Rogers to launch 5 “Webphones” under $100

John Connors

October 27, 2009 6:52pm


There has been much talk over the past week about the upcoming launch of Bell and TELUS’ HSPA network. In addition, people are talking about their upcoming lineup as it looks to be a stellar first round of devices (See Bell devices here and TELUS devices here). Then on the new carrier side, Canadians are waiting patiently until Thursday when the CRTC finally announces their decision if WIND Mobile will get the official green light.

Wanting to know what Rogers has planned for the upcoming quarter? According to “PhoneModo” from HowardForums who states that “Rogers wants to go away from the smartphone monicker that Blackberry’s and other data devices carry, so they’re focusing on ‘Webphones’ this year. A website will be up in the next couple days (something like to further this idea.”

Most likely starting next week we’ll see their advertising tagline be “5 Webphones for less than $100”. The 5 webphones are:

LG Eve – $49.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
-5.0MP Camera, 3-inch Touchscreen, Android, WiFi, GPS

White Blackberry Bold 9000
– $99.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
– 2.0MP Camera, HSPA, GPS, WiFi *already launched*

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 – already available but will be price dropped to $99.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
– 3.2MP Camera, WiFi, Win Mo 6.1

Nokia N86 – $99.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
– 8MP Camera, Ovi Store, Dual slide capabilities, 8GB on board memory (Coming in 3-4 weeks time)

HTC Magic – already available but will be priced at $79.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
– 3.2MP Camera, 3-inch Touchscreen, Android, WiFi, GPS

  • Kmusky

    Except for the Eve, that’s a big pile of meh.

  • Cheers

    would be good if rogers offered some of them without a data plan, but again, data plans are like 20% of their revenue…only if rogers arent so greedy….. and the SE X1 is not new, they just decided to lower the price from 250 to 99, cuz iphone is too popular and sells only at 99-299

    • TNSF

      The Magic and Bold aren’t new either. Only two of the phones are new.

  • Denis M.

    Don’t they already offer most of those phone at that price already…? Is there anything I’m missing here?

  • dink

    So if I understabd this correctly, Rogers is taking the email, GPS, calendar, and all those other features OUT of the smartphone, leaving the web browser in, and calling it a “web-phone”. And they think this will sell better? Hmmm…time to call my stock-broker and sell.

    • schultzter

      On the contrary, I think a lot of people (well me at least) would like a phone that surf’s well but don’t want to pay the premium plans to get a cheap smart phone with other features they don’t need.

      Instead of making people choose between +/- $20/month for voice vs. a combo plan now they can sell people a voice plan plus a $5 or $10 browsing plan. Or other incremental upgrades tailored to each user’s needs.

  • Ned

    Haven’t used the others, but I have used Blackberry (too much). And with that…

    So they’re going to sell a Blackberry as a “web phone”.

    Has anyone at Rogers used the RIM browser? Anyone?

    • Mobile dude

      You’d be surprised how improved the RIM browser is on the 5.0 BlackBerry platform. Try browsing on a Bold 9700, and then tell me that the BlackBerry webphone offers can’t browse.

  • Kyle Burt

    even more CRAP from this company. Man.. I can’t wait till they finally realize that they’re sinking. I’m a Rogers user ONLY because I’m a GSM believer.

    But i’m sick of them and their lack of everything.

  • Anthony

    I wanna know the no contract price of the eve! It looks like a nice compact qwerty, with android! Which i love