Rogers Hobbles a Killer Smartphone

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What a difference a single digit can make…

With much fanfare Rogers Wireless (along with Cingular in the States) recently introduced the Nokia E62, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, memory card and push email support.

But what Rogers (and Cingular) won’t tell you is that this spiffy device is missing two additional features available on the E61—a built-in WiFi radio and support for 3G networks in Europe and Japan.

With the currently free trial of the new downtown WiFi network in Toronto the E61 can bypass Rogers exorbitant data charges and surf the web at breakneck speed. I can certainly see why Rogers would want none of that, but why nix the 3G when they could make all kinds of money from the international data roaming of their overseas business customers?

That I can’t answer, but I can tell you this: If you’re in the market for a smartphone pass on E62 and head straight for an unlocked E61, because one single digit can make all the difference in the world!

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