Last week we reported Rogers was now unlocking outright purchased phones for free, ahead of the CRTC’s December 1 deadline, which mandates all cellphones sold in Canada to be sold unlocked and for the elimination of unlocking fees.
After hearing more from iPhone in Canada readers, more details have surfaced regarding the state of unlocked cellphones from our carriers and retail partners.
Some users noted Rogers phone agents unlocked iPhones, without charging the regular $50 unlocking fee. Readers on Telus also noted the latter also unlocked iPhones without charging a fee, just over two months ahead of the CRTC deadline.
Now, Best Buy has confirmed all of their iPhones sold now are “100% unlocked, responding to iPhone in Canada reader @iNathan18, when he asked, “Hi. Is it true that the iPhones you sell are all unlocked now ? Even with a contract ?”
Best Buy’s Twitter account responded “Yes, Nathan, all iPhones we sell are now 100% unlocked. Thx.”
What does this mean for customers? It means another option to purchase an unlocked iPhone outright, instead of relying on an Apple retail store of the latter’s online store. It also means any iPhone purchased from Best Buy can be used with any wireless carrier in Canada, no matter who you signed up with. Update: only iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X support Freedom Mobile’s LTE network.
When iPhone X launches in early November, Best Buy could be the ticket to nab the device, once it’s carried in-store. Both Rogers and Telus iPhone X pricing on two-year contract will start at $600 with a $95 per month plan.