New iPhone 3G Pricing Plans from Rogers


When Rogers bowed to public pressure and offered the $30/6Gb data option for the launch of the iPhone 3G, it came with fine print saying the offer would expire August 31. Well, that’s this weekend, and Rogers is extending their little bonus for an extra month.

The Globe and Mail is reporting the proposed new plans are set to kick in October 1.

Rogers has decided to extend the current pricing plan for another month and will make it available to owners of all devices.

A new pricing model will kick in beginning Oct. 1, balancing consumer concerns and actual usage patterns, Ms. Hamilton said.

A monthly fee of $30 will buy 1 GB of data instead of 6GB. A cheaper package of $25 will give 500 megabytes, filling the needs of most customers based on early consumption trends, she said.

Other plans include $50 for 2GB, $60 for 3GB and $80 for 8GB. [Globe and Mail]

There was a lot of bitching and complaining when the data plans were first introduced, and while most people (91%) are using less than 200Mb a month, the more accurate usage rate hovers somewhere around 500-600Mb per month.

I’m guessing the wireless connection for the iPhone has a lot to do with that. I’ve kept mine turned off, just to see how far I could jack my data consumption, and despite using the iPhone as a sattelite radio receiver listening to stations from Toronto and Calgary, and streaming music through my dash via Last.fm, I’m still only at 578Mb of data.

If you’re an average user and still on the fence about the iPhone, wait until October and scoop the $25 / 500Mb plan.

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7 Comments

  1. August 28, 2008

    Early adopters win, for a change.

  2. Alan K
    September 5, 2008

    These REVISED plans look good if they turn out to be true…

    $60/month

    * 250 daytime minutes (up from 150) + unlimited nights / weekends
    * 1GB data (up from 400MB)
    * 75 texts
    * Visual Voicemail
    * three months of unlimited local calling
    * a permanent MY5 Local option

    $75/month

    * 400 daytime minutes (up from 300) + unlimited nights / weekends
    * 2GB data (up from 750MB)
    * 100 texts
    * Visual Voicemail
    * three months of unlimited local calling
    * a permanent MY5 Local option

  3. September 5, 2008

    @Alan

    Thanks for the update. These new plans will be in addition to the data only plans I listed above. I currently have CityFido with the $30/6Gb plan .. beats the heck out of any of these .. lol.

  4. Norm
    September 16, 2008

    Hey Buzz,

    Every morning and afternoon on the bus to/from work I listen to 95Crave with the Apple radio remote for the 1st Gen Nano. If I play live radio for about 4 hours a day, any idea how much data I would use in one month?

    Thanks a lot,
    Norm

    PS. When Nat & Drew talked to you this morning at Drop Zone, were you on your iPhone? Quality was pretty good.

  5. September 16, 2008

    @norm

    yes that was my iphone this am.

    cant speak to you on the volume of data the live stream is, sorry

  6. Alan K
    September 25, 2008

    @buzz

    Yes you are correct your plan with CityFido and the 6gb option is a better deal. I too have City Fido and was thinking about getting the $30 plan but that would bring my plan to $90 / month… I only use 200 local mins and most of my calls are actually to the UK so City Fido doesn’t really help me.. So the $60 plan would be a better fit for me and over 3 years save me a fair bit of change.

    These revised plans are ‘well balanced’ in that you get a bit of everything including Visual Voicemail.. Most of my local calls are also from other Rogers/fido users so with these plans they include unlimited to fido to fido/rogers users.

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