Buying iPhone 4 unlocked in Canada?

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  1. LucasG macrumors regular

    LucasG

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    Hello,

    I am currently living in Costa Rica and I'm hoping to switch my Google Nexus One with an iPhone 4, but I really do not want an iPhone working through a jailbreak, I'm interested in factory unlocked so I can keep my iPhone 100% retail and clean. I was wondering if anyone has tried doing such thing? Is it a good idea? I have a friend who lives in Canada, I was hoping on asking her to buy it and send it to me.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    It's no problem to buy one from the Canadian Apple Store online and have it sent to a Canadian address. Last I heard there were still lineups at Canadian Apple stores, but that was a while ago. If your friend activates it with a Canadian SIM, it will be unlocked, then it can be shipped from Canada to your place. I am not certain offhand what happens if you try to activate an unlocked phone in a market where the iPhone is not officially sold, or is only sold locked.
     
  3. LucasG thread starter macrumors regular

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    So you need to activate it first? What is it like an Apple check to activate with a Canadian company? After that it becomes "unlocked" for real? I could ask her to turn on the phone with her current sim, turn it on and activate it I guess? Then send it.
     
  4. prokrastinator macrumors newbie

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    I bought my unlocked iPhone 4 directly from the Canadian Apple online store. I activated it with my AT&T SIM card and iTunes displayed "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked".
     
  5. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    That answers my question then. :)
     
  6. ubercool macrumors 6502a

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    That's awesome news! How much do unlocked iPhones cost in Canada? :)
     
  7. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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    659/779 CAD + tax
     
  8. ubercool macrumors 6502a

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    Merci beaucoup! :cool:
     
  9. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    And tax varies by province. In Ontario, it's 13%. In Alberta, 5%. And different elsewhere.
     
  10. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    But you can not buy an Unlocked in Canada and have it shipped to the USA correct?

    This is my issue I would then have to goto Canada to get the unlocked version, in which case the 7 days per year I am out of the Country it might just pay to use my AT&T version and pay the charges.
     
  11. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    Correct. And you can also have warranty issues as Apple only provides warranty in the country where you bought the phone. Apple may allow you to send it in from a non-Canadian address but for sure they will only ship it back to a Canadian address.
     
  12. acarney macrumors 6502

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    That kinda sucks in case you ever move... I wonder if that changes if you get AppleCare. I could see a lot of people needing to move within 2 or 3 years of buying something, maybe for work, etc.

    Anyone know if there are still lines at Apple stores in Canada? The stock in the US has finally leveled out I think to the point where you can walk in and get one but I haven't heard any updates on Canada.
     
  13. jay.w macrumors newbie

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    That's still the case in Calgary. I gave up and ordered an unlocked one from the Apple store last week.
     
  14. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    Directly from the Canadian Apple store? Was the phone shipped to a Canadian address first or shipped to you in the US from Apple?
     
  15. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    From his post it sounded to like he lives in Calgary, not in the U.S.
     
  16. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    I don't see where prokrastinator mentioned living in Calgary. ???
     

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