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Canadians tell the CRTC that it's time to end 36 month contracts

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Canadians tell the CRTC that it's time to end 36 month contracts
The CRTC says thanks for speaking your mind

The CRTC says thanks for speaking your mind

The Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is thinking about writing a "national code" for wireless service. As a result, it set up a platform where Canadians could speak their mind about the issues they have with the mobile carriers in the country. 1,043 submissions were received on and off-line and the number one problem that Canadian wireless customers want ended is the 36 month contract.

That's right. While in the U.S., most major carriers give you the opportunity to buy a subsidized phone every two years, in Canada, carriers will look up customers for three years. Some of the comments received by the CRTC pointed to the U.S. system and asked why Canadians couldn't have the same thing. Some Canadian carriers have been known to offer both three year and two year contracts.

The CRTC sent out a tweet thanking those who participated and asked them to come back on January 28th to vote on a Draft Code, which is an outline of the proposed rule changes.

source: MobileSyrup

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posted on 09 Dec 2012, 16:07 6

1. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

3 years is a joke, ithink even 2 years is...it should be 18 months and thats it

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 18:31 4

7. metalpoet (unregistered)


posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:35

14. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

thankfully we have 12 months contracts here in the uk but its not available on all phones

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 20:10

19. metalpoet (unregistered)

Damn I wish i was in the UK then! :)

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 16:27 3

2. Althorius (Posts: 23; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

2 years is now even way too long. Badass new phones come out every 3 to 4 months, IMO contracts should be offered in 1 and 2 year formats, and perhaps with a 3rd option for those of us who like to stay on the cutting edge. I had been stuck with my horribly old iphone 4, wanting an android for over a year, then finally was able to make the switch to this galaxy note 2. The difference is massive, and I am frankly still upset that I was forced to wait that long.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 17:58

6. stealthd (unregistered)

Phones are expensive. There's no way you'd be able to pay a 2-year price for a new phone every 3-4 months.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 18:32 1

8. metalpoet (unregistered)

oh you will find a way to afford another phone. ;)

Ive sold antiques of mine, donated plasma, worked 65 at a job for 3 weeks for the extra pay, and had yard sales. all to get a newer phone....Because even the badass onesw fall apart after 5 months and the newest greates ones come out every couple of months!

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 03:11

13. dsDoan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

What are you doing to destroy your phones within 5 months? o_O

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 20:10

18. metalpoet (unregistered)

its called software issues. I only ever owned Motorola smartphones through verizon with the promise of having a top of the line device only for the damn phones to fall apart internally. I never once dropped the phones, i always had insurance on them, and had cases.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 16:28 2

3. kamen (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

The Bulgarian legislation restricted wireless contracts up to 2 years maybe a year ago,

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 17:09 3

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 5003; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

At least its finally being looked at.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 17:26 1

5. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)

depending on your carrier, ebay and craigs is always a great solution to a problem if you know what you're looking for, fairly cheap way to stay pretty up to date minus about 6-9 months, but no contracts are a big plus

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 19:28 1

9. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

lol...3 years contract is a joke!! even though its cheaper but heck, every year an new flagship phone arrive with better specs!!!

should be 2 years or 18 months!

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 19:44 1

10. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

So would you rather have a new contract every 2 years with a phone at $200 or get a upgrade every year with a new phone for $300 ? Could really make it happen you :)

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 21:19 1

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

I've still got my 1 year contract with o2, but I get 750 minutes and 100 texts 25 video calling and 25 MMS and 1gb net for £35 with any phone™®©

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 00:54 1

12. ilani (Posts: 90; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

REALLY? the contracts? that's what bothers Canadians?
not the rates? Americans have unlimited everything! some countries have unlimited everything including unlimited international long distance for around 30 dollars!

And all you care about is some shiny new gadget every two years?
When i came to Canada, i was shocked about the prices in the Canadian market!
They're absolutely disgusting!!!!

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:55

15. Althorius (Posts: 23; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

We don't have unlimited everything in America actually. Some people have managed to hold onto their old grandfathered unlimited plans; I kept mine until a month ago with AT&T. But even that unlimited data plan was screwing us, I was allowed only up to 3gb/month and after that they throttled me down to like 2g speeds or worse. Took several minutes to load a phone arena page. I got sick of putting up with that so now I am paying 10 per gigabyte like everyone else. I am still angry that they forced me to give up my unlimited plan like that, corporations are and their CEOs should be gelded.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 09:57

16. Althorius (Posts: 23; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Heh, this site edited out my cussing automatically in that one after corporations. So much for freedom of speech.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 14:24

17. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

The one and two-year contracts in Canada currently do not offer much of a discount on the price of the phone. Only the three-year contracts offer a significant discount on the phone. If you get a 2 year contract, you might as well get an unlocked phone with no contract which is not very common. Most of the stores do not sell very many unlocked phones or sell crappy ones.

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