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Canada to get first unlocked iPhones

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue June 15, 2010

UK, French, Canadian devices usable anywhere

When the iPhone 4 and 8GB iPhone 3GS launch in the country in July, Canada will finally get its first unlocked iPhones, an Apple FAQ confirms. Although people can already buy iPhones there from multiple carriers, including Bell, Rogers, Telus and Virgin Mobile, models have so far been limited to ones locked to their original vendors. The unlocked option will be available through Apple's online store.

Apple has also confirmed that the new phones will be usable with many GSM carriers worldwide, making it possible to travel with them without incurring roaming charges or paying for an international plan. People will have to swap in a SIM or micro SIM from the second carrier, and then configure an iPhone in iTunes. Similar freedom is said to be available with new unlocked phones in France and the UK, where people have already had limited opportunities to switch between providers.






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  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

    ...and unlock existing phones...?

    ...that are now paid out & off contract please... ? ! ?

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

    Hear Hear!

    Absolutely, we should be able to unlock iPhones once the contract is paid off. I'm surprised there's no class-action lawsuit about this already.

  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Usable in US?

    So we should be able to use these phones in the US? Get someone in Canada to buy one and get it here and then use it with a AT&T or T-Mobile SIM?

    Any thoughts?

    JJDS

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I hope this is for real

    The phone number is a 0800 048 0408... doesn't look like a North America number. Please oh please let that be the mistake not the unlocked part!

  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Great news!

    Now wait to see Rogers, Telus, Bell and Fido s**** it up somehow. I bet we will still have to sign a three year contract to get full iPhone service...

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