Well, well, well.
It’s about bloody time Canadians refused to bend over, and fought back, nice and loud, about the iphone. Or rather, about how Rogers planned to personally bankrupt Canadians foolish enough to purchase the bright, shiny object under Rogers Rule.
So here’s what happened:
Rogers data plan was so obscene some good folks created a blog: RuinedIphone and started collecting signatures. (And as a point of interest, the original domain name was not so polite. The original name started with an f.) Within hours it had the 10,000 signatures needed to bring it to the competition bureau; within days, it had 50,000 signatures and Rogers had a serious PR nightmare on its hands. The story got picked up by the globe, the sun, 24 hours …
and the blogosphere
and this morning, Rogers finally dropped their rate from $100 to $30 for the 6G data plan – provided you lock in for 3 years, and pay for a voice and voicemail (?) plan. And of course there are always those hidden fees.
Personally, I’m staying in touch with Peter’s Useful Crap to weigh my cel phone options. (err, Peter, will you be sharing your thoughts on iphone v instinct etc.?)
Meanwhile, I really am wondering: where are our politicians in all this?
A. Conservatives: let the free market rule, even if it screws our peeps
B. Liberals: what will get us elected again? what will get us elected again?
C. NDP: there are people starving. apple-what?
Readers: do you believe politicians should have any interest in this? or is something like obscenely overcharged consumer goods not worth the time and energy of our government?