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Monday, November 26, 2012, 07:21 pm PT (10:21 pm ET)

Canadian carriers Virgin and Bell reportedly unlocking all iPhone models

Canadian cellular providers Virgin and Bell will reportedly start unlocking all iPhone models for a nominal fee of $75 starting Monday, adding to three other carriers in that country that offer identical services.

Virgin iPhone

Alleged screenshot of internal Virgin document regarding iPhone unlocking. | Source: mobilesyrup


According to internal documents obtained by Canadian tech blog mobilesyrup, as of Monday the two carriers have started to unlock iPhones through a "launched in phased approached" that requires a one-time fee of $75.

Both Bell and Virgin are charging the same price for the handset unlock as long as the user owns the iPhone outright, is not on contract and is currently on one of the carriers' post-paid plans. No official announcement has been made, and Apple's unlocked iPhone carrier list does not yet reflect the addition of the two companies, however the publication claims that unlocking will be done through Bell Support and Virgin Mobile Support.

Bell iPhone


The "next phase" will begin in 2013 when eligibility requirements are expected to be loosened, however the documents did not offer any further details regarding the future stipulations.

Five of the eight Apple partner carriers in Canada now offer iPhone unlocking services, as Bell and Virgin join existing providers Fido, Rogers and Telus.