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Fido Won’t Be Selling iPhone X at Launch, But Rivals Koodo and Virgin Will

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During tonight’s frantic iPhone X pre-order at 12:01AM PT/3:01AM ET on Friday, October 27, Rogers’ flanker brand Fido won’t be part of the launch, despite Telus’ Koodo Mobile and Bell’s Virgin Mobile carrying the tenth anniversary iPhone.

Fido has been explaining to customers it will not be selling iPhone X when the device launches. While the carrier has been informing customers since September, they have not been actively announcing the lack of iPhone X.

As for Koodo Mobile, their iPhone X pre-orders will take place just after midnight Pacific Time, along with Apple’s pre-orders.
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Virgin Mobile doesn’t have a pre-order time listed, but iPhone X is on their website.
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The lack of iPhone X on Fido has left some customers frustrated, as you can imagine. The lack of iPhone X may appear as recent setbacks for parent company Rogers, as first they missed out on Apple Watch Series 3 cellular to rivals Bell and Telus, and now iPhone X on Fido.

Are you upset Fido is not carrying iPhone X?

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  • Widohmaker

    FIDO is Rogers so most likely they want to allocate all initial stock to Rogers customers. I expect they will carry it once supply stabilizes. Do people still buy phones from Carriers? I thought most people buy unlocked direct from manufacturer these days in Canada.

  • I’ve never bought a phone from a carrier. Screw contracts and not being able to upgrade when you want to (and having a locked phone in many countries).

  • It’s Me

    The trend is definitely towards buying outright but the price tag on this one will have people reconsidering that stance I think.

    You are likely right about them prioritizing Rogers over Fido here but with how tight supply is reported to be it might not make it to Fido at all or at least not until it’s no longer the newest flagship.

  • Widohmaker

    I think it will make it to Fido but probably 4 months from now. Apple should launch their upgrade program and purchase program in Canada so that Canadians don’t have to deal with buying their iPhones from Carriers. I’d rather do a 24 month 0% purchase plan directly with Apple and spread my payments out (even at full MSRP).

  • It’s Me

    I’d guess longer for them to catch up. Honestly I’m thinking next spring/early summer. And at that point, the next release will be just around the corner.

    I think I read staples of going to start financing options for iPhones, though not the X just yet. That might make it easier for some.

  • Widohmaker

    Yes, I was in Staples today and saw the 24 month financing on the 8 but noticed it is not interest free. The great thing about the iPhone upgrade program/purchase program in the US is its simplicity and interest free nature.

  • Cornfed710

    Would definitely have to be interest free. I like buying them outright with a credit card that doubles the manufacturer warranty, so 2 years on an iPhone. Just make sure you pay the full credit card bill when you get the statement.

  • Cornfed710

    This is terrible for the Rogers family. Is Freedom in on the preorders?

  • Widohmaker

    Only Amex doubles the warranty I believe.

  • Cornfed710

    My MBNA does it, so do many other cards I believe. I’m sure most of the cards including mine have an annual fee attached to them.

  • Widohmaker

    I had an Amex gold that had the feature but I never needed it. My current Aeroplan Visa doesn’t have the feature. I wonder how a claim is handled given its not AppleCare.

  • Which credit card gives you that perk?

  • Cornfed710

    Lots

  • Cornfed710

    AppleCare has nothing to with it. You make the claim with the credit card company. There’s plenty of stories online of people using it for many different products.

  • Widohmaker

    So you get the repair done and file the claim or vice versa. Can you have it repaired at the Apple store or do you have to go to some third party approved by the credit card company?

  • Cornfed710

    You send them an official quote for repair costs from an ? store and they’ll cut you a cheque. Easy to get a free quote from an ? store.

  • raslucas

    I don’t think the iUP program will ever come to Canada. It needs to be underwritten by a lender. Apple isn’t actually providing the loan. I think there are too many hurdles, combined with the lack of incentive to really make that happen. (Small market)

  • Widohmaker

    I hope both the upgrade and purchase program come to Canada. I think the iPhone market is big enough here for a lender to underwrite it. If Apple wanted to they could underwrite it themselves. It only adds to the stickiness of the product which is what they want.

  • It’s Me

    Ahh, didn’t realize they were charging interest. What rate? The part I don’t like about payment plans, especially with interest is my credit card gives me an extra year warranty but that’s negated if done through a payment plan.

  • moma

    I’ve had every single first-gen Apple product since the first iPhone – iPad, watch, etc. I have to say, I’m so happy there are hurdles here stopping my enthusiast butt from jumping on this product. It’s expensive yes, but you have to know that they are having so many production challenges with this iteration which means that they’re shoving the most they can and this is the best they can do. Imagine what happens next year when they’ve really managed to ramp it all up? Also, I’m a Plus guy now and while I know that screen is bigger, it’s actually taller. I think if you cannnnnn – wait this one out. You’ll be grateful at the end.

  • Cornfed710

    ? already has no interest loans in Canada I beleive.

  • Widohmaker

    Oh, interesting about the payment plan caveat. I wonder why the stipulation.

  • It’s Me

    I assume, when you use a deferred payment system outside of them:
    (A) your charges are lower by being divided monthly and so less chance of interest and (B) any potential interest would potentially go to the company deferring the payments anyway and (C) it’s more difficult for them to identify qualifying purchases when they see a bunch of smaller payments

  • Widohmaker

    Interesting. Makes sense.

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