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Freedom Mobile iPhone X, iPhone 8 Pricing: $0 on Contract, Launch Dec. 8

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Shaw’s Freedom Mobile announced this morning iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales will launch on Friday, December 8, with pre-orders kicking off this Friday, November 24. The wireless carrier confirmed it would carry the iPhone last month.

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“Canadians have told us they want access to Apple’s range of products on a vastly improving network at a reasonable price,” said Jay Mehr, President, Shaw Communications Inc., in a press release. “By offering iPhone in combination with our Big Gig data plans and significant network improvements, we’re giving Canadians a new and improved option in a wireless service provider.”

In a move different from Big 3 wireless incumbents Rogers, Telus and Bell, Shaw will offer iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus pricing for as low as $0 on contract. The iPhone 8 starts at $65 per month plan with 10GB of data.

While that is huge, it comes with a caveat since the Freedom Mobile LTE network is only limited to its urban areas in B.C., Alberta and Ontario.

Freedom Mobile says to get these phones for $0 up front on MyTab plans, they need to pre-order by November 30th, according to their fine print (but of course this date may be extended).

Here is how Freedom Mobile describes its $0 iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X pricing requirements:

To get the iPhone 8 64GB for $0 up front with a $569 MyTab Bonus on a plan with 10GB of data for $65/month, you must activate a new service or upgrade your phone to an iPhone 8 and sign up on our Big Gig $50 plan with a $15/month MyTab Boost payment on a 24 month service agreement.

To get the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB for $0 up front with a $459 MyTab Bonus, you must activate a new service or upgrade your phone on a current in-market $50 and up plan with the $25/month MyTab Boost payment on a 24 month services agreement.

To get the iPhone X 64GB for $0 up front with a $479 MyTab Bonus, you must activate a new service or upgrade your phone on a current in-market $90 and up plan with the $35/month MyTab Boost payment on a 24 month services agreement.

Here’s the full iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus price list (via MobileSyrup). Notice there are some big savings for customers on two-year terms for these latest iPhones:

Compared to Rogers, Telus and Bell, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starts at $229 and $329 on a two-year term, on a $95/month plan with a paltry 1GB of data. iPhone X starts at $599 from the Big 3, on the same plan.

Freedom Mobile says it continues to roll out LTE-A in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, with their newly-acquired 2500 MHz spectrum and reforming a portion of their older AWS-1 spectrum (which will enable it to support older iPhones), will complete by early December in Western Canada and early 2018 for the rest of their coverage area.

According to the Financial Post, Freedom Mobile “will sell the full range of iPhones (6, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X) in Western Canadian retail locations as of Dec. 8.” Only the latest iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in Eastern Canada until Shaw’s network upgrades complete in early 2018.

This is the day old-school WIND Mobile fans and Freedom Mobile customers have been waiting for—the iPhone has finally landed. This is the first step to compete against Rogers, Telus and Bell and with aggressive $0 up front pricing for the latest iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, it’s a start.

Let us know if you’ll be taking the plunge to Freedom Mobile, once iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus pre-orders being this Friday.

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  • Jonathan

    FREEDOM MOBILE MIGHT BE ON TO SOMETHING!

  • Cornfed710

    Very interesting

  • 3Stacks

    T-Mobile North ?? 2018 is looking bright for Shaw if they keep this up and get that LTE up and running ?

  • Michel Plante

    I still wonder why the government let the Big 3 do whatever they want.

  • Makool

    Always questions the same here, good point!!

  • SOB

    I am took the plunge 2 months ago and switched to Freedom Mobile. Been enjoying it so far.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Freedom /Wind. Watch now the Big3 crumble n offer more data for less.

  • Simon Chow

    Well the deal seems “surprising” at first glance, however when I do the actual math: my current virgin plan is 42/mon, freedom iphoneX 256G plan 110/mon, 24 mon differences would be 24*16=1632, while the actual iphoneX 256G sells at 1570, you lost 60 dollars even without counting in the depreciation. Nice trick.

  • Of course it all depends on what you’re coming from, and of course what your needs are… but are you getting 10GB/month on your Virgin plan? If not, then it’s not really a fair comparison … Unless you’re on a retentions plan with your carrier, I think 10GB/month for even $60 is hard to beat.

    To run the numbers another way, I was on Fido with 6GB for $65/month, and that was a Boxing Day sale from last year. I recently switched to Bell for the Apple Watch, which has me paying almost $100/month for 5GB. So if I run the math the same way, I can get a 256GB iPhone X for only $1,080 compared to Fido or only $240 compared to Bell ? … and in either case, I’m getting 40-50% more data.

  • So the other question is whether Freedom Mobile will now support Visual Voicemail since they’re officially carrying the iPhone… Has anybody heard anything definitive on that?

  • We asked them and will update once we hear back, good question.

