There has been much hubbub recently regarding the unfair pricing for iPhone 3G data plans in Canada, posed by Rogers Wireless. Here are some details.
Here are the rates:
- $60 ‚Äì 150 daytime minutes, 75 sent text messages, 400MB of data
- $75 ‚Äì 300 daytime minutes, 100 sent text messages, 750MB of data
- $100 ‚Äì 600 daytime minutes, 200 sent text messages, 1GB of data
- $115 ‚Äì 800 daytime minutes, 300 sent test messages, 2GB of data
- No unlimited plan
- Forces people to get expensive plan due to data limitations
- Overall, the rates themselves are extremely expensive ($60 is the cheapest)
Although Rogers is tossing out a few freebies:
- Free Rogers WiFi in hotspots
- Free Fido WiFi in hotspots
- Free incoming text messages
…they don’t make up for what the plans lack.
Canadians aren’t very pleased with the high pricing and unnecessary restrictiveness of the plans.
Thousands of angry Canadians have made their feelings known around the web. The most prominent petition is at www.ruinediphone.com
The stated goal of the site is 10,000 names, but as of Monday morning they already have 16,500 names. Along with the petition there’s also a letter to Steve Jobs.
My name is James and I would like to thank you for creating the wonderful iPhone device. We really think that you will change the world with it, just as you changed the world with the iPod. We were so happy to learn that on July 11th, we would finally be able to buy the iPhone and legally use it in Canada.
To our great disappointment, Rogers Communications Inc. has announced VERY unfair rates in comparison to AT&T in the United States and to other authorized wireless service providers around the world. As a result, a consumer movement was born yesterday (June 27th) in protest against these rates.
Nearly 6,000 people have signed an online petition to help make a difference and the list is growing rapidly. In the last 48 hours, the website has had 40,000 unique visitors from around the world supporting Canadian consumers. There are a vast number of Canadians that would take the opportunity to buy an iPhone at $199CAD but these new plans have put it out of reach for many.
I would like to invite you to take a look at all these disappointed people at www.ruinediphone.com.
I was going to buy an iPhone for me, my girlfriend and my family.
Now, sadly, I cannot afford the plan.
I hope you can do something Steve; we are loyal customers and trust that you will. We don’t want to lose faith in Apple.
Representing nearly 6,000 Canadian consumers.
He should go edit the letter and turn 6,000 into 16,000.
Well Canada, atleast you get free health care.