Jul 10 2008
The extraordinary Canadian consumer revolt against the Rogers iPhone is going strong. As I’ve mentioned on Techvibes (Rogers iPhone Consumer Revolt Wins Concession. But It’s Not Nearly Enough), over 62,000 Canadians have signed a petition at RuinediPhone.com protesting the gouging-style monopoly pricing of the 3G plan. But will the protest peter out as the first early adopters can’t help themselves and grab an iPhone on its launch day tomorrow from a Rogers outlet (Apple has refused to sell the phones from its Canadian Apple stores in disgust at Rogers’ apparent greediness). Consumer revolts are pretty well unheard of in Canada. Has new media made these kinds of protests more likely to happen in future?
Frankly, while it is interesting, I don’t really get this odd little consumer revolt, and wonder why people aren’t getting much more furious about human rights abuses in, say, Zimbabwe.
And isn’t this invention really just for corporate executives who won’t actually be paying for the phone (or the monthly plan) out of their own bank account? Is it all just hype?