**Reasonable** BlackBerry Data Plans Coming to Rogers March 18th?

By Kevin Michaluk on 21 Feb 2008 02:54 am EST
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Rogers Wireless

Our United States-based readers on unlimited data plans for $30/month won't think much of this blog post, but for us BlackBerry users on Rogers in Canada this is huge news. Rumor has it Rogers is going to unleash a new tiered BlackBerry data plan come March 18th. This is what we've been hoping for - a month ago Rogers announced Flex Data Plans for PC cards and my fingers have been crossed since then for them to follow up with some BlackBerry data plan revamping.

The new BlackBerry data plans will work on a tiered program. Your billing begins with the basic Tier 1, $15/month for 10MB of data plan and you get bumped up from there based on your usage. Existing plans will be grandfathered into the plan. The new plan should come in as follows but hey, this isn't "official" news yet, so things could change before we see this launched:

  • $15 - 10MB BIS/BES @ Tier 1
  • $30 - 10MB to 50MB BIS/BES @ Tier 2
  • $50 - 50MB to 200MB BIS/BES @ Tier 3
  • $65 - 200MB to 500MB BIS/BES @ Tier 4

How big is this news to Rogers users? Let me illustrate using myself as an example. During the month of the Smartphone Round Robin (where I used a Treo, iPhone and Tilt for a week each), I left my $60/mo for 25MB of data BIS plan intact. I didn't even think about going over on data. Come the end of the month, my bill from Rogers was $700 more than my plan. Why? Because my week of iPhone use sucked up nearly 100 megs of data and I went over my plan for the month by ~90MB, which Rogers charged me for at a whopping $7/meg on the bill (I did call in and point out the Overage Protection I was entitled too, which was not automatically adjusted on that bill for some reason, and did get the bill knocked down substantially). The real kicker here is that had I been using my brain, I would have switched to Roger's $100/month for 200MB data plan before the Round Robin began, but I didn't, so my lack of foresight cost me. But had this new Flex BlackBerry data plan been in effect, my data bill for that month would have automatically come in at $65... a savings of over $600 had I been sucker enough just  to pay the bill outright without calling in to go over my statement. And prior to the Overage Protection plan (which came into effect not that long ago) I would have been totally S.O.L.

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Topics: News & Rumors

7 comments

ksed

i don t know if this data plans are the same than me but i pay 20 dollars and i have unlimited data plan

justinygg

Yeah I saw this on howardforums.com, this would be quite the upgrade and I have the date set on my calendar to upgrade my data plan from the $15 personal email March 18!

JonV

Sounds good, hope Fido gets the same pricing. I pay $40 for 7MB, so these new pricing plans are welcomed. If this is true, then I'll call Fido to get me that $15 10MB option or leave. It's good not having contracts. :)

Anonymous

Can Rogers customers call in and try to have Rogers price match with sweet unlimited plans Telus is offering? I have unlimited email and internet on my 8830 for $30 per month, the only catch being that you need to have a concurrent voice plan of $30+ (so ~$60 all-in with Telus)

http://www.telusmobility.com/ab/plans/pcs/email_all.shtml

I found out about the rate from a crackberry article a little while ago and called the same day and the changed my rate plan. Call centre rep had to go looking for the code, but confirmed I was eligible for the change.

With Telus too, your rate plan changes that day and is prorated so you could get money back on your next bill if changing mid-month (with Rogers, as we found out on my wife's phone, plan changes don't come into effect until your next bill cycle - which could be weeks away depending on when in the curr. cycle you call them!

Anyways, hope this post can help somebody - I was certainly helped by the original article, to the tune of ~$50 per month! (thanks Crackberry!)

danw8rz

As a former bb user & a Verizon customer, I would love it IF they would consider offering data plans like this! I don't need the web so e-mail would be all I really need. I don't receive that many e-mails so a plan like the "Tier 1" offering would be so cool. I really miss my bb (I had the 8703e) I love the vzw network but even at 29.99 a month, that is way more than I want to spend. Call me a cheap skate but an additional $360.00 a year on top of what I'm already spending on my cell line is crazy. Maybe it's crazy to have a bb for personal use but it sure was fun for almost 3 years. Unfortunatly, reality set in & I am now stuck with a "G'z One Type S" mil spec phone which is very durable but the fonts stink & must have been the product of some 17 year old with 20/20 vision who felt that writing the software & completely forgetting us "over 40" types with failing eyesight would even want the phone in the first place! Anyway, I do hope that U.S. carriers finally consider offering such a plan as they are missing out on a segment of the market that is potentially lucrative while offering a few less features that some of us really don't need. Come on vzw, step into the 21 century & realize that not all of us current or former bb users are using it entirely for business!

From the South end of Lake Erie.

V

Has it happen yet?
I've checked there web site and it doesn't seem to say anything thing about the new data rate.

V

I think this data plan was a scam.
Rogers wouldn't do it because he would be loosing a lot of money.
We in Canada still don't have the great plans the like US has.
WE are getting hooosed