RuinedIPhone.com

June 30th, 2008

After Rogers and Fido released their “great” iPhone plans a petition has surfaced to voice your disapproval.

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Everyone would like to say “NO THANKS” to Rogers/Fido for screwing our iPhone Canadian dream with poor data/voice plans. If you consider these plans not suitable, please sign this petition. On July 11th 2008, we will send a printed copy of all these messages to Rogers HQ to demonstrate our indignation toward them. We would like to say “Thank You, You” for signing this petition and helping the iPhone cause in Canada.

At the time of writing this post 17 547 Canadians have signed to petition!  Add your name to the list, follow the link below.

RuinedIphone.com

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Entry Filed under: Canadian Wireless Industry,Fido Telephony,Latest Phones,Phones,Rogers Wireless

52 Comments Add your own

    Dean De Paoli  |  June 30th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    One word – ridiculous

    David  |  June 30th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Too rich for me to bother with. Lucky there are lots of different smartphones out there!

    Greg Pacek  |  June 30th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Mr. Rogers please make your iphone rates more affordable. It makes better business sense. Don’t be greedy.

    JR  |  June 30th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Rogers Communications is being plain too greedy!!!! People should also boycott Rogers’s because Ted Rogers is trying to kill the CFL by bringing the Buffalo Bills to Toronto!!! Ted Rogers has no shame!!!!!

    David  |  June 30th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I have been a Rogers customer since the beginning. My cell number has been the same since my cell phone was a briefcase I carried around.

    For years we spent about $10,000 per month in cell phones fees. When we finally had the time to smarten up and smell the roses we re-negotiated our fees to a still ridiculous but more reasonable number. I shudder to imagine all the billing errors and overcharged fees we simply paid Rogers and forgot about.

    My iPhone is an absolute necessity to view images in a high enough resolution to approve small print and details in ads and print materials. I get about 100 work related emails a day. The Rogers plan is useless. Junk mail alone would max out any of the current Rogers iPhone plans.

    I’ve been spending about $700 per month with Rogers since I got my iPhone in the hopes of a reduction once this became available in Canada. The rest of my office still uses Blackberries at a cost of about $300 per month. If Rogers does not modify its rates we will simply sign up for ATT packages and create US accounts for all of our employees.

    Living in the ad / creative community we have been a Mac shop since the very first Mac Plus in the early 80s. Fed up with the incompatibility of the Windows world of Blackberries anymore, the iPhone was our saviour. But not in Canada. Not with Rogers. Do the right thing before everyone makes a big exodus to the first competitor you get.

    Anonymous  |  June 30th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    link is dead
    RuinediPhone.com

    Mike peleshok  |  June 30th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I was planning on buying the iPhone for my new buisiness, I had already configured my buisness around the options the phone gave me. The new pricing plans have pretty much made me using the phone financially impossible. Once again, Rogers screws us wherever they can. Im so tired of these corporations and their monopolies running rampant with my checkbook.

    Also, The RuinediPhone.com link is dead :(

    John Allen  |  June 30th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I would love to, but I am forbidden from doing so.

    phoone  |  June 30th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    ripoff

    klen  |  June 30th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I think rogers took down the site????????? BASTARDS

    Paal  |  June 30th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Suggestion:
    1. Buy an unlocked i-phone, they are readily available
    2. Subscribe to whoever carries GSM at any length of contract you wish (eg. 1 year plan etc.). You can even take your phone to other countries and merely swap SIM cards
    3.Use the phone’s wifi for free
    4. Texting costs very little and there is no minimum

    Why buy a locked Rogers phone with an expensive contract when there is a simple alternative above?

    Robbers  |  June 30th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    @Paal – Rogers/Fido is the only GSM provider in Canada. Hence they have a monopoly on the iPhone.
    Try ‘Google’ before you spout stupid and uninformed comments.

    arnie  |  June 30th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Rogers is the culprit! Them along with Telus charge excessive fees, ect. Those two companies alone have a miserable track record when it comes to service or anything else! Blame the crtc for allowing such a controlled market and really no competition. Wait till the negotiations from other companies for their air time which will give Canadians the opportunity to pay back what is due to those greedy corporations Rogers and Telus! As for iphone with Rogers, Squeeze them by not being so impatient and just wait till the new companies come on board, then we will see how smartassed they will be! Don’t forget, consumers are what make the world move and not jumping on board the iphone thing for awhile won’t hurt us!!

