Want a smaller iPhone but with the latest specs? Then it sounds like the 4-inch iPhone SE is calling your name. The device looks like a combination of old (the iPhone 5 design) with new (iPhone 6s specs), priced at $579 CAD unlocked for the 16GB and $709 for the 64GB model.
We have confirmed Rogers, Fido, TELUS and Koodo will offer the device, but no word from Bell or Virgin yet. TELUS told us more info would be available “later this month”, while Rogers was unable to share anything at this time. Bell did not reply back in time as of writing, but most likely will sell the iPhone SE like its fellow incumbents.
We know the Big 3 will probably have pricing matching each other, differentiated by a few cents. Meanwhile, you can expect other authorized iPhone carriers such as SaskTel, MTS, Videotron and Eastlink to likely carry it as well.
As for WIND Mobile and iPhone SE? I wouldn’t bet on it until their LTE network is up and running. If it’s up (and working well) before ‘iPhone 7’ launches this fall, they should have no problem selling Apple’s smartphones.
Just how much will iPhone SE two-year contract pricing cost in Canada? The closest comparison we have is the iPhone 5c, which started at $599/$719 outright for the 16GB and 32GB models back in 2013 (this resembles the iPhone SE out right at $579/$709 CAD for 16/64GB). At this outright price, two-year contracts were $130 for the 16GB and $230 for the 32GB model.
So for iPhone SE, we can take a stab in the dark and say two-year contract pricing will start at around $130 CAD for the 16GB device, while the 64GB will be at least $230 or higher. Of course, minimum monthly plans may be again be required, anywhere from $70-80 per month with paltry amounts of data and most likely local minutes, and possibly Canada-wide if you’re lucky, depending on the carrier you choose.
iPhone SE becomes available for preorder on March 24th, and will launch on April 1, 2016.