iPhone coming to Canada; 7.4 million subscribers available

iPhone coming to Canada; 7.4 million subscribers available

Summary: Updated: Rogers Communications said Tuesday that it has a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada.In a terse announcement, Rogers, the largest wireless provider in Canada, made the announcement and said little else.

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Updated: Rogers Communications said Tuesday that it has a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada.

In a terse announcement, Rogers, the largest wireless provider in Canada, made the announcement and said little else. Here's the full-text:

Ted Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications Inc. today issued the following statement:

We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year. We can't tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned.

In Rogers earnings release, the company noted that it will have more iPhone information about availability and service plans "at a later date."

Apple fans in Canada should be pleased. As for the lowly scribes out there, a little more detail would have been nice.

Update: The Rogers pact isn't a huge deal--China Mobile is the Holy Grail--for the iPhone, but it is notable because it's the first of what is likely to be many announcements on the international front.

Last month, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted that Apple would ship 45 million iPhones by the end of 2009. Most of his thesis was based on international expansion. According to his chart, Rogers represents a market of about 7.2 million wireless subscribers. As of March 31, Rogers had about 7.4 million total wireless subscribers.

Topics: Wi-Fi, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Networking

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  • As a Rogers customer

    I'm really curious to see what data rates Apple has squeezed out of Rogers.

    Wireless Telcos in Canada are keeping basic data-only packages high to (I suspect) use the bandwidth to sell higher margin nonsense like TV and their own silly downloads.

    Personally, I hope Apple squeezed them hard. They are all greedy bastards.
    croberts
    • Competition

      Telcos all over the world have been outmaneuvered by this
      company. Rogers would have been happy to exalt the plan
      over the device well into the future. The result would have
      been complex data plans bound to popcorn prize phones.
      Now they are in a much more balanced partnership and
      their partner is gaining leverage over them daily. More to
      the point, their partner has pressured plan vendors
      worldwide into schemes that are seen as even-handed and
      fair. Apple has stimulated competition in this industry just
      as they have elsewhere.

      The people who complain so bitterly about the cost of the
      iPhone are the same people accepting crackerjack phones.
      They have been made beholden by the gift. This was poor
      judgement to begin with, now they rail against the one
      thing capable of reducing their plan price. None of these
      proponents of toy phones and fake choice have any vision
      beyond this afternoon.
      Harry Bardal