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Apple to sell iPhone 4 in Canada from $659 unlocked

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Mon July 26, 2010

iPhone 4 unlocked in Canada but at high price

Apple has quietly confirmed that it will sell the iPhone 4 unlocked in Canada. A carrier-independent version will start at $659 CAD ($639 US) for a 16GB model and scale to $779 CAD ($755 US) for a 32GB version. It's not known if Apple will offer pre-installed micro SIM cards as with the iPad, but these usually cost between $5 and $10 CAD when bought separately.

The 8GB iPhone 3GS is already available unlocked in Canada for $549 CAD ($532 US). Subsidized prices are likely to sit at $99 for an iPhone 3GS as well as $199 and $299 for both iPhone 4 capacities, albeit with a three-year contract versus two in the US.

Apple's plans are a rarity in not just North America but also much of Europe. While countries like France and the UK make it relatively simple to obtain unlocked devices, Canada is unique in having five carriers to choose from in the form of Bell, Fido, Rogers, Telus and Virgin Mobile. Fido and Virgin are child brands of Rogers and Bell but potentially supply an alternative for plans.

Prices for unlocked phones are often high due to the lack of subsidies, but they have become increasingly popular as customers with the choice of multiple networks often want to avoid the early cancellation fees of a contract or skip paying for a second phone if they have to switch. [via CBC]

by MacNN Staff



  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not that high...

    Having purchased an official unlocked iPhone from Hong Kong... I paid quite a bit more for the 3Gs 8GB model from Apple.

  1. t_c

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: It's not that high...

    I was hoping for the $549 for the 16GB v4 ... but then I woke up.

    It IS too high in my household. Guess I'll try to buy a used 3GS so I can at least use 4.0 and use stuff like that new FileMaker GO which looks very interesting....

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sim cards irrelevant

    In Canada, the devices are unlocked and all the carriers play the iPhone game, so that line about the sim cards being five or ten bucks is kinda meaningless. If you buy a sim from anyone but the five (four really) big carriers, you won't get data so ... well you'd be pretty stupid to use an iPhone that way. Conversely, if you have a contract with any of the big four carriers, then you just get a sim from your carrier. So it doesn't really matter if Apple gives you a micro-sim or what the costs of said micro-sim would be.

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