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iPad Now Available for Pre-Order in Canada; Rogers Data Plans Revealed

by on May 10th, 2010

You can now pre-order both the Wi-Fi and the 3G version of the iPad in Canada at Apple.ca. What’s also interesting to note is that Rogers’ iPad data pricing has been revealed.

Rogers iPad Data Plan Pricing Revealed

250 MB for $15.00
5 GB for $35.00
…and the big surprise: add your iPad to your existing data plan for $20.00 a month (is it a one time cost or monthly? it’s not very clear).

Gary says: These prices are similar to AT&T’s offerings in the USA ($15 for 250MB, $30 for unlimited). That’s not bad at all for people looking for data plans and is pretty decent. However, to charge $20/month to link your iPhone data plan to your iPad–nice one, Rogers.

Last time I checked, I’m already paying for the 6GB/$30 data plan with my iPhone. Now we need to pay $20 to have another device “use” that same data plan? Sounds like…a great way to make money from customers!

The iPad is a data hungry device. For people on the 6GB plan, they can rest comfortably they won’t go over their data limits. However, for people on 500MB or 1GB data plans, the scenario of data overages is more than real.

For people ordering WiFi versions and they have iPhones, don’t forget about using MyWi to tether your iPhone data plan!

I found this interesting–a 20 cent charge for a micro-SIM card. With the iPhone, SIM cards were included into the cost. At least you have the option to order one with your 3G iPad.

Want to let Rogers know how you feel about their data plans? Click here to let them know via their Redboard.

Thanks to everyone for contacting us via email about these data plans! πŸ™‚

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  • rorypiper

    Being able to share your data plan with your iPad is pretty epic, but the price is a little steep. Unless you're on the $30/6GB plan, like I am. Then you could look at it like you've got two $25/3GB plans. I still think jailbroken iPhone + MyWi + tethering to iPad, is the way to go.

  • RajSmith

    Not as bad as I thought they'd be….

    One question: do you think that the $20 iPad-add-on is a per month charge, or one-time? It doesn't say per month in the pop-up on Apple's site.

    If it's a one-time charge to essentially tether your iPad, then that's not too shabby at all.

  • All I gotta say is, NetShare on my iPhone πŸ˜› There's no way existing iPhone owners shouldn't be able to simply “connect to” the same share of bandwidth as their existing data plan. I also have the $30/6gb/mo deal, and obviously it would be a blatantly obvious thing to share that 6gb of usage between my iPhone and iPad. Then again, that's expecting cell network providers to actually give a crap about giving customers a worthwhile service at a half-decent cost.

  • I just ordered mine. Now I have to wait for a month!

  • For early adopters of WiFi iPads, MyWi is a blessing.

    The pricing of the data plans did match AT&T somewhat. That $20/month is
    definitely an added expense though.

  • If it's a one time charge–that'll be awesome. If it's a monthly charge, that would increase costs big time.

    You're right though–the pop up is not very clear about indicating whether or not the $20 is a monthly charge or not.

  • Yahooo!

  • How is NetShare vs MyWi?

  • kmphotographer

    Never thought of that. Maybe it's a one time fee. You're right – it isn't very clear. I'm sure we'll get more details from Rogers later today.
    Oh I hope it's a one time fee. That would be so great.

  • We'll find out when we wake up I bet. Those Eastcoast Rogers reps will have their inboxes full by the time they get to them in the morning. πŸ˜‰

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  • Steve

    Just ordered mine too…. hummmm now why am i with Fido for my iPhone…. Grrrrr…. hope they will have the same 20$ link to my iPhone plan…. Would love that….

  • Grant

    I'm about to place my order, but don't see where I can opt to have one reserved for pickup at the Apple Store.

    Did I miss something?

  • DarkLordMelkor

    I didn't see that option either when I placed my order. It's probably not available in Canada. πŸ™

  • Mr. Speedy

    Just ordered mine too. I was going to go with wi-fi only, but when I saw the data plans, and the possibility of using my existing 6GB iPhone plan with the iPad, I changed my mind and ordered the 3G. Now my only hope is that the $20 is a one time fee, but I'm not holding my breath on that! C'mon Rogers… we already pay $30/month… Shouldn't we be allowed to benefit fully from it?

