Putting the i into the iPhone: Apple to internationalise 3G

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Believe it or not, the iPhone isn’t yet international, at least not as quantified by the boundaries of 3G networks. Even in Canada –and for a variety of reasons including Bell’s CDMA network– the iPhone has been stuck with Robbers Rogers and garnered an unfair evaluation as expensive. Well, 5 November, things changed with Bell’s launch, if only a little. Not only has the tyranny of one been dropped from Canada (and ostensibly soon in the States) with the entry of a Bell-Telus partnership, but the next iPhone (don’t we love to hear about it?) may carry a multilingual Qualcomm 3G chip which will allow the spread of Jesus to all corners of the globe.

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8GB iPhone 3GS – coming from Apple

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Many people complain that the iPhone or iPod touch doesn’t heft their entire library of music, games, apps and movies in its pricey 32GB bulk. Then, there are those who like me, plug in, sync iTunes with what we want to listen to and view for the next few days. It takes about a minute extra and costs thousands of pennies less. Well, for  that latter group, the 99$ iPhone may see an upgrade to its 3GS iteration, a move which will see even the poor sods racing by the nearly stationary 16GB 3G owners at 6,7x the speed. This report comes from the ninjas at BoyGenius who have obviously planted snap-happy informants at Rogers.

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Best Buy Canada Reveals Fido/Rogers No-Contract Pricing for iPhone 3G S $699/$799

iphone3gs_noncon1As with anything, Canadians always seem to get shafted when it comes to getting the latest and greatest compared with our American neighborinos. Not only did we have to wait a year for the iPhone to arrive last June, but we also have to sign a bloody 3 year contract (as opposed to the 2 years on AT&T) just to be able to call the phone our own.  Well, according to The Boy Genious Report, the tides are indeed  turning as screenshots from Best Buy’s inventory clearly show Fido and Rogers selling both the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3G S for $699/$799, respectively.

Now this is great news no doubt for those who prefer to avoid contracts like a bad case of  SARS and H1N1. But is $699 too much for the the latest ‘Jesus Phone’ commitment free ? Personally, 7 large ones isn’t nearly painful as the $1100 CAD I dropped on my Sony Erisson P910i a few years back, or the $1000 I paid for my first gen Compaq iPaq Pocket PC. Regardless, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of demand for these contract free bad boys. What do you think? Will you grab a no-contract iPhone? More inventory screenies after the break…

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