[Fido] Rogers/Fido - Unlimited Mobile Browsing $7
Rogers and Fido have finally released their own version of an Unlimited Mobile Browsing plan to compete with Telus and Bell. Starting today, Tuesday February 5th, 2008, Rogers and Fido will be offering a $7 Unlimited Mobile Browsing plan and a $20 Value Pack (that includes Unlimited Mobile Browsing). As with Telus' $15 and Bell's $7 plans, some restrictions apply.
So What Are The Restrictions?
The plans will be restricted to Rogers or Fido branded phones/devices (respectively) that are non-PDA, non-Blackberry, non-Windows Mobile, and non-PC card devices. This means that the plan DOES NOT work for unlocked phones, tethering, smartphones, PDAs, Blackberrys, etc. Furthermore, you must use the built-in browser of your Rogers or Fido branded phone (i.e. third party applications will NOT work).
How Is This Enforced?
This is enforced by detecting the IMEI of your phone (each time you turn on/use your phone, your IMEI is transmitted to Rogers/Fido). This allows Rogers/Fido to see whether the phone you are using is a Rogers or Fido (respectively) branded handset and whether it is a Windows Mobile, PC-Card, Blackberry, or PDA device.
What Is An IMEI Number?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. An IMEI number is a unique 15 digit number that identifies your GSM/UMTS/HSDPA handset. You can check the IMEI number of your handset by typing *#06# into your handset. If you want to find out more about your IMEI number, you can get it analyzed here: http://www.numberingplans.com/?page=analysis&sub=imeinr.
What Happens If I Use A Restricted Handset Or Device?
You will be charged the pay per use rate of $0.05/KB when you use a device or program listed in the restrictions section above.
What About Using A Rogers/Fido Branded Handset For Tethering?
You will be charged the pay per use rate of $0.05/KB when you a Rogers/Fido branded handset for tethering purposes.
How About Rogers/Fido Branded Handsets That Have Been Unlocked Or Debranded?
As long as the device/handset is not a PC-card, smartphone, blackberry, etc. (see restrictions above), the Unlimited Mobile Browsing plan will still work on your unlocked or debranded handset. This is because unlocking and debranding a Rogers/Fido phone does not change the IMEI of your handset.
Where Can I Get More Info About The Plans?
Rogers $7 Plan: http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wirel ... bile#start
Rogers $20 Value Pack: http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wirel ... comm#start
Fido $7 Plan: http://fido.ca/portal/en/domore/sdp_options.shtml
Fido $20 Value Pack: http://fido.ca/portal/en/packages/value_packs.shtml