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Rogers confirmed as Canada iPhone provider

updated 02:20 pm EST, Thu January 25, 2007

Rogers, iPhone carrier

Rogers Wireless today announced that it will serve as the sole provider for Apple's iPhone in Canada, according to an e-mail message sent by the company to some of its customers. Confirming early investigations, Rogers said that it alone will offer the iPhone in the country and that it was actively working with Apple to speed the launch. Wording in the e-mail may also point to a sooner than expected release, according to Electronista. Canada traditionally trails behind the U.S. by several months for high-profile phone releases, but Rogers' email said that the iPhone will first be introduced in North America, raising the possibility that the handset may ship to Canada in advance of an expected October European launch. Rogers is closely associated with AT&T, which will be the sole provider to offer the iPhone in the U.S.




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  1. hybrid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Rogers data plans

    For the iPhone to take off, Rogers really needs to work on their data plans. Currently, they're ridiculously expsensive and aimed at people who have corporate plans. Their current offerings are priced far too high for the consumer and "prosumer" wireless data market.

    For example, in the U.S., you can get 1000 minutes and unlimited data on a T-Mobile account for $60/month. Rogers doesn't even offer unlimited data, but their highest data plan with the same number of voice minutes would cost well upwards of $100 a month.

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    RE: rogers data plans

    Actually even if you pay $100 a month to Rogers for their so called "unlimited data plan" if you read the fine print it's still NOT UNLIMITED so you can forget about streaming youtube or even streaming radio. I can't stress enough that WE REALLY need some more GSM providers in Canada currently we only have 1 Rogers Wireless that bought out the only other GSM provider a few years back FIDO (Microcell)

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Streaming UTube?

    If you would be a fool to stream movies on the thing outside of the range of WiFi, then you deserve to get screwed over.

  1. Mr. Fartleberry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    GSM

    I don't know wether an e-mail to someone is an official announcement but ... If Rogers iPhone service is anything like my high-speed internet - enough said. There will be no churn rate with a Rogers monopoly. So be carefull before you shell out for an iPhone. You sign a contract and you better like them for a few years.

    Were is Apple.ca in all this? They just refer you to an American press contact. A pretty cold way to handle a hot product.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    DAM IT

    Im with Fido, I just hope that Rogers allows Rogers bought phones to work with Fido SIM cards and plans. Oh well just have to get the phone unlocked otherwise.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: rogers data plans

    Actually even if you pay $100 a month to Rogers for their so called "unlimited data plan" if you read the fine print it's still NOT UNLIMITED so you can forget about streaming youtube or even streaming radio. I can't stress enough that WE REALLY need some more GSM providers in Canada currently we only have 1 Rogers Wireless that bought out the only other GSM provider a few years back FIDO (Microcell)

    Just so you know, that's pretty much standard fare for "Unlimited" wireless service through the cell carriers. They use the term 'unlimited' in terms of where and how often you can use the plan, but that's it. They say upfront (OK, upfront in the tiny print) that its intended for general surfing/mail usage, and not for high-bandwidth applications.

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