Canadian iPhone plans come together
Another day, another set of pricing information for the international iPhone brotherhood (or sisterhood). Today it’s Canada’s Rogers Wireless that’s released the lowdown on grabbing an iPhone in the Great White North. While they don’t appear to have spelled out just how much the handsets themselves will fetch, Rogers did lay out four separate monthly service plans for iPhone use—albeit none of them with the unlimited data we’ve come to know and love down here in the US.
The plans (all priced in Canadian dollars, naturally) are $60 a month for 150 weekday minutes, 400MB of data, and 75 sent text messages; $75 for 300 weekday minutes, 750MB of data, and 100 sent text messages; $100 for 600 weekday minutes, 1GB of data, and 200 sent text messages; and $115 for 800 weekday minutes, 2GB of data, and 300 sent text messages. Each plan also includes unlimited evening and weekend minutes (9PM-7AM), visual voicemail, and access to Rogers Wireless and Fido Hotspots. Sending additional text messages will cost 15 cents each, and additional data is billed at a rate of 50 cents per megabyte for the first 60MB, and then an additional 3 cents per megabyte. The price for extra weekday minutes varies depending on the plan, ranging from 35 cents to 15 cents.
Rogers is also offering a pair of “Value Packs” for the 3G iPhone, incorporating a number of extra features like more text messages, call forwarding minutes, and early evening calling for $15 and $20.
A quick glance at the Settings -> Usage section of my iPhone informs me that I’ve sent 202MB of EDGE Network Data and received 1.2GB, but since I don’t appear to have ever reset the usage statistics, I’m not sure exactly when that dates from. But I’ll say that it sure is nice not to have to worry about how much data I end up using on a phone that’s designed for accessing the Internet.