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Apple iPhone, Coming to Canada

June 21st, 2007 at 2:00 AM (10 years ago) by Matt Freedman

Apple iPhone, Coming to Canada

The very hyped about, and most awaited phone, is coming to Canada. That’s right the Apple iPhone will be coming to Canada! I inquired about it with Rogers Wireless, and I got a response back shortly afterwards. Here’s the key points from their response:

Rogers is actively working with Apple to launch the iPhone in Canada
as soon as possible and will be the exclusive provider of the iPhone in
Canada.

Please be advised that Rogers will be offering the iPhone exclusively
in Canada.

Launch date and pricing for Canada are not yet available.

Other Canadian wireless carriers will not launch the iPhone; Rogers will be the only Canadian wireless carrier to offer the iPhone.

This is great news! Now, to elaborate a bit on that.

The iPhone will be exclusively offered at Rogers in Canada because it’s currently the only Wireless Carrier in Canada to be using up-to-date Wireless service technology. Telus is using really old technology, and Bell is using newer technology, but still not new enough.

As I understand it, the iPhone is a 2G Quad Band GSM and EDGE phone, while Rogers supports 3G Quad Band GSM and EDGE service. So, the iPhone and the Rogers Wireless service are compatible (and then some).

I’m going to estimate that the iPhone will be released in Canada in August. As for the price, I’m going to estimate… for the 4GB, $599 CAD with no contract and $399 CAD with a 3 year contract. For the 8GB, $699 CAD with no contract and $449 CAD with a 3 year contract.

One problem I see here, is that data plans in Canada are expensive; and with the iPhone you’ll probably be using lots of data. So you’ll most likely be seeing “iPhone Plans”, just like “Blackberry Plans“. The iPhone Plans will have considerably more data for considerably cheaper than the Blackberry Plans. That’s my guess, anyways.

The iPhone itself is actually smaller than people think it is. It’s thinner than the Blackberry Curve, and is just a bit bigger than my closed RAZR V3i. It’s actually thinner than the V3i, too. Which is amazing, since it has way more features. The iPhone is a little heavier, though.

Apple has said that the screen has been “upgraded” from a Plastic screen, to a Glass screen. That may seem like a good thing… until you drop it and the screen shatters into a million pieces (it’s probably temperated, though, so it’ll just crack). The battery life is pretty impressive, at least. Up to 8 hours of Talk time, 6 hours of Internet, 7 hours of Video, 24 hours of music/audio or 250 hours of standby time. Which probably exceeds most (Smart)Phones, MP3 players and even the iPod 5.5 Generation (Video).

For those of you in other parts of the world, Rogers also told me this:

Apple is planning to introduce the iPhone in Europe (Q4 2007) and Asia
(2008).

I’m looking forward to the release of the iPhone in Canada. Hey, maybe I’ll even save up to get one!

6 Responses to “Apple iPhone, Coming to Canada”

  1. Sean
    Sean says:

    I’m a Cingular customer (now AT&T) and travel to see friends in Canada.

    My first visit up there with my Cingular phone I found out that Rogers has roaming agreements with Cingular for Canada coverage, so this is probably why they are getting the iPhone as well.

    I had a chance to test the iPhone out the past few days for a review and it’s pretty sexy, however there is going to be major software updates between now and June 29th when it’s released here in the US.

    I wonder if the Canadian release will be much different software wise from the US model?

  2. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    I don’t think that’s why Rogers/Canada is getting it. Apple is expanding where the iPhone is available, and the next logical place after the US would be Canada, since we’re neighbors, and use much of the same technology. So it’s easy to bring the iPhone to Canada, and it’s a good idea.

    I doubt the Canada model will be much different than the US model… Hey, maybe they’ll release a 3G Quad Band GSM model here, first. 😛 Or, maybe a limited edition red iPhone. 😛

  3. btard
    btard says:

    Man, I just bought a Blackberry Curve on Rogers. I can’t be bothered waiting for this sucker. I just got a BB Pearl in October and got the Curve yesterday. That cost me $508 w/tax. How much is this sucker going to be?

    More importantly, here is what is going to happen with Rogers and consumers = WAR.or PEACE

    WAR: Data on Rogers is overpriced and EXPENSIVE as all hell. iPhones are going to use WAY for data that BB’s and the pricing structure is going to be outrageous.

    PEACE: Roger’s shitft the bandwitch plans and give more for the price. I doubt it. There is a bandwidth petition going around on this, see here: http://www.petitiononline.com/iPhone99/petition.html

  4. btard
    btard says:

    haha, I said “bandwitch”, I meant bandwidth…

  5. Matt’s Blog » Blog Archive » Mr. Gary Lee’s Giving Away an iPhone
    Matt’s Blog » Blog Archive » Mr. Gary Lee’s Giving Away an iPhone says:

    […] I live in Canada, so the iPhone isn’t going to do me much good, right? Wrong! Since the iPhone is coming to Canada through Rogers, I think I’d be able to use it at Rogers. Since Rogers and AT&T run the […]

  6. jordy
    jordy says:

    the iPhone is coming to Canada!

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