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post #81 of 147
Ted Rogers trogers@rci.rogers.com

J Innes (VP) jinnes@rci.rogers.com

Jane Haitsma jhaitsma@rci.rogers.com

Please email them, politely, to express the disappointment you feel with the new iphone data plans

Also general contact form is here :

https://your.rogers.com/contact/contactus_main.asp

APPLE :

To email apple's media relations top guy

Simon Atkins ( Canada )
satkins@apple.com

and
The head corporate media guy in the USA

Steve Dowling
dowling@apple.com
(408) 974-1896

and the BIG honcho at Apple for communications is :

Katie Cotton
katiec@apple.com
Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications
post #82 of 147
Quote:
Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post

The base package is $60, but with system access fees and taxes you are still talking more like $75 bucks a month. If you have any overages or roaming fees, then more like $85 or even a hundred. And that's for the cheapest package, and for what? A phone.

If all you want is a phone, I'm sure you can find something cheaper.
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post #84 of 147
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Originally Posted by Franco Borgo View Post

I do have some questions:
Does Rogers Plan include these like At&T does

1. Roll-over minutes ( I really want that)
2. Free long Distances call in the whole country
3. Free Roaming
and stuff like Call ID, Call forwarding etc. ?

Is it possible to ask Rogers to Cut my internet access once I have reach the 400MB Limit ?

I hope to built a chart to compare the iPhone plan in many country after July 11.

1. No rollover minutes.
2. Ha ha, no. Canada doesn't have a nationwide free LD like in the U.S.
3. No free roaming when using your phone outside your home calling region.

The only way to get caller ID is to purchase the $15 or $20 "value pack". Caller ID isn't available as a separate add-on to any plan. Same deal with call forwarding, it's only available as part of either "value pack".

Some employee pricing plans have caller ID bundled to the monthly rate, but no one knows whether there'll be any such plans for the iPhone 3G.

Like most carriers, Rogers does not inform you when you exceed your data limit. I found out the hard way from my next monthly bill. At least on the iPhone, it keeps track of incoming and outgoing data usage, so you can check whether you're close to your limit.
post #85 of 147
He meant the largest country on earth that is getting the iPhone on July 11.
post #86 of 147
Mr. Rogers, it is not a good day in the neighborhood!

This is a portion of what I emailed to him:

As a current customer of Bell Mobility, you had a chance to switch me over to your company with the iPhone. Unfortunately, your pricing plans are simply too unreasonable and border on gouging. Because of this, my plans to switch have been put on hold until such a time as Rogers sees fit to be competitive and give the Canadian public good value and service.

I can only imagine how many other possible new customers you have denied yourself with these tactics.
post #87 of 147
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Originally Posted by Tulkas View Post

No, Rogers bought ATT Canada and launch the Rogers network before buying Fido. Rogers couldn't get customers and Fido had a more advanced network, so buying Fido got them a million or so new customers and a better network...and a GSM monopoly.

I don't think so. Teddy started Rogers Cantel in the mid 80's with help from ATT (USA). He also created Rogers Network Services (using the CNCP / Unitel assets), which was sold to MetroNet for $1Billion, then merged with ATT Canada (for a lot more).

He later bought back the chunk ATT Wireless owned in Rogers Wireless, then bought Fido (Microcell Comm) right after.
post #88 of 147
I've been complaining about the plans here in Germany, but man, this plan is bad.. I feel for you guys in Canada.. the 3 year contract is really the straw that breaks the camels back.. I'd say it now takes the cake as the worst deal so far world wide..
post #89 of 147
These "plans" are horrible and just more of the same from Rogers. I am a Rogers customer. I have an unlocked iPhone with no Data Plan. I will not be upgrading to the 3G with this crap

For the basic plan, who uses only 150 minutes a month? Evening starts at 9:00PM?
So, if you need any kind of decent voice and data that is actually usable, you have to move up to the $75 or $100 plan which is actually closer to $100-120 once you add Caller ID, evening at 6PM etc.

Rogers keeps using that outdated nonsenses stat about how many emails or web pages you can get with each plan. The iPhone is an always connected device and the usage is no longer just email or webpages, but various widgets, apps from the AppStore, MobileMe etc. There will be a lot of naive users who will buy the basic plan only to get an enormous bill at the end of the month for overages. There is no way for you to check where you are at during the month.

Worse though, is that approach of forcing you to see how little you can use the device instead of how much. Who wants to have such a device where you constantly have to worry about your limits?

I had a Treo with Rogers and a Data Plan, it was a horrible experience, cost overruns to the point where my monthly bills were over $350 and I was barely surfing the web, only email. In the end I cancelled the data plan. However, here I had this great Smartphone that the only features I could use was the phone and address book.

Trouble is, we Canadians are sheep and we just put up with it.

