resolves the trademark dispute with Comwave and if Rogers gets the iPhone I'm sure they will provide an iPhone voice & data plan similar to what is offered for Blackberry customers. While I enjoy my iPhone it looks like Sony Ericsson will get my money on the next smartphone purchase when they release their Xperia X1 later this year. Reason being I doubt Apple is going to buy the trademark from Comwave. Also I really want HSPA with video calling in a smartphone that's just as easy to use as the iPhone but where I can at least have support for my product unlike my unlocked iPhone.

  1. ruffdeezy

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    No new info

    There isn't really anything in the Toronto Star article that we haven't heard before. Sounds like just a recap story of everything we have heard the past few months.

  1. testudo

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    and

    another day, another possibility of a rumor of the iPhone reaching some country in the future!

  1. jarod

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    Honestly

    I think the real reason why Apple is still not in Canada is simply because they don't give a s*** about that socialist ice cap. Understandably so too.

  1. tgarbutt

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    Competition

    Well said Jarod!

    Rogers will offer the iPhone to Canada, as well as other Canadian carriers, likely this decade. Hopefully Rogers will fall flat on its face!

    Meanwhile I am using my iPhone on the Rogers net (as are many others) for $20 month! Wifi connection gives me free net access.

    Sooner or later Canadians will get educated that Canadian business practices are pre-historic, Enronistic and start agitating for, or searching out, alternatives (such as Voip). Until then, the usual suspects (Rogers, Bell, Shaw, etc.) will continue to gouge, 'traffic shape', bit torrent packet drop and otherwise ripoff their Canadian customers (with the complete cooperation of the CRTC).

    Terry

  1. cdezign

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    n95

    i bought an iphone to replace my unlocked n95 to find that i actually liked using my N95 more. Sold the iphone and went back to the N95. Iphones are to restrictive... althought i do miss the touch control features.

  1. legacyb4

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    would like an iphone

    but will be upgrading my cell phone to a Blackberry Curve this week; sick and tired of waiting and I figure I'll just wait until Canadian iPhone v2 hits our shores before I jump ship again.

  1. hayesk

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    Re: honestly

    Apple doesn't care at all about Canadian politics. The fact is there are only 30 million people living in Canada. Apple is selling the iPhone in more populous countries first because they'll make more money sooner. It's that simple.

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