Unlocked iPhone 4 Coming To Canada For $659

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Apple has been offering a factory unlocked iPhone for quite sometime and started offering factory unlocked iPhones in UK and France with the launch of iPhone 4.

We had also learned that SIM-free, factory unlocked iPhones will also be offered to Canadian customers.

Folks at Boy Genius Report point to an article on CBCNews, which claims that Apple will start selling factory unlocked iPhone 4  in Canada when it goes on sale this Friday.

The report claims that Apple will offer the factory unlocked 16GB iPhone 4 model for $659 while the 32GB iPhone 4 model will cost $779.

The catch, though, is the phone's price. The 16-gigabyte unit will sell for $659 while the 32-GB version will cost $779.

While the unlocked iPhone has the potential to be a game changer in Canada — where phones are generally sold at a reduced cost in exchange for the customer signing on to a long-term service contract — it's still too expensive to make a difference, said telecommunications consultant Johanne Lemay of Lemay-Yates Associates.

While Canadians are starting to show some appetite for paying the full cost of lower-priced phones up front, they are still likely to chafe at the hefty price tags that upper-end devices such as the iPhone carry, Lemay said.

Apple has already started selling the 8GB iPhone 3GS model for $549 while you can get a subsidized iPhone on carriers like Rogers, Bell or Telus for $99 ($450 premium). 

Despite the high price, factory unlocked iPhones can be highly popular among international travelers who may need to frequently switch carriers.

Apple had released an FAQ that answers some of the pertinent questions that customers may have about these new plans. Here is an excerpt:

Does iPhone work with any SIM card or carrier worldwide?

iPhone 3GS works with SIM cards and iPhone 4 works with micro-SIM cards from compatible carriers, including prepaid cards. Non-GSM carrier networks do not support iPhone. Availability of 3G data depends on carrier support for the radio frequencies used by iPhone.

Does iPhone support tethering?

Yes. You can share the fast 3G connection on your iPhone with your Mac or PC and connect to the Internet from just about anywhere — no Wi-Fi required. Contact your carrier for details.

Will all iPhone features work with my carrier?

Visual Voicemail requires carrier support and may not function on your carrier’s network. Please read this Support article or contact your carrier for more details.

If I buy iPhone from this Apple Online Store, can I ship it to another country?

No. Orders placed through this Apple Online Store can be shipped only within the country of purchase. You can also shop for friends and family in countries where iPhone is sold. Just visit the local store of the country where you want your products delivered.

Are you planning to buy the SIM-free, factory unlocked iPhone 4 or the subsidized one from carriers? Let us know in the comments.

[CBCNews via BGR]

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  • Roderick

    That's unreal!!!

  • Z

    did this just randomly appear under the jailbreaking now legal post?

  • Dennis

    Is this including sales tax or are they also excluding that from published prices like in the U.S?

  • AC

    @ Dennis – sales tax not included in this price….

    WOW, price of an iPhone is more then a PC laptop…..

    This is crazy!

  • Simon

    In DK, they also start selling the Iphone unlocked, maybe they are planning to do it in every country ? 🙂

  • ben

    Only too countries that do not have a deal with apple to only be exclusive in that country. Here in Canada, Rogers and Fido(owned by rogers). In December Bell and Telus got into the game. So there is not much of a point anymore so why not just unlock it to any carrier in Canada.
    So when ever AT&T loses its exclusivity apple will start selling unlocked phones to US Customers.

  • Crazy

    It really is. I paid just $40 more for my laptop.

  • ke_phadam

    I think apple plan to sell unlocked iphone 4 in canada and some other countries before legally jailbreak approved…

    This price is kind of high but not really yet…let go to ebay and search for "factory unlocked iphone 3gs" to see how much it is…lol

  • phil

    this is too much buy a iphone on ebay $200 $300 jailbreak unlock it that's it

  • ben

    Am I missing something – this is a load of money up front but is actually quite cheap compared to the price in the UK. A 32GB iphone 4 is £600 which is $965 Canadian. How much would sales tax etc be on top of the $779? Also anyone know whether if bought in Canada, the Apple warranty would be valid in the UK?

  • Krew_92

    I remember when I desperately wanted an iPhone I went to eBay to buy an unlocked 3Gs, and guess how much the lowest cost at the time? $900! and it wasn't even an iPhone 4, how despicable. They swear like it takes millions to produce one iPhone! and if it does I feel sorry for Apple for wasting their time and money!

  • 68charger

    iPhone in UK is expensive compared to Canada. Why? they are not subsidised. Whether you buy outright from Apple and put your own SIM in or get it on contract a 32g unit will cost around £1100 over two years. The only advantage of getting it from Apple is that it is unlocked.

  • Will

    Don't forget that you still need a cell phone plan. If you don't have a plan, then might as well sign up for x-years and pay less. It's a utility like water, but the water company doesn't subsidize my purchase of a new sink.

  • ben

    True. I kind of prefer the freedom of choosing the network and contract terms that you get with an unlocked phone (most likely will go T-mobile). Perhaps the reason it's cheaper in Canada is relative to the network subsidy. When I bought the 3GS the network subsidy was better than buying the handset outright – got a pay-and-go on O2 for £400 – then unlocked.

    Now how to source a handset from Canada….

  • bill murdock

    do you still have stock or can source iphone4 unlocked without sim ? or with sim ?

    how do I contact you ?

    please contact me at the email address provided…

  • Samuel

    I need to get an iphone4 32G urgently. Please give me a hint or incase you have any on sale.

  • Ravneet Singh

    I have a iphone 4 that my friend brought from Canada. I am in India right now. And want to use it here with a local sim card . It is locked on Rogers (Canada provider). My iphone 4 iOS is 4.2.1 and the baseband is 03.10.01. Tell me what to do?

  • fas

    Its almost the same price in US, around $50 less

  • Fyataco

    I have both Iphone 4 one unlocked which I paid an arm and a leg in France and one locked on the ATT network, I just wish I would have waited a fe months to buy it directly in the US its a lot cheaper

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