Canadians finally free from three-year contracts, data overages capped at $50

Canadians finally free from three-year contracts, data overages capped at $50
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which is the equivalent of the FCC over there, today announced its decision on the public hearing held February.

Starting December 2, 2013, Canadian carrier customers will be able to break it up after two instead of the usual three years without a penalty. Moreover, data overage charges can't be more than $50 a month with local consumption, or $100 when roaming abroad, letting you avoid those bill shocks we've all heard about.

Not only that, but the Commission also ruled the phones can be unlocked after 90 days, if bought with subsidies from a carrier, or on the spot if bought full retail. There will be a 15-days return policy for all new gear, as long as it is decent condition, and any mid-contract unilateral changes in the plans have to be agreed on with the customer from now on, and the contract would be greatly simplified. Better late than never, Canada, three-year contracts were an abomination indeed.

source: CRTC

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11 Comments

1. preet27in

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

good on yaaa

2. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

i like the picture more than the article :)

3. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

FREEDOM!!!!

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Meh, there's still enough to make fun of Canadians for... ;-)

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

..... Your comment wasn't needed.

10. ThePro

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'm sorry for reading this. Thank you for reading my comment. I apologize for taking your time.

5. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

I like the unlock after 90 day part. Wish we had something like that here in Merica'

8. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

we do have an option here in America. Sprint offers their international phones to be unlocked after 90 days. As long as your bill is up standing And no late fees.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Phones can be unlocked after 90 days. That's probably the thing I would be excited about considering I buy all my phones off contact. Congratulations Canada!

9. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Finally! It's about time!!!!

11. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Here's the problem I find. If you decide to unlock your phone, the carrier will charge you to unlock it. If you buy the phone at full price without any subsidy, I would like for the carrier to provide the phone unlocked instead of having me to ask for it to be unlocked. They should require that all non-subsidised phones to be automatically unlocked.

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