Today is Cell Phone Freedom Day: new customer protection rules ensure 2–4 million Canadians can move between providers without penalty
Code contains significant customer protections for mobile phone and Internet users, including an end to 3-year contracts, and caps on roaming charges for data
Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:
“We’re thrilled that so many Canadians will be able to re-enter the cell phone market freed from their three year contracts. And we’ve been hearing from our community that mobile providers have been bracing for today’s deadline – offering perks and discounts to attract new customers, or convince others to stay. So if you’re looking for a bargain, this is a great time to shop around and save some money.”
Tabish continued, “We encourage Canadians to explore providers outside the Big Three – Bell, Rogers, and Telus. In many cases, new companies like Wind or Mobilicity are offering services at half the cost. But, sadly, unless the CRTC and Industry Canada take greater steps to rein in our telecom giants, Canadians may be disheartened to realize that they still face some of the highest prices for some of the worst service in the industrialized world.”
Canadians seeking more information on Cell Phone Freedom Day can learn more at https://UnblockCanada.ca/Freedom
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