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All posts tagged "Canada"


Friday, July 11, 2008

Confirmed: Rogers Canada Offering 6 GB Monthly Data Plans for $30/month for Windows Mobile Smartphones, Until August 31st

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:59 AM

Some good news for our Canadian readers: I just got off the phone with Rogers Canada, and according to the woman I spoke with, the 6 GB of monthly data for $30/month is an open offer to all 3G smartphones, including Windows Mobile phones. There are some caveats on this, the biggest being it has to be a new three-year activation, or involve a hardware upgrade. The reality is that Rogers wan't to either acquire you as a new customer, or get you to drop a few hundred dollars in hardware, in order to qualify for this offer - but even with that, this still seems like a staggeringly good deal. So good, in fact, I'm not sure I'm going to believe it until I've switched from Fido and see my first bill. Any of my fellow Canadians going to jump on this offer? It apparently ends August 31st (though that may just be marketing hype).


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Rogers Canada Data Plan Pricing: The Guessing Game Continues

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:10 AM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/...for-30-a-month/

The insanity for us Canadians continues - I posted about the original rumour, $30 for unlimited data, with a sense of enthusiasm. Then I was crushed when the pricing was officially announced and it was completely idiotic - no unlimited data plans, and even the data caps were pretty silly (400 MB doesn't last long when you're browsing full Web pages and streaing YouTube videos). Engadget reported on a rumour that Apple was ticked off about this as well and they actually diverted a good chunk of the iPhones meant for Rogers to Europe - highly amusing if true. ;-) And now we have another rumour: 6 GB of data for $30/month. I have no idea of this is true, but I can only hope it is - and I can equally hope that I'll be able to get one of these plans and use it with my Windows Mobile phone. I guess I'll know pretty soon...


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rogers Canada to Offer $30 Unlimited Data Plans...for iPhones

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:29 AM

http://www.ehmac.ca/ipod-itunes-iph...html#post688463

Yeah, I know most of you are sick of seeing the word "iPhone" on this site, but this is news worth sharing for our Canadian readers. I've been waiting for this moment for over a year now: I knew that our one and only GSM phone provider here (Rogers/Fido, same company) couldn't release the iPhone with the same insanely expensive data rates they've kept us shackled with for years, and believe it or not I was rooting for Apple to come up here and shake things up. It looks like my wish was granted: if the information in this thread is accurate, Rogers will be offering two flat-rate data plans: one consumer-based plan for $30 per month that offers "Unlimited Data (E-mail/Web), includes Visual Voicemail", and one enterprise-based plan for $45 per month that offers "Unlimited Data with personal and corporate e-mail, web, includes Visual Voicemail". I'm not sure what qualifies as "corporate email", but even if I have to pay $45 per month, I'll do it gladly.

If they somehow shackle this data plan to the iPhone hardware it might present a problem, but I'm confident someone will figure out a clever way to get this type of plan working on any GSM phone. Or maybe in a stroke of business sense, Rogers will realize that it's ridiculous to offer certain data plans restricted to certain types of phones and everyone will have access to flat-rate data for $30 to $45/month. I'm not holding my breath though...


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