New rules are coming into effect as of December 1 that will make it much easier to switch cellphone providers in Canada without the hassle or the fees. 

The CRTC, Canada's wireless regulator, implemented a new rule this summer that requires all Canadian cellphones to be sold as unlocked, meaning that carriers can no longer charge customers a fee to unlock their cellphone. 

This ruling is huge news for Canadian cellphone users (so basically everyone), as fees to unlock your cellular device while switching providers are generally insane, ranging anywhere from around $50 to $150, depending where your device was unlocked. 

Reports on the issue of charging Canadians to unlock phones found that in 2016 alone, a total of $37 million was spent by Canadians just to unlock their phones. 

Naturally, wireless providers were not happy about this new rule and fought against it. Rogers Vice President Howard Slawner claimed that Canadian customers must "bear the cost of the unlocking," not the carrier. 

But it is the carriers, like Rogers or Bell, that purposely lock devices in the first place, leading the CRTC to rule that charging customers to reverse an unnecessary feature is a waste of people's money. 

The ruling comes into effect on December 1st, meaning all new phones purchased in Canada will be unlocked, while phones purchased previously can be unlocked without a charge to the customer. 

Source: The Verge, CBC 

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