There was an amazing little tidbit of information released earlier this week that is of particular interest to Apple fans in the Great White North. The iPhone is coming to Canada. Ted Rogers officially confirmed its upcoming arrival, but he didn’t announce any further information beyond the fact that we’d get the iPhone before the end of the year.
We were all left wondering about many of the Canadian iPhone launch details, including the release date, the price of the phone, and — perhaps most importantly of all — the price of the monthly data plans. After all, what’s the point of having such a data-centric device if you can’t have full access to all that data?
Well, iPhone in Canada went out and made some rather bold predictions about the upcoming iPhone launch in Canada and these predictions sound like they could either be completely spot-on or just wishful thinking. The launch date is predicted to be some time in the summer or the fall, following the 3G iPhone’s unveiling at WWDC in June. The pricing, he says, will be similar to the American launch of the first iPhone. This means that retail will be about $599 or you can opt for a 3-year contract with Rogers and get it for $399.
Last, and certainly not least, is the price of the data plans. Rob Bruce, president of Rogers’ wireless division, exclaims that they are “not fans of unlimited plans”, so it’s unlikely that Canadians will get an all-you-can-eat iPhone plan. Instead, it is much more likely that they will offer “virtually unlimited” plans to the tune of about $35/month for 100-200MB. Tack on a voice plan and you’re looking at a monthly bill of nearly $100! Are you willing to pay that?