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  • Canadian Carrier Unlocking iPhones for Qualified Users



    Reports have surfaced from Canada that many customers who have seen their service contracts expire are getting their iPhones unlocked by Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless. According to iPhone in Canada, the policy (which comes courtesy of Rogers sub-brand Fido) makes it possible for these "qualifying customers" to have their iPhones unlocked - but at a price of roughly $50 in addition to applicable taxes.

    Canada, many will recall, joined both the UK and France on the short list of initial countries to offer for purchase the iPhone 4 SIM-free and unlocked.

    The unlock service is available through the carrier's Customer Care team. To be eligible for unlocking, customers must (1) have an account in good standing (2) Have paid the un-subsidized / no term cost for the device at least 30 days prior OR have finished their Commitment Period (contract) (3) have a device which is listed in their equipment history. Fido warns, however, that Some features on the iPhone "might be compromised by the unlocking and could affect its performance on our network."

    News of the carrier's new unlocking policy has generated so much attention across the blogosphere as of Wednesday morning that Canada's "other" Apple-related news was effectively bumped to a distant side-note. On Tuesday, the Canadian government announced that it has - at long last - officially approved the Canadian version of the iBookstore. Minister James Moore stated that "Apple has demonstrated how iBookstore Canada represents new opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers, and I have determined that this investment will be of net benefit to Canada."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Canadian Carrier Unlocking iPhones for Qualified Users started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. fasih fawad's Avatar
      fasih fawad -
      oh thats nice so i can get my iphone 3g, 3gs and 4 unlocked
    1. relkorama's Avatar
      relkorama -
      Oh Canada!!
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      It's aboot time
    1. zeroGsti's Avatar
      zeroGsti -
      I really never understood how it worked up there. You buy the Iphone unlocked so I suppose it gets locked as soon as you pick a carrier? I thought the phone would stay unlocked?
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroGsti View Post
      I really never understood how it worked up there. You buy the Iphone unlocked so I suppose it gets locked as soon as you pick a carrier? I thought the phone would stay unlocked?
      No, the unlocked iphone can only be bought from apple directly.
      if the iphone is bought from a carrier at any price, subsidized or not, it is locked to that carrier..
    1. Sakyr's Avatar
      Sakyr -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      No, the unlocked iphone can only be bought from apple directly.
      if the iphone is bought from a carrier at any price, subsidized or not, it is locked to that carrier..
      So lets say I bought my iPhone at apple store for one carrier I should be able to switch to any carrier without needing ultrasn0w?

      Yes I'm in Canada.
    1. User name5.2's Avatar
      User name5.2 -
      didn't care to read, but the photoshop looks like crap.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's nice. Why can't at&t do the same thing.
    1. UiK's Avatar
      UiK -
      Hmm its so weird cause here in Australia we get our iPhones unlocked for free by our carriers no matter how far into our contracts we are.
    1. Hyperextension's Avatar
      Hyperextension -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sakyr View Post
      So lets say I bought my iPhone at apple store for one carrier I should be able to switch to any carrier without needing ultrasn0w?

      Yes I'm in Canada.
      No. If you buy your iPhone at the Apple Store, you have to buy it outright for full price WITHOUT a carrier. That way it is unlocked and you can swap SIM cards at any time and go with whatever carrier you want.

      If you buy it at an Apple Store for a specific carrier, it will be locked to that carrier ONLY.

      If you are planning on buying an unlocked phone there and you get a SIM card from them, MAKE SURE they put the SIM card on a separate order, or else it will be LOCKED to that carrier.

      It happened to me on launch day and I had to go back to get a new unlocked one that I paid for.
    1. kirkie1's Avatar
      kirkie1 -
      O2,in the UK will unlock your iPhone for free if you are on a contract,no matter how long you have left to run.
    1. MalayZN's Avatar
      MalayZN -
      does this apply for telus as well?
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I'm probably gonna call up rogers and see if this is true. It's smart business cause people are gonna unlock them anyways, why not earn a profit on it
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroGsti View Post
      I really never understood how it worked up there. You buy the Iphone unlocked so I suppose it gets locked as soon as you pick a carrier? I thought the phone would stay unlocked?
      You can buy it unlocked for $700, or get it with a contract for $169 or $259, now you can get yours that's already has a contract unlocked
    1. Sakyr's Avatar
      Sakyr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hyperextension View Post
      No. If you buy your iPhone at the Apple Store, you have to buy it outright for full price WITHOUT a carrier. That way it is unlocked and you can swap SIM cards at any time and go with whatever carrier you want.

      If you buy it at an Apple Store for a specific carrier, it will be locked to that carrier ONLY.

      If you are planning on buying an unlocked phone there and you get a SIM card from them, MAKE SURE they put the SIM card on a separate order, or else it will be LOCKED to that carrier.

      It happened to me on launch day and I had to go back to get a new unlocked one that I paid for.
      Cool thx for the info!!!
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      I'm assuming Apple gave Rogers the software or at least the underlying algorithm to unlock the BB. Apparently any BB can be unlocked with a code that is particular to that BB... I would guess that each BB has a specific ID number that is then input in to this algorithm and the unlock code is spit out... I doubt that apple changes that by country/region... Maybe someone from Rogers will leak the software so there will be no need for ultrsn0w for unlockers which can cause other issues, ie - battery problems, etc.(I'm personally ok with AT&T where I'm at!) Besides a a not-so-official, official unlock from what I assume could only be Cupertino would be the best! Especially if FW is preserved with PT!
    1. bobsco's Avatar
      bobsco -
      Yes, that's correct. But if you buy your phone at the apple store, you'll be paying $659 + tax for a 16 gig for an unlocked iPhone.
    1. woohoo's Avatar
      woohoo -
      Maybe this can shed some light on unlocking an iPhone:
      factory unlocked" vs Carrier locked iPhones
      .. applei.ph |:.. - "factory unlocked" vs Carrier locked iPhones - applei.ph
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      So when you have it unlocked by the carrier, does it become a factory unlocked phone? So that upgrade firmware wont affect the unlock? I'd like to know how they are doing this, taking locked phones and permanently unlocking them. It would be a great tool for unlockers in countries like the US.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by staterunner180 View Post
      So when you have it unlocked by the carrier, does it become a factory unlocked phone? So that upgrade firmware wont affect the unlock? I'd like to know how they are doing this, taking locked phones and permanently unlocking them. It would be a great tool for unlockers in countries like the US.
      Your phone is not hardware unlocked. It is unlocked by touching Apple's server that allows it to be unlocked.