Rogers may be in for a surprise. The early adaptors have already purchased an iPhone, so now its about monthly costs, not the gadget.
post #90 of 147
These are the people to contact

nadir.mohammed@rci.rogers.com (President Rogers Wireless)
john.boynton@rci.rogers.com VP Marketing
upinder.saini@rci.rogers.com
raj.doshi@rci.rogers.com



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Originally Posted by diazhill View Post

Ted Rogers trogers@rci.rogers.com

J Innes (VP) jinnes@rci.rogers.com

Jane Haitsma jhaitsma@rci.rogers.com

Please email them, politely, to express the disappointment you feel with the new iphone data plans

Also general contact form is here :

https://your.rogers.com/contact/contactus_main.asp

APPLE :

To email apple's media relations top guy

Simon Atkins ( Canada )
satkins@apple.com

and
The head corporate media guy in the USA

Steve Dowling
dowling@apple.com
(408) 974-1896

and the BIG honcho at Apple for communications is :

Katie Cotton
katiec@apple.com
Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications
post #91 of 147
post #92 of 147
There's a slight difference between the Fido and Rogers plans: the 20$ "value pack" *cough* includes evenings starting at 5pm, rather than 6pm for Rogers.

The regular plans seem to be the same as the Robbers ones. They list "unlimited evenings and weekends" but don't specify when evenings are considered to start.

I hope that the regular Fido plans have evenings starting earlier than 9pm. This is the most egregious aspect of the pricey Rogers plans, IMHO.
post #93 of 147
So, for 30% higher cost than AT&T, we receive 1/3 of the service.

450 anywhere in the USA minutes vs
150 local minutes

Mobile to Mobile Free vs
Charged

Incoming Calls Free vs
incoming Charged

Free Call Display/Evenings start at 7PM vs
$20 Call Display/Evenings start at 7PM

Unlimited Data vs
400MB Data

1/3 fewer text messages

per minute billing (Rogers) vs
per second billing (Go Fido ...)

2 Year Contract vs
3 Year Contract

I have phone calls that are longer than 150 minutes ... but, if you were to exceed your basic package, and use a similar amount of airtime offered in the entry level AT&T package:

Basic -$60.00
Call Display - $20.00
Fees: $6.95
911: $0.50
Additional 300 Talk minutes @.35 = $105.00
Additional 400MB Data = $40.20

$232.45 plus Long Distance @.25/min charges plus GST & PST

You'd have to be a moron to sign up for this package. On the bright side, there should be a flood of cheap v1 iPhones coming from Americans upgrading, and a City Fido plan, with a LD package and the new 300MB data plan comes in around $90
post #94 of 147
Open Letter to Steve Jobs about the situation.

http://www.fuckyourogers.com/dearsteve.php

also digg it here ; http://digg.com/apple/Open_Letter_to...hone_in_Canada
post #95 of 147
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwdav View Post

So, for 30% higher cost than AT&T, we receive 1/3 of the service.

450 anywhere in the USA minutes vs
150 local minutes

Mobile to Mobile Free vs
Charged

Incoming Calls Free vs
incoming Charged

Free Call Display/Evenings start at 7PM vs
$20 Call Display/Evenings start at 7PM

Unlimited Data vs
400MB Data

1/3 fewer text messages

per minute billing (Rogers) vs
per second billing (Go Fido ...)

2 Year Contract vs
3 Year Contract

I have phone calls that are longer than 150 minutes ... but, if you were to exceed your basic package, and use a similar amount of airtime offered in the entry level AT&T package:

Basic -$60.00
Call Display - $20.00
Fees: $6.95
911: $0.50
Additional 300 Talk minutes @.35 = $105.00
Additional 400MB Data = $40.20

$232.45 plus Long Distance @.25/min charges plus GST & PST

You'd have to be a moron to sign up for this package. On the bright side, there should be a flood of cheap v1 iPhones coming from Americans upgrading, and a City Fido plan, with a LD package and the new 300MB data plan comes in around $90

Apparently "AT&T says it rakes in an average of $95 a month from each iPhone customer.*" for 450 minutes and thus will now cost $105.

ATT Evenings start at 9PM, you can up to early nights, i.e., 7PM for an additional $8.99 a month

And there are terms for be aware of: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=average+phone+bill+of+an+iPhone+user+is+$95&i e=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Have to read the fine print.

*http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=average+phone+bill+of+an+iPhone+user+is+$95&i e=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
post #96 of 147
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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

Apparently "AT&T says it rakes in an average of $95 a month from each iPhone customer.*" for 450 minutes and thus will now cost $105.

ATT Evenings start at 9PM, you can up to early nights, i.e., 7PM for an additional $8.99 a month

And there are terms for be aware of: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=average+phone+bill+of+an+iPhone+user+is+$95&i e=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Have to read the fine print.

*http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=average+phone+bill+of+an+iPhone+user+is+$95&i e=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

He also lists incoming calls as free with AT&T. This isn't Europe. He also lists an additional 400MB even though it's hard to use that much with the current iPhone (new one will obviously be easier) and lists fees and 911 as if the US carriers are charged for that.

Plus, the whole idea of comparing different carriers in different countries makes little sense anyway. If Rogers plan is too much then he can wait until v2.0 is unlocked and buy a contract free iPhone which he can use with the Canadian GSM carrier of their choice.

