Canadian iPhone Plans released today

Rogers released their Voice and Data Plans for the iPhone today and I have to say they are not impressive. As usual Cell Phone companies in Canada are showing that they are not being competitive with the rest of the world!

Here is the table for the Rogers web site:

Monthly Fee $60 $75 $100 $115
Weekday Minutes Included 150 300 600 800
Evenings and Weekend Evenings are from 9 p.m to 7 a.m Monday to Friday and Weekends are from 9 p.m Friday to 7a.m Monday unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
Data Included
1MB= 1,024 KB 1GB=1,024MB
400MB 750MB 1GB 2GB
Bonus Sent Text Messages 75 100 200 300
Visual Voicemail – New with iPhone
Visual Voicemail allows you to go directly to any of your messages without listening to the prior messages, so you can quickly select the messages that are most important to you.
Included Included Included Included
Access to Rogers Wireless
and Fido Hotspots
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Additional Weekday Minutes
(per minute)
35¢ 35¢ 25¢ 15¢

Additional Data
50¢ per MB for the first 60 MB, 3¢ per MB thereafter

Additional Sent Text Messages
(per message)


Hmm No unlimited Data Plan here as per the US (40.00 per month data only)

If you plan on using the iPhone to do a lot of surfing on the web I think you will be in for a nasty surprise using the 3G connection. 2GB of download data can be burned up very quickly, and if you syncing to an exchange server and getting attachments it will not take very long to burn through the download limit.

The iPhone release is not having the affect that I hoped it would in lowering the price of data transfers on the cellular network here in Canada. While I think the plans are not bad they are overpriced and again I am looking at my Blackberry and looking at keeping it.

In addition they are offering iPhone essentials where for a 15 or 20 dollars more per month you can have more text messages, Call display and forwarding minutes. Looks like Call display is not even included in the main packages.

On another note I heard that the Blackberry Bold will not be available till Mid August now.

If I decided to get the iPhone (although looking at this I will probably not), the only package that would really suit me would the 100 or 115 dollar ones.


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