The day after I wrote my last iPhone post, I received an email from the PR company working with Rogers Mobile (MS&L Digital) on the pricing plans:
My name is Nicole Burguess and I’m writing on behalf of Rogers to give you some additional information about the Rogers rate plans available for the iPhone.
The iPhone 3G bundles released June 27 are not the only price plans available to customers, they are the high value plans that allow Rogers customers to use the device to its fullest and offer considerable savings over separate voice and data plans that exist in market today.
That said, Rogers customers have more choices available to them and can use their existing voice and smartphone data plans if they wish. For example, they can select from the new data pricing (ranging from $30 for 300MB to $100 for 6GB or $50 Flex Rate plan) and add a voice plan, or they can choose a combined voice and data plan to best suit their individual needs.
Customers are not required to take the value packs, and can order most other features a la carte, such as $7 for Caller ID.
Existing customers can keep their existing voice service plan and pick a separate data plan (not in the iPhone 3G bundle) to meet their needs. They will need to check their upgrade eligibility, but any customer with a monthly service fee that is over $30 can upgrade to an iPhone 3G at $199 (for the 8GB model). Other options outside the iPhone bundle may be available depending on the customer’s individual information.
If you have any questions, please let me know and I will do my best to help you.
Account Executive | MS&L Digital
I replied with the following:
Thank you for emailing Nicole. Two questions.
First, what about an unlimited (and affordable) data plan? I’ve found from personal experience unlimited data plans allow users to feel free to use their devices to the fullest and not worry
Second I would like to post your email verbatim (without your contact info, because that would just be mean), would that be okay?
And Nicole replied today:
Thanks for writing back. In answer to your question, The iPhone bundles were created to provide the best value to our customers.
With respect to Rogers iPhone 3G pricing, we believe that the customer that wants this device wants to fully appreciate all that iPhone 3G has to offer so there’s a wide selection of high value price packages to meet the needs of Canadians. We believe that unlimited plans could end up costing customers more for what they don’t use. Rogers’ iPhone 3G plans will more than accommodate the vast majority of customers.
Yes, you may post my e-mail verbatim. And thank you for your consideration in omitting my contact info.
I’m available if you have any additional questions about this information.
Nicole is right is some respects, given the exorbitant data rates in Canada, yeah and unlimited plan might cost far more that you actually use. You can see the flaw in the logic. The US can do it. Unlimited data plans there are affordable. Why not here?
Again, I’m saying the same things I always do. Canada needs better mobile and data rates. It’s appalling, really.
The protest site RuinediPhone is coming up with a 403 forbidden for me, very odd error I think.
Is the techie outcry about the iPhone going to be what we need to get some change? When CNN is talking about and bringing attention to how much we’re getting the shaft up here, maybe that is enough.
Wishful thinking, I know.