iPad comes to Canada: Rogers to offer plans from end of May

iPad RogersRogers today announced that it will offer iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Canada.

The iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.

For more information about iPad please visit http://www.apple.ca/ipad

We will share more details soon.

Keith McArthur is Senior Director of Social Media at Rogers.

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149 comments on “iPad comes to Canada: Rogers to offer plans from end of May

  1. Rogers should 1-up AT&T by offering data plans that work with an iPhone + iPad, rather than two separate plans. Think about it ;-)

    1. Luke Marvin

      Please, please give us a combined plan. Let me use the data I’m already paying for!

      I’ll just end up using more data so you’ll still make more money.


      1. tp

        So dont buy it

  2. No pricing = no news. I presume all three iPhone carriers are going to support the iPad too. If you had an exclusive, that’d be news.

    1. It’s true – this is just a cheap attempt to grab a little pre-release attention.

  3. I agree with will. However I believe that the data plans that will be coming out will be cross platform compatible. Now the only problem you run into with that is that the iPad takes a “Micro SIM” that’s not compatible with the iPhone.

    1. Jesse

      I think Will is suggesting a single data plan that can be used to share data across both devices. This would make much more sense than trying to swap around SIM cards.

      1. I agree with Will and Jesse, having the data plans shared across data-capable devices is where competitive edge comes in. Otherwise all you are really doing is trying to get more money out of the already strained consumers.

      2. Luigi


        if I cant share data plans with my existing one for my iphone im not sure im gonna go for the 3G ipad. iphone is already too much expensive I wont pay for 2 data plans when Im not even using 1/3 of my iphone plan.

      3. Peter

        There won’t be any swapping SIM’s, the iPad uses a new – smaller – SIM card.

      4. Stephen

        As will the new IPhone, so swapping the sim card is a viable option as it always have been for all sim devices.

  4. Well, with Apple’s announcement this morning of international shipping delays, I wouldn’t be surprised if that date gets pushed even further. Question is, will you offer pre-orders?

  5. theninjasquad

    I’m curious to see how Rogers data plans for the iPad will compare to the new ones that AT&T is offering.

    1. Annette

      Me too, …AT&T has a very good plan that allows users to change on a month to month basis, vs rogers where you get stuck with long plans and huge penalties for changing them; AT&T plan much better and customer can make changes to the plan themselves using the ipad without going to a customer service rep. Come on rogers, step-up.

      1. Kyle

        You’re misinformed. Rogers’ data plans for iPad “do not require a term contract” according to rogers.com/ipad. I’m also quite sure that customers can activate and cancel their subscription at any time right on their iPad as well. AT&T and Rogers are on par with this.

  6. Erik

    Well duh! What are the price points?

  7. Use your separate micro sim, but if you have an iPhone on a data plan then you should be able to share your data buckets like in the Family Data Plan option, I have the 6 GB plan which would be perfect, if not then I will just buy the WiFi version and tether the iPad with either my iPhone 6Gb plan or with my Blackberry which has a 6GB Plan. So worse comes to worse, I will save money on buying the WiFi version and I will have up to 12 GB worth of data that I am already paying for.

    1. Android

      @TorontoWireless says “tether the iPad with … my iPhone 6Gb plan”. And exactly how are you going to do this tether? Steve Jobs has said that the IPad will not tether over Bluetooth to an iPhone, and the only way to tether over WiFi is to jailbreak the iPhone and use an app like MyWi to turn the iPhone into an access point.

      1. Oddly enough one of my cowokers was able to tether his macbook to his jailbroken iPhone and use the 3G data to make the macbook a wireless access point which the iPad used to connect to the internet.


      2. Sorry but you’re wrong. The iPhone and the iPad both support tethering, it is AT&T that doesn’t allow. U.S customers can’t tether their iPhones, but we can.

        If Rogers wants to allow it, both the hardware and software support it.

      3. Carl

        Sorry, but you’re wrong.


        Steve Jobs minced no words in clearly saying the iPhone will NOT support tethering. It’s not going to happen unless you use MyWi.

        Just stop being cheapskates and either wait to see if Rogers gives a shared bucket across two devices, or just buy a separate plan. Welcome to Canada, where the iPad will be $60/mo for unlimited (if it happened) or else I’ll be paying $30/mo for 512MB or something awful.

        If Rogers wanted to allow it, it couldn’t. Read up before posting.

