The era of having to pay cellular providers to unlock your cellphone will end this year.
As of Dec. 1, cellphone customers can ask their provider to unlock their phones free of charge, the CRTC announced Thursday. At the same time, it said, all newly purchased mobile devices must be provided to customers unlocked.
I prefer buying my phone upfront and then deciding on the monthly plan. A couple of years ago, I bought a phone from Telus. The saleswoman with resting bitch face told me that my phone is locked and that it will only work with Telus. I told her that I wanted to use a Koodo plan. She explicitly said that it won't work.
An hour later I had paid for, set up and activated my Koodo plan.
Of course, Telus, Koodo and Public Mobile are all one company. So, I knew it would work. Still, it was a amusing to see just how the cell phone service providers blatantly lie to the customers.