“The most hyped consumer electronics device in years will make its debut on June 29, but Apple Inc.’s iPhone will be conspicuously absent from Canadian store shelves. Sold out? No — just not for sale,” Catherine McLean reports for The Globe and Mail Update.
“The creator of the iPod and Macintosh is focusing on rolling out its latest gadget, a sleek cellphone, in the United States. Other markets will follow, though Apple hasn’t divulged any launch dates,” McLean reports.
“What’s becoming clear is Canadians who want to shell out more than $500 for their own iPhone will have to wait some time for the chance,” McLean reports.
McLean reports, “A likely supplier in Canada, Rogers Communications Inc. [RCI.B-T], recently admitted little was happening on that front. ‘The truth is we aren’t very far with Apple,’ Bill Linton, Rogers’ chief financial officer, told a conference last month. ‘They’re concentrating on this launch and the U.S., and when they decide to turn their mind to other markets, we’ll be in line.'”
Full article here.
It’s becoming clear? Apple has said from the device’s unveiling on January 9, 2007 that “iPhone will be available in the US in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008.” Last time we checked, Canada wasn’t part of the U.S. (yet… eh, just kidding Canucks). Well, The Globe and Mail needed some iPhone-related thing to write about, we guess. Our best guess for Canadian release is around the Europe launch time frame.