There has been a lot of unrest surrounding the rate plans offered by Rogers Wireless, all of which has culminated in the gathering of 41,000 signatures on a petition protesting their high prices and low data ceiling. Rogers' competitor Bell Mobility has even decided to take advantage of the bad PR by offering the Samsung Instinct, the iPhone's chief competitor. As a result, rumor has it that Apple is unsatisfied with Rogers and is diverting shipments of iPhones away from Canada.
Rogers is notoriously disliked by their customers for what they consider to be stingy, and likewise very expensive, data plans. So, not surprisingly, when Rogers announced their plans last week for the iPhone 3G, none of which had unlimited data plans but all of which were fairly expensive nonetheless, most of those who were anticipating getting an iPhone were pretty upset. Upset enough that they have decided to rally together to demonstrate their displeasure with a petition at RuinediPhone.com. Since then the response has been awe-inspiring.
iPhoneinCanada.ca has posted what they claim is a leaked Rogers Wireless internal memo explaining the Rogers iPhone 3G activation process, which they say they received from an anonymous user. The memo mentions that iPhones will be arriving to stores in a "bricked" state, and that a special "activation only" version of iTunes 7.7 will be required to activate the device and un-brick it.
Many iPhone 3G-hopefuls and residents of Canada yesterday seemed to be less than satisfied with the announcements from Rogers and Fido. Controversially, none of the four plans for the device they announced came with unlimited data, and many of them decided to make their dissatisfaction publicly known. In response to the public outcry, Rogers has felt the need to defend their data plans.
So, Rogers will be brining the iPhone 3G to Canada. And if you live up there, that's a good thing. Still, formal pricing had yet to be announced until today. Update: Fido announced their price plans as well, which are identical to the ones announced by Rogers Wireless.
Someone on the ehMac.ca forums has found what they claim is a leaked data sheet sent out internally to employees of Rogers and their subsidiary Fido, the iPhone carrier come July 11th. The authenticity of the information is unknown, but if it is accurate, then iPhone plans available in Canada will be almost identical to those in the US under AT&T.