iPhone users are currently paying $30 for voice + $40 for data = $70/month,
so for two smartphone users sharing one Rogers bill, this could save $50.
This doesn’t includes all the service charges, 911 fees, and postage and handling that Rogers charges, which probably whittles the real savings down to 52¢ or something. :-/
It shows up at the top of the
search results for “family data plan”
but Rogers isn’t very rigorous about links into their site, so YMMV.
has revived the $30 for 6 GB data plan, originally offered at iPhone launch.
added MMS to the value pack while also increasing its cost from $15 to $20.
On top of all this, it is expected that Rogers will announce
a new high-capacity data plan for phones/mobile
that will top out at 15 GB/month for $150. Yikes!
HTC Android phone – click for larger
availability of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic phones, both running Google’s Android OS, which is not dissimilar to the iPhone’s OS.
The major concern with the previous Android phone, the G1, was the battery life.
It would last an hour.
Apparently this is no longer such an issue.
Inevitably the connected nature of many of the HTC Magic’s applications means that you’ll push the battery pretty hard. The quoted life is up to 7.5 hours of talk and 420 hours on standby. We found we needed to charge the battery every day at first, but after the initial burst of heavy use this settled down to a couple of days between charges.
The phones cost the same – $150 – and Rogers offers a $45/month, 500 MB data plan.
Quite a bit less data than the 6 GB plan early iPhone users are currently enjoying.
Another phone on the horizon is the