Using an Apple iPhone in Canada with Rogers or Fido

Using An Apple iPhone in Canada

I’ve had many people come up to me and ask, “Where did you buy your iPhone in Canada?” My answer to them is, “I didn’t buy my iPhone in Canada! I bought it from Seattle, WA, and unlocked the iPhone myself!”. Yes, that’s right folks. The majority of iPhones in Canada have been purchased by Canucks who went down to the States to purchase them. After that, they either unlocked the iPhone in Canada themselves, or paid someone to unlock it for them.

What Mobile Networks Work With An iPhone in Canada?

There are two GSM networks in Canada. The first, is Rogers. The second, which is owned by Rogers, is Fido. These are the two networks you can use your iPhone in Canada with. It’s a very simple process to hook up your iPhone in Canada. The first thing is to get your hands on an iPhone. Once it has been “jailbreaked” (iTunes activation has been bypassed) and “unlocked” (opened to be used with any GSM network; ie–Fido, Rogers, etc.), all you have to do is pop the SIM card tray out of the top of the iPhone with a paperclip, and insert your Rogers or Fido SIM card. Turn your phone back on and–VOILA! You will now have a working iPhone in Canada! However, new iPhones in Canada with iPhone firmware 1.1.2 cannot be software unlocked at the moment. The only way to unlock these iPhones is to use a TurboSIM method, which requires a slight modification of your SIM card which then fits into a “tray” that slides into your iPhone. This “tray” tricks your iPhone and allows it to be used with any GSM network in Canada (or the world!)

What Features Work on the iPhone in Canada?

Every single feature works on your “jailbreaked” and “unlocked” iPhone in Canada! The only feature that does not work is “Visual Voicemail,” however that feature is only available to AT&T subscribers in the USA. YouTube, WiFi, EDGE, Camera, Weather, Stocks, iPod, Calculator, Mail, Google Maps, SMS, and all the other features work with your iPhone in Canada. However, depending on what firmware you are running, your SMS voicemail notifications may not work with Rogers or Fido. Users on firmware version 1.1.1 can install a 3rd party application that will allow for the iPhone to receive SMS voicemail notifications. There are also 3rd party applications to send MMS messages, install games, and other fun programs! The possibilities are endless!

Are There Any Hidden Costs to Using an Unlocked iPhone in Canada?

The answer is NO! Many people have been scared by the recent news reports of users being billed up to $50,000 for a cell phone bill, due to overusing a data plan! That is NOT the case with your iPhone in Canada. All you have to do to prevent being billed is to remove the EDGE settings in your iPhone, and you will not be charged a DIME! By the time your iPhone is in Canada, the EDGE settings for Rogers and Fido will not be entered into the iPhone’s settings anyways–so you’ll be safe for now!

I hope this article has helped you understand more about using an iPhone in Canada. If you want the latest unlocking guides, news, tips, and tricks about using the iPhone in Canada, please visit the blog, iPhone in Canada!

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