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Rogers to offer iPhone in Canada [updated]

After more than a year of rumors, Rogers Wireless has confirmed that it will offer the iPhone in Canada, and will launch the handset later this year. Ted Rogers, President and CEO of Rogers Communications, said in an official statement: “We’re thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year. We can’t tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned.” Rogers Wireless is the largest Canadian wireless communications service provider.

Update: Toronto’s CityNews has posted a video of Rogers’ announcement, as well as some interviews and commentary .

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Urgh! Great - now we can pay the exhorbitant data plan rates for that phone too. I _had_ hoped Apple and Google would buy up that bandwidth segment that recently went up for sale in Canada, and then give us accessible rates :-(

Posted by Warren Piece on April 29, 2008 at 12:42 PM (CDT)


Holy eff…wow that took forever.  Atleast the price for them will drop on Craigslist….or it should.  I wonder what “later this year” means…my contract is up in September…

Posted by DjRags on April 29, 2008 at 1:24 PM (CDT)


Hello iLoungel:

For the last year I have had the pleasure of ‘sticking it to the man’.  Ted Rogers.  As many Canadian’s, I took a quick trip to Buffalo NY last June and bought an iPhone (yes at the full 6 big).  I quickly unlocked it and used my existing Rogers $20 per month rate to use everything but the smart voicemail. My internet access was via wifi, because Roger’s does not have, God forbid, an unlimited usage plan.

When the new iPhone comes out (late June 08),  I’ll buy it at the local Canada Apple store (if available) or make the trip to Buffalo (your gas is still way cheaper!). 

Since, contrary to recent erroneous media reports, Rogers does not offer unlimited internet plans, it will be interesting to see how much ‘gouging’ Rogers user fees will be.  Regrettably, Canadian consumers have a long history of non-competitive, restraint of trade business practices (and Ted Rogers is one of the best).  Pure Enronomics (see Note)!

I’m sure the new iPhone will be unlocked.  I may even continue to use my current $20 per month Rogers account.  And continue ‘sticking it to the man’ as, I’m sure many other educated Canadian’s will. But more likely I’ll use Voip over wifi.


Note:  The Rogers press release didn’t bother to mention that the usual Canadian media suspects (Rogers, Bell and Shaw) partition Canada (restraint of trade!), severely ‘traffic shape’ and routinely ‘package drop’ any encrypted (bit-torrent) data traffic. All with the full cooperation of the CRTC (the equivalent of your FCC).

Posted by tgarbutt on April 29, 2008 at 5:57 PM (CDT)

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