But any jubilation among Mac fans north of the border is being dampened by anger at Rogers Wireless, the 3G's exclusive Canadian carrier. A post yesterday to an impressive protest site, iphoneincanada.ca, "Where Canadian iPhone Users Unite!," summarizes the mood:
iPhone 3G is coming on Friday! It's kind of bittersweet isn't it? Fantastic phone but disappointing data plans! Anyone going to boycott?
Fury is focused on the cost of Rogers' iPhone plans compared with those of AT&T, the exclusive U.S. carrier. For example, the $60 (Canadian) Rogers plan offers 150 minutes of talk time and 400 MB of data, compared with the 450 minutes of talk time and unlimited data access offered by AT&T for $70 (U.S.).
In addition to inspiring at least one online petition of complaint, protest T-shirts (see above), an editorial cartoon by Canada's pre-eminent cartoonist and a video featuring a puppet chastising Rogers' chairman Ted Rogers, the plans have also raised the profile of a bill in Canada's federal parliament, protesting what Liberal Member of Parliament David McGuinty says are inordinately higher cellphone costs in Canada compared with the U.S.
Fellow Canadians (I'm from Ottawa): Let us know your iMood as the debut of the iPhone in Canada approaches.