Okay.Can anyone actually VERIFY that this so-called conference call happened, and those things were really said, and that there it was ever stated anywhere that Apple Stores in Canada would be selling the iPhone?
As far as I know, it's been known since the beginning that Apple will not have physical iPhones for sale in their stores in Canada
. In fact, view this page ( http://todmaffin.com/iphonerumours
) which says: "Will I be able to buy the iPhone at Apple Stores?
No. They will be sold at Rogers/Fido stores only." That article was posted June 27th.
Also, the actual process of selling the phone involves unbricking it ( see here http://iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=1425
), and setting up the phone with the cell network.
What does this mean? If Apple DID sell the iPhone 3G in stores, they would have to have a bunch of people from both Rogers and Fido in-store, to handle all of the new accounts (and account upgrades). Does this seem even remotely plausible? There is no way that Apple is going to have another company in their store. Can you imagine the conflict there? And, obviously they would not just sell the phone, and let people walk off with it without signing up the plan/contract - because the $199/$299 price is highly subsidized.
Can anyone provide a single link indicating that it was even once stated that you would be able to buy an iPhone in an Apple Store in Canada on July 11th? Probably not.
As such, the very premise of this news post is incorrect
, and it's pure misinformation. Please back up your statements with verifiable links/sources. I'm feeling a bit frustrated that this is all being hyped up as some "Apple vs. Rogers spat" when there's no concrete evidence as such.