Originally Posted by SchmutzBerry
if the evil empire Ted Rogers built had a truly unlimited data plan (not 25 mb, and no, not 200 mb), like most American carriers, i wouldn't see the need for Wifi, as much.
i don't think the telcos have as much control as you might think by the way. the iPhone is coming, with built in wifi, and that will drive features as well.
You're joking right? Carriers decide what devices will reach the masses. They have a HUGE amount of control. If carriers don't want to carry a device due to it's features or any other factor, it doesn't see the light of day (aside from the minority who will bring it over unlocked) on their network.
Carriers are not adopting wifi devices because it cuts into their bottom line. With UMA/GAN implementations they can remedy this by still charging for usage over wifi. I can almost guarantee that RIM won't be releasing a device that doesn't make use of this. why? Because the carriers decide what they want. Not to mention that the push functionality would be useless on a non GAN device.
Finally, you can complain all you want about rogers but it aint gonna change. Yea, it sucks, I agree. But take a second to think that Canada is the second largest country in the world, but we've only got 1/10th the US population to fill it. There's no way rogers could provide as broad a coverage as they do and charge US level prices for service. They'd be out of business in a week! So before you jump on the ted rogers bashing bandwagon, consider that this country is not in the same situation as the US.