      4. Android

        Sorry, but I’m right ;-) A WiFi iPad cannot tether to an (un-jailbroken) iPhone and make use of the iPhone’s 3G data. The question was originally answered here (by Steve Jobs, no less!) …


      5. So let me get this straight, you’ve made up your mind about the situation based on a one word email response supposedly sent by Steve Jobs. You do realize the iPhone doesn’t tether in the U.S? I’ll repeat what I said to make it perfectly clear — the iPad hardware and software supports tethering (people are already doing it with jailbroken phones). It doesn’t mean Apple or Rogers will allow it, but it’s certainly possible.

      6. kev

        check out rogers, virgin and bell — all offer tethering as part of their iphone packages.

      7. anon

        The point is that tethering works over bluetooth, not wireless. The iPad has no way to connect to an iPhone through bluetooth. In this case it’s a hardware limitation, not a carrier policy decision. You need a jailbroken phone to allow tethering through WiFi to make this work.

        It would be great if Rogers (or whoever) offered a combined plan, but they would be losing out on everyone who will suck it up and buy a second 3G data plan then I suppose.

      8. if i have to jailbreak, then i will, its up to rogers to decide what we do

    2. Heather

      i agree. rogers had me paying for plans i didn’t need. with tethering & wi fi ,just need 1 plan..

  8. also if Rogers was smart they will announce the iPad price plans today, offer to pre-book customers (Clients) in to a contract and lock them in before people realize that they can just buy the wifi version and tether it with a data plan which is greater than 500mb

    1. Dave

      You can’t tether your iPad to your iPhone. Steve Jobs confirmed this in an email a week or two ago.

      1. You can’t in the U.S currently. Both the hardware and software support tethering.

      2. Luigi

        u can tether from iphone to a computer not from iphone to ipad. if u say yes one more time prove it cause its all over the web.. no u can’t..

    2. Jesse

      Actually, the iPad doesn’t support tethering, so that won’t work. You’ll either need a 3G iPad or a device like the Mi-Fi that can provide a Wi-Fi connection (which is the approach that I’ve taken at this point).

      (To be fair, you can do all sorts of things to “tether” the two devices by either jailbreaking your iPad or iPhone, but the majority of consumers aren’t going to be doing that, and those who would have pretty much already figured out what their options are).

  9. Dave

    So I’ve read on a number of sites that Rogers will be offering 500MB of data for $30 and 5GB for $65 on the iPad….. if this is real what gives? Why is data still so expensive? How can Rogers offer data on promotion for $30 for 6GB to phone users and turn around with these prices? The promotional pricing for 6GB should be the standard, I could understand paying $30 for 500MB a few years ago but now it just a cash grab. Rogers needs to set a standard on it’s data pricing that’s actually competitive and not require contracts to make data reasonable. I would also love an answer as to why I have to pay extra for text messages when I already have a data plan…… text messages = data

    1. RogersKeith

      Hey Dave. We haven’t released any details about pricing plans for iPad yet. I believe the plans you mention came from a blog post in Electronista where the blogger cites those as data plans currently in market but emphatically states that Rogers has not yet released plans for iPad.

      1. Georges

        Dear Keith

        If I buy my 3 G Ipad in New York when I go in 2 weeks (it will be out then in the USA)
        Since the device is unlocked
        Will I be able to buy just a microsim from Rogers so I can use it in Canada (and of couse pay Rogers for the data)

    2. Jess

      Text messages are seperate from data so that people who dont use data devices can text. Text messages do not equal data.

  10. Excellent but with todays news of delay of Wifi models till end of Mai, does this mean Rogers will offer plans on iPad that are not shipping yet? I don’t think Apple will offer Wifi and 3G models at the same time.

    1. Jesse

      Actually, both the Wi-Fi and 3G models are supposed to be available internationally at the same time. Considering that the dates have already been pushed back a month, however, who knows what’s going to happen.

  11. Bla1ze

    Wow, no news here…this was pretty much a given.

  12. Adam H

    I’m glad it will be with Rogers, but hopefully you guys will offer the PREPAID data plans that ATT offers in the US, which you can sign up for at any time and cancel at any time right from the device settings menu.

    Pay $30 with your credit card, get one month of unlimited data usage. Cancel if you don’t want it the next month, prepay again if you want it after.