  • Kevin Lahey

    I purchased an 8+356g in the US on Nov 11 and since then I haven’t been able to get LTE service in BURLINGTON ONTARIO. 3G is the current default with support telling me that in early 2018 they will be offering LTE in my area. Right now it’s not a big deal as they do state a disclaimer stating that not all phones will be able to maximize the benefits of their network. But with that said the 8+ does support Band 66 but at the moment it’s a coverage build out issue! I’m on the 6Gfor $45/mo with great LD within Canada and the US and Global texting…I signed up in July this year!
    I hope this helps ….happy holiday season!

  • MrXax

    This… is HUGE news.

    My only concern: is Freedom’s network quality still garbage in the GTA?

  • That’s my concern too, although I’ve been hearing some good reports since they got their band 66 LTE network fully rolled out…. enough that I’m seriously considering taking the plunge just to check it out — it’s somewhat low risk if you’re in a position to consider buying an iPhone outright, since you could just pay off the MyTab balance and leave with a cheaper iPhone than you’d get elsewhere, which sort of leads me to believe that Freedom has enough confidence in its network to assume people will want to stay.

  • Christopher W

    Just pre-ordered a 64GB iPhone X
    The plans are still cheaper than my current Telus one, so I made the plunge, good thing Telus started unlocking iPhone in advance so I can use my current iPhone 6S Plus until Dec 8th

  • DONALDainamaito TRUMPetto

    The other day I noticed LTE suddenly showing up on my iPhone 6 and did a cellsystem data search and it shows LTE band 7 location is Bathurst and Queen with
    18.70 Mbps down
    8.01 Mbps up
    Is not super bad for me though but once I get my iPhone X I’ll be able to use the b66 in Toronto and seen some good speed in downtown Toronto in reddit.

  • DONALDainamaito TRUMPetto

    Trying to figure where did you get the 16 from? I was doing it this way
    50*24=1200 for financing the iPhone X over the course of two years that’s still cheaper than getting it from Apple.

  • I’m pretty sure he’s talking about the difference between his Virgin plan ($42/month) and what a Freedom Mobile plan for the iPhone X would be…. so yes, switching from Virgin to Freedom for the iPhone X in this case would be more expensive than buying it outright — but of course that assumes you’re comparing apples to apples otherwise.

  • Steve

    does this price include visual voice mail? does freedom support wifi calling?

  • Dan Nixon

    I’m on live chat right now with Rogers, asked if they will be or are going to match the $0 iPhone X cost. My plan is up Dec 21 and as of now there’s $0 owing on my iPhone 6 from our agreement (2 years) in 2015. Thus far, only been offered $150 off if we stay on our Premium Tab, making the iPhone X $649 ($799 – $150). OR, we can move to a Premium+ Tab and the phone is $524, however, the monthly bill costs on our share everything plan rises $50/month as my gf and I share 20GB a month right now. It makes no sense. They’re asking us to increase our monthly bill expense by $50 and STILL pay up front $524 for the device. Meanwhile, Freedom is offering zero up front device cost, and 10GB for $100. Granted, their service area is not what Rogers has, but it will get better, and for a free brand new iPhone X it’s a no brainer. Right now, Rogers won’t be earning our return business for the iPhone X.

  • Yeah, I tried a similar tactic with Bell, and the general attitude I got from the rep was that I was trying to walk into a BMW dealership and haggle for the price of a Toyota. Bell has always had a certain arrogance about them, but recent competition from the Freedom has them losing all sense of reality — they seem to be relying on people still buying into the idea the Big Three are somehow “premium” carriers and therefore worth the higher price tag.

  • They do support Wi-Fi calling in general (although not VoLTE yet), so I’d expect that it would be supported on the iPhone as well, but I haven’t been able to get a straight answer out of anybody about Visual Voicemail.

    In all fairness, I’ve repeatedly run up against reps at Rogers and Fido who have no concept of iPhone Visual Voicemail either — they all seem to think that “Visual Voicemail” is MMS delivery of transcriptions and WAV/AMR files.

  • Dan Nixon

    It’s actually bonkers and makes no sense. At minimum Freedom is beating Rogers’ offering by just over $800 over the course of the 2-year agreement. I get that the $0 iphoneX pricing is extremely aggressive, and their service area is not as good as Rogers. But, we all know that’s changing rapidly as Shaw improves their infrastructure. And regardless, why are loyal customers who want to keep giving you business not being rewarded? Life Time Value (LTV) of a customer should be paramount. We have Cable, internet, home phone, and a tablet with Rogers.

    This could be the first step of them losing our business entirely.

  • Yeah, and Freedom/WIND seems to actually get that in a more tangible way as well…. I was talking to somebody I know who has been on WIND since 2013, and he actually has an $8,000 tab account — he could get six iPhone X’s at $0 down and $50/month on each of his plans.

  • Nathan Klahsen

    has there been any change? I’m down in Appleby Village area and am wondering if it’s up to LTE yet. I’d save about $100 a month by switching, and that’s even with buying out the remainder of the contract on two phones, which is a year. Im just a little timmid about the quaility.

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