iPhone Monthly Plans in Canada with Rogers & Fido

I’ve received a few emails asking about what plans can be used with an unlocked iPhone in Canada. I know there are some experts out there, but there are also some beginners just new to this “unlocking” stuff. So I’m going to try to explain everything in detail, so excuse me if you already know some of this information.

Here are some general questions I’ve been asked in reader emails about using unlocked iPhones in Canada:

  • What cellphone plans can be used with an unlocked iPhone in Canada?
    • Only plans with Rogers and Fido can be used with the iPhone. The iPhone uses GSM band technology, whereas Telus and Bell use CDMA.
    • If you’re an existing Rogers or Fido customer, the switch is very simple. You pop out the SIM card from your Rogers/Fido cellphone and insert it into your “unlocked” iPhone. Then, have some fun with your new iPhone! It’s that easy!
      • I am currently with Fido on a Pay As You Go plan. I have tried inserting a friend’s Rogers SIM and it has worked flawlessly.
  • Do I need a monthly data plan for my iPhone to work properly?
    • NO. You do not need a data plan to use your iPhone in Canada! Some people have read on the internet that you must subscribe to a data plan for your iPhone to work. This is false.
    • You can subscribe to a data plan if you want–but beware as Canada has some of the world’s most expensive data plans! It’s not worth it to be honest (unless you have a company supplied phone and they are paying for it!). You might as well be using the WiFi feature for your internet needs. It works perfectly.

Here are a couple other questions I was asked…I’ll answer them here to clarify some more issues.

  • Will I still be able to use my unlocked iPhone in Canada once (and IF) Rogers starts selling the iPhone?
    • YES. By swapping the SIM card from your old Rogers/Fido phone into your “unlocked” iPhone in Canada, everything remains the same! Nothing will change. Just think of upgrading to a new car–your license plate stays the same, but the car is NEW!
  • If I have an “unlocked” iPhone, will it become automatically updated once I plug in the phone to iTunes?
    • NO. In iTunes, you have two options for your iPhone. A) Update: this updates your iPhone’s firmware; b) Restore: this performs a hard “reset” and brings your iPhone back to its original factory state. BOTH of these options need to be initiated by the user. They are not automatic! So don’t worry! iTunes is not like Windows Update…where it updates automatically for you in the background.

I hope some of this information is helping shed some light on what it takes to buy an iPhone in the United States and bring it back to Canada to unlock. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will be sure to respond!

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  • shani

    hi
    I unlock version 1.1.3 its works fine with O2 sim, now I am in Canada and i have a FIDO sim its not working on iphone, do you no any install source or any solution to fix it.
    please help me i really appreciate that

    thanks

  • shani

    hi
    I unlock version 1.1.3 its works fine with O2 sim, now I am in Canada and i have a FIDO sim its not working on iphone, do you no any install source or any solution to fix it.
    please help me i really appreciate that

    thanks

  • ad

    What does it mean no data plan. What happens if i am trying to access the internet then?

  • ad

    What does it mean no data plan. What happens if i am trying to access the internet then?

  • nick kiss

    I subscribe to rogers, and have a 1.1.3 unlocked iphone, I have purchased a data plan, but need to know how to activate my browser to use when i’m not using wifi cinnections, i try to use safari but it does not connect, what I do??

  • nick kiss

    I subscribe to rogers, and have a 1.1.3 unlocked iphone, I have purchased a data plan, but need to know how to activate my browser to use when i’m not using wifi cinnections, i try to use safari but it does not connect, what I do??

  • Sean

    If I get a iPhone, can i do “Pay as you go”? Like if I didn’t have a phone before, this will be my first.

  • Sean

    If I get a iPhone, can i do “Pay as you go”? Like if I didn’t have a phone before, this will be my first.

  • Sean

    Can I do “Pay as you go”. Like this will be my first phone, so I have no previouse plans. Can I still do this?

  • Sean

    Can I do “Pay as you go”. Like this will be my first phone, so I have no previouse plans. Can I still do this?

  • Amanda

    Im on “pay as you go” with my iphone, I use my wifi at home or at hotspots for everything data related so I don’t get charged on my phone balance. It’s going ok but I find I actually use my phone more now for texts and calls so I will be switching to a billing plan very soon.

  • Amanda

    Im on “pay as you go” with my iphone, I use my wifi at home or at hotspots for everything data related so I don’t get charged on my phone balance. It’s going ok but I find I actually use my phone more now for texts and calls so I will be switching to a billing plan very soon.

  • Sean

    Thats good. But this will be my first phone, so I do not have another SIM card. Problem?

  • Sean

    Thats good. But this will be my first phone, so I do not have another SIM card. Problem?

  • Nick

    Hi i just bought a iphone, so now do i buy a sim card from rogers and use a jailbreak

  • Nick

    Hi i just bought a iphone, so now do i buy a sim card from rogers and use a jailbreak

  • Sean

    Im looking for the same kind of answers… iPhone is coming to Canada soon…

  • Sean

    Im looking for the same kind of answers… iPhone is coming to Canada soon…

  • Lucas

    Okay, so like a couple of others here, this is my first time buying a phone. I’m going to be purchasing the iPhone (gonna unlock it once I get it), and I’m going to buy my own SIM and start off on a “pay as you go” plan with Rogers. My question is, as a first time owner, how do I convert to a monthly plan once I decide the “pay as you go” just isn’t going to cut it?

