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When Will The Apple iPad Come To Canada?

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After Apple announced the iPad this morning, one of the questions many Canadians were wondering about is when the iPad was coming to Canada?

Canadians are no strangers to being left behind when the latest tech is released. Looking back at the original iPhone, Canadians could not officially get their hands on it for one year after the original June 2007 launch. However that did not stop Canadians from going down south to pick it up and unlock it.

During Apple’s iPad release, Apple mentioned that the iPad will come in two models; a WiFi version and a WiFi + 3G version. The WiFi iPad will be released around the end of March 2010 worldwide, so Canadians can grab it then (will the release day be crazy like with iPhones?), but what about the 3G + WiFi model, which can be used for Internet anywhere outside of a WiFi hotspot with carrier support?

During the keynote, Apple mentioned that the 3G + WiFi iPad will be available near the end of April 2010 in the USA and around June 2010 for International destinations, including Canada. Apple attributes the delay to the various international cellular network carrier agreements.

So, we already know the price of the Apple iPad, and now the potential Canadian release date, the next question is how much will the 3G data plans be?

Apple mentioned that the USA agreements with AT&T will come in the form of two data plans; $14.99 for 250MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited data (capped at 5GB). The other note is neither of the above two data plans will be contracted, which means two things. First, the Apple iPad will not be carrier subsidized, and two, users can cancel the data plan at will with no additional fees (I can hear the Canadian cellular carriers grinding their teeth).

In Canada, Rogers/Fido, Telus, and Bell will be able to support the iPad but none of these carriers have an unlimited data plan (WIND does not have the correct GSM frequency to support the iPad). So what will the price be? The good news is that data plan pricing will likely be identical to what is offered now from the four carriers:

Rogers

  • $25/$30 for 500MB of data
  • $30/$35 for 1GB of data
  • $60/$65 for 3GB of data
  • $80/$85 for 5GB of data
  • $30/$35 for Data Flex Plan (500MB – 5GB of data)
  • Additional data usage in Canada is charged at 3¢/MB
  • Additional data usage outside of Canada but in the USA is charged at 0.6¢/kb
  • Additional data usage outside of Canada and the USA is charged at 3¢/kb

Fido

  • $25/$32 for 500MB of data
  • $30/$37 for 1GB of data
  • $60/$67 for 3GB of data
  • $80/$87 for 5GB of data
  • $30/$37 for Data Flex Plan (500MB – 5GB of data)
  • Additional data usage in Canada is charged at 3¢/MB
  • Additional data usage outside of Canada but in the USA is charged at 0.6¢/kb ($3/MB on flex plan)
  • Additional data usage outside of Canada and the USA is charged at 3¢/kb

Telus

  • $25/$30 for 500MB of data
  • $30/$35 for 1GB of data
  • $60/$65 for 3GB of data
  • $80/$85 for 5GB of data
  • Additional data usage in Canada is charged at $0.05/MB. Additional data usage outside of Canada and the USA is charged at $25/MB.
  • Additional data usage outside of Canada but in the USA is charged at $3/MB.
  • If a SIM card is installed on a voice device, local or long distance voice minutes to Canada and the US (except Hawaii or Alaska) are charged at $0.35 per minute. Additional voice roaming charges apply outside of Canada.
  • Additional data is charged by the MB or GB and is rounded up to the closest KB (1 GB = 1,024 MB; 1 MB = 1,024 KB). Data usage is subject to a monthly overage limit of 10 GB.

Bell

  • $25/$30 for 500MB of data
  • $30/$35 for 1GB of data
  • $60/$65 for 3GB of data
  • $80/$85 for 5GB of data
  • $35 for Data Flex Plan (500MB – 5GB of data)
  • Additional data usage in Canada is charged at $0.05/MB
  • Additional data usage in USA is charged at $3/MB

So, are you getting the Apple iPad at launch? Which model are you getting? WiFi only? Or WiFi + 3G?

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  • Dusty

    I don't know if I really need the iPad. I already have the 2 main devices that do the same thing. MBP and iPhone. I'd like to wait and see what the next gen iPhone has to offer and spend the money towards that.
    If I were to purchase the iPad, I would think the WIFI model. I don't need more bills when I can use my iPhone for unlimted data and free WIFI or use my MBP with free WIFI. Decisions, decisions…

    I'm just dissapointed in what Apple showed off at their event. A GIANT iPhone on STEROIDS!

