As of Dec. 1, all new cellphones sold in Canada must be unlocked. Yay!
If your current mobile device is locked by a provider – and it probably is unless you paid A LOT for it upfront – you can request that your provider (Rogers, Bell, Fido, etc) unlock it, for free, after a CRTC review of the wireless code in Canada.
Other changes will benefit customers, effective now: When you buy a new device, you’ll have 15 days to cancel the contract as long as you’ve used less than half the monthly voice/text/data. Canadians with disabilities will be able to use up to 100% of their plan’s data, and have 30 days to cancel.
There was also clarification of existing rules to protect customers from ‘bill shock’, when a shared plan goes over monthly data caps. Parents, you’ll have to give the go-ahead!
BUT, before you start celebrating –
At approx. $40 a pop, Canadian carriers made THIRTY-SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS in three years from charging us unlocking fees.
You know prices are gonna go up now, right?
Is your phone unlocked?