Smartphone users lined up — some overnight — to be the first to buy Apple’s newest iPhones, the 5C and the 5S, after they went on sale across Canada and in several other countries today.
The colourful plastic iPhone 5C and the higher-end 5S, a faster, more powerful model that sports a fingerprint sensor, went on sale online at 3 a.m. ET and in stores at 8 a.m.
In Toronto, people camped out overnight at the Eaton Centre for a chance to get their hands on the phone as early as possible.
The phone is also now available in
- The U.S.
- Hong Kong
- Puerto Rico
- The U.K.
In Canada, the phone is available from Apple retail stores, Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin mobile, Fido and Koodo mobile, as well as select Best Buy, Future Shop, Target and Wal-Mart stores and Apple authorized resellers.
While there were complaints from wireless providers in the U.K. of limited stock, several U.K. media outlets said, in Canada, there were no reports of shortages.
However, Rogers indicated in an email that "given the popularity of these devices worldwide and due to limited 5s inventory provided by Apple," it was possible that stores might run out of the devices.
In that case, Rogers spokeswoman Patricia Law recommended customers Rogers's online reservation system to get the devices shipped to their nearest store. She added that the company has dedicated inventory to the reservation system and will try to get orders to customers within 15 days. However, she added, "timelines are dependent on inventory availability from the vendor."
Bell’s website noted that the phones are available in its store, but online orders would “ship when we receive new inventory” and added that the company was awaiting shipping information from Apple.
In Canada, with a two-year wireless plan, the iPhone 5S sells for $229.95 to $439.95, depending on whether customers choose the model with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of memory. Without a wireless plan, it sells for $729.95 to $959.95.
With a two-year wireless-plan iPhone 5C with 16 gigabytes of memory sells for $129.95, and with 32 gigabtyes it sells for $229.95. Without a wireless plan, the two versions sell for $619.95 or $729.95, respectively.