  • Lucas

    Okay, so like a couple of others here, this is my first time buying a phone. I’m going to be purchasing the iPhone (gonna unlock it once I get it), and I’m going to buy my own SIM and start off on a “pay as you go” plan with Rogers. My question is, as a first time owner, how do I convert to a monthly plan once I decide the “pay as you go” just isn’t going to cut it?

  • Rachel

    Do you have to be on a plan to use the iPhone features such as internet?

  • Rachel

    Do you have to be on a plan to use the iPhone features such as internet?

  • Amar

    if i buy the fido iphone, will it work with a rogers SIM?

  • Amar

    if i buy the fido iphone, will it work with a rogers SIM?

  • Sum

    I have a Rogers iphone, will it work with a fido SIM (prepaid)?

    Thanks

  • Sum

    I have a Rogers iphone, will it work with a fido SIM (prepaid)?

    Thanks

  • shiloinator

    hi, im wondering the same things as the two posts above me.

    If i have a rogers activated iphone 3g, then can a fido sim card be used in it?
    please reply πŸ™‚

    sorry to sound rude but i need this info very promptly,
    thanks!

  • shiloinator

    hi, im wondering the same things as the two posts above me.

    If i have a rogers activated iphone 3g, then can a fido sim card be used in it?
    please reply πŸ™‚

    sorry to sound rude but i need this info very promptly,
    thanks!

  • Apowers

    I just got the iphone from rogers with all the trimmings including call display, visual voice mail, 250 daytime min unlim after 6pm not 9pm 2000 texts and 500 megs of data 3cents/meg their after. all for only $52 a month with taxes and fees. you have to get the 10 dollar plan and add all of their specials together which they don’t advertise unless you ask. The phone costs an extra 50 dollars because it’s not the iphone plan which costs around 100 a month with all of these features exept 1g of data.

  • Apowers

    I just got the iphone from rogers with all the trimmings including call display, visual voice mail, 250 daytime min unlim after 6pm not 9pm 2000 texts and 500 megs of data 3cents/meg their after. all for only $52 a month with taxes and fees. you have to get the 10 dollar plan and add all of their specials together which they don’t advertise unless you ask. The phone costs an extra 50 dollars because it’s not the iphone plan which costs around 100 a month with all of these features exept 1g of data.

  • Bella

    I am looking into the iphone and pleased to see your “deal”. Where did you receive this plan by phone or at a dealer? I am currently on Pay as you go and am looking for the additional goodies available on the iphone. Also, how quickly were you set up and ready to go?

  • Bella

    I am looking into the iphone and pleased to see your “deal”. Where did you receive this plan by phone or at a dealer? I am currently on Pay as you go and am looking for the additional goodies available on the iphone. Also, how quickly were you set up and ready to go?

  • faris mohammed

    I have an old fido plan with their unlimted Internet that was being used on a blackberry, I just bought an iPhone unlocked.. with a plan, do I have to cancel my old plan for it to work on my iPhone, bcuz I have a really cheap plan that needs to be renewed soon, will my unlim on the old one work for the newest iPhone? .. please help me asap =) thanks

  • faris mohammed

    I have an old fido plan with their unlimted Internet that was being used on a blackberry, I just bought an iPhone unlocked.. with a plan, do I have to cancel my old plan for it to work on my iPhone, bcuz I have a really cheap plan that needs to be renewed soon, will my unlim on the old one work for the newest iPhone? .. please help me asap =) thanks

  • Do you have any idea if this will work for the new iphone just coming out on June 19 2009?

  • Do you have any idea if this will work for the new iphone just coming out on June 19 2009?

  • matt

    i have the iphone 3G S and im with fido and it roxz

  • matt

    i have the iphone 3G S and im with fido and it roxz

  • apple

    Can a rogers pay as you go sim card work with the iphone?

  • Canuck

    Purchased an unlocked I-Phone in Australia and Optus pay as you go SIM card gave me complete access. When I returned to Canada, my Rogers pay as you go SIM card only gives me calls – no internet access. Told I had to go to monthly plan with data – minimum $50 + tax + extra for voicemail which is free with pay as you go. Not a happy camper.

  • oluwasesan

    Will Fido pay as you go sim card work on locked Fido iphone

  • oluwasesan

    Will Fido pay as you go sim card work on locked Fido iphone

  • uhhhh

    so iphone 4 works with Rogers Prepaid if you transfer your old number to micro SIM?

  • Evelyn Vlachos

    i currently have a plan of 25/month from fido and im think of buying an iphone 4 from the online apple store, is it possible to download apps with wifi? and also, if youve downloaded an app with a data plan, when you use an app is that considerded using “data”

  • Angelsfly8

    I have a locked fido iPhone 3GS and wondering if a rogerS sim will work in it

  • I have the iphone 3G S and im with fido.

  • Divasruletheworld

    Yes, I currently have a locked fido phone with a pay as you go SIM. works fine. However, to access internet/data you need wifi or need to change you PAYG to a monthly plan. I am still trying to figure out how to use add ons of PAYG which allows you to use data on a limited basis. HTH!

  • Destiny_rox68

    I have an iPhone 3G locked to fido I do not have any Plan or a sim right now I am planning to get one. Right now my question is about buying apps. Would I get charged for installing free apps?