When the iPhone 3G launched last week in Canada, it’s price undercut some of the other smartphones being sold by Canadian telecom giant Rogers.
To help keep the Nokia N95 smartphones selling, Rogers has dropped the price of the device from $400 with a 3-year contract down to $199 with a 3-year contract.
Feature wise, the N95 really really offers a lot to users. But, from a usability perspective, the N95 and iPhone are very different so if you’re considering the N95 over the iPhone, really spend some time playing with it and make sure you really could deal with it for everyday use.
Before the first iPhone launched, this was an easier question to answer, but the iPhone is such a revolutionary product that I would have a hard time spending $199+ on any other cellphone.
Believe it or not, the Apple iPhone and Nokia N95 smartphones still aren’t officially available in Canada but that may finally be changing.
The Toronto Star says that the country’s only major GSM carrier, Rogers, is getting ready to launch the iPhone sometime between May and June of this year as part of the companies upcoming campaign to promote touchscreen phones such as the LG V and HTC Touch.
One of the reasons for the delay in getting the iPhone into Canada is an onoing trademark conflict with Ontario-based service provider Comwave which offers a Voice-over-IP service called iPhone.
Meanwhile, the Nokia N95 may be showing up on Rogers by May 2nd and have all the features of the North American model including GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G data.
The price of the N95 will likely be $699 without a contract; no mention of possible Apple iPhone pricing.