Canadian Apple Stores Won’t Be Selling iPhone 3G [Update: Or Any Other Non-US Store]
It looks like Apple is taking this anti-Rogers thing more seriously than we thought. According to AppleInsider, Apple has decided that, due to the crappy and hugely overpriced data plans being offered by Rogers Wireless and Fido for iPhone 3G customers in Canada, and the resulting overwhelming negative public response toward them, Apple will not be selling the iPhone 3G in any of their Canadian stores. The news came during a private conference call Monday evening from Apple representatives.
Calls to Canadian Apple retail stores earlier today confirmed that they will not be carrying the iPhone 3G. Rogers and it’s partner company Fido will be on their own to try and lure customers in to their plan. However, Apple stores will have demo units on hand on July 11th.
When asked if the decision not to sell the iPhone was the result of the unpopular plans being offered by Rogers, the representative only stated that “We have nothing to do with the service plans. Those are Rogers’ plans.”
The news comes shortly after rumors that Apple had sanctioned Rogers by diverting large shipments over to Europe.
Update: Well it looks like it’s time for me to put my foil hat away. While it would have been fun to think that Apple was not going to sell iPhones in Canadian Apple Stores to spite Apple, it now appears that this was not the case. It is true that they won’t be selling them in their Canadian stores, but this is also true for all other non-U.S. countries getting the iPhone 3G on July 11th. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.