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Rogers details iPhone upgrade plans, adds iPad plan sharing

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Thu July 29, 2010

Rogers details iPhone 4 upgrade plans

Rogers in a last-minute update detailed its upgrade plans for the iPhone 4 and offered a data sharing plan for the iPad. The upgrade discounts are larger than before. Anyone who bought an iPhone between January 2009 and June 7 this year can buy a 16GB iPhone for $399 or a 32GB model for $499. Anyone who bought an iPhone 3G in 2008 and then upgraded to an iPhone 3GS between June 19 and September 15 of last year will pay much less, paying $159 or $269 respectively.

Likewise, those who only bought an iPhone 3G in 2008 and hasn't upgraded until now will also qualify for the $159 and $269 prices. Customers new to Rogers get the same discount. Fido customers get discounts of between $250 and $490 if they started a new agreement before June 7, and can count their FidoDollars toward the upgrade.

For all smartphones regardless of OS, the Canadian carrier is reviving its promotional smartphone data plan and, until September 30, will let subscribers get 6GB of data per month for $30.

Rogers hopes to preempt Bell's new iPad plan by offering an iPad data sharing plan of its own. Anyone with a 6GB plan can pay an extra $20 per month to share the data with an existing iPhone. The deal is twice as expensive as Bell's $10 leaked plan.

Rounding out the updates, Rogers is starting up a new form of Family Share plan that adds additional voice and data lines for an extra $25 per person, up to as many as five people.

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  1. hayesk

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    Pretty good.

    Wow - the company everyone loves to hate has reasonable upgrade prices and are selling them new with contract for $40 less than list price.

  1. Gazoobee

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    Joined: Feb 2009



    "Pretty good?" This is a *horrible* plan. It's basically the same plan they always give you, but you have to pay 20 dollars extra if you have an iPad. How is that "pretty good"????

    I have the 6GB plan now and it's an okay deal (except for about 20 bucks worth of unavoidable extras, fees, and taxes), but there is no way you can use even the smallest fraction of the data and you can't rollover the data.

    Unless you tether, it's almost impossible to use more than a few hundred MB of data out of the 6GB. Then the iPad comes out, but even though it's just the same as any netbook, you aren't allowed to tether without paying 20 bucks extra?

    Again, an average user, even tethering the iPad would be hard pressed to get anywhere near that 6GB limit, and now instead of 6GB for 30 bucks, you'll be getting the same 6GB for 50 bucks (plus 20 bucks worth of phone plan, plus 20 bucks worth of extras, fees, and taxes.)

    And that's the *cheapest* plan in Canada.

  1. facebook_Steph

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    Not the right price...

    I just called Rogers to confirm the price for myself. I bought a 3G in 2008, then when the 3GS came out last summer, I upgraded to that, so according to this article I should be eligible for th 159$ update.
    According to Rogers on the phone, they told me that I could upgrade, but for 399$ for the 16GB phone.
    Since they're making all their money on the data and voice packages, why don't they just let you upgrade whenever and not make it such a game?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Not the right price

    Since they're making all their money on the data and voice packages, why don't they just let you upgrade whenever and not make it such a game?

    Because they need the time of your contract to make up all the money they're paying apple for the phone (reports are like $400). They can't make that if you keep just upgrading year after year. Sure, they could try to get you to upgrade for another 2 years, but the problem there is all these laws that let you get out of your contract with penalty limitations, they're basically out the extra cash from all those extra years (for you'd be up in arms if they'd try to charge you $350 for cancelling on your '4 years' left after all those re-ups).

  1. testudo

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    Re: Which should be free ....

    Since you've already paid for the data ($30 per month), so it shouldn't cost MORE for you to use the same data; it's called sharing.

    No, you're paying $30 to use data ON THE iPHONE. You are not paying $30 for data.

    Why do you think it is only $30? You get a USB stick with data and it usually starts at twice that much.

  1. rickmiester

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    No $159 upgrade for me

    I also was told by Rogers that it would cost $399 to upgrade to the iPhone 4 even though I meet the $159 upgrade conditions as outline in the article. The in store staff and phone support had no knowledge of the $159 update conditions even though the Roger's web site seems to imply I was eligible for it.

    I don't mind paying for an upgrade but I don't like being lead to think I would get a $159 upgrade only to find out it wasn't to be after waiting hours in line. Rogers please publish the details fully and clearly for your upgrade offers.

    So I went elsewhere and am now the owner of an unlocked iPhone 4. Just have to wait two more years for my Roger's contract to be up.

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