Rumor: Canadian Provider Bell to Start Carrying iPhone in Early November
Canadian wireless carrier Bell should start carrying Apple’s iPhone handset near the very start of November and feature similar device and price planning as seen on current Canadian iPhone sources. Per Electronista, sources familiar with the plans say the iPhone 3GS and 3G are both due to arrive on November 4th, which should also mark the formal start of the Canadian provider’s HSPA-based 3G network. The news is corroborated by earlier word of Telus training ending at the same time and suggests Bell and Telus will have their networks and iPhone sales ready at the same time.
The tips received add that Bell should let users run its existing Smartphone Combo plans using the iPhone and may get a distinct advantage over Rogers, although how this would work is unclear. Bell currently offers 300 minutes of voice and unlimited on-device data for as little as $60 per month but, at this rate, limits it to e-mail, IM and web use. It’s unclear as to how or if the carrier would monitor data traffic on the iPhone.
Handset prices should be identical, however, at $99, $199 and $299 for the 8GB iPhone 3G, 16GB iPhone 3GS and 32GB iPhone 3GS respectively. Off-contract models will be an option and should cost $599, $699 and $799 each, though as with Rogers these will still be locked to the provider.
Bell has also recently put up a pre-registration page for potential iPhone customers.