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post #97 of 147
Quote:
Originally Posted by rain View Post

I also hope a meteor falls on Rogers HQ and kills them all.

My goodness this quote is funny as hell. Rain, you are the (person). ROFLMAO !!!!!!!
post #98 of 147
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

He also lists incoming calls as free with AT&T. This isn't Europe. He also lists an additional 400MB even though it's hard to use that much with the current iPhone (new one will obviously be easier) and lists fees and 911 as if the US carriers are charged for that.

Plus, the whole idea of comparing different carriers in different countries makes little sense anyway. If Rogers plan is too much then he can wait until v2.0 is unlocked and buy a contract free iPhone which he can use with the Canadian GSM carrier of their choice.

PS: What is up with urls not auto-linking?

Hey solipsism, a bit of what is going on over here in Europe (Finland)

Just had a visit with the local Sonera dealer here. Seems that they had a big hole in their iPhone plans. People that already have a Sonera card, can simply put this card in their iPhone and it will work. The fun part comes in, in a situation like mine. I have 500 mins, 500 SMS, REAL unlimited data (not capped), and wifi all for 45 a month. If you go to: http://www.sonera.fi/Puhelin%20ja%20liittym%E4/Hinnat (sorry about the Finnish) you will see how they forgot about current Sonera card holders. So my current package is cheaper than their subsidized ones. I will simply buy the phone. After I pay for it, they will unlock it and I am free and clear with an unlocked iPhone on a cheaper tariff. The guy in the shop started laughing and saying that he will tell all his friends to just come in and get a new sim card, create their own service packages and then buy an iPhone outright when they are available.
post #99 of 147
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Originally Posted by Tulkas View Post

No, Rogers bought ATT Canada and launch the Rogers network before buying Fido. Rogers couldn't get customers and Fido had a more advanced network, so buying Fido got them a million or so new customers and a better network...and a GSM monopoly.

That's not true. (Before you ask, yes, I'm an ex-Rogers employee).

AT&T Canada was a landline business and had nothing to do with wireless. Rogers owned it for a brief time (Unitel); it's now called AllStream.

Rogers did have a relationship with AT&T Wireless in branding and investment; that was shed back in 2004.

Rogers built their GSM network on their own dime (it was over $1B+!) back in 2001-2002. They have not yet recouped the cost as it was built way before people in Canada were ready for mobile data (that and Rogers didn't know how to price it for consumers). Fido largely mostly funded by T-Mobile. They were not more advanced in terms of network, though they did have GSM 850mhz. Though their billing system arguably was better, metering per-second, creating lots more compelling options. They expanded coverage and had better customer base in Western Canada (to compete with Telus). Rogers bought them in Autumn 2004.

Anyway, not until the iPhone did it really matter whether you were GSM or CDMA -- Treos and BlackBerry was available for either... so it's really hard to call Rogers a "monopoly" when they have so much competition from Telus and Bell. OTOH, Rogers Cable surely is a monopoly (though satellite has hurt them big time).

I guess the point is that sure vs. the U.S. these plans suck but welcome to the Canadian market -- the WHOLE REASON you have this is because the mobile companies have to be majority "Canadian" owned -- this means Vodaphone, T-Mobile etc. aren't really allowed to compete and charge lower prices.

Rogers sucks in their own way but honestly look at the competition:

Bell -- $30/month for 150 minutes, $6/month for Call Display, and $60/month for 30MB of data , $100/month for 1 GB of data! That's like $90 - $130/month. On the bright side you can get an HTC Touch for free if you sign up for 3 years.

Telus on the other hand has unlimited Email + Web Browsing for $30 if you buy a voice plan worth $30 or more. So they have the best data deal (and they're EVDO), though they're still only 150 minutes for the $30 voice plan!
post #100 of 147
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Originally Posted by parasubvert View Post

That's not true. (Before you ask, yes, I'm an ex-Rogers employee).

AT&T Canada was a landline business and had nothing to do with wireless. Rogers owned it for a brief time (Unitel); it's now called AllStream.

Rogers did have a relationship with AT&T Wireless in branding and investment; that was shed back in 2004.

Rogers built their GSM network on their own dime (it was over $1B+!) back in 2001-2002. They have not yet recouped the cost as it was built way before people in Canada were ready for mobile data (that and Rogers didn't know how to price it for consumers). Fido largely mostly funded by T-Mobile. They were not more advanced in terms of network, though they did have GSM 850mhz. Though their billing system arguably was better, metering per-second, creating lots more compelling options. They expanded coverage and had better customer base in Western Canada (to compete with Telus). Rogers bought them in Autumn 2004.

Anyway, not until the iPhone did it really matter whether you were GSM or CDMA -- Treos and BlackBerry was available for either... so it's really hard to call Rogers a "monopoly" when they have so much competition from Telus and Bell. OTOH, Rogers Cable surely is a monopoly (though satellite has hurt them big time).

I guess the point is that sure vs. the U.S. these plans suck but welcome to the Canadian market -- the WHOLE REASON you have this is because the mobile companies have to be majority "Canadian" owned -- this means Vodaphone, T-Mobile etc. aren't really allowed to compete and charge lower prices.

Rogers sucks in their own way but honestly look at the competition:

Bell -- $30/month for 150 minutes, $6/month for Call Display, and $60/month for 30MB of data , $100/month for 1 GB of data! That's like $90 - $130/month. On the bright side you can get an HTC Touch for free if you sign up for 3 years.

Telus on the other hand has unlimited Email + Web Browsing for $30 if you buy a voice plan worth $30 or more. So they have the best data deal (and they're EVDO), though they're still only 150 minutes for the $30 voice plan!

Thank you God, I don't live in Canada. Nothing against the country, but damn, those operators are murder.
post #101 of 147
Pretty much everyone now knows how much it is going to cost to use
the iPhone on the Rogers and Fido networks. Some people, shocked by
the advertised plans, which can hardly be called generous, have
hastened to call Rogers to express their indignation. To their great
surprise, they have been told that the company might modify their
offer, to improve it in light of the feedback received leading up to
July 11th.

In order to get more information, we contacted Rogers and were told
that the posted plans were only temporary and that they might indeed
be modified if there was a great amount of feedback. Should we
conclude that the plans are just a trail balloon launched by the
Canadian operator in order to take the pulse of future subscribers?
If this is the case, it is surely worthwhile to give a phone call to
Rogers in order to make them understand that the fees demanded for
the use of the iPhone on the Rogers network are completely
unreasonable and could encourage us to turn our backs on July 11th.

Rogers customer service: 1-877-764-3772
(added - Fido customer service: 1 888 481-3436)

translated freely from http://www.macquebec.com/spip.php?article4752
post #102 of 147
Folks
i want an iPhone but not under rogers rules

Solution #1 Skype on the iPhone or some VOIP (APP/Service)
FREAKING PLEASE PLEASE
post #103 of 147
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Originally Posted by sapporobaby View Post

The fun part comes in, in a situation like mine. I have 500 mins, 500 SMS, REAL unlimited data (not capped), and wifi all for 45 a month.

Outside the US, that seems like a great idea with so many GSM carriers using the same 3G spectrum.


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Originally Posted by parasubvert View Post

Rogers sucks in their own way but honestly look at the competition:

Bell -- $30/month for 150 minutes, $6/month for Call Display, and $60/month for 30MB of data , $100/month for 1 GB of data! That's like $90 - $130/month. On the bright side you can get an HTC Touch for free if you sign up for 3 years.

So why are we getting all these comparisons outside the US if the rest of Canada is just as bad?
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post #104 of 147
Quote:
Originally Posted by parasubvert View Post

That's not true. (Before you ask, yes, I'm an ex-Rogers employee).

AT&T Canada was a landline business and had nothing to do with wireless. Rogers owned it for a brief time (Unitel); it's now called AllStream.

Rogers did have a relationship with AT&T Wireless in branding and investment; that was shed back in 2004.

Rogers built their GSM network on their own dime (it was over $1B+!) back in 2001-2002. They have not yet recouped the cost as it was built way before people in Canada were ready for mobile data (that and Rogers didn't know how to price it for consumers). Fido largely mostly funded by T-Mobile. They were not more advanced in terms of network, though they did have GSM 850mhz. Though their billing system arguably was better, metering per-second, creating lots more compelling options. They expanded coverage and had better customer base in Western Canada (to compete with Telus). Rogers bought them in Autumn 2004.

Anyway, not until the iPhone did it really matter whether you were GSM or CDMA -- Treos and BlackBerry was available for either... so it's really hard to call Rogers a "monopoly" when they have so much competition from Telus and Bell. OTOH, Rogers Cable surely is a monopoly (though satellite has hurt them big time).

I guess the point is that sure vs. the U.S. these plans suck but welcome to the Canadian market -- the WHOLE REASON you have this is because the mobile companies have to be majority "Canadian" owned -- this means Vodaphone, T-Mobile etc. aren't really allowed to compete and charge lower prices.

Rogers sucks in their own way but honestly look at the competition:

Bell -- $30/month for 150 minutes, $6/month for Call Display, and $60/month for 30MB of data , $100/month for 1 GB of data! That's like $90 - $130/month. On the bright side you can get an HTC Touch for free if you sign up for 3 years.

Telus on the other hand has unlimited Email + Web Browsing for $30 if you buy a voice plan worth $30 or more. So they have the best data deal (and they're EVDO), though they're still only 150 minutes for the $30 voice plan!

Thanks for the clarification. I thought the timeline was slightly different and that Cantel was a joint venture between ATT and Rogers that Rogers subsequently acquired. In any case, Rogers buying Fido eliminated any GSM competition, even if mobile data was not a viable market at the time. In a few short years, it has not become a viable market and Rogers is the only player, thanks to the CRTC decision. The CRTC should have considered this, when they allowed the purchase.

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post #105 of 147
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Originally Posted by caribbean_mac View Post

Folks
i want an iPhone but not under rogers rules

Solution #1 Skype on the iPhone or some VOIP (APP/Service)
FREAKING PLEASE PLEASE

1) Your point comes across well without the excessive font size.

2) Wouldn't the expensive data rates with Rogers be potentially more damning than their voice package?

3) Since the SDK rules specifically prevent VoIP apps from running while using the carrier's network, you'll have to be on a WiFi connection, trick OS X iPhone into thinking you are not on the carrier's network*, or have to get a cracked app that is installed with a jailbroken iPhone to run Skype.

* You can manually input your EDGE IP address into the iPhone thus allowing you to purcahse and DL music from the iTunes Store app.
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post #106 of 147
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

1) Your point comes across well without the excessive font size.

2) Wouldn't the expensive data rates with Rogers be potentially more damning than their voice package?

3) Since the SDK rules specifically prevent VoIP apps from running while using the carrier's network, you'll have to be on a WiFi connection, trick OS X iPhone into thinking you are not on the carrier's network*, or have to get a cracked app that is installed with a jailbroken iPhone to run Skype.

* You can current manually input your EDGE IP address to trick the iPhone into letting you purcahse and DL music from the iTunes Store app.

Dude, you are a plethora of info.

Are you saying the version of Skype I currently have on my iPhone will not work unless I have Sonera's card in? Even if the phone is unlocked?

Can you explain a bit more about using the EDGE IP to trick the phone into purchasing and DL'ng from the iTunes store.
post #107 of 147
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Originally Posted by sapporobaby View Post

Dude, you are a plethora of info.

Are you saying the version of Skype I currently have on my iPhone will not work unless I have Sonera's card in? Even if the phone is unlocked?

Can you explain a bit more about using the EDGE IP to trick the phone into purchasing and DL'ng from the iTunes store.

I hope it still works after the v2.0 update. I hope the call quality is god over EDGE. Bandwidth its fine, but the carrier isn't offering any QoS.
http://www.iphoneblog.de/2008/05/25/...-edge-vs-wifi/
http://www.tuaw.com/2008/05/26/itunes-store-over-edge/
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post #108 of 147
One little bit of fine-print that hasn't been mentioned is that the overage charge for data is a punishing $.50 per megabyte, to a maximum of 60 megabytes per month (at which point the rate of $.03 per megabyte kicks in).

I'm pretty sure there are going to be a lot of people that sign up for the cheapest plan (perhaps based on Rogers' laughable estimates of how many web pages will fit in 400MB) and will be shocked at the extra $30+ /month showing up on their bill.
post #109 of 147
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Originally Posted by sapporobaby View Post

Hey solipsism, a bit of what is going on over here in Europe (Finland)

Just had a visit with the local Sonera dealer here. Seems that they had a big hole in their iPhone plans. People that already have a Sonera card, can simply put this card in their iPhone and it will work. The fun part comes in, in a situation like mine. I have 500 mins, 500 SMS, REAL unlimited data (not capped), and wifi all for 45 a month. If you go to: http://www.sonera.fi/Puhelin%20ja%20liittym%E4/Hinnat (sorry about the Finnish) you will see how they forgot about current Sonera card holders. So my current package is cheaper than their subsidized ones. I will simply buy the phone. After I pay for it, they will unlock it and I am free and clear with an unlocked iPhone on a cheaper tariff. The guy in the shop started laughing and saying that he will tell all his friends to just come in and get a new sim card, create their own service packages and then buy an iPhone outright when they are available.

Prices are always subject to fine print and are always allowed to be clarified.

The guy in the shop is going to start crying when the carrier starts to charge back on his commissions.

And of course, I don't want any shouting match with you. Babelfish doesn't do Finnish and we have statistics like 92% of Finnish mobile data coming from datacards and dongles --- on Nokia's backyard --- and only 4% coming from Symbian phones.

http://disruptivewireless.blogspot.c...a-traffic.html
http://disruptivewireless.blogspot.c...artphones.html

It makes me think that you got some kind of 3G dongle plan --- it's like mis-selling by the agents and the carriers have given up to try to police/fix the problem because nobody actually buys a Symbian phone in Nokia country to use it as a 3G device.

If you can get away with it --- that's great. It's like people who gets tethering with a $6 WAP plan from T-Mobile USA because they change a few proxy settings.
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PS: What is up with urls not auto-linking?

No sure. However, I did send the wrong link to ATT Terms and Conditions page

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-pho...-terms.jsp#gsm
post #111 of 147
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Originally Posted by parasubvert View Post

That's not true. (Before you ask, yes, I'm an ex-Rogers employee). Rogers built their GSM network on their own dime (it was over $1B+!) back in 2001-2002. They have not yet recouped the cost as it was built way before people in Canada were ready for mobile data (that and Rogers didn't know how to price it for consumers). Fido largely mostly funded by T-Mobile. They were not more advanced in terms of network, though they did have GSM 850mhz. Though their billing system arguably was better, metering per-second, creating lots more compelling options. They expanded coverage and had better customer base in Western Canada (to compete with Telus). Rogers bought them in Autumn 2004.

