Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Jul 2009 22:03 UTC
Legal It was more or less not a question of if, but when, and now we're here: the US Department of Justice is said to launch an investigation into the US telecommunications industry to see if the two biggest players, AT&T and Verizon, are abusing their market position. Even though Apple is not a target for the probe, the usually trustworthy Wall Street Journal states that the iPhone/AT&T deal will also come under scrutiny [subscr. req.].
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RE[2]: Wow, so attractive...
by willerd on Tue 7th Jul 2009 02:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow, so attractive..."
willerd
Member since:
2005-07-15

I really hate the idea that I'm defending Rogers but this info is now outdated. For an "internet stick" the plan is still not great but you get 500MB per month for $25, 1 GB per month for $30, 3 GB per month for $60 or 5 GB for $80. For a smart phone data plan you get $45 300 Anytime (35¢ per additional minute) Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9pm) 500 MB $0.03 / MB or for $70 550 Anytime (35¢ per additional minute) Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9pm) 1 GB $0.03 / MB

Here's the proof --

http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-plans/iphone_card_plans

http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-plans/iphone_smartphone_...

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RE[3]: Wow, so attractive...
by kaiwai on Tue 7th Jul 2009 06:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow, so attractive..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I really hate the idea that I'm defending Rogers but this info is now outdated. For an "internet stick" the plan is still not great but you get 500MB per month for $25, 1 GB per month for $30, 3 GB per month for $60 or 5 GB for $80. For a smart phone data plan you get $45 300 Anytime (35¢ per additional minute) Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9pm) 500 MB $0.03 / MB or for $70 550 Anytime (35¢ per additional minute) Unlimited Evenings & Weekends (9pm) 1 GB $0.03 / MB

Here's the proof --

http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-plans/iphone_card_plans

http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-plans/iphone_smartphone_...


Assuming one goes to Vodafone in New Zealand, purchases an iPhone outright, plonk in a XT Network sim card, you can pay NZ$18 (US$11.50) per month and have the following (on prepaid):

http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/prepaid/plans

3 x Favourites
1500 Txt
240mb month

It might be a little expensive but at least in New Zealand like in Europe, Australia and possible Canada, we get this this called 'coverage', you know, when you move slightly out of the big cities we can get a signal. Kinda helpful if you go on a trip.

Edited 2009-07-07 06:33 UTC

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

True, Rogers data plans are a little bit better these days. My cynical suspicion is that the lower rates for data are driven entirely by the iPhone, that it effectively put Rogers between a rock and a hard place.

I'm sure they were getting non-iPhone customers complaining to them ("Why do iPhone customers get 6GB/month, but I'm paying $200 for 500MB?"). And, on the other side, I'm sure that people paying nearly $100/month for an iPhone wouldn't have been happy to get bills for going over their data transfer quota.

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