iPhone Finally Coming to Canada

The long awaited iPhone is finally coming to Canada as well as over 20 other countries on July 11th. The new 3G iPhone is expected to cost half as much ($199 for the 8 gb model) as is supposed to have a faster internet connection (running on advanced wireless networks) as well as upgraded software.

Slashing the price of the 3G iPhone from $399 to $199 is a big change for Apple at a time when more mainstream consumers are looking to upgrade from regular cellphones to smart phones, said Kaan Yigit, a consultant with Solutions Research Group in Toronto. “All of a sudden, they’ve turned the iPhone from a much-loved and admired device, but not owned by many, into a mass-appeal and attainable mainstream device,” he said.

Only about 12 per cent of Canadian cellphone owners are using smart phones, which means the growth potential for all companies selling Internet-enabled mobile devices is ready to explode, now that the devices are in their price range, he said.

Forbes: The 3G iPhone is a machine designed to gobble up market share. The device will build on Apple’s splashy arrival in the handset market last year. Apple lost ground when it choked off the supply of the original iPhone ahead of the launch of this 3G version. Six months after putting out the iPhone last year, Apple had seized 26.7% of the U.S. smart phone market in the final quarter of 2007. Tech market tracker IDC reported June 6 that Apple had sagged to 19.2% during the first quarter of this year, well behind rival Research in Motion (nasdaq: RIMMnews - people ), which dominates the market with its 44.5% share.

Comments

  1. says

    It’s all well and good Apple saying they have a $199 phone.

    But in the US, add in a minimum 2-year contract, service plans for voice ($39.99 per month) and data ($30 – $45 per month depending on type of user) and you’re then looking at spending at least $1879 over the course of that 2 years.

    Canada could be even worse – Rogers Communication hasn’t been known for inexpensive service plans, especially on 3G networks, so the potential is there for the iPhone to fail in Canada before it’s even had a chance to start properly.

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