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Rogers requires 3 year contract for iPhone 3G

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Jun 2008 15:09 User comments (14)

Rogers requires 3 year contract for iPhone 3G Would-be iPhone 3G customers in Canada have just been hit with the news that Rogers will require a 3-year contract for the smartphone along with the mandatory data plan.
The carrier also announced the price of the plans, with the cheapest at $60 CAD and the most expensive being $115 CAD although the the carrier did not say how much the phone itself will cost when it hits on July 11th.

The lower end plan will come with 150 minutes of voice calling, with unlimited evenings and weekends, 400 MB of data, 75 sent text messages, and unlimited incoming texts and visual voicemail messages.

The medium $75 plan will get you 300 weekday minutes, 750 MB of data, and 100 sent texts.

The most expensive, $115, will get subscribers 800 minutes of daytime calling, 2 GB of data, and 300 sent text messages.

Rogers said the 400MB plan is enough bandwidth for 200,000 emails and 3000 web pages browsed. The 2GB plan will get you 1 million emails and 16,000 web pages.

Despite unlimited access to all Rogers Wi-Fi hotspots, many predict that even 2GB will not be enough to satisfy most iPhone users. In comparison, in the US AT&T offers an unlimited data plan for $30 USD on top of a $39 USD voice plan.

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14 user comments

129.6.2008 15:58

3 years, thats garbage. 2 Gigs is a lot of browsing, but download 2 albums, or stream a couple movies and youre getting overage charges.

instead of 115, your bill will be closer to 1155. keeping track of minutes is hard enough, data will be impossible

229.6.2008 15:59

boycott the iphone, the samsung i900 will kill the ipone

329.6.2008 21:15

Iphone here doesn't even have an unlimited data plan.. in canada Rogers/fido is the only GSM phone company =S. Yahh, go rogers. I doubt anyone will buy one here and if they do they'll buy another phone then take there sim out and put it in there iphone they buy off ebay lol.

429.6.2008 23:29

Ahh, the good ole bend and lube! Three years? Posters, please list things that require longer contracts.

530.6.2008 0:37

Originally posted by Run4two:
Ahh, the good ole bend and lube! Three years? Posters, please list things that require longer contracts.

well, your contact with your new wife is good for about 3 years perhaps less.

that plan is garbage, but i will never own a smart phone. i like my run of the mill dumb phone with, unlimited calling. that btw i'll only use if get into some kinda trouble.

perhaps its a guy thing but when leave my house, i usually dont want to be bothered by chitchat over a phone.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Jun 2008 @ 0:38

630.6.2008 2:05

Come on my fellow Canucks! Are we not used to being shafted by the same stupid excuse of "Oh, Canada isn't as large a market as the U.S. to offer such deals." My friend in N.Y. on Verizon pays $35/mo. for UNLIMITED North American calling and no roaming charges!!! The day Rogers... wait, the day ANY provider in Canada offers these kinds of plans, is the day we become the next U.S. state.
Message to the CRTC: Open this baby up so we can get some true competition up here! There's Rogers, Telus, and Bell. Fido? Just a division of Rogers. Virgin? Barely making a dent in the market. The new Koodo (who comes up with these names)? Just a new division of Telus. This is not the type of competition that helps the end-user. But then again, when has what we want ever been priority?!

End Tirade.

<(._.<)

730.6.2008 3:36
nobrainer
Inactive

Rogers, what asshats. The answer is easy purchase one from another country unblock it and insert your fav sim card before the new Canadian DMCA and ACTA are made law as importing a phone and unblocking it would land you in prison or a hefty fine or maybe both.

You know DRM has nothing to do with price fixing!

Canadian DMCA is worse than the American one

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Proposed US ACTA multi-lateral intellectual property trade agreement (2007)

the proposed acta and bill Bill C-61 will aid the confusion to you guys in canada but do expect it to be pro consumer.

Who is really behind ACTA? Follow the money:

peace.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Jun 2008 @ 3:47

830.6.2008 4:52
blueroad
Inactive

lol ..the more i hear bout this phone..the more i wanna go to apple and shot a bazooka through the CEO's office..god how much more leeching can they possibly do? and with the limitations in place its not worth signing those 3 year plan documents..go to shopkami(dot)com and purchase yourself a nice advanced phone..theres even a duplicate of iphone in every way except its only 2 GB memory..but at least its unlocked already..

930.6.2008 6:29

Its better just to unlock your iphone . Its simple .

1030.6.2008 10:31

3 years?? in a year another phone will come up with twice the features, contracts should be a year, 18-months tops

1130.6.2008 14:54
lynchGOP
Inactive

No doubt Chaos...........................3 years with the same provider, PISS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phone will be outdated, service and pricing will be outdated and someone frankly............should hang Mr. Rogers up by his balls and teach him to stop screwing the public.

1230.6.2008 18:36

Originally posted by lynchGOP:
No doubt Chaos...........................3 years with the same provider, PISS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phone will be outdated, service and pricing will be outdated and someone frankly............should hang Mr. Rogers up by his balls and teach him to stop screwing the public.
you mean teach him to stop trying to screw the public ?

unfortunately there will always be some dimwits out there who will fall for it and bend over willingly and they can't be saved from a Mr Rogers all out anal attack.

131.7.2008 14:42

Quote:
Originally posted by lynchGOP:
No doubt Chaos...........................3 years with the same provider, PISS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phone will be outdated, service and pricing will be outdated and someone frankly............should hang Mr. Rogers up by his balls and teach him to stop screwing the public.
you mean teach him to stop trying to screw the public ?

unfortunately there will always be some dimwits out there who will fall for it and bend over willingly and they can't be saved from a Mr Rogers all out anal attack.
But you see, the thing about Canada, we do not have the amount of carriers the states has.

We have 4 Major carriers, Rogers, Bell, Fido (Which Rogers owns), and Telus. And all 3 are garbage. So either way, we're screwed.

143.7.2008 21:16

I was under the impression that three year contracts are the normal in Canada?

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