During the same week that President Obama pledged to bring broadband internet to every corner of the United States, America’s neighbors to the north were shocked to discover that usage-based internet billing, would be implemented in the spring this year by the CRTC (Canada's version of the FCC). This effectively hamstrings worry-free access to online and downloadable content for millions of Canadians, as well as limiting their ability to upload content for the rest of the world to enjoy.
Better late than never, the Canadian government has finally approved that country’s version of the iBookstore, while carrier Rogers is starting to unlock iPhones that are out of their contract or purchased unsubsidized.
After numerous delays, you might be wondering if a white version of the iPhone 4 truly exists (beyond Apple’s website tease, that is). Indeed it does, as one luck son of a -- er, dude -- shows in a video unboxing up in Ontario, Canada.
Change came fast and swift as Canadians in unison said hell no, to Rogers Wireless, and their original data usage plans for the new iPhone 3G. The original plans ranged from $60 for 400 megabytes to $115 for 2 gigabytes of data usage and customers were locked into a three-year contract.
Rogers Wireless, and its carrier partner Fido, have announced a new data usage plan allowing new iPhone customers to signup for a $30 per month 6GB data plan through August 31 -- a limited time promotion. Rogers’ customers under a voice contract can select a separate data plan after checking their upgrade eligibility.
According to Rogers, “6GB of data should be sufficient to view 35,952 web pages, exchange 157,286 emails, or watch 6,292 minutes of YouTube videos each and every month.”
Rogers and Fido seem convinced that customers will approve of the new promotional usage plan because they are opening selected stores early in anticipation of giddy Canadians waiting in line to buy their new iPhone. Early bird customers will be treated to breakfast and can win prizes. Maybe something cool like a Rogers Wireless t-shirt. Eh?