Dear Canadians, from now on, there’s no more $50 charge to unlock your phone from any mobile carrier in your country. On Thursday, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission shortly known as (CTRC) announced that as of December 1 all consumers from Canada can ask their mobile carriers to unlock their phones free of charge, and besides that, from now on all carriers have to offer their new phones to consumers “with the condition of unlocked” as well. Regarding this rule, Rose Behar, a senior reporter from MobileSyrup in Toronto said that “It’s a big step forward.”
Well, in the last couple of years in Canada using the mane of “unlocked your phone for $50” many carriers in the country capitalized on millions of Canadian dollars, which seemed as a ransom to many customers because without unlocking phones they weren’t free to switch to other carriers as they wished to. However, a report from CRTC has shown that last year in 2016, Canadian mobile telecom carriers made about $37.7 million, from just unlocking phones, can you believe it?
On the other hand, many carriers in Canada including three major fought against this CTRC’s decision and regarding this matter, back in February, vice president Howard Slawner from Rogers said that “We think it’s a lot more appropriate that people who actually have their device unlocked bear the cost of the unlocking.”
However, though mobile carriers are unhappy with the new role, now there’s nothing to do. From now on they have to sell unlocked phones to the customers and following to unlock all the sold phones from December 1. By the way, it is indeed a great decision from CTRC for consumers.