Apple Stores Slash Unlocked iPhone 5 Starting Prices to $599 in Canada [u]

With the announcement of the iPhone 5c, Apple ‘retired’ the existing iPhone 5. We called around to a few Apple Stores in Canada (Metrotown and Richmond Centre to name a couple examples) and it turns out existing stock of unlocked 16GB models have been discounted by $100 to now start at $599 (previously at $699).

Update: The Pacific Centre Apple Store tells us 32GB models are now $719 (previously $799) and 64GB models are $819 (previously $899). So the 16GB model gets $100 off, while 32GB/64GB models only get $80 off.

Update 2: Existing unlocked 16GB iPhone 4S units have been cut by $70 and are now available for $529.

From our conversations, most stores still had white and black models available for purchase. Unlocked 8GB iPhone 4S models are in stock at $450.

Unlocked models of the iPhone 5c start at $599 for the 16 GB model, as revealed earlier today. So for $599 you can now choose between the new iPhone 5c or last year’s iPhone 5, if you prefer the old design.

We called some Apple Stores in the USA, such as the SoHo location in New York City, which relayed they are no longer carrying unlocked iPhone 5 units.

…more to follow

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  • Erik Kappel

    Hey Gary I figure you’d be in the know (or anyone who has an answet to this really). Can I use my fido dollars to buy an iphone outright at the Apple store?

  • reformcanada

    I asked this very question to fido and they told me absolutely not! It is only valid towards the purchase of a phone or accessory sold through a fido retail store or their online store.

  • Xywix

    anyone know if those discounted Ip5’s would still be compatible with the AWS network WIND mobile has???

  • Matt Perreault

    I bought my wife’s iPhone 5 using Fido dollars at the Apple Store in Ottawa last October…

  • reformcanada

    Really! Thanks for letting me know. The Fido representative I spoke with seemed 100% certain that it was not possible. I will definitely look to take advantage of that cause I got a bunch of fido dollars I still have not used.

  • Matt Perreault

    I’m not sure if I was just lucky. But the guy at Apple was able to log directly into the fido system see my fido dollars and reduce the cost of the phone accordingly.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    nope, only the replacement units in canada support those bands

  • crosseyed_mofo

    thats amazing, the fact he could do that probably means yes, unless your trolling

    i left fido because of fido dollar restrictions

  • Joe

    Wrong if it was manufactured after April 2013, it will support the AWS

  • Ex

    Yes it will.

  • Ex

    Yes you can. But reps aren’t “supposed” to do it. However keep in mind that doing so with lock the iPhone to Fido.

  • Canucks

    It supports AWS but can I use LTE network? Without LTE, why buy an iPhone 5.

  • Canucks

    I will try it for sure. Thanks for the info.

  • Erik Kappel

    Hey Matt, so my question is just to clarify, did you buy it without a contract? I’m in a position where upgrading would force me to lose a plan I refuse to let go of for those terrible Max plans they force you on for iPhone subsidies. So I’m hoping I can use my Fido dollars to buy it outright, going on a contract is not an option.

  • Erik Kappel

    Hmm, yea I assumed it may lock my phone, but still, better than letting my fido dollars go to waist… I have not upgraded since iPhone 4, so you can imagine I’m sitting on quite a few :/ Also, do you mean they are not supposed to use my fido dollars on an outright purchase, or not at all? I know I used my f-ds to buy my 4 at the store, but I was going on contract then. I don’t want to change my plan, if you’re wondering why I would be trying to do it this way.

  • Erik Kappel

    This is precicely why I didn’t bother calling fido with this question. Not all reps give a damn about finding the true answers to your questions.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Hypothetical question: I have what appears to be a light leak/bleed issue on the white upper glass on my iPhone 5 that happens when I have the LED on as a flashlight. I have Apple Care that I purchased with the phone so it’s just shy of a year into it (October). If Apple has discontinued the iPhone 5 and say I’m unable to get a replacement 64 GB one what will they replace the 5 with? A refurbished 64GB one? Or the IPhone 5C? I can’t see them replacing it with the 5S. Even then I’m not sure how long I have on the Apple Care so they may have enough inventory to replace it with another 5. I was just kind of hoping that if I waited long enough to replace it I might get lucky with them not having anymore stock of the 5.

  • Apple usually keeps replacement stock around for old models for warranty. Most likely you’d get another 5.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    I was afraid of that.

  • Xywix

    to save 30-50 dollars a month on cheap ass plans…i watch movies tethering 3g all the time…im happy with 3g…im not greedy!

  • Xywix

    Just got my wind compatible iPhone 5 16gb for $100 less!! Thank you so much AGAIN iPhone in Canada!!!

  • gurwinder singh

    if some on buy from canada iphone 5 after he send to malaysia then ite need to unlock i phone 5 if using in malaysia?