Free / No-Fee Unlocking

Now that the dust has settled on the recent news that the CRTC will be making carriers unlock phones for free, I have decided to write about what other announcements were over shadowed by this good news.

The CRTC announced that the following will take effect on December 1, 2017:

No cancellation fees after 2 years

Remains in effect: You can cancel your contract after 2 years with no cancellation fees – even if you have agreed to a longer term.

Limit on data & roaming charges

Remains in effect: Extra data charges and data roaming charges are capped to prevent bill shock. The account holder, by default, is the only one who can consent to data overage and data roaming charges beyond the established limits.

Unlocked cellphones

Mobile devices unlocked free of charge, upon request, and all newly purchased devices unlocked.

Trial period
Use up to half of your monthly usage during the trial period.

Clear language

Remains in effect: Your contract and related documents must be provided to you in plain language.


This is a massive win for consumers across Canada and it is good to know that some one is looking out for us.

For more information you can visit the CRTC web site.


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