  • RyanITSmith

    Ordered mine at 5am. I think it is great that Apple has Rogers pricing online, but Rogers still has just a sign up sheet for more info.

  • It's a monthly fee.

  • Mr. Speedy

    How do you know that? Everyone says it's “not clear”.

  • I'm wondering as someone who has the unlimited $30 peer month data plan as an early iPhone adopter if this means I can share this unlimited plan with my iPad and Rocket Stick? That would be incredible if Rogers, allows that, very forward thinking, and a model for others

  • Grant

    Ok..I ended up calling Apple and inquiring about this. I placed the order to be delivered to my office, but they said I could call customer service and have that changed if they make the option available in the next week or so.

  • DarkLordMelkor

    ah, thanks for the info!

  • twilcox

    Are these contact-free plans?

  • Kathleen

    Not sure what is going on with Rogers……(so what else is new?) I cannot find anything on their site about this plan and I have just spoken with their customer service staff and they have no details either.

    Does anyone have a link to an actual Rogers webpage ?


  • Go to Apple.ca as Rogers is slow yet again.

  • DarkLordMelkor

    The $15 and $35 options probably don't require a contract, just like in the US.

  • djepsilon

    So what I really want to know is… If the new iPhone does it fact have micro-sim, wouldn't you theoretically be able to share your iPhone data with the iPad by just swapping out the card?

    These rates are actually not too bad from Rogers… they definitely could be worse. Do we know if it's PAYG data?

    Looks like it's time to order me up an iPad!

  • DarkLordMelkor

    Yeah, their page at http://www.rogers.com/ipad still doesn't have any info. Pretty lame.

  • Surprising that Rogers is still not announcing its actual plans. We're still interpreting much of this.

    Rogers isn't the only one selling this SIM. In some countries, the microSIM can cost 10$ and may be purchased on the carrier's site. It seems to have to do with choosing your carrier. It's the opposite of being locked-in. The 20Β’ charge is nominal. Besides, if it hadn't been there, my order wouldn't have come to a round number, so I'm almost glad it was there… πŸ˜‰

    Over the past few weeks, I went back and forth on getting the 3G version. At one point, I was thinking of getting a MiFi but the Canadian model has a problem with the battery door so they're out of stock at the moment, and the plans aren't very interesting.
    I decided to get the 3G version before seeing the plans. I'm glad I did. Most carriers offer decent iPad data plans, so ot might work well for me if I spent time outside of Canada (AFAICT, the MiFi 2372 is specific to Canada). Besides, the GPS may come in handy (not sure geo apps on the iPad can use GPS data from a MiFi). The Skyhook-based positioning on my iPod touch is sufficient for most of my needs, but I'm sure there'll be occasion when I'll be glad to have true GPS.

    The charge for sharing your plan between two devices does sound expensive but it also seems to be a step in the right direction. I don't have an existing plan with Rogers, so it doesn't affect me. But I wouldn't have expected to just be able to use one plan for multiple devices, unless it's through tethering.

    It sounds like the iPad itself (along with the SIM card) is to be delivered “by” May 28 (in the US, some 3G iPads were delivered a day early). The case and VGA adapter are to be shipped by May 28. MobileMe and the wireless keyboard will be shipped within two business days. I kind of wish I could have reserved my iPad to get it in a local Apple Store. But it sounds like I'll be waiting for some boxes during the next few weeks.

    My excitement level is still pretty high. I've been waiting for something like this for years (since before the original iPhone announcement), watching rumours about diverse devices. As rumours about the iPad grew louder, ahead of the January 27 announcement, I was daydreaming about it. The only thing which decreased my level of enthusiasm was the delay in Canadian orders. I could have crossed the border just to get an iPad but it wasn't an ideal solution, for several reasons. In a way, it gave me time to take a step back. But it also reaffirmed much of my thinking about my iPad use. I probably won't jailbreak it. But I might get on the developer program and start using the beta version of iPhone OS 4.

    This site has been fairly useful, as I was waiting for more info about the Canadian launch. Focus wasn't always on “iPad in Canada” and it usually didn't give me information ahead of the usual Apple/Mac sites. It was still a convenient source of information about some specific things about the Canadian iPad launch. There was almost a sense of belonging coming through, though it wasn't really nurtured.
    Gives me ideas for other sites.

