Rogers issued a statement saying, "We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year," the carrier said in a statement. "We can't tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned."
Rats, what this really says is that we Canadians have to wait just a wee bit longer. Bummer! All we really have at this point is the knowledge that Rogers has officially landed the iPhone distribution rights. Many have speculated on why we suffering Canadians would have had to wait so long, especially since were living right next to the U.S., but now it seems that the main reason was due to a lack of competition here in the great white north. Because of this Rogers and other carriers, the few that we have, have been getting away with charging sky-high data charges, something that Apple insists it won't tolerate with the iPhone, as Apple demands that the device be used along with cheap unlimited data plans. If I'm correct on this, then this just might mean that our Canadians wallets may finally be getting a break from these ridiculous high data charges, at least I hope so?
A lot of people here in Canada will be pleased, of course, that the iPhone is finally almost here, but others, myself included, am a little disappointed that Apple has gone with a locked version. I was hoping for an unlocked version. A lot of people hate the idea of being tied to one provider be it Rogers or whom ever. This, of course, means that if you have a problem with Rogers, for example, and you want to continue to use your iPhone, well then tuff luck, you either you have to put up with them or rid yourself of the use of the iPhone. Yes, you can hack it so you can use it on another network, but frankly thats a big pain in the you know what?
So, just how long is "later in the year?" Your guess is as good as mine, but the sooner the better I say. We have waited long enough. In any event I'm just glad that the wait is almost over.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, April the 29th, 2008.
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