Canadian buying iPhone in US

SevenEleven

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Just spoke with an apple store in the US. I called to see if they have any stock. He told me that if I want to use the phone in canada I have to buy it in canada? I thought it would work on any carrier I register it to?
 

illutionz

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Oct 2, 2007
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The iPhone selling in the US are all LOCKED to AT&T.... Basically the only country selling locked iPhones are US (and Japan but Softbank is the only Global-Compatible GSM carrier there).... Canada/EU/Asia are all unlocked and I even heard Mexico will sell them unlocked too :rolleyes:
 

jsh

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Aug 25, 2008
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Well, you can. You can't just unlock it yet (should be out within 48 hours according to comex.)
 

illutionz

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Well, you can. You can't just unlock it yet (should be out within 48 hours according to comex.)
Still a terrible idea when he can purchase a fully unlocked iPhone 4 in Canada which will work with any SIM card...

If he can't afford it, he could just get the phone from his carrier at subsidized price rather than getting AT&T contract, paying $350 ETF, and unlocking it illegally which will break on every software update.

So it's either paying ~$600 + 1st month ATT bill = unofficial unlock
vs
CAD 659 + Tax = official unlock...

I think it's quite foolish to purchase it from the US
 

Project-79

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Apr 11, 2008
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Just spoke with an apple store in the US. I called to see if they have any stock. He told me that if I want to use the phone in canada I have to buy it in canada? I thought it would work on any carrier I register it to?
Why would you buy an iPhone 4 in the USA? They're out in Canada, cheaper in Canada than the USA, and (from my understanding) even if you buy from a carrier, the iPhone 4 is still unlocked (you're just stuck in a contract).

Just curious about your decision, not trying to be a troll / flame you.
 

Djlild7hina

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Mar 28, 2009
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Why would you buy an iPhone 4 in the USA? They're out in Canada, cheaper in Canada than the USA, and (from my understanding) even if you buy from a carrier, the iPhone 4 is still unlocked (you're just stuck in a contract).

Just curious about your decision, not trying to be a troll / flame you.
actually if you buy it from a carrier in Canada they are still locked.. only if you buy it from the apple store then it is factory unlocked
 

Project-79

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Apr 11, 2008
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actually if you buy it from a carrier in Canada they are still locked.. only if you buy it from the apple store then it is factory unlocked
Really? I heard that Telus was selling unlocked iPhones under contract (i.e. They didn't have locked iPhones). I never heard anything about Rogers or Bell though...

EDIT: Also, I purchased an iPhone 4 from Rogers under contract last Friday, and under Settings -> Carrier, it gives me the option to choose between Rogers, Telus and Bell.
 

jsh

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Aug 25, 2008
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EDIT: Also, I purchased an iPhone 4 from Rogers under contract last Friday, and under Settings -> Carrier, it gives me the option to choose between Rogers, Telus and Bell.
All iPhones do that. It just shows the networks in the area that you're in.
 

jsh

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Aug 25, 2008
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My old 3G and 3G never did... The only times I could see multiple carriers was in the USA (AT&T or T-Mobile) when visiting.
My 3GS and 3G do, and they're liked to Rigers and AT&T respectively. Are they on 4.0?
 
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