Rogers announces that they've been annointed by Monsieur Jobs
by Karl Bode 08:49AM Tuesday Apr 29 2008 Tipped by Robert
Canadian broadband provider Rogers has confirmed that the company will be offering the iPhone "later this year." While Rogers is notorious for capping, throttling and otherwise mucking up their landline broadband network, they haven't been quite as bad about their wireless network -- despite bandwidth being at an even higher premium. Rogers Wireless, formerly known as Rogers AT&T Wireless, offers both EDGE and HSDPA connectivity.
Honestly I was a big iPhone hater when they first came out, and they are extremely expesive.
My wife fell in love with one a month ago at an AT&T store so I bought her one as a suprise the next week. Then I fell in love with the damn thing too and bought myself one - both of them 16GB version. I spent freaking $1000 on cell phones in a week.
But, honestly I couldn't live without the thing now. I seriously love it.
Paint me a sucker. Man, did I get sucked in. I'm happy though.
Hmmm... the iPhone has been all over Canada from the beginning. The interesting part is all of them are "Unlocked" units that work on any GSM network. To be sure a bit more expensive, but that is the way it goes....
Not necessarily true on being more expensive. I have been using an unlocked phone that I unlocked myself back in October. Very easy to do, you just need to buy one from Apple in the US and spend an hour unlocking it.
Since March, Rogers has implemented IMEI tracking for its services, which means that Rogers now has the ability to offer a plan and lock it to a specific device. I can see Rogers offering an unlimited data plan, and lock it to the iPhone only.
With the amount of open WiFi, not alot of people were waiting for Rogers. So many unlocked/hacked iPhones in Canada as of right now. If Rogers caps the internet access on the iPhone plan, just look for a Wifi first, if none are available fall back on the Rogers network... No biggy!
As welcome as an "approved" iPhone is as device in Canada. It'll be the Rogers implementation that will determine whether it sinks or swims in the marketplace IMO.
Sure it would be nice to have, but if the data plan is a screwjob, it'll fail and the iPhone goes back underground (I'm on a Telus contract until 2010, so unless Apple produces a version that would work on my network its a moot point anyways for me until then)
Heck, by 2010 maybe Rogers won't have screwed things up too badly and I might be in the market for one...