Canada rules that all new cellphones must be unlocked
Canadians pay some of the highest wireless speed in any G7 country and, to top it all off, often pay $ 50 or more to unlock cell phones when switching to operators. However, the country’s remote control, the CRTC, has now ordered the carriers to unlock the free devices and decreed that all new smartphones sold are unlocked. The measure was prompted by over-criticism of the public price of rescue after the CRTC has requested comments on the new wireless standards.
“It’s called a” Rescue Fee “or” Fee Fee “in any other business,” one person wrote, as the CBC points out. “It’s unbelievable that the government allowed these companies to extort money that way!” Telecommunications have succeeded in getting the credit of $ 37.5 million ($ 28.5 million) in unlocking, a 75% increase since 2014.
Carriers did not agree with the CRTC, saying that “we believe it is more appropriate for people who actually unlock their device carrying the cost of the release,” said Howard Slawner, Rogers vice president. However, it is not mentioned that carriers are those that contain the first devices, and in any case, the CRTC also banned.
With a new federal government in place, Canada’s CRTC seems to favor Internet laws more friendly. It recently failed against a free “zero rate” carrier Videotron, which many critics believe violates the principle of net neutrality. Instead of creating difficult rules, however, the regulator defines a “framework” and decides on possible violations in individual cases. However, the United States FCC under Ajit Pai wants to override the rules of consumer network neutrality established by Tom Wheeler under the Obama administration.
To give you an idea of how many Canadians outperforms the radio, it is actually cheaper for me, a Canadian living in Paris to expat, to carry the French SIM card when I visit. The free shuttle service in France costs only € 20 per month (around $ 30 CA) without a contract and includes a large amount of routing data of 25 GB per month in Canada and the United States, with free calls and texts in these countries (O) France. If I was going to buy and use a local SIM card on my unlocked phone, it would cost much more and much less give me.