iPhone 4 to be sold as “unlocked” device in Canada

With the iPhone 4 becoming available in Canada on July 30th, 2010, both CBC News and the Toronto Star have reported that these devices will sell for $659 CDN for the 16GB model and $779 CDN for the 32GB model.

The iPhone 4 will be available directly through www.apple.ca, Apple stores and also through Bell, TELUS and Rogers. It is expected that the mobile telephone providers will offer subsidized handsets in exchange for contract commitments. Pricing has not yet been announced but is expected to be in line with the iPhone 3GS subsidized pricing of $199 CDN for the 16GB model and $299 CDN for the 32GB model.

With the device now shipping unlocked, customers have the flexibility to insert any SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) in the device and have the iPhone work on other providers networks. This will enable customers to insert a temporary SIM card while traveling and avoid paying high costs for roaming.

Industry analysts have stated that Apple places a higher value on the iPhone 4 in Canada as compared to the United States. This is primarily based on the fact that AT&T is the only provider in the U.S. and has an exclusive arrangement with Apple.

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