Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Status Report: Carrier-Unlocked Devices in Canada

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    3,394
    Carrier(s)
    Koodo
    Feedback Score
    0

    Post Status Report: Carrier-Unlocked Devices in Canada

    Name:  canada-sim.jpg
Views: 349
Size:  25.1 KB

    Thanks to the CRTC, come this December 1st your Canadian carrier will no longer be able to sell phones locked to its own network. It's great news for consumers in this country; even better, some carriers are getting ahead of the deadline and have begun unlocking their hardware for free!

    I've cobbled together a quick list of who is currently selling unlocked smartphones (and also LTE-connected tablets). It's by no means complete, so please feel free to add to it. And it doesn't include your local Apple Store or pop-up Samsung shop—because we already knew about those, right?

    Bell and Virgin Mobile

    Both Bell and its subsidiary Virgin Mobile have begun selling a considerable portion of their device portfolios without any carrier locks:

    Alcatel GoFlip and Pixi 5
    All Google devices
    All iPhones and iPads
    BlackBerry KEYOne (requires software update)
    LG Q6
    Motorola Z2 Play
    Samsung Note 8
    ZTE Grand X View 2 Tablet

    Best Buy Canada

    All iPhones for all carriers are now sold unlocked, even the ones with subsidies.

    Eastlink

    "Some" devices are now sold unlocked... That's super-helpful </s>.

    Freedom Mobile

    There are anecdotal reports of users getting unlocking fees waived. Your mileage may vary; I asked about unlocking a phone when activating a line on Freedom and was told I'd have to wait thirty days.

    Rogers and Fido

    Both are waiving unlocking fees, but only for devices bought outright.

    Staples Canada

    The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available unlocked for outright purchase, and also on an in-house 24-month payment plan.

    TELUS and Koodo

    Again, anecdotal evidence of unlocking fees being waived. YMMV.

    If you've anything to add to this list, please help your fellow readers out!

    Sources: iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup (1), (2), (3)
    My mobile memoirs — free ebook available here.
    My HoFo feedback... is that still a thing?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    307
    Device(s)
    LG G4
    Carrier(s)
    Koodo
    Feedback Score
    0
    My GF picked up a Telus Google Pixel which is supposed to be unlocked. She also picked up a Telus Alcatel A30 tables that was unlocked. However, when we used it with German SIMs (O2 and Telekom), it was not compatible with frequencies used for LTE or G4 there, so only had G2 speed.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    SW Ontario
    Posts
    1,587
    Device(s)
    RIM9790
    Carrier(s)
    Wind
    Feedback Score
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    My GF picked up a Telus Google Pixel which is supposed to be unlocked. She also picked up a Telus Alcatel A30 tables that was unlocked. However, when we used it with German SIMs (O2 and Telekom), it was not compatible with frequencies used for LTE or G4 there, so only had G2 speed.
    If they didn't ask for a code to accept the SIM, they were unlocked...

    The fact that a North American model didn't have the full set of European frequency bands is immaterial.

    Sent from my XT1563 using HoFo mobile app
    --------------------------------
    Un petit d'un petit
    S'étonne aux Halles
    Un petit d'un petit
    Ah! degrés te fallent

    Old French Proverb from the book of; Mots D'Heures Gousses Rames

    (I am the Stig!)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    9,791
    Device(s)
    Leeco x527 Le 2,Xiaomi Redmi note 3 Pro Snapdragon 650,LG G3's for wife,daughter and son :)
    Carrier(s)
    Virgin, HOT mobile Israel.
    Feedback Score
    0
    You state that on Bell and Virgin Google phones are now being sold unlocked.
    Correction All Google phones have always come unlocked.

Similar Threads

  1. FS: Upgraded A920 to A925..WITH UNLOCK!!!RARE IN CANADA.!!CHEAP!!
    By ianlam in forum GSM phone Buy/Sell/Trade
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-21-2004, 03:38 PM
  2. Status Report II: Cingular GSM in Philly
    By JohnnyK in forum AT&T
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 06-27-2003, 03:00 PM
  3. cheapest place to unlock phones in canada??
    By AzN_CrEw in forum Rogers Wireless
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-30-2002, 01:52 PM
  4. How much can I expect to pay for a new unlocked T68i in Canada?
    By deadbeat in forum GSM phone Buy/Sell/Trade Archive
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-24-2002, 12:27 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks