So the CRTC made a ruling which all carriers MUST unlock all devices for free that are locked as of December 1st 2017. Any devices bought from the carriers that day forward must be unlocked for free as well upon buying it or doing a upgrade.
Just want to hear everyone's thoughts on this! I like the idea as it's not easy for someone to pay $50 for a unlocking fee and shouldn't be needed to begin with.
Let's stay on topic and please do not detail this thread. This is meant for the unlocking of devices. Thanks! 🙂
I really do not understand what you are attempting to read into this but lets parse this out...
no later than 90 calendar days after the contract start date... it could be zero days, completely up to Roger's discretion .. this is her to protect the consumer, if unregulated I am sure Roger's would NEVER unlock a phone.
at the rate specified by the service provider... again this could be zero, and IF Roger's had any interest building customer good will, they would adopt a policy to immediately waive the unlock fee.
Just don't attempt to make a case for Roger's not doing this a some sort of regulatory requirement. It is NOT
This is a non-issue. Buy your phones from the manufacturer unlocked. Problem solved.
The CRTC should be dismantled. The federal gov't should take steps to do so -- I recall there was some discussion about it. They serve no purpose whatsoever now. They cannot even tell me exactly what is regulated and what is not.
When everything was tightly regulated, they overdid it and threw their weight around like bullies, for no good reason. It was like they were on a power trip. Then they practically deregulated everything, annoying carriers and consumers -- exchange is "forborne" -- sorry.
Compared to the FCC, they are a joke (and the FCC has become a joke too). The CRTC doesn't vet technology like the FCC does, and in my view, they are a toothless organization with no understanding of telecom technology.
E911 is a classic example. THEY and cellular-fanatics (who dropped wireline at the speed of light) and corporations (everything must now be over eye pea) have compromised public safety.
Call 911 from a cell at home and see how fast they can find you if you have a stroke and can't speak your address, or you pass out before you can vs. if you had used a landline and your address flashed on their screen right from the get-go.
You can buy an iPhone from Apple and a blackberry from Blackberry -- unlocked, carrier-agnostic. Do that. Pay full price up front, and maybe all that money wasted on a new phone every 12-24 months would instead go into something more useful instead of Apple's coffers or Google's.
Amazing how an announcement can let every opinion and emotion come to the surface about our opinions on locking, CRTC, regulation, etc.
How about we just say new regulations are coming, and in December we will see what will happen.
If I can say this, reading the dialogues, we have moved from the announcement and will Rogers end up charging us all in some manner, to back and forth interpretations (please remember that, an interpretation is just that - it doesn't imply right or wrong, it is just an interpretation. I have my own on this discussion close to both but won't enter it - nothing to gain that I can see.
As we are told, let's keep it polite.
Just my opinion.
Not everyone has $700 - $1,400+ for a phone outright. Not everyone wants to max out their cards for a phone so they can pay their credit cards or not pay for it. Remember the devices are not cheap now.
Carriers / small authorized dealers and the rest give out phones for free for a 2yr term and that brings many to get them as they might not have money as a i said above.
I have money but do not spend that much on a phone. I call Rogers and see what they can do. Offers or not i wont pay that much unless its for a down payments towards a phone or car. That is worth it for me. Again not everyone has that type of money to spend or want to max out their cards for it.
In the end this is something welcoming to us that get or got a phone on a contract which is locked and now can get it unlocked December 1st for free.