I never thought that such a device from Apple would create so many problems right from the very beginning.
So many Canadians wanted the iPhone to come to Canada via a wireless carrier. My question is why? Why even bother? Look at this place and the hundreds of posts with regards to price, cost, blocking data, wanting to buy the iPhone but not pay for the device or its uses etc... I now see why RIM went after the Enterprise sector first before going main stream and developing for consumers. They knew that the market was not ready for the general consumer with a budget of a teenager.
Lets look at RIM and its Blackberry devices in the beginning. The Blackberry was a device for push E-mail for the corporate world as its main function, along with a few other things. If you wanted a Blackberry, you had to pay for the service, no question asked. Otherwise, you would have had a paperweight
. Then RIM designed the Blackberry to be a cell phone with push E-mail for the corporate world along with a few other things. RIM still pushed forward to the enterprise world up until I would say maybe 2 years ago. All of a sudden, younger people were buying RIM devices to use as a cell phone, internet device, E-mail etc... RIM saw this and developed newer Blackberry's for these consumers.
Apple wanted to get into this market as well, the all in one device. What they didn't count on, were those people who were PAY AS YOU GO customers who want to get their feet wet, but not pay anything for it by using an iPhone. I'm sorry, but you are not the market for this phone. You are obviously on PAY AS YOU GO, due to either:
1. You don't have the need to talk too much
2. You definitely DO NOT USE data, surf the web, send E-mail or chat on your phone
3. Your income or budget doesn't allow you to spend any more then PAY AS YOU GO customer rates
How many RIM customers have purchased a Blackberry in the past and the first thing they did was, call up the wireless carrier and tried to cancel the push E-mail service and all other data service? Do you see how that wouldn't happen as that's what the device was built for?
The point is, there are far too many people, that want an iPhone, but don't quite understand if they actually fit into the market of owning one.
The iPhone was made for the purpose of using data over 3G, Edge and Wifi. That's what it was designed to do right from the beginning. Just like RIM's devices were designed for data as well. Although for some reason, I can't find too many articles about RIM customers trying to CANCEL their data plans and just use the device without data? Maybe someone here can find a few articles for me?
Is the iPhone for you? Do you want:
1. To receive and send E-mail whenever you want? How about push E-mail?
2. To surf the internet for information using Safari at any given time?
3. To use Google Maps and GPS?
4. To use instant messenger apps to chat back and forth?
5. To receive and make phone calls?
6. To do business in an enterprise environment?
7. To have fun with an all in one mobile device?
If you answered YES to one of the above, then you should pay for the service. Why? It costs money to provide the data for the above services.
Apple did not design the iPhone to run on Wifi as its main source of data transfer. In fact, I look at it as an added bonus for most users.
This sort of device is new to us Canadians, It is new to Rogers. Rogers reps are still all over the board trying to deal with situations. We don't live in a perfect world, mistakes happen and at the end of the day, majority of them get fixed.
I think the average Canadian consumer needs to stop and think first, if they actually NEED an iPhone, or is it that they WANT an iPhone instead. If it is because they want an iPhone, then they are probably not the targeted market that Apple or Rogers sees spending what it costs for the technology.
I am constantly coming across posts from Canadians who are on a PAY AS YOU GO phone spending maybe $10 a month in total. Now they want to spend the money to get the iPhone, but still want to PAY $10/month for voice only and NO DATA. Why would anyone do this? You are not the target audience. It's obvious by your needs to begin with. It's kind of like the same person owning a K-Car and walking into a Ferrari dealership and asking if they could pay the same for the Ferrari as they paid for their K-Car because they WANT a Ferrari.
I think Rogers should do what they did with their Blackberry's and make it mandatory that you PAY for a data plan when getting an Apple iPhone. This would fix a lot of headaches, not just for the consumer but also for Rogers. I don't recall hearing about thousands of pissed off Canadian consumers when RIM implemented that method with the carriers years ago and still does today.
I want to see positive threads about the iPhone in this community, but all I keep reading about is a lot of negative topics. Who knew the iPhone would create such negative response from Canadians eh?