  • Grant

    I'm going to be optimistic and say it's a one time fee. If you think about it, people are paying different amounts for different data plans. That means that I would get more for my $20 because I already have a 6GB data plan than the person who only has say, 1GB.

  • AC

    R u kidding?? of course it's a monthly fee, they wouldn't charge 20$ as one time (or else they would state it) especially when all the other charges are monthly charges.

  • LoWd0Wn

    Just ordered mine – thanks for the heads up. What surprised me is that they did not charge me any tax. When I bought in the states I paid California tax of 8% over the 499. Plus exchange plus PST and GST at the border. My 3G is the same price as what I paid for Wifi only in the states.:-)
    Haven't received my confirmation email yet but my credit card was charged 680.00. If that is it I am happy!

  • I didn't get charged, yet, but taxes do appear on my acknowledgement:
    G.S.T./H.S.T. $45.36
    P.S.T./Q.S.T. $71.44

  • twilcox

    The only assumptions I make with Rogers is that they'll stick it to me every chance they get, so I'm waiting for official word on contracts before I commit.

  • Chris

    RogersMary just posted on redboard that the $20 data sharing option was a mistake and is being removed.

  • LoWd0Wn

    Taxes included. That is just too fantastic! I was expecting around 750.00 for it.

  • Ryan

    The Rogers Red Board was just updated. They are commenting that the 20 dollar add on was a mistake by apple and is being removed.

    RogersMary says:
    May 10, 2010 at 11:31 am It’s great to see everyone so excited!

    Many of you have asked about the shared data plan listed on the Apple website. This reference was an error and is being removed.

  • DarkLordMelkor

    Oh, I agree with you. I still ordered the 3G model and the $0.20 micro-SIM card. I'll see about data plans once we have more info from Rogers and Bell.

  • Tax will show up on your CC charge.

  • Pierre

    I just ordered my 16GB wifi only….. 15$ a month sounds good, but 250MB is not enough. I won't be using the Ipad outside the house enough to justify 35$ a month…

  • LoWd0Wn

    Damn – it sounded too good to be true. There goes my Monday morning high!

  • Jesus

    i am sorry, if you think that rogers will let you share for a 1 time fee, you have to be on crack. Its rogers, they charge for text messages, do you really think they will give away the sharing for free?

  • Well there's always the sun outside. That's pretty nice to see.

  • Grant

    Say “no” to drugs!

    Nothing wrong with being optimistic. Rogers isn't the only provider that charges for text messages, and they DID make tethering available, which was a bonus.

    I've already ordered my 3G iPad based on the assumption that I'd be paying for the Pay as you Go plan when I need it, so I won't be disappointed…but I may be pleasantly surprised.

  • We were the first blog to announce that Rogers iPad Data plans were on

    The April 24th iPad in Canada was announced on this blog, and spread like
    wildfire across the internet.

    “iPad in Canada” refers to using an iPad in Canada, not JUST Canadian
    specific news πŸ˜‰

  • In case it wasn't clear, I'm not complaining! I was actually thanking you for your work and thinking about what this kind of site represents, in broader terms. Both for me as a reader and for social media in general. Thanks to my experience in following this blog, I now know more about what I want to do with some of my own blogs. In fact, I might end up blogging about this experience and/or include it in a broader reflection on social media.

    Best of luck with this site.

  • NascarDog

    Rogers screwed up with the $20.00 offer…

    After a number of customers asked for clarification on the Redboard website of Rogers, a company official revealed the data-sharing offer was an error and would be removed, which angered a number of interested customers.

    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/05/10/r

  • Definitely a SNAFU with the $20 add on clearly stated on Apple's website.
    Communication fail?

  • Tyler

    Someone start a free petition http://www.petitionspot.com/

    Im sure we will get a large response

  • I just spoke with several Rogers reps. The $20 plan doesn't exist as far as they're concerned; not at the moment anyway. Also, for those of you who currently have an iPad 3G, you're still out of luck. You won't be able to activate an iPad data plan with Rogers until May 28.

  • Not sure where the confusion is coming from in regards to the $20 a month to add it to your existing account (now withdrawn by Rogers). It said monthly. How could you wonder if they meant a one time fee. Monthly means monthly, no?

  • Chris

    The confusion was there because the other options explicitly say per month.

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