8GB iPhone 3GS Now Available On Contract From Apple


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.


  • QN52

    When can we go to Rogers and get one of these? Why is it $99 when the 16GB is also $99??

  • asdmd

    Yeah I just went on rogers myself, and the 32 GB 3GS is 149.00 why would anyone buy the 8GB one. At the end of the day Apple is now offering to also set up your cellular provider if you purchase the phone from them. Good sign that people who have pre-existing contracts maybe able to grab a new iphone 4 and get them to set it up at Apple.

  • Ex

    Almost every location (carrier/Apple) is sold out of 16/32GB iPhones.

  • JMCD23

    Perhaps the $99 applies to people who just get a voice plan. If so, then that's not a bad deal.

  • mackman6151

    if you ask me that is really stupid. if carriers want to retain customers who are ok locking in for 3 years and who get promo pricing for doing so they should as well have the device unlocked (just simply be locked into a contract). I feel as though many people will just bypass the whole locked in contract bit and go for hte outright price.

    i would go for the contract pricing if it was unlokced (most likely gonan go for it unlocked as well since the new baseband is unlocked already). there has to be a way to reverse that hopefully someone will come up with it.

    I wonder if it'll be like apple disabling multitasking 0ont he 3G and then dev deam “unlocked”
    that capabilitity. maybe they'll find a way to do so with the official unlock.

  • smokehead1

    does this mean the iPhone 4 will be locked? <:O

  • Hyperextension

    Just checking out my account and noticed that I am now eligible for upgrade on my account.

    I have a business account that currently has 5 users on it. Of the 5 users, as far as I knew, only 1 of them was eligible for any kind of upgrade. The other 4 were not, and 2 of them upgraded to the iPhone 3GS just last year.

    Well, I checked online tonight and now 3 of the 5 accounts is eligible. The original one and now the 2 iPhone accounts are also eligible!

    Is this possibly due to an iPhone 4 release announcement in Canada coming soon??

    I hope so. I just find it odd that only the 2 iPhone accounts just recently changed to eligible and non of the others.