No one’s returning phone calls right now, not Rogers, not Apple. This does not surprise me, but it’s certainly frustrating.

What I’m looking for is confirmation of and comment on recent published reports that a) Apple has diverted a “significant amount” of its initial 3G iPhone shipment from Canada to Europe, leaving only 10 to 20 phones per store for Rogers; and 2) that Canadian Apple Stores won’t being carrying the iPhone, leaving Rogers and Fido to sell their overpriced plans themselves.

The original source is reputable — Apple Insider — and, in support of Point 2, if you visit Apple’s online store and click on the “Where to Buy” tab for the iPhone, only Rogers and Fido come up as options.

At least 70,000 people have signed petitions demanding lower rates from Rogers. When last week I wrote that I didn’t expect any response from Rogers, I wasn’t overestimating the carrier’s monopoly position. But

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Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.