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Rogers iPhone 3G S to cost $799 full price? [U]

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon June 15, 2009

Rogers 3G S Price Leak

(Update with extra leaks) The version of the iPhone 3G S bound for Canadian provider Rogers and its sister carrier Fido may cost disproportionately more for existing customers than it will in the US, according to claims made by Fido representatives. While the three-year pricing is technically lower priced than the US counterpart, Fido reportedly says the newer device will cost a minimum of $799 CAD non-contract for a 16GB model and $899 for a 32GB version, or significantly higher than the equivalent $567 and $680 prices in the US.

The pricing may make the updated hardware disproportionately more expensive for Canadians who already use the iPhone 3G or else haven't had cellular service through Rogers for the two years it normally takes to qualify for a full upgrade. Unlike AT&T, which has said it will still partially subsidize the iPhone's price even for early upgrades, Rogers has so far only gone on record as offering either the three-year contract or entirely contract-free pricing.

If true, the difference would likely be attributed to the larger amount of expected revenue inherent to a three-year phone plan that is no longer guaranteed with a contract-free purchase. Rogers and Fido typically charge about $500 for canceling both voice and data plans and so would lose money with a significantly lower price.

A spokesperson for Rogers has been contacted regarding the claimed prices but hasn't had an opportunity to respond.

Update: BGR says it has leaked Best Buy Canada information which suggests the no-contract devices will be $100 less expensive at $700 for the 16GB model and $800 for 32GB.



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  1. bogmonster

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    Joined: Jan 2007

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    Buy American, I guess...

    Even with the exchange rate bouncing around a bit, you'll still save over a hundred dollars by nipping across the border for cheap smokes, booze and a new iPhone.

    Now if only there were a different carrier than Rogers...otherwise it's just a really expensive iPod

  1. MacinTalk

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    Joined: Jul 2006

    +4

    Typical Rogers

    It's really sad that Rogers never, ever seems to fully grasp that their customers are the ones who keep their business alive. I guess when you have such a huge database of customers and only one other real competitor in all of Canada, they can do pretty much anything they want.

    Since no one else besides Rogers (and Fido) have the iPhone, they're having a field day with this one. Sad, but typical.

  1. Graeme

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    Joined: Oct 2008

    0

    Typical Rogers, yes but..

    Typical Rogers yes, but also typically Canadian.

    Canadians, rarely ahead of anything, usually always lagging behind something or someone else.

  1. boupierre

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    Joined: Jun 2009

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    rogers - contract terms

    When you singed up for the iPhone 3G, you singed a three-year contract (yes that sucks compared to the 2-year term in the US and 18 months in a lot of Europe) - but, it means that Rogers/Fido are amortizing the cost of their subsidy over a 36-month term so it makes sense that they will charge more BUT if you are forced to pay 100% of the phone, you should not be obliged to extend the contract.

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: Jul 2004

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    I got 150 off

    At Fido, they were offering current 3G subscribers a free 100 Fido dollar discount towards the purchas of a 3GS and so I was able combine that with my 50 fido dollars when I bought my 32GB iPhone 3GS on launch day.

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