Why I Won’t Be Getting an iPhone

From today’s Globe and Mail:

…for $75 a month, Rogers provides 300 weekday voice minutes, 750 megabytes of data and 100 text messages. In the United States, a customer gets 450 weekday voice minutes, unlimited data and 200 text messages for the same price.

Yes, that’s “unlimited data.” No, that’s not in Canada.

See, the further north you go, the colder it gets; and colder air is heavier air; so it costs more to push signals through such weighty atmosphere. Which explains why Rogers…


  1. Greed quote: “It’s just not a responsible business decision for Rogers to blow up all its data pricing. But it has sharpened its pencil. It is watching this very closely.”

  2. Small consolation – iCall (and hopefully soon many more) is promoting a beta application that will allow you to switch to a VoIP mode when the user is in a WiFi zone…

  3. And I bet our friends in the U.S. don’t have to sign up for 3 year contracts to get that better deal, either.