Rogers Releases iPhone Rates, no Unlimited Data
Well, here it is...the fabled Rogers iPhone pricing plan.
So far, it seems to be a wash. No unlimited data plans, the most you can get is 2 GB a month. Now I doubt I'd visit 16,000 websites as the press release offers, but while waiting for a friend I might want to watch some youtube videos, or pay for and watch episodes off itunes, tv network sites and hulu, etc.
That one afternoon might run me close to my limit. And word is, if you go over it, you have to pay $30...and then the meter starts ticking.
I can see a lot of people getting nailed by this.
Not to mention the evening hours starting at 9pm. That's not evening, that's night! Oh, and the three year lock-in plan.
So the basic plan will cost plus $15/month for caller ID, plus 6.95 system access fee, probably a $35 activation fee for new subscribers. And $199 for the phone. Overage charges on iPhone data are unclear. The is no unlimited data option.
The phone does come with free wifi at Rogers/fido hotpots at least which is nice at least.
Call it $81.95 a month at minimum with caller ID. Or $3,182 plus GST/PST over the live over the 3 year contract.
UPDATE: Overage charges are $30 ($0.50/MB) for the first 60MB in overage and $0.03/MB after that. Official iphone pricing page on Rogers.com.
Rogers Wireless picked the eve of the Canada Day long weekend to finally reveal data plan pricing for the highly-anticipated iPhone, which will officially be available in Canada on July 11. As suspected, there’s no unlimited data offering: the most expensive plans runs for $115, and allows 2 GB of data along with 800 voice minutes, plus unlimited voice calling on evenings and weekends, and 300 sent text messages.
All I have to say right now is WOW…these plans definitely are not what we expected. No unlimited plan as we had predicted in the past, but these plans are…I hate to say it…a start. The $60 plan starts with 400MB of data. Granted that is 400MB, but can you imagine how fast you would use that up with YouTube?? Sure, the stats say you can visit 3100 webpages, that makes it about 100 webpages/day.
What really gets to me about the starting $60 plan is the 150 daytime minutes. That is not a lot of minutes at all and people will have overages–that’s where Rogers will make its money on you! So many other voice plans out there include more than 150 minutes. This makes me feel like we’re moving backwards here…help me…I’m dizzy!
Here we have it, iPhone 3G pricing for our better mannered, gun-toting friends up north. All the plans from Rogers Wireless require that lovely, three-year contract and include visual voicemail, free evenings and weekends, and unlimited WiFi at all Rogers and Fido hotspots. The plans start at $60/month for 150 minutes of voice and just 400MB of data before topping out at $115/month for 800 minutes voice and up to 2GB of data. None of these plans offer unlimited data as previously rumored. See the details after the break.
Rogers must think Canadians are real jack-asses. Why else would it offer the world’s worst iPhone deal? Canadians are set to pay more than anyone else on the planet for Apple’s new wonder-phone.
While carriers of other nations will offer the new iPhone with two-year contracts or less, Rogers gives Canadians the longest contract in the world. In Japan, the Apple faithful will be granted the 8-GB iPhone for the equivalent of $215 US dollars with a two-year plan. O2 in the UK will sell the iPhone with a mere 18-month plan. Vodafone PLC and SingTel in Australia will give up the mobile phone without a contract at all.
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Touchy feely Canadians looking to slide their fingers around a shiny, smooth screen to cue up YouTube videos, check their Gmail, browse miniature mobile websites, track stocks, investments, weather, write notes, calculate things, map out road trips, take photos, listen to music, send text messages.....oh, and actually make phone calls can finally start getting excited.