While us Yankees have been enjoying the iPhone’s grace’s since day one (that is, launch day), our friends to the North have yet to get the iPhone to officially cross the border. There are likely innumerable unlocked iPhones surfing Rogers’ network, but no official deal has been struck between Apple and Rogers.
Rogers Canada is the only GSM network in Canada that is compatible with the iPhone. And, as such, Rogers’ lack of GSM competition has led to high data rates from the carrier. Many believe that the ridiculous data rates have been a major obstacle to bringing the iPhone to Canada.
Whereas iPhone rate plans through AT&T offer 450 anytime minutes, 5000 night and weekend minutes, and unlimited data for just $60 per month, a comparable iPhone plan would run $295 with Rogers.
Well, it looks like Rogers is changing their ways. As early as today, Rogers is expected to go live with a new data pricing structure that will give Canadian GSM-fans unlimited data for just $20 per month. The unlimited data plan, which Rogers is calling the “Communicate Value Pack,” has been speculated to signal Rogers’ preparation for the iPhone. This news follows on previous rumors that Rogers would launch the iPhone in January.
While others believe that the unlimited data plan pricing is a response from Canadian-rival Bell Canada’s $7 unlimited data plan for their HTC Touch, there is talk that Rogers is finally making some progress in getting the iPhone into Canadian territory. Keep your fingers crossed (if you’re in Canada)!
[Via: Apple Insider]