The CRTC has decided (finally!!) to put an end to locked devices and unlocking fees! As of December 1, 2017, all individual and small business wireless service customers will have the right to have their cellphones and other mobile devices unlocked free of charge upon request. In addition, all newly purchased devices must be provided unlocked from that day forward. ~ taken from here.
That is stupid. All the service providers will do is increase the price of all new device by $50.00 to make up for the lost of revenue.
Worst yet, many people don't require their devices to be unlocked during the contract. With this change, everyone, whether you want an unlocked phone or not, will be forced to pay "extra" for a device that could have cost less from carrier subsidity. To terminate a contract mid way, the customer still has to pay the outstanding fees. If a customer wants to switch company when the contract is up, usually the customer will opt for a new phone with another plan. Having to pay $50 to unlock a phone will most likely not be sufficient to stop an unsatisified customer from switching company.
Keep in mind that the average lifespan of cell phones are 2 -2.5 years before it is replaced due to aging software, dead batteries, broken screens,...etc. In other words, customers will have to pay $50.00 (or more) every 2 years for a feature that most of us probably don't need. For those of us who wants to unlcok phones, it can be done much cheaper somewhere else.
I don't think it will necessarily increase the price of phones. Now the big 3 will need to compete with each other on phone prices as well as plans. Nothing would stop me from buying my phone from Telus if better price.
Next CRTC needs to mandate that fm radio chip is enabled. North America is probably only place in world that cannot listen to radio ota.
Will be nice soon to use American address to use American wireless plan that gives 6 gb and unlimited calling and texting with ability to roam free of charge in Canada and Mexico. Go figure that an American plan can use more data cheaper then a Canadian can use it.
Ha!? Big 3 (or Big 4 compete) with each other on phone prices as well as plans? There is NO competition when it comes to cell phone companies in Canada. If there is competition, we will be paying the same price as US or other parts of the world.
First of all, CRTC makes it almost impossible for companies outside of Canada to compete with Canadian carriers. CRTC also makes it almost impossible for new companies to enter the Canadian cellular market. If the above is not true, then we should have > 10 individual cell phone companies to choose from and not just 3.
The 3 cell phone companies get together and raise prices at the same time. Last time when CRTC abolish the 3 year contract, the 3 cell phone companies quietly "adjusted" their pricing model to compensate for the loss of revenue from 3 year contracts. To an accountant, it is "competition". To the customer, it is an increase in price for new subscribers and customers who want to renew plans. Fido was nice that the increase was not so dramatic and the price range is still affordable (Thumbs up to FIdo) but if you do all the math, Fido's most expensive plans are on par with the big 3 competitors.
The CRTC is also under the control of the Big 3. I think the CRTC spends more time and effort in protecting Canadian companies than to allow for real competition. By the above actions it allows the Canadian companies to inflate the prices as much as possible without causing an uproar. For example: Cell phone locked to the carrier has been around since I purchased my first Nokia 5190 back in 1998. Why did it take CRTC 19 years to abolish the cost to unlock a phone? The phone unlocking policy should have been in place many years ago.
Will be nice soon to use American address to use American wireless plan that gives 6 gb and unlimited calling and texting with ability to roam free of charge in Canada and Mexico...
Before you ditch Canadian providers for an American provider, you might want to verify how long you can roam in Canada or Mexico. Roaming is a courtesy between networks, generally available on a temporary basis and is not meant for long-term use. I wouldn't be surprised if there are limits as to the amount of roaming allowed by the destination network(s).
Take extended coverage as an example. When connected to Fido-EXT, you're connected to the other networks (roaming). If you regularly exceed 50% of your usage on the extended network, the service may be blocked. It's not Fido who does not want you to use the service, it's likely the other networks are limiting the usage. If you regularly use their services more than Fido's services, they would rather you pay them instead of Fido.
I suspect the situation is similar with regards to SIMs from a different country. I don't think any mobile provider would allow indefinite roaming on their networks.
Hope this helps