Report: Apple pulls iPhone from Canadian Apple stores in protest over Rogers’ rate plans

Apple Online Store“Apple, disgusted with Rogers Wireless for dumping egregious service plans on would-be iPhone 3G buyers, has decided that its Canadian retail stores will have no part in helping the carrier market the new handset to customers,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“As a result, Canadian Apple Retail stores won’t be selling the new 3G touchscreen phones come Friday, representatives for the Cupertino-based company said during a private conference call on Monday evening. Instead, it will be up to Rogers and its partner Fido to lock subscribers into steep 3-year contracts that require a minimum monthly payment of $60 for just 150 minutes, 75 text messages, and 400MB of data,” Jade reports.

“Calls to Canadian Apple retail stores early Tuesday confirmed the move once over,” Jade reports.

Full article here.

We often use “Canada’s Rogers” in headlines, but we’re really beginning to think we have it backwards. Why not just rename the country “Rogers,” eh, Canucks?

Canadians who don’t like Rogers’ prices should examine their nearest mirror in order to assign blame.

You know, “boycott” means the same in English and in French.

Leave it to Apple to begin fixing Canada’s monopoly quagmire where Canada’s lawmakers (who elected them, again?) and regulators (do you have any up there?) have failed their country miserably, but shouldn’t Apple have either agreed beforehand on reasonable rates or not done a deal with Rogers in the first place?

99 Comments

  1. How does this benefit the customer or Apple for that matter … still far too expensive to deal with Rogers … so not many phones will be sold … how about a different carrier …

  2. Good for Apple!!!
    It’s the right call, keep the pressure up on Rogers…..

    I would say boycott the ‘Blow Jays’ at Rogers centre, but I think think anyone watches or cares about them anyways…
    (I can’t change the channel away fast enough on TSN from the Jay highlights with an empty Skydome in the back ground)

    But I digress!! BOYCOTT ROGERS!

  3. I currently have a $45 plan with Rogers for 350 minutes (actually 700 minutes, signed up on promotion). According to Rogers, who collapsed under the pressure, I can use my existing plan with the iPhone, but since it has no data, I would need to add a data option.

    Here they are:
    – $15 for 2.5MB
    or
    – $40 for 12.5MB

    Their $30 for 300MB option isn’t available to me because I signed up on promotion.

    If I gave up my promotion in order to get a reasonable data package, my daytime minutes would drop from 700 down to 150, and I’d still be paying more.

    I also have unlimited WAP browsing on my account for an extra $20, but they still charge me for WAP browsing at 5¢ per KB. Go figure.

    The same would apply if I purchased the iPhone. Go figure. Just can’t win.

  4. This is exactly, and I mean exactly, what socialistic ideals take a country and its people. It reduces competition, and creates monopolies – among hundreds of other piss poor results.

    I don’t mean to get on the political bandwagon, but tis the season… I can’t imagine our health-care system being put into the hands of the Federal government…

    In state after after state – even the GOP’s own Mitt Romney’s plan in Mass – are all nearly bankrupt or heading there – all socialized medicine plans.

    Here’s a thought – get government OUT of the way of competition, and not regulate and be lobbied to death on these issues by big companies covered over with talk to the masses of idealism. Please…

    As a very famous President once said “The scariest words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan.

    Do yourself a society a huge freedom favor this political fall season and vote for the people running for office who are not proposing the government as the salvation for all our ills.

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