Apple has begun offering AppleCare for the iPhone in Canada, allowing iPhone 3G and 3GS owners there to extend technical support and hardware warranties to a total of two years from the date of iPhone purchase. The AppleCare plan is priced at $79 in Apple's Canadian online store.

Despite having launched AppleCare for the iPhone in the U.S. shortly after the release of the original iPhone in 2007, Apple has been slow to roll out coverage in other countries, having begun offering iPhone AppleCare for customers in the UK earlier this year and in Asia Pacific markets only last month.

The Canadian AppleCare launch occurs just beyond the one-year AppleCare activation window for those customers who purchased the iPhone 3G at launch, and readers have reported that Apple Canada is not providing an extension for the affected customers.

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