Originally Posted by reyajaswal
Hi there !!
The story here is that Canada will be the only country in the world that does not have people lined up outside of the Apple store. That in itself is news. For every Apple store lineup story that is out there, there will be a mention, be it on CNN, BBC or others that the only country in the world that is not is Canada. T And they will mention the high data rates as the cause. Looks like Rogers is going to be on Bloomberg and CNN business this week, alot. They are probably fielding calls right now. This is a PR nightmare for Rogers, They won't see it as such, being Rogers, they're arrogant pricks, negative billing anyone, but they are going to feel the heat for a while.
I don't think it will change them one bit. Until the government steps in. It's a Canadian thing. There will be a commission set up.
I don't think Rogers will care that Apple didn't sell them at their stores. Although there were some here that said that because Apple did not mention it on their website, they never had plans to sell it at their own stores, this was obviously wrong. They did sell it in other countries, where they also did not mention it on their website.
While not selling it here may have been a reaction to Rogers policies, it isn't one that was likely very effective. Rogers still managed to sell out. This was mainly because they improved upon their pathetic initial iPhone plans (I mean, who would actually consider those?). If not stocking them at the Apple store helped pressure Rogers, great, but I think the rumored redirection of stock away from Rogers was likely more effective. Rogers knew they would sell out and if replenishments were slow, they would lose a lot of potential customers, especially because Bell and Telus announced their HTCTouch and Instinct devices and plans at the exact time the rumors of stock redirection was happening. Rogers was in a position where they might lose a lot of people to three year contract with Bell and Telus if they were told they would have to wait weeks or months for the iPhone to come back in stock.
So long as Apple now keeps them in stock and as long as they keep the $30/6GB option around, they will continue to make their sales and Apple selling it their store or not does not impact them in any significant way.