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. @ 84 “it will have to be called an iPhone/iTéléphone, by Apple/Pomme, eh?” no, logo and trademarks do not apply, but your razor wit is amazing! a$$hat

    @ FUDsucker “… almost $4.00 a gallon for gas …”

    With gas currently at $1.25 per liter in many places in Canada, that converts to $4.73 per U.S. gallon. Dumbass.”

    You fail to account for the overall increase in gas prices between the US and Canada… the fact is that in 2003 gas here in S.F. was $1.75 per/gal now it is $4.25… prices in Tornoto, Canada were at $0.91 per/litre in 2003 and now are only $1.25 per/litre…. so who is the “dumbass” Mr. FUD!

    MW= blood As in the US trades blood for oil.

  2. 1. Rogers is one of the most disliked companies in Canada (Air Canada might give them a run for this title)

    2. Canada has a tiny population relative to the US and many part of Europe. As such there will be fewer people paying into the cell tower infrastructure. This means that the monthly cost for a cell plan is going to be higher than in the US and Europe.

  3. There are twice as many Latinos in the States as there are people of all ethnicities combined in all of Canada. Hopefully we will all be speaking Spanish here soon (on our iPhones, naturally) and running the French outta town on a rail.

  4. Well I won’t be buying an iphone even though i’d like to have one. Its nice how RIM’s Blackberrys work on all networks and they don’t tell you what carrier you have to use, I like that.

  5. I’ve been waiting for this for soooooo long!!! I even switched to rogers from bell in anticipation. I wouldn’t exactly cite rogers as being a monopoly even though they own the only GSM network in Canada. I say that because Bell and Telus aren’t much better in their pricing schemes. It’s an industry wide problem up here, not just Rogers’ fault. Would’ve been interesting though had telus won the bid for fido a few years back.

  6. Rogers is pure evil. My hatred of Rogers is greater than my love of Apple. I’ll try jailbreaking an iPhone instead. I’ve already seen a couple of Jailbroken iPhones around the UFT campus…

  7. “2. Canada has a tiny population relative to the US and many part of Europe. As such there will be fewer people paying into the cell tower infrastructure. This means that the monthly cost for a cell plan is going to be higher than in the US and Europe.”

    This is definitely a point often overlooked by critics of Rogers and other Canadian cell phone companies; Canada has one of the lowest population densities in the world (230th). Australia is 235th, and from what I’ve heard, they have almost as bad cell phone/internet coverage and prices as Canada, if not worse. Coincidence?

    This said, there are plenty of areas in Canada which are just as densely populated as areas in the US where you get significantly cheaper plans. Plus, they also have to cover less area since they only really cover in & around cities and towns, not out in the wilderness or unsettled land (which is most of Canada). So I wouldn’t be surprised if someday things got reasonable, at least in & around larger cities.

  8. Looks like Apple is foregoing subscription profits for product saturation. Their new revenue plan is to make money from the Apps Store coming in June. What does this mean? Simply that they are opening up the iPhone worldwide and carrier-free.

    @Name – jail break all you want but it will only work on Rogers/Fido in Canada. Jailbroken phones on the UFT campus would still be on Rogers (who owns Fido as well). So unfortunately you won’t be able to use an iPhone in Canada.

    Having said that, it might be interesting if Apple modifies a version of the iPhone to work on other non-GSM networks.

  9. Rogers IS a frickin monopoly.
    They own Fido, and Virgin runs on Bell.

    If you want a GSM network, there is ONLY the evil Rogers wankers.

    I use stinking Rogers with my unlocked iPhone (really its easy even for idiots, just use iLiberty+).

    Also Canada is becoming a little f**ked -up with weak governments and uptight 1950’s style people back in power.

    Whatever happened to adventurous Canada?
    Oh yeah, that was just Trudeau…..

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