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iPhone in Canada to launch on Fido, Rogers [U]

updated 06:05 pm EDT, Mon June 9, 2008

iPhone for Fido and Rogers

(Updated with device pricing) Apple today on its iPhone 3G for Canada site revealed that the new iPhone 3G will be available for both Fido and its parent company Rogers Wireless in the country. The news expands on the previous Rogers-only announcement and will let users of either service buy the phone when it becomes available in Canada on July 11th. Rogers says it will sell the phone at the same $199 (8GB) and $299 (16GB) prices as in the US, but will require a longer three-year contract common to providers in the territory.

Full plan pricing and costs for the phone with shorter plans or contract-free service are unavailable. Rogers doesn't currently offer an unlimited smartphone data plan and instead relies on a $7 unlimited web browsing plan for most of its devices, including a handful of smartphone-class devices such as the Nokia N95 8GB. These plans typically charge a per-kilobyte rate for data used outside of the browser itself or through specially-authorized applications, though Rogers hasn't said whether these rules will apply to Apple's product.



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  1. Jerome

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    +1

    Great!

    Good to see it in both brands. Now, how much will data usage cost?

  1. Guest

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    +3

    pricing same as us?

    Maybe the price for the phone itself is expected to be similar to the US price, but the plans associated with the iPhone [particularly the data plan] is expected to be MUCH HIGHER than similar plans available in the US.

  1. midtoad

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    +5

    sleeping

    Rogers is sleeping. their pres Rob Bruce is busy hobnobbing with the Apple execs while he keeps the staff in the dark. I just spoke with a Rogers customer care person who has no idea if or when Rogers will be carrying the iPhone nor at what price. So much for empowering your team.

    Meanwhile over at the Fido website - which was off-line due to high demand for several hours this morning - there is no news about the iPhone.

    A golden opportunity to build some buzz, and Rogers is blowing it. Could it be that they think they don't need to actually do any work to sell this product except sit back and rake in the cash?

  1. sixcolors

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    +6

    Sad day

    We'll it's a sad day to be Canadian once again. If you take a look at the Rogers rate plans we all would need a second job just to pay for their plans.

    Fück Rogers!

  1. Guest

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    Sheesh

    It's a big gamble for Rogers. If they launch an AT&T level rate plan for the iPhone, they'll lose revenues from their highest-ARPU (average revenues per unit) subscribers -- road warriors with $200 /mo Blackberry bills.

    But on the flip side, the device's appeal will poach customers from Bell and Telus, who can't really respond. And the losses of high-ARPU-user revenue might be made up by existing low-end subscribers switching up to the first smartphone with really broad consumer appeal...

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  1. jarod

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    The problem

    is that Canada is a socialist country and its people are dumb silent sheep. No one ever stands up and takes action for anything; they just sit back and mumble amongst each other while other laugh at them. This is esp true of French Canadian; the worst of em all. LOL

  1. JohnnyFive

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    re: jarod

    brushing up on your english as a second language course are we?

  1. karmatose

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    +5

    That is so lame..

    There's no way I'm signing a 3-year contract to get the phone at that price. I'm almost thinking I'm better off to buy an unlocked previous-gen one on eBay for an inflated price to avoid the lock-in. There's at least four new providers coming to Canada in the near future and I'd rather have the ability to jump ship at the earliest convenience. Rogers can lick my n******.

  1. zaghahzag

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    Joined: Aug 2006

    +9

    canada a territory

    Hey, guys, maybe you can not refer to Canada as a "territory" it's a 100% sovereign country. You're embarrassing the rest of the USA, 59% of whom know this.

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

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    Re: jarod

    You should really go back to school and read up a bit.

    Such ignorance.

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