“Despite a flurry of negative publicity over the high-priced plans that are mandatory if you want an iPhone in Canada, expect Apple fans to come out in droves Friday to get their hands on one, a University of Windsor assistant business professor predicts.”
So says The Windsor Star, quoting David Bussiere, “who specializes in marketing at the U of W,” as stating, “The general buzz of the product is positive,.”
It’s a well-known phenomenon that most hard-core Apple fans, permanently bedazzled by the equally well-known Steve Jobs reality distortion field, will buy everything and anything the company produces.
But although the buzz may be positive about the iPhone, it certainly isn’t about Rogers, the venal Canadian corporation which’ll be the sole distributor.
Apple isn’t particularly happy either, apparently.
The triple-locked phone will cost 10 times $200 sticker price, reckons Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, and, reportedly upset by Rogers’ plans to try to force iPhone buyers into a three-year contract, Apple is said to have cut to the bone the number of units it’s making available to Rogers.
“A family member in charge of the cell phone section at Rogers has been told that there will be a total of 2,000 iPhones” for the whole of Canada, said a p2pnet Reader’s Write yesterday in the p2pnet post on Get the Facts on Rogers iPhone, a new site run by GTA teacher Russell Gordon.
Among other things, it states >>>
It seems that Rogers, having received complaints regarding the combined plans, is responding with an offer to take even worse ‘a la carte’ voice and data plans.
It’s just not good enough.
If you agree, keep making your voice heard to Rogers, spread the word to family and friends, and do not buy the iPhone on July 11 (or afterward, for that matter).
On July 11, “let’s be able to hear a pin drop in Rogers & Fido stores,” he says.
But he’s has done a lot more than just suggesting a day of protest, p2pnet posted on Monday, going on:
Other protesters created the Rogers Canada iPhone Data Plan petition site which yesterday had 9,916 signatures.
By 5:44 AM Pacific today, that number had swelled to 10,334, and a second petition site, ruinediphone.com, run by an online marketing company and publicized by the mainstream media, was claiming 48,782 signatures.
“I’d love to get an iPhone, but I also don’t want to have to get a part-time job to afford the data plan,” said J. Andrew MacDonald in a recent post on the Rogers Canada iPhone Data Plan.
Nick Nijjar is even more succinct.
“My entire family are Rogers/Fido Customers,” he says.
“Don’t make us leave.”
. .Stumble It!
The Windsor Star – iPhone buzz to draw fans, but plan just backlash, July 7, 2008
triple-locked phone – Canadian iPhone 10 times $200 sticker price, July 7, 2008
cut to the bone – Apple rogers Rogers, July 7, 2008
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