Friday, January 26, 2007

MacOnMacs: Canadian iPhone to use Rogers Wireless

I thought I'd post this because I was asked about it in a recent comments thread:

Well, it's looking pretty likely that Rogers Wireless will be the carrier for the iPhone in Canada. There's been a slew of different reports on this (MacNN and many others) and I think yesterday's CrunchGear post probably cements it, quoting an official Rogers rep as saying:

“Rogers is actively working with Apple to launch the iPhone in Canada as soon as possible and will be the exclusive provider of the iPhone in Canada.”

This makes sense because Rogers is the main GSM network provider here, but a quick peruse through the comments threads of various articles (like John Wiseman's blog and the MacNN story referred to above) certainly shows a lot of displeasure at the prospect (including some insane price calculations for service that I can only hope are far off base). I've only used Telus in Canada, so I can't really offer any firsthand opinions, aside from agreeing that telecommunications competition in Canada is not what it should be.
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1/26/2007 08:59:00 a.m.  


Anonymous Todd said...

Cell phone number portability comes March 15, 2007 which means you will be able to take your cell phone number with you no matter which provider you go with. That should help bring prices down somewhat.

I got to admit though, the pricing is no where near as agressive as the US market.

January 26, 2007 10:56 a.m.  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

I heard something about that, Todd - thanks for the tip!


January 26, 2007 11:11 a.m.  
Anonymous Steve in the UK said...

Hi Jeff

Just seem this about Rogers retracting the statement about carrying the iPhone in Canada

All the best mate

January 29, 2007 4:21 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

Hi Steve,

That's a pretty strange "retraction" - we can't announce it but we're the only game in town, so... :-)

Thanks for the head's up, though. Whether that changes anything or not we'll have to see.


February 01, 2007 2:49 p.m.  

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