Look out Rogers and Fido, Bell and Telus want them some 3G Apple pie. The prices ($199 for 16GB 3GS, etc.) and plan lengths (three years) are all the same, but there are some differences in plans. That’s fine, though, since it’s really the cost of the monthly plan that matters. For your convenience, dear […]
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iPhone in Canada

Look out Rogers and Fido, Bell and Telus want them some 3G Apple pie. The prices ($199 for 16GB 3GS, etc.) and plan lengths (three years) are all the same, but there are some differences in plans. That’s fine, though, since it’s really the cost of the monthly plan that matters.

For your convenience, dear readers, I’ve assembled information on the most basic voice/data options from each of the companies after the jump. Unique or notable features of the plans are in bold, and you can always click on the name of the provider to head straight to their iPhone plans page.

Overall, I’m not really all that impressed, though I do hope that Telus and Bell’s treatment of tethering rubs off on Rogers in the new year.

Rogers $65 + “Government Regulatory Recovery Fee”

  • 250 Minutes
  • Free Evenings and weekends starting at 9 PM
  • 1 month of unlimited local talk and text with Fave 5
  • 1GB of data and free tethering until the end of the year
  • 75 text messages (YUCK!)
  • Visual Voicemail, Unlimited Rogers/Fido wi-fi hotspot access

Fido $65

  • 250 Minutes
  • Free Evenings and weekends starting at 9 PM
  • Unlimited texts and MMS within Canada
  • 500 MB of data and free tethering until the end of the year
  • Visual voicemail, Unlimited Rogers/Fido wi-fi hotspot access, call waiting, conference call

Telus$50

  • 150 Minutes
  • 1 month of unlimited local talk and text with Fave 5
  • Choose one: double daytime minutes, or 1000 outgoing and unlim. incoming texts
  • Free Evenings and Weekends starting at 9 PM
  • 500MB of data with free tethering
  • Voice Mail 3, Call Waiting, Conference Calling, free local calls on birthday, PERKS

Bell $45 + $6.95 System Access Fee

  • 150 Minutes
  • Unlimited local talk and text with Fave 5
  • Free Evenings and weekends starting at 9 PM
  • 500 MB of data with free tethering
  • Free wifi at Starbucks? (saw this on another site, but couldn’t confirm on Bell’s)

Keep in mind that there are other combos and plans available to you on each carrier, but they’re too numerous for me to cover right now, so I’ve stuck just the basic plans that each carrier recommends when purchasing an iPhone 3GS. Another thing to also keep in mind is the pathetic exclusion of caller ID on all of those plans. How the hell can you call these “smartphone” plans when they’re too stupid to tell me who is calling by default? Rogers and Fido are also the only ones to actually offer visual voicemail as part of the combo plans.

It’s also interesting to note that Telus and Bell are allowing you to tether your iPhone at no charge whenever you want, whereas Rogers/Fido only offer free tethering for iPhone plans with at least 1GB of data, which means that their basic plans don’t make the cut. This policy might change in the new year, but I think it’s ridiculous that customers have to wait with baited breath. It’s for this reason that I chose to downgrade my plan from 6GB to 500MB. I don’t want to fall in love with tethering and have it taken away from me at the end of the year unless I pay xx.xx amount to Rogers. Speaking of data, though,  Bell and Telus’ high end plans still top off at a pathetic 2GB.

The final aspect to consider is the signal strength. I’ve only ever been a Rogers/Fido customer and since Rogers owns Fido, they essentially get the same reception because they use the same towers. My reception has been just fine and I’ve got no major complaints. Bell and Telus, on the other hand, have just established their own 3G network to launch these phones, so I’m really not sure how good the coverage will be. That’s definitely something to check the forums for if any of you folks are looking to pick a carrier.

So what’s the verdict? Find anything interesting, eh?

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