Hello @O_M_R & @Mediaman
For one you can just go into their own brand store & get excellent service with reps that know about the brand & devices ;). Another one you can just walk in & get it where the stores from Rogers may not have stock. You can also get the device at the Microsoft store on a 2 yr plan with Rogers as what i know unless they tell customers to go to Rogers. Rogers Reservation system is different then the Pre orders Microsoft takes & many more. Also if you want to get discounts & such from your Flextab or plan you need to call Rogers as their stores can not do it.
Good to have options, but for me, none of those reasons would justify a $500 premium.
I might use the store for some hard-to-find accessories, or to try out new prodcuts, or to purchase a laptopmtablet... but I just dont see getting cell phone there.
The Rogers Facebook page states they have no plans to carry the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL. Extremely disappointing. I'll buy a device from Rogers with a high resale value, sign a 2 year contract, and then sell the device on Kijiji. Then I'll buy the Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft store.
How accruate is the facebook posting? Is that just an opinion of one person? How can Miscosoft Canada hope yo sell phones if there are no Canadian carriers??
Well ...if Rogers in fact never carries the Lumia that is dissapointing...but understandable given the current Windows 10 market share is pretty low. Then again I think its a higher share than Blackberry, which Rogers does carry, so who knows.
If Rogers indeed never carries it, sure, then a unlocked Microsoft store purchase may make sense for us Windows fans, if one is willing to shell out that kind of money. But then I would worry if Rogers would even allow Windows phone on its network - ie what if they abandon Windows altoghter! I would not buy a Windows phone anywhwre until I was assured it would work on the Rogers network for the duration of my bring-your-own-phone contract.
If they do truly abandon Windows, that leaves only Android, Apple...or just swithicng over to Bell.
I hope the Facebook posting is simply noise.
@Mediaman Just checked on the Rogers Wireless store to see what they're offering right now. Not a single Windows device (yet they do have one Symbian. SYMBIAN, can you believe it?!).
Looks like that's it for Windows Mobile in Canada. If people who've never tried it have to jump through so many hoops, and it is only offered through the Microsoft Store (of which there are only a handful), then no one in Canada will buy it, and the puny ecosystem it has now will continue to decline.