Apple iPhone in Canada

My second thought on seeing the Apple iPhone was: When/how can I get it here in Canada? (Thought #1 was "Awesome!")

It's going to available in the US in June, exclusively with Cingular. There's no word out on Canadian carriers yet. It's a quad-band GSM phone, which means it will likely end up on Rogers/Fido. Bell and Telus both run non-GSM networks, so it's unlikely that either of them will be able to support this phone. Apple could create a non-GSM version in the future (Verizon in the US is also non-GSM), but I wouldn't hold my breath. This is their very first entry in the cellphone business after all.

Never fear though. The CRTC set the deadline of March 14th, 2007 for cell number portability between wireless carriers in Canada. This means you'll be able to switch your provider while keeping your same cellphone number. It's about damn time too, the US has had this for years now. So, whatever your situation, you should be able to get an iPhone here in Canada, with Rogers/Fido, sometime after June.

Posted by dustin on January 9, 2007 with category tags of

A possible wrinkle from Time Magazine:
Jobs demanded special treatment from his phone service partner, Cingular, and he got it. He even forced Cingular to re-engineer its infrastructure to handle the iPhone's unique voicemail scheme.
So possibly Rogers would have to rework their system to fully support the iPhone voicemail system. Personally I don't really need visual voicemail, but Apple can be sticklers for the details. I can see them telling carriers: you support the full iPhone or you don't get it.
   comment by dustin (#1) on January 10, 2007

From Gizmodo:
I could be wrong, but I recall Phil telling me that when it hits Japan, they'll have to have to build a CDMA version.
CDMA is what would be required for the iPhone to work on Bell and Telus networks. Apple gives "2008" as the availability date for Asia, so most Canadian carriers should be able to offer the iPhone by the end of next year.
   comment by dustin (#1) on January 10, 2007

More info from
Brian Sharwood, a telecom analyst with the Seaboard Group in Toronto, predicts [Rogers] will offer the iPhone by mid-2008.
   comment by dustin (#1) on January 11, 2007

MID 2008????
Wow buy then this will be a dinasour!
Why does everything take so bloody long here in Canda?
Just lilke the itunes store took forever!!!
   comment by Drew on January 12, 2007

Will i have to buy a Mac computer in order to enjoy fully the apple iphone, or will it be compatible with the Microsoft system?
   comment by dine boubou on January 12, 2007

I agree with you sucks.

I think it will work with Microsoft computers Boubou. iTunes runs on Windows, and I think that's what it uses to sync up.
   comment by dustin (#1) on January 12, 2007

screw it i will not wait years for this to come out . im heading over to america , buying the hpone and choosing the north american package in cingular! d
   comment by stepan on January 17, 2007

Rogers to exclusively carry iPhones.
   comment by vinny on January 25, 2007

That article has 0 real info in it. Rogers is the only carrier that uses GSM, so they have to be the first carrier with it, and nobody else uses GSM, so it's going to have to be exclusive.
   comment by dustin (#1) on January 25, 2007

Update from TUAW:

Roger's says "The truth is we aren't very far with Apple.... They're concentrating on this launch and the U.S., and when they decide to turn their mind to other markets, we'll be in line."
   comment by dustin (#1) on June 19, 2007

MacMegaSite reports that a US iPhone will roam properly in Canada on Roger's voice and data network.
   comment by dustin (#1) on July 18, 2007

it will be a long time hitting us in canada due to the Data fees that are over priced in Canada. Apple iPhone doesn't track data usage and is based on unlimited access with no fees. No network in canada be it rogers, telus, or bell has the capability of thousands of phones usuing unlimited data nor do they even offer phone plans with unlimited data. Telus' best plan is $150 for 100MB of data. Thats only 30 song downloads at best for $150 plus iTune fees. Unless the networks come up with a cheap plan for data (which isn't coming anytime soon) the apple iPhone won't be in Canada for a long long time
   comment by topher on July 22, 2007

It's true the data rates in Canada really blow. This chart shows the horror.
   comment by dustin (#1) on July 23, 2007


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