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Rogers to offer $30 6GB iPhone 3G plan [U]

updated 09:45 am EDT, Wed July 9, 2008

Rogers 6GB iPhone 3G

(Updated with extra plan info) Rogers and its sub-brand Fido today made concessions to potential subscribers worried about low bandwidth by offering a limited-run promotional plan for the iPhone 3G. Customers who sign up for the Apple device before the end of August will have access to a $30 monthly plan that offers 6GB of data per month while purchased with any existing voice plan Rogers or Fido already offers. The pricing effectively gives an iPhone user enough bandwidth to watch nearly 105 hours of YouTube videos per month on the cellular connection, Rogers claims.

Users will also be able to upgrade to the iPhone 3G, according to the company, and should be purchasable online. However, Visual Voicemail is considered separate from the data plan and will cost an additional $8 per month, as will text messages. Subscribers can still order these individually or as part of value packs.

In addition to the last-minute plan addition, certain Rogers and Fido stores will also open at the same 8AM advance date as American Apple and AT&T stores, including Fido's flagship Montreal shop as well as individual Rogers stores in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Apple Canada isn't believed to be selling the iPhone 3G either online or at retail.

Company spokeswoman Elizabeth Hamilton also notes that the 6GB plan isn't limited to the iPhone 3G and will apply to any 3G-capable smartphone sold by Rogers or Fido during the timespan, including the BlackBerry Bold. The official also doesn't expect the discount to last past the August 31st cut-off date. Such news points to the $30 deal primarily overcoming concerns over a dampened iPhone 3G launch rather than a long-term solution.



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  1. smithereensblog

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    Better than nothing...

    Well, it's not unlimited, but it's better than nothing. For once, it's nice to see that Rogers is actually -responding- to the PR storm caused by ruinediphone.com, my story about diverted stocks to Europe and Appleinsider's scoop on Apple stores not carrying the phone.

    Maybe I will have to update my tongue-in-cheek followup post The Rogers Wireless 5 Step Guide to Building a Loyal Customer Base... nah, most of it still holds true ;)

    Daniel Smith
    Smithereens Blog

  1. smithereensblog

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    The URL

    Apparently you can't use HTML here. Well if you want to check out the followup article for a laugh, it's here: http://smithereensblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/with-all-news-lately-about-impending.html

  1. iDoctor

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    Can't find link ..

    I can't find the link to the new pricing .. can anybody help?

  1. Guest

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    No such info on Rogers

    As far as the iPhone information page on Robbers web site goes there is no mention of this new option, plus if you can get 6GB for $30 why are they're still listing the outrageous plans starting at $60 for only 400MB?

    My friends and I will not be getting an iPhone until Robbers sorts out their crazy plans and confusion (if ever). We're 5 less customers for Robbers. We've been waiting for a full year for this and like every other Canadian we're extremely disappointed, displeased and feeling abused.

  1. JohnnyFive

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    @Guest

    if you go to their investor relations page and look at the press releases, it's there.

    when you have a big company like rogers, the left hand doesn't usually know what the right hand is doing.

  1. seventn

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    enough is enough

    I'm sick and tired of all the f

  1. enigma400

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    Article Incorrect

    This article is incorrect the actual new plan is $30 for 300MB and $100 for 6GB. Check out near the bottom of the page on fido's website.
    http://www.fido.ca/web/content/phonepromo/promoq208iphone

  1. JohnnyFive

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    @engima400

    i guess fido has a different offering. from rogers' pr:

    "Effective July 11, and as a limited time promotional offer for customers
    who activate by August 31 on a three year contract, a data-only offering of
    6GB of data for $30 per month is being made available that can be added to any
    in-market voice plan."

  1. Guest

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    Misleading news

    The news on Rogers clearly states that for additional $30 you'll be getting 6GB of data. It's not even a monthly plan. It's additional cost to the customer to get 6GB of data.

    "Effective July 11, and as a limited time promotional offer for customers
    who activate by August 31 on a three year contract, a data-only offering of
    6GB of data for $30 per month is being made available that can be added to any
    in-market voice plan"

  1. drole.homme

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    wow

    How much data do people need? Albeit 100mb is non enough but how many YouTube clips do people watch? I think I've used upto 700mb one month. Yeah 3G/app store/sync will demand more data but wow! Plus isn't AT&T's unlimited limited to 5GB? like Verizon... like Sprint... sorry T-Mo nobody uses you're data :(

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