    It’s an awesome system which hopefully you guys use as well. If not, I’ll give up hope forever.

  13. Are you just offering pay-as-you-go data plans or will you be discounting the hardware and offering data plans on contracts?

    I for one will sign a data contract if it means a discount on the hardware.

    Will you be able to use your existing iPhone data plan? Some Rogers employees are saying that you will be able to, how will it work?

  14. RogersKeith

    Great to see so much excitement about the iPad. We’re excited to share more details when we can, but can’t answer any questions about our rate plans quite yet.

    1. Will an iPad 3G bought in the US work on Rogers’ network?

      1. what you meant to say is will the 3g iPad come unlocked, it will work with Rogers, Bell and Telus. You will need to use a micro sim card from your carrier in order to use it. If the 3 Canadian carriers are smart they wont sell just the sim card.

  15. If I can’t use my existing iPhone plan, there’s no way I’m setting up an entirely new plan for the same thing. I’ll get the WiFi model, figure out how to tether or set up a hotspot, and/or find a provider that does offer the no-brainer combining of data plans.

  16. i agree, rogers is bringing in all of these devices, why not 1 up AT&T! :-)

    1. kev

      why go on and on about the one upping of at&t when Rogers is in Canada and AT&T is in the states!??

  17. Jim

    Just my quick thoughts:

    -A delay isn’t a big deal – you’ve lived this long without the iPad, you can wait another month. (and, well, you don’t have much of a choice :) )
    -I’d be more likely to buy the 3G version if I can share the data with my iphone data plan. Otherwise, I’d likely just get the WiFi verison. I can’t see spending money for internet on my: Desktop ($60/month~), iPhone ($30/month), iPad ($??/month).

    Is it possible to download something on my iPhone and wirelessly sync it with the iPad via Bluetooth?


  18. I’m glad to hear it’s coming and I’m sure the iPad and the Rogers plans will be worth the wait. There is competition in the marketplace. Rogers has been very good and balanced in their support of the iPhone (tethering, 6GB plan, etc.) and I’m sure they’ll continue with the iPad. The Rogers 3G network is quite a bit faster than AT&T in the US and I applaud Rogers for it.

    My hope is on the roaming front…being able to take my iPad to the USA for a trip and sign up for an AT&T $30 plan for the trip. Why should it appear on my Rogers bill at some large markup? Roaming is far too expensive in general and it needs to come down in this connected world of ours.

    Anyways, I look forward to ordering my iPad 3G on May 10th. :)


    1. @Neil: Where did you get the May 10 date from? ‘Cause that won’t happen for sure.

      1. James Somers

        On Apple’s website – http://www.apple.ca

  19. Todd Sieling

    This is a press release for the sake of a press release. Come on, Rogers, why not release the news when there’s something substantial to say.

  20. Francois

    I currently have an iphone with a rogers data plan. But for my ipad I will try to get a plan from telus or bell as this will allow me to access the net in areas that don’t have rogers coverage but do have telus/bell coverage.

    Of course if Rogers offers a juicy discount (hint hint) to its existing iphone customers (especially those with 6 GB data plans) then I’ll stick with rogers for the ipad.

  21. AppleGeek

    Will Rogers support the iPad 3G before the end of May? If not then I’m going tomorrow to get my wifi version and getting a mifi unit now and screw it. The states isn’t that far away!

  22. Call me a cynical old man, but I think the chances of Rogers offering data plans like AT&T’s *without contract*, on a 30-day basis that you can turn on or off as needed, for reasonable rates, are next to nil. I suspect the Leafs will win a Stanley Cup again before that happens.

    Honestly: I will be the first to admit being wrong if that’s not that case, RogersKeith, and would be delighted and shocked if you did … but think it’s highly unlikely given the history of the telecom and cable industry here in Canada.

    Then again, I’m in Waterloo with my WiFi 64GB iPad already, so don’t need a 3G one anyway. To those who are waiting …. it’s worth it. The iPad is a delight and has replaced 90% of my laptop use and gets 11 hours of real battery life. It’s amazing.

    PS. I wonder if this “critical” post will even be allowed?

  23. Excellent news!!! All I want is a PAYGO plan like they have down south, and I’m good to go.
    I have a Wifi iPad already, but I’m going to sell that if Rogers can offer PAYGO data like AT&T.

