For me, a fee to unlock isn't a deal breaker... $50 is steep, perhaps $10? -- but for me, it doesn't really matter.
The biggest for me in what is this decision going to cost users? When 3 year contracts went to 2 years, we saw price increases, and even major increases for BOYD/month-to-month users. Which makes absolutely no sense.
Why should I pay the same price as someone who gets a new phone for a plan when I don't get a subsidized phone? The discounts for BYOD should be much more!
I want to see affordable plans brought back, without the value-added features, for BYOD users. My 6 GB Super Plan is awesome except for no extended coverage, but it makes no sense for me to upgrade my plan for another $40-50/mn when I don't need the additional services like spotify/NHL or a new device (which I don't really care to have the lastest and greatest device anyways...).
Glad you commented on and clarified the incorrect assertion that unlocked phones should cost more.
My question to Rogers now is why wait till December to implement this policy. It has been wrong from the start. Will they take a pro-active step and announce the immediate termination of unlocking fees. Do the right thing for you customers.
Sorry? I do not think that the CRTC mandated the unlock fee. They are now ruling that it be discontinued by Dec. 1. As far as I know there is absolutely nothing preventing any carrier from discontinuing this fee any time they choose
and one more thing.. the page you linked to here,.. it simply states that the carrier must unlock a phone after 90 days or immediately if purchased outright. It in no was dictates they they must charge a fee to do this, nor does it dictate that the phone must be locked to a provider's network at all. You have misinterpreted this completely.