iPhone Coming to Virgin Mobile Canada

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Virgin Mobile Canada issued a brief announcement yesterday revealing that it will begin offering the iPhone there in the near future.
    Rogers Wireless had been the exclusive iPhone carrier in Canada since the device's introduction there in July 2008 until Bell and Telus began offering it earlier this month.

    In a number of countries where Apple has had exclusive relationships with wireless carriers such as Canada, the company has begun transitioning to multi-carrier models, with Orange (UK) and Vodafone (UK & Ireland) recently beginning to offer or announcing plans to offer the iPhone in those countries where the iPhone had been exclusive to O2.

    Article Link: iPhone Coming to Virgin Mobile Canada
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    dangit will anyone in canada sell us an iphone w/o data or unlockable for international use?

    Jeesh, why do they clamp it down so much?

    Of the the best things about the iphone is the info you can get while traveling in far off unknown lands- but as soon as you cross the border you have to dump your bank account to pay for data roaming fees.

  3. macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2004
    Although technically the same company, both Rogers and Fido had the iPhone prior to July 2008. They are different carriers with different phones (mostly) and different plans.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Not a big surprise, as Virgin is owned by Bell…

    Koodo (owned by Telus, right?) should be getting it soon as well, then.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    doh, I was with virgin mobile for 3-4 years and I finally switched to fido just for the 3GS. Although virgin's price offerings aren't what they used to be, bell is now a majority owner, so I can't imagine the iPhone offerings will be anything special.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    I am sure Telus will drop it on Koodo customers. And then Bell will say, "we can't leave our low-cost carrier out" and Solo will have it to. Looking forward to seeing the day when President's Choice and Speakout get them.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2009
    they are not different at all.
    the plans for the iphone are basically the same for both fido/rogers. (for those that dont know, rogers owns fido)
  8. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Choice of Gouger

    So now we have more choice who we get gouged by. Wonderful. It's about as meaningful as choosing where you buy your gas. Or, radical idea, maybe Virgin could introduce real competition. Think it will ever happen in Canada?
  9. macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2003
    Not until wind mobile launches. Even they are even aloud too.
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2008

    Canada is run by the Rogers/Bell duopoly who don't compete but rather, conspire together on how best to rip the Canadian consumer off.

    Canada's telecom infrastructure, once the envy of the world ten years ago, is now no better than some third world nations.

    Our internet is serviced mostly by old copper wires with 5 MB connections for which we pay $50 a month. Everyone else in the world has options ranging from 20 MB to 100MB with unlimited bandwidth for less than $40 per month.

    Yes, in Canada, we also pay the second highest rate in the world per MB. We are subject to throttling and bandwidth caps of usually 60MB per month with overage charges from $1.25 per GIG to something as abusrd as $10 per gig from Videotron.

    Our mobile offers are just as ridiculous. Everything we do from texting to surfing is nickle and dimed. No unlimted for anything.

    We pay more and get FAR less.

    Do I see the iPhone coming to Virgin Mobile as being anything other than yet another guise by the incumbents fool to our toothless CRTC into thinking we actually have competition?

    **** NO.
  11. Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
  12. macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2007
    Wrong ...

    Spain has the worst internet offering from all " industrial nations " we pay here twice what you do in Canada .... how is that ?

    Counting the days till the Spanish Telefonica losses their monopoly over the iphone .... ordered a 3GS for my wife on launch day and we/she is still waiting to receive it .... over 4 months now ?? wtf :mad:


  13. macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2008
    The big difference here is that, at the very least, you'll likely have your monopolistic issues resolved within your LIFETIME.

    Bell Canada, our incumbent telecom, has been operating for over 130 years and was granted a legal monopoly from our government which they are now abusing.

    Do you actually pay in excess of $80 for only 5MB of access in Spain, as per your claims of paying twice the price? Are you throttled? Are you bandwidth capped? Is your regulatory body continually siding with the monopolistic firms?