  24. Mike

    Nice to see you’re getting the ipad, but the true test is based on how consumer friendly your data plans are! I echo the sentiments in the previous comments!

    I understand you need to make money off of this device, absolutely…shareholders first and foremost right!!!! Anyway…consumers like me need to see the added value of buying a data plan from you. Giving tethering for free was a stroke of genius you gave tech savy customers a reason to believe in Rogers again. You have a competivie advantage when you need it the most with the introduction of new Wireless companies. With the ipad don’t ruin the glowing reviews your tethering policy earned you. Most people don’t tether so you’re really not out a large source of profits. On the other hand the ipad will be an almost always connected device and a potentional for huge profits. Offer shared data plans for $5 a month between connected devices (iPhone and iPad) you make money and consumers can see some value…expect them to buy a completely new data plan and watch your potential market for 3g versions of the ipad disappear. It’s unrealistic for consumers to get something for nothing, but in an increasingly connected world it’s getting harder for us to justify multiple data plans. Or just follow Googles rule of thumb and “don’t be evil!”, offer tethering from the iPhone to all connected devices for free and watch people run over their data buckets and enjoy the overage fees as compensation (profits).

  25. Mike

    I wouldn’t be getting my iPad on Rogers as their network has the slowest speeds of the big 3 carriers.

    The hspa footprint is a fraction of the Bell/Telus hspa network. Unless you don’t mind waiting for pages to load.

    1. RogersRob

      Hi Mike,

      We believe our network offers the best surfing, start to finish.

      We’ve spent years investing in network reliability, launching GSM in 2001, HSPA in 2007 and HSPA+ last summer.

      And Rogers is expanding our network daily. Can I ask where you’re located?

  26. karen

    Wait…you’ll be offering price plans in May? What about actual iPads?

  27. Georges

    Apple just confirmed to me that there is no removable sim card inside the Ipad 3G. It is soldered in
    The ipad that will be offered in Canada is the same as the US model
    It is up to the local wireless provider to give you the data connection
    You don’t change sim cards like on an iphone
    Thus the question If I buy a US 3G ipad in NYC in two weeks
    can I get it connected to Rogers data when I get back

    1. Marc

      That is completely incorrect- the 3G has a removable micro-sim and works with a Rogers SIM that is physically trimmed.

  28. Bettie

    If it’s only available through Rogers, then I’m not buying one. I thought they’d be available like computers, at Future Shop and Best Buy or wherever. I despise the Rogers corporate atmosphere and their cheesy price “plans”.
    So bye-bye iPad for me.

  29. What if we just go to the US and by an AT&T 3G iPad pay $30 for their unlimited data and use it in Canada, will it work, will they charge for Roaming.

    Or when Rogers comes around with their Data rates for the iPad, will it include free USA Roaming?

  30. I have a question? will Rogers offer Data Roaming to the USA with the 3G iPad

  31. Yeah, Steve Jobs said there wouldn’t be tethering to an iPhone. But:
    1) He was probably talking about the States.
    2) He’s also said there would never be an app store, and there would never be multitasking.


  32. Mike

    By not announcing the data plans, you’re forcing impatient early adopters to choose between picking up a US wifi model or wait to find out what the data plans are so they can make a fully informed choice wifi vs 3G choice. I can’t make up my mind, but if there are no more details by next weekend, I’ll break down and just get a US wifi model, precluding any Rogers data plans.

    1. I agree. Rogers has a really bad habit of finalizing the launch of Apple products on the day they go on sale. That may have worked when they were the only game in town, but it won’t continue to. I was in a Rogers store for seven hours when the 3GS went on sale because their system wouldn’t let them sell at the subsidized price.

      Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen with the iPad and the 4th generation iPhone this summer.

  33. Gerry

    I love how Rogers doesn’t even RESPOND to its damn customers.

    WHAT’S THE POINT OF THE REDBOARD THEN? This is useless news to us. Obviously the Big 3 want to cash in on the iPad. I know that all 3 will have similar plans.

    If there are contracts, there’s NO WAY we will sign to them again.

  34. Are we able to buy a US Version 3G iPad and activate it on Rogers Data Plan eventually, I was told that there is 1 universal micro sim card that is in the iPad, not removable

  35. darrell

    I totally agree with others that this “press release” is totally USELESS without actually giving us the pricing. Rogers hasn’t even announced that it will be the only carrier to offer ipad 3G, so what exactly is news about this? That you’ll be offering it at all? That’s sort of obvious by now.

