Wednesday, June 05, 2013

New cell phone rules to benefit the consumer.....

CRTC: Consumers can cancel their wireless contract after two years without paying a cancellation fee, even if their contract is for a longer term.

Public: Yay!

Wireless companies: We'll just raise the subsidized cost of the handsets to off-set this. Or they'll have to pay off the subsidized phone.

CRTC: There will now be a Cap on extra data charges at $50 per month and international data roaming charges at $100 per month within one billing cycle to prevent “bill shock.”

Public: Yay!

Wireless companies: Your service will be cut off when you reach the cap, and you wont be able to use your phone at all until the next billing cycle.

CRTC: Consumers can have their cellphones unlocked after 90 days, or immediately if the device is paid for in full.

Public: Hurray!

Wireless companies: We will still charge you $50-$75 to unlock your phone.

CRTC: We are here for the consumer.

Public: FML.

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