Moving to Canada - When to buy?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by michelle830, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. michelle830 macrumors newbie

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    I have a bit of an unusual situation, and I'd appreciate any advice you have. My contract is ending at T-mobile and my husband and I both want to switch over to the iphone 4. We're also about to temporarily move from the States to Canada for my job- him for about a month, me for about 4. We are leaving within the month.

    - Should we buy iphones now in the U.S. and set up At&T accounts with Canada/international calling capabilities?
    - Would it be beneficial to wait until we are in Canada and buy iphones there, as I hear they're going to be unlocked? Could we set up At&T accounts with those phones or would we need to use a Canadian cell phone company?
    - Are Canadian plans as expensive as they seem?

    My priorities are getting the phone soon, either before we leave or as soon as we get there, and not spending a TON of money to use a my phone while I'm in Toronto.
    Thank you so much!
     
  2. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're only going temporarily, why would you want an international number? Set up your phone here so when you come back you have no issues.
     
  3. SkottDMD macrumors 6502

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    It depends on how long you are going to be in Canada and how you're going to be using the phone. The 8GB 3GS and most likely the iPhone 4 will be available unlocked when purchased from Apple directly at the off contract price (most likely between $600-750 depending on capacity). iPhone's purchased at a subsidized price or purchased through a carrier will be locked to that specific carrier. The unlocked devices would work with any carrier that supports the iPhone including AT&T. Honestly, I don't think our plans are that bad, depending on what you need you should be able to find a decent one. It's worth mentioning that data and voice (minimum of $50) is required in order to receive a subsidy on the iPhone (at least the current 3G/3GS line up). Additionally, depending on how soon you need the phone it's good to keep in mind Apple has not announced a date for the iPhone 4 in Canada. While they have confirmed the availability in "July", there is no specific date.
     

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