Canadian iPhone 4 on sale tomorrow

After months of hand-wringing and speculation (as well as “Antenna-gate“) the iPhone 4 is finally available outside of the original 5 launch countries as of tomorrow morning. While many bemoan the fact that Canadians have to wait until the second round before laying their hands on this hot new consumer product, others are thankful that Apple has had the time to work out some of the early production bugs, as well as coming up with a plan to deal with the antenna (non) issue. While a stalwart consumer of Apple technology, I’ve always shied away from buying a product on launch day choosing instead to wait until mid-cycle before investing.

However, if you’re going to try getting the latest iPhone on Friday, here’s a few things you should know…

  1. The iPhone 4 will only be available in limited quantities at your local Apple store. Resellers and Telcos won’t have product until later. Apple has not yet posted prices online, but pundits speculate that the 16gb iPhone 4 will cost $659 CDN and 32gb $779 CDN. Some Apple stores will be opening early and selling their limited supply of black iPhone 4 models on a first come, first serve basis.
  2. These prices are for factory unlocked phones, meaning you can activate them with any carrier supporting the iPhone. Yes, they are more expensive than subsidized phones… if you want to enslave yourself to your Telco for THREE YEARS, go ahead… they should have stock in about a month. Trust me, you’ll save more money over the long term by just paying full hit for your device up front and shopping around for the best pay-as-you-go or monthly plan.
  3. Your current SIM card will NOT fit the new iPhone 4. Your options are to either hand-cut your old SIM to fit (possibly inaccurate); use a SIM-cutter to trim (expensive if you’ve only got one SIM to deal with); or pay your Telco to sell you a new MicroSIM and transfer your phone number over. My current Telco lists MicroSIM cards at $10 on their website. I called a local dealer to confirm stock and they had ample supply. If you are already a Telco subscriber, there should be no additional charge to move your number over.Other Telcos may differ, so be sure to check before taking the plunge.
  4. You should (unconfirmed) be able to order your unlocked iPhone online for home delivery, or reserve one for pickup at your local Apple store at a later date. This means you can sleep in tomorrow and avoid being labeled as a geeky dweeb by your friends, family and coworkers for queuing up at such an ungodly hour.

As for me, I’m still undecided on how to spend my next tech budget allocation so I likely won’t be buying an iPhone 4 tomorrow. My current iPhone 3GS is still making me (relatively) happy and I’ve got real, live computers taking care of the rest of my digital life… so I’ve got no urgent need for new hardware.

But, if I can manage to get out of bed early enough, I might just make my way over to the Apple store and take a few pictures for tomorrow’s blog. Besides, I hear the Starbucks gives out free coffee to anyone waiting in the line…

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