  • mpkvan

    I wonder if you would be able to tether the wifi model to your iphone? I have a 6 gb plan already

  • This is what I would do if I ever got a device like this.

  • shnukms

    NO MULTI-TASKING = why bother? wait for the next iteration …

  • JDutch

    The disappointing thing here really is the name. “Can I borrow your iPad”? Please youtube that phrase, because I'm positive you will find something slightly different than what you expected. I hope Apple realize they have set themselves up for maybe one of the biggest punchlines in recent history. (if the device fails that is). But the device is actually not a bad move for the company at this point. If you think about Apple's marketing strategy in the last decade, it has been primarily focused on two things. The first is providing its consumers with technology that (supposedly) pushes the envelope in terms of what other similar devices are capable of, and the second (and seemingly more and more important) thing is providing its large consumer base with the content they want/need, etc. Think about how the iTunes store has changed our behavior towards music. Yes, we still pirate music, movies etc. from private P2P servers, but how many of us actually want to *buy* an album for other reasons? We may want the album art to be included in with the song file, and we may already want all of our music properly labeled and categorized. Hell, we may want the nostalgia of buying a physical product, all from the convenience of our living room sofa. Or perhaps we just feel bad for those young starving artists (I am myself an aspiring musician) who seem to always be ending up with the least amount of money in the end? (I refer to the fact that despite what the record companies want you to believe, the true victims of all of this really has been the artists. Not that James Headfield needs more cash these days…) Anyway, my point is that what Apple has discovered and subsequently tapped into is our want to have this content at our finger tips; to able to access it wherever and whenever we want. The same goes for movies and television shows. Apple makes boat loads of money through iTunes, the amount probably steadily nearing the gross net income from hardware sales. 3 BILLION downloaded apps?! Whether or not they are free, that's still a staggering number to think about. When's the last time in recent past we have seen a company like that sell 3 Billion of anything? “The medium is the message”… Ahem.. sorry, tangents upon tangents.
    So how do we come to the iPad? With the Kindle, Amazon had the right idea, which they sort of borrowed from Apple just a few months ago. Sell the masses with a device which will readily and easily access information in a clean, easy to use format, and then sell them the media to boot! The only thing Apple has yet to do is to start its own mobile device service provider! And they don't need to, because they already make a lions share off of the media they sell! Does the world need the iPad? My guess is that its much too soon to tell. One would begin to think that with all the hype surrounding the product, that the world may just be in dire straights! What I can tell you however is that the device will sell and even if it doesn't initially take off, the social and economic aftershock will continue to put our hard earned green into the back pockets of Apple executives. (Or some other giant, evil corporation with the face of a man wearing a gray mock turtle neck.)

    Why not call it… the iTab? or iPal? or simply “Amaaaazing!”

    dona nobis pacem

  • Mur

    This is not a groundbreaking new device, it's just a big iPod that's trying to get a first foothold in the upcoming tablet market, and using the iPhone/iPod's tech and brand clout to do that. I don't see anything appealing about it that would make me want to buy. 2nd gen had better be a stellar improvement. I'm with Dusty, waiting for a look at new iPhone this summer or upcoming Android phones (no not the Nexus One – it's crap).

  • rorypiper

    There's no reason why we won't get the WiFi model, in March. We got the iPhone 3GS right away, so why not this?

    As for things it's missing? The iPad is currently running iPhone OS 3.2, which has already jailbroken on other Apple touch devices. Enough said…

  • Tether ??

    Can the IPAD be tetherd to the IPHONE ? Does anybody know?
    It would be sweet if it could

  • Likely not.

    It's like tethering an iPhone to an iPod touch.

  • We'll be picking up a couple 3G capable iPads as soon as they become available. If there is a protracted delay in Canada, we'll head south the the States and buy them.

  • nosnoop

    Be aware that iPad uses microSIM, so even if you can get an iPad from the states, you cannot use it here, as none of the carrier here has microSIM.

    Why, Apple, why do you use microSIM when space is not that much of a concern in iPad???

  • It would probably have to be via Bluetooth or the iPhone acting as a hotspot. I can smell the jailbreak on the horizon. 😉

  • I still laugh when I say out loud, “iPad”. That being said, I also felt the same way when I heard of the Nintendo “Wii”, and look how that little gaming system fared. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Either way, the iPad gets us talking. iPad. WTF eh!?

