Cost of ownership in Alberta?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by costabunny, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. costabunny macrumors 68020

    costabunny

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    Well I am hoping to move to Alberta this year (tho maybe in Jan now) and want to know from some actual users what it roughly costs to run an iPhone in Alberta?

    I think my usage will be checking mails up to a dozen times a day (no .me just pop) and browsing maybe half-hour to an hour per day.

    Anyone here actually have this level of usage and whats it cost please?
     
  2. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    Moving as in permanently?

    Rogers is the only provider with GSM. They have a variety of rates / plans and specific data plans at www.rogers.com.

    Do you have a 3G or 2G phone? An unlocked 2G will work fine, but have no idea what they would do with a 3G from another region.
     
  3. costabunny thread starter macrumors 68020

    costabunny

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    I dont have an iPhone right now (Gibraltar has no option for iPhones other than get one on ebay). :(

    I want to get one when I am in Canada (moving perm hopefully) and just want a feel for the cost of running it.
     
  4. milani macrumors 68000

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    I'm in Saskatchewan, but the prices are basically the same (Rogers is the only carrier you'd be using, and it's national). If you get the 6 GB iPhone plan (which I hear is soon to be discontinued so you better hurry and get it), you get 6 gigs of data transfer a month for $30. Add the regular voice package to your plan + any extras you might want like caller ID, My5, etc, and you're probably going to be looking at monthly bills of around $87.00 (assuming you don't have any long distance or data overages - the latter of which is virtually impossible on the iPhone plan).

    Edit: it looks like Rogers had discontinued offering the $30/mo 6GB plan. Too bad, I guess it only applies to those already locked into that plan. I'm not really sure I can give you a fair estimate of your costs, as the other plans vary in price and features quite a bit, but I'm pretty sure your bill would still work out to something around $87.00 a month - you'd just get less available data - although it really shouldn't matter. I've only used about 500 megs in 3 months, and I'll probably never use the 6GB unless I was tethering (assuming Apple allows tethering in the future - as the iPhone plans from Rogers do technically allow it).

    Just check out their site: http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-products/iphone_voice_data_packages, and if you're not sure it might be worth calling customer service and asking.
     
  5. costabunny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks

    The 2Gig plan looks ok to me $75 with 400 minutes - that should be plenty enough for me (tho Ill probably get an international package on my home line (to call my mum etc in EU).

    Thanks guys :) (now I can't wait to get over there).
     
  6. milani macrumors 68000

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    No problem. It's too bad you couldn't seize the 6GB plan, but I guess when my contract expires in a few years I'll lose the plan anyway, so I probably shouldn't get too attached to it. I assume you're coming over from Gibraltar? What brings you to Alberta? Anyway, best of luck, with the iPhone, and everything else!
     
  7. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    With most services, once the multi-year contract expires you can "grandfather" your previous price plans over when you switch to a monthly subscription.
     

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