Lunch Bag Letdown…

Rogers announced their voice/data plans for the iPhone last week and to say I am disappointed is an understatement.

I will need to get an iPhone in the near future, my business and clients will demand it, but these plans are completely insane.

I have no idea what the folks at Rogers were thinking, but obviously none of it was good. You can find plenty of analysis of the plans on the web so I won’t go into that here, but for me the plans make no sense.

They are bundles of voice and data at arbitrary points without any of the flexibility that I require. What happens if I want more than the base level of voice minutes (150 minutes?!?) but without increasing my data? Where is the network calling? Where is the long-distance options?

The only thing that I can think of is that these plans are intentionally simplified to reduce the load on the CSRs for the initial launch of the phone. No options equals less questions and less time activating the phone. I’d like to think there is a reason beyond pure stupidity and greed, but maybe I’m being too generous…

Anyways, I am now left with this decision:

Do I buy the phone, lock in at the lowest plan, because I’m going to need to start developing on it soon anyway, and hope for things to get better?

Or do I say FU Rogers and wait. The spectrum auction is coming, maybe we’ll get a new GSM carrier without their collective heads wedged up one of Ted Rogers’ orifices. Maybe voting with my dollars will join the others that are feeling the same way and give Rogers a wake up call.

Regardless, I am conflicted and saddened…

2 thoughts on “Lunch Bag Letdown…

  1. Yeah, totally agree! The plans are pretty silly. Oh what I wouldn’t give for some real market competition. I’m in a similar bind.. potentially will want to dev on the iphone, and generally I’m really excited about it, but these plans?!

  2. I understand the need, but why not get an ipod touch to test development? They run the same software, with only a few restrictions (being tethered to wi-fi isn’t always pleasant, but GSM and open Wi-Fi have about the same coverage here…) You still have the ‘no phone’ issue, but when you remove the iphone from the equation, carriers plans seem to get a lot simpler.

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