updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon June 15, 2009
Rogers 3G S Price Leak
(Update with extra leaks) The version of the iPhone 3G S bound for Canadian provider Rogers and its sister carrier Fido may cost disproportionately more for existing customers than it will in the US, according to claims made by Fido representatives. While the three-year pricing is technically lower priced than the US counterpart, Fido reportedly says the newer device will cost a minimum of $799 CAD non-contract for a 16GB model and $899 for a 32GB version, or significantly higher than the equivalent $567 and $680 prices in the US.
The pricing may make the updated hardware disproportionately more expensive for Canadians who already use the iPhone 3G or else haven't had cellular service through Rogers for the two years it normally takes to qualify for a full upgrade. Unlike AT&T, which has said it will still partially subsidize the iPhone's price even for early upgrades, Rogers has so far only gone on record as offering either the three-year contract or entirely contract-free pricing.
If true, the difference would likely be attributed to the larger amount of expected revenue inherent to a three-year phone plan that is no longer guaranteed with a contract-free purchase. Rogers and Fido typically charge about $500 for canceling both voice and data plans and so would lose money with a significantly lower price.
A spokesperson for Rogers has been contacted regarding the claimed prices but hasn't had an opportunity to respond.
Update: BGR says it has leaked Best Buy Canada information which suggests the no-contract devices will be $100 less expensive at $700 for the 16GB model and $800 for 32GB.