    Given the HUGE disparity between Rogers’ iphone data plans and those available in the States, I am fully expecting a horrible low-data plan at an exorbitant price. One would hope that Rogers would at least be decent enough to allow existing iPhone data plan subscribers to share data between the devices, especially if we are being locked into a contract (which is status quo for Rogers on these types of plans).

    If I get an iPad, I would definitely be purchasing a WIFI unit rather than a 3G unit from Rogers unless it allows me to share my existing iPhone data plan and/or has a reasonable data plan (similar to the US) without any contract OR a cheap unlimited data plan with a contract but is highly subsidized.

  36. ryan gregory

    iPad – mePad – youPad – moPED!

    Give us a freaking answer before all Canadian iPad wishful users hop on their moPeds and toss some of our hard earned Canadian cash into the laps of the crushed American economy.

  37. has rogers decided is we can share our iphone data plan?

  38. Mike

    Too late, I bought a wifi version in the states. Even if the rumour of a multi-device data plan is true, I won’t be able to take advantage of it.

  39. Roger

    Without a shared data plan between devices, a 3G iPad is a non-starter.
    I doubt this is a minority view. If Rogers wishes to cash-in on the iPad then a shared plan is mandatory.

    1. darrell

      Exactly. I just hope that Rogers did some half-decent market research this time round involving their own customers that would be interested in buying the iPad, otherwise they’re not going to make as much $ on this product as they think they will…

  40. Not offering a shared data plan would be an explicit “eff you” to customers. It’s basically saying “Rogers would like you to waste money on more data than you’ll actually use.”

    It’d be kinda like being forced to buy another plan for every phone line in your house.

  41. Poopy

    I called Red recently to let them know that I will renew my contract or a new iphone in July if they permit data sharing of my 6 BG plan between the phone and a 3G iPad.

    If Rogers decides to limit my data plan to the phone I’ll be moving to its competitors at the soonest opportunity.

  42. jeremy

    sucks for those of us living in the territories of canada. i live in whitehorse and rogers cell service doesnt work here cause GSM is not supported. your phone just goes blank. so i guess they just shut out 3/13 canadian places by signing with rogers. i certainly wont buy an ipad just for wifi. i want the 3g.

  43. Ed

    I would continue my Rogers subscription if they offer a “ONE TIME COST” of purchasing the mini-sim card for iPad and share the plan off my iPhone Data.

    If not… I will not sign another contract and will look elsewhere or cancel the smart-phoen altogether.

  44. marcus

    My iPhone agreement will be up for a new phone in a few months. So i will buy if i can trade in, cant find any discussion on this though. I dont have time to watch cheesy marketing videos either.

    Weeks ago, I spoke with a rep at a hole in the wall asking if voice via bluetooth headset was supported, no it’s a pad not a phone.

    I spoke with a future shop rep this week asking the same question, yes but there is no word from rogers.

    I am confused.

  45. Mike

    I would consider getting an iPad through Rogers if: 1. Hardware is discounted (no problem sigining a contract) and 2. price per month is actually affordable for a reasonable amount of data (not $90/mth for 5GB). I’d like to see a $30/mth plan for at least 10 GB of data or unlimited.

  46. Hunter

    Only way I am going to buy into this whole thing is if Rogers allows us to share our data buckets between our iPhones or other smartphones and the new iPad.

  47. It’s disappointing that no new information has been released and that Rogers employees have stopped posting on this topic.

  48. We are six days away from the iPad going on sale in Canada (pre-order) and still have no information on data plans or if Rogers will also be selling the iPad. Let us know the details!

  49. Biggar

    I tried tethering my iPhone with my iPad – does not work. What does work is using my iPhone sim in the Rogers MiFi device. Works very nicely. In the past, i never used the data portion of my corporate account with Rogers. I do now!!!

  50. darrell

    The fact that Rogers is SO BEHIND THE BALL on announcing their plans makes me suspect that they want us to get all riled up and excited for the ipad 3G launch and then at the last minute, they will drop their very unfavourable pricing plan. I’m hoping Rogers will prove me wrong and I’ll have to eat crow, but my experience with this company and their plans makes me very cynical.

