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iPhone for Canada at Macworld, to face N95?

updated 10:05 am EST, Tue January 15, 2008

Analyst on Canada iPhone

Apple chief Steve Jobs' keynote speech today could also see the introduction of the iPhone to Canada and other areas, according to an update by Royal Bank of Canada analyst Michael Abramsky. The researcher estimates that Apple will "probably" reveal a long-anticipated deal with Rogers Wireless to bring the iPhone to the Canadian carrier in the near future. The analyst declines to speculate on details but notes that pressure is likely high on Apple to reveal one or more regional plans beyond the current rollout, which is limited to the US as well as a handful of European countries.

"There is definitely very strong demand and interest here," Abramsky says, also echoing beliefs that iTunes movie rentals are enroute for Americans.

Rogers has been one of the most outspoken carriers demanding the iPhone, and has told its customers as early as a year ago that it would be the sole provider for the iPhone in Canada despite its habitually expensive data rates, which would clash with the less expensive and usually unlimited plans available in the iPhone's existing service areas. Leaks through a Molson contest and elsewhere have suggested the iPhone would be available in Canada as early as this month.

The analysis arrives just as Rogers has unintentionally posted what may be early signs that it will carry the Nokia N95, the smartphone most often considered the iPhone's most direct rival. This latest slip does not specify a release date but would use Nokia phones that are already available in North America or will be within weeks, such as the N95 8GB. North American models typically rely on 3G wireless and include GPS, both features the iPhone currently lacks. [via PMP Today]



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  1. JohnnyFive

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    i can already get the n95

    and the iphone for that matter. besides, i'd rather have a root canal than be a rogers subscriber. they've already ruined fido for me.

  1. Athens

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    Rogers can kiss my a**

    Even if Apple released the iPhone in Canada with rogers there is not a chance in h*** im giving up my unlimited City Fido plan. I will still be stuck with unlocking a iphone for my use. I so wish Telus (as much as I hate them) had gotten Fido so there would be real compitetion in the GSM market.

  1. imagine engine

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    Trademark dispute

    Apple still has not resolved their trademark dispute with Toronto based company Comwave which owns the iPhone name in Canada. The company registered the name several months before Apple applied for the name for use in Canada.

    As for who will be the carrier Rogers has the widest network coverage in Canada and supports GSM, EDGE and now in over 25 cities HSPA (3.5+ G). Steve Jobs, also has commented previously that the iPhone will not be CDMA so that stops any deal with Telus or Bell.

  1. aristotles

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    Comwave can kiss my a**

    I will never ever ever ever ever buy a product from a company that squats on trademarks like that.

    Is there anything consumers can do to s**** up that company?

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