Rogers announces deal with Apple to bring iPhone to Canada

Ted Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications Inc. today issued the following statement:

We’re thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year. We can’t tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned.

Source: Rogers Communications Inc.

We can’t tell you any more about it right now… because it’ll be the next-gen iPhone Steve Jobs introduces at WWDC. (Also, we’re trying to figure out just how much more we can extract from our already-vastly-overcharged customers via our Big Ass Canadian monopoly that no other sane capitalistic country would even come close to allowing.)

49 Comments

  1. Finally … I have been patiently avoiding the unlock saga of iPhone here in Canada, as I knew 3G would be a matter of time. I currently pay about $700/month for a combo three phone plan on Rogers, using Blackberrys. I wonder what the iPhone plan will look like? maybe I will break the $1K or $2K mark? I am just glad they finally announced the release!

  2. Don’t hold your breath for a June release of the iPhone with Rogers. They will still need to put some equipment in (visual voice mail). Maybe they will get around to it by the end of the year.
    Canada is also opening up to more cell phone carriers this year. Rogers will only add the iPhone when they have to.
    BTW, I’ve heard this announcement before from them. Best just to wait for Apple’s official statement. Seems odd they would announce it before Apple.

  3. Let’s open a two-four for our Canuck friends and hope the hosers at Rogers give them a monthly plan that doesn’t cost 200 loonies. Oh, and by the way, since it is Canada, it will have to be called an iPhone/iTéléphone, by Apple/Pomme, eh?

  4. Holy cow – I thought $700 in Canadian would be less in US$, but the currencies are almost equal.

    How can anyone justify that. Paying $70 for two phones in the US seems too much for me. You guys have my sympathy. Hopefully the Apple deal will reduce the price a bit.

  5. While I would expect to pay slightly more than AT&T;in the US, I think it won’t nearly be as bad as everyone thinks. I’d expect monthly plan with 500 minutes and unlimited data to be around $75/month.

    Telus charges $30/$45 dollars for two of their unlimited web usage data plans.

  6. Granted, this chart is a couple of years old, but the dynamics are the same. Bottom line is that companies like Apple and Microsoft typically make more profit per dollar of sales than do oil companies. I don’t like paying so much for petroleum products, but I like less the idea of governments having the power to decide that a company made too much profit and needs to take some of it away. If the government would treat the subsidies it give out as loans, then maybe it could expect repayment from successful companies when they have highly profitable years.

    See profit comparison chart here:

  7. Everyone assumes it will be the new 3G iPhone that us Canadians are getting soon. My money is on Rogers now only offering the current iPhone, 2.5G on reduced rate plans. That way they can say they have the iPhone, but can run it on their old technology without such a revenue hit. If you want to use Rogers 3G, then iPhone won’t be available, but other higher priced access plans will be on other devices.

    You read it here first.

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