No Vancouver is not getting the iPhone

Steve presenta l’iPhone

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I’ve been saying that Canada is not getting the iPhone at the same time as the US is for awhile now, despite the fact that some American tech journalists have been saying otherwise. However I know how Rogers and Fido would be gearing up for something this big and it’s been obvious this was not going to happen for months.

Since like most of the rest of populated Canada Vancouver is within spitting distance of the US boarder a few people seem to want to be heading down south to either Bellingham or Seattle to pick up their own iPhone and bring it back to Rogers. I can not be emphatic enough when I say that unless your primarily living and using an AT&T plan in the US that buying an iPhone on launch date this Friday to bring it back to Canada to use with Rogers or Fido (Vancouver’s only GSM carriers) is a very bad idea.

If you really want an iPhone and can’t wait for the Canadian launch, which yet has no date, then at least wait a month to see the specifics of how the iPhone works with and without an AT&T plan. There are suggestions that it won’t work even as an iPod without activation on the AT&T network, and Apple has said it will only be sold with a two year contract. Add to that the fact that nobody is going to know how to unlock the phone, making it useable on networks other than AT&T, for at least a few weeks and buying now and asking questions later is a risky move.

Having said that if you don’t listen to me and go buy an iPhone I’d love to hear how it is.

3 Comments so far

  1. Ross (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    “nobody is going to know how to unlock the phone, making it useable on networks other than AT&T, for at least a few weeks” is a bit of a bold statement. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it was hacked in a few days.

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Are you willing to beat $499 or $599 plust the $175 AT&T cancellation fee on it? That’s US. And yeah it might be hacked in a few days, but how long before they can unlock the phone in Vancouver at the Night Market or where have you?

    I’m not saying don’t get it. I want an iPhone, I love the Apple. I’m just saying with so much uncertain with the iPhone waiting a week might be a good idea.

  3. Boris Mann (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    Actually, depending on your level of phone use, getting an iPhone plus an AT&T plan with North American no-roaming … will mean a cheaper plan than Rogers.

    Now that I’ve dug up the details on the iPhone’s SIM card, I’m pretty sure that we should start an “activation crack countdown” … a standard SIM from Rogers *would* then work. Just not yet :P

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