  51. Brendan

    To revisit the sentiment of the original iPhone 3G release to Rogers: Apple holds on to information to build hype and excitement because we know that whatever is coming down the pipe will be good. Rogers holds onto information to mitigate the fallout between disappointing the customer base and the actual launch of a plan. I have been surprised though; the decision to continue free tethering was a progressive move. Let’s keep the momentum in that direction and give us something good on Monday when the pre-orders start.

  52. Just announced: The iPad arrives in Canada on May 28 (pre-orders on May 10) at the Apple Store. Is Rogers ready?

  53. Brendan

    Yes, it would be fantastic to know pricing from Rogers _ahead_ of the pre-order date. We knew 3G pricing from AT&T weeks before the WiFi version released. CBC has pricing for the iPad hardware posted, can Rogers perhaps add their $$’s to the mix to complete the picture???

  54. So???? What’s happening on the “Rogers iPad Plans” front?? NOTHING? The iPad is practically here, and we haven’t heard any details yet… HELLO?? Anybody home???

  55. David

    Orange in Europe has announced their iPad plans. Can Rogers announce?

  56. Michael

    Well, if there is no pay-as-you- go plan for the ipad from Rogers, I’ll be getting the wifi-only model

  57. I hope Rogers offers a great deal, if Wind Mobile can offer unlimited internet with their mobile stick, then who says we cannot just trim down their sim card to fit into a 3G iPad and use it.
    If Rogers is smart they will offer a subsidized iPad on a 2 year and I stress a 2 year data plan then it would be just amazing.

    $55.00 month for unlimited iPad Data use and you sign for 2 years and the iPad will only cost:
    16GB iPad $229.99 on a 2 yr plan
    32GB iPad $329.99 on a 2 yr plan
    64GB iPad $429.99 on a 2 yr plan

    or pay as you go for $65.00 unlimited, but the 3G iPad will cost full price.

    just my $400 discount input :)

  58. theninjasquad

    You won’t be able to use Wind with the iPad because it works on different radio frequencies.

    Do you guys honestly expect to be out and about with your iPad all the time to the point where you will need 3G on it? I think for the most part, wifi should suffice unless you are actually outside somewhere. But if that’s the case, just use your iPhone instead.

    1. No, not at all. That’s why I expect Rogers to come up with a pay-as-you-go plan WITHOUT contract. When I do go for a trip, then I want my iPad with me. The iPhone is good for every day, but for a trip it has to be a laptop – or an iPad.

  59. Kathie

    Please, please, please let those who have the 6gb on their iphone use in conjunction with the iPad. PLEASE!!!!!

  60. clement

    if there is no pay a you go plan for the ipad i don’t even gone buy one

  61. Getting ready to preorder mine. From the recent announcement, sounds like Rogers isn’t ready to reveal actual data plans for the iPad. Ah, well…

    Been looking at iPad data plans in Switzerland (I’m half-Swiss, they’re in French, and the Swiss Franc is close to the Canadian Dollar). They sound rather decent and quite flexible. You can choose a carrier, pay by the day (300Go a day or unlimited, depending on the carrier) and it seems rather simple as a procedure. At the same time, they’re not that incredibly different from the normal plans. So, it’s probably silly of me to hold my breath for Rogers (or other Canadian carriers) to do the right thing. Given the rumour that the reason AT&T offers such decent plans in the US is because they want to maintain iPhone exclusivity, it doesn’t sound like there’s any leverage on Canadian carriers.
    Ah, well…

  62. The Apple Store is showing Rogers data plans as follows: 250MB/month: $15. – 5GB/month: $35. – Add iPad to your existing data plan: $20.

    A bit surprised to get the info there first. Confirmed, Rogers?

  63. So… I’m gonna get charged $20/month to use the data plan I’m already paying for with my iPhone? How exactly does that make sense?

    1. darrell

      Yeah, if that info is accurate, it’s a total ripoff–exactly what I had expected from Rogers…

  64. DaveyJJ

    I want to publicly apologize to you, RogersKeith, for my repeated assertions that Rogers would not be offering no-contract data plans for the iPad. I appreciate your honestly for posting my initial concerns, unedited, and want to congratulate your firm on moving towards a more tech-savvy future. I am surprised and pleased.

    Can you do something about the 5GB though? :-)

    I’ll stick with my 64GB WiFi iPad purchased in Buffalo, but will certainly recommend the 3G data ones with a Rogers data plan if asked by anyone whose needs require constant data access.



