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.