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    CRTC bans locked phones from Dec 1, 2017

    Looks like CRTC listened to Freedom's request for removal of unlocking fees and then some more.

    1. Locked phones are banned from Dec 1, 2017 going forward
    2. People with existing devices can request an unlock code free of charge.

    http://mobilesyrup.com/2017/06/15/cr...g-fees-banned/

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    This is WELCOMING news!!

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    This work for data sticks too?

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    Long overdue...

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    Quote Originally Posted by heccubus View Post
    Long overdue...
    CRTC bans smartphone unlocking fees, outgoing chairman Blais regrets not taking decision sooner
    Financial Post, June 15

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    It’s the last policy that will be released under the leadership of CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, whose five-year term ends Saturday.

    In an interview earlier this week, the chairman known for his consumer-friendly policies and his contentious relationship with industry named unlocking fees when asked if he would have made any decisions differently.

    “I regret that I didn’t force unlocking sooner, in the first time around,” he said, referring to the creation of the wireless code in 2013.

    At the time, Blais said he supported the consensus of the group of commissioners because, “I just don’t think it’s appropriate the leader dissents.”

    “Frankly, that’s one case where I think my gut was telling me we probably should’ve forced unlocking. It would’ve helped three years sooner, a more dynamic market place.”

    Last year, carriers pulled in more than $37.7 million in revenue from unlocking fees, up 32.5 per cent from $28.5 million in 2015 – Telus raised its fee to $50 from $35 that year – and up 75 per cent from $21.6 million in 2014. That’s a fraction of retail wireless market revenues, which hit $22.5-billion in 2015, according to CRTC data.
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    Other updates to the Wireless Code:
    (December 1)

    15 day trial period returns
    - usage up to half of monthly limits

    $50 & $100 data usage caps
    - account holder's consent to exceed required
    - other users may be authorized
    - caps apply on a per account basis
    - effective immediately

    Key terms of wireless agreement
    - clarified to include voice, text & data
    - cannot be changed unilaterally by provider without account holder's express consent
    - effective immediately

    CRTC News Release
    TRP 2017-200

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    So we can start requesting free unlock codes today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter266 View Post
    So we can start requesting free unlock codes today?
    Yep and waiting until December until it is enforced.

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    the new trial policy is nice. a reasonable amount of time(half a months usage) instead of ..... just 30 minutes of voice.

    i guess rogers/bell etc will start whining now. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by icq2000b View Post
    the new trial policy is nice. a reasonable amount of time(half a months usage) instead of ..... just 30 minutes of voice.

    i guess rogers/bell etc will start whining now. LOL
    Time for a rate hike

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtachx View Post
    Looks like CRTC listened to Freedom's request for removal of unlocking fees and then some more.

    1. Locked phones are banned from Dec 1, 2017 going forward
    2. People with existing devices can request an unlock code free of charge.

    http://mobilesyrup.com/2017/06/15/cr...g-fees-banned/
    These cell phones companies & there Executives amaze me. Freedom/Wind told crtc that unlocking fees should be banned but they themselves sell locked devices and charge a $30+tax unlocking fee. Here is another one Alex Krastic(former CEO of the original public mobile) fought so hard with the CRTC to put Freedom/Wind out of Business back in 2010 and then became a CEO of Wind/Freedom in 2015. Just like Politicians these cell phones companies & there Executives are all about money.

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    Finally, the CRTC showed their teeth! The next thing the CRTC needs to do is ban this tied selling where "free" hardware is offered up front for taking a plan and prospective customers who just want to buy hardware are told to go fly a kite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seekr View Post
    Yep and waiting until December until it is enforced.
    I can't find where it says we can request free unlocking immediately. I think all new unlocking rules (existing and new phones) are effective Dec 1st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtachx View Post
    Looks like CRTC listened to Freedom's request for removal of unlocking fees and then some more.

    1. Locked phones are banned from Dec 1, 2017 going forward
    2. People with existing devices can request an unlock code free of charge.

    http://mobilesyrup.com/2017/06/15/cr...g-fees-banned/
    Just wow ok so a post about a Public vs Freedom plan is a no no since it is not "Freedom related" yet somehow the general CRTC decision is "Freedom related" based on what?

    Talk about obvious bias
    Public $120 Province Wide + 12GB - $6 Autopay - $6 Loyalty - $42 Refer = $22 per Month
    Telus SK North American Wide 7GB = $65
    Chatr (Mobi) $40 North America Wide + 6GB + 30 Mins Roaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Peppermint View Post
    Just wow ok so a post about a Public vs Freedom plan is a no no since it is not "Freedom related" yet somehow the general CRTC decision is "Freedom related" based on what?

    Talk about obvious bias
    Did you read the article or have you been following the review of the wireless code by the CRTC at all?

    http://mobilesyrup.com/2017/02/08/fr...nlocking-fees/

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