Apple’s iPhone 4 to be unlocked in Canada

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!“Canadian users of Apple’s new iPhone 4 will have the option to move freely from one wireless provider to another,” The Canadian Press reports. “Consumers will be able to buy the new iPhone from Apple without a long-term contract, which would allow them to migrate to the wireless provider of their choice.”

“Apple’s website says the new iPhone 4 works with micro-SIM cards that are used by carriers around the world, meaning that international travellers could use their phones with providers in other countries,” The Canadian Press reports. “The new iPhone will also sold by major Canadian carriers including Rogers, Telus and Bell.”

MacDailyNews Take: Multiple carriers in one country. What a concept.

The Canadian Press reports, “The iPhone 4 is due to be released June 24 in the United States and by the end of July in Canada.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “db” for the heads up.]

33 Comments

  1. I’m one of the lucky Canucks that’ll be free to choose which company I want screwing me over with their data rates! Yes!! But since it’ll be my first iPhone (replacing my iPod touch), I’m still going to cough up for it.

  2. Just wait, dear Merkin friends, don’t be so envious just yet–Rogers, Telus, and Bell will collectively find _some_ way of screwing us nonetheless… even if Apple is trying to do the right thing…

    MDN word: “term,” as in “Hey! Keep your contracts to term! Us Telco execs need new Porsches!”

  3. Bell/Telus realized that their CDMA network was on the loosing end of the market place and invested to co-build up the HSPA network…thus allowing them to get the iPhone. Rogers never had an exclusive to the iPhone, just the only network to be able to run it at the original launch.

    Being a Bell customer, I’ve VERY happy that Bell can carry this and I don’t have the exclusive issues in the US.

  4. My guess is that the US won’t get a second carrier until AFTER SBC, I mean AT&T;, locks up as many new users as possible with new contracts. This is one time it’s best to not be an early adopter if you have AT&T;issues.

  5. This is great since in December of last year Rogers restricted all smart phone upgrades to a minimum two-year loop. In other words those of us who enjoyed upgrading to a 3GS after only year with our 3G will be out of luck this time around. While this solves that – we can buy the four this year and get an upgrade to the 4G next year – obviously our current SIM cards will not fit in the mini-SIM slot – anyone have any ideas how hard it will be to get Rogers to upgrade the SIM card to one that will work with the 4?

  6. Well, we got 2 of our 4 iPhones upgraded. If Apple offer the same deal in the USA, do you think there will be some rally pissed early adopters. Sounds like that $600 I paid for my first iPhone. I suggested online that Apple cut the difference and give the people that paid more Apple gift cards. Apple wins because there s only about $.75 of real cost for every $1 on card if used. If used, they would spend more than was left on the card.

    How will Apple fix this one? I will get back to you if Apple unlocks the iPhone4 later this year in the USA. I have to think about it some.

  7. The bastard carriers in Canada have previously said that even if you took a factory-unlocked phone (e.g. from one of the few countries that previously forced an unlocked phone option) and got service from one of them, they’d STILL lock you into to a multi-year contract.

    That’s totally bullshit because you’ve already paid for the full cost of the phone, no subsidies needed, so not only were you NOT getting any rate discounts for having already paid for the phone outright, they wanted to lock you in for a full 3 years too!

    Has the carriers’ positions actually changed since this announcement?

  8. So I can pop over to Canada and buy one? Something tells me sales will be off the hook just over the border… bring all new meaning to “make a run for the border”.

  9. What’s going on here. I thought Canadians were a bunch of socialists that hated a free market and competition. Oh, wait, it’s the US that has developed incompatible parallel networks, locks users into long-term contracts, makes them guess how much they’ll use ahead of time and screws them over with overage fees. Yeah, that capitalism.

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