Ahhhh, Rogers... the Canadian carrier Canadians love to hate. It has been a while since we picked on Rogers, maybe it's because for a while there they actually lowered their prices for BlackBerry and yes, even Windows Mobile and iPhone users or.. maybe it's because they were kind enough to not waste anytime in launching the BlackBerry Curve 8900 that we cut them some slack. Whatever it was it's now Rogers time to once again shine on the CrackBerry blogs.
This time we're gonna have a look at the Rogers "On Demand" service which brings us all wonderful things such as streaming XM Radio, Concert videos, TV shows and best of all, NHL Hockey video highlights and much more. For comparison sake AT&T gives away their cellular video service free to BlackBerry (Bold) users who subscribe to a $30 data plan or higher, Sprint of course has their Sprint TV available to all users on their "Simply Everything" plans and finally Verizon has their V-Cast Mobile TV. Now this is where Rogers comes in. Rogers is actually on par with Verizon here in terms of pricing, most likely because the services for the most part are identical across carriers.
So what's the gripe you may be asking? Rogers "On Demand" service pricing structure is set up like this: $15 for Unlimited Music or $15 Unlimited Clips, bundle up and get Unlimited Music incl. Radio and Unlimited Video Clips for $25. Cool! That's not too crazy and as stated is on par with Verizon. But Rogers offers a pay per use service as well, problem is on top of the charges you pay to download the clip ($1-$3) they also want to charge a "Transport Fee." What's that garbage Rogers?! I pay $30/month now for 6GB of data which you made me sign a seperate contract for and now in order to use my data, I have to pay a "Transport Fee" to even use a pay per use service? I will never understand the logic behind that and really the least you could do is give me a free 30 day trial or something along those lines. Then you'd maybe have more luck in getting me to take on the full package because the service really is cool. It even has a great on-device application and everything... just sayin, you know as a consumer, ya might wanna get me hooked before ya decide to turn me off from the service by nickel and diming me on data fees I'm already paying for ;)