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Revised Rogers iPhone plans on October 1st?

updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri September 5, 2008

New Rogers iPhone plans?

Rogers Wireless will be changing its base iPhone bundles come October 1st, an anonymous source claims. Having agreed to extend its popular 6GB data plan to the end of September, the Canadian carrier has only so far made reference to changes in normal iPhone data plans for subsequent months. The rumored new bundles would include a $60 plan with 250 daytime minutes, 75 texts and 1GB of data, as well as Visual Voicemail, three months of unlimited local calling, and a permanent MY5 Local option. At present, an equivalent $60 plan grants just 150 minutes and 400MB of data, with no MY5 Local calling included.

Another new bundle, costing $75, would allegedly incorporate 400 minutes, 100 texts and 2GB of data, again with Visual Voicemail and three months of unlimited local calling, but additionally upgrading MY5 Local to National.

Rogers has been under considerable pressure to adjust its plans, which are seen as extremely restrictive compared to AT&T in the United States. Although the latter company's plans start at $70 and do not include texting by default, they offer more voice minutes, and unlimited data access.




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  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    despite the roger bashing

    that plan makes Bell Canada blackberry plans pale in comparison.

    I'm paying $75 after taxes for 200 minutes, evenings & weekends, and a paltry 8MB of "enterprise" data.

    I'm really starting to hate my carrier...

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Wow--expensive

    What robbery. $60 for 250 anytime minutes, 1GB of data, and 75 texts??? I felt that $75 for 450 anytime minutes, unlimited data, and 1500 texts was pricey. I guess I shouldn't complain. Why is it so expensive in Canada?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    No Competition

    There's no real competition in Canada, plus you are stuck with three year plans. Once they got you, you are hooked and they can play you for all they want.

    I have to admit, though, until I can actually save files from the internet to my iphone, the 6G is overkill. I used the internet a lot, on purpose, during the first week I had it. I barely scratched 100M of surfing.

    It's convenient, but not that convenient. I'm finding the messaging to be more useful for me than the surfing.

    Now if I could RETAIN web pages and read them later, it would be incredibly useful. Having to recapture the information every time you go back to that page is a major hassle I would like to avoid.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    AT&T is 5GB !=unlimited

    You should google a little. There is a 5GB soft cap on the AT&T plans in the US.

    Also, our data generally works all the time while AT&T is apparently c*** and capped at 1.5Mbps while I can get over 2.0Mbps on Fido with my iPhone.

    BTW. I bought my iPhone on launch day (July 11th) and I have used 750MB download and 42.2MB upload. I have watched some YouTube, sat on a coach bus to a from the airport with google maps running GPS data, received numerous push emails, surfed the net and updated a bunch of apps.

    I decided to go with the 6GB plan because of fear monger from losers like you anonymous Guest. I bet most of the whiners concerning "unlimited" data do not even have a smart phone let alone an iPhone.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Rogers Employee??

    I guess you don't talk much on your iphone then with 250 anytime minutes. My data speeds on my iphone in the U.S. (yes I have one) are fantastic and I actually get to use it a phone without incurring overage charges.

    Maybe you work for Rogers or you would recognize they're clearly taking advantage of people with their data caps and 3 year contracts. Whatever, I'm in the U.S. so it doesn't matter to me. Keep overpaying for your service and enjoy! I'll also be eligible for an upgrade after 2 years. ha ha

  1. August08

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    O2 kicks Rogers Butt

    Living in the UK has some advantages for a change. My O2 contract is 35 (now approximately $66 Canadian), which gives me 600 minutes, 500 Texts and Unlimited Data!! Now why can't they do this in the US or Canada? Seems the North American Mobile Companies need a lesson in true commerce and the FCC and CRTC need to start working for the citizens that pay their salaries and not the corporations that lobby their MPs and Congressman. Wake Up North America the Telecoms industry needs a swift kick in the pants!! (And BTW they got away with spying on you as well!!)

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Fido Customer here.

    What about Telus/Bell and their "unlimited" internet which is either WAP only or limited by a long list of terms and conditions which include: limited list of email providers they support, data access limited to surfing and certain applications only?

    Are you a Bell or Telus employee?

    I'm a customer of Fido and I have no connection with the telco business. I just happen to be realistic about the Canadian market given it's size and low population density.

    I would never go with Telus or Bell because I like having a GSM phone that I can use anywhere in the world.

    I already feel like I was tricked into the 6GB plan by trolls like you. Imagine how irate I would be if I only had a choice of unlimited data but had to pay 40 dollars because of the size of the Canadian market.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    @aristotles

    I'm also a Fido customer (have been for seven years). I really liked Fido when they were a separate company. Since Rogers bought them out, they've also become EVIL in all the same ways of Rogers (not really in their control), which is a real shame.

    Whatever decision you made is your responsibility. You can't blame other people for your decisions. Plus, keep in mind that you have 15 days with Fido from the date that you sign a contract to change any portion of it; so you could have dropped to a cheaper data package.

    Also, keep in mind that other people's usage varies. I'm a realtor and a mortgage broker. I can actually run through 6GB of data in a month. Typical email attachment for me is 4-20MB, and I get 100's of those daily. I also do quite a lot of SSL browsing which adds to your traffic (gets even worse with a VPN). I use Google Maps a lot. I mean A LOT.

    Let me put it in perspective. At home, I don't really have a cap, but I easily go over 60GB of up/down traffic a month (I had to move off of Shaw to Telus for that reason). So on the road, I easily will use 10% of that traffic. So yeah, 6GB is still a little short for me, and there are a lot of people like me.

    There is one thing that you cannot dispute; phone plans, be it voice or data, are insanely expensive in Canada, compared to the rest of the world (even third world countries). Whatever our geography, it cannot be much different than Russia. And I'm sure even they have more affordable plans compared to us (or Brazil or whatever).

    So don't defend an EVIL corporation like Rogers because they don't deserve it. Just the fact that they made you sign a 3-year agreement is a testament to that fact.


  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @shawnde

    Don't defend an evil corporation like Telus. There was an elderly couple in BC who burned to death because Telus would not show up to fix their phone and a fire started in the couple's home. Because they phone was dead, they could not call for help and assistance did not show up in time.

    I'm sure there are "business" plans with higher caps for cellular cards for a laptop with Rogers but don't expect unlimited data without limits for consumers. I have to wonder why you would need 20MB attachments with email.

    If I was in your situation, I would have a business account with Big pipe (shaw) and keep all of the email with attachments going to through that account and general contact email going through the wireless provider.

    There is no reason to be downloading such large attachments on a cell phone since you cannot exactly edit them or print them like you could on a laptop or desktop.

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