Apple to sell unlocked iPhone 4 in Canada

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    Jun 17, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    Oh well, I guess you guys can always drive up here to get an iPhone without signing a 2 year contract with AT&T.


    CNETAll right, this really isn't fair. Though you've never liked it, iPhone users in the United States have accepted that your counterparts in other countries can use Apple's handset on multiple carriers and (better yet) get an unlocked device. When those countries are far away--say across an ocean--it's not so bad, but when you have to see it right next door then it's really tough to watch.
    I speak, of course, of our Canadian friends who will join customers in the United Kingdom in having the opportunity to buy the iPhone 4 completely unlocked and contract-free. That's right, they'll be able to use it with any GSM carrier, whether they're north of the border or traveling abroad. Sure, there's the matter of using a micro-SIM card, but you can get creative with scissors and use a normal SIM.
    Pricing for an unlocked iPhone 4 isn't avaialble just yet, but you can get an unlocked 8GB iPhone 3GS for $549 Canadian dollars (around $534). True, you can buy an iPhone without a contract in the United States, but that handset will come securely locked to AT&T.


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    Jun 17, 2010 5:54 AM GMT
    It is an option, but if you want to use it in the US you still need a data plan from AT&T. It does have the advantage getting a sim card when traveling outside the US, but international data plans can be expensive. I will use the WiFi with either Skype, or a couple of sip accounts I have that work well with iPhone apps.

    I have an unlocked Nokia E72 which I use when outside the US, sometimes getting a local sim. Also have a Truphone sim, but haven't used it yet.
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    An unlocked iPhone isn't much use in the US. It still won't work with Verizon or Sprint and T-Mobile doesn't support micro sims yet so you would still be going with AT&T. The only thing that you would theoretically get out of is the two year contract, but as the article points out you can already get an iPhone from AT&t without a contract and it is still cheaper than the unlocked phones in Canada. That said, there are a lot of parts of Canada that are really beautiful so the trip up there is worth it iPhone or not.
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:40 PM GMT
    I really don't understand how we're the only country in the entire world who gets dupped out of unlocked phones. While we only have two GSM carriers in the states It would be nice to allow half of iPhone customers goto T-mobile.

    However, I don't see the average American going up and buying a phone for $500+ when they can sell their souls for $200+.
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    As far as I know we can't get them unlocked either.

    You can get them for "Pay as You Go" phones but I think they're still only usable with the one carrier. Moreover, they cost about 500 quid, so you may aswell go for a year's contract at 25 quid per month.
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    Haha, Suck it Rogers!
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    Jun 17, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    My iphone cost 97 bucks at Walmart so that is a hard deal to beat with or without contract.
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    Jun 17, 2010 7:01 PM GMT
    I've already got a friend lined up to buy my 3gs - I'm with Rogers and will be staying, but I had considered switching to Telus after a dispute I had (suck it Rogers) and I know I can use it on telus's network. Since bell and telus's HSPA network is a joint venture between the two it implies it can also be done on bell.

    However, bell sucks ass and telus's internal systems are all kinds of fucked. While Rogers really can suck it, they fuck you less than the other two telco's
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    Jun 17, 2010 7:18 PM GMT
    Soundwave saidI've already got a friend lined up to buy my 3gs - I'm with Rogers and will be staying, but I had considered switching to Telus after a dispute I had (suck it Rogers) and I know I can use it on telus's network. Since bell and telus's HSPA network is a joint venture between the two it implies it can also be done on bell.

    However, bell sucks ass and telus's internal systems are all kinds of fucked. While Rogers really can suck it, they fuck you less than the other two telco's



    Never go with Bell(Ive been there, it was horrifying), seriously. Telus or Fido are your best options right now, Fido specially is so much cheaper, although it belongs to Rogers its still a different company and I think you can terminate your contract with Rogers without paying any ECF if you switch to Fido, but im not 100% sure.


    I think the main reason why they're selling unlocked iPhones in Canada is because ALL major carriers upgraded to GSM, so they can all offer the iPhone, so this is not something to blame on Apple.
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    It shows how slow the US is behind he world. Mighty Verizon and Sprint still runs on CDMA icon_sad.gif

    I wish we could adopt some killer Japanese phones to work here, I loved Japanese phones when I was there for my two year stint.
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    This maybe a stupid question but what does 4g mean exactly? For example, I see ads all around saying Telus has the best 3g network. So now do they offer a 4g network? Is it different from the 3g?
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    meclk saidThis maybe a stupid question but what does 4g mean exactly? For example, I see ads all around saying Telus has the best 3g network. So now do they offer a 4g network? Is it different from the 3g?

    4G is a faster standard for data than 3G. The terms 3G and 4G refer to generations not specific systems.

    AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM and use the same 3G system but on different frequencies. The GSM 3G system goes by the acronyms HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA.

    Verizon and Sprint are CDMA and use the same 3G system called EVDO.

    For 4G, Sprint is first with WIMAX. AT&T and Verizon will move to the same 4G system called Long Term Evolution, LTE. LTE will be the major 4G standard.