Excited Canadians may remember back in January when Rogers Wireless allegedly sent out an e-mail to customers, saying pretty confidently at that time that they would be the exclusive provider for the iPhone in Canada. Two of the bullet points in the e-mail read like this:
Rogers is actively working with Apple to launch the iPhone in Canada as soon as possible and will be the exclusive provider of the iPhone in Canada Please be advised that Rogers will be offering the iPhone exclusively in Canada
Seeing as Rogers is the only GSM carrier in Canada, it would make sense. Previous to this "confirmation" e-mail, however, it was only rumored that Rogers would be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone.
Well, it seems like suddenly it's flip flop season in more than one way. Rogers Wireless manager of corporate communications Odette Coleman told CBC News in Canada that it was all "speculation," and that the company had not announced anything about whether or not they would carry the iPhone. What? "Everything in the media has been speculations to this point. The only fact is that we are the only GSM carrier in Canada. That's the only fact."
What could be the reason for this backpedaling?
Theory #1: The e-mail from January was not in fact from Rogers Wireless
Theory #2: Apple was displeased by Rogers' apparent confirmation before the companies were ready to announce together, and Steve unleashed his wrath upon the company. So now they are unsure.
Theory #3: The e-mail was real but they got wrath unleashed from Steve anyway, so they are now going back to being ambiguous about an official announcement. An official announcement has not happened yet, after all.
If I were a betting (wo)man, I would put my money somewhere between #1 and #3. Either way, it's still relatively safe to assume that Rogers will be the carrier in Canada for that whole GSM-only nonsense. But do any Canadians here feel disappointed that it's no longer "OMG CONFIRMED!!1!11"?