Unlocked iPhone 5 will not be available at Apple Retail Canada, online only

Unlocked iPhone 5 will not be available at Apple Retail Canada, online only

There's been a lot of confusion over the last 48 hours as to whether or not Apple would be selling the iPhone 5 unlocked at Apple Retail Canada. For the last few years Apple has sold new iPhones unlocked at Apple Retail on launch day, but that time is over. As part of new, anti-scalping measure, if you want an unlocked iPhone in Canada this year, you'll have to order online.

Here's the new language on http://www.apple.com/ca/retail/iphone/ (emphasis mine):

Buy iPhone 5 with a contract at your favourite Apple Retail Store beginning at 8:00 a.m. on September 21. We can help you choose the right rate plan and get you up and running. Or visit the Apple Online Store to buy an unlocked, no-contract iPhone 5.

Compare and contrast this to what it currently says on http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/iphone/:

Buy iPhone 5 at your favourite Apple Retail Store from 8:00 am on 21 September. We can help you choose the right tariff and get you up and running.

Now it does seem odd that Apple would implement this new policy in Canada and not everywhere, including the U.K. Although only Apple knows their numbers and projections, the U.K. hasn't been any more immune to daily scalper lineups than Canada has. However, the U.K. and Europe in general is a very different market than Canada.

This biggest problem here is that this information wasn't widely known when pre-orders began. Had it been in advance, those wanting unlocked iPhones could have ordered them online for September 21. Now they're stuck having to wait an additional two weeks or more, or deal with more expensive, less certain carrier unlock policies.

So, if your only reason for lining up this Friday was to get an unlocked iPhone 5 in Canada, save yourself the trouble and order online now. If you just wanted an iPhone 5, however, the lineups should be shorter and blissfully scalper free.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

More Posts

 

1
loading...
14
loading...
70
loading...
0
loading...

← Previously

iPhone 5 fully dimensioned design drawing available for all to see

Next up →

iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Which phone should you get?

There are 21 comments. Add yours.

Ctheo3 says:

Ouch. Looks like Rene is hopping the border once again.

Robertsoms says:

The unlocked ones are much more expensive. I bought mine from ebay for 799 and it was locked to at&t. I've unlocked trough http://www.attiphoneunlocking.com/ - it was quite cheap and they unlocked it in less than an hour or so. It is now permanently unlocked and worth 200-300$ more... :)

sajinseethi says:

I see the price for 32GB on Canadian store as C$799. Will there be any extra tax on this ?? Or is it the only price I have to pay while buying online . Please help !! Thanks in advance :)

phile says:

Yes, you have to add sales tax to that price.

sajinseethi says:

Thanks Phile. I was at the page where I enter my credit card details. It still didnt show the tax. I was confused :S

Max_Powers says:

Ok, but on the main iPhone retail page it has no mention of it being unavailable unlocked, and still has numerous mentions of the unlocked version being available. If this is the case I'm not happy. I'd have pre-ordered it the second it was available and not gone to Apple Retail this coming Friday. I'm going to pop over later today and ask someone actually working at the store what the hell is going on.

Rene Ritchie says:

Speak to a manager. Not sure what they're allowed to say yet, but my understanding is they've all been informed, cross country now :-/

phile says:

Here's what I'm wondering: will Apple stores turn away someone that waited all night and claims to have been completely unaware of this policy change? Store managers may have the discretion to sell such a customer an unlocked unit. After all, their stated goal is to thwart scalpers, not genuine Apple fans who want the latest and greatest on launch day.

Max_Powers says:

I pray that if I at least show my cell bill and let them activate the sim they will sell me an unlocked. Hell they can open it up and do the whole setup for me. That's about as un-scalperish I think it gets.

Max_Powers says:

Just left the Burlington Apple store. This is now confirmed. There will be NO outright sales of unlocked devices. Upgrades and new activations only. The sales ban also states NO outright sales of carrier locked devices. Looks like I'm driving to NY state.

Bdobsoncdn says:

I had been planning to line up very early on the 21st and wait in line like I had for the iPhone 4 and at the last minute decided to pre-order on-line instead. So I will still get the phone on the 21st but I would have been very angry had I not done that. Had Apple been up front, that would have been another story but someone dropped the ball.

Given how badly publicized this is they are going to get a lot of people upset. When I was in the line for the iPhone 4 everyone before and after me were ALL getting unlocked phones.

Cdh56 says:

Ordered the unlocked iPhone 5 through the apple store app at 8:45 am yesterday and delivery is now expected Oct 9

Brandonkbyrne says:

I would like to describe the main iPhone retail page it has no mention of it being unavailable unlocked, and still has numerous mentions of the unlocked version being available. iPhone If this is the case I'm not happy. I'd have pre-ordered it the second it was available and not gone to Apple Retail this coming Friday. I'm going to pop over later today and ask someone actually working at the store what the hell is going on.

Faris Sarkis says:

thanks Brandon its very helpful site for me

Brandonkbyrne says:

Prior to unlocking your iPhone, it is required that it should be jailbroken. You can get it done from a technical expert or you can use computer software for performing the jailbreak.
The software has features for Windows and Mac as well as Linux. While the same tool can be used for unlocking the iPhone, jailbreaking requires different software for various models of iPhone and versions of the firmware. This means universal software cannot be used for jailbreaking.
http://smartsolutio.blogspot.com/

Brandonkbyrne says:

can someone tell me which one is better black berry or iphone?

Brandonkbyrne says:

thanks to every one for shairing nice stuff.

Brandonkbyrne says:

here i want to share some information about some unique software's .have alook on this to get complete informationhttp://infonuclearaffiliate.blog.com

Brandonkbyrne says:

Knowledge plan in world is developed to make sure that no child is left behind in education even if they do not have the financial potential to pay university charges. Therefore, university charges in public educational institutions are need to sponsor students . There is no university fee for 6 years of necessary education in main university. However, learners still need to pay conventional assorted charges of $5.50 monthly. Moreover, educational institutions may additionally cost second-tier assorted charges of up to the highest possible of $5.50 monthly. In addition, there are many possible from either the govt or well being organizations to help learners deal with financial situation during their research.for more have a look on http://sponsorastudent.webstarts.com/