If you live south of Niagara Falls, you may never have heard of Fido, the budget subsidiary of Canada's Rogers Wireless. So why should you even be interested in Fido?
Well, they unveiled their 2009 "roadmap" yesterday (June 1), and amongst the new and discontinued phones listed was the above: a 4 GB, US$99.00 iPhone with a 2 megapixel, front-facing camera — the better to use iChat video calling with, my dear. Oh yeah, and it also comes with a three-year contract. Suddenly, twenty-four months of indentured servitude to the Death Star doesn't look quite so onerous.
This is in addition to a bunch of low-cost PCM phones (e.g. a BlackBerry Curve 8320 for $50).
If nothing else, this merely rekindles the rumor of the under-a-C-note iPhone that Wal-Mart was supposed to offer last Christmas. No one's swearing that Fido's presentation is gospel truth (and apparently, parent company Rogers had their own vaporware-heavy roadmap around the same time). In fact it would make more sense to drop the price of the current 8/16 iPhones when the "4G" hits the streets.
[Via the Boy Genius Report]