updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue October 6, 2009
Ends Canadian exclusivity
Canadian carriers Bell and Telus have announced separate deals with Apple, ones which will let them both carry the iPhone 3G and 3GS beginning in November. The companies have published no details of their agreements, such as phone prices, subscription plans or specific release dates. The two will however have to compete with Rogers, which until now has held exclusive rights to the Canadian iPhone.
While Bell and Telus are presently CDMA-only carriers -- technically unable to support the GSM-based iPhone -- each has pledged to deploy compatible HSPA (3G) networks as a bridge to eventually migrate customers to LTE (4G) technology. Bell yesterday revealed that it will launch a 21Mbps HSPA+ network in November, but the Telus announcement is effectively the first confirmation that it will also have some form of HSPA framework running at the same time. All three major Canadian carriers should support LTE by 2011.
People interested in the Telus iPhone can register for more information through a special webpage.