Jul 10 2008

TechView: The Rogers iPhone Consumer Revolt… Why?

Published by at 10:45 pm under Uncategorized

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?

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “TechView: The Rogers iPhone Consumer Revolt… Why?”

  1. Larry Yatkowskyon 10 Jul 2008 at 11:51 pm

    alternate perspective –

    the more media we view the greater chance of awareness

    improbable but not impossible

    just sayin…

  2. nancy (aka money coach)on 17 Jul 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Well you know I’m with you re: perspective – Zimbabwe v iPhone. Nevertheless, I’m pleased to see any instances when citizens are shaken out of complacency to insist on something better for ourselves, and with any luck, others. (see my blog post dated July 17, for my own issue, somewhere between the Z and iP scale of importance)

  3. Danutaon 05 Nov 2008 at 7:10 pm

    In the article a huge thank you all for the cause, a lot of people are using

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