How do Canadians(and the Swedish) cope with high data plan prices?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by benkenobi, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. benkenobi macrumors member

    May 27, 2009
    I've been hearing stories that Canadians have a 400MB/month limit on their data plans. A 75 SMS sending limit. 150minutes of free call time. All of this for more than 60$ and up. The Canadians need to be liberated.

    So I was wondering, with smart phones and unlimlited data plans becoming the norm,
    How do Canadians (and the Swedish) survive in these harsh conditions?'d probably max out in a week.

    Limited data plans would also limit Apples iphone sales. It is the internet phone so without the internet it would lose it's glamour.

    Just the thought of a 400MB cap frightens me. Would you have the guts to open up safari, google maps or youtube anymore? No.. you'd probably only be able to check your mail. It's also scares me that most people their think it is the norm (phones are just used to check your email mentality) so most Canucks seem to not mind. Would like to hear some peoples views about it especially those who actually live in these countries.
  2. Animalk macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Montreal Canada
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  4. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Okay, well here's my plan from Rogers:

    200 daytime minutes
    UL evenings/weekends @ 9pm
    My5 Canada wide talk and SMS/MMS
    500 MB data

    2500 text messages
    Call Display

    I really can't complain, I love what I have. And honestly, I use my phone religiously, safari, maps, youtube, you name it, and I've never gone over 250 MB in a month.
  5. MRTaylor macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2009
    New first time iPhone buyer through Rogers up here in Canada (3Gs), my data plan is $30/month for 6gig's of transfer. My voice plan is separate. That doesn't seem too 'over the top'.
  6. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2006
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    Yeah, you're just wrong.

    I have 200 daytime minutes, free nights & weekends, unlimited SMS/MMS, and call display for $45 / month and I have the 6GB data plan for $30.

    My wife is on a "low" data plan, she gets 500MB of data. She's a light user (and there's WiFi in the house) anyway, but still, you'd be surprised how much data you actually use in just Mail, Safarai and apps. I pretty much have to start hitting You Tube heavily to really rack up the data I find. ymmv.
  7. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I only have 500MB a month. Never went over the limit. I just have to be careful with using tethering or streaming apps.
  8. CalmEnvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    I'll end up getting an iPhone next year, probably when the next update is released. I'll end up going with Fido since I'll get:

    $35 Voiceplan
    - 350 Minutes, billed by the second
    - Unlimited Evenings and Weekends starting at 7PM
    - Unlimited Text Messages Sent
    - Text Messages received are free
    - No System Access fee/911 fee
    - Call Waiting
    - Conference Calling

    $30 Data Plan/6GB per month (they should have this deal again)

    That doesn't seem to bad to me for $65 a month.
  9. 199708 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2008
    Just for comparison, Japan is:

    $45-unlimited 7.2 internet. ***** fast son.
    $10- plan (no calls)
    $3 to use the internet (pointless charge just to charge)
    $10-for 32gig phone (mobile rental over 24months)

    so thats $68 i pay, no calls included, sms is free to same carrier, actually only my carrier has SMS in japan.

    calls are 40cents/minute
  10. Cescfabregas4 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Seems to me that the iphone plans in canada is cheaper than in the US. I wouldnt mind 500mb of data on ATT for $10, or 1gb for $15.
  11. detoxguy macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2009
    I am coping just fine with 6Gbs of data 250 minutes unlimited evenings/weekends starting at 6pm, unlimited SMS/MMS (yes the MMS worked on 3.0 launch day), tethering (also worked on launch day), all for 70 bucks a month. Oh and our download speeds with the 3G network are well over twice the average speed of ATT...I guess the real question is how can you Americans cope with the cost and slow speeds you get there?
  12. benkenobi thread starter macrumors member

    May 27, 2009

    I guess it's not as easy to go over the limit judging from the replies. 400MB or 6GB does sound really small when you compare it to do 300GB data plan I am using.

    Still.. I pay around 50$US for all this: unlimited sms, free calls between the same carrier 300gb data plan.
  13. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    lol... what're you going to do with 300 gigs of data?

    EDIT: It would be good for tethering....
  14. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    which carrier in the US are you getting 300GB of data with?
  15. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2006
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    Oh yeah, almost forgot: MMS actually works here. Has since launch day. And, (until 2010 anyway) tethering is FREE!

    Suck on that, AT&T!
  16. fredf macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2008
    As well, I read on iPhone-in-Canada that actual data transmission rates (download and upload) on Rogers (canada) vs ATT were twice as fast or better here in Canada.

    I have 250 min anytime, free after 6pm and w/e, unlimited text in and 25 text out (I don't text very often) and call display and answer and forwarding for $27 per month and 6 Gig data for an extra $30/month.
  17. Leafs macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2009
    I got here in Canada with Rogers:

    250 minutes = $20
    evenings and weekends @ 6 pm =$5
    1000 Canadian LD minutes = $5
    2500 text, CID, VM = $10
    6 GB data= $30

    Free Rogers to Rogers
    and $15 credit

    = $65 including service charges and tax.

    I'm pretty happy. What would this cost in the states?
  18. Coraline macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    This is almost exactly what I have.
  19. cellocello macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    Hmm, this is quite a bit better than my plan from fido. Might have to call them up ....

    How are you getting that $15 credit?

    and do you mean it's $82 including service charges and tax? ('cause then it's not that much better than what I got currently)
  20. Leafs macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2009
    No I mean it is $65/month including service chares and tax, meaning as long as I don't go over anything I will ONLY pay $65 in total.

    Anyways if you have been with Rogers for a while you can call a number and negotiate a better plan if you think you are paying to much. I believe Fido has the same thing. Might want to look into it if you have been there for a while. I got this contract after being with Rogers for 3 years and my contract expired so I called saying I wanted to upgrade my phone from a Razr to a iphone but am not willing to pay the iphone bills as I am a student and can't afford it. Had to call a couple of times to get exactly what I wanted because each person you talk to is different and nicer in their own way. Hope this helps and good luck. Oh and I can give you the link if you want. Dunno if i can post it here.
  21. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2008
    Basically to respond to the OP's statement I don't think it's nearly as bad here in Canada as the information that you've seen...

    as many posters have touched on... most of us have 6GB data plans that include free tethering until at least December 31, 2009.

    We have the ability to use MMS...

    I know that my personal plan includes 2,500 SMS (sent) Unlimited free SMS received, 200 day time minutes, free evenings/weekends at 5PM... all for just over $60 before fees/taxes... around 70 with fee's/taxes...

    Plus we have the choice of going with two different carriers (Rogers or Fido) even though Rogers owns Fido... they offer different plans etc....
  22. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    I agree. ATT in US needs a lower data tier for lighter users. $30
    is overpriced for a data plan. But Verizon and ATT will not start a price war since between them they own (control) most of the market.
  23. sumaznboi macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008

    HOW the heck did you get such an awesome plan?
    Please tell me how! :D
  24. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    thats just a pretty well known $45 voice+data plan with a $10 retention valupack. its still around, but the $45 plan has been reduced to 100min, and MY5 option now local instead of nationwide.

    the best thing for anyone who wants to improve their plan is by calling retentions directly.
  25. chakraj macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2008
    So Cal
    The name of this thread should be

    How do us Americans live with such high prices and data plans?

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