If you’re on the market for a new phone plan or provider, you may want to hold off a few months, because it’s about to get a lot easier to jump ship.
Under new CRTC rules starting on December 1, consumers will be able to request having their phone unlocked by their provider free of charge. All new phones after December 1 will also come unlocked.
Currently, cell phones can only be used with the providers they are bought from, and unlocking fees are upwards of $50 with the country’s most popular carriers like Bell, Rogers, and Telus.
A locked phone can only be used with the service provider that sold.
According to a CBC report, Canadian telecom companies made well over $37 million in 2016 in unlocking fees alone.