Canadian customers can get Apple's iPhone, but only through Rogers

According to a Rogers Wireless customers advise notice sent out this week, Rogers will be the exclusive carrier of Apple's iPhone in Canada. The email sent out to customers indicated that dates and pricing have not been determined yet, but that besides Rogers, there will not be any other wireless phone companies that will offer the iPhone.

So far, everything appears to make sense. Rogers is the only carrier in Canada that offers GSM service. Fido, which was purchased by Rogers two years ago, also offers GSM service but Rogers claims that the iPhone will only be available under Rogers subscriptions. The following is from the original Rogers e-mail:
  • The iPhone will first be introduced in North America
  • Cingular is the only wireless carrier to launch the iPhone in the United States
  • Rogers is actively working with Apple to launch the iPhone in Canada as soon as possible and will be the exclusive provider of the iPhone in Canada
  • Apple is planning to introduce the iPhone in Europe (Q4 2007) and Asia (2008)
  • Please be advised that Rogers will be offering the iPhone exclusively in Canada
  • Launch date and pricing for Canada are not yet available
  • Other Canadian wireless carriers will not launch the iPhone, Rogers will be the only Canadian wireless carrier to offer the iPhone
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Rogers chief operating officer Nadir Mohamed said that it makes sense for Rogers to introduce the iPhone to Canadian customers. "I’m not saying whether we have agreements or anything [with Apple], but given the iPhone was launched on GSM, we’re in a good position to reinforce that we’re the first and have the best-feature devices."

Apple launched its iPhone on January 9th with considerable applaud from consumers. There will be two initial models: a 4GB model for $499 USD and an 8GB model for $599 USD -- both are priced with a two year plan from Cingular, which will be the exclusive launch partner for Apple in the U.S. Analysts are expecting Canadian prices to be slightly higher with an estimated time of arrival sometime in late 2007 for Rogers customers.

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