The pre-order is coming direct from Samsung's website or by calling them at their number. I'm not aware of any $50 price change. It's been priced at $129 the entire time. If you were viewing it on telus.com perhaps you had pressed a difference province? As prices can vary depending on province. Telus will not sell the phone outright from us during pre-order. Samsung may be though! It's just too popular a phone. Telus will want you on a contract as that's more beneficial to them as a business.
At present no. You will need to wait for Samsung to announce what they plan for Canada.
Really easy to find: http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-note8/specs/
What is Telus planning on selling the Note8 for outright, once the device is in the stores? I have pre-ordered the device for $750, but have no idea what the subsidy amount is. I know the MSRP is $1300, but I see that both Bell and Rogers are selling it outright for more than MSRP (probably as a result of lost revenue from device unlocking is my guess).
I wasn't asking for a guess, I'm asking for the price Telus is charging me for a phone I already ordered. I know I paid $750 on a 2 year contract, but have yet to see how much device subsidy that includes. And Telus hasn't posted a price, unlike Bell and Rogers. Hypothetically, Telus could decide to charge $2000 for the Note8, and it's customers that pre-ordered would be screwed into having a large device subsidy hanging over them, effectively making it very near impossible to buy out the subsidy and change carriers if they so choose. I'm pretty sure the Wireless Code even has rules about this, and since they haven't told me what the device subsidy is, I am going under the assumption that it is not subsidized at all with the $750. And I am sure the CCTS would agree with me on that. The lack of transparency from Telus is horrible for this device.
We would only have that information once the price is listed on the www.telus.com website. It should be up soon. Most devices are subsidized in very much the same way, so there shouldn't be any surprises when/and if the purchasing outright option and price become available from TELUS.