On June 24, 2010, Apple introduced a new 8GB iPhone 3GS that is available for purchase from the Apple Canada Online Store or at Apple Canada retail stores.
The New 8GB iPhone 3GS
As reported at the time, the 8GB iPhone 3GS is unlocked when purchased at full price from the Apple Canada Online Store or Apple Canada retail store. The 8GB iPhone 3GS is a new capacity (previously featuring 16GB and 32GB) and will only be available in black.
At the time of the original report, the 8GB iPhone 3GS was only available unlocked for $549 directly from Apple.
The 8GB iPhone 3GS is now available for $99 on a 3-year agreement with Telus, Bell, Fido, Rogers, or Virgin Mobile when purchased and activated at an Apple Canada retail store.
When Bought Outright
Users who purchase the 8GB iPhone 3GS outright (no contract) at $549 will have the device unlocked. Users who purchase the 8GB iPhone 3GS on contract for $99 will have the device locked to the chosen carrier.
Also note, if you plan on purchasing the 8GB, 16GB or 32GB iPhone 3GS directly from a carrier store (instead of an Apple Store), that device will be locked automatically to that specific carrier.