Some sites are reporting that if you buy an iPhone from the AppleStore Canada, it will be sold separately from the SIM card and unlocked.
The unlocked part may not be universal but then again it might be.
If you buy from the Telus/Bell/Rogers store, it will be the regular locked phone with the SIM card installed.
Reports say the next shipment will include the unlocked version of the phones; they also say that once you install a SIM from one of the Canadian vendors it will then lock to that vendor.
It will be interesting to see what people's experiences with iPhones in the near future are, and whether you will be able to use a non-Telus/Bell/Rogers SIM, such as an international roaming SIM, with these phones, and whether they will lock to the first SIM inserted or not.
It was a telecom industry site ... I don't read (or pay any attention to) the rumour sites.
As an FYI, all iPhones operate this way ... they are unlocked until you insert the telecom SIM card. What is different is you will be able to buy the phone in that state, instead of having the Rogers Wireless SIM pre-installed and therefore locking the phone to just that provider.
In other words, you can buy the phone, and then decide who your vendor will be ... just like new (non-jailbroken) iPhones that until now you probably had to buy online from a vendor in another country.
if you go to a telecom vendor's own store (Telus, Rogers, Bell), of course, they will have "helped you" by already locking the phone to their own SIM before they hand it over.
Last edited by gordguide; Nov 11th, 2009 at 08:31 AM.