Canadian big three confirm iPhone 4 for July

All three major Canadian cellphone providers have confirmed their intent to release the iPhone 4. With an official release on the Rogers blog at Redboard, and emails to Bell and Telus, all three carriers have confirmed that they will begin providing iPhone 4 shortly in July. This confirms the keynote assurance that the phone will reach Canada no later than July.

Rogers has stated that iPhone will be released in "coming weeks" and suggests that any delay will be due to shipments from Apple. Bell confirmed to MobileSyrup that “Yes, Bell will launch iPhone 4 in coming weeks. We will make more information available soon," and Telus confirmed with a similar statement, stating: “Thought I’d share with you that TELUS today confirms it will launch the iPhone 4, the thinnest smartphone in the world with the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, in Canada in the coming weeks.”

For those interested in an upgrade, Keith from Redboard has explained that "nothing’s been communicated to Customer Care agents about whether or not Rogers will introduce an early upgrade program, but if you haven’t upgraded since July 2008 you likely qualify under standard upgrade program on your 2-year aniversary date." Keith continued and also stated that Fido will carry the device as well.

Recently acquired by Bell, it is safe to assume that Virgin Mobile customers will not be disappointed either, as the iPhone 3GS was released concurrently at Bell and Virgin.

None of the big three have confirmed exact dates or pricing. Rogers is said to control 38.5% of the Canadian cellphone market, but with the new Bellus HSPA network expanding, and the availability of a plethora of new smartphones, Canadians finally might have something to be excited about. Don't hold your breath for competitive pricing just yet.

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Actually I would buy an Iphone pay 800+taxes (cheaper than a 3 year contract +200$+taxes and get a pay as you go plan with a 15$+tax data plan (MUCH cheaper)

cyberdrone2000 said,
But they CAN force you to pay ridiculous charges for the phone-- because NOBODY buys a phone outright.


I had a Rogers rep. quote me $3,000 for an out-of-contract iPhone 3G shortly after it was launched. I'm not joking, and neither was the rep. He even showed me the list price in their Point-of-Sale system.

I later called in and found they wanted around $750 for an out-of-contract iPhone, a more reasonable, but still high, number. The rep. on the phone told me they probably had $3,000 in as a placeholder price, and were supposed to have changed it.

Point is, NOBODY buys an out-of-contract iPhone.

I have bought out-of-contract phones, just because everyone wants a security deposit if I want a contract. No, I have not bought an iPhone, I have no use for an iPhone, I'll most likely get the new iPod Touch when it comes out to replace my original 30GB iPod.

acnpt said,
The UK, is getting it on 24th June.
O2, Orange and Vodafone.

Vodafone haven't officially announced whether or not they will be stocking it (their official PR office said "we may, but don't know when" - so don't count on getting it on Vodafone on June 24th).

Berserk87 said,
3 year contracts for everyone!

yup, never again. I made this mistake with the original Iphone. **** contracts and **** the big three in Canada.

sin-ergy said,

yup, never again. I made this mistake with the original Iphone. **** contracts and **** the big three in Canada.

+1, agree... I've been hearing alot from people now wrapping up their 3 year contract, "never again". Not worth it...

Arpit said,
hm...2 more years of rogers or not 2 more years of rogers...iphone is the question...

and it's a solid question, my contract is up like asap (before the launch) so it's time for me to go shopping. hopefully all three get them at the same time.

Nice hopefully fido offers early upgrade as my upgrade comes up in november (on an iPhone 3G) I think I got it in early 2009...

To all those panicking that you are not on the list, note that this list is for "lesser" markets.
The US, UK, Japan and 2 other countries will get it on June 24th.

I've always had something against the iPhone but I have to admit many other phones look like toys when compared with this iPhone 4. I'm wondering why other manufacturers don't make durable, nice-looking, extra-build-quality phones. There are many people out there ready to pay extra for these features. And in the end only iPhone remains with stainless steel and reinforced glass in front and back - no trade-offs. What does HTC and the others do? --The Desire, Nexus One? No way! Nowhere near If only it had Android onboard...

tom5 said,
... I'm wondering why other manufacturers don't make durable, nice-looking, extra-build-quality phones. ... What does HTC and the others do? --The Desire, Nexus One? No way! Nowhere near If only it had Android onboard...

Eh ?, what about the HTC Legend, aluminium chassis, one solid unibody structure - they've made a phone of that build before Apple did.

Exosphere said,

Eh ?, what about the HTC Legend, aluminium chassis, one solid unibody structure - they've made a phone of that build before Apple did.

OK, this may be a good example but it is behind iPhone in terms of the CPU. And even if they were comparable this is one example only, OK - we could probably find some more - but most of the phones are cheap and of low quality because they sell very good.

TrOjAn. said,
Why Belgium is on that list, we don't need it, we already have enough rubbish here

Belgium = win for hardware vendors since nothing here is bundled with a contract. You just pay for the whole phone at once and you always get a fully unlocked non-branded device.

Redestium said,
It's nice that Canada gets a choice of carrier and the USA doesn't. *pouts*

Haha, how is it a choice? Robellus is virtually one company with identical prices. This just proves that Robellus colludes on pricing to rip everybody off. Canada has the highest cell phone rates in the developed world, yet coverage isn't even close to the US. Average data rates are $0.05/kb and $0.25/min for airtime only.

Would never get a phone on a long contract. Thankfully my job coves phone fees, but i want iPhone 4, then i need to pay for it myself

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