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Apple Selling iPhone 4 Unlocked in Canada

Apple will begin selling the iPhone 4 unlocked in Canada starting this Friday, but I don’t think very many Canadians will pay the premium. Our northern neighbors have a lot more choice than those of us shackled to AT&T’s network in the U.S. Canadians can already choose between three carriers, all of which will be offering the iPhone 4 for $199 CAD(16GB). Apple will sell the unlocked iPhone 4 directly for $659  and $779.

I’m not familiar with wireless contracts in Canada, but a $459 premium to stay out of one seems steep by any measure. However, those that often travel past their country’s borders would benefit greatly by picking up an unlocked iPhone and buying local SIMs. I’d absolutely love to be able to continue using my iPhone when overseas and I’d seriously consider paying a steep premium for the freedom to do so.

Read more over at CBC.ca.

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4 Comments

  1. tabletenvy

    07/27/2010 at 11:24 am

    When I upgraded to the 3Gs, I opted to go the unlocked route. I didn’t want to give up my original Rogers pricing (promotional offer of 6 GB data for $30/month), but was aware that Telus had discounted pricing through our medical association. In the end, it’s nice to have the option to move on if the relationship with Rogers sours…

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    • Xavier Lanier

      07/27/2010 at 11:42 am

      Good point- at least you have options. Here in the U.S. it’s either AT&T or T-Mobile (minus 3G) if you’re carrying an unlicked phone.

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  2. Clavain

    07/28/2010 at 3:03 am

    The iPhone is sold unlocked in the UK.

    Clavain

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  3. M@rc

    07/28/2010 at 2:25 pm

    The iphone 4 will also be sold by Virgin here in Canada and I heard 2 others carriers, but I can’t confirm.

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