According to a newly posted page on the site of Best Buy-Canada, the iPhone is coming to that nation soon.
That in itself is news, of course. But what is even more interesting are the questions that such an impending availability pose:
1. Apple only has four retail stores in Canada. Three are in the Toronto region, and one is in suburban Montreal. So is the Best Buy-Canada iPhone availability a move by Apple to extend their retail reach from their own few stores to the 48 Best Buy stores throughout Canada?
2. Given the inevitable mania when iPhone is released in Canada, would it be a good idea for Best Buy-Canada to equip personnel in its in-store Geek Squad facilities with iPhone training? In other words, Geek Squad as (Apple retail) Genius Bar?
3. Who wil be the carrier and what role will they play in marketing and sales?
4. Perhaps the most enticing possibility- would iPhone success in Best Buy-Canada stores drive a move toward greater iPhone availabilities by Apple contracting with U.S. Best Buy stores for iPhone sales?
I am going to bet on that last possibility, perhaps for the 2007 Holiday season. What's going to drive it? A need to push out 4 and 8 GB iPhones (at a bit lower prices) as the next-generation 12 GB iPhones arrive.