I guess the point is that sure vs. the U.S. these plans suck but welcome to the Canadian market -- the WHOLE REASON you have this is because the mobile companies have to be majority "Canadian" owned -- this means Vodaphone, T-Mobile etc. aren't really allowed to compete and charge lower prices.

Rogers sucks in their own way but honestly look at the competition:

Bell -- $30/month for 150 minutes, $6/month for Call Display, and $60/month for 30MB of data , $100/month for 1 GB of data! That's like $90 - $130/month. On the bright side you can get an HTC Touch for free if you sign up for 3 years.

Telus on the other hand has unlimited Email + Web Browsing for $30 if you buy a voice plan worth $30 or more. So they have the best data deal (and they're EVDO), though they're still only 150 minutes for the $30 voice plan!

Thanks for the background. But I am not sure that Roger's suck anymore than anybody else, either in Canada, the US or anywhere else.

As evidenced in these blogs, there is a significant misunderstanding of the terms and conditions that every carrier includes, price schemes are not truly comparable because the base units are not identical, and coverage is not uniform.

Canada, because it is geographically one of the largest countries in the world but with one of the smallest in population density*, i.e., ranking 230th out of 241 countries, is naturally burdened with a higher cost per person when it comes to building transportation and communication systems compared to most countries in the world.

Sitting beside the US which is ten times the population and if you omit Alaska, a population density about 15 times, Canada's cost for wireless services will always be significantly higher. As such, somebody has to pay for developing the infrastructure and obvious it is not the neighbors to the south or the tax payers, but the people that use the system.

It should also be kept in mind, that the majority of Canada's cellular construction was done when the dollar CDN was significantly below, i.e., 15 to 35%, the dollar US.

Even so, if one were able to accurately tabled the actual costs for wireless services for every country in the world, I would suggest that comparing the results would be quite surprising, and for Canadians, relatively speaking if not absolute, price for services are not as bad or variably different than is being portrayed.

As has been evidenced, ATT has been getting an average of $95 per iPhone customer for 450 minutes usage. True, the data plan charges are higher in Canada, but may not in effect end up costing the user more. It has been suggested that ATT's offering of an 'Unlimited Data plan' may in fact be 'over necessary' considering that the Roger's $60 plan will provide up to 200,000 text emails or 3100 web pages or 1360 photo attachments. I wonder how many users will have to upgrade to the next level? Better yet, what job would you have to have the time to do so?

In addition, let's not forget Wi-Fi. It's free and faster. And growing more every day. http://www.canadianhotspot.ca/

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lation_density
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Thanks for the background. But I am not sure that Roger's suck anymore than anybody else, either in Canada, the US or anywhere else.

As evidenced in these blogs, there is a significant misunderstanding of the terms and conditions that every carrier includes, price schemes are not truly comparable because the base units are not identical, and coverage is not uniform.

Canada, because it is geographically one of the largest countries in the world but with one of the smallest in population density*, i.e., ranking 230th out of 241 countries, is naturally burdened with a higher cost per person when it comes to building transportation and communication systems compared to most countries in the world.

Sitting beside the US which is ten times the population and if you omit Alaska, a population density about 15 times, Canada's cost for wireless services will always be significantly higher. As such, somebody has to pay for developing the infrastructure and obvious it is not the neighbors to the south or the tax payers, but the people that use the system.

It should also be kept in mind, that the majority of Canada's cellular construction was done when the dollar CDN was significantly below, i.e., 15 to 35%, the dollar US.

Even so, if one were able to accurately tabled the actual costs for wireless services for every country in the world, I would suggest that comparing the results would be quite surprising, and for Canadians, relatively speaking if not absolute, price for services are not as bad or variably different than is being portrayed.

As has been evidenced, ATT has been getting an average of $95 per iPhone customer for 450 minutes usage. True, the data plan charges are higher in Canada, but may not in effect end up costing the user more. It has been suggested that ATT's offering of an 'Unlimited Data plan' may in fact be 'over necessary' considering that the Roger's $60 plan will provide up to 200,000 text emails or 3100 web pages or 1360 photo attachments. I wonder how many users will have to upgrade to the next level? Better yet, what job would you have to have the time to do so?

In addition, let's not forget Wi-Fi. It's free and faster. And growing more every day. http://www.canadianhotspot.ca/

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lation_density

While all of what you state here is technically correct, the numbers are coached to be a little mis-leading. Yes, obviously, Canadian population density is extremely low. But, since Rogers generally only provides network coverage in urban areas, the over-all population density of Canada is entirely irrelevant.

For the same reason you said to set aside Alaska for US pop density rates, if you set aside the vast majority of Canada's land mass and include only urban areas, Rogers cost per sq/km of actual coverage should not be far out of line with countries like the US.

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While all of what you state here is technically correct, the numbers are coached to be a little mis-leading. Yes, obviously, Canadian population density is extremely low. But, since Rogers generally only provides network coverage in urban areas, the over-all population density of Canada is entirely irrelevant.

For the same reason you said to set aside Alaska for US pop density rates, if you set aside the vast majority of Canada's land mass and include only urban areas, Rogers cost per sq/km of actual coverage should not be far out of line with countries like the US.

That is conjecture. While it would make sense that the Rogers would not support areas that have little to no population in the upper regions we need to see some stats about the userbase and the number of cell towers in use. From those two figures we can get a basic idea of how many users are per cell tower. But this is still not a complete picture but it's a better basis than what we have.

Alaska is the US' largest state, but it also represents a very small portion of the country's uninhabited and/or untenanted land. Where as Canada appears to have a much larger portion of similar terrain.

To further illustrate my point, if we use the CIA World Fact Book—a great way to spend a few minutes honing your geography skills—as a guide we can see that Canada is slightly larger than US but with almost a 10th of the population. Of course, the US has slightly more land than Canada.
Canada
• Total Area: 9,984,670 sq km
• Total Land: 9,093,507 sq km

United States
• Total Area: 9,826,630 sq km
• Total Land: 9,161,923 sq km Even if this was the first time we had ever heard of the two countries we can see that Canada is much harsher when we look at the finer details.
Canada
• Arable land: 4.57%
• Irigated land: 7,850 sq km

United States
• Arable land: 18.01%
• Irrigated Land: 223,850 sq km So Canada might be big but the US has more land that is inhabitable. But not 10x more to account for the dramatic population difference. I can't find info on Rogers but i can find info on the number of telephone users in Canada.
Canada
• Population: 33,212,696
• Mobile telephone users: aboot 18,749,000

United States
• Population: 303,824,646
• Mobile telephone users: about 233,000,000 This is not exact nor conclusive in any way but if we take the sq km of arable land and divide by the number of cellular users we see that the US has a far greater density than Canada. Again, this is not conclusive, but it's the only method I could conceive that would remove the unused land from Canada's northern territories. The more metrics we get the more we can refine the data, but looking at the raw numbers I don't see any way the numbers could ever be shifted to indicate that Rogers has less overhead per person than US carriers... unless they completely cut off service as soon as you leave a city.
Canada
• 18,749,000 users ÷ (9,093,507 sq km x .0457 usable land) = 45 mobile users per sq km

United States
• 233,000,000 mobile users ÷ (9,161,923 sq km x .1801 usable land) = 141 mobile users per sq km
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solipsism:

Your estimates ignore the fact that Canada's cities are densely populated whereas there are tons of land in Canada that is uninhibited, similar to Alaska.
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solipsism:

Your estimates ignore the fact that Canada's cities are densely populated whereas there are tons of land in Canada that is uninhibited, similar to Alaska.

No, it doesn't. I thought I made that quite clear. if you look, I've only accounted for arable land. Id est, not the frozen tundra that dominates the North. Hence the much smaller percentage used to account for land mass of Canada as opposed to the US prior to my dividing by the number of cellular users.

As previously stated, if you can find more metrics that accurately removed the vast stretches of unused land from the equation go for it. But with less than a 10th or the cellular users of the US and a much lower percentage of the populace on mobiles the numbers are never going to work out in Canada's favour for this argument. It is still going to be considerably a much lower average of users per sq km.
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solipsism:

Your estimates ignore the fact that Canada's cities are densely populated whereas there are tons of land in Canada that is uninhibited, similar to Alaska.

Yes, including the entire area of the country is misleading because in fact most of the country probably has no cell phone coverage at all because it's barely populated, therefore no infrastructure cost to the provider in those areas--unlike the U.S., where a much greater percentage of the land area is populated and expected to have coverage. I think the person who suggested comparing cell phone towers to population served had a good method, but I still suspect Canada is gouged compared to other countries.
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While all of what you state here is technically correct, the numbers are coached to be a little mis-leading. Yes, obviously, Canadian population density is extremely low. But, since Rogers generally only provides network coverage in urban areas, the over-all population density of Canada is entirely irrelevant.

For the same reason you said to set aside Alaska for US pop density rates, if you set aside the vast majority of Canada's land mass and include only urban areas, Rogers cost per sq/km of actual coverage should not be far out of line with countries like the US.

Let's be fair. The cost to build a tower is the same. Well not exactly. Most of Canada's towers would have cost from 15 to 35% more because of the exchange at the time.

The cost of materials are significantly less with larger orders. Usage per tower is the same, but only in equally declared populations. Management, maintenance and servicing is the same, however, it is spread over a significantly larger base.

In effect, it costs a lot more to have things done in Canada than in the US. Rogers cost per sq/km may not be far out of line with most countries. However, the fact that there is more users in the US to share all the costs, the cost to the Canadian user is still significantly higher.

One of the main issues that plagues Toronto, for example, is its public transportation costs. Canadian cities by at large are less densely populated and thus the cost per mile per person to service the main arteries are higher.

More important, considering that the entire population of Canada is less than the state of California. As such, to build, service and maintain a wireless operation in the relatively confined spaces of California would be less than in a country that is stretched over 5500 km.

