iPhone 4 to come unlocked in Canada this Friday

Apple is set to release the iPhone 4 this Friday in 17 more countries including Canada. The iPhone 4 will be available in Canada and other parts of the world unlocked for use with any carrier.

Customers will be able to walk into any Apple Store on Friday and pick up an unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4 and be able to shop around from the big three carriers and select which plan suits their needs. Rogers, Telus and Bell will all be selling the iPhone 4 this Friday, including Micro-SIM cards for $5 to $10 each, so users will be able to use pre-paid contracts with their device as well.

Customers in the United States are restricted to using one carrier, AT&T, which has an exclusive contract with Apple to carry the phone. The iPhone 4 is sold locked in the U.S., while their neighbours to the north will be able to choose from any of the available carriers in Canada. Apple might try and prevent hackers in the U.S. from trying to unlock their devices, but recent law changes insist that unlocking or jailbreaking the iPhone is now considered legal.

Apple launched the iPhone 4 on June 24 in US, France, Germany, UK, and Japan and will be releasing it in 17 more countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

It's likely Apple delayed the launch in Canada to prevent customers from crossing the border and purchasing an unlocked iPhone 4. None of the major carriers in Canada have officially released pricing, but according to CBC, the iPhone 4 16GB will retail for $659 while the 32GB will cost $779 CDN.

Despite the antenna problems with the phone, they don't seem to slow down the 1.7 million consumers from purchasing the device so far.

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I honestly, would rather just use my crappy Virgin Mobile Samsung phone, than pay out the @$$ to Rogers, Telus, or Bell. I used to work for both Rogers, and Telus, and I know for a fact that customer service takes a huge step back to increasing profit margins. They nickle and dime you out the @$$. Pushing innovation and satisfaction when it comes to its related services, is a far off dream. Its just sad that a great piece of tech can be held back in so many ways thanks to crappy companies unwilling to move forward with the times.

I guess I'll be looking to buy across the border. The US won't be getting the tax money they could have made from me, and ATT won't be able to get the phone price + contract from me.

They have to fix the UI for the iphone. It is the most gayish thing I've ever used. Good "overall" phone, but needs to step it up. Thank god it can be customized.

neoxphuse said,
They have to fix the UI for the iphone. It is the most gayish thing I've ever used. Good "overall" phone, but needs to step it up. Thank god it can be customized.

That's what jailbreaking is for.

neoxphuse said,
They have to fix the UI for the iphone. It is the most gayish thing I've ever used. Good "overall" phone, but needs to step it up. Thank god it can be customized.

Nothing wrong with the ui - but more the lack of functions. in terms of customisations and function .

1. symbiam
2. Android
3 iphone/bb
4. win-mo!

Many people complain about symbiam being bad etc etc. But many then go on to mention n73s or 4 year old n95s etc. Thus really don't know what they are talking about ..

Many are forgetting that both that the iphone and android os's were designed from the start for touch where as symbiam wasn't .. Thus any inclusion would include a "painful" phase.

Fix the limited nature of the iphone rather than the ui ..

No thanks! As much as I like my iPhone 3G (iOS 4 sluggishness aside), I'd rather wait for my contract to expire next year and give the Blackberry a shot!

MulletRobZ said,
No thanks! As much as I like my iPhone 3G (iOS 4 sluggishness aside), I'd rather wait for my contract to expire next year and give the Blackberry a shot!

dont' do it. crackberries suck and BBM is for stalkers.

MulletRobZ said,
No thanks! As much as I like my iPhone 3G (iOS 4 sluggishness aside), I'd rather wait for my contract to expire next year and give the Blackberry a shot!

Disable Spotlight Search in Settings and say goodbye to the sluggishness.

Ok well, it's a nice idea, an unlocked iphone, for those who like them (i dont) but of course, the problem with buying a contract-free phone is that you need to spend a lot more on the phone.... Discounted prices exist because cell carriers make up the difference in the discounted price by locking you in for 2 yrs or whatever. Sure, go ahead and buy that unlocked phone, but be prepared to pay too much for it.

Reverend Spam said,
Ok well, it's a nice idea, an unlocked iphone, for those who like them (i dont) but of course, the problem with buying a contract-free phone is that you need to spend a lot more on the phone.... Discounted prices exist because cell carriers make up the difference in the discounted price by locking you in for 2 yrs or whatever. Sure, go ahead and buy that unlocked phone, but be prepared to pay too much for it.

