Updated Again! iPhone in Canada: Rogers Hoses Hosers on Data Hose, eh?

Sarumon Consults the Eye of Rogers on Canadian iPhone 3G Data Rates

I hate to say I told you so. I hate to have told you so. But mostly I just hate Rogers' breathing guts for telling us all so: No unlimited data for Canadian iPhone users and -- wait for it -- no reasonable data rates beneath the meager caps either! (But then, maybe I just hate myself for ever daring to hope the GSM monopoly would ever move off the worst data rates in the data world!). Not even the 5/6GB options available to BlackBerry and WinMob/Palm users?!

Thanks to Cherryhead25 for the tip!

UPDATE: Via Engadget's comments, here's the direct link for the Canadian Competition Bureau, where complaints can be registered:


UPDATE 2: Via HoFo, here's the link to Rep. David McGuinty's petition for House Bill C-555 to promote transparency and fairness in Canadian telcos: http://www.davidmcguinty.com/english/Take_Action/Petition_The_House/Petition_C_555_Frais_d_acces.html

Plans, similar for both Rogers and their Fido sub-brand, after the break!

PriceVoiceEvening + WeekendDataSMS OutSMS InVisual Voicemail
$60150 minutes unlimited400 MB 75 Unlimited Unlimited
$75300 minutesunlimited750 MB100UnlimitedUnlimited
$100600 minutesunlimited1 GB200UnlimitedUnlimited
$115800 minutesunlimited2 GB300UnlimitedUnlimited
Rogers Wireless will also offer two voice value packs for popular wireless features: a $15 monthly value pack including Caller ID, Who Called, Caller Ring Trax, 2,500 Sent Text Messages and 2,500 Call Forwarding Minutes; and a $20 monthly value pack including Caller ID, Who Called, Caller Ring Trax, 10,000 Sent Text Messages and 6:00 p.m. Early Evening Calling and 2,500 Call Forwarding Minutes.

There we have it. Caller Ring Trax (?!) if you want them, but nothing competitive with the rest of the world.


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Updated Again! iPhone in Canada: Rogers Hoses Hosers on Data Hose, eh?


You guys could have reformatted the table to make it easier to read but it doesn't seem terrible. Low-end plan for $60 allows ~12MB/day with unlimited texting. Figure most will opt for $75 or $100 plans with more voice and data and getting 1 gig a month of data isn't something to complain about.

@carly: D'oh, the update seems to have killed the formatting. Redone as a table!
And it is terrible, and worth complaining about simply because it still makes Canada the laughing stock of the data world.

Any plans for users that already have voice plans with (long) contract?
Complain all you want...nothing seems to change here...guess iPhone will just remain just a dream for many of us..

Laughing stock of the data world? Perhaps.
But here in the US where you pay $0.20-0.25 per SMS without a plan the data pricing doesn't look so bad.
Admittedly, the voice component is puzzling to say the least. 150 minutes of talk time (for a month) while paying $60 for that privilege is obscene.

This is a joke.. I'm From Canada and was going to love and thought Apple would have forced Rogers into a unlimited cheap rate.. Well now I blame Apple for not protecting its buyers..
And again people think 65 is cheap please add the access fee taxes and since there is not even caller id and such and not enough txt messages u want the essentials pack that is not listed and in the end ur paying 120+ if not more.....

Bah, stop complaining. New Zealand has what must be the worst cellphone rates in the developed world (and maybe even the world, first, second and third).
Converting that to NZ$, I'd get about the same price for a plan with about 1/10 the text messages (which I don't use, by and large), with double the data and double the minutes. There's no such thing as 'unlimited' weekends over here, so that'd be a huge improvement.
Is it massively better? Not really. Is it still an improvement? Yep. Well, unless you text a lot.
Sounds like Rogers is the sole GSM provider? Same here. Until the end of the year or so. Thank god Vodafone was 'dissuaded' from locking handsets.

Seriously if you dont like the price dont buy it you dont like rogers get screwed by another company its all the same i have worked for rogers for 3 years and its all the same cell phone companies will always find a way to screw you if its not rogers then its telus if not telus then its bell its all the same. so stop complaining its not going ot change anything. There are plenty of entry level plans that work just fine nobody ever said you had to buy an iphone.