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No more locked phones!

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summary from what i understood. for consumer and small business. not for corporate plans.

CRTC said that WCOC cap is per account , irrespective of devices on account. effective immediately.
Some changes to return policy. ( usage should be less that half of monthly quota. now, all new activation are prorated, so not sure how it will impact.
And making locking devices illegal. and users can request unlocking for free.

link from CRTC

https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-televisi ... gfees.html
Last edited by desi_mtl_dude on Jun 15th, 2017 11:18 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Holy crap just saw that they made $37.7 million in unlocking fees?

Robellus wants to keep the fees for anti-theft purposes, but the real crime is them robbing Canadians of almost $40 million!
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too bad it isn't valid from today on. Also wondering if applicable to corporate plans. They tend to follow suit.
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rsxmachine wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 11:36 am
too bad it isn't valid from today on. Also wondering if applicable to corporate plans. They tend to follow suit.
consumer and small business plans only for now.
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Wow. That's a game changer. Also, it get's rid of the vast majority of the unlocking industry in Canada and may make buying locked phones from abroad less desirable. I wonder if phone prices or plans will go up to compensate for the lost unlocking revenue.
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mobifree wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 11:40 am
Not for me.. LOL!
I actually thought about unlocking services too but yeah, that isn't good news for them at all.

At least the Big 3 will not have to run unlocking code servers any longer (not sure if that's how it works)?
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DiceMan wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 11:44 am
Wow. That's a game changer. Also, it get's rid of the vast majority of the unlocking industry in Canada and may make buying locked phones from abroad less desirable. I wonder if phone prices or plans will go up to compensate for the lost unlocking revenue.
I'm guessing that's a rhetorical question.
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desi_mtl_dude wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 11:41 am
consumer and small business plans only for now.
Ya but I have a feeling the corp plans for individuals who pay will be included.
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I'm gonna argue that this is BAD for the consumer.

Why? There will be way fewer deals on off contract / prepaid phones. No carrier is gonna sell a phone anymore without forcing you to sign up for their plan. The deals already suck in Canada compared to the USA. I enjoyed getting good deals on prepaid phones at Superstore, Walmart etc. and paying $3 to unlock them. That's over now.

Who does this screw over the most? The poor, who are most likely to have to rely on prepaid phone services, and will pay higher prices for their off contract devices. Many of these people cannot pass a credit check to get a subsidized device through a post paid carrier.

Thanks CRTC for your misguided interference in the marketplace AGAIN.
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Kurtz7834 wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 12:11 pm
....Who does this screw over the most? The poor...
This doesn't matter to the RFD community.

Our poverty line is high 90K high school emerging salaries..and that's nightschool high school equivalencies.

The rest of us multimillionaire (average RFD'ers) can afford it.
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