What you need to know about getting the iPhone X in Canada

The new iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3 are seen here. (Apple)

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the new iPhone X the company’s “biggest leap forward” since the original iPhone, and if you’re a Canadian consumer who wants to be a part of that jump and get your hands on the hotly anticipated device, here’s what you need to know.

Where you can get it

Consumers will be able to order iPhone X from Apple’s website or it will be sold by most major mobile carriers in Canada, according to iMore, including:

  • Rogers
  • Bell
  • Telus
  • Videotron
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Koodo
  • MTS
  • SaskTel

There is one major omission: it remains unclear if Freedom Mobile will carry the new devices.

The mobile provider has never sold brand new iPhones in the past.

However, the potentially good news for customers is that the iPhone X is compatible with Band 66 LTE, which Freedom Mobile relies on almost exclusively, according to Mobile Syrup. 

“We’re committed to working with new and existing technology partners to provide our Freedom Mobile customers with the products and services they’re looking for,” Chethan Lakshman, vice-president of external affairs at Freedom Mobile, said in a statement emailed to Yahoo Canada Finance.

How long do I have to wait?

The iPhone X will be available for pre-order on Oct. 27 and will be released on Nov. 3. 

What’s the hit to your wallet?

Pretty hefty. With a price tag of $1,319 for the 64GB model and $1,529 for the 256GB configuration, the iPhone X will be most expensive iPhone to date. 

This steep price will also exceed that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which will go on sale Friday for $1,299. Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S8, was also available at a significantly lower price point ($1,035) upon its release earlier this year.

And many Canadians seem disappointed by the new iPhone’s high-end price.


Apple Watch 3

Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch Series 3, which has cellular access, will start at $519. The version without LTE starts at $429. 

However, it may be harder to come by than the new iPhone. According to the Financial Post, the cellular model will only be carried by Bell and Telus.

Sarah Schmidt, the media relations director for Rogers Communications, told Yahoo Canada Finance in an email that the company and Fido, which is owned by Rogers, are focusing on the release of the new iPhone models, but customers could see the Apple Watch added to its lineup down the road.

“Rogers and Fido are not currently carrying the Apple Watch,” she said.

“We will look at launching the cellular Apple Watch next year as we build system functionality to support this technology based on open standards.”

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said Fido will be carrying the iPhone X. Fido will not be carrying the device, and has been removed from the list.

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