  • iPad Cydia coming soon I bet. 😉

  • I bet many people will be doing the same for the WiFi iPad versions.

  • qwert

    Who cares if it comes to Canada, its a useless money pit!!!!! Its purely designed to remove the money from your pocket. Wake up and smell the propane people and see it for what it is!!!!! Its not magical and it doesn't have pixie dust all over it!!!!!!!

  • duc

    Best Buy & Futureshop already advertising the Ipad so it's on the way here.
    I probably will get one if my wife lets me. I will get the wifi 64GB one for sure cuz I already have a 3GS with data plan so hopefully it could do tethering. I am more interested in what the dev-team will have for us concerning jailbreaking this device. Overall, it will be a good device especially for reading books & newspaper if your into that.

  • bringer666

    I will not be purchasing the iPad. I don't see anything “revolutionary” or “magical” about it. It's just an oversized iPhone without being able to make calls or take pictures/videos. The iWorks stuff is pretty cool but I would guess at this point, you can't detach documents from email to edit in iWorks so you would still need a laptop.
    I can do everything I need with my laptop and iPhone and I don't see why I need this device.

  • Germapino

    Could we just take out our SIM cards from our iPhones and put them into our iPad's, since most of us already have data plans? Couldn't we just do that?

  • Dusty

    Nope. Apple iPad's use 'Micro SIM'

  • duc

    No. The 3G version coming out in 90 days will be using a new micro sim card different from your GSM sim card. Plus the iPad is not meant for calling, only using 3G for data like surfing, email etc.

  • But then you don't have a phone

  • Matt

    I realize the iPad is currently getting a great deal of criticism from tech savvy people. But consider the hundreds of thousands of non-tech people that have been “afraid” to use or buy a computer (senior citizens, disabled people for example). With this device, all they have to do is simply press the power button, and this thing instantly comes to life.

    And if they simply touch the little pictures (icons) they can read online magazines, follow websites devoted to their hobbies, view pictures of their grandkids, listen to music, read books etc. All without having to deal with malware, viruses etc.

    I think it's brilliant and as it evolves, it will change the face of computing for all of us.

  • Agree. For those who love to tinker and get into the guts of a computer, the
    iPad is not your target segment.

    But…think about parents, grandparents, etc…the iPad would be a dream for
    them. No more worries…

  • Carabasse

    I will IPass on this IFlop( aka IPad ). This is really a case where more is less, it is not portable and is crippled as compared to a macbook Pro. I thought, it would be a real tablet where you could do handrwritting, and simply throw your mackbook ;- ( Why would you add yet another device that is in between, to create more hassle for you in terms of syncing and carrying. Unless this sucker replace my toiled paper, I have no use for it whatsoever, I'll stick to my iphone and Mackbook , Apple go back to the drawing board and come back in year later.

  • Dusty

    Lol @ iPass on iFlop 😛

  • sfriesen

    For me, the iPad will nicely replace both mine and my wife's laptops (thought my Macbkpro will still serve as my desktop 'base'). Looking forward to leaving several pounds of technology behind on trips, the ipad will do all I need and more while travelling (heck, the iphone almost does).

    With regards to data plans and 3G, probably get one with and one without. Plan to tether wifi only version, as both my wife and I carry iphones with unlimited data.

  • ikris

    I'm fairly sure the WiFi iPad version will be available to Canadians on launch. No reason for it not to be. As for the 3G + WiFi version, if it's not available in Canada at launch just buy it from the US. It's unlocked. Sure no Canadian carriers offer the MicroSIM right now, but eventually one or all of them will and then you can just pop it it.
    I want the 3G version. I don't think I'll need the 3G a lot, but it'll be nice to have if ever do.

  • leor

    there's been so much criticism of the iPad that it's just a giant iPod touch…well, i've had my 1st gen iPod touch since it came out, and i love it. and pretty much all i wish it was is BIGGER! i use it a lot for watching video, and to me the iPad is a great solution. just yesterday at work i had my laptop sitting on the chair next to me, and i was hunched over watching a tv show. the iPad is definitely something i would like to get. as for the camera that it doesn't have, yeah that's unfortunate and i'm sure the 2nd gen will have it, but it's not a dealbreaker for me. and i believe that the multitasking isn't a big deal either: running multiple apps would just drain the battery faster and slow the whole thing down. apparently it's fast enough that to me it won't be a big deal to switch between apps.

    finally, re: the name. i'm not sure why the word “pad” is suddenly associated with female hygiene products. has nobody ever had a “pad” of paper before? because that's the first thing that comes to my mind when i hear that word.

    just my 2 cents…

  • LOL!

