Like healthcare, the 256GB Apple iPhone XR is free in Canada

Like healthcare, the 256GB Apple iPhone XR is free in Canada
Canadian carriers have not yet ended the practice of subsidizing handsets in return for locking consumers into a two-year contract. You might remember that U.S. phone buyers also used to sign contracts in exchange for subsidized phone pricing, but now most carriers offer 24-month interest free financing instead. North of the border, Canada's Rogers has a deal that will net you a free 64GB/256GB Apple iPhone XR in exchange for signing your name on the dotted line.

To score the free 256GB iPhone XR, a consumer must sign up for the carrier's Share Everything plan on an Ultra tab. This starts at $125 CAD a month, and comes with unlimited Canada-wide talk and text, and 6GB of data (5GB of that is a bonus). Of course, you're locked in for 2 years. Normally, the carrier sells the phone for $199 CAD with a signed pact, and the plan comes with only 1GB of data. You can buy the plan with more monthly data (from 6GB to as much as 95GB, including the 5GB bonus) and if you want to add the capability to make or take calls to and from the U.S., that will cost an additional $15 CAD per month.

The 64GB iPhone XR is free to those who subscribe to Rogers' Share Everything plan on the Premium+ tab. Starting as low as $115 per month, this plan comes with 5GB of data (4GB of that is a bonus) to as much as 84GB of data each month (again, including the 4GB bonus). The 128GB iPhone XR will cost $69 CAD upfront with the same plan. And like the Ultra tab, calls to and from the U.S. can be added for $15 a month.

The free Apple iPhone XR deal is available for a limited time to both new and existing Rogers customers. There is a $35 CAD charge per line for activation.

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iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh

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20 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We Canadians definitely pay through the nose for our cell phone coverage. (sigh)

2. stijnvbml

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

In the Netherlands, I pay €25,- ($29,-) for unlimited data (150 gb a month before ithe data will slow down), minutes and pay and €40,- for an iPhone XS Max. With 21% tax and a 2 year plan. The prices in Canada in comparison seem ridiculous.

3. kozza3

Posts: 773; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Things are easier in smaller countries

18. mackan84

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Shouldn’t it be the opposite? More customers=cheaper prices? Here in Sweden a iPhone XR 256gb is free for a plan with unlimited calls and text, 30gb data for $80 USD a month. $41 of those goes for the 24 monthly payment of the iPhone.

4. kozza3

Posts: 773; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

What’s your current VAT

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

"CANADA has a mix of Federal and Provincial VAT (Sales Tax systems). The Federal VAT is called GST (Goods and Services Tax) and charged at the rate of 5 % --- plus the Provincial Sales Tax of about 8 % in most provinces/territories results often to a Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of about 13 %."

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I live in Alberta, and to my knowledge we're the only province that doesn't pay PST. We weren't paying any taxes on our consumer purchases until the GST was created (early 1990's). We also didn't have a deficit (Ralph Klein RIP - he is missed). This used to be a rich province.

12. zaza991988

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

In Quebec I used to pay 14.5 % tax between GST and PST. A 60$+ CAD plan + 14.5% Taxes can barely get you 2GB of data. In the US I am paying 40$ US for 8GB data + roll over and free Roaming in Canada and Mexico which includes data roaming on a prepaid plan. Canadian companies ripping off their customers blind

5. rossy

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

The only thing that is free in this world is a piece of cheese in a mousetrap.

6. iushnt

Posts: 3020; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That’s free only for a mouse though.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

For the mouse, that free cheese ends up being more costly that he/she expects.

8. Rager722

Posts: 581; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

In Canada do they also offer free calling to the U.S like how in the U S we offer free calling to Canada?

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah I can call free to anywhere in the USA from anywhere in Canada. But if I go down to the USA and make a call I'll be charged high roaming charges. Doesn't do me any good though because I don't really know anyone in the USA lol.

13. Rager722

Posts: 581; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

It's the same for us, unless you use T-Mobile I think. It's crazy that Rogers, Bell and Tellus don't follow the U.S carriers and do leasing options. It would better benefit the company.

14. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

The trash is not selling, lol.

16. sissy246

Posts: 6833; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You know, i am not a apple fan at all but, the phone is not trash, over priced yes

15. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Thanks for finally forcing me to discontinue my visits to this site. Good job Alan.

17. domfonusr

Posts: 964; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

When somebody goes and starts giving things away for free, it is nice for a little while, until you realize that A) the thing being given away gets taken for granted until it eventually becomes worthless and B) somebody somewhere always ends up covering the actual cost or, worse, way more than the actual cost.

19. civicsr2cool

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Healthcare isn't free in Canada, please go virtue signal somewhere else with this trash article. Nothing in life is free.

20. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Apple and Canadian Healthcare. 2 garbage products.

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