Despite the initial disappointment that the iPhone 4S didn’t turn out to be the iPhone 5, the new smartphone from Apple is garnering praise from the media as a worthy successor to the iPhone 4 and must-have upgrade for those still using iPhone 3G and 3GS models.
And, as has been the case with nearly every iPhone and iPad release since 2007, eager buyers have been lining up at Apple Store locations around the world. Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak got in on the action, despite already having his own iPhone 4S which was delivered to his home.
Given this enthusiasm, it’s a good bet that inventory levels at Apple stores in Canada will be depleted quickly and buyers may not get the model they have their hearts set on.
But the good news with the iPhone 4S, when compared to the launch of previous models, is that Apple has made a point of supplying their partners with healthy stocks of the phone so that no one need go home empty-handed.
There’s no question that Apple stores remain the emotional favourite when it comes to buying iPhones – this time around much more so given Steve Jobs’ recent passing. But if you don’t live near an Apple store, or if their supplies have dwindled by the time you head out to buy, here are your alternatives:
- Bell World
- Virgin Mobile
- The Source
- Best Buy
- Future Shop
Every Apple Store will be carrying the iPhone 4 tomorrow (July 30th) in both the locked and unlocked flavours. The doors open at 7 a.m. so if you plan to hit one of the popular locations like Toronto’s Eaton Centre you should probably arrive early.
Shopping online for the iPhone 4 is also an option if you want the unlocked edition.
If you don’t require the full Apple experience, then you’ll be able to grab the iPhone at select Bell World locations and Rogers Wireless outlets. Check out these links for pricing info from all of the carriers:
As of the writing of this post, Telus has still not updated their website with pricing information, but it’s a fair assumption that they will be on par with the other two providers.
Good luck and happy shopping!
Update Jul 30, 9:12 AM EST: BestBuy and FutureShop are now reporting that they too are carrying the iPhone 4 today and that you can sign up with any of the carriers that support the device (TELUS, Bell, Rogers, Fido, Virgin Mobile).
Update Jul 30, 3:32 PM EST: TELUS now has pricing info as well. Thanks for the tip Joan.
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