With Rogers, unlocked phones would go with the "No Tab" option, which is $20/month off.
I was on the Windows Phone Developer Preview, and I really enjoyed getting great features many months before Rogers released the official updates. With Windows 10 as a service, which means routine upgrades throughout the year, the only way to fully make use of that would be to go unlocked.
Unless the carriers have made special deals to deliver timely updates (which I believe is the case with Apple), then it's clear that Windows 10 Mobile is specifically intended to work primarily with the unlocked option.
Not sure if this true or not but saw this article http://www.neowin.net/news/canadian-carriers-will-supposedly-not-offer-the-lumia-950-or-lumia-950-xl so wonder if this will leave us the choice of going to MS Store directly
From what I have been reading since last week, and what a couple Rogers employee's confirmed on another thread is that Rogers not be offering either Lumia device. So if you are interested in the 950 - 950XL device you will be able to order it here when it becomes available.
As for Bell or Telus, I don't think there has been any official announcement on Lumia availability. (If there has, please someone let me know) I'm waiting to hear something official before I pull the trigger on another windows phone. Can't afford the Lumia 950 so it might be a 930 or a 1520.
Here is a link to some highlights of the rumoured Surface Phone, for 2016:
Maybe by then the 950 will have dropped in price. For now, I jumped ship to Android for my phone (still permanaently loyal to Windows 10 on all desktops). I was suprised how many Microsoft apps are available on the Google Store inlcluding Word, Excel, PwoerPoint, Outlook etc). Very cool.
How are you finding the operating system on your Android phone compared to the Window's experience? Some things better and some things worse?
@Mediaman Microsoft's refusal to give special status to its own operating system when it comes to its own software products (at least in mobile) is part of the reason Windows Phone is having a hard time getting noticed.
Paul Thurrott, a well-known tech commentator who writes mostly about Microsoft (see his blog at Thurrott.com), has noted of late that, if you like Microsoft software, the best experience you will have with it on mobile devices is on iOS.