- Aug 7, 2007
I really wonder that the Canadian government has let this fly. Those graphs of what data costs in Canada as opposed to other countries in the world are really remarkable. You ought to get your MPs to pressure Rogers.Rogers would have to make major changes to their data pricing before Apple would consider selling it in Canada and I don't see Rogers dropping their $20.00 for 1 MB rate to $20.00 for unlimited data any time soon.
The problem is our equivalent of the FCC. They've forbidden foreign ownership of Canadian telecoms.I really wonder that the Canadian government has let this fly. Those graphs of what data costs in Canada as opposed to other countries in the world are really remarkable. You ought to get your MPs to pressure Rogers.
They do have a country-wide EDGE infrastructure. It may or may not be able to handle the load of all those high-bandwidth iPhones, but that's just a matter of upgrading.The thing is not as simple as bringing the phone to a Canadian company. They also gotta have something similar like the Edge for internet and visual voice messages etc.....
Theres gotta be something similar there
An oligopoly is not illegal in the US or by common international law. A Collusive oligopoly however is and your right as it seems this is what you're implying. I have no doubt they are collectively agreeing to set price at some level..... It's a bold-faced Oligopoly.....
They do have a country-wide EDGE infrastructure. It may or may not be able to handle the load of all those high-bandwidth iPhones, but that's just a matter of upgrading.
The reason that the iPhone (1.0) will never come to Canada is that the Oligopoly will never allow unlimited data. They much prefer $25 for 4MB per month and $375/GB! It is far more profitable than $n for Unlimited.
If, however, the CRTC allowed foreign companies to bid on Canadian spectrum... the story would change. There would be real competition in Canada, prices would be cut in half, and mobile service would actually become commoditized like it has in the rest of the world!
(If Ted Rogers or Darren Entwistle read that, sorry for sending shivers up your spines guys)
haha I feel the same, I'm always looking for Canada/iPhone links. Contrary to some people, I'm taking the optimistic route - I think (and hope) the iPhone will arrive in Canada in September and Rogers will surprise us by offering unlimited data at a reasonable price. Why do I think this? Because I know Apple put a lot of pressure on Rogers to offer unlimited data because they know the iPhone needs unlimited data. Keep in mind Rogers and Apple have been in discussions since January or possibly earlier.Argh! Getting my hopes up again! I constantly search for anything that has iPhone and Canada in the same sentence Seriously, I think it would be cheaper for me to get an iPhone in the states (since I have a credit card there) and roam in Canada than to pay the rates they charge here for data.