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CRTC Ruling - Post Dec 1 sales

I'm a participant level 2
I'm a participant level 2

The CRTC ruling regarding unlock fees and sales of locked phones has been discussed at length on this and other forums, but while on the phone with a Fido supervisor yesterday, he told me that after Dec 1 2017, Fido will still sell their phones locked, but the unlocking fee will be $0 (subject to the std 90-day wait).


Could this be true?  I am recently off contract, and was planning to wait until Dec 1 to upgrade to avoid having a locked phone.


Any thoughts?  I thought the CRTC ruling (or it's press coverage) was pretty clear.





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Hello Bamathieu,


  Welcome to the community!


  Personally, I think phone inventory will likely determine what happens come December 1st, 2017. It will be up to the phone manufacturers to provide unlocked phones/devices to the mobile providers. Currently, with the exception of a few phones/devices, factory unlocked phones/devices will lock to the provider of the first SIM used. That needs to change at the manufacturer level.


  It's unlikely that any phone inventory left-over after December 1st will be returned to the manufacturer for them to remove the lock. Rather, those remaining phones/devices would still lock to the mobile provider but will have to be unlocked free of charge.


  I am doubtful that the phones purchased after that date will be subject to the standard 90-day wait as it is clearly stated that all newly purchased devices be unlocked.


My two cents.. Smiley



I'm a participant level 2
I'm a participant level 2

Thanks for the response.  That sounds reasonable, but I'd like confirmation of the policy on this to enable me to make an informed purchase decision.



Hello @bamathieu,


More info would be made available come closer to that date, you can keep an eye on this blog post here for updates.