Canadian buying iPhone in US

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SevenEleven, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. SevenEleven macrumors member

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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?
     
  2. illutionz macrumors 65816

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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:
     
  3. jsh macrumors regular

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    Well, you can. You can't just unlock it yet (should be out within 48 hours according to comex.)
     
  4. SevenEleven thread starter macrumors member

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  5. illutionz macrumors 65816

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    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
     
  6. Project-79 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  7. Djlild7hina macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  8. Project-79 macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  9. jsh macrumors regular

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    All iPhones do that. It just shows the networks in the area that you're in.
     
  10. Project-79 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  11. jsh macrumors regular

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    My 3GS and 3G do, and they're liked to Rigers and AT&T respectively. Are they on 4.0?
     
  12. taran420 macrumors 6502a

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    no canadian provider is selling factory unlocked iphone, none, nada. Only apple store is.
     

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