Wonder why the iPhone isn't in Canada yet? Although the US, France, Germany and UK support the device, Canada can't seem to come up with a data plan that won't make owning an iPhone prohibitive.
Here's a story that drives the problem home: Calgary resident Piotr Staniaszek's cell phone bill rose from its normal $147 level to a whopping $59,000 in November and to $83,000 in December. It seems that he used the phone to download both music and movies without realizing just how costly that would be.
A 22-year-old oil field worker, Staniaszek contracted to pay just $10 monthly to use a mobile browser on his phone. That's when he began to use the phone as a modem when his contract stated his plan included Internet surfing, email access, and file downloads to the phone (not high-res movies).
Fortunately, Bell Mobility took pity and negotiated the fees down to a little more than $3,000--generous.
I've printed copies of this blog and handed them to my three teens.