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

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



17. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

12. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 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!!!!

15. Althorius

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

16. Althorius

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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™®©

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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 :)

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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!

5. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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

3. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

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

2. Althorius

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

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.

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!

13. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

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

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.

1. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

7. metalpoet unregistered


14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

19. metalpoet unregistered

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

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