Goodbye(?) iPhone/Rogers monopoly!

This week the Rogers GSM Monopoly was broken in Canada. Bell and Telus having been working over the past months to get their own GSM network up and running, why would they want to run both network types? Enter the iPhone 3G[s], the hot selling phone for which I haven’t seen an advertisement from Rogers on in a long time. It is selling so good that it doesn’t need advertising. Well needless to say myself and many other Canadians having been waiting to see the prices stack up; the results? Not so good.

The Phone
Rogers, Bell and TELUS all have the new 3Gs (16GB and 32GB white/Black) and also the cheap 8GB Black 3G. Looking for the best buy on an on contract iPhone? Bell Has the 32GB at $299.95, 16GB at $199.95, and the 8GB at $99.95. Rogers and TELUS both have prices of 32GB at $299.99, 16GB at $199.99, and the 8GB at $99.99. Rogers also has some 16GB 3G iPhone’s kicking around for $149 if you really can’t afford to go 3Gs.
Off contract prices don’t really mean much seen as all three have the iPhone but in the interest of no terms. Rogers: 32GB 3Gs $780, 16GB 3Gs $680, 16GB 3G $730, 8GB 3G $580. TELUS: 32GB 3Gs $799, 16GB 3Gs $699, 8GB 3G $599. Bell doesn’t seem to be offering their iPhones off contract.
In summary, phone prices essentially don’t matter too much once we start looking at plans, but the best deal would be on Rogers. Why? As nice as the 3Gs is the 3G still is an amazing phone, $149 for a 16GB 3G is the slightly better $99 iPhone with 8GB more for $50. What do I recommend? 32GB 3Gs, once you start paying thousands for this phone on contract you might as well shell out a few extra hundreds and go with the big an new.

Plans
This is where the fun begins. I was hoping to see some better plans at a cheaper monthly rate, and if that wasn’t going to happen it would have seemed a smart bet on some two year contracts showing up. Unfortunately the wonderful Canadian telecoms have let us down once again. All three only offer the iPhone on the glorious 3 year contracts. This basically means that during your 3 year term there will be two new iPhones released (if we are to believe apple is going to keep releasing an iPhone every year). Once again we are screwed over unless we want to pay off contract prices for the new hardware.
Let’s get to comparisons, the general idea for a plan that I was look at was around 400 minutes, 2GB of data, Nationwide five favorite numbers, if possible an unlimited texting plan on top, and visual voicemail.

  • Rogers

RogersPlan

  • TELUS

TELUSPlan

  • Bell

BellPlan

Add-ons

  • Rogers

RogersAddon

  • TELUS

TELUSAddon

  • Bell

BellAddon

To Sum up the monthly bill…

  • Rogers

Rogerstotal

  • TELUS

TELUStotal

  • Bell

BellTotal

Who wins?

This might be better titles as who loses? You, with no two year contracts in sight and voice/data combos not getting cheaper it’s pretty much up in the air.  The best 3 year contract goes to TELUS. With a 2GB data plan combined with one of three voice plans, one of which you can drop the texting add-on if you don’t want video/picture messaging.

Conclusion

It’s funny how the older stuff gets it gets worse. Over a year ago when I picked up my iPhone I got a $35 Canada wide ‘My5’ plan, a 6GB/ month data plan and a $15 Visual voicemail + 250 text add-on. What gives telecoms? Honestly the price of data is going to kill you when you look at getting any modern day smart phone. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CASH, unfortunately as awesome and as main stream as the iPhone is these days it still is a bit of a rich man’s toy. What I hope to see in the future from at least one of the three is a nice two year contract. A great voice plan, say maybe 200 local and 200 long distance minutes?  Maybe we throw at least a 4GB plan on top of that, throw in a little visual voice mail and some unlimited picture/video messaging. Then give it to me at around $75/month.  I guess we can only hope.


Eliminate – The Online FPS for the iPhone

Presentation & Graphics

Eliminate is actually very easy on the eyes, from the very beginning it shows a nice loading image will the music starts and it connects to Plus+ and all.

Then we get to the main menu, from here, you have a nice UI that you can easily figure out what to do, but still a few things can confuse you at first. The main things I’m talking about are the WTF button, that is actually there to help you figure out what to do, and what the energy is for. We’ll get to that later though.

Audio

Overall, I think the audio is pretty good, I really find the in-game music good and quality unlike some other games (ROCK BAND), The only part I don’t like is the Menus have a horribly annoying background music.

Gameplay & Controls

Gameplay

The gameplay is great, you can versus your friends only in a private match, practice against bots, or even play against people from all over the world.

The concept behind the gameplay is that you are a employee working for Aresenal Megacorp testing there different machines and weapons, the better you do, the higher you rank and the more you can use.

Also, there is another thing that ties into the gameplay, Energy. Energy pretty much is the most important part on leveling, to earn credits, you have to have energy. You can still play, and rack up wins and kills, but you will not receive the credits you collect.

Controls

The controls are the same as any other shooter on the iPhone OS. They have a virtual joystick and such, but it is really insensitive unless you turn the sensitivity all the way up. It takes a while to get used to, but you get the hang of it.

Replay Value

Eliminate has unlimited replay value, you can always pick up your iDevice, launch Eliminate and expect something new, every game is a challenge.

Final Thoughts

It’s free, yes, you can pay for energy, but its not required, it automatically refreshes the energy. But this so far is one of the best iPhone games. NGMOCO has also said they have tons of updates they are already working on, like options for CTF(Capture the Flag) and TDM(Team Death Match), so even if this seems like a game that might even not be too interesting, pick it up and try it out.

Overall


4.0: Great

  • This app is very fun/useful. It is most likely worth buying, and has an abundance of good features. There may be few minor setbacks, but the overall good features outweigh them.