    My understanding is that from the statistical survey which was completed, only in latin America was there a specific nation which ranked higher than Canada for cost per MB. I can't recall exactly which one, perhaps Brazil.

    I can believe that not all of Europe has great Internet access, but a majority of nations that make up the EU certainly do. At the very least, you have the option of relocating elsewhere in a far more expedient manner. In fact, isn't that what many youngsters in Spain are doing now anyway?
  14. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2008
    What are you talking about here? Cell data plans, or broadband?

    Since the iPhone turned up, *everything* changed in Canada, and the iPhone was solely responsible - in fact - I'm pretty sure the massive MacRumors Rogers Canada thread was partly responsible (one of the largest number of negatives). Here is my Fido Plan:

    6Gb of Data (thats 6144Mb) : $30
    2000 minutes: $40
    Voicemail, Caller ID etc.: $10

    Total is $80 plus tax. Thats it. No system access, no additional 911 fee.

    And you get tethering for no additional cost, or restrictions, unlike the US, or the UK.

    So, if you can keep your usage under 6Gb, you can DROP your cable / ADSL internet if you want to, and broadband from anywhere, with 3GS getting speeds of 350Mb/sec to 800Mb/sec in the city.

    This pricing has been the case for a year and half now (since the iPhone 3G launched).

    $80 for 5Mb? Change your provider! The $30/6Gb deals come when the iPhone models come out, and are available for a few months after, but if you spoke really nicely to a customer service agent, and said it was a deal breaker for changing to them, well, who knows - they may be able to accommodate you, or you may have to wait until summer.

    Before the iPhone though, it was really, really, really terrible here - I do agree.

    Just shows what an industry disruptor Apple can be - amazing really.
  15. macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2003
    350 to 800 Mb/s I don't know what city you live in. But I am lucky to get 300 kb/s. 350 Mb/s is not even possible. The new network recently announced offers speeds of 21 Mbps in theory. Yet most people can't get above 5 Mbps. Thats even a stretch....

    I don't know where you get your info but $80 is still a rip off compared to europe. Yes the iPhone lowered prices that doesn't mean they are competitive.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2008
    Whoops - my bad - I meant KB/sec (kilo bytes), not MB/sec (that would be cool!)
  17. macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Having been a Rogers customer for about six years now (probably more but I lost count) and having shelled out thousand of dollars to them, you can bet I'll be looking at the Virgin mobile offering quite closely. Even that quote above regarding the Fido data and voice plans looks attractive - even though Fido is owned by Rogers.

    For sure there had better be some competition here. No one wants to change companies merely on the basis of a nickle and dime reductions.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    Hopefully things change in 2010 when DAVE Wireless and Public Mobile enter the market.

    Public Mobile (PublicMobile.ca) is boasting a $40 unlimited text and talk plan. They only have one phone on there, but still. Could be a sign of good things to come. At least until they got swallowed up by Rogers, of course.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2009
    That's a very interesting topic. But this field is still new to me. It will be grateful if you give me some
    more information about it. Thanks in advance.
  20. macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2003
    Do you mean the talks of new carriers?
  21. macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    Uh, no. I was a Rogers customer for a number of years and I've been a Fido customer since the launch of the iPhone 3G in Canada.

    Rogers tends to serve more rural areas outside of the core metropolitan areas while Fido tends to be concentrated in the main population centres. Fido charges extra to use the Rogers network outside of major cities where there is no Fido coverage.

    Fido has something called "City Fido" for people who generally stay in one city. They also have an option to have 5pm unlimited Evenings and Weekends and start at 6pm by default IIRC while Rogers Evenings and weekends starts at 7pm with an option for 6pm.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2003
    The charging to use Rogers outside of the major cities was for the old plans I thought? I can find that mentioned anywhere. The plans are pretty similar though. For me rogers is actually cheaper.

Share This Page