Phones unlocked for free in canada (enforced by the law?)
I recently came across this wikipedia article, and if you scroll about halfway down the page to the section titled "Canada", it explains that in 2010, canadian law was introduced enforcing that at the end of a contract, or if a phone was purchased outright, the carrier that sold you the phone must by law (upon your request) unlock the phone for you free of charge. If this is correct it means FREE UNLOCKS FOR EVERYONE and I would say its about time. If we buy a phone outright or gradually over time it belongs to us and we should be allowed to use it as we so please.
All I know is I have 2 phones from previous contracts, 2 pay-as-you-go phones from rogers and 2 phones on the way under contract and Im gonna put this to the test, as they could be going to good use with family members through the right service providers.
HERE IS THE LINK
On June 17, 2010, Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay-Superior North) introduced Private Member's Bill C-560, called the Cell Phone Freedom Act, which would prohibit carriers from selling SIM locked phones in Canada without first informing the consumer of the existence of such a lock. Bill C-560 additionally mandates that phone companies selling new phones must unlock customer phones, without charge, at the end of contract or upon purchase of the phone outright, when requested by the customer.