Again, the total service/costs are that much different when you compare apples with apples and read the fine print
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.... Canada that is uninhibited......

Hmmmm....... I had always thought that the Canadians were a tad inhibited......
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That is conjecture. While it would make sense that the Rogers would not support areas that have little to no population in the upper regions we need to see some stats about the userbase and the number of cell towers in use. From those two figures we can get a basic idea of how many users are per cell tower. But this is still not a complete picture but it's a better basis than what we have.

Alaska is the US' largest state, but it also represents a very small portion of the country's uninhabited and/or untenanted land. Where as Canada appears to have a much larger portion of similar terrain.

To further illustrate my point, if we use the CIA World Fact Book—a great way to spend a few minutes honing your geography skills—as a guide we can see that Canada is slightly larger than US but with almost a 10th of the population. Of course, the US has slightly more land than Canada.
Canada
• Total Area: 9,984,670 sq km
• Total Land: 9,093,507 sq km

United States
• Total Area: 9,826,630 sq km
• Total Land: 9,161,923 sq km Even if this was the first time we had ever heard of the two countries we can see that Canada is much harsher when we look at the finer details.
Canada
• Arable land: 4.57%
• Irigated land: 7,850 sq km

United States
• Arable land: 18.01%
• Irrigated Land: 223,850 sq km So Canada might be big but the US has more land that is inhabitable. But not 10x more to account for the dramatic population difference. I can't find info on Rogers but i can find info on the number of telephone users in Canada.
Canada
• Population: 33,212,696
• Mobile telephone users: aboot 18,749,000

United States
• Population: 303,824,646
• Mobile telephone users: about 233,000,000 This is not exact nor conclusive in any way but if we take the sq km of arable land and divide by the number of cellular users we see that the US has a far greater density than Canada. Again, this is not conclusive, but it's the only method I could conceive that would remove the unused land from Canada's northern territories. The more metrics we get the more we can refine the data, but looking at the raw numbers I don't see any way the numbers could ever be shifted to indicate that Rogers has less overhead per person than US carriers... unless they completely cut off service as soon as you leave a city.
Canada
• 18,749,000 users ÷ (9,093,507 sq km x .0457 usable land) = 45 mobile users per sq km

United States
• 233,000,000 mobile users ÷ (9,161,923 sq km x .1801 usable land) = 141 mobile users per sq km

Are you sure we are not sharing the same office.

After reading the above, I was trying to remember where I had read this before. Sure enough, I found the following I wrote on a Stickie that I never got the chance to post. As you can see, this was to be a comment on one of your blogs and was in part a reference that Melgross was also took part of.

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I tend to use the CIA World Factbook for that info. If I remember correctly, the US has a per capita of 30 per sq km, while Sweden has 300].

edit: Boy was I off. I may have been thinking of the Netherlands.

Sweden
Land Area: 410,934 sq km
Popualtion: 9,045,389 (July 2008 est.)
= 22


US and A
Land Area: 9,161,923 sq km
Population: 303,824,646 (July 2008 est.)
= 33

When we are calculating population densities, we find that the "arable" land areas are closer in regards to that area of the country that is being lived on, but be aware, not totally true.

For example, the percentage or "arable" land in the US is approximately 18% of the total land mass of 9.1 million sq km. However, this includes Alaska which represents about 1/5 of the total and has very little arable land.

As such, the US has about 7 million sq km in total land area, of which approximately 1.3 million sq km in arable, which equates to a per capita of 233 per sq km .

Sweden with 410,934 sq km in total land area, 5,93% arable for 24.3 thousand sq km, equal to a per capita of 372 per sq km.

Then in the US 70% or 200 million live in urbanized areas, vs Sweden with about 85%


Unfortunately, I never got around to finishing it and just let it go at the time.
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No, it doesn't. I thought I made that quite clear. if you look, I've only accounted for arable land. Id est, not the frozen tundra that dominates the North. Hence the much smaller percentage used to account for land mass of Canada as opposed to the US prior to my dividing by the number of cellular users.

As previously stated, if you can find more metrics that accurately removed the vast stretches of unused land from the equation go for it. But with less than a 10th or the cellular users of the US and a much lower percentage of the populace on mobiles the numbers are never going to work out in Canada's favour for this argument. It is still going to be considerably a much lower average of users per sq km.

Let's play the population density game!

US Cities:
New York – 27,147/sq mi
Los Angeles – 8,205/sq mi
Chicago – 12,470/sq mi
Houston – 3,701/sq mi
Phoenix - 2,937.8/sq mi
Philadelphia – 10,882.8/sq mi
Antonio – 2,808.5/sq mi
San Diego – 3,871.5/sq mi
Dallas – 3,605.08/sq mi

Canadian Cities:
Toronto – 10,287.4/sq mi
Montreal – 11,496/sq mi
Vancouver – 13,817.6/sq mi
Calgary – 3,522.9/sq mi
Edmonton – 2,764/sq mi
Quebec City – 2,800.3/sq mi
Winnipeg – 3,535.3/sq mi



And a map that shows population density in the United States AND Canada:



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