Apple is now offering AppleCare for iPhone users in Canada, allowing 3G and 3GS owners to extend their technical support and hardware warranties to two years after the date of purchase for $79 (Canadian) through their Canadian online store. Interestingly, the release of AppleCare in Canada has happened just after the one-year AppleCare activation window for those who purchased the iPhone 3G at it's launch, approximately one year ago, and Apple is not offering any extensions. It's not clear if this was intentional. [via MacRumors]
Word has it that Rogers Wireless will be offering a new 15GB data package for the iPhone 3G in Canada starting June 16. Not surprisingly, it won't be cheap. It will cost $150/month, with 1 cent for each additional megabyte of data used. It will be available for monthly and 1, 2, or 3-year contracts. It's also hugely overpriced, given their current 6GB plan is just $30/month. The information has yet to be confirmed. [via iPhone In Canada]
One of BGR's "ninjas" has captured pictures of what they describe as Fido's "entire roadmap for the rest of 2009". The pictures include, among other things, information on a 4GB iPhone 3G with quad-band EDGE, tri-band HSDPA, a 2-megapixel camera and (drumroll please) iChat video calling. Picture after the break.
Will little fuss or attention, Canadian iPhone carrier Rogers Wireless introduced a new $30 data+text value pack for the iPhone 3G. It includes 500MB of data per month, as well as 10,000 outbound texts, the standard Visual Voicemail, caller ID, and a WhoCalled text notification for missed calls. The rumor comes from forum posts, and hasn't been put on their website yet. [via Electronista]
Canadian iPhone carriers Rogers and Fido have announced new plans for the iPhone 3G, bringing to an end their offering of 6GB for $30 CAD. It is instead being replaced with two new subscription plans for $60 and $75 CAD per month.
An anonymous source for iPhone Canada is claiming that Rogers Wireless is planning to revamp their highly-criticized data plans for the iPhone 3G on October 1st. It's no secret that most people in Canada think that the original plans offered by Rogers were pretty outdated and grossly overpriced. The source says that Rogers is planning to update their plans to include more daytime minutes, MY5, and an extra 600MB of data.
Things in Canada seem to be getting better for cell phone owners, and surprisingly fast. Not long after the announcement of the formation of a new Canadian wireless carrier as a result of a recent spectrum auction, Canadian carriers Bell and Telus have both announced plans to drastically transition their entire networks from.
For those of you still unhappy about Rogers Wireless's iPhone plans in Canada, there may still be hope. An auction for the 2GHz spectrum in Canada has resulted in the creation of a new Canadian cell phone carrier that may be a game changer for the industry in the country. Globalive Communications Inc., which currently operates Yak Mobile in Canada offering landline internet and home phone services, will be paying $442 million for a license giving it the rights to provide cellular service over the purchased spectrum in all Canadian provinces except for Québec.
It appears that Rogers Wireless may have finally heard the complaints of its thousands of potential customers. Earlier today Rogers and sub-brand Fido announced that they will be offering a limited-time promotional plan for the iPhone 3G. Customers that sign up before the end of August will be eligible to sign up for a $30 monthly data plan that includes a whole 6GB of data per month when purchased with a voice plan.
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.