    JP  |  June 30th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    They actually LOCKED the site if you’re a Rogers user. It works fine with a proxy server like http://www.freeproxyserver.net/ :O

    Peter Bennett  |  June 30th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    As a long time Mac user, for over 20 years, I was anticipating the Canadian arrival of the iphone. Unfortunately, Roger’s has screwed the whole point of the phone… to get on the internet with your mobile device. All the other countries that offer iphone have offered data plans that match the intent of Apple’s extraordinary device.

    johnson  |  July 1st, 2008 at 1:02 am

    ruinediphone.com has been shut down due to using too much bandwidth. their webhost shut them down . the created recently posed on another blog stating that he is currently trying to get it back up and running on a different host.

    austin  |  July 1st, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Rogers has actually blocked the ruinediphone site, i can access it on my telus phone, but not on my rogers internet, maybe i should switch internet providers,

    I had no idea we were adopting the chinese governments internet policies.

    Fuck you personally ted rogers for allowing this to happen, we were simply upset about the iphone plans, but censoring our free speech rights in order to protect your corporate agenda…. that is outrageous and we WILL NOT STAND FOR IT!!!

    Fuck YOu Rogers  |  July 1st, 2008 at 4:17 am

    I have the same problem accessing the site through Rogers. I want to cancel all things to do with Rogers immediately. This is not acceptable.

    Who's blocking who?  |  July 1st, 2008 at 4:19 am

    OR IS IT THE SITE BLOCKING ROGERS????

    Hellburner  |  July 1st, 2008 at 4:55 am

    the fuckers DID block it you can view it with the above proxy server

    Hellburner  |  July 1st, 2008 at 4:55 am

    http://www.freeproxyserver.net/index.php?q=aHR0cDovL3J1aW5lZGlwaG9uZS5jb20vc2lnbi5waHA%3D

    Hellburner  |  July 1st, 2008 at 4:56 am

    Click the above link to view proof..EVIL!!!

    Hellburner  |  July 1st, 2008 at 5:01 am

    I guess they want the direct approach:

    https://your.rogers.com/contact/contactus_main.asp

    Lets give them a piece of our minds!!!

    BP  |  July 1st, 2008 at 6:31 am

    I found that if I used the proxy server to get to the ruinediphone.com website, the site identified me as not coming from Canada. Although I could read the site, I could not sign the petition. I was directed to a web page that said, “Thank you for your support, but this site is restricted to Canadians.”
    Any other suggestions how to get to the actual petition?

    zee-dawg  |  July 1st, 2008 at 8:10 am

    can’t get through on Bell Sympatico either..

    only through freeproxyserver.net

    weird, huh?

    Jacques BERNARD  |  July 1st, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Disgusting prices. Hope Rogers gets competition and very soon.

    Saint Cesaire  |  July 1st, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Come on rogers be decent.

    D Hewitt  |  July 1st, 2008 at 9:52 am

    I’m sick and tired of getting ripped off in Canada.

    Sean  |  July 1st, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I don’t use Rogers, yet got this message while trying to get to the web page, RuinedIphone.com

    Hmm

    Forbidden
    You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

    Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
    Apache/1.3.41 Server at http://www.ruinediphone.com Port 80

    ROGERS LOST CUSTOMER  |  July 1st, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I WILL MAKE SURE NO ONE THAT I KNOW BUYS AN IPHONE 3G FORM ROGERS OR FIDO WITH THE RIDICULOUS PLANS THEY ARE GIVING US . ROGERS YOU HAVE LOST MANY CUSTOMERS AND THE IPHONE 3G WILL BE A FLOP UNLESS YOU GIVE CHEAPER AND BETTER PLANS OR ELIMINATE THE 3 YEAR CONTRACT . YOU GUYS MAKE ME THINK HOW GREEDY CAN YOU GET .