  65. Rick Lang

    Glad to see Rogers generally following the same practices for new customers as AT&T in terms of plans and how they are contract free.

    Currently a Fido customer on the 6 GB $30/month plan offered when the iPhone 3G debuted in Canada. Awaiting news of support for the iPad from Fido.

    I’ve never approached anywhere near my 6 GB maximum and thought the rumours of a plan to add to your existing iPhone plan were a brilliant and courageous move by Rogers which would outshine AT&T’s approach. Alas it’s “not at this time.” I’ll sit this one out because I feel my monthly charges are quite high enough as is and almost always would use the device at home via WiFi anyway.

    It seems Rogers is happy to hide how most everyone uses their phones, particularly those who bought the 6 GB plan – the truth is they are grossly under utilized and adding this additional device would not even change that reality in a significant way.

    Think about it, Rogers and build some customer loyalty by taking a unique approach that may be nearly a zero cost to you and a welcome benefit to your existing 3G customers. We’re not selfish or stupid, are you?

  66. I really liked the option to add the iPad to an existing plan but the price was ridiculous. Let’s hope that is why they are saying it’s a mistake, and they bring it back at a lower price.

    Remember, Rogers has botched the announcement of every Apple product, and then corrected the night before. Let’s hope for the same.

  67. Norm

    I can’t understand Rogers charging $60 a month for 5Gigs of data on an IPhone yet charging $35 for the same thing on an IPad ?

    1. Mike

      Norm the way i conceived it was that the ipad data plans are addons and are not your typical voice and date value plans.

      60$ a month for the iphone comes with voice and your typical 500mb data or your option to double it for an extra 5$.

  68. Stephen

    i have had my IPhone for almost 2 years now first the 3g now 3gs. I have the 30 dollar 6 Gig a month plan I plan on getting the new one this summer.I want an IPad but I am not going to pay for more data when i dont use what i pay for now. I hve just recently passed the 6 Gig mark …it took me 22 months to use the data i pay for monthly,perhaps rogers owes me money? The new IPhone will use the microsim so I think that will be the way I go, i will just switch sims when i need to use my IPad when not near wifi or home..

  69. Kyle

    When I heard that Rogers was going to offer a combination option for existing data plan subscribers I though that it was a mistake. Turns out it was. I can sort of understand why they wouldn’t implement something like that though because, with the iPad not being on contract, it would be difficult to tie it into the existing account (especially if you’re going to opt in one month and then out the next and then in for the next two and so on). I do wish that they could make something work in that regard though as I too have the 6GB data plan on my iPhone and even with tethering I barely ever break 2.5GB. I would like the opportunity to make better use of the bandwidth I’m paying for. I’m of the same mind as others here though and will probably just swap the SIM back and forth when I get the new iPhone.

  70. Spill

    Well reading over all the points, why not make rogers wait a bit.. And then see if they combine the two…..

  71. Jeff

    These iPad 3G pricing plans are awful.

    Just to let you know, Rogers, I would have bought an iPhone years ago, but I won’t on principle because the pricing plans are outrageously expensive, I’d say, needlessly so.

    You’re all about the Greed…

  72. Jimpoo

    We are paying too much on Rogers internet accessing, one 3G data plan (account) and multiple devices can share the plan PLEASE!!!
    Think about this, you have iphone, your wife has netbook, and your son and you will buy ipad too, your home internet is 10MB high speed extreme plan. If no data plan sharing, how much will you pay to get everybody 3G ability?
    High Speed Extreme: $59.99
    iphone 3G: $30 (6GB traffic)
    netbook 3G: $30
    ipad 3G: $30 x 2

    Totally you are paying $180 a month, only for internet. That’s ridiculous.

    In 21 century, we can afford a TV, a computer, an ipad, but we CAN NOT afford cable tv plan, CAN NOT afford internet plan.

  73. Jimpoo

    Comparing Canada Rogers ipad 3g plan and USA AT&T ipad 3g plan:

    Rogers: $30 – 5GB traffic
    AT&T: $29.99 – Unlimited

    Rogers really sucks, greeeeeeeedy!!!

  74. Wow, this seems like a cash grab from Rogers. Sooo frustrated that they don’t have a price structure that even comes close to being reasonable. I was really on board with a 3G Ipad until I saw the data plans…

    Classic Rogers.