    On a serious note, the iPad is coming to Canada late April! That means just over a month to go before we can get our hands on one. And the best news is that the details of the Data Plans that the service providers will be offering will soon be available! I'll be updating my website with those details!

  • RV

    i never knew there is something like it…

  • jazz

    Don't buy that IPAD thing because their is no camera on it like first gen iphone or maybe sooner or before the end of this year will come out the 2nd gen IPAD with camera .

  • cadsii

    you can I”VE dont it and tested it !!!

    you need to have a jailbroken iphone and MYWI installed, created a wirelesss access point that your ipad can connect to, why would i get a seocnd plan when i have 6gb already on my phone

  • I don't understand the noise people are making about the lack of a camera on the iPad. Does your notebook have a camera on it? Even if it does, do you use it take photos? For the most part, any notebook that has a built-in camera has that camera pointed at the user. It's to be used as a webcam. But people don't seem to be complaining that the iPad can't be used to video chat with people, they're complaining that they can't use it to take pictures of their surroundings like they can with their iPhones. Just like you wouldn't take your notebook with you on a hike, fire it up and awkwardly point it at your photo target, you wouldn't bring an iPad with you in these situations. Sure, it's smaller and lighter, but it's still a 10 inch tablet. It's not a replacement for a real camera or a handheld device.

    The lack of a camera on the iPad isn't even close to something that would block me from buying one.

  • I believe the iPad release date is April 24 in Canada. It hasn't been confirmed but Apple sent out a memo saying employees can't take that weekend off.. so put 2 and 2 together and you have the iPad release date in Canada1

  • stiv

    the ipad is so big compared to ipod touch 3rd gen and it is good because I can watch the movies on the go on a bigger screen but the downside is there is no bluetooth on board. I like bluetooth technology no wires required so I can't listen to my music while walking on the street while the ipad is on my backpack 🙁 I will stick my my ipod touch and psp go n1001 because they are very portable and easy to carry every where. I will wait until they will put the bluetooth on it then I will buy one.

  • The iPad has Bluetooth.

  • mejw

    i already own a 64GB IPAD, i picked it up at the apple store in syracuse. brought it back to ottawa and i cant tell you, i am the envied one right now haha. i tether my iphone to my ipad using MYFI, you can get it through cydia for $10. it works great

    the only thing im wating on is for apple canada to release ipads apps here

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  • Fearfuldisabledtechnophobe

    Why thank goodness we have advocates like you to protect us disabled people and let us know technology is ok! As I sit here typing on my desktop computer with keyboard in my wheelchair, I can bairly stand the fear and anxiety…

  • juliotejada

    The big Tele Communications corporations see the customers as the final prey…
    By promoting an adult useful toy like blacbberry (past ) , Iphone (today ) and Ipad (very soon) they know
    it will echo in their already fat wallets.
    Consumerism is the key in capitalism, while people only get the services and they keep the money and get more powerful , People are poorer, while governments and corporations wealthier and powerful.
    Just for the sake of saving do not fall in the hand of these predators.. do not buy any new products.
    Keep the money for your children and continue using your old cell phone.

  • juliotejada

    The big Tele Communications corporations see the customers as the final prey…
    By promoting an adult useful toy like blacbberry (past ) , Iphone (today ) and Ipad (very soon) they know
    it will echo in their already fat wallets.
    Consumerism is the key in capitalism, while people only get the services and they keep the money and get more powerful , People are poorer, while governments and corporations wealthier and powerful.
    Just for the sake of saving do not fall in the hand of these predators.. do not buy any new products.
    Keep the money for your children and continue using your old cell phone.

  • Gleek

    i want to get a really cheap i pad i only have $370 dollers!

  • Stpierref

    In Canada the problem is that Apple store ship via UPS The worst company for shipping I wont buy from this store only because they do business with those incompetent. I bought a ipad2 and i am thinking about cancelling my order just because of that. I dont know where UPS recruite theyre personnal but think again before buying from apple store

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