    ROGERS AND FIDO HAVE SCREWED US AGAIN

    joan turner  |  July 1st, 2008 at 11:11 am

    awww, what a shame on the rates, we were going to buy 3 iphones, but now will have to wait for either rogers to get real or a competitor offering viable rates….major bummer…

    Joseph Guevara  |  July 1st, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Odd. I tried the proxy server listed above. Brought me to the main page but when I tried to go to the petition count, all it would say was “We’re dead by now.” What is this? lol

    phantom  |  July 1st, 2008 at 11:49 am

    @ Robbers..I’ve been using a unlocked iphone for almost a year now. Paal is correct about what he said. Maybe you should ‘Google’ and get your facts straight. Waste of time.

    Of course you have to be with Fido or Rogers from the start in order for this to work to your benefit.

    Peter  |  July 1st, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Go here to access RuinediPhone.com, all features intact:

    http://inflexion.iisnet-networks.com/~iphone/index.php

    TelecomZombie  |  July 1st, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Happy Canada Day !!
    Ted l Pray someone sticks an iPhone up your assHOLE sideways!!

    mark  |  July 1st, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I was wanting an Iphone for while but when I saw their plans I got the HTC TOUCH with unlimited Internet for 8$. WOW great phone with better reviews.

    Ken  |  July 1st, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I too would have CONSIDERED an I Phone but due to Rogers Greed and MAC’s Acceptenance of Same am Going with The HTC also.
    Some buisness Sense STEVE!

    A step  |  July 1st, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    as usual its ripping off Canadians. Out of pure principle I would never buy it under such circumstance.

    live_strong  |  July 1st, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    The website (www.ruinediphone.com) is back up and running.

    Paal  |  July 1st, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Suggestion:
    Hey that “Robber” sure knows his stuff. He even discovered Google!
    Try the unlocked version…you are not tied to complicated 3-year plans.
    Google says so.

    Bimal Lakhani  |  July 1st, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I just called Rogers Tech Support and after an hour of him getting me to run pointless tests, he actually admitted that Rogers was blocking the site and that it should be taken up with the office of the president, which I will do tomorrow. Amazing that they would break their net neutrality act. I’m canceling my Internet service tomorrow.

    Antonio Han  |  July 1st, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    We are all stupid. Where is the CRTC when we need them. We pay so much in taxes to fund CRTC and yet they screw us all by letting rogers buy out fido. Now rogers is the only guy in the market and we can’t do anything about it. Canada is a lame country. It is time canadian wake up and do what is best for ourselves.

    Robert Tagouri  |  July 1st, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I truly believe that this is a tribute to the power of the people that Rogers was so afraid of this site that they resorted to such a low and dirty trick as to block access to the site. However what I don’t understand is how come they got the idiots at Bell to follow suit and block access as well. I tried it through the following link and it works: http://inflexion.iisnet-networks.com/~iphone/index.php
    I really can’t wait until we are able to stick it to Rogers. Unfortunately they are the only GSM player in the country which in itself is pathetic. Thank you CRTC for your enlightened decision of allowing the sale of Fido to the greedy bastards at Rogers. Happy Canada day everyone

    live_strong  |  July 1st, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    According to the ruinediphone.com blog…

    I got like 200 e-mails about this subject. I don’t think that Rogers is blocking our website. The fact that I’ve changed the DNS of the domain name is probably the true reason. The DNS need to propagate in all the servers around the world. It could take as long as 48 hours for this task to be done. Thank you for your patience and please, don’t start a petition against Rogers for this (haha).

    The site is back up and running (it must have been all the traffic generated from here that caused the crash :) ) please head over and sign to petition to show your support.

    Jason Yeung  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 1:47 am

    ***TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ACCESS RUINEDIPHONE.COM***

    Please note that this is not the fault of Rogers, Shaw, or any other internet service provider.

    As some of you may or may not know, the site was pulled from the previous hosting provider for abuse of resources.

    We have offered to James last night to host the site free of charge and have transferred the site to our servers.

    The DNS changeover, known as propagation, can take up to 72 hours depending on the speed of your ISP. All our DSL customers are already able to utilize the site without issue.

    If you are still unable to access the site, I advise using OpenDNS – http://www.opendns.com/ for your DNS rather than your ISP’s DNS servers.

    You may also access the site via the following URL:
    http://inflexion.iisnet-networks.com/~iphone/

    Please direct questions to jason [dot] yeung [at] instelink [dot] com or message me.

    Thank you.

    - Jason

    Barry Kernerman  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Rogers is still keeping up its policy of ripping off its customers.

    Its got the sole marketing rights for the iPhone, and as is its usual practise, is taking advantage of that fact by gouging its customers as much as possible with far higher monthly fees user than one pays in the US market – and probably everywhere else as well.

    Rogers has been grossly overcharging Canadians for years now in every segment of their operations, so it’s not surprising that they are doing it once again with the Apple iPhone.

    aou  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I can confirm that web site is not available via Rogers, but fully accessible via DSL provider

    http://aou.livejournal.com/213006.html

    Barry Turner  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Can’t access through Sympatico webservers at 2008/07/02 1440 hrs probably because they have blocked or removed the ip address from their domain name servers just as Rogers has. Clearly, they are in collusion with Rogers. This is smelling like criminal conspiracy. A complaint to CRTC would be in order. A complaint to Apple would also help. They need to know how Rogers is screwing their Iphone business.

    Yvon Pelletier  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Same whole story! We are getting riped-off! This with the absolution of the Canadian government. It is high time that the telecom companies be audited by the government!! They would find a lot of crummy stories about their services… You can hear complaints everywhere!!! Yuk!!!!Makes me want to p……

    Jason Yeung  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    ***TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ACCESS RUINEDIPHONE.COM***

    Please note that this is not the fault of Rogers, Shaw, or any other internet service provider.

    As some of you may or may not know, the site was pulled from the previous hosting provider for abuse of resources.

    We have offered to James last night to host the site free of charge and have transferred the site to our servers.

    The DNS changeover, known as propagation, can take up to 72 hours depending on the speed of your ISP. All our DSL customers are already able to utilize the site without issue.

    If you are still unable to access the site, I advise using OpenDNS – http://www.opendns.com/ for your DNS rather than your ISP’s DNS servers.

    You may also access the site via the following URL:
    http://inflexion.iisnet-networks.com/~iphone/

    Please direct questions to jason [dot] yeung [at] instelink [dot] com or message me.

    Thank you.

    - Jason

    Rusty  |  July 4th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    There’s another part to this story that isn’t getting much press–in preparation for the iPhone launch, rogers is screwing existing customers:

    I’m a 10 year Rogers customer and in March of this year, I subscribed to Rogers $7 per month called ‘Unlimited WAP Browsing’. The agent explained that it may not work with my iPhone, and I told her that I’d give it a try and if it didn’t work, I’d cancel.

    It turned out that it was pretty easy to get it working, and voila, I was browsing the ‘net on my iPhone for $7 per month. This worked well for several months until July 4, ’08, when I received a bill for $177.77 for ‘On-device browsing’.

    I called to find out the reason for the sudden fee increase and was told that it is because I’m using a non-Rogers device on the network and that if I used my Sony Ericson phone procured via Rogers, I wouldn’t be charged the fees. I was also told that this is probably being done to beef up the network in preparation for the official launch of the iPhone on the Rogers network. This strikes me as immoral, if not illegal–what device I use should have no impact on what Rogers charges for transferring bits, notwithstanding the fact that any dramatic changes in fees/plans should be discussed with customers before billing them $177.77 out of nowhere.

    I for one will begin looking elsewhere…

    Anonymous  |  July 5th, 2008 at 1:14 am

    @ Robbers comment:
    “@Paal – Rogers/Fido is the only GSM provider in Canada. Hence they have a monopoly on the iPhone.
    Try ‘Google’ before you spout stupid and uninformed comments.”

    Easy gypsy, clearly you have never heard of an unlocked phone before.

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