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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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..