Rogers threat to iPhone 1.0

Rogers continues to threaten to cut off “unlocked” iPhones even though Apple seems to be OK with it. In an notice they say, “At this time there are NO Provision to sell these units outright or to unlock and / or sell unlocked units.  Rogers has advised that units which are sold outright and / or unlocked will not be allowed on the network.” What that means in action is anybody’s guess.

In case your wondering they can tell what kind of phone you are using because the iPhone’s IMEI number identifies itself. International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI “is only used to identify the device, and has no permanent or semi-permanent relation to the subscriber. Instead, the subscriber is identified by transmission of an IMSI number, which is stored on a SIM card which can (in theory) be transferred to any handset.” – From Wikipedia

Further Rogers says:

Unauthorized modification to iPhone

Your iPhone is restricted to use on the Rogers network, unless you are roaming. If you attempt to unlock your iPhone and use it on another network, it may become permanently unusable. Making unauthorized modifications to the software on your iPhone violates the iPhone software license agreement, and any resulting inability to use your iPhone is not covered under your iPhone’s warranty.”

Looks like Canadian iPhones are in short supply

It’s no surprise that just as Rogers reduces it’s data plan cost – Apple short ships iPhones to Canada. Rogers just announced that it would offer 6GB/mo for $30 as a special promotion  – while at that exact moment (or perhaps earlier) the iPhones arrived at the Rogers dealers. Only 20% or less of what was actually ordered arrived.

We where supposed to get some phones set aside for us – now it looks like only new activations early on Friday morning will get the iPhone. Does any one know where I can get a Nintendo Wii?