Or you could buy that same unlocked phone with a contract and pay about 1/4th of the price. The fact that it's unlocked doesn't mean you can't get it with a contract. The one cellphone operator I worked for had subsidized phones that were unlocked. And I'm talking almost all of them. (not counting Samsung, as those came locked from the factory even though you could get the same phones with pretty much every operator in the country)

im doing an hardware upgrade. so the 32gb is 300 bucks for me via rogers. people hate on rogers, but i love them. they've never let me down and my plan owns.

rajputwarrior said,
im doing an hardware upgrade. so the 32gb is 300 bucks for me via rogers. people hate on rogers, but i love them. they've never let me down and my plan owns.

There coverage in this part of Canada is a joke. Speaking of Rogers being a joke, a friend of mine was at the Rogers Centre in Toronto - no signal on Rogers.

rajputwarrior said,

that's ridiculous amount of money for a phone

The 3GS sells for about 900 dollars in Portugal.
When the 4G comes out it will be something in the order of 1k dollars?
And the 3GS price will drop to like 650-750 dollars.
Plus the network contracts we have s*ck. Hard.
So, yeah.
Ridiculous amount of money.

Krome said,
A communist practice protected by law.

It has nothing to do with communism. I'm sure you hardly even know what the communism is.

Unlocked phones comes all to about the choice. Consumer should have a choice. A fundamental rule in almost entire world, except just few countries.

coth said,

It has nothing to do with communism. I'm sure you hardly even know what the communism is.

Unlocked phones comes all to about the choice. Consumer should have a choice. A fundamental rule in almost entire world, except just few countries.

What I was pointing to is the Apple's practice.

Money, greed and power rules, no matter it is communism or capitalism.
do you think Apple really care how good or bad their phone is? as long as it sells, they try to sell it as fast as possible, because technology stuff comes to an end very fast.

you just need the next big thing to knock all these hype of smart phones off.

And also who is enough stupid to buy a phone who has antenna problem. I tough Apple would recall all thoses iPhone 4 and excuse theirselves for the problems of antenna i guess not.

So go on dumbass buy it. It's not a software update that will fix the problem.

plantemichel said,
And also who is enough stupid to buy a phone who has antenna problem. I tough Apple would recall all thoses iPhone 4 and excuse theirselves for the problems of antenna i guess not.

So go on dumbass buy it. It's not a software update that will fix the problem.

Every. Single. Article. I swear there wasn't this many whiners with the RROD problem.

plantemichel said,
And also who is enough stupid to buy a phone who has antenna problem. I tough Apple would recall all thoses iPhone 4 and excuse theirselves for the problems of antenna i guess not.

So go on dumbass buy it. It's not a software update that will fix the problem.


Look at this poll I made 2 weeks ago.. it appears that it isn't affecting every single handset out there.
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...30-poll-iphone-4-reception/

[quote=Andrew Lyle said,]
Look at this poll I made 2 weeks ago.. it appears that it isn't affecting every single handset out there.
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...30-poll-iphone-4-reception/[/quote

Make another one saying... my call drops when I hold it that way. Just because you get less signal doesn't mean your call is going to drop. I've had mine since the 23rd (day before release) and 0 dropped calls so far

Mike Brown said,
Every. Single. Article. I swear there wasn't this many whiners with the RROD problem.

I thought there was more with the RROD problem heck they still bring that up to date even with the new design..... just didn't get the press that the iPhone got

plantemichel said,
And also who is enough stupid to buy a phone who has antenna problem. I tough Apple would recall all thoses iPhone 4 and excuse theirselves for the problems of antenna i guess not.

So go on dumbass buy it. It's not a software update that will fix the problem.

I agree!

plantemichel said,
And also who is enough stupid to buy a phone who has antenna problem. I tough Apple would recall all thoses iPhone 4 and excuse theirselves for the problems of antenna i guess not.

So go on dumbass buy it. It's not a software update that will fix the problem.


Yes, there's definitely an antenna problem, and it's a big problem, and a free bumper uglies up the phone to hell. It's definitely been a consideration.

However, the Zagg InvisibleShield also fixes the problem without uglying up your phone, so I'm really on the fence about getting one of these on Friday. As someone who travels a fair amount, the factory unlock is also a big selling point.

I am one who definitely won't be upgrading to the iPhone 4. My 3G is due to be replaced now but until they either recall the phone, release a fixed version or WP7 releases, I won't be getting this phone for sure. I like that it's unlocked though and you can go to prepaid too.

Xero said,
^ Agreed. Wish Rogers would announce the upgrade eligibility already.

Not sure how much Fido is like Rogers, but I contacted Fido about the upgrade policy.
They said I can upgrade 6 months early with a two-year agreement, or 14 months with a three-year agreement.

Andrew Lyle said,

Not sure how much Fido is like Rogers, but I contacted Fido about the upgrade policy.
They said I can upgrade 6 months early with a two-year agreement, or 14 months with a three-year agreement.

This is the standard HUP policy, not the one that Rogers and Fido release for a limited time when an new iPhone is released in Canada.