iPhone in Canada

McPaul

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My last iPhone was the 4s. I've since owned a Nexus 5 and haven't upgraded since. The Nexus is dying and it's time to go back to Apple.

I guess my first question is what is the state of Apple pay in Canada? is this something I can expect to do at say, Safeway, Save On, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Sport Chek, Best Buy and others? or is it something that's still in development? When you pay, do you say "debit" or "apple pay" to the cashier?

I suppose I'll be getting the 7plus 128 in basic black. What will be the biggest things I'll notice on that phone compared to the iPhone 4s and Nexus 5?

And lastly, where is the best place to buy off contract?

Thanks!
 
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joeblow7777

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Regarding Apple Pay, it will work anywhere that contact/tap pay works. That is, anywhere that you see this symbol:



Which these days is pretty much everywhere. I ask to use debit, and then use my phone, because most of the time the cashier doesn't know what ApplePay is.

Best place to buy off contract? Why not from the Apple Store?
 
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GargantuaOttawa

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I have yet to encounter a store where it doesn't work.
if you can pay by debit or credit card using the "tap" function, Apple Pay will work.
Most stores have new terminals, they had to update their machines for credit cards with PIN.
This started years ago, Canada was an early adopter.

I would buy at the Apple Store. You will get assistance to set it up and you can sign up for tutorials!
You won't regret it! :)
 

Easttime

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Works in the large grocery stores in our small city, none of the locally owned coffee shops, but most of the small chain stores take it.
 

Tapiture

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I have yet to encounter a store where it doesn't work.
if you can pay by debit or credit card using the "tap" function, Apple Pay will work.
Most stores have new terminals, they had to update their machines for credit cards with PIN.
This started years ago, Canada was an early adopter.

I would buy at the Apple Store. You will get assistance to set it up and you can sign up for tutorials!
You won't regret it! :)
Every time I've bought something at the Apple story I've regretted it after finding it somewhere else for less.
 

McPaul

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Every time I've bought something at the Apple story I've regretted it after finding it somewhere else for less.
I'd love to hear of a place to get the iPhone cheaper than the apple store and not be tied to a contract. Thanks!
 

silverblack

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Creepy.

That's what I thought. Thank you.
Nothing creepy about it. You can buy iPhones from lots of place. But the non-subsidized price (without signing up a plan) is almost* always more expensive than buying from Apple Store.

*Koodo is selling SE 64GB for $50 with $360 tab. It is cheaper than Apple Store ($579 for 32GB or $709 for 64GB). You do need to factor in the $50 and hassle of getting it unlocked if you are not with Telus et al.
 

Retops

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I've given up on the hassles of getting an iphone unlocked and now always buy from the Apple store. The ability to use the phone without asking permission from a phone company plus the absence of junk applications from a carrier are major pluses for me.
 

McPaul

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So I bought a 7plus today. Is it normal for the plastic to have air gaps and be applied crookedly?

I peeled it off and there didn't seem to be anything wrong with the actual unit thankfully.

It needs my wifi password. I used to be able to get that in network preferences. Now I see it's moved to "keychain". but Keychain is asking me for the macOS "administrator's name and password" which I don't know. How do I find the administrator's password so i can find my wifi password?

Thanks.

oh, and your picture is in fact, super creepy.
[doublepost=1492373107][/doublepost]Ok, so the wifi password is on a sticker on the front of my modem (duh) - sorry, new internet provider since December - but still, how do I find this administrator password?

I have two passwords on my mac. I remember what they are. one was for itunes and was tied to an email address. The other was tied to my first and last name, which is what was populated in the box. But the password didn't work for it. what gives?
[doublepost=1492373166][/doublepost]"post merged"?? Nope. don't know what that is either.

I'm feeling dumb today. :(
 
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Tapiture

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So I bought a 7plus today. Is it normal for the plastic to have air gaps and be applied crookedly?

I peeled it off and there didn't seem to be anything wrong with the actual unit thankfully.

It needs my wifi password. I used to be able to get that in network preferences. Now I see it's moved to "keychain". but Keychain is asking me for the macOS "administrator's name and password" which I don't know. How do I find the administrator's password so i can find my wifi password?

Thanks.

oh, and your picture is in fact, super creepy.
[doublepost=1492373107][/doublepost]Ok, so the wifi password is on a sticker on the front of my modem (duh) - sorry, new internet provider since December - but still, how do I find this administrator password?

I have two passwords on my mac. I remember what they are. one was for itunes and was tied to an email address. The other was tied to my first and last name, which is what was populated in the box. But the password didn't work for it. what gives?
[doublepost=1492373166][/doublepost]"post merged"?? Nope. don't know what that is either.

I'm feeling dumb today. :(
Do you have a mac hooked up with iCloud Keychain? It seems like it wants the username and password for the mac. It seems weird it would ask for that but I don't have a mac.
 

stevemiller

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I've given up on the hassles of getting an iphone unlocked and now always buy from the Apple store. The ability to use the phone without asking permission from a phone company plus the absence of junk applications from a carrier are major pluses for me.
I've never seen carrier bloat preloaded on an iPhone.

I guess unlocked is appealing if you switch carriers/travel a lot. By the time a typical contract is up, apples OS updates generally have you wanting a replacement phone anyway. :-/