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Old June 15th, 2017 (9:45 AM).
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The era of having to pay cellular providers to unlock your cellphone will end this year.

As of Dec. 1, cellphone customers can ask their provider to unlock their phones free of charge, the CRTC announced Thursday. At the same time, it said, all newly purchased mobile devices must be provided to customers unlocked.

"It's a big step forward," said Rose Behar, senior reporter for the tech site MobileSyrup in Toronto.

Telecoms often order locked phones from manufacturers that are programmed to work only with their service. Then they charge a fee — typically $50 — to unlock the phone if a customer wants to switch providers.

"Essentially a locked phone did keep consumers tethered to their service provider," because they faced paying a fee to flee, said Behar.

"Now there's going to be so much more flexibility in being able to jump from plan to plan, from carrier to carrier. That will likely spark more competition."

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The CRTC's decision on unlocking fees came out of a review of its 2013 wireless code created in part to help limit costly cellphone fees for consumers.

As part of the review, the commission also announced that only the account holder can consent to data overage and additional roaming charges in a family-shared cellphone plan. Other plan members will only be able to give consent if the account holder grants them approval.

To help customers avoid running up their bills, the wireless code mandated that cellular service providers must cap international roaming charges at $100 a month and data overage fees at $50 — unless a customer agrees to pay more.

Last year, CBC's Marketplace found that Rogers, Bell and Telus all allowed anyone on a family share plan — including minors — to buy data above the $50 cap. All they had to do was respond "Yes" to a text message from their provider.

That's exactly what the son of Bell customer Rosemary Pick did — unbeknownst to Pick. The Fletchers Lake, N.S., resident got hit with a bill for more than $1,700 in data charges.
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So finally the CRTC did something right. I really do dislike the fee for unlocking phones, and I once had to do it - I inquired about the price that it'd be, $40, then immediately went onto XDA and found a method to unlock the device for the low, low price of $free.99. Is this going to spark further change in Canada, bearing in mind that Canadians pay some of the highest cellphone rates in the developed world? What's next from the CRTC?
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Old June 15th, 2017 (7:25 PM).
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This is wonderful news, and I am glad to see this has become adopted by another nation.
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This is wonderful news, and I am glad to see this has become adopted by another nation.
Now if the CRTC could adopt